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Jay-Z takes the train

Last week, our nation's attention was captured by an extraordinary news story: Jay-Z, for the final night of his concert residence at New York's Barclays Center, travelled to the venue on the subway.

By DAVID THORPE  |  October 19, 2012

What's F'n Next? Poliça

Poliça have come a long way in the past year. When they played the Paradise last September, the Minnesota act opened for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah — and it was one of their first shows ever.

By NINA MASHUROVA  |  October 05, 2012

The Big Hurt: This week in image problems

Poor Biebs. He just wants to be the wholesome kid next door, but with his 18th birthday creeping up, America's youth-stealing culture just can't wait to liquor him up and lay him.
Bieber's adulthood, Manson and Trent's arson, Snoop's weed, Adele's weight, and Jay-Z and Beyoncé's baby
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 20, 2012

The Big Hurt: Marky + Biebs, Sinéad's divorce; plus, Nelly, Jay-Z & Kanye, Slim Dunkin, and R. Kelly

BIEBERWATCH! Last year, Paramount hinted at plans for a major JUSTIN BIEBER vehicle: some kind of basketball movie teaming our twink swag hunk with former teen throb "MARKY MARK" WAHLBERG.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 06, 2012

[live review] Jay-Z and Kanye bring the cray, some lasers to the Garden

Maybe I've just been spending too much time in the Phoenix newsroom, but it was hard to sit inside the Garden on Monday night and...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  November 23, 2011
Lit List

Lit List

September 8 marks International Literacy Day. It's a good time to bone up on favorite subjects like food, fashion, and music, so we asked some...
By Scott Kearnan  |  September 05, 2011


Jay-Z + Kanye West | Watch the Throne

Kanye West has recently espoused the virtues of an album of raps suitable for home listening, as opposed to say club, or car listening.
Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella/Roc Nation (2011)
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  August 12, 2011

Atomik at Bayside Bowl, March 15

Having a DJ (or, in this case, two) play your bowling night is a luxury, but damned if it doesn't seem like an obligatory one on occasion.
Music seen
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 25, 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

Gaga's eau de bloody load, Diddy exposed as 9/11 mastermind, and other music news in brief

Smell ya, shouldn't have to tell ya!
The Big Hurt
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 11, 2011

artist: Tricia Rose, Brown University’s hip-hop scholar, discusses rap’s creative crisis

Some 40 years in, rap is nothing less than a cultural juggernaut. But it has not lost its power to provoke.
Keeping it unreal
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 21, 2011


Winter music preview: Winter beats

James Blake, PJ Harvey, Cut Copy lead '11
James Blake, PJ Harvey, Cut Copy lead '11
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 31, 2010
Globe Columnist Alex Beam hates hip-hop even more than he hates Twitter

Globe Columnist Alex Beam hates hip-hop even more than he hates Twitter

Alex Beam has more beef than 50 Cent. The Boston Globe columnist is a longtime enemy of all bloggers, prone to channeling his insecurities through...
By Chris Faraone  |  December 14, 2010

Gift Guide 2010: Books that'll make your coffee table look smart

There are books, and then there are deluxe books. They're like normal books, but more badass.
 Rock of Pages

Will Smith's daughter gets jiggy with Jay-Z's label; end of days for Rihanna?

Move on over Baby Bieber, there's a new prepubescent pop star in town. In what seems to be a new trend of established rap icons...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  September 10, 2010
MP3: Kanye featuring Bon Iver, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj, "Monster"

MP3: Kanye featuring Bon Iver, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj, "Monster"

Kanye West has kicked off his campaign to release a new song every Friday between now and Christmas with his much-anticipated collaboration with Justin Vernon...
By Ryan Stewart  |  August 30, 2010
Blog: Jay-Z Would Rob Chris Martin In A Parallel Life

Blog: Jay-Z Would Rob Chris Martin In A Parallel Life

Jay-Z discusses the finer points of parallel dimensions, and how they relate to his friend, Chris Martin of Coldplay.Read the article here.  
By MorningIntern  |  August 26, 2010
This Just In: Amanda Bynes Un-Retires

This Just In: Amanda Bynes Un-Retires

Coincidentally timed with the promotion of her new movie, Easy A! It's funny how that works. Nothing like a little controversial career tweet-age to generate...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  July 26, 2010

Video: The 12 acts you should've seen at Bonnaroo 2010

When I told my bosses here at the Phoenix  that I was going to need some time off to attend Bonnaroo for my third year in a row, I expected to hear something along the lines of, "Have fun, don't die, and we'll see you when you get back."
From the xx to Jay-Z
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  June 25, 2010

Crossword: ''All the right angles''

 They've got the market cornered.
 They've got the market cornered.
By MATT JONES  |  June 11, 2010

Pressing Obama for an answer

Convicted murderer Darrell Jones has accomplished more in the worlds of media, entertainment, and activism from behind bars over the past 25 years than most free people do in a lifetime.
Inside Job Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 28, 2010

Dese | Dese Be With You

Before Sam Adams, sleazy Boston co-eds relied on the Camp to get their panties moist.
Cursed Out (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 14, 2010

Interview: Sarah Silverman

Recently, “Sarah” — the character played by Sarah Silverman on Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program — was upset because in today’s world it just wasn’t safe anymore for children to get into strangers’ vans.
Staying dry
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 23, 2010

The Big Hurt: ICP take on magnets

Would that I could simply post the entire lyric to “Miracles” by INSANE CLOWN POSSE and call it an article.
Plus Slash loves Axl and Dre does Freddie
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 16, 2010

Sorry Hova; Granite State of Mind is Where It's At

I posted a blog here several months ago to provide some history behind Jay-Z's award-winning but hella-lame "NY State of Mind." Now I'm back with...
By Chris Faraone  |  March 31, 2010


It is May 1966, in the Prelude Club in Harlem, an Atlantic Records release party.
The Worcester Art Museum shows us ‘Who Shot Rock & Roll’
By GREG COOK  |  March 26, 2010

Review: Jay-Z at TD Garden

There was something about the way Jay-Z hyped the crowd up at the start of show opener "Run This Town" that was not only emblematic of his performance style, but of his general appeal as a performer -- a key to his likability. 
Jay-Z, live at TD Garden, March 11, 2010
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 19, 2010

Photos: Jay-Z at TD Garden

Photos of Jay-Z's Boston stop on his BP3 tour.
Jay-Z, live at TD Garden, March 11, 2010
By KELLY DAVIDSON  |  March 12, 2010