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  • Introducing Queens rapper Kid Freshh

    Introducing Queens rapper Kid Freshh

    Kid Freshh was born on August 11, 1995, in Queens, New York. He was a normal kid growing up, doing what most normal kids do, but hidden inside him was a strong passion for rap music. He watched BET and MTV incessantly, hoping to catch his favorite rappers’ videos and songs. Fellow New York rappers...
  • Friday's Nightmare talks Staten Island, influences, and platypuses

    Friday's Nightmare talks Staten Island, influences, and platypuses

    Check out this exclusive interview to get to know Staten Island indie band Friday's Nightmare, where they talked about the borough they call home, what groups have influenced them, and platypuses! AXS: For the record, could you please state your name, your role in Friday's Nightmare, and a random...
  • 'Things are snowballing in a great way right now': Interview with Patent Pending

    'Things are snowballing in a great way right now': Interview with Patent Pending

    "Things are snowballing in a great way right now," Patent Pending lead singer Joe Ragosta said when talking about the band's upcoming tours in Germany and Australia. AXS met up with Ragosta for an interview before their performance with MKTO at Irving Plaza last night (check out photos and a recap...
  • Experience the best of Brooklyn's rooftop bars

    Experience the best of Brooklyn's rooftop bars

    The rooftop-dining trend has exploded the past few years with restaurants and bars popping up throughout the tri-state region. Few areas boast the spectaculars views that the Brooklyn waterfront is renowned for. Brooklyn Magazine features seven of the “Best Rooftop Bars in Brooklyn,” however four...
  • Soulful singer Jesse Boykins III headlines Brooklyn's Glasslands

    Soulful singer Jesse Boykins III headlines Brooklyn's Glasslands

    Jesse Boykins III is a singer and songwriter loved by fans for his deeply expressive music that often sounds as if he is in a perpetual dreamlike state. The 29-year-old Chicago native now calls Brooklyn home, recently performing at the Brooklyn Museum's First Saturday program and the Studio at...
  • Exclusive: Interview with New Brunswick's Semiotics

    Exclusive: Interview with New Brunswick's Semiotics

    With a population of 55,000, the town of New Brunswick, New Jersey is home to underground music of all genres. Earlier this year, alternative/indie group Semiotics - whose influences range from Brand New and Saves The Day to Motion City Soundtrack and Streetlight Manifesto - played their first show...
  • DJ Premier vs. Pete Rock: B.B. King's hosts two of hip-hop's best producers

    DJ Premier vs. Pete Rock: B.B. King's hosts two of hip-hop's best producers

    The title alone should be enough to get you to New York City's B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill in Times Square on Friday, Sept. 26. DJ Premier and Pete Rock? For less than thirty bucks? Hailed as "the Ultimate DJ Battle," this night will be more like a Christmas that falls on a pay day. Two of...
  • The Cult brings 30 years of music to The Paramount Tuesday

    The Cult brings 30 years of music to The Paramount Tuesday

    Revered UK hard rock band The Cult has just one area live date this summer at The Paramount in Huntington, New York (August 12). The quartet – helmed by dynamic singer Ian Astbury and accomplished guitarist Billy Duffy in a career that has lasted 30-plus years – has reverted to performing a...
  • Creative Spotlights' Dani Felt talks networking and what's next for her brand

    Creative Spotlights' Dani Felt talks networking and what's next for her brand

    Creative Spotlights founder Dani Felt is one of the biggest supporters of indie music in New York City. Her entertainment blog and “Spotlight Your Talent” and “Creative Spotlights” artist showcases (produced by The Red Shark Entertainment Inc.) are platforms for entertainers of all genres to display...
  • Interview with 'Noodley' emo band P.S. 118's Blue Rob

    Interview with 'Noodley' emo band P.S. 118's Blue Rob

    After releasing a new EP, Everything is Made Up and Nothing Matters, last month, New Jersey indie/emo band P.S. 118 will be heading out on tour this Friday, Aug. 8 with Long Island indie band We Take Fire. We talked to bassist/guitarist "Blue" Rob about how the band got started, what music has...
  • Echo & the Bunnymen to take over Irving Plaza next weekend

    Echo & the Bunnymen to take over Irving Plaza next weekend

    Legendary modern rock band Echo & the Bunnymen – responsible for enduring 1980s first wave classics like “Bring on the Dancing Horses” and “The Killing Moon” – will play a pair of shows next weekend at Irving Plaza (Aug. 16 and 17) in support of its latest studio album Meteorites. Remaining co...
  • The Rosebuds unveil ‘Sand + Silence’ in Brooklyn this Friday

    The Rosebuds unveil ‘Sand + Silence’ in Brooklyn this Friday

    Longstanding indie duo The Rosebuds will rock Rough Trade NYC this Friday (Aug. 8) in support of their new album, Sand + Silence, the band’s sixth album and first for Western Vinyl after a lengthy tenure with Merge. Recorded with with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, who once stated that the North...
  • A conversation with Bongo Boy Records' Gar Francis

    A conversation with Bongo Boy Records' Gar Francis

    Musician, songwriter and producer Gar Francis is best known for being a founding member of veteran New Jersey rock band The Doughboys. However, Francis is also a savvy business professional and co-founder of indie music label Bongo Boy Records. Still performing with The Doughboys and the Gar Francis...
  • New York Liberty get embarrassed in 79-46 defeat at the hands of the Mystics

    New York Liberty get embarrassed in 79-46 defeat at the hands of the Mystics

    Jumbled barely even begins to describe the Eastern Conference playoff picture right now. With the non-Atlanta Dream teams bunched up within 3.5 games of each other as they continue to jockey for one of the remaining three playoff seeds -- the Dream have already clinched a playoff berth -- every win...
  • Celebrities and fans welcome home Remy Ma in tribute video

    Celebrities and fans welcome home Remy Ma in tribute video

    A video montage published Tuesday shows music artists, radio personalities, actors, and other fans of Grammy-nominated emcee Remy Ma welcoming her home from a six-year bid upstate. The Bronx rapper was released on Aug. 1 after being incarcerated in Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women on...
  • Get to know Jersey punk band Party Cops

    Get to know Jersey punk band Party Cops

    New Jersey punk band Party Cops released their album Knife Licker back in January and have since been playing shows around the Northeast. Don't fear, though—these cops seem to be all about having a good time. AXS spoke with Officers James, Steve and Dash of Party Cops. AXS: For the record, could you...
  • They Ain't No Joke: Big Daddy Kane and Rakim warm it up at the Apollo

    They Ain't No Joke: Big Daddy Kane and Rakim warm it up at the Apollo

    The Apollo Theater, New York City’s most iconic music and performance venue, will be hosting two equally iconic lyricists in the history of hip-hop come Oct. 4. Big Daddy Kane and Rakim will be performing for a hometown crowd, bringing their no-nonsense late-80s flavor to the city where it all began...
  • The club is open for Guided By Voices fans in the New York Area

    The club is open for Guided By Voices fans in the New York Area

    Indie rock institution Guided By Voices will return to our area for two shows this month. The beloved Dayton, Ohio band – fronted by Robert Pollard and now in its 30th year – recently played sold out gigs at the Bowery Ballroom and Irving Plaza, in May and July, respectively, with much fanfare. GBV...
  • Kings of Leon 'Ride The Bull' tour pulls into Wantagh and Holmdel this Month

    Kings of Leon 'Ride The Bull' tour pulls into Wantagh and Holmdel this Month

    Nashville’s rock icons Kings of Leon will bring their Ride The Bull Tour to our area twice this month, for gigs at Wantagh’s Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre on August 13 and at Holmdel’s PNC Bank Arts Center on August 28. While KoL’s tour routing is a little unorthodox, New York area fans should be...
  • Hip-hop artist The Husel hosts private listening session in NYC

    Hip-hop artist The Husel hosts private listening session in NYC

    Anomalous hip-hop artist The Husel hosted an exclusive listening session Tuesday in promotion of his upcoming mixtape, Husel Music. The event was held at West Village lounge Madame X, and was hosted by Mara the Hip Hop Socialite. Dozens of media outlets and industry professionals were in attendance...
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