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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
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 26, 2010
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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
By JON GARELICK  |  December 04, 2009
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Present perfect

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.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 02, 2009
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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
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 02, 2008

Fight song

Your total inability to recognize deserving candidates has me . . . amused?
Letters to the Boston editor, July 25, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 23, 2008
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Freestyle fellowships

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
By FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  November 06, 2007


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Standards

For much of his life, no one played Thelonious Monk pieces except Thelonious Monk.
Julius Hemphill at the Gardner, Cyrus Plays Elvis
By JON GARELICK  |  October 23, 2007
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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
By GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2007
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All them 88s!

From free to funky, it sometimes seems like a golden age of jazz piano.
 A whole lotta pianists and more
By JON GARELICK  |  December 28, 2006
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Logically speaking

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
By DAVID BOFFA  |  July 17, 2006
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By any other name

Boston has very few outlets for dance vinyl.
Satellite becomes Mass Muzik; SoulKore in Dudley Square
By DAVID DAY  |  May 05, 2006


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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  
By TONY WARE  |  March 14, 2006
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Class act

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
By DAVID DAY  |  January 23, 2006