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Epic Win

It never seemed possible, but metal is finally getting comfortable with indie-rock proportions. What once required enormous stages with catwalks and hyperactive spark machines now really needs only kids throwing all-ages shows in basements. It's a bit m
The Martyrdom of Junius
By MATT PARISH  |  December 11, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Parse and labor

I think music-news headlines are now officially my favorite part of pop music.
The week in unhelpful headlines
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 19, 2009
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Review: Akon | Freedom

Back in April 2007, R&B singer and rapper Akon dry-humped a 15-year-old girl on stage, an incident that led to some overblown criticism in the conservative media.
Droppin', poppin', etc.
By DAVID BOFFA  |  December 15, 2008
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Mirror ball

The stirring pop hits of the day can’t help but reflect the refracting cracked mirror of our nation’s increasingly emotion-laden psyche.
Fables of deconstruction
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 08, 2008
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David Banner

It would be a stronger statement if it weren’t for the conflicting cornerstones of conscientious-rapper soapboxing and standard-issue gangsta themes he’s laid at its foundation.
The Greatest Story Ever Told | Motown
By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  July 22, 2008
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When Jacko was king

Richard Nixon may be the only figure whose decline in popularity eclipsed Michael Jackson’s.
The 25th anniversary of Thriller
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 26, 2008


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Ky-Mani Marley

It’s a little jarring to hear him dropping f-bombs and rapping about packing heat all over his fourth album
Radio | Vox/AAO
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 26, 2007
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From ’Ye to mixtapes

To get the full taste of where hip-hop is at, you also have to seek out the unofficial releases, the mixtapes, which often have a bigger impact than the official albums.
Hip-hop: 2007 in review
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 17, 2007
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Shaggy

Even though he’s sold some 20 million albums, labels have kept Shaggy on a short leash over the years.
Intoxication | Big Yard/VP
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 10, 2007
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Explicitly yours

The easiest way out with R. Kelly — as with Bill Clinton or Paris Hilton — is sex jokes.
R. Kelly after the sex jokes
By RICHARD BECK  |  August 07, 2007
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Fabolous

Maybe he should spend less time spelling out his name.
From Nothin' to Somethin' | Def Jam
By DOMINIQUE HENDELMAN  |  July 17, 2007


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Live Earth 2007

So you’re headed to a Live Earth gig somewhere, whether outside New York City or in a remote outpost in Antarctica.
Where to go, who to see, what to know — even if you don't have a ticket
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 10, 2007
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Snoop Dogg

That Snoop has made his best album since 1993’s Doggystyle is a painful reminder that the hip-hop ambassador has spent the majority of his career coasting.
Tha Blue Carpet Treatment | Geffen
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  December 11, 2006
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Beatfest

If them old changing-weather blues got you longing to twist again like you did last summer, just download some of these dance-floor alternatives (suitable for headphone listening) and let your toes do the tapping.
Let’s twist again
By CHRIS NELSON  |  September 18, 2006
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On the racks: June 27, 2006

. . . and all sorts of guest stars.
Dashboard Confessional, India.Irie, Shawnna, Grant Lee Phillips . . .
By MATT ASHARE  |  June 27, 2006
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Going on sale, April 7, 2006

Tony Bennett, Tom Jones, Styx and more
The latest news from the concert-ticket trade
By WILL SPITZ  |  April 04, 2006