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The Big Hurt: Dialing up Billboard’s Ringtones Chart
We may scoff at the very idea of Billboard ’s ignominious Ringtones chart, but mobile phones are one of only three viable revenue channels musicians have left these days (the other two being commercial licensing and crooked charities).
| April 23, 2010
Odd men in
When Beyoncé, in a recent Guardian interview, pegged Georgia art weirdos Of Montreal as a group with whom she'd love to collaborate, the real weirdness was in how sensible it all seemed — as pop music has gotten skronkier and more fuzzed-out, indie ro
Of Montreal might be weird enough for the mainstream
| January 22, 2010
Is 2010 the Year of the Girl?
Many have argued that the descriptor "indie music" means nothing more or less than "bands Pitchfork reviews" these days, and the claim was never more true than last year
Music of the Future
| January 08, 2010
The Big Hurt: 10-year glitch
It boggles the mind that as recently as a decade ago, if you wanted to hear "Knockin' da Boots" by H-Town (and you did, believe me), you'd have to perform a primitive prayer ritual: you'd call some creepy guy with a really deep voice and beg him to play
The Big Hurt: A major decade for music — minus the music
| December 18, 2009
There’s no underground scene for pop-minded R&B. Not in Boston, and not really anyplace else.
Masspike Miles, Lisa Bello, and the little R&B scene that can
| December 11, 2009
Crossword: ''You want fries with that?''
Some people do
Some people do
| November 20, 2009
The Bigmouth strikes again
Given all the conflicting emotions, it was tough to form an opinion on Kanye West's VMA bum rush against Taylor Swift.
Kanye acts like himself; nation loses shit
| September 25, 2009
How we think about making and consuming music is changing. It is not news that labels, albums, and record stores are dying, pushed aside by new ways of conducting the commerce of music. (Though at the turn of the 20th century the song was king and the t
Shardlow and Goodyear and a brand-new studio
| July 17, 2009
Folk my brains out
Toby Kamp's 'The Old, Weird America: Folk Themes In Contemporary Art' at The Decordova Museum
Wild and weird
EVAN J. GARZA
| May 22, 2009
As a troubled husband and wife, Idris Elba and Beyoncé Knowles don't lack for chemistry and credibility. You can't say as much for the film in which they play these roles.
Makes Fatal Attraction look like a masterpiece
| May 01, 2009
Hope springs infernal
Given the current economic climate, spring this year is a season more of dread than of hope for change.
Brimstone and buddy movies are on the Hollywood agenda
| March 12, 2009
Dance, Monkey!: Rob Crean
Rob Crean has secret talents
We put a visiting comic on the hot seat
SARA FAITH ALTERMAN
| February 10, 2009
Year in National Pop: New attitudes
Are we fated to pretend?
| December 22, 2008
Beyoncé | I Am . . . Sasha Fierce
What I love about the chorus to B's current smash single, "Single Ladies" ("If you liked it then you should have put a ring on it"), are its blurry pronouns — quick, what does "it" refer to?
| December 02, 2008
Gwyneth had Apple. Posh had Brooklyn. And moose-killing miracle mom Sarah Palin beat them all with Trig Paxson Van Palin, a name so cool that it rhymes with “Eddie Van Halen.”
We asked, you answered: our readers text in votes for Sarah Palin's next baby name
| September 23, 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’s safe to say that Facebook is now an omniscient, all-powerful tool that, in some way, traffics in dirt on nearly everyone you know.
Thought high school was bad? Social-networking sites jack up Web-era insecurities
| July 16, 2008
Kanye’s music more than lived up to his visual and conceptual audacity.
Kanye West and Rihanna at Tweeter Center, May 15, 2008
| May 29, 2008
Chairmen of the boards
Not unlike Swedish, Tagalog, and Esperanto, music is a language, with its own conjugations and (lewdly) dangling participles.
Our critics pick the 14 producers with the fattest, meanest beats
PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| October 18, 2007
Crank that, techie
In the summer of 2006, DeAndre Way, then 16, combated summer boredom in Batesville, Mississippi, by writing songs with Fruity Loops digital-audio software.
CAITLIN E. CURRAN
| October 12, 2007
Pop goes to war
Next time you put on the new Spoon single to make that subway ride go by a little faster, consider what musical escapism means to troops in Iraq.
Music and movies are vital coping mechanisms for US servicepeople in Iraq. And often, say four local troops, after they get home.
| July 25, 2007
Going on sale: June 8, 2007
St. Vincent + Scout Niblett, Beyoncé + Robin Thicke, Suzanne Vega, Ozzfest, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
GOING ON SALE
| June 04, 2007
In honor of dancing dirty, as well as Patrick Swayze’s open-shirt-pelvic-thrusting summer camp fantasy, we offer this list of the dirtiest dancing music videos we could find.
The 15 dirtiest dancing music videos
| May 24, 2007
Lil Wayne’s world
On his mixtapes, Wayne is the most playful, experimental artist in mainstream hip-hop
A rapper thrives in the world of the mixtape
| May 21, 2007
Ne-Yo: Because of You
If Ne-Yo wants to make a real mark, he’ll have to toss that hat.
| May 21, 2007
Portland scene report: April 20, 2007
Sidecar Radio have plans for a big CD-release weekend at the Big Easy.
Sibilance starts now
PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF
| April 18, 2007
The chorus has been singing for months now: Bill Condon’s can’t-miss adaptation of Tom Eyen & Henry Krieger’s 25-year-old Broadway musical is roaring into theaters to save a lackluster fall. Watch the trailer for Dreamgirls (QuickTime)
| February 20, 2007
Everybody dance now
Girl Talk is a party architect. Slideshow: Girl Talk at the Middle East Downstairs, January 21, 2007
Girl Talk, the Middle East Downstairs, January 20, 2007
| January 22, 2007
You and your tech-chic
You must’ve already heard that you were named Time magazine’s 2006 Person of the Year.
As of 2006, new media isn’t just for geeks anymore
| December 20, 2006
Strippers, cursing, and free music
Students have been back in town only a few weeks, but already there’s noise about curtailing their bad habits. Here’s a list of what those pesky kids have been up to.
| September 20, 2006
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