Jon Caramanica

  1. SXSW Backbeat: Usher and The Afghan Whigs Surprise The Fader Fort While Lil Wayne Health Scare Shocks Backstage

    March 16, 2013 1:12 PM EDT Andy Cohn , president and publisher of the Fader, gave himself the best birthday present imaginable Friday night. One of his all-time favorite bands, The Afghan Whigs , headlined a closing-night set with surprise guest Usher that practically r ...

  2. Backbeat: Members of Yeasayer, Das Racist, Neon Indian and Stereogum's Amrit Singh Premiere 'Dosa Hunt' Film

    October 08, 2012 2:35 PM EDT Dosa hunters and friends: (L-R) Stereogum's Amrit Singh, Yeasayer's Ira Wolf Tuton, Steve Marion of Delicate Steve, and Anand Wilder, member of film cast and Yeasayer. (Photo: Harley Oliver Brown) For a small sect of New York's indi ...

  3. Backbeat: Jay-Z Wows A Sold Out Barclays Center On Opening Night

    September 29, 2012 10:17 AM EDT The Barclays Center looms over Brooklyn. (Photo: Steven J. Horowitz) Jay-Z doesn't just put on shows -- he stages events. After invading Philadelphia last month for his first annual "Made in America" festival, Hov returned to his na ...

  4. Backbeat: Frank Ocean, Bon Iver Play Fader/Vitaminwater's Surprise Uncapped Show at NYC Synagogue

    September 26, 2012 10:15 AM EDT Frank Ocean performed at NYC's Angel Orensanz synagogue on Manhattan's Lower East Side Monday night with Bon Iver as part of the Fader and vitaminwater's Uncapped series. (Photo: Andy Gensler) If the Fader and vitaminwater wanted to ...

  5. Backbeat: A$AP Rocky (& Mob), 'Breaking Bad' Fan Oneohtrix Point Never, Indie Rock Elite Hit Pitchfork Fest

    July 19, 2012 12:40 PM EDT The Indie Nation Sea: The scene at Chicago's Union Park for the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival. (Photo: Rebecca Smeyne) Held in Chicago's Union Park for the seventh straight year, the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival featured an eclectic mix ...

  6. Backbeat: ASAP Rocky Hits Irving Plaza Like a Fist, Leaves Crowd Buzzing

    February 06, 2012 10:30 AM EST RCA Records' ASAP Rocky was just a few songs into his headlining set at New York's The Fillmore at Irving Plaza on Wednesday night when he asked the sold-out crowd if it wanted an encore. "Y'all were trill for "Pretty Flac ...

  7. #Grammys: Our Favorite Tweets Of The Night

    February 14, 2011 12:09 AM EST As a longtime Grammy veteran, it's hard to say which currently popular activity distracts you from the show you're ostensibly reporting about more: live-blogging or trying to follow the Twitter barrage, even a not-that-big one. This year ...