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The Clueless Soundtrack Turns 20

Films made about teenagers are ephemeral by default. That doesn’t make them forgettable, but while plotlines traverse decades (Clueless is, after all, based on Jane Austen’s Emma), trends don’t. Teen movies are nothing if not a burial ground for every gadget and outfit once thought of as “cool.” But music doesn’t go out of style… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 17, 2015 - 10:50 am

Beastie Boys Awarded Even More Money From Monster Energy

Last June, a federal court ruled that Monster Energy Drink would have to pay the Beastie Boys $1.7 million in damages for unauthorized use of their music in promotional materials. But of course, these kinds of suits are always messy, and things didn’t end there: In January, the Beastie Boys filed a motion seeking a… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 16, 2015 - 9:55 pm

Watch Ad-Rock’s Great Daily Show Appearance

Suckas, they be saying they could take out Adam Horovitz! And put him on late-night TV for a couple of weeks running! The former Beastie Boy Ad-Rock is in the new Noah Baumbach movie While We’re Young, and that’s a great reason to keep him throwing charm all over the place on various different shows. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 14, 2015 - 9:39 am

Watch The Mountain Goats And The King Ad-Rock On Seth Meyers

There’s this great thing that happens in the rare event that the Mountain Goats get to play a late-night show. At some point during the performance, frontman John Darnielle will look over at bassist Peter Hughes, and they’ll exchange one of those “holy shit, we’re getting to do this” looks. It’s the best. Today, the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 7, 2015 - 8:44 am

Watch Ad-Rock Give Advice To Teenage Girls

Rookie puts out a lot of great editorial and video content, but one of my personal favorites is their series “Ask A Grown Man” in which older male celebrities answer teen girls’ questions about relationships, both social and romantic. TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus, and Run The Jewels are among the… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 31, 2015 - 3:24 pm

Watch Ad-Rock Clown Around On Jimmy Fallon

Ad-Rock was one of the guests on last night’s episode of Jimmy Fallon. It was his first time appearing on a talk show solo. He was there to promote his role in Noah Baumbach’s new film While We’re Young, but he mostly just joked around with Fallon and fellow guest Will Forte. He did talk… More »

By: James Rettig / March 28, 2015 - 12:26 pm

Beastie Boys Win Paul’s Boutique Sampling Lawsuit

Hey, the Beastie Boys won another court case! Last year, a court ruled that the makers of Monster Energy Drink would have to pay the group $1.7 million for unauthorized use of their music. And now, the Beasties are being let off for unauthorized use of other people’s music. The label TufAmerica, which struck a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 25, 2015 - 1:30 pm

Ad-Rock Describes Auditioning Stoned For Oliver Stone’s The Doors

In a new New York Times profile, Adam Horovitz (aka Ad-Rock) reflected on starting his transition to a post-Beastie Boys life following the death of MCA in 2012. Most recently, he’s starring in Noah Baumbach’s new film While We’re Young, which is coming out later this week. But it’s not the aging rapper’s first foray… More »

By: James Rettig / March 24, 2015 - 8:40 am

Ad-Rock Gives An Update On Beastie Boys’ “Weird” Memoir, No Longer Expected This Year

Back in 2013, we learned that Ad-Rock and Mike D, the two surviving Beastie Boys, were working on a memoir together. They had signed on with Random House subsidiary Spiegel & Grau to write a book that would be “loosely structured as an oral history,” and they were planning to publish it in fall 2015. More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 11, 2015 - 3:11 pm

Rick Rubin Just Annotated A Ton Of Kanye West, Beastie Boys, & Johnny Cash Songs On Genius

One of the redeeming qualities of community-annotated lyric site Genius is that they sometimes recruit cool artists and behind-the-scenes players to talk about songs that they worked on or that they really love. Case in point: Super producer Rick Rubin recently made a profile on the site and set about adding some background information to… More »

By: James Rettig / February 2, 2015 - 6:58 pm

Beastie Boys Want Another $2.4M From Monster Energy For Legal Fees

Back in June, the Beastie Boys won a copyright lawsuit against Monster Energy Drink after the company used the band’s music and likeness in promos for a sponsored snowboard competition without their permission. The surviving Beastie Boys were awarded $1.7 million, but they are now asking for an additional $2.4 million to cover the legal… More »

By: James Rettig / January 19, 2015 - 7:17 pm

Watch Beastie Boys & Nas’ Unreleased “Too Many Rappers” Video Directed By Roman Coppola

One of the highlights of the Beastie Boys’ final album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two was “Too Many Rappers,” a collaboration with Nas. Roman Coppola shot a video for the song featuring all four rappers in a grocery store and other commercial environs (Ad-Rock’s thinkin’ Arby’s), but it was never released. Fortunately, a fan o… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 12, 2015 - 4:01 pm

Ad-Rock Uses A Homemade NY1 Guitar Strap In Tribute To Their Viral Air Guitar Video

The local New York news network NY1 is much-loved in town thanks to its wry tone and to a kind of shambling amateurism that sometimes comes through. Case in point: Last year, NY1 reporter Roger Clark reported on an air guitar championship at the Bowery Ballroom by giving a flailing on-air Rush air-guitar solo of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 27, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Mike D Discusses The $5M Townhouse He’s Designing And Selling In Brooklyn

Beastie Boy Mike D has been working on developing a brownstone in the Cobble Hill area of Brooklyn alongside his wife, Tamra Davis, and architect friends Jill and John Bouratoglou. The townhouse is now on the market for $4.98 million and features three floors, four bedrooms, and a garage. He and Davis moved to the… More »

By: James Rettig / September 16, 2014 - 9:55 am

Ratking – “Canal (Ad-Rock Remix)”

The rowdy New York experimental rap crew Ratking are playing Lollapalooza this weekend, and to heighten anticipation for their set they’ve released a remix of their So It Goes single “Canal” by none other than Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz. Ad-Rock turns the bassy, dramatic original into something jazzy, grimy, and at least a little bit… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 31, 2014 - 4:34 pm

Beastie Boys’ Mike D Remembers The ’90s: Watch Him Talk Tupac, Grunge Fashion, “Sabotage” Video

Beastie Boy Mike D recently sat for a series of short but packed-full-of-stuff video interviews with Vanity Fair, all of them about the pop culture of the ’90s, a time when Mike and his group were absolute kings. He doesn’t exactly say anything new in these videos, but the way he leaves all this stuff… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 31, 2014 - 2:35 pm

Site Of Paul’s Boutique Cover Getting Beasties Mural For Today’s 25th Anniversary

Twenty-five years ago today, a little group called the Beastie Boys put out a little album called Paul’s Boutique. To celebrate that fact, artist Danielle Mastrion is going to begin work tomorrow morning on a Beastie Boys tribute mural adorning the wall of Wolfnights sandwich shop on the corner of Rivington and Ludlow, the intersectio… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 25, 2014 - 4:32 pm

Beastie Boys Poised For Another Legal Win, This Time Over Paul’s Boutique Samples

Beastie Boys already prevailed in legal battles against GoldieBlox and Monster Energy this year, and now they seem likely to win a third. Before Adam Yauch died, the record label Tuf America sued Beastie Boys over the use of uncleared samples from Trouble Funk’s “Say What” and “Let’s Get Small” on the Beasties’ Dust-Brothers-produced 1989… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 12, 2014 - 10:40 am

Beastie Boys Win $1.7M In Monster Trial

Two years ago, the Beastie Boys filed a breach of copyright suit against Monster Energy Drink when the company used the band’s music in promotional materials for the Monster Energy-sponsored snowboard competition Ruckus In The Rockies. Those materials (namely a Monster-commissioned mix by DJ Z-Trip that included several Beastie Boys’ songs) allegedly started appearing five… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 5, 2014 - 5:53 pm

Mike D Confirms Beastie Boys Are Done, Ad-Rock Dances On Inside Amy Schumer

Last week, during the Beastie Boys’ court battle against Monster Energy Drink, Mike D said something we all already knew: After the death of Adam Yauch, the Beastie Boys are done. Here’s what he said: “We have not been able to tour since MCA, Adam Yauch, died. We can’t make new music.” Honestly, this i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 4, 2014 - 11:04 am
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