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Photos: All Tomorrow's Parties Festival at Ashbury Park, NJ

Bands perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival at Ashbury Park, New Jersey on September 30-October 2, 2011.
Ashbury Park, New Jersey | September 30-October 2, 2011
By K. BONAMI  |  October 07, 2011

Sunday morning rock

Last call for a pair of killer shows THURSDAY (the 4th).
The Half-Marathon and more!

Kool Keith had a purple keyboard and green synth

Keith's ubiquitous props are often trumpeted on rap sites and comment boards, where he's cited as the chief influence behind everyone from Tech N9ne to Tyler, the Creator.
Odd past
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 05, 2011

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

MC Paul Barman | Thought Balloon Mushroom Cloud

Note how the title of Paul Barman's third and latest sounds corny at first glance but deserves a "ha" — or at least an "I smell this dude" — on further contemplation.
Househusband (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 22, 2010

Fantastic damage

Unlike hip-hop acts that deny bucking convention for the sake of eccentricity, Anti-Pop Consortium were as clear on day zero as they will certainly be at Great Scott next Thursday about their maverick intentions.
Anti-Pop Consortium’s unfinished business
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 02, 2009


Smack downer

I haven’t come hereto academically justify West Coast credos about assimilating hoes into housewives. Instead I’ve come to mourn the commercialization of misogynistic rap lyrics.
Hip-Hop Misogyny: It Ain’t What It Used To Be
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 24, 2009

Say what?

Good news for perplexed suburbanites: a new site called  lets experienced rap interpreters explain difficult urban slang to hip-hop neophytes.
The Big Hurt: A chat with Bill Buckholz of
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 10, 2009

Review: Oak Lonetree, Lava + 2

Oak Lonetree hemorrhages more discs than Kool Keith — which, for those who don't know, is a bootyload.
Molten flow
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 20, 2009

Momus | Joemus

Since the 1980s, Momus has been the recording guise of Scotsman bon vivant Nick Currie, a man of many masks and endless curiosity.
American Patchwork/Darla (2008)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  November 11, 2008

Calling for back-up

Of all the tumult and talent swinging through town in 2006, I cherish most my memories of Audible Mainframe backing Slick Rick at Harpers Ferry.
Slick Rick gets fly with a little help from his friends
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 12, 2008


Beyond illbient

When I get DJ Spooky on the phone a week ago Tuesday, he’s fresh home in New York City from Antarctica.
DJ Spooky goes global
By JON GARELICK  |  January 14, 2008

A fond farewell

When I received word that Tom’s Tracks on Thayer Street was going out of business, my initial reaction was blasé.
Tom Farnsworth’s closing Tracks
By BOB GULLA  |  November 27, 2007

Going on sale: November 16, 2007

Moe., James Blunt, Chapel/Chapter, and more
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  November 13, 2007

Kool Koala weekend

On Kid Koala’s new album we hear a sample of the Kid’s mom speaking to her favorite son.
SPACE hosts the weird worlds of hip-hop
By IAN PAIGE  |  April 18, 2007

Portland scene report: April 6, 2007

Holy crap.
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  April 04, 2007


Snakes in the grass

The Bleeding Queens, Coconut Riot, Fail and Fail Again . . . These are some of the names that will never be given to the competing tribes on Survivor .
Survivor 14 and The (White) Rapper Show
By JAMES PARKER  |  February 13, 2007

Home boys

Don’t count out 7L & Esoteric just yet. 7L & Esoteric, "3 Minute Classic" (mp3)
7L & Esoteric discover A New Dope
By MATTHEW M. BURKE  |  August 17, 2006

Going on sale: August 4, 2006

Lewis Black, Yo La Tengo, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Head Automatica, Madeleine Peyroux, and more.
Breaking news from the concert-ticket trade

Dr. Octagon

How much fun can a CD be that opens with images of environmental collapse punctuated by the plaintive chorus “Trees are dyin’ ”? Dr. Octagon, 'Aliens' Promo video Dr. Octagon, “A Gorilla Driving A Pick-Up Truck” - Kid Loco (Banana Loco Remix)  (mp3
The Return of Dr. Octagon | OCD International
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  July 24, 2006

On the Racks: May 30, 2006

Plus, Jamie Lidell and Herbert get in the mix.
Sophie Barker, Les Claypool, and Peeping Tom  
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 31, 2006

Voices carry

For years, the idea that Boston hip-hop is about to blow has been a mantra for the local scene.
Akrobatik signs to Fat Beats, Insight goes crazy
By  |  January 13, 2006