David Meir Grossman

David Meir Grossman is a writer living in Brooklyn. His Twitter feed is @davidgross_man.

Five Ways of Looking at Steve Reich, Who Is a Genius (and a Jerk)

Headlining Knoxville’s Big Ears avant-garde music festival, the composer passes a baton to Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood

The Shondes Defend Pro-BDS Stance

Talking to lead singer Louisa Solomon about the band’s canceled DC JCC gig

The Deep Jewish Roots of Kanye West’s Awesome ‘Blood on the Leaves’

Abel Meeropol’s ‘Strange Fruit’ gets remixed into Yeezus in a manner worthy of its creator, for song of the year

The Shondes Keep on Rocking

Radical self-reliance runs through the band’s latest album, The Garden

King Without a Beard: The Rise and Fall and Rise of a Former Reggae Star

As Matisyahu tours on ‘Spark Seeker,’ will his pop fans snuff out the spiritual fire that lifted him to the top of the charts?

Regina Spektor’s Immigrant Aid

The Russian-Jewish indie star headlines a benefit for HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, an aging philanthropy seeking new attention

Out of This World

It’s time we update our pantheon of Emotional Canadian Jews: Like Leonard Cohen and Drake, William Shatner lays his soul on the track with abandon

Offensive

Feminist rock collective Permanent Wave gathers a powerful music scene around a core of activism. Just don’t call them riot grrrls.

Sonic Youth

A round-up of five very different albums from 2011 worth giving and keeping, including the latest from Drake, Wild Flag, and more

Golden Boys

Jewish rappers Mac Miller and Drake are both at the top of the charts, but they’re at opposite sides of the music business

Here We Are Now

What do you do if you were too young and Jewish to catch the early-1990s Pacific Northwest rock scene? You listen to Wild Flag now.

Downfall

Sadat X rapped about Jewish control, and Kanye West compared himself to Hitler. It’s time for Jews to proclaim their place in hip-hop history.

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