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The Big Hurt: Can a little-known artist survive having the same name as a pop star?

Last week I brought you the strange tale of Skylar Gray, a singer and multi-instrumentalist who just dropped his wonderful, years-in-the-making DIY debut, An Inch Equals 200 Miles .
Shades of Gray
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 29, 2012
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Lollapalooza 2011


Traditionally, china is the gift of choice for a 20th anniversary. But considering that Lollapalooza debuted in 1991 with a lineup that featured Jane's Addiction,...
By Jared Dionne  |  August 14, 2011
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Photos: Foo Fighters + Foster the People + Muse + more at Lollapalooza 2011

Surveillance footage from three days packed with solid sets -- and even a few mind-blowing ones.
Scenes from the 20th annual Lollapalooza festival | August 5-7, 2011
By JARED DIONNE  |  August 12, 2011
Who Invited the New York Times to Stretch & Bob's Reunion Show?

Who Invited the New York Times to Stretch & Bob's Reunion Show?


It's ridiculous that anyone would read the New York Times for music coverage. Still the sad truth is that staff critic Jon Caramanica wields serious...
By Chris Faraone  |  February 13, 2011
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Review: Verbal Kent | Save Yourself

Whether you adore Kanye West or want to scalp him with a rusty spoon, there's no denying that, for those of us out on the coasts, he overshadows the rest of Chi-Town's rap scene.
Rapmechanics (2011)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 28, 2011
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The Big Hurt: A Swift descent into Cake, Broadcasting death, and Steven Tyler's Idol

It was a minor tragedy when blameless young TAYLOR SWIFT scored the worst-selling #1 album in recorded chart history. But the humiliation didn't end there: the poor kid's record was shattered only a week later by quasi-novelty dorks CAKE , who manage
Music News in Brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 28, 2011


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Meta P. has a simpler plan

Don't let Sean Sbardella's moniker of choice — Metaphysics ("Meta P") — dissuade fellow ol-skool enthusiasts who prefer original-recipe rap to the bombastic, rapid-fire verbiage of latter-day indie backpackers.
Original recipe
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 28, 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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Ill Vibe and Ordeal | Michael Jackson's Milk

I'll probably get crucified for saying this, but I like the deep underground more now than when I was pretending to dig Fantastic Damage .
Bandcamp.com (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 20, 2010
Domestic violence is so hot right now; DC Housewife takes a whoopin'; orange soda: not just for fascists!

Domestic violence is so hot right now; DC Housewife takes a whoopin'; orange soda: not just for fascists!


White House crasher/DC Housewife says Whoopi hit her. Whoopi says she just tapped her without being invited. (Atlantic Wire)  "Love the Way You Lie" video shows...
By webteam  |  August 06, 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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Dubb Sicks | Lifestyles Of The Sick And Fameless

Dubb Sicks makes no secret of his white-trash roots.
Backyard Recordings (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 25, 2010
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Kings of Queens

When it comes to legendary hip-hop duos, Southerners salute UGK and OutKast, whereas nostalgic heads anoint EPMD, and eclectic contrarians endorse Organized Konfusion.
Why Mobb Deep are still the fittest
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 25, 2010
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Coming soon, unfortunately

Despite last month's record sales (the lowest since anyone's been keeping track), some artists still don't get the picture: nobody wants music anymore .
Music you don't want
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 18, 2010
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VIDEO: Top 101 songs of the decade

WFNX's top 101 songs of the decade
The top 101 songs of the decade from WFNX 101.7 FM
By WFNX AND PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 18, 2009

Hottest songs of 2009



By PHOEBIE PHOENIX  |  December 18, 2009


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Soldier's joy

For a deconstructionist, the new album from Aaron Lee Marshall presents any number of philosophical difficulties.
Aaron Lee Marshall's intriguing Now Maybe
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 04, 2009
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Review: DJ Hero

Shortly after DJ Hero ’s release, a couple of craiglist ads popped up from gamers claiming they’ll plug in and play the game at your party for $75 — all you have to provide is the TV and the speakers.
Hit the decks in DJ Hero
By MADDY MYERS  |  November 13, 2009
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Hip-hop from Hell

Depraved hip-hop is the biggest thing to hit trailer-trash America since sliced meds.
Horrorcore salutes Ice Cube and Alice Cooper
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 30, 2009
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Hip-hop is dead

Depraved hip-hop is the biggest thing to hit trailer-trash America since sliced meds — and not just in redneck pockets, where rap music hardly reached before, but in suburban enclaves where acts like Twiztid and Tech N9ne sell out shows with ease.
. . . or undead, rather — just ask Zombie Death Squad
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 30, 2009
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Review: Various artists | Tru Thoughts Covers

Brighton-based label Tru Thoughts emerged at the dawn of the millennium with hit down-tempo/IDM acts like Bonobo.
Tru Thoughts (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  September 18, 2009


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Review: David Dallas | Something Awesome

In the 1990s, every rap album had mellow bangers buried in the tracklist.
Dirty Management (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 11, 2009
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Magic man

Magic mushrooms may make for amusing Eminem lyrics, but are not and never have been a strong theme in the ongoing sports-crime story.
A former NBA scrub gets caught speeding. Plus, Patrick Kane is sent to the penalty box.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 21, 2009
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Melody makers

If you’re an up-and-popping band or artist, you first need to find fans, friends, and fiends on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and, of course, in real life. But where do you go from there?
So you started a band — now what? Berklee and Topspin are here to help.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 14, 2009
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Review: Speech Debelle | Speech Therapy

It's unfortunate that there's a glass ceiling in the US market for British hip-hop — but for the lovely, clipped London accent that gives truth to Speech Debelle's delivery, this release would be huge stateside.
Big Dada (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  August 07, 2009

Burrito, Big Jim, MRTPQ, Moby and WTF


  Another busy Thursday. The Info Burrito, Big Jim, the MRTPQ, Moby and the WTF Line all make todays The Sandbox Podcast! Listen here! Put...
By Charlie  |  August 06, 2009


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Smack downer

I haven’t come hereto academically justify West Coast credos about assimilating hoes into housewives. Instead I’ve come to mourn the commercialization of misogynistic rap lyrics.
Hip-Hop Misogyny: It Ain’t What It Used To Be
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 24, 2009
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The other white beat

In the home of Slaine, Esoteric, Sullee, Bomshot, Lyrical, and about 10,000 other pale MCs who can hang with brothers of all shades and styles, the notion of prolific whiteboys is hardly novel.
Four random caucasian MCs better than Asher Roth
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 10, 2009
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Britney Spears and Michael Jackson fight it out

Cue up track six on the new Britney (Jive) and prepare yourself for the Technicolor disco flash-back of the year, swooning string section, chunky Nile Rodgers guitar riff, and all. The song's called "Anticipating," and it captures the most famous 19-yea
Who's #1?
By SEAN RICHARDSON  |  July 03, 2009
Pop Trash, Fletcher Sings, DMB and WTF

Pop Trash, Fletcher Sings, DMB and WTF


  Fletcher takes out the Pop Trash, Fletcher sings us a song, and we run back Fl...
By Charlie  |  June 01, 2009