The former Gang of Four bassist talks Entertainment!, His new job at Beats Music and why he changed his mind about streaming.
Dave Allen was the fourth and final member to join Gang of
Four. Twice, he was the first to leave the pioneering English post-punk
group. When he quit after 1981’s Solid Gold, it was due to
Our blind taste test of this year’s Warped Tour lineup.
The Warped Tour is less like a fine wine than a gummy bear
stuck in a car’s ashtray: The more it ages, the more unrecognizable it
becomes. If you’re of a certain generation and grew up with a
Who: Kati Claborn (guitar, banjo, ukulele, vocals),
Gabrielle Macrae (violin, vocals), Ryan Dobrowski (drums), Erik
Clampitt (guitar, pedal steel, vocals), Luke Ydstie (bass, vocals).
The new face of jazz trumpet isn’t concerned with appeasing purists.
Two years ago, Ambrose Akinmusire was New York’s next jazz
hero. With a major-label contract under his belt, he was turning heads
with his fiery, angular trumpet improvisations, appearing on tra
You’ve been to Sasquatch every year since 2009. You’ve run
around in a glow-in-the-dark loincloth for a week at Burning Man. You
might even consider yourself a “festie.” But you’ll still
Sounds like: An acid-rap marketing seminar.
For fans of: Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Edan, Bilal.
Why you care: Ripley Snell is not a
businessman, he’s a small business, man. That’s how
Hypnotizing the world one post-jazz groove at a time.
It’s not necessarily a reconstitution of New Orleans’
Congo Square—that trading spot where, back in the early 20th century,
African, European and indigenous cultures got jumbled up and spat
For Canadian songwriter Doug Paisley, all country roads lead to Kingston.
For a native Canadian who’s established himself as a
country-blues force, it’s odd to think that Doug Paisley’s roots are
actually planted in the sandy foundations of reggae.
Who: Toni Hill (vocals), Colin Luba (producer).
Sounds like: A neo-soul space opera.
For fans of: Little Dragon, Kid Cudi, Natasha Kmeto, Deltron 3030.
Why you care: Toni Hill’s voice is a
It’s all fun and games and punky guitar pop—until someone’s amp explodes.
When a band writes a song called “The Assassination of
Kurt Cobain by the Coward Dude York,” it probably doesn’t want you to
take it too seriously. It’s a clever, snide, tongue-in-cheek ti