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History's mysteries

Melodrama is a particularly satisfying popular art form for a financial crisis, filled as it is with unambiguous types and tropes — rich ruthless villains, poor but warm-hearted heroes and heroines, music that spiritedly cues our hisses and cheers, and
Explore Portland's past with AIRE
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 29, 2009

The down low

A legacy of musical runts
A legacy of musical runts
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 01, 2009

Get shorty

"It's not like Jay-Z saw me on the street and discovered me and made me into a superstar! I was doing my thing already."
Lady Sovereign hits new heights
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 01, 2009

Roots Manuva | Slime and Reason

The richest fruit of British rap’s gestation period is the growing catalogue of Roots Manuva.  
Big Dada/Ninja Tune (2008)
By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  October 15, 2008

Bangers + Mush

About five years ago, when grime came crashing through the gates, many thought that England had finally found a homegrown answer to American hip-hop.
Dizzee Rascal and El P at the Middle East Downstairs, May 11, 2008
By RICHARD BECK  |  May 19, 2008


Dubstep has been given its Dizzee Rascal moment with the release of Burial’s Untrue , the elusive London producer’s second album.
Untrue | Hyperdub
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  December 26, 2007


America Blows

The United States of America is a nation with a proud history.
Since George W. Bush took office, the United States has sunk to unprecedented lows in sports and pop-culture domination
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 29, 2007

Dizzee Rascal

Boy in da Corner may be the classic Dizzee will be forced to chase for the rest of his career.
Maths + English | XL
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  June 12, 2007

Guest lists

What small, private lists like this remind us is that big, honking institutional lists are largely fictions, mirages of a consensus that no longer exists, if it ever really did in the first place.
 What 30 of the Phoenix 's music critics liked this year
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 02, 2007

On the racks: October 31, 2006

Plus Lady Sovereign, Isis, and Flavor Flav.
The Who, Deftones, Meatloaf
By MATT ASHARE  |  November 02, 2006

The Atlantic Divide

Bloc Party, the Arctic Monkeys, and even Dizzee Rascal often make it seem that British music is our music too.
Bridged by the Internet
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  October 24, 2006



“People have this kind of problem with me,” says Lady Sovereign over the phone from her London home. “They think they know me, and they don’t know me — and it’s dis gustin ’.” Lady Sovereign, "Gatheration" (mp3)
Lady Sovereign sets her sights on the US
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  October 20, 2006

Hits and missus

Give you a hint: one of them sizzled, one of them fizzled. Live grime’s a bitch, innit? The Streets and Lady Sovereign at Avalon, June 21, 2006
Lady Sovereign and the Streets at Avalon
By MAC CARROLL  |  June 22, 2006

Brit-hop - side

By  |  April 24, 2006

OMG, they’re dancing!

When word came that G NOTORIOUS (a/k/a Geoff White) was putting out a promo-only grime mixtape, two questions came to mind. “Where’s G Notorious been?” And “Why grime?”  
Notorious puts the G in grime; WZBC DJ pleads ‘Guilty’
By DAVID DAY  |  April 11, 2006

Going on sale: April 14, 2006

Arctic Monkeys, KT Tunstall, Lady Sovereign, and Streets
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By WILL SPITZ  |  April 11, 2006


Canadian clubbed

As red-hot underground DJs go, Ghislain Poirier is as understated as it gets.
Two new sides of DJ Ghislain Poirier
By DAVID DAY  |  March 07, 2006

Various artists, RUN THE ROAD VOLUME 2 | Vice

If Cam’ron is good enough to look for talent overseas and Jay-Z can nab Lady Sovereign, then Great Britain might just overcome America’s mainstream myopia. Vice believes it.
By JAMIN WARREN  |  February 27, 2006