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Random Axe | Random Axe
It's no wonder that it takes a 10-ton Uzi to get rap fans psyched about posse cuts these days.
Duck Down (2011)
| July 15, 2011
The 4 Best New Music Subgenres of 2010
Artists may not like to admit it, but genres are and always will be invaluable for discussing music.
Revisiting a year of tags, trends, and tribulations
| December 24, 2010
25 Hip-Hop acts to see at SXSW 2010
As usual, I've got you covered.
The best boom-bap on tap in Austin
| March 12, 2010
Excerpt: Patti Smith's Just Kids
The stars were lining up to enter the Ziegfeld Theatre for the glittering premiere of the film Ladies & Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones. I was excited to be there.
Rock icon Patti Smith recalls burroughs and Mapplethorpe, the early days of CBGB, and saddling up for Horses in this memoir excerpt .
| March 05, 2010
Sollilaquists of Sound | No More Heroes
I've heard that the occasional rose is known to grow from concrete, but from tourist-trap strip malls like Orlando?
| July 10, 2009
Review: The Dilla Ensemble at Berklee
VIDEO: Dilla Ensemble does Pharcyde's "Runnin'." Video by FaraoneIf you follow hip-hop the way stalk...
| May 05, 2009
Extraordinarily missed Detroit beat stylist J Dilla (a/k/a Jay Dee) was righteously benevolent.
Termanology bestows belated props on Jay Dee
| March 30, 2009
Between the packages that turn up on my Jamaica Plain doorstep and the envelopes that stuff my Phoenix mailbox, I have enough music to start a mixtape spot in Downtown Crossing.
A bumpin' crop of spring hip-hop
| March 18, 2009
Koushik | Out My Window
Although unshy about his background, he’s a subtle arranger, reluctant to play the Bollywood card (there’s not even a teaspoon of Asha).
Stones Throw (2008)
| September 23, 2008
It’s the Monkees’ “Porpoise Song” (a track Nobody has covered) expanded into a full-blown stoner opera.
Blank Blue: Western Water Music Vol. II | Ubiquity
| June 03, 2008
One of the hallmarks of Akrobatik’s style has always been his sincerity.
Absolute Value | Fat Beats
| February 26, 2008
Skimming the cream
Some of my favorite things from among the people, CDs, and performances I wrote about this year.
Jazz: 2007 in review
| December 17, 2007
Peanut Butter Wolf Presents 2K8: B-Ball Zombie War
Stones Throw’s latest label comp, 2K8 , celebrates the indie hip-hop imprint’s deal with 2K8 Sports, who put out all those 2K video games for Xbox and PlayStation.
| December 03, 2007
Can you fault a Second City 35-year-old Gap-shilling rapper for wanting to make elevator hip-hop for Second City 35-year-old Gap-wearing yuppies?
Finding Forever | Geffen
| August 14, 2007
As with so many other figures in pop music, death has been good to hip-hop producer and MC J Dilla.
A posthumous look at a hip-hop great
| April 09, 2007
In a lot of ways, 28-year-old pianist Glasper’s band is right in the pocket of the modern piano-trio tradition.
In My Element | Blue Note
| March 27, 2007
After a 2006 that saw the loss of two local legends, D12’s Proof and J. Dilla, Detroit appears set for a banner year, with Black Milk leading the charge.
Popular Demand | Fatbeats
| March 19, 2007
Keepin' it real
As I was walking up to Avalon a week ago Tuesday to see the Roots, a group of college kids crossed the street in front of me sporting backwards hats and puffy vests.
The Roots, Avalon, March 13, 2007
| March 19, 2007
F*ck Wit Dre Day
You’ve heard of tribute bands, but have you heard of tribute DJs?
Music seen, February 17, at the Big Easy
| March 02, 2007
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
PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| January 02, 2007
Birth of the DVDJ
Much of the hype swirling around the show was that Peanut Butter Wolf was going to "scratch" DVDs, thereby inventing a whole new style of performance. Slideshow: Stones Throw Anniversary Tour at the Paradise Rock Club, November 1, 2006
Stone's Throw Ten Year Anniversary/Chrome Children Tour, Paradise, November 1, 2006
| November 02, 2006
No success like failure
The wild, idle guessing game over the Roots’ Game Theory and OutKast’s Idlewild is finished.
The Roots and OutKast step into the future
| October 03, 2006
On the racks: August 29, 2006
. . . plus Method Man, Motorhead, and Pete Yorn
Tego Calderon, Bob Dylan, Ray LaMontagne . . .
| August 30, 2006
On the racks: August 22
Eric Bachmann, David Pajo, the Mountain Goats, Paris Hilton, and more.
Bachmann Hilton overdrive
| August 23, 2006
Dabrye is one of a handful of aliases used by Michigan-based knob twiddler Tadd Mullinix (a name so cool, you could be think it too must be a nom de guerre ).
Two/Three | Ghostly International
| July 10, 2006
Now that the music biz has licked its wounds from a nasty 2005, things are finally starting to heat up, and an indie-heavy winter is giving way to a more major spring.
The majors gear up for a promising spring
| March 10, 2006
Rhythm for days
Jay Dee didn’t make music, he made movements. If it knocked in the late ’90s, he probably had a hand in it.
The legacy of the late great J. Dilla
| February 21, 2006
SA-RA CREATIVE PARTNERS
A brief intro to the eternally fashion-forward bi-coastal production trio before these newest signees to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. imprint unleash their big splash later this year.
SECOND TIME AROUND | Sound In Color
| January 17, 2006
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