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Friday, March 23

9:00am EDT

Roundtable: Feminist Musicking and Educational Activism in Urban Spaces

A discussion of the roles women have played in constituting radical counterpublic cultures within cities-—from Ellen Stewart’s La Mama theater to Judy Chicago’s Womanhouse project in the 70s to the contemporary explosion of “girls rock camp” programs throughout the world—and how the participants’ own feminist musicking and educational activism work is continuing, broadening, and redefining the terms of that legacy.

With: Lauren Onkey, LaRonda Davis, Karla Schickele, Maureen Mahon               

Moderator: Daphne Carr


Daphne Carr

Daphne Carr is the Series Editor of Best Music Writing (Da Capo 2007-present) and author of Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine (Continuum 2011). She co-founded and runs Girl Group, a listserv for and about women music journalists, the IASPM-US Committee on Diversity and Inclusion... Read More →

LaRonda Davis

LaRonda Davis is President of the Black Rock Coalition, a national organization founded in 1985 by guitarist Vernon Reid, journalist Greg Tate and producer Konda Mason to maximize exposure and provide resources for Black artists who defy convention. Ms. Davis is also Vice President... Read More →

Maureen Mahon

Maureen Mahon, a cultural anthropologist, teaches in the ethnomusicology program in the Department of Music at New York University. She is the author of Right to Rock: The Black Rock Coalition and the Cultural Politics of Race (Duke University Press, 2004) and is currently at work... Read More →

Lauren Onkey

Lauren Onkey is Vice President of Education and Public Programs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. She teaches at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University and was formerly an English professor at Ball State University. Her publications... Read More →

Karla Schickele

Karla Schickele is Founding Executive Director of Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, a non-profit music and mentoring organization. WMRC operates summer and after school music programs for youth and adults throughout New York City, and was one of the organizations that founded the international... Read More →

Friday March 23, 2012 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

2:15pm EDT

Roundtable: The Church of What’s Happening Now: Improv 2012 and the Cosmopolitan Truth


This gathering will examine  the economics, aesthetics  and ethnicities of improvisational music culture in present-day NYC, with special emphasis on how older definitions of jazz have been provoked, transformed and morphed by contemporary urban artists and audiences. The role of digital technologies and social media will be in the mix too, as well as race, class and gender issues and the impact of gentrification.

With: Marika Hughes, Vijay Iyer, José James, Butch Morris, and Mazz Swift.

Moderator: Greg Tate


Marika Hughes

Brooklyn-based cellist Marika Hughes was born in NYC to a musical family. She is the granddaughter of famed cellist Emanuel Feuermann and she grew up in her parents jazz club, Burgundy, on the Upper West Side. Marika recently debuted as a bandleader with her album The Simplest Thing... Read More →

Vijay Iyer

Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer was described by Pitchfork as "one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today," Iyer has released fifteen albums as a leader, most recently Tirtha (2011), Solo (2010), and the multiple-award-winning Historicity (2009... Read More →

Butch Morris

Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris is recognized internationally as the principal theorist and practitioner in the evolution of Conduction®, and a leading innovator in the confluence of jazz, new music, improvisation and contemporary classical music. His work redefines the roles of composer... Read More →

Mazz Swift

Native New Yorker and solo artist Mazz Swift, performing under the name MazzMuse, combines elements of classical, folk, electronica, jazz and otherwise free improvisational music to create a complete musical experience. She is a singer and Juilliard trained violinist (playing both... Read More →

Greg Tate

Greg Tate is a writer and musician who lives in Harlem. His books include Flyboy In The Buttermilk, Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and The Black Experience, and Everything But The Burden: What Black People Are Taking from White Culture. He is currently working on a book about James... Read More →

Friday March 23, 2012 2:15pm - 3:45pm EDT
The Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life (GC) 238 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

2:15pm EDT

Roundtable: Tropical Music, Appropriation and Music “Discovery” in the Global Metropolis

The explosion of international sounds in the pop sphere—associated with Pitbull, Black Eyed Peas, Shakira and M.I.A, among others-—has been paralleled and driven by a mirror-underground usually simply called global bass, ghetto bass, or tropical bass. This roundtable explores the power dynamics of cultural appropriation, tastemaking and music discovery within this digital space, looking at rap, Bollywood, kwaito, Baltimore club, dancehall, baile funk, bhangra, cumbia villera, etc., where they merge into this new melting pot/marketplace.

With: Rekha Malhotra aka DJ Rekha, Wayne Marshall, Venus X Iceberg

Moderator: Edwin STATS Houghton


Edwin STATS Houghton

Edwin STATS Houghton is the editor-in-chief of Okayplayer.com and a former contributing editor for FADER magazine where he established the weekly Ghetto Palms column/DJ blog. His cover stories on Vybz Kartel, Sean Paul, Tego Calderon and others have been instrumental in shining a... Read More →

Venus X Iceberg

Venus X Iceberg (née Jazmin Venus Soto) is resident DJ and founder of The Ghe20 Gothik Party (voted best party in 2011 Village Voice) which serves as home base to many recently emerged hybrid rave/hip-hop genres. Her twitter rants calling out DJ/Producer Diplo raise questions of... Read More →

Wayne Marshall

Wayne Marshall is an ethnomusicologist, blogger (wayneandwax.com), and DJ. While working on a book about music and digital youth culture, he's currently teaching at Brandeis University. He co-edited and contributed to Reggaeton (Duke 2009) and has written for The Wire, the Boston... Read More →

Rekha Malhotra AKA DJ Rekha

Rekha Malhotra AKA DJ Rekha is a DJ, producer and founder of Basement Bhangra™ and Bollywood Disco club nights. She has designed sound for "Bridge and Tunnel" on Broadway and NPR, and curated shows for Summerstage, Celebrate Brooklyn and 92Y Tribeca. She is an adjunct lecturer at... Read More →

Friday March 23, 2012 2:15pm - 3:45pm EDT
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

4:00pm EDT

Roundtable: “Do You Want More?” The Time and Space of Alternative Sonic Blackness

The migration of sounds and ideas across time and place encourages synthesis; giving rise to avant garde, radical, and futurist voices. What (other) worlds open up and what (outer) spaces are formed? How do regional sites remix global flows? What factors/forces enable or prohibit certain voices from finding an audience in the national, global, or cyber scene? How do we reconcile organicism of sound, as musicians produce out of particular worlds, with the reckless and restless ways music circulates?

With: Kyle Dargan, Keith and Mendi Obadike, Jace Clayton (DJ Rupture), and the work of Barry Jenkins

Moderators: Jayna Brown, Daphne Brooks and Tavia Nyong’o


Daphne A. Brooks

Daphne A. Brooks is professor of English and African American Studies at Princeton University. She is the author of Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom (Duke UP, 2006), Jeff Buckley’s Grace (Continuum, 2005), as well as the liner notes for Take A Look... Read More →

Jayna Brown

Jayna Brown is associate professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside. She is the author of Babylon Girls: Black Women Performers and the Shaping of the Modern (Duke University Press, 2008), as well as numerous articles on race, gender, global sound and post-coloniality. She is also... Read More →

Jace Clayton

Jace Clayton lives and works in New York City. Clayton uses an interdisciplinary approach to focus on how sound, memory, and public space interact, with an emphasis on low-income communities and the global South. His book on 21st century music and global digital culture will be published... Read More →

Kyle Dargan

Kyle Dargan is the founder and editor of Post No Ills magazine and former managing editor of Callaloo. He is a co-editor, along with Deep Cotton's Chuck Lighting, of the forthcoming I Have a Scream anthology. He teaches literature and creative writing at American University in Washington... Read More →

Tavia Nyong'o

Tavia Nyong’o writes and teaches about performance, popular music, and cultural theory at New York University. His first book, The Amalgamation Waltz, came out in 2009. He is now working on a project about black aesthetics of the untimely. Abstract:"Shame and Scandal and Zombies" This... Read More →

Keith + Mendi Obadike

Mendi Obadike makes music, art and literature. Her and Keith Obadike's works include The Sour Thunder, an Internet opera (Bridge Records), Crosstalk : American Speech Music (Bridge Records), a suite of new media artworks, Black.Net.Art Actions (published in re : skin on M.I.T Press... Read More →

Friday March 23, 2012 4:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
The Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life (GC) 238 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012
Saturday, March 24

9:00am EDT

Roundtable: Musical Crossroads: Framing the Story of African American Music in a National Museum

In 2015, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will open on the National Mall in Washington, DC. This roundtable panel will discuss how regional variation and the impact of urbanization and migration on the history of African American music should be addressed in the museum’s exhibitions.

With: Chuck D., Dwan Reece, Kevin Strait, and Timothy Anne Burnside

Moderator: Dwan Reece

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Timothy Anne Burnside

Curatorial Museum Specialist, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture
Timothy Anne Burnside is a Museum Specialist in the Office of Curatorial Affairs at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC (NMAAHC). She works closely with object donors and museum colleagues to build collections and develop exhibitions... Read More →

Chuck D

Chuck D, a native of Queens, was instrumental in creating politically and socially conscious rap and hip-hop as leader of the group, Public Enemy. Throughout the 1980's and 1990's Public Enemy saw a string of hit singles and albums including Yo! Bum Rush the Show, It Takes a Nation... Read More →
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Dr. Dwandalyn Reece

Dwan Reece is Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History Culture.. Along with building the museum’s collections and developing programs, she is curator of the Museum’s inaugural music exhibition, Musical Crossroads... Read More →

Kevin Strait

Kevin Strait is a Project Historian at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History Culture. He works closely with curators on the research, development and acquisition of objects for several of the museum’s permanent exhibitions. Kevin received his Ph.D. in American... Read More →

Saturday March 24, 2012 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

11:15am EDT

Roundtable: Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage, A Chicana Punk Story—A D.I.Y. “Archiverista” Conversation

This roundtable highlights Alice Bag’s new memoir. Violence Girl
seizes the opportunity to explore within the Hollywood punk scene the
relationship between women and the city and the relevance of Alice’s East L.A. community in her music making. With Alice accompanied by her guitar, the roundtable considers the 1970s Hollywood punk scene as a vehicle for entering, if temporarily, segregated social spaces, and as a space that nurtured a feminist-inspired humor as social critique.

With: Alice “Bag” Velasquez, Michelle Habell-Pallán
and Sean Carrillo

Moderator: Bibbe Hansen


Sean Carrillo

East Los Angeles native Sean Carrillo was a member of the legendary art group Asco. Together with Warhol superstar wife Bibbe Hansen, he owned and operated the respected multicultural performance space Troy Cafe. He now lives in New York City where he creates visual art writes on... Read More →

Michelle Habell-Pallán

Michelle Habell-Pallán, a professor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington, authored Loca Motion: The Travels of Chicana/Latina Popular Culture, guest-curated "American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music", co-facilitates the Women Who Rock Research... Read More →

Bibbe Hansen

Bibbe Hansen, grew up in the art/music underground of 1960’s NY. The youngest of the Warhol superstars, she recorded a single with Jack Kerouac’s daughter Jan when she was thirteen and she continues to perform internationally, most recently at the Barcelona International Poetry... Read More →

Alice Velasquez

Born Alicia Armendariz, Alice Velasquez was the lead singer of The Bags, the first female-fronted punk band to play the Masque, the underground club that was ground zero for the Hollywood punk scene during the 1977 West Coast punk revolution. She's performed with Castration Squad... Read More →

Saturday March 24, 2012 11:15am - 12:45pm EDT
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

4:00pm EDT

Roundtable: And Now a Word From Our Sponsors: New Non-Profit Models for Arts Journalism

On October 10, the Knight Foundation and the NEA announced the winners of the first Community Arts Journalism Challenge, projects based in Charlotte, Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia, and San Jose. That same day, the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program announced its 2011 Fellows and Engine29.org “Pop-up” Lab in Los Angeles. Both initiatives are evidence of new institutional recognition that arts journalism contributes to community building. This roundtable will ask what the individual projects awarded can tell us about future roles for arts journalists and critics as engaged participants in music scenes nationwide.
With: Douglas McLennan, Tatiana Hernandez, and Bill O’Brien
Moderator: Lara Pellegrinelli 


Tatiana Hernandez

Knight Foundation

Douglas McLennan

Douglas McLennan is the founder and editor of ArtsJournal.com, the leading aggregator of arts journalism on the internet. He has written for Salon, Newsweek, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, the London Evening Standard and National Public Radio's All... Read More →

Bill O'Brien

Bill O'Brien, Senior Advisor for Program Innovation at the National Endowment for the Arts, is responsible for exploring, examining and identifying innovative and/or emerging practices, programs and endeavors in the arts that are transformative and deserving of support. Mr. O’Brien... Read More →

Saturday March 24, 2012 4:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

4:00pm EDT

Roundtable: Feminist and Queer Studies of Race in Sound

This roundtable convenes two fields of scholarly inquiry—critical race studies and feminist theory/queer studies—to explore the following interrelated questions: How does sound construct racialized and gendered meaning and/or prompt processes of racial subjection? How might various hermeneutics of sound enrich and/or expand current ethnic and gender studies approaches to the study of racial formation? And how might we collectively forge a feminist, queer analytic for the study of racialized sound and sonic processes of racialization?

With: Kirstie Dorr, Roshanak Kheshti, and Deborah Vargas

Moderator: Kevin Fellezs


Kirstie Dorr

Kirstie Dorr received her Ph.D. in Comparative Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006. Prior to her appointment at UCSD in 2009, Dr. Dorr held a postdoctoral fellowship in African American Studies at the University of Illinois and a subsequent tenure-track... Read More →

Kevin Fellezs

Kevin Fellezs is assistant professor of Music with an appointment in the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University. He earned his PhD in History of Consciousness from UC Santa Cruz in 2004. He is the author of Birds of Fire: Jazz, Rock, Funk and the... Read More →
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Roshanak Kheshti

Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Affiliate Faculty in Critical Gender Studies, University of California, San Diego
Roshanak Kheshti is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and affiliate faculty in the Critical Gender Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego. She received her PhD in Anthropology with a designated emphasis in Women’s Studies from the University of California... Read More →

Deborah Vargas

Deborah Vargas is Associate Professor in the Department of Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Her first book Dissonant Divas in Chicana Music: The Limits of La Onda is forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press. Vargas has contributed oral histories... Read More →

Saturday March 24, 2012 4:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

4:00pm EDT

Roundtable: “For Promotional Use Only”: Mixtapes and the Making and Unmaking of Musical Consensus

The 2007 arrest of DJ Drama for copyright infringement signaled to that the era of rap mixtapes as both in the street and online had unalterably changed. We propose to examine what has been lost—or gained—from the disappearance of physical mixtape culture, both from its attendant spaces in the city and from the popular conversation. Where does
“authority” now lie in “making” and “breaking” such artists and how has this changed how they themselves make music and how it’s consumed?

With: Zach Baron, Tom Breihan, Ryan Dombal, Sean Fennessey,
Nick Sylvester, and Jamin Warren

Moderator: Sean Fennessey


Zach Baron

Zach Baron is an arts critic for the Daily and the former web editor of The Village Voice. He's written about music for Slate, Pitchfork, SPIN, and elsewhere.   Abstract:""For Promotional Use Only" Mixtapes and the Making and Unmaking of Musical Consensus" The 2007 arrest of DJ... Read More →

Tom Breihan

Tom Breihan is Stereogum's Senior Writer. He was once an associate editor at The Village Voice, where he spent three years writing the “Status Ain't Hood” blog and inciting its toxic comments section. He also put in a few years as a staff writer at Pitchfork. He represents Baltimore. Abstract:""For... Read More →

Sean Fennessey

Sean Fennessey is the editor of GQ.com and has written about music for The Village Voice, SPIN, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, The Washington Post, and others. Abstract:""For Promotional Use Only" Mixtapes and the Making and Unmaking of Musical Consensus" The 2007 arrest of DJ Drama... Read More →

Nick Sylvester

Nick Sylvester is the co-editor of Perineum and drummer for the rock band Mr. Dream. A former writer for The Colbert Report, he has written about music for The Wire, Pitchfork, The Village Voice, The Fader, and n+1.   Abstract:""For Promotional Use Only" Mixtapes and the Making... Read More →

Jamin Warren

Jamin Warren is a speaker, writer, and founder of Kill Screen, a videogame arts and culture company. A former reporter for the Wall Street Journal and critic for Pitchfork, he has been featured for his views on arts and technology on NPR, the New Yorker, Fast Company, and Slate.   Abstract:""For... Read More →

Saturday March 24, 2012 4:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012
Sunday, March 25

9:00am EDT

Roundtable: Toward a Culture-Emergent Hip-Hop Studies

This roundtable features accomplished scholar-practitioners of hip-hop, some of whom approach this work as hip hop artists turned academics; some as academics who became artists in the process of researching hip hop; and some who experience hip-hop as part of the ongoing negotiation of their everyday lives. Discussants are asked to reflect on the virtues and potential pitfalls involved in this cultural collision of research, performance, advocacy and personal expression. In what ways do these experiences reflect the condition of urbanity itself, which gave rise to hip-hop in the first place?

With: Sujatha Fernandes, Ali Colleen Neff, Joe Schloss, and Oliver Wang

Moderator: Anthony Kwame Harrison


Sujatha Fernandes

Sujatha Fernandes is associate professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author of Cuba Represent! (Duke University Press, 2006) and Who Can Stop the Drums? (Duke University Press, 2010). Her most recent book is Close to the Edge: In Search... Read More →

Anthony Kwame Harrison

Anthony Kwame Harrison is associate professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at Virginia Tech. Kwame is author of Hip Hop Underground (Temple University Press, 2009) and associate editor of the Journal of Popular Music Studies. He has released several CDs, twelve-inch singles... Read More →

Ali Colleen Neff

Ali Colleen Neff is a writer, filmmaker, and turntablist with the Bay Area's Red Wine Society. As a Ph.D. student in Cultural Studies at UNC – Chapel Hill, she has worked extensively with the musical communities of Mississippi and Senegal. Her book, Let the World Listen Right: The... Read More →

Joe Schloss

Joe Schloss is the author of Foundation: B-boys, B-girls and Hip-hop Culture in New York (Oxford University Press, 2009), and Making Beats: The Art of Sample-Based Hip-Hop (Wesleyan University Press, 2004). He is adjunct assistant professor of Black and Latino Studies at Baruch College... Read More →

Oliver Wang

Oliver Wang is assistant professor of Sociology at California State University-Long Beach. He contributes regularly to NPR and the LA Times and runs the audio-blog, Soul-Sides.com.   Abstract:"The The ? Remains: Toward a Culture-Emergent Hip-Hop Studies" Of all forms of popular... Read More →

Sunday March 25, 2012 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

11:15am EDT

Roundtable: Cover Charges & Late-Night Jams

The fruitful relationship of jazz and “The Big Apple” stands as one of the foremost examples of a musical style benefiting from, and in turn helping to define, a supportive home. The first half of this event is a multimedia survey by Ashley Kahn of representative New York City jazz venues, from the 1920s through the 2000s; the second half is a panel discussion asking what is it about New York City and jazz that accounts for their lasting relationship, with a more contemporary focus on forums of free-flowing musical exchange and financial support for the music’s creators.

With: Legendary jazz impresario George Wein; veteran Jazz at Lincoln Center producer Billy Bank; and Jazz Standard creative director Seth Abramson

Moderator: Ashley Kahn


Seth Abramson

Seth Abramson, a Grammy Award-Winning Producer, is founder of Rabbit Moon Productions, Inc. (RMP) a live music presentation and production company. He also serves as the Creative Artistic Director for the Jazz Standard, the renowned New York City jazz club owned by restaurateur Danny... Read More →

Billy Banks

Billy Banks is principal owner and director of Banks Entertainment, a management consulting and production services company, and has worked for more than 30 years as a concert/tour producer, record producer tour manager, and music business management consultant. Since 1982, he has... Read More →

George Wein

George Wein is the world’s leading jazz impresario, an NEA Jazz Master and is widely regarded as the godfather of music festivals, having produced the first Newport Jazz Festival in 1954, followed five years later by the Newport Folk Festival. His autobiography Myself Among Others... Read More →

Sunday March 25, 2012 11:15am - 12:45pm EDT
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

2:15pm EDT

Roundtable: I Pledge Allegiance to the Block: Cityscapes, Hegemonic Sound, and Blackness

Whether a homesite for protest and resistance or, as Alain Locke suggests, an escape from the ‘medieval’ south, the city serves as both a muse and haven for black American cultural expression. Although cityscapes are heavily represented in African American music and popular culture, more discussion is needed about how the city is often a hegemonic space of black cultural expression. In other words, how does an urban setting dictate power and blackness in the (African) American community?

With: Regina Bradley, Fredara Hadley, Matthew Morrison, and Liana Silva

Moderator: Guthrie “Guy” Ramsey

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Regina Bradley

Regina N. Bradley is a PhD candidate in African American Literature at Florida State University. Her dissertation analyzes white hegemonic privilege and race consciousness in 21st century African American literature and culture. She regularly writes for AllHipHop, Sounding Out!, and... Read More →

Fredara Mareva Hadley

Fredara Mareva Hadley is an ethnomusicologist with a research focus on music scenes and African American popular music. Her dissertation examines how the soul music scene in Atlanta, Georgia contributed to intra-racial diversity. In addition to academic pursuits, Fredara is an active... Read More →

Matthew D. Morrison

Matthew D. Morrison is a PhD candidate in Musicology at Columbia University. He completed a masters in Musicology at The Catholic University of America. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Current Musicology, an adjunct instructor of black music at Vassar College, and writing a... Read More →

Guthrie "Guy" Ramsey

Guthrie “Guy” Ramsey, PhD is the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania. His book Race Music: Black Cultures From Be-Bop to Hip Hop (University of California Press, 2003) was named outstanding book of the year by IASPM-US. He recently... Read More →

Liana Silva

Liana M. Silva is a PhD candidate in Binghamton University’s English Department and Managing Editor for the sound studies blog Sounding Out! She is currently working on her dissertation, a study of representations of New York City and the idea of home in the cultural productions... Read More →

Sunday March 25, 2012 2:15pm - 3:45pm EDT
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

4:00pm EDT

Roundtable: These Are the Breaks: How a Few Dozen Obscure Records Transformed the World of Pop Music

A select group of sounds familiar only to a small group of folks within a few square miles in the Bronx of the mid-1970s became the rhythmic foundation of global pop music for the next two decades. How and why did this convergence of urban geography and music history happen? And what were the consequences?

With: Kool DJ Red Alert, Nick deKreshewo, Bill Stephney, and Brian Coleman

Moderator: Dan Charnas


Kool DJ Red Alert

DJ Red Alert, one of Afrika Bambaataa’s original Zulu Nation DJs, is one of the founding fathers of Hip-Hop music and culture. He was named one of the 50 most influential people in music by Rolling Stone, and is featured in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.   Abstract:"These Are... Read More →

Dan Charnas

Dan Charnas, author of The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop (Penguin), is also the co-author of Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label (Rizzoli). He was VP of A&R for Rick Rubin’s American Recordings and wrote for The Source magazine.   Abstract:"These... Read More →

Brian Coleman

Brian Coleman is the author of Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies (Random House/Villard). He has written for Scratch, URB, Wax Poetics, CMJ, Complex, Boston Herald, Boston Phoenix, XXL, The Source, and NY Press, among others.   Abstract:"These Are The Breaks... Read More →

Nick deKreshewo

Nick deKreshewo is the founder of Downstairs Records in Manhattan. A specialist in rare 45-rpm records, DeKreshewo transformed Downstairs Records in the 1970s and 1980s into the unofficial home of breakbeats, and continues operating Downstairs Records as an Internet and mail-order... Read More →

Bill Stephney

Bill Stephney was the first president of Def Jam Recordings and the co-founder and co-producer of the legendary group Public Enemy. Stephney was music supervisor for a number of major motion pictures including Boomerang, CB-4, The Ladies Man, and Clockers.   Abstract:"These Are... Read More →

Sunday March 25, 2012 4:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th Floor 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

4:00pm EDT

Roundtable: All Internet Is Local? The Meaning Of “Local Music Coverage” In The Pageview Era

How can editors balance the demands for revenue-generating pageviews and the idea of serving their local communities? Should musicians go the shock-tactic route and try to become memes in an effort to transcend their geographic standing? Is the Internet becoming its own “local scene”? The panelists heading up this roundtable are journalists from markets large and small who have had weary showdowns with Google Analytics, but we encourage all those interested in the current state of local scenes to enter the fray.

With: Reed Fischer, David Malitz, Andrea Swensson, Christopher Weingarten, and Ryan White

Moderator: Maura Johnston


Reed Fischer

Reed Fischer is the music editor at City Pages in Minneapolis. Previously, he spent two years as the New Times Broward-Palm Beach music editor in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and he has written for Rolling Stone, Village Voice, Alternative Press, CMJ, among others.   Abstract:"All... Read More →

Maura Johnston

Maura Johnston is the music editor of the Village Voice, where she runs the blog Sound of the City. A self-professed Internet lifer, her work on music, technology, and culture has appeared at NPR, Newsday, Vanity Fair, Popdust, and The Daily.   Abstract:"All Internet Is Local... Read More →

David Malitz

David Malitz has covered music for The Washington Post in print and online since May 2004. He has offered in-depth coverage of the local music scene, interviewed the likes of Brian Wilson and Aretha Franklin, reviewed concerts by Paul McCartney and Paul Simon, blogged from SXSW... Read More →

Andrea Swensson

Andrea Swensson is the music editor of City Pages and has been covering Minnesota music actively since 2005. She's the writer behind most of the paper's music-related cover stories and their annual Picked to Click and Year in Music issues, and she also works daily on the Gimme... Read More →

Christopher R. Weingarten

Christopher R. Weingarten is Senior Editor at Spin. His work has appeared in The Village Voice (where he pens the twice-weekly local-music column Yes In My Backyard), Revolver, Nylon, RollingStone.com and elsewhere. He is the author of two books: a study of Public Enemy's iconic It... Read More →

Sunday March 25, 2012 4:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012