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[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
[download] M83 vs Kanye "Midnight Life" White Panda Mashup

[download] M83 vs Kanye "Midnight Life" White Panda Mashup

Well, shit. I don't like mash-ups, and I don't really dig KANYE, but shag me eight ways to Sunday I do love me some M83,...
By Michael Marotta  |  September 13, 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

Coachella builds a sweaty buzz over three days in the California desert

Coachella builds a sweaty buzz over three days in the California desert
Tough acts to follow
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  April 22, 2011
Podcast:  Johnny L's Review, Guy 3-29-11

Podcast: Johnny L's Review, Guy 3-29-11

Townie Sales guy Johnny L. reviews Katy Perry, Foster the People, and .38 Special! DOWNLOAD:  Johnny L Review Guy 3-29-11.mp3 To download podcast, right click and...
By FNXAdmin  |  March 29, 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


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

Guest lists 2010: Phoenix critics weigh in on the year in music

What consensus?
What consensus?
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 24, 2010

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

Top 10 records of 2010

2010 was full of riches: plenty of terrific albums came down the pike. There are more pop and rock discs I want to make note of, and maybe I'll do so next week if there's room after listing the year's Top 10 jazz titles.
From button-down brainiacs to primal chic
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 24, 2010


Stocking stuffers

So, this does, indeed, come a week after the whole "gifts" issue, but this is traditionally the week for local music suggestions.
A grab-bag of local music for every taste
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 17, 2010

Kanye West | My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Amid the zapping prog-lift of the vaguely Nietzschean "Power," the lead single from his fifth album and magnum opus, Kanye tosses off the casual self-platitude "Every superhero needs his theme music."
Roc-A-Fella Records (2010)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 19, 2010

The Big Hurt: Kanye leaks!

Brit copper busted, Kanye leaking, Bieber fuming, Tity Boi the tits
Plus Brit copper busted, Bieber fuming, and Tity Boi the tits
By DAVID THORPE  |  November 12, 2010


Fall National Pop Preview: The golden age

Okay, so the album is dead, the music industry is dead, rock is dead, and the Library of Alexandria you have stored on your C drive has killed 150 years of recorded music culture.
The industry is dead, but the music lives on
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 17, 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
It's true: Justin Vernon did, in fact, record several songs with Kanye West

It's true: Justin Vernon did, in fact, record several songs with Kanye West

 Supposedly the rumors were all over the place at Lollapalooza last weekend, but we didn't hear about it until Stereogum said something: would Kanye's new...
By Ryan Stewart  |  August 13, 2010

Rachel Griffin's new single, New album from Steve Jones, and more

Portland ex-pat RACHEL GRIFFIN continues to make her way in NYC.

Kanye's "Power": This isn't a blog post it's a graphic novel. Wait, what?

If Kanye West's ego gets any bigger it's going to need its own Twitter account. Seriously. K Dub's legendary hubris is so out of control...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  August 06, 2010

Kanye anoints "Chosen One," plagues descend upon Twitter

Kanye anoints "Chosen One," plagues descend upon Twitter

Kanye West's online activity is weird and erratic. Just like the self-appointed king of awesomeness himself. The messiah of all that glitters recently stood up from his...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  August 03, 2010
Sound Bytes: Shaq's got Bieber Fever; Get GaGa to Gitmo?; Kanye channels Martha Stewart  and more

Sound Bytes: Shaq's got Bieber Fever; Get GaGa to Gitmo?; Kanye channels Martha Stewart and more

We guess you know that you've officially made it when a 7-foot-tall basketball legend serenades you at your own performance. It seems like the plague...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  July 30, 2010

All in the Fam

Halfway through my interview with the Allston-based alt-hop collective Fameless Fam about their upcoming showcase at Wonder Bar this Tuesday, Will from the posse's glitch-minded duo Time Crisis mentions that he went to high school in Pittsburgh with risi
The Fameless crew spice up the underground
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 02, 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

Meme police

I just woke up from some sort of bizarre dream. I was at MIT. There was a weirdo painting nudes of President Obama on a unicorn. Several adults were dressed like domestic animals.
MIT’s ROFLcon, a gathering of the Web’s biggest names, decides what will make you laugh and cry.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 07, 2010


Asher Roth & DJ Wreckineyez | Seared Foie Gras W/ Quince And Cranberry

Now that Boston boy toy Sam Adams has blown onto hip-hop’s front lines, there’s almost room for original frat rapper Asher Roth to find a respectable position somewhere between the big-indie Atmosphere types and the upper echelon of major-label boom-bap.
School Boy (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 09, 2010

Championship vinyl

You have a better chance of hearing Taylor Swift songs banging out of Kanye’s tinted windows than you do of hearing either of their pop asses on the Good Life speakers during Fever.
Flavorheard, Frank White, and Mister Jason are Fever  
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 02, 2010

Must Flee TV?

If Jersey Shore and Last Comic Standing had a threesome with Curb Your Enthusiasm in the men’s room of Great Scott, the bastard issue might look a little something like Quiet Desperation .
With his new ‘reality sitcom,’ the artist formerly known as Robbie Roadsteamer tries to stop the Allston hipster brain drain
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 12, 2010

Gil Scott-Heron | I’m New Here

It's always easy to forecast others' doom, announces Gil Scott-Heron near the end of his first album since 1994.
XL (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 26, 2010