Tag: Kurtis Blow

  • 1980 Pazz & Jop: The Year of the Lollapalooza

    As we know, many voters found 1980 a confusing year. When Pazz & Jop gossip began a few months ago, various critics complained about their top 10s — after three or four inescapable lollapaloozas, 20 or 30 possibilities came to mind. Although different critics naturally heard different lollapaloozas, the poll did end up with three […]


    SummerStage’s annual visit to Crotona Park is one of the highlights of summer in the Bronx, a week of sun, barbecue, and music, much of which originally came from the surrounding neighborhoods. Last year, Slick Rick and Brucie B rocked a crowd that spanned generations, bringing together everyone from hip-hop originator DJ Kool Herc to […]

  • Breaking Bread With Kurtis Blow

    You’d be wise to bring earplugs to Kurtis Blow’s Hip Hop Church. At the Harlem outpost’s recent fifth-anniversary celebratory service, a full band (including a DJ) backs a parade of MCs and singers, with rap’s first superstar himself on the drums, diamond stud in his left ear, still looking youthful in his natty black suit […]

  • Noise from the Front

    Casiotone for the Painfully Alone “Scattered Pearls,” from Etiquette (Tomlab, 2006) [Music listing for Saturday, May 26] Bebel Gilberto “Um Secundo,” from Momento (Ziriguiboom Discos, 2007) [Music listing for Wednesday, May 23] Lifesavas “The Warning,” from Gutterfly [Music listing for Friday, May 25] The National “Abel,” from Alligator (Beggars Banquet, 2005) [Music listing for Monday, […]