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Review: The Go! Team | Rolling Blackouts

For close to a decade now, this Brighton (UK) band have gleefully championed going all in.
Memphis Industries (2011)
By REYAN ALI  |  January 28, 2011

Kings of Queens

When it comes to legendary hip-hop duos, Southerners salute UGK and OutKast, whereas nostalgic heads anoint EPMD, and eclectic contrarians endorse Organized Konfusion.
Why Mobb Deep are still the fittest
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 25, 2010

Grown man rap

Del the Funky Homosapien and Tame One. Canibus and Keith Murray. AG and OC. Buckshot and KRS. Masta Ace and Edo G. These aren’t comments on a Facebook thread asking for hip-hop dream duos. They’re real pairs of united legends who are giving disenchanted
Masta Ace and Edo G pair up to tear down
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 16, 2009

Mr. Magic, R.I.P.

By the time this goes to press, DJs and designers will be mixing and manufacturing mix-tapes and shirts commemorating Mr. Magic, the seminal New York radio jockey who died of a heart attack at 53 in Brooklyn this past Friday.
Rest in Beats
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 09, 2009

Review: KRS-One and Buckshot | Survival Skills

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

Recap: Bonnaroo 2009

Live from Bonnaroo 2009
Blog posts, slideshows, and more from Bonnaroo 2009
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 19, 2009


Photos: Friday at Bonnaroo 2009

Photos from Friday, June 12, 2009 at Bonnaroo 2009
Public Enemy, Santigold, Beastie Boys, and more on Friday, June 12, 2009 at Bonnaroo
By LEXY WINTER  |  June 19, 2009

They get ill

Jocko Henderson, Lady B, Schoolly D, Jazzy Jeff, and The Roots
Five Philly rap essentials
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 29, 2009

Present perfect

For some hip-hop heads, artists like Mickey Factz represent everything that reeks in rap. Between his bypassing the rugged underground, blowing up on-line, and occasionally kicking Kanye-esque arrogance, he's an easy target for so-called purists.
Mickey Factz is here to catch your asses up.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 02, 2009

Everyday MC

Since Masta Ace got his start with the legendary NYC Juice Crew (Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, Biz Markie, etc.), he’s had only a few minor hits.
Masta Ace and eMC fly without a Learjet
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  March 18, 2008

The live rap album

December is the time of year when the new album well dries up and gives way to a deluge of novelty releases.
There are a few, and Mr. Lif has one of the best
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 05, 2007


Staying alive

More than KRS-One, more than Jay-Z, and more than Talib Kweli, Little Brother have become the embodiment of everything hip-hop purists think the genre should be.
Little Brother fight for independence
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  November 27, 2007

Sound and silence

The RISD exhibit reminds us that filmmakers at the forefront of the medium have been consistently drawn to the novelty of the medium.
Old and new images meet at the RISD Museum
By GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2007

Swede stuff

To most rock fans, psychedelic means Jimi Hendrix and Arthur’s Lee’s Love, or Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” and Frigid Pink’s “House of the Rising Sun.”
Dungen deliver another potent dose of psych-rock
By KEN MICALLEF  |  June 04, 2007

Drums and wires

“You should write about my friend Nate,” says a fellow at the counter of Harvard Square clothier Proletariat. DJ Etan, "Civil Disobedience 2" (mp3)
DJ Etan reps the new sound, plus rap from Radix
By DAVID DAY  |  May 01, 2007

Dead, or immortal?

When Chuck D challenges the status quo, a bunch of fortysomethings nod their heads, but Nas can put the young rappers on the defensive.
Nas’s album title challenges a generation
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  January 24, 2007


Martin Solveig

This two-disc set is the third release for Solveig — one of Paris house music’s most important DJs — and the second in just the past year.
Defected In The House | Defected UK
By MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  November 20, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 28

Madonna + Beastie Boys | Worcester Centrum | June 2, 1985
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 19

Beastie Boys | Worcester Centrum | August 25, 1998
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006

Keeping it surreal

This article originally appeared in the September 4, 1998 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
The Beastie Boys at the Centrum, August 25, 1998
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 25, 2006

Jam Master Jay's mom slams DMC

Nobody expected it to get ugly.
Beef overshadows Berklee's Milestones
By MATTHEW M. BURKE  |  September 25, 2006


Berklee beatz

Berklee College of Music has more than 3800 students, and their collaborations and talents populate Boston clubs citywide. Big Willie Green, "Oooh" (mp3 via Myspace) Danielle Scott, "Ghetto Wonderland" (mp3 via MySpace)
Two alumni talents mix it up at Harper’s Ferry
By DAVID DAY  |  August 23, 2006

Jurassic 5

Major-label “positive” rappers like this decade-old crew have defended the old school like schoolmarms upholding the five principles of hip-hop as if they were as much fun as the three R’s. Jurassic 5, "Work It Out" feat. Dave Matthews Band  (Quicktime
Feedback | Interscope  
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  August 21, 2006

King of nothing

He's known around the world as a crate digger -- an obsessive, irrepressible record fan who will don rubber gloves to find a lost gem. DJ Amir discusses Kings of Diggin' (YouTube)
Boston’s DJ Kon rejects the crown, plus Millions and Bruno
By DAVID DAY  |  July 27, 2006

How to waste a DJ

“This is real nostalgic for me,” Lovebug yelled on the mic. “Twenty-three years ago I was at this exact same club, performing my number one single ‘You Gotta Believe’.”
Prince Paul and Lovebug Starski fall on deaf ears at Axis
By MAC CARROLL  |  July 21, 2006

Five jewels in the Rubin crown

Since launching the pioneering rap label Def Jam out of his NYU dorm room, Rubin has threaded his fingers through almost every genre, from the dirty boogie of the Black Crowes to the metal of Danzig to the pop ephemera of God Lives Underwater to, well, N
Five Rubin classics
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 27, 2006


High-voltage humans

No musical movement, not even CBGB’s-era first-wave punk, captured the push-and-pull of love/hate about modern city living like No Wave did.
No Wave is new all over again
By ANDREA FELDMAN  |  April 05, 2006

Tougher than leather

Run-DMC nearly killed Darryl McDaniels. Sarah McLachlan saved his life. Now, with a new style, a new album, and even new parents, the king of rap ponders his next act.
The evolution of Darryl McDaniels  
By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  April 04, 2006

Sympathy for the semi-colon

Because it’s also a conceptual art piece, Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That! , which documents a concert the Beastie Boys played in Madison Square Garden, can be watched by people who have no use for concert videos.
Adam Yauch discusses Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That!
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  March 30, 2006

Hip-hop history interview and podcast

Authors Jeff Chang and Brian Coleman talk about the latest wave of hip-hop criticism.
Hip-hop journalism comes of age
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  March 09, 2006