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Into the weird

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
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  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...
By Chris Faraone  |  March 31, 2010
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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?
Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  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...
By Chris Faraone  |  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
Arista (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  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?
Music Seen
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  May 29, 2009


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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
By JENNY HALPER  |  October 16, 2008
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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
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  June 05, 2008
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Going on sale: March 28, 2008

Alicia Keys, Joe Lally, Ryan Adams, and more.

Breaking news from the concert ticket trade


By GOING ON SALE  |  March 25, 2008
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Karen Beebe


Almost famous
By FRANK MULLIN  |  January 09, 2008
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Happy endings

The end is nigh! And I’m not talking about the mortgage market.
Bad news begets good tunes
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 12, 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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Smokin' Aces

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
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 24, 2007
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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
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  September 07, 2006
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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
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 24, 2006