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Taylor Morris

Kendrick Lamar

by Taylor Morris June 5, 2013

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  Last summer, while reviewing Drake’s Club Paradise tour, I half-joked that Meek Mill could be the savior of commercial rap. A half-joke because commercial rap isn’t actually in need of saving, and talks of an ...

Danny Brown

by Taylor Morris May 15, 2013

  Brown kept saying, “This ain’t a rap show. It’s a party with all my friends.” This ain’t a rap show? It had all the makings of one: talented rapper, speaker-rattling beats, DJ, plenty of sweating ...

A$AP Rocky

by Taylor Morris March 13, 2013

There are two extreme views of A$AP Rocky: One, he’s rap’s prince, rightful inheritor of sounds and styles, a meld of past trends into one, the heir apparent; two, a naive amalgamation of sounds perfected ...

Killer Mike

by Taylor Morris November 21, 2012

One standard of measurement for live rap music is how well an artist can entertain fans in the strangest or least-ideal of situations. Put another way: How comfortable they seem with their artistic merit to ...

Drake’s Club Paradise Tour

by Taylor Morris June 28, 2012

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The Club Paradise Tour opened with French Montana, whom I was actually sort of interested in seeing, had he not gone onstage at 6:30, which is sort of crazy considering the set-time gulf between openers ...

Dave Matthews Band

by Taylor Morris June 13, 2012

I’ve always had the notion that the nostalgia-act label was foremost an indictment of a band too proud to call it quits, too unwilling to reconcile with the fact that their creative well has run ...

Frankie Rose

by Taylor Morris May 10, 2012

DIIV (formerly Dive, the change coming just over a week ago) are a young, Brooklyn-bred four-piece making good, if not particularly original, music. It’s not an awful thing, their lack of originality. They’re still building ...

Disappears, Lotus Plaza

by Taylor Morris April 26, 2012

In Valentine’s tight, intimate, and oddly charming upstairs, Lockett Pundt’s Lotus Plaza continued a night started by experimental locals Location Ensemble. Pundt—known particularly for his work as Lieutenant to Bradford Cox’s General in much-loved indie ...

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Wu-Tang Clan

by Taylor Morris December 21, 2011

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Back in October, I took to these same pages to question why Method Man—a veteran, remarkably talented rapper from New York, preoccupied with defining “real rap”—joined a Smokers Club tour that featured a bevy of ...

Girls

by Taylor Morris November 10, 2011

We last heard from Girls on “Carolina,” the closing track of their Broken Dreams Club EP, released last November. The sprawling, multipart beauty rounded out what amounted to an exploratory EP for the band—a deeper ...

The Smokers Club Tour with Method Man, Curren$y and Big K.R.I.T.

by Taylor Morris October 27, 2011

The second installment of the Smokers Club Tour rolled into Northern Lights last week, filling the unfortunate calendar slot of a random Wednesday in October. We can fill this place for a rap show (see ...

TV on the Radio

by Taylor Morris October 13, 2011

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The gym in Skidmore’s Williamson Sports Center turned into a high school dance Friday night—one of those sloppy, alcohol-fueled high school dances that usually cause schools to reconsider their stance on them and result in ...

Fleet Foxes, the Walkmen

by Taylor Morris October 6, 2011

On Sept. 25, Fleet Foxes and the Walkmen played Mountain Park, the former trolley park-turned concert venue that’s cut into the woods at the base of Mount Tom. Playing for a sizeable, subdued crowd—hip college-aged ...

Cults

by Taylor Morris June 15, 2011

Talking about how Cults went from being New York University students a little over a year ago to headlining an Iron Horse show this past Monday feels obligatory: An anonymous three-track 7-inch posted to their ...

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Sign of the Times

by Taylor Morris June 8, 2011

The debate over same-sex marriage took a very public twist last week, when Bombers Burrito Bar owner Matt Baumgartner bought billboard space near Interstate 787, calling for Sen. Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga) to support an impending ...

Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs

by Taylor Morris June 8, 2011

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In the lead-up to last weekend’s Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs show, I spent a lot of time explaining or selling LaMontagne to people. I found it weird that I ...

Executive Decisions

by Taylor Morris June 2, 2011

The race for Albany County executive has had an eventful few weeks. After some internal jockeying for the Democratic nomination, Albany County legislator and firefighter Dan McCoy accepted the party’s nomination, with the support of ...

Snoop Dogg

by Taylor Morris June 1, 2011

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The predominant discourse surrounding Snoop Dogg now boils down pretty easily: The former gangsta-rap icon has softened and aged, and is no longer the G who wrote his “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” verse. Hell, ...

An Horse

by Taylor Morris May 19, 2011

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Modesty. Most bands—at least the bands I tend to follow—could use some. An Horse are not one of those bands. Standing on a small stage in the back of Valentine’s, backed by a plain brown ...

Who Wants to be Executive?

by Taylor Morris May 18, 2011

The race for Mike Breslin’s Al­bany County executive seat officially began last week in Washington Park, where—flanked by Democratic Party leaders including Mayor Jerry Jennings and County Comptroller Michael Conners—Dan McCoy, firefighter and current chairman ...

A Loss at the Park

by Taylor Morris May 5, 2011

In the dusk hours of last Saturday evening, 17-year old Albany High School student Tyler Rhodes was fatally stabbed in Albany’s Hoffman Park. A memorial was set up at the same ...

Bassnectar

by Taylor Morris April 27, 2011

Bassnectar, the nom de plume of musician, DJ, and producer Lorin Ashton, is the face of American dubstep, whether or not he likes or deserves it (he doesn’t). Closing out his ...

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Prisoner Dilemma

by Taylor Morris April 14, 2011

In August 2010, then-Gov. David Paterson signed a budget extender that included a bill, championed by then-Sen. and current Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn), that ...

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Elite Gymnastics

by Taylor Morris March 30, 2011

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Neu! ’92 On Neu! ’92, James Brooks and Josh Clancy, the Minneapolis duo operating under the name Elite Gymnastics, offer electronic music with elements of pop, chillwave, gaze, house, and hip-hop, but not enough of ...

Protecting Family Planning

by Taylor Morris March 3, 2011

  On Feb. 18, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted 240-185 to pass an amendment sponsored by Indiana Republican Mike Pence that effectively would strip all federal funding from Planned Parenthood. The conservative attack on the ...