Danny Brown

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Moving at the Speed of Futuristic: Tempe Rapper Makes Moves to Go National

    Hip-hop moves at the lightning-fast pace of the Internet these days, and Futuristic, a Tempe rapper on the verge of making it big, knows that better than anyone. In the past two years, the 23-year-old Bloomington, Illinois, native has written dozens of songs, released two albums, recorded enough t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    5 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Week

    First, the binge. Inevitably, the come down. This past weekend was a veritable musical orgy, as a flood of touring and national bands came through Phoenix. This week, things are a little drier. Check out our five favorite shows happening this week, and browse our comprehensive concert listings for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    The 2014 Coachella Lineup Has Been Announced--and It's Good!

    Let me speak on behalf of everyone by saying "whoa, the 2014 Coachella lineup came out early." The news is still pretty fresh--Coachella sent out the lineup email a little after 9 p.m. last night, causing the internet to blow up as usual. It's tough to see beyond the headliners--though you should be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    Was Coachella 2013 Worth The Drive From Phoenix?

    If you went to Coachella last weekend, you're probably still sunburned, dehydrated, and physically exhausted. Sleeping in your own bed is a glorious feeling after camping out or crashing on a friend's hotel room floor, but some aches and pains are bound to persist. Fortunately, if you had a good-en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Shows in Phoenix This Week

    It's Monday, and I'm sorry about that. There was nothing I can do. But I bring good news: This week's Top Five Must-See Shows in Phoenix is further proof that they play live music during the week, and even on school nights.

  • Music

    April 11, 2013
  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Danny Brown Interview: "I Have Been Around Phoenix."

    "I am unpredictable," Danny Brown says. "That's why I call myself the hybrid. I never do the same shit." Danny's high-pitched speedy delivery attracts listeners and hip-hop heads alike to his Adderall-influenced songs. He's recognized for his idiosyncratic rhymes and jokes (who else can reference Ja ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    Brotha Lynch Hung Isn't Recognized as a Rap Pioneer, but He Should Be

    Gangbangin' doesn't excite Brotha Lynch Hung anymore, nor does the topic of his cult following, one that's grown exponentially throughout his 27-year career. At 42, the seminal Californian rapper lights up when talking about his upcoming barbecue cookbook or the screenplays he's working on. But make ... More >>

  • Music

    February 14, 2013
  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Stop Hating on the 2013 Coachella Lineup

    Each year, like many of you, I impatiently wait for the Coachella lineup to be announced. Sometimes it's disappointing (if Daft Punk says they're not touring, chances are they're not playing the festival), but there's always going be a few redeeming artists. At best the lineup will be amazing, and i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Coachella 2013 Official Lineup is Posted

    The wait, as they say, is finally over. You can cease all the speculation of who the hell is officially playing this year's Coachella as Goldenvoice unveiled the lineup in grand fashion. See also: -Who Is Really Playing Coachella This Year? -The Rolling Stones Aren't Playing Coachella, but Some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    A$AP Rocky Does More Than Ca$h In On Hip-Hop and EDM Trends on LONGLIVEA$AP

    After signing a three- million dollar record deal with Sony Music in 2011, A$AP Rocky, the 24-year-old Harlem-based emcee had a hell of a 2012. Already considered to be on front line of the new wave of hip-hop artists, A$AP lived a life that many aspiring musicians only dream about. He delivered out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    10 Songs About Methheads and Speedfreaks

    See also: 10 Tripped-Out Songs About Hallucinogens and Psychedelics See also: The 10 Coolest, Scariest, Freakiest Songs About Heroin See also: 10 Songs About Cocaine See also: 15 Songs to Light Up to on 4/20 See also: Breaking Bad Season Five Is About to Start; Get Ready with This Methy PlaylistSex, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    GWAR, Tav Falco's Panther Burns, Kendrick Lamar, and More Just Announced Shows

    See also: Last Week's Just Announced Shows, Featuring The Railroad Revival Tour, The Who, and More See also: GWAR at Marquee Theatre in 2011 Who wants to check out a 25-year-old satirical metal band, complete with scary costumes and raunchy lyrics? Well, you're in luck. Gwar is coming to The Marque ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    The Gathering of the Juggalos 2012 Lineup Is Pretty Good. Really!

    See also: Soulfly and Fear Factory to Play The Gathering of the Juggalos See also: Seven Awesome Things About The Gathering of the Juggalos 2011 See also: FBI Report Officially Classifies Juggalos a Hybrid Gang; Arizona Boasts "Strong Juggalo Presence" Okay guys, so hear me out. I.C.P.'s The Gather ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Weekend

    Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.

  • Music

    July 5, 2012
  • Music

    June 21, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Open Mike Eagle on Indie Rap's Breakthrough Year

    So there's punk-rap, nerd-rap, avant-rap, and...oh, only about a gazillion other hyphenated hip-hop subgenres. Open Mike Eagle describes his style as "art rap." At least for now. "I'm unable to replace it," he laughs, speaking with me via phone from his home in Los Angeles. "And it's not even that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    Childish Gambino at The Venue Scottsdale, 4/11/12

    Childish Gambino The Venue Scottsdale Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Judd Apatow and Paul Feig's Freaks and Geeks was one of those shows that seemed too good to exist -- and indeed it didn't for very long. NBC cancelled it after one season (they didn't even originally air all the episodes that had been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Ten Awesome Mixtapes To Download Right Now (NSFW)

    In this week's print edition we profile rapper Childish Gambino. Of course, if you don't recognize the name you might better know him as Troy Barnes on NBC's Thursday night comedy Community. Childish Gambino is just one of many up-and-coming talents who are breaking the hip-hop mold, and a big part ... More >>

  • Music

    April 5, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    The Worst Moments from SXSW 2012

    The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Up on the Sun: The Podcast, with Howe Gelb, Black Milk, and More

    Welcome to the first episode of Up on the Sun's new weekly podcast, Up on the Sun: The Podcast. In this week's episode, we speak with Detroit MC and producer Black Milk about his collaborations with Danny Brown, and the "Detroit sound." We also speak with Howe Gelb of Giant Sand, about his new rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Black Milk on Working With Danny Brown and Jack White

    Black Milk (his mom calls him Curtis Cross) isn't much for trends. Getting his start producing beats for Slum Village (which featured J Dilla in its ranks), he embraced eclecticism and shunned mainstream affectations (in a 2008 interview with XXL Magazine he started a campaign "FAT: Fuck Auto-Tune") ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    Incoming: Childish Gambino, Andrew Bird, Rick Ross

    ​Comedian, Community actor and now rapper Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, is coming to try out his new material on a Scottsdale crowd.His album Camp has been receiving an awful lot of good hype from the kids lately. (Some serious hate, too: Hipster Runoff has been slamming him for months ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Das Racist at Crescent Ballroom, 11/1/2011

    ​Das Racist Crescent Ballroom Tuesday, November 1, 2011 From the outside, last night's Das Racist show seemed like a typical hip-hop show. The trappings were the same: a bunch of MCs on stage, a hypeman/woman, and a DJ -- but on closer inspection, there was something unusually eccentric about ... More >>

  • Music

    October 27, 2011
  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Ten Great Albums Overlooked in 2011

    When our sister paper The Village Voice publishes the results of its annual Pazz & Jop poll next February, there will be three or four albums that invariably get a nod on every ballot. See: Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues, Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne, and Girls' Father, Son, Holy Ghost. ... More >>