Andy Gensler

Billboard.biz Contributing Editor

Billboard.biz contributing editor Andy Gensler is a writer, editor and enthusiastic dancer who has worked at and written for the New York Times, Rolling Stone and Spin. He co-founded the Mishpucha music collective and the No Dancing Allowed political organization fighting NYC's restrictive cabaret laws. He also edited the Daily Swarm and played guitar in the Homefries, an eclectic folk-metal-country-gypsy-punk band. 

U.K. Independent Label Market Comes To Brooklyn

U.K. Independent Label Market Comes To Brooklyn

Bypassing middle men, indie label bosses will hawk their music and merch directly to the fans this Saturday on New York’s Williamsburg waterfront where you might can pick up such limited items as a new Portishead single, DFA tattoos and a Real Estate live "bootleg" on Domino.
ATP's Barry Hogan Q&A: The Glory of Asbury Park, Booking Jeff Magnum, Johnny Cash's Hotel

ATP's Barry Hogan Q&A: The Glory of Asbury Park, Booking Jeff Magnum, Johnny Cash's Hotel

This weekend All Tomorrow's Parties, the critically acclaimed U.K.-based music fest, is hitting the shore town of Asbury Park, NJ with acts that include Portishead, Jeff Magnum (Neutral Milk Hotel), Public Enemy, Bonnie Prince Billy, Ultramagnetic MCs and Deerhoof. Fest founder Barry Hogan tells .Biz how he gets act like Magnum and My Bloody Valentine to play/reform, why it's not about making "shitloads" of money and sleeping in Johnny Cash's hotel.
Backbeat: L.A's Hot As Sun, Go-Go Dancers and 'CSI Miami' @ Artist Peter Tunney's NYC Happening

Backbeat: L.A's Hot As Sun, Go-Go Dancers and 'CSI Miami' @ Artist Peter Tunney's NYC Happening

NYC artist Peter Tunney's fabulous art party last week in two TriBeCa buildings included free food trucks, a zombie dungeon and the woozy electronic sounds of L.A.'s Hot As Sun. The female duo, who are managed by Rob Stevenson (recently named VP of A&R at Universal Republic) have a lot happening, including a song on this past weekend's "CSI Miami" premiere, a cover of Van Halen's "Hot of Teacher," and copious amounts of glitter...
Backbeat: The Man Who Makes Aloe Blacc's Train Run On Time

Backbeat: The Man Who Makes Aloe Blacc's Train Run On Time

Sometimes it’s the little guy behind the scenes  -- or in this case the not so little guy running between soundboard, dressing room and the backline -- who makes the trains run on time. But it wasn’t transport at NYC’s Highline Ballroom earlier this week that was so impressive, but rather an electrifying performance by Aloe Blacc backed by a six-person band and an indefatigable Welsh road manager named Pablo McCart.
JDub Records Shutting Down

JDub Records Shutting Down

JDub Records, a Jewish non-profit record label started nine years ago in New York City, announced it is shutting down due to financial pressures. The label, which helped launch the career of the dub-influenced orthodox musician Matisyahu, had a musically eclectic roster that included Balkan Beat Box, Golem, Sway Machinery, Girls in Trouble and Socalled.
Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Again on Sale at Amazon For 99 Cents

Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Again on Sale at Amazon For 99 Cents

As if there wasn’t enough controversy and music industry handwringing the first time around, Amazon.com today announced it is again selling Lady Gaga’s new album ‘Born This Way’ for a heavily discounted .99 cents for the second time this week.  

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