| May 15, 2013
| 6:00 AM
When Rock the Bells sets up in San Bernardino this fall, the traveling hip-hop festival will feature two of hip-hop’s most revered – and dead – voices: Wu-Tang Clan’s uproarious fallen member Ol’ Dirty Bastard and godfather...
| May 3, 2013
| 5:14 PM
In a week that has already seen PepsiCo pull an ad developed by Odd Future ringleader Tyler, the Creator, the beverage giant is severing ties with another rapper, Lil Wayne.
PepsiCo announced it has ended its partnership with the rapper over a vulgar...
| Apr 13, 2013
| 6:26 PM
There isn't much hip-hop on Coachella's main stage this year, which marks a significant shift from 2011 and 2012, when Kanye West and then Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg closed the annual festival with blow-out Sunday-night performances. But rap fans still had...
| Apr 2, 2013
*** (out of four)
When Odd Future first emerged, everything the L.A. hip-hop collective did seemed perfectly engineered to grab attention.
The group's bravado and distorted visual aesthetic excited rap fans looking for change, while its members'...
| Mar 30, 2013
| 8:24 AM
"I am the cowboy on my own trip," Tyler, the Creator raps on his new solo album, and now the curious can ride along with him: Though it's not due in stores until Tuesday, "Wolf" is currently streaming in full at Odd Future's Tumblr.
The follow-up to...
| Mar 17, 2013
| 7:12 PM
AUSTIN, Texas -- Savages, a U.K. quartet that made new converts with each gig at the South by Southwest Music Conference, was in a particularly nasty mood during its final appearance Saturday.
"Last stop at a horrible (expletive) festival," hissed singer...
| Mar 16, 2013
| 10:01 AM
AUSTIN, Texas -- Can't think of anything better than a cappella gospel music in the morning, especially when it's sung with the grit and flair of the Relatives.
On Friday at the South by Southwest Music Conference, it was a rollercoaster ride across...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 3:47 PM
The first wave of more than 2,000 acts is expected to descend Tuesday on Austin, Texas, for the annual music-business blowout that is the South by Southwest Music Conference: six days (and very late nights) of performances, speeches, parties, panel...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 7:35 AM
Feb. 23, Factory Underground, 16 Isaac St., Norwalk, (203) 275-8672, factoryundergroundstudio.com
On Feb. 23 three of the tri-state area's most promising young streetwear designers will gather at the Factory Underground in...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 2:24 PM
Tyler, the Creator is back.
Wary perhaps of being outdone by his Odd Future pal Frank Ocean -- who performed and picked up a pair of prizes at the Grammy Awards earlier this week -- the attention-loving L.A. rapper announced Thursday that he'll...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 3:11 PM
Frank Ocean is that rare artist whom polar opposites — skeptical tastemakers in it for the art and music-industry insiders obsessed with chart position — can agree on. Ocean's major-label debut, "Channel Orange," recently found itself...