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Road Trippin’: 25 shows across New England you need to see before Labor Day

While we agree that kicking back in a shady backyard with a plate of barbecue, a cooler of cold brews, and some good tunes spinning on the iPod deck is one hell of a way to while away a lazy summer afternoon, we'd like to suggest that you get a bit more
Sounds of summer
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 08, 2012
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The Big Hurt: Pablo Dylan's 10 Minutes

Bob Dylan's 16-year-old grandson, Pablo Dylan, just dropped 10 Minutes , his first rap mixtape.
Meritocracy news
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 05, 2011
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The Weeknd | House of Balloons

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Self-release (2011)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  April 29, 2011
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2010: The Year In Pop Music

Music may exist to express emotions, dreams, and nightmares, but beyond its loftier aims, it's a means of escape.
A schizophrenic year of rock and pop
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 24, 2010
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Jeepers Creepers, where'd you get them Biebers?

The Internet overflowed into the Midway Café last Saturday night — lesbianswholooklikejustinbieber.tumblr.com had apparently sprung a leak, and the Jamaica Plain bar was filled with Justin Bieber clones.
The Midway Cafe hosts "Biebers and Peebers"
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  August 14, 2010
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Billboard's Rap Songs chart

In the immortal words of O.D.B., "Rappenin' is what's happenin'."
The Big Hurt: Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 02, 2010


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The Big Hurt: Vince Neil acts his age

By the time you read this, the Situation will have his first single out on iTunes. Yeah, that the Situation.
Plus The Situation singled, Drake unsurpassed, Pete Doherty denied, Lou Reed exonerated
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 25, 2010
Drake + Ludacris at the Dunkin' Donuts Center

Drake + Ludacris at the Dunkin' Donuts Center


Degrassi: The Next Generation may have gotten Toronto MC Drake into the spotlight, but it's been rhyme skills, saucy talk, and some truly unique backing...
By webteam  |  May 26, 2010
Newest Lame-Ass Trend in Major Label Hip-Hop Exposed by NY Mag

Newest Lame-Ass Trend in Major Label Hip-Hop Exposed by NY Mag


R.A. the Rugged Man said it best: Every Major Record Label Sucks Dick. Major props to New York Mag writer Erika Ramirez for writing today...
By Chris Faraone  |  May 04, 2010
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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).
Who Charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 23, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Say anything

It’s almost impossible to read a single page of YouTube comments without being confronted by society’s ugliest afflictions: ignorance, pointless fights, horrifying racism, and unfair criticism of Justin Bieber’s haircut.
The week in YouTube comments
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 09, 2010


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Spring clearance

I've seen the best music snobs of my generation destroyed by downloading — instead of savoring full albums the way one might enjoy a vintage claret, they're slamming down random shots of bands with stupid names, passing out, and blanking on what they hea
Discriminatin' picks for the frugal music snob
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 12, 2010

Boston Public Health Commission's Top 10 Bad Romance Songs of 2009: Is pop music unhealthy?


"People worry about kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we are scared that some sort of culture of violence will take them...
By Carly Carioli  |  December 02, 2009
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Interview: Warren G

Humble and nonchalant as ever, Warren G is cooler than Miles Davis smoking an Alaskan cucumber.
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By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 30, 2009
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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