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New Yorkers Pay Tribute to Prince

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Chances With Wolves on Instagram

The city is awash in purple as New Yorkers mourn the death of yet another music legend this year. Last night, cries of “Purple Rain” and “Little Red Corvette” reverberated around our neighborhoods as people danced into the wee hours. 

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Questlove Knows He’s a Workaholic, But He Still Agreed to Score Zoe Kravitz’s New Movie

(Photo: Monty Leman)

(Photo: Monty Leman)

Questlove — seriously — needs no introduction, not any more. In what was probably for him a typical weekend, he bounced down to SXSW and appeared on a food panel with Austin’s superstar chef Paul Qui, played a DJ set at Qui’s dinner party (followed by D’Angelo set), and promoted the film 808, about the legendary drum machine, in which he appears.

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Exit Interview: Ariel Palitz of Sutra, Now Closed After 10 Years of Partying

Ariel Palitz (Photo: Nicky Digital)

Ariel Palitz (Photo: Nicky Digital)

Last week Sutra ended its 10-year-run in the East Village with a throwdown that saw Questlove DJing and Melle Mel spitting “The Message,” his seminal hip-hop track with Grandmaster Flash.
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30 Tweet-Worthy Moments From the Webby Awards, Hosted by Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt (Photo: Ko Fujimura)

Patton Oswalt (Photo: Ko Fujimura)

Hours after Bill de Blasio kicked off Internet Week, the technorati poured into Cipriani Wall Street last night to see Patton Oswalt host the 18th annual Webby Awards. The comic was quick to poke fun at websites whose founders were in the audience: “Even if I eat it tonight Reddit will find a way to blame it on the wrong person,” he quipped.

Here, now, are the ceremony’s most memorable (or shall we say, Tweetable) moments.
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Rick Ross, Action Bronson and 10 Other Rap Royals, as Painted By a Dutch Master

jayzWhen Amar Stewart moved from London to Bushwick a couple of months ago, he brought with him his oil paintings of Biggie and Tupac, inspired by the art of Frans Hals, a Dutchman whose works hangs at The Met.
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Watch Sufjan Stevens and The Roots Do ‘Holly Jolly Christmas’ at the Okayplayer Holiday Jam

(Photo: Brad Farberman)

(Photo: Brad Farberman)

A jam is many things. It’s fun. Loose. Liberating. Social. But it’s also a chance to just make some music, no questions asked, and that was the prevailing vibe Monday as the Roots played the seventh annual Okayplayer Holiday Jam at Brooklyn Bowl.

Okayplayer is a hip-hop website brought to life by Roots drummer Questlove in 1999. Its yearly invitation-only holiday event is notorious for drawing serious, unannounced talent (the only act advertised ahead of time is the Roots).
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How the Author of Killing Williamsburg Got Questlove to Do a ‘Suicide Set’

(Photo: Kimberlee Hewitt)

(Photo: Kimberlee Hewitt)

Tomorrow at Trash Bar there’s a book party for Killing Williamsburg, and it won’t be the usual wine-and-cheese affair: starting at 7 p.m., the one and only Questlove will spin songs by musicians who killed themselves. Morbid as it may sound, the night’s “suicide set” is in keeping with the book’s macabre plot: a cynical Williamsburger is jolted from his ennui when a plague of mysterious, gruesome suicides threatens to turn his “hip, hopping, happening” neighborhood into a ghost town.
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