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Shedding his skin
A few weeks ago, Boston MC Benny Blanco brought his homeboy J the S a flyer for a sketchy wrestling match in Long Island the next day.
The new J the S is wiser than the old one
| March 26, 2010
Getting the story
Full-length written histories of jazz can be a slog. Especially since "the story of jazz" (as critic Marshall Stearns titled his 1956 tome) only gets longer and more complicated. Personally, on these prose-narrative trips along the New Orleans–New York
Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux sing jazz's many strains
| December 04, 2009
For some hip-hop heads, artists like Mickey Factz represent everything that reeks in rap. Between his bypassing the rugged underground, blowing up on-line, and occasionally kicking Kanye-esque arrogance, he's an easy target for so-called purists.
Mickey Factz is here to catch your asses up.
| March 02, 2009
Men from Mars(eille)
“Un jour ou l’autre, parlera l’Europe marseillais” — “Sooner or later, Europe will speak Marseille.”
Lo Còr de la Plana invade Boston
| October 02, 2008
Your total inability to recognize deserving candidates has me . . . amused?
Letters to the Boston editor, July 25, 2008
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| July 23, 2008
Although crunk partisans probably won’t care for the comparison, LA rapper Busdriver might be thought of as the indie hip-hop analogue to Lil’ Wayne.
The indie rap of Busdriver and Von Südenfed
| November 06, 2007
For much of his life, no one played Thelonious Monk pieces except Thelonious Monk.
Julius Hemphill at the Gardner, Cyrus Plays Elvis
| October 23, 2007
Sound and silence
The RISD exhibit reminds us that filmmakers at the forefront of the medium have been consistently drawn to the novelty of the medium.
Old and new images meet at the RISD Museum
| September 18, 2007
All them 88s!
From free to funky, it sometimes seems like a golden age of jazz piano.
A whole lotta pianists and more
| December 28, 2006
The turntablist who taught jam bands to scratch speaks on his new album, the roots of jazz rap, and his New Orleans tribute with Charlie Hunter.
DJ Logic talks about his Zen moment
| July 17, 2006
By any other name
Boston has very few outlets for dance vinyl.
Satellite becomes Mass Muzik; SoulKore in Dudley Square
| May 05, 2006
Chop shop pop
The Brighton-based British sextet's voluminous French cuffs of sleeve-worn influences put the “hyper” in hyperlink.
The Go! Team’s referential rock
| March 14, 2006
With Boston bursting at the seams with colleges and conservatories, music knowledge can get you quite far in this town.
Wayne brings his wax to school; a VFW house party
| January 23, 2006
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