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On FRIDAY (the 9th), stop by the Armory in East Greenwich for a Toys for Tots bash led by TONY JONES & THE CRETIN 3 , THE REVEREND BASTIEN , and more; the all-ages shindig includes a "junk food buffet" with the $10 door donation.
No excuses — get out there!
PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| December 09, 2011
Nas rocks the bells
Six months ago my teenage cousins told me they'd been listening to Big Pun. And Nas, and Ghostface, and every other artist who inspires regular road rage in male rap fans between the ages of 28 and 35.
The rapper fronts the tour that erased lines between commercial and underground, white and black, alternative and trendy
| September 09, 2011
Odd Future blew up out of nowhere. But they didn't do it alone.
By now you've heard about how post-this, uber-that, and pre-apocalyptically radical the Los Angeles collective Odd Future is. Or maybe your little sis came home with ringleader Tyler the Creator's tag tatted on her teenage ta-ta's.
Making the brand
| May 06, 2011
Cymarshall Law and the Beatnikz | Freedom Express Line
It's damn near crotch-stiffening to discover a contemporary MC who swings compelling rhymes with an aerobic flow and trademark whistle.
Freedom Entertainment (2010)
| August 27, 2010
Into the weird
No, it's not your imagination: things are getting smaller. Or at least, it seems that way in the funhouse-mirror world of modern music, where the semi-demise of the major-label factory has colluded with the anti-star obsession of the underground to pro
Welcome to our many small worlds
| June 05, 2010
Confidence men (and women)
For a slice of Portland and scattered folks throughout New England and beyond, Spouse are downright seminal indie rockers.
Spouse open up on their fifth full-length
| May 07, 2010
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
| April 02, 2010
SXSW 2010 Hip-Hop Superlatives
And the winners are... Most likely underground stalwart/Hollywood actor to perform a Gregorian chant at the final SXSW blast-off: Mos Def Killah Priest, 9th Prince...
| March 22, 2010
Best in their field
The jazz scene continues to struggle — along with everyone else — through hard times.
An early 2010 harvest
| January 01, 2010
Local journalist and acclaimed hip-hop scribe Andrew Martin has corralled a flavorful roster of Rhody-based rap talent on the Ocean State Sampler , 10 exclusive tracks available for free download.
Andrew Martin serves up fresh Ocean State Sampler
| January 01, 2010
Allah people in the house
“Muslim hip-hop is not like Christian rock,” says Yusuf, the Merrimack Valley half of the Allah-inspired Boston-Lowell tag team Blak Madeen.
Blak Madeen stay true on Sacred Defense
| November 13, 2009
Photos: Mos Def and Talib Kweli
Photos: Mos Def and Talib Kweli, live at House of Blues, September 8, 2009
Mos Def and Talib Kweli, live at House of Blues, September 8, 2009
| September 11, 2009
Intercepting an IM Chat between Two College Freshmen who were at the Mos Def Show Last Night
BUhiphopfrosh: Dude – you there?Sneakerhead69: Yeah. Kind of. Still blazed from that post-show blunt. Missed orientation this morning. BUhiphopfrosh: LOL. Me too. Fuck that shit....
| September 09, 2009
Mos Def's The Ecstatic Tour with Talib Kweli at House of Blues
Eleven years after Rawkus dropped the singular Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star and ripped wide the divide between underground hip-hop and the...
| September 02, 2009
Covering the bottom end - and the bottom line
The biggest news made by the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals the past two weekends was that they happened at all.
Newport Jazz comes back with a bang
| August 14, 2009
Newport Jazz Festival 2009
| August 13, 2009
Review: Next Day Air
Wood Harris, so supremely menacing as Avon Barksdale in The Wire , plays Guch, a hood so boneheaded, he robs a bank but forget to take the money.
It's all fun and games until everyone's shoving guns in each other's faces. And then it isn't much fun at all.
| May 08, 2009
Between the packages that turn up on my Jamaica Plain doorstep and the envelopes that stuff my Phoenix mailbox, I have enough music to start a mixtape spot in Downtown Crossing.
A bumpin' crop of spring hip-hop
| March 18, 2009
An abridged history of the Roots' collabs
| January 20, 2009
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
| December 30, 2008
Interview: Talib Kweli
If one hip-hop album crystallized the schism between underground authenticity and mainstream monotony, it was Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star (Rawkus).
| October 21, 2008
Backed the f*** up
I wasn’t the only one held back from “Rock the Bells” by fleets of ugly persons driving Chevy Avalanches.
‘Rock The Bells’ 2008
| July 30, 2008
Bigmouth strikes again
The few college students who don’t watch The Daily Show get their news from Immortal Technique.
Immortal Technique goes on the offensive
| June 24, 2008
To be among 100-plus heads who rhyme along when the song asks “Remember when we licked the cream out of Suzy Qs?” induces straight-up euphoria.
Wu-Tang Wednesdays at Tommy Doyle’s
| June 02, 2008
Michel Gondry is not a household name.
Interview: Michel Gondry goes lo-fi
| February 20, 2008
Be Kind Rewind
This isn’t Gondry’s best work — it’s too unstructured, labored when it begs to soar.
A shambling charmer
| February 20, 2008
The last thing people are looking for when they go to the movies is a reminder of the political crapola they are trying to escape.
2008 releases offer campaign reform
| December 28, 2007
Rcrd Lbl pays both artists and labels like Warp and Modular in exchange for permission to post songs.
Rcrd Lbl's free and legal downloads
CAITLIN E. CURRAN
| December 17, 2007
From ’Ye to mixtapes
To get the full taste of where hip-hop is at, you also have to seek out the unofficial releases, the mixtapes, which often have a bigger impact than the official albums.
Hip-hop: 2007 in review
| December 17, 2007
A call to action
The credits of Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes rolled, and I felt two ways.
Fixing hip-hop must come from within
| May 23, 2007
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