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Review: Rock of Ages

In retrospect, 1987, the year in which this adaptation of Chris D'Arienzo's hit Broadway show is set, might have been the moment that pop culture shit the bed.
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By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 15, 2012
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The Big Hurt: This week in brand synergy

Uh oh, it appears I don't have anything important to make fun of — I was really counting on a member of Aerosmith's dying right before my deadline or something, but no such luck. Let's mine the press-release pile for some fresh squareness.
Blige, Bieber, and Sears connect the dots
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 13, 2010
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Billboard's Rap Songs chart

In the immortal words of O.D.B., "Rappenin' is what's happenin'."
The Big Hurt: Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 02, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Billboard Top Hip-Hop and R and B songs

This week, a jolly traipse through one of Billboard 's most artistically fecund charts: "Top Hip-Hop and R&B Songs." What wonders await?
Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 29, 2010
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New edition

There’s no underground scene for pop-minded R&B. Not in Boston, and not really anyplace else.
Masspike Miles, Lisa Bello, and the little R&B scene that can
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 11, 2009
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Review: KRS-One and Buckshot | Survival Skills

Duck Down (2009)
Duck Down (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 25, 2009


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Review: Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself

Tyler Perry's latest crackles with electricity, thanks to heaps of boffo acting talent, high-octane musical interludes, and the most easy-to-root-for electrocution scene since Ernest Goes to Jail.
Tyler Perry's latest is not so bad at all, really
By SHAULA CLARK  |  September 18, 2009
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Review: Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself

Tyler Perry's latest crackles with electricity, thanks to heaps of boffo acting talent, high-octane musical interludes, and the most easy-to-root-for electrocution scene since Ernest Goes to Jail.
Tyler Perry's latest is not so bad at all, really
By SHAULA CLARK  |  September 18, 2009
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Review: Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself

Tyler Perry's latest crackles with electricity, thanks to heaps of boffo acting talent, high-octane musical interludes, and the most easy-to-root-for electrocution scene since Ernest Goes to Jail.
Tyler Perry's latest is not so bad at all, really
By SHAULA CLARK  |  September 18, 2009
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He's not a doctor . . .

Around this time four years ago, contemporary hip-hop tastemaker Dawaun Parker faced the same dilemma that most soon-to-be music-school grads negotiate: should he become a performer, a songwriter, or a barista?
. . . but he plays with one in LA. As hip-hop's newest secret weapon — and Dr. Dre's right-hand man — Berklee grad Dawaun Parker is helping resuscitate rap's biggest stars.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 15, 2009
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Review: Musiq Soulchild | Onmyradio

Atlantic (2008)
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By MIKAEL WOOD  |  December 15, 2008


Fight song

Your total inability to recognize deserving candidates has me . . . amused?
Letters to the Boston editor, July 25, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 23, 2008

Boondocks + Pore + Juba

Anyone in their late 20s and early 30s can appreciate what a golden era the ’90s were for hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall.
Music seen at Empire Dine and Dance, June 27, 2008
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  July 02, 2008
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Lil Mama

There must be a name for the phenomenon of a child actor aging too quickly on the set of a film, right?
VYP: Voice of the Young People | Jive
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 06, 2008
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9th Wonder and Buckshot

Although the term is often bandied about, 9th Wonder has become a true super-producer in recent years.

The Formula | Duckdown


By BEN WESTHOFF  |  April 22, 2008
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Flashy mob

Boston’s gay nightlife is usually balkanized into segregated enclaves for twinks, bears, lesbians, and drag queens.

Guerrilla Queer Bar takes over


By JULIA REISCHEL  |  April 08, 2008


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Going on sale: February 15, 2008

The Kills, Cloud Cult, Jay-Z, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  February 13, 2008
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The ‘x’ factor

The Mystix want you to know they’re not fortune tellers.
The roots pedigree of Boston’s Mystix
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 06, 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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Boston music news: November 3, 2006

Drop a 10-spot, walk into the Opera House this Wednesday at 7:30 pm, and you’ll find almost the entire line-up of headliners that played Bank of America Pavilion last summer.
Notes on the Rock and Art Auction
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  October 31, 2006
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On the racks: October 17, 2006

Plus the Slits, Sarah McLachlan, and holiday fare.
Diddy, Danzig, and Badly Drawn Boy
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 17, 2006


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On the racks: September 26, 2006

...plus Ludacris, Alan Jackson, and Scissor Sisters.
Tori Amos, the Lemonheads, Janet Jackson
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 26, 2006
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Forward into the past!

Could it be just a coincidence that as I sit here writing this, a grizzled Bob Seger is gearing up for the release of Face the Promise , the Detroit rocker’s first proper studio album in, oh, forever and a day? The Lemonheads, "No Backbone" (mp3)
Oldies and more in the season’s CD releases
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 14, 2006

LeToya

If you were thinking that Destiny’s Child was all about Beyoncé Knowles, think again. LeToya, "All Eyes on me"  (mp3) LeToya, "Obvious"  (mp3)
LeToya | Capitol  
By MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  August 21, 2006
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Everywoman blues

America’s R&B queen brings the pain.
Mary J. Blige at Bank of America Pavilion
By MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  August 04, 2006
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Mystery mix

"I get bored easily," says Pink. "I like being a big mystery bag. It confuses some people, but it works for me.”
Embracing the eclecticism of Pink
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 11, 2006


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Going on sale: June 23, 2006

Peaches and Eagles of Death Metal, Rick Springfield and Eddie Money, Ben Harper and Damian Marley, Aerosmith and Motley Crue
Breaking news from the concert-ticket trade
By WILL SPITZ  |  June 20, 2006
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Appeteasers

Streaming and downloading near you: tomorrow's hits today.
On the menu: a new track Pretty Girls Make Graves, Benzino beef, and a Busta remix sampler plate
By LEON NEYFAKH  |  February 14, 2006