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July 9 | KRS-One at Wilbur Theatre

July 9 | KRS-One at Wilbur Theatre

Break down the taxonomy of rapper names, and you'll find an awful lot of stage monikers that include numerals. 2Pac, 50 Cent, Andre 3000 -...
By Scott Kearnan  |  June 27, 2011

Take it personal: Chachi Carvalho's In Dust Real Evolution

Beloved Pawtucket lyricist Chachi Carvalho lost his dad to pancreatic cancer just over a year ago, an unexpected and devastating event for his family.
Higher calling
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 08, 2011
With Retail Stores Closed, Fat Beats Soldiers On...

With Retail Stores Closed, Fat Beats Soldiers On...

The bad news is that both Fat Beats retail shops – on Sixth Ave in Manhattan and Melrose in Los Angeles – are officially out...
By Chris Faraone  |  September 23, 2010

Short-form Portland

I can hear the snarky comments already: "What?!? Rustic Overtones put out an album this year and Pfeifle hasn't fallen all over himself naming it #1? The sky is green!" But this isn't 1999. It's 2009. And it isn't all that strange for a phenomenal albu
The 10 best LPs and EPs of 2009
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 18, 2009

Review: KRS-One and Buckshot | Survival Skills

Duck Down (2009)
Duck Down (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 25, 2009

Providence Fall Preview Listings 2009

A page of listings for local music, theater, art, festivals and more this fall.
Music, theater, art, festivals and more in the coming months
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 18, 2009


Stars aligned

The days are growing shorter, the magazines are (well, barely) getting larger and meatier, and the first batch of cider doughnuts is on the way real soon: all sure signs of autumn, as is the bountiful crop of prestigious concerts coming our way this se
Cult heroes and superstars dot the region's fall concert calendar
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 18, 2009

KRS-One at 504 Congress Street

Another large bill’s at Port City Music Hall, where legendary rapper-turned-rapper/inspirationalist KRS-ONE performs at 8 pm with openers BUCKSHOT. Tickets are $18 in advance and...
By webteam  |  September 16, 2009

Photos: Rock the Bells 2009

More from Faraone on this weekend's Rock the Bells coming soon. In the meantime, enjoy these photos after the jump from Derek Green.    K'Naan   Psycho...
By Ryan Stewart  |  July 20, 2009

Fightin’ words

Rudy Giuliani ran his city the way a bachelor does his pad — shoving clutter and disaster out of sight while showcasing redeeming qualities.
Blaq Poet wants to battle
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 03, 2009

Clik tracks

Hide your naughty daughters and aspiring MC sons: Brooklyn’s Duck Down is that kingly retrofitted, incomparably propped hip-hop label that all of the boys and all of the girls are begging to fuck with.
Buckshot and Black Moon get live
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 17, 2009


N.A.S.A. | The Spirit of Apollo

I could fill up my allotted space by simply listing the plethora of cameos, not to mention incongruous match-ups, stuffed within this Benetton ad of a debut by Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegan, a/k/a N.A.S.A.
Anti- (2009)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  February 18, 2009

On-point tips

A Checklist For A Tribe Called Quest’s Reunion Show
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 21, 2008

Telling the Truth

Providence hip-hop ain’t what you think it is.
Prolyphic and Reanimator bring it
By BOB GULLA  |  May 07, 2008

Roaring back

Rumors of a Rash of Stabbings reunion are not, in fact, greatly exaggerated.
The return of Rash of Stabbings
By BOB GULLA  |  April 15, 2008

Going on sale: February 15, 2008

The Kills, Cloud Cult, Jay-Z, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  February 13, 2008


The live rap album

December is the time of year when the new album well dries up and gives way to a deluge of novelty releases.
There are a few, and Mr. Lif has one of the best
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 05, 2007

Staying alive

More than KRS-One, more than Jay-Z, and more than Talib Kweli, Little Brother have become the embodiment of everything hip-hop purists think the genre should be.
Little Brother fight for independence
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  November 27, 2007

Dead, or immortal?

When Chuck D challenges the status quo, a bunch of fortysomethings nod their heads, but Nas can put the young rappers on the defensive.
Nas’s album title challenges a generation
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  January 24, 2007