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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
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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
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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
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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
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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


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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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