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. 

Backbeat: Not Your Daddy's World Music: 2NE1, Yuna, La Vida Boheme Rock MTV Iggy Concert:

Backbeat: Not Your Daddy's World Music: 2NE1, Yuna, La Vida Boheme Rock MTV Iggy Concert:

On Monday afternoon in NYC, MTV Iggy, the cable channel's multi-platformed global brand, crowned 2011's Best New Band based on 4.25 million votes from 169 countries. The live-streamed extravaganza approached the thrills and chills of MTV's hallmark VMA Awards show with South Korea's 2NE1, Venezuela's La Vida Boheme and Malaysia's Yuna -- not quite your daddy's world music...
Syl Johnson On His Two Grammy Noms: 'Should Have Been Three -- Kanye and Jay-Z Sampled Me'

Syl Johnson On His Two Grammy Noms: 'Should Have Been Three -- Kanye and Jay-Z Sampled Me'

One would think an underappreciated soul music legend like Syl Johnson would be elated to receive two Grammy nominations for his "Complete Mythology” box set (Numero Group). But true to his mercurial form, Syl had some spleen to vent concerning an uncleared sample used by Kanye West and Jay-Z on their Grammy-nominated "Watch the Throne" album.
Windish Agency Names Eli Thomas Director of Events & Sponsorship

Windish Agency Names Eli Thomas Director of Events & Sponsorship

The Windish Agency today announced that Eli Thomas has joined the company as Director of Events and Sponsorship. Eli will work out of the LA office as the event planner for Windish-branded events as well as head up all sponsorship initiatives for the booking agency’s artist roster.
ASCAP, Radio Music License Committee Announce Settlement in Principle

ASCAP, Radio Music License Committee Announce Settlement in Principle

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) have announced a settlement in principle on the fees U.S. radio stations pay to publicly perform ASCAP's more than 8.5 million plus musical works through 2016. The agreement also covers digital and mobile platforms.
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...

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