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June 26 | O.C. Sundays at the Ocean Club at Marina Bay

June 26 | O.C. Sundays at the Ocean Club at Marina Bay

Unless they worship the cast of Jersey Shore, you won't find many theologians studying The Gospel According to Snooki. But if you were to peel...
By Scott Kearnan  |  June 13, 2011

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

Throwback shame

Well, another year in sports crime has come and gone.
Nice try, Tiger. But sports crime in 2009 was ruled by the ghosts of Foxboro past.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 08, 2010

The Big Hurt: Checking the Billboard Hot 100

As usual, I won't be able to make it through the full 100, but seven is just as good, right?
Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 28, 2009

Jay Reatard | Watch Me Fall

Jay Reatard is the Lil Wayne of the Memphis garage-rock scene.
Matador (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  August 28, 2009

The Big Hurt: Broken bones and stripper poles

Only a few weeks ago, I was making fun of Aerosmith for their inability to present Aerosmith in their Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Presents Aerosmith tour.
The Big Hurt: Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 21, 2009


The Big Hurt: The week in beef (in brief)

A recessed economy means fewer chains to go around, so it's been a fine week for a-fussin'-and-a-feudin'.
Ross at a loss; Weezy throws hissy
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 24, 2009

Say what?

Good news for perplexed suburbanites: a new site called  lets experienced rap interpreters explain difficult urban slang to hip-hop neophytes.
The Big Hurt: A chat with Bill Buckholz of
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 10, 2009

13. Lil Wayne

It was sad enough that Lil Wayne convinced millions of fans that his rhymes are innovative. But recently he crossed the line by pocketing two armfuls of Grammy Awards, and – on a personal note for those of us in Beantown – by refusing to perform in Bosto
It was sad enough that Lil Wayne convinced millions of fans that his rhymes are innovative. But recently he crossed the line by pocketing two armfuls of Grammy Awards, and – on a personal note for those of us in Beantown – by refusing to perform in Boston because he didn't want to pass through security. That was actually a good move though; we were hankering to beat his lil' ass.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

The Big Hurt: Weezy goes free, Miley turns bitter, Martin still lame

The good news: the 2006 drug charges against   Lil Wayne   have been dropped after a judge ruled that the search leading to his arrest wasn't proper.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 19, 2009

Quitters, tinklers, tacklers, and whoppers

David Berman of Silver Jews intends to quit the music biz and concentrate on writing prose, says a post on the Drag City Web site.
The Big Hurt: Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 02, 2009


2008 Listravaganza Part 2

Everything you wanted to know about the year in music, in tidy lists of 10.
The lighter side of music in 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 05, 2009

2008 Listravaganza!

We are not at all sick of bands with animal names yet and seem to have a soft spot for Erykah Badu that we kept very hush about all year.
An absolute glut of cruelly reductive Top 10 lists from our dedicated staff of tirelessly enthusiastic writers
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 24, 2008

Smooth operators

The year in Auto-Tune
By RICHARD BECK  |  December 23, 2008

Year in National Pop: New attitudes

Are we fated to pretend?
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 22, 2008

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.
By DAVID BOFFA  |  December 15, 2008


The Big Hurt: Weezy unplugged

Our dream of a post-racial America moved one space closer to "king me" on the checkerboard of terrible metaphors this week
Plus Auerbach unbound and Glitter undeterred
By DAVID THORPE  |  November 24, 2008

Dance, Monkey: Nick Prueher

I'm wearing Debbie Gibson’s Electric Youth.  
We put a comic on the hot seat. This week’s victim . . .
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  October 08, 2008

Young Jeezy | The Recession

Remember, Jeezy disdains rappers, just like the teen movie anti-hero who decries the phoniness of movie stars.
Def Jam
By SAM UBL  |  September 10, 2008

All mixed up

Brzowski’s Blooddrive Vol. 2: The Wreckage Between, a mixtape released earlier this summer, is full of all kinds of ear candy.
Brzowski holds an experimental Blooddrive
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 27, 2008

The Big Hurt: Earnest goes to camp

Hey: when the Verve play shows in America, they should start out their set with a cover of “The Freshman,” just so everyone’s like, “Wait a minute, I thought I had this shit figured out.”
Plus baby comes from Clay and Bizkit defects to Manson
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 26, 2008


Three 6 Mafia

Last 2 Walk is a club-banging record, but it’s hard to recommend something so by-the-book.
Last 2 Walk  | Sony
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 19, 2008

The Big Hurt: Playing with fire

Milli-selling rapgoblin Lil Wayne probably didn’t worry too much about borrowing the Rolling Stones’ “Play with Fire” for the hook of his track “Playing with Fire.”
Lil Wayne runs afoul of the ABKCO juggernaut
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 05, 2008

David Banner

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
By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  July 22, 2008

The Big Hurt: Winners and losers

Jay-Z's headlining slot at the Glastonbury Festival June 28 has been the stuff of much controversy, with various artists weighing in on his suitability to the event.
A hip-hop scorecard
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 07, 2008

Lil Wayne

All rappers ride on the claim that they’re the best, but on III Wayne makes his case.
Tha Carter III | Young Money/Cash Money/Universal
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  June 17, 2008


J Hogue

Dr. Seuss, David Bowie, Mike Watt, Zuzana Licko, and Julia Child. That’d be quite a night.
 Almost famous
By FRANK MULLIN  |  April 16, 2008

Rick Ross

It’s easy to hate on Rick Ross for his sub-standard flow and tired materialism.
Trilla | Def Jam
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  March 25, 2008


Chingy is the second-most-famous rapper from St. Louis, but he lacks Nelly’s je ne sais quoi and has never been much of an MC.
Hate It or Love It | Disturbing tha Peace
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  February 05, 2008

Hollyhood wills

Memphis rappers Three 6 Mafia were trailblazers in the genre of crunk, a species of hip-hop characterized by big and ugly club beats and chanted semi-sensical choruses.
Three 6 Mafia’s adventures in acting
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  February 04, 2008