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I Want My KTV (Checking up on Karmaloop's "Reclaim Your TV" Campaign)

I Want My KTV (Checking up on Karmaloop's "Reclaim Your TV" Campaign)

As you might have figured out by now, MTV sucks. I don't even think they have Kurt Loder anymore, and if they do, I'm sure...
By Chris Faraone  |  September 20, 2011

[live review] Gorillaz and N.E.R.D at the Agganis Arena

Gorillaz got it right last night. With my only prior conception of their live show being a couple of reports from early summer festival stops...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  October 07, 2010

Photos: N.E.R.D. and Super Mash Bros at MIT

Spring Concert featuring N.E.R.D. with special guest Super Mash Bros at MIT | April 23, 2010
Spring Concert featuring N.E.R.D. with openers Super Mash Bros at MIT | April 23, 2010
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  April 30, 2010

Asher Roth & DJ Wreckineyez | Seared Foie Gras W/ Quince And Cranberry

Now that Boston boy toy Sam Adams has blown onto hip-hop’s front lines, there’s almost room for original frat rapper Asher Roth to find a respectable position somewhere between the big-indie Atmosphere types and the upper echelon of major-label boom-bap.
School Boy (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 09, 2010

Fresh legends

Nine out of 10 rap legends prefer People Under the Stairs. (The holdout is a crackhead.) That's no joke — in my hundreds of interviews with dudes who brought the noise and funk before the big ship sunk ( circa 1997), California underground heroes Thes
Somebody pinch People Under the Stairs
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 15, 2010

Fantastic damage

Unlike hip-hop acts that deny bucking convention for the sake of eccentricity, Anti-Pop Consortium were as clear on day zero as they will certainly be at Great Scott next Thursday about their maverick intentions.
Anti-Pop Consortium’s unfinished business
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 02, 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
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 30, 2008

The Hives

Call me crazy, but I consider Tyrannosaurus Hives to be one of the best punk-rock albums of all time
The Black and White Album | A+M/Octone
By WILL SPITZ  |  November 19, 2007

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

Live Earth 2007

So you’re headed to a Live Earth gig somewhere, whether outside New York City or in a remote outpost in Antarctica.
Where to go, who to see, what to know — even if you don't have a ticket
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 10, 2007

On the racks: September 26, 2006 Ludacris, Alan Jackson, and Scissor Sisters.
Tori Amos, the Lemonheads, Janet Jackson
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 26, 2006


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

Pop goes a Neptune

Pharrell is a fascinating rapper when he lets himself go — so why does In My Mind blow so hard? Listen to the best of the Neptunes throughout the years
Pharrell Williams raps his way into a corner
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  August 24, 2006

The street scene

Without getting into the history and the morality of mixtapes, it’s worth mentioning that Pharrell isn’t the first rapper who’s scored more artistic points with a mixtape than with a sanctioned label release. Pop goes a Neptune: Pharrell Williams raps
The magic of the mixtape
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  August 22, 2006

Cutting Loose

Her new third album, Loose , celebrates the emancipation of Nelly Furtado.
Nelly Furtado gets promiscuous with Timbaland
By KEN MICALLEF  |  June 24, 2006

Rhythm for days

Jay Dee didn’t make music, he made movements. If it knocked in the late ’90s, he probably had a hand in it.
The legacy of the late great J. Dilla
By JAMIN WARREN  |  February 21, 2006