May 14, 2012 |
On "Disparate Youth," the single from Santigold's new album, Master Of My Make-Believe, that she sang Tuesday at the Trocadero while flanked by a pair of dancers and wearing a floral-print romper, the avant-pop singer led the crowd in the mantra-like chorus: "We know now that we want more?/?Oh-ah, Oh-ah?/?A life worth fighting for. " And what, for Santi White — the Mount Airy-raised, Brooklyn-based, genre-mashing songwriter who began her U.S. tour for her keenly anticipated sophomore album with a sold-out show at the Chinatown club — what, exactly, constitutes "a life worth fighting for"?
May 6, 2012 |
Adam Yauch, 47, a founding member of the Beastie Boys, the pioneering New York hip-hop group whose 1980s breakthrough as impudent, white rap superstars was followed by a long career that combined popular success with musical innovation, died Friday in New York. Mr. Yauch, who rapped under the name MCA and directed movies and many of the band's videos under the name Nathanial Hornblower, was found to have cancer of the salivary gland in 2009. The band's album Hot Sauce Committee, Part One was scheduled to be released that year but was delayed because of Mr. Yauch's illness and was released in 2011 as Hot Sauce Committee, Part Two. In April the Beastie Boys — whose landmark albums include the 9 million-selling License To Ill (1986)
September 23, 2011
Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson has a night job. No, not the one where he sits behind the drum kit with The Roots on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. That's finished taping before dinner. On nights and weekends, in New York, Philadelphia, and around the world, the funky drummer assumes another identity: DJ ?uestlove. It's in this guise that he'll be performing at the Popped! Music Festival in the Liacouras Center at Temple University on the second, more dance-music-oriented night of the fest.
June 27, 2008
Directed by Adam Yauch. With Michael Beasley, Tyreke Evans, Bobbito Garcia and Jerryd Bayless. Distributed by Oscilloscope Laboratories. 1 hour, 30 mins. PG-13 (profanity). Playing at: Ritz at the Bourse. A basketball movie directed by a Beastie Boy, Gunnin' for That #1 Spot follows eight high school phenoms selected for the Elite 24 all-star game held at Rucker Park, the Harlem hoops mecca, in September 2006. For roundball junkies and hip-hop heads, it's an enticing combination.
March 31, 2006 |
In Awesome; I ... Shot That!, the Beastie Boys hand out high-8 videocams to audience members at Madison Square Garden and then take the stage while Mix Master Mike turns the tables, letting the rap and roar begin. A guerrilla-style concert pic, featuring the Adidas-clad rappers Mike D (Michael Diamond), Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz), and MCA (Adam Yauch), this jumpy, slap-happy and loud historical document (the performance is from Oct. 9, 2004) should satisfy Beastie Boy fans and the 50 untrained shooters whose footage is deployed.
October 13, 2004 |
The older, wiser Beastie Boys who rocked a two-thirds-full Wachovia Center on Monday might not be the same MCs who played with a caged woman and an inflatable phallus at the Spectrum 17 years ago. But that doesn't mean they're above giving their audience a good, old-fashioned punking. The Beasties had just traded rhymes about doing the "Wop" and the "Flintstone Flop" in "Intergalactic" while standing among the crowd on the arena's first level. At song's end they quickly disappeared, the lights went up, and satisfied fans exited as the roadies began disassembling the stage.
June 15, 2004 |
On the last track of the Beastie Boys' To the 5 Boroughs, after the three brash white rappers have dispensed the inevitable "we're so crazy" rhymes, shouted out to the city that "blends and mends and tests," and revived '70s ad slogans, there comes a moment of undisguised idealism. The song is a little empowerment chant called "We Got the. " MCA, the rapper Adam Yauch, begins: "If you want it, be the change. " Then Mike D takes the spotlight: "Gotta spread love or the world goes . . . " the last word of his sentence supplied, right on the beat, by the sound a cuckoo clock.
December 20, 1998 |
In this, the Year of Self-Examination, the buzzwords in rock and hip-hop and pop's other, ever-shifting subgenres were personal transformation. Just about everyone who mattered joined the quest. "How you gonna win if you ain't right within?" Lauryn Hill demanded, her million-dollar question thrown down like a gauntlet. Some stars shared the methods they use to align themselves with a higher power: Dave Matthews challenged the self-anointed "chosen ones," Madonna did her phonetic Hindi shtick.
August 22, 1998 |
That fading bohemian Buddha Perry Farrell may have ushered youth culture into the '90s, but it's the Beastie Boys, those break-beat bodhisattvas, who will take it out. With an uber-hip record label (Grand Royal), one of the few remaining must-read zines (Grand Royal, again), an international cause celebre (Free Tibet), a skateboard-chic clothing line (Extra Large), and an excellent new album (Hello Nasty, currently No. 3 in the country), the Beasties are having a large impact on late-'90s alternative culture.
May 13, 1995 |
The Beastie Boys definitely got it goin' on. Nine years after first taking their Pumas, beanies and wise-guy antics to the 'burbs, the Three Stooges of hip-hop are more popular (and wiser) than ever. On Wednesday, the 'burbs came to them, as 10,000 fans descended on the Philadelphia Civic Center for a 3 1/2-hour funk-o-rama that also included the organic hip-hop of the Roots and indie-roots shaman Jon Spencer. There was the disco ball overhead as the Beasties laid down slinky funk grooves.