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Travelin’ Man

Wows were issued to us all the way from the muddy banks of Dodds Farm, New York, where local bluegrass dude PUTNAM SMITH was the only Mainer to play in last weekend's 21st annual Falcon Ridge Festival.
The Wax Tablet
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  July 29, 2011
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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
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Lupe Fiasco at the HoB


We’re positively charmed by Lupe Fiasco. The most recent release from this self-professed comic nerd, budding novelist, and, of course, hot-shit rapper was a concept album so...
By webteam  |  March 31, 2010
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Interview: Warren G

Humble and nonchalant as ever, Warren G is cooler than Miles Davis smoking an Alaskan cucumber.
Smooth hustler
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 30, 2009
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Chief rocka

For imposter pimps in top hats, frighteningly dumb suburban barbarians, and hypocritical hip-hop frauds like me, Jay-Z's Mohegan Sun show this past Friday was a gala shindig complete with pre-and-after-party gambling and boozing.
Jay-Z at Mohegan Sun, July 10, 2009
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 17, 2009
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I Monster | A Dense Swarm of Ancient Stars

Twins of Evil (2009)
Twins of Evil (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  May 29, 2009


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Magic man

If the first quarter of '09 is an indicator of things to come for Theo Martins the Providence-based lyricist had better buckle up for what should be the biggest year in his budding hip-hop career.
Theo Martins kills 'em with kindness
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 17, 2009

Music News And Notes: Or, the Phuzz


Depressing cover albums, entertaining Kanye commentary, British alter-egos and iTunes-related woes abound as we at The Phoenix ease ourselves into the new year, one day at...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  January 14, 2009
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2008 Listravaganza Part 2

Everything you wanted to know about the year in music, in tidy lists of 10.
The lighter side of music in 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 05, 2009
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Iri-decent

Kanye’s music more than lived up to his visual and conceptual audacity.
Kanye West and Rihanna at Tweeter Center, May 15, 2008
By RICHARD BECK  |  May 29, 2008
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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


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Talking trash

For a smart guy, Lupe Fiasco has an unusual propensity for spewing verbal garbage.
The loopy world of Lupe Fiasco
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  January 14, 2008
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After-party

Don’t be surprised if you hear yourself shouting, “Rewind Selektah!”
The offical summer hip-hop remixes
By DOMINIQUE HENDELMAN  |  August 28, 2007
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America Blows

The United States of America is a nation with a proud history.
Since George W. Bush took office, the United States has sunk to unprecedented lows in sports and pop-culture domination
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 29, 2007
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H++L

Purists often debate the definition of “DJ.”
At the White Heart, January 14
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  January 17, 2007
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Guest lists

What small, private lists like this remind us is that big, honking institutional lists are largely fictions, mirages of a consensus that no longer exists, if it ever really did in the first place.
 What 30 of the Phoenix 's music critics liked this year
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 02, 2007


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You and your tech-chic

You must’ve already heard that you were named Time magazine’s 2006 Person of the Year.
 As of 2006, new media isn’t just for geeks anymore
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  December 20, 2006
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Life, love, and sneakers

Rob Heppler got his sneaker schooling in jail: "Anyone that had super-awesome sneakers, it was for a reason. It meant you were a huge drug dealer or you were rich or somebody cared about you on the outside."
The culture of high-end kicks is about to blow up in Boston. How many pairs do you have?
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  February 18, 2006