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Frank Hopkins finds an inner peace (and jam)

After three albums of stern lecture, it would seem that Frank Hopkins and his Line of Force have decided to just roll with the punches and turn out a nice dance jam.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 13, 2011

Chiddy Bang reconnect the hipster to hip-hop

Man, did I want to hate Chiddy Bang.
Sample selection
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 20, 2010

Delta blues

Nneka, who comes to the Middle East next Thursday, sounds a lot different on the phone from what you hear in her songs. She speaks softly, allowing stretches of silence to throw her thoughts into harsh relief. On record, she's all business.
Nneka brings Nigeria's plight to light
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 29, 2010

People, Get Ready

What folkie force Moore, Wild, and Lynch have been up to

Review: The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker | Burn It Down

These Nashville-based high ministers of retro-groove — known for their muscular live sermons — broaden their gospel on CD #2.
OuttaSight (2009)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 11, 2009

Boom-bap diplomacy

With Canada-via-Somalia rapper K'Naan, there’s some serious knowledge being dropped on our shores like bombs over Baghdad, only different.
International hip-hop hits home
By MARTÍN CABALLERO  |  June 24, 2008


Smoken’ Joe’s Authentic Southern Barbeque

You wouldn’t have told Otis Redding to sing faster, so take a hint from him and slow down the cooking.
It's time to turn up the heat
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 10, 2007

Steel your face

Let it be known that Sontiago is not for the squeamish.
Sontiago returns with a 13-song indictment
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 26, 2007

Superbad: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Teen movies have long used the funkiest black music to throw into relief the shenanigans of the nerdiest white guys.
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  September 05, 2007

Other music meccas

By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 29, 2007

Sinéad O’Connor

Sinéad O’Connor in the confession booth?
Theology | Koch
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  May 29, 2007


Spanish Dancer fever

After debuting two years ago, Honeyhander made an immediate impact on the Providence rock scene with its dizzy brew of psychedelia and indie shoegazer.
Anthony Ferreira gets in touch with his inner disco
By BOB GULLA  |  March 21, 2007

Aaron Neville

Post-Katrina, we all could use some comfort, and Aaron Neville, who lost his home in the flooding, knows how to provide it.
Bring It On Home . . . The Soul Classics | Burgundy
By CLEA SIMON  |  October 02, 2006

Jurassic 5

Major-label “positive” rappers like this decade-old crew have defended the old school like schoolmarms upholding the five principles of hip-hop as if they were as much fun as the three R’s. Jurassic 5, "Work It Out" feat. Dave Matthews Band  (Quicktime
Feedback | Interscope  
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  August 21, 2006

The New Orleans Social Club

Good intentions do not great art make.
Sing Me Back Home | Burgundy/Sony
By CLEA SIMON  |  April 24, 2006

Dance factory - side

By  |  February 06, 2006