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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
| December 11, 2009
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
| June 19, 2009
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.
| December 15, 2008
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
| September 08, 2008
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
| July 22, 2008
When Jacko was king
Richard Nixon may be the only figure whose decline in popularity eclipsed Michael Jackson’s.
The 25th anniversary of Thriller
| February 26, 2008
It’s a little jarring to hear him dropping f-bombs and rapping about packing heat all over his fourth album
Radio | Vox/AAO
| December 26, 2007
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
| December 17, 2007
Even though he’s sold some 20 million albums, labels have kept Shaggy on a short leash over the years.
Intoxication | Big Yard/VP
| December 10, 2007
The easiest way out with R. Kelly — as with Bill Clinton or Paris Hilton — is sex jokes.
R. Kelly after the sex jokes
| August 07, 2007
Maybe he should spend less time spelling out his name.
From Nothin' to Somethin' | Def Jam
| July 17, 2007
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
| July 10, 2007
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
| December 11, 2006
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
| September 18, 2006
On the racks: June 27, 2006
. . . and all sorts of guest stars.
Dashboard Confessional, India.Irie, Shawnna, Grant Lee Phillips . . .
| June 27, 2006
Going on sale, April 7, 2006
Tony Bennett, Tom Jones, Styx and more
The latest news from the concert-ticket trade
| April 04, 2006
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