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No, it's not your imagination: things are getting smaller. Or at least, it seems that way in the funhouse-mirror world of modern music, where the semi-demise of the major-label factory has colluded with the anti-star obsession of the underground to pro
Welcome to our many small worlds
| June 05, 2010
Sorry Hova; Granite State of Mind is Where It's At
I posted a blog here several months ago to provide some history behind Jay-Z's award-winning but hella-lame "NY State of Mind." Now I'm back with...
| March 31, 2010
The Big Hurt: Billboard Top Hip-Hop and R and B songs
This week, a jolly traipse through one of Billboard 's most artistically fecund charts: "Top Hip-Hop and R&B Songs." What wonders await?
| January 29, 2010
How a soul sample evolves from a Mr. Lif banger to a hit Jay-Z record and beyond...
It all started with a sweet old soul grab from The Moments' "Love on a Two Way Street." It was a mere kernel, but man...
| November 12, 2009
Review: Whitney Houston | I Look to You
It's tempting to wonder whether super-producer Clive Davis, in another of his music-biz machinations, arranged for Whitney Houston to whiff last week on Good Morning America , which is reported to have altered Houston's vocals for broadcast after she
| September 11, 2009
Anthony's Idol at Anthony's Italian Kitchen
Why settle for nationwide talent on the boob tube when you could see area singers competing in the flesh?
| May 29, 2009
The Secret Life of Bees
The real heroine is Dakota Fanning, an actress capable of conveying guilt, nerves, and idealism all at once.
A throwback, coming-of-age film
| October 16, 2008
Keys to our hearts
"I’ve never been someone that goes to the ‘it’ places and does the ‘it’ things and goes to the ‘it’ restaurant and go to the ‘it’ club. I like more off-the-beaten-path kind of things."
Interview: Alicia Keys on first love, the White Stripes, and being a Bob Dylan muse
| June 05, 2008
Going on sale: March 28, 2008
Alicia Keys, Joe Lally, Ryan Adams, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
GOING ON SALE
| March 25, 2008
| January 09, 2008
The end is nigh! And I’m not talking about the mortgage market.
Bad news begets good tunes
| September 12, 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
Perhaps Joe Carnahan pitched his follow-up to 2002’s Narc as It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World by way of Quentin Tarantino, Guy Ritchie, and bad wigs. Watch the trailer for Smokin' Aces (QuickTime)
An inept mess
| January 24, 2007
Finding the future in the past
Dylan is going back to a period he loves. That period happens to be one before he was born, but what the hell?
Dylan makes history
| September 07, 2006
Long + short of it
Megan Jo Wilson’s debut disc remains a strong introduction and suggests a future as a band leader, like her frequent collaborator Sara Cox, rather than a solo artist.
Megan Jo Wilson’s Seed, Stars, Galaxies
| May 24, 2006
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