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SXSW 2010: British Invasion

These four bands from the UK left me hungry for more.
WFNX honcho rates his four best English bands at SXSW
By MIKE TIERNEY  |  March 26, 2010
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2009: The top 10 in pop music

Hmm, lots of women, a few old dudes, and some African banjo (not to be confused with Steve Martin's Hollywood banjo).
Music you need to own
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 25, 2009
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Review: Speech Debelle | Speech Therapy

It's unfortunate that there's a glass ceiling in the US market for British hip-hop — but for the lovely, clipped London accent that gives truth to Speech Debelle's delivery, this release would be huge stateside.
Big Dada (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  August 07, 2009
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Buzz band?

"The rise to the top is the best part," says Natalie Portman's Shaved Head multi-instrumentalist/vocalist David Price. "That's what Tupac said in the Biggie movie."
The glistening pleasures of Natalie Portman's Shaved Head
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  April 17, 2009
Twitter Wars: Lily Allen vs. Perez Hilton

Twitter Wars: Lily Allen vs. Perez Hilton


It used to be that gratuitous C-level celebrity beef was confined to rap mixtapes, supermarket tabl...
By Carly Carioli  |  February 16, 2009
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Lily Allen | It's Not Me, It's You

On her 2007 debut, this young British MySpace sensation came across like that rare thing — a natural.
Capitol (2009)
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  February 09, 2009


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Y'all come back now . . .

I've always liked the idea of there being some weight to the "nines," meaning: if you're a year, and you're going to perch yourself at the very edge of a decade, you'd better be ready to represent.
Diminishing returns in 2009
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 30, 2008
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Kaiser Chiefs | Off With Their Heads

If you were hoping that Kaiser Chiefs’ hiring Mark Ronson to produce their third studio disc would result in a vintage-soul overhaul of their jittery new-wave sound, prepare to be let down.
Universal/Motown (2008)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 04, 2008

MySpacing

Here are some current top MySpace artists to check out, and some to avoid.
Hot and not
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  October 27, 2008
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Offa my couch, Larroquette

In a video posted to his Web site, former Rolling Stone Ringo Starr has lovingly warned his fans to stop sending him fan mail.  
Foos fight McCain, Madonna pans Palin, Heart hearts Barack
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 24, 2008
UPDATE: Pop Trash, The Soup Nazi and WTF

UPDATE: Pop Trash, The Soup Nazi and WTF


Fixed broken link to audio. - c Fletcher takes out the Pop Trash, The Soup Nazi stops in (seriously) and we check the WTF Line,...
By Charlie  |  September 03, 2008


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Green initiative

In an era when the major labels ignore just about everybody without a nickname that rhymes with “sleazy,” it was no small feat for Wale to land a deal with Interscope Records earlier this year.
Hip-hop’s heads go on Wale watch
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  July 21, 2008
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Facebook phobia

It’s safe to say that Facebook is now an omniscient, all-powerful tool that, in some way, traffics in dirt on nearly everyone you know.
Thought high school was bad? Social-networking sites jack up Web-era insecurities
By SHARON STEEL  |  July 16, 2008
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Immigrant song

You, my young British friend, start a band.
How US terror policy is ruining your summer concert season
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  June 18, 2008

Winning losers

Every last one of you who votes in our Best Music Poll is a treasure; but blessed are those who write-in.
Stand up for your write(-ins)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 07, 2008

Guitars are from Mars, Feist and Björk are from Venus

It’s 3 am. Do you know if you’re a man or a woman?
A musical battle of the sexes
By JAMES PARKER AND SHARON STEEL  |  March 19, 2008


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The big hurt: Hello, goodbye

I should probably explain that this is not the same David Thorpe who recently resigned from a different local newspaper where he wrote a beloved weekly column very, very much like this one.
And a warm hello to STP, Britney, and Lily Allen
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 20, 2008
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Kate Walsh

Who is Kate Walsh?
Tim's House | Verve Forecast
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 28, 2008
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FNX FILES [FRIDAY - 1/25]


R.E.M. shot the video for their new single, "Supernatural Superserious," Monday in New York City in two very different locales. Part of the video was...
By Paul Driscoll  |  January 25, 2008
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It parade

There is a moment, at the end of a beauty pageant, when the previous year’s winner is forced to place the sparkling crown on a new champion’s head.
In 2008, novels turn to fairies, fashion goes faux green, and Star Trek  gets all 90210
By SHARON STEEL  |  December 26, 2007
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Green is the new black

Approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used and discarded worldwide each year.
How to be socially responsible in a $240 pair of pants
By SHARON STEEL  |  November 08, 2007


Crossword: ''Don't Be a pig''


Translations from the original Latin.
By MATT JONES  |  November 07, 2007
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Chairmen of the boards

Not unlike Swedish, Tagalog, and Esperanto, music is a language, with its own conjugations and (lewdly) dangling participles.
Our critics pick the 14 producers with the fattest, meanest beats
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 18, 2007
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Fabulous fakes

If “The Basement Tapes” had been conceived for the Top 40, it might have sounded much like the Traveling Wilburys.
Charmed by the Traveling Wilburys
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 10, 2007
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Dizzee Rascal

Boy in da Corner may be the classic Dizzee will be forced to chase for the rest of his career.
Maths + English | XL
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  June 12, 2007

The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 100-91


These guys couldn't turn on a radio
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 13, 2007


Worst in breed: Media

Who are the unsexiest media men of 2007?
The 100 Unsexiest men 2007
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 12, 2007
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Alphabet soup

The announcement that iTunes will start selling music from conglomerate EMI means you can download songs from artists on EMI and do with them what you please.
iTunes, EMI, and DRM: what does it really mean?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 04, 2007
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No reason to complain

There are at least two ways to approach the South by Southwest festival in Austin.
Escaping corporate rock — and the panel discussions — at SxSW
By BRETT MILANO  |  March 20, 2007
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Brit flops?

Bloc Party have gotta be one of the more misunderstood — or at least mislabeled — Brit exports of the past couple of years. Lily Allen, "Smile" (mp3)
Bloc Party rise to the occasion, plus Lily Allen on SNL
By MATT ASHARE  |  February 06, 2007