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  • blog October 5, 2016

    The Roots Bring Their Picnic to NYC

    Last weekend (Oct. 1-2), in the pulsing heart of midtown Manhattan, The Roots hosted a picnic like none other, bringing together friends and heroes from across generations. In the year of the ninth annual Roots Picnic in their hometown of … Read more »

  • closeups August 23, 2016

    Grimewave

    Grime, the hard-edged, M.C.-led U.K. dance style that flourished in the early 2000s, seemed long gone. Its best rappers had moved on, and its fans increasingly abandoned hope. But then… something astounding happened: 2016 became grime’s biggest year ever. Produced … Read more »

  • interview July 26, 2016

    Raving I’m Raving: Shut Up And Dance Interview

    In the late ’80s and early ’90s, few groups in the British rave scene had the impact of Shut Up and Dance. Both a band and a label, Shut Up and Dance fused the strands of black Atlantic music, connecting … Read more »

  • feature June 28, 2016

    Fraternization Machine: Simon Reynolds on U.K. Dance History

    Simon Reynolds is the author of Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture, as well as books like Rip It Up and Start Again and Retromania. Producer Sam Backer interviewed Simon about the history of U.K. Dance. … Read more »

  • feature June 23, 2016

    Keep it Locked!: A History of U.K. Dance in Radio Sets

    Well before the rise of dance music in the late 1980s, pirate radio stations had been a vital part of the U.K.’s musical history. Facing tight government regulation of the airwaves, the 1960s saw pirates like the famous Radio Caroline … Read more »

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