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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
PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| July 29, 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
| January 21, 2011
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...
| March 31, 2010
Interview: Warren G
Humble and nonchalant as ever, Warren G is cooler than Miles Davis smoking an Alaskan cucumber.
| October 30, 2009
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
| July 17, 2009
I Monster | A Dense Swarm of Ancient Stars
Twins of Evil (2009)
Twins of Evil (2009)
| May 29, 2009
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
| 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...
| January 14, 2009
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
BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| January 05, 2009
Kanye’s music more than lived up to his visual and conceptual audacity.
Kanye West and Rihanna at Tweeter Center, May 15, 2008
| May 29, 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
| May 12, 2008
For a smart guy, Lupe Fiasco has an unusual propensity for spewing verbal garbage.
The loopy world of Lupe Fiasco
| January 14, 2008
Don’t be surprised if you hear yourself shouting, “Rewind Selektah!”
The offical summer hip-hop remixes
| August 28, 2007
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
| June 29, 2007
Purists often debate the definition of “DJ.”
At the White Heart, January 14
| January 17, 2007
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
PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| January 02, 2007
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
| December 20, 2006
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?
| February 18, 2006
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