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Good Fela! beats Nigerian drum
Riddle this: what's more unlikely than the fact that the current toast of Broadway is a musical about a Nigerian agitprop pop singer, or that it owes its existence to a Caucasian commodities trader from New England?
Boston and Broadway
| December 11, 2009
Taking care of business
Boston is one of the healthiest markets for live roots music in the country. Here are the 10 roots shows we don't want to miss this fall.
Digging for gold in the roots and world-music scene
| September 18, 2009
The Funn(k)y Drummer
Johnny Carson was revered for his impeccable comic timing. It was "so precise," wrote one newspaper in his obituary, "that we wouldn't be surprised to find buried in his skull a quartz crystal." And why might that be? Perhaps because Johnny Carson was a
What's the connection between comedy and percussion?
| August 14, 2009
While U Were Asleep, @QuestLove Made Philip Michael Thomas Dope (And Twittered It) (And YouTubed It)
About five hours ago -- we presume post-Fallon taping -- Questo tweeted that he was locked down in the studio "trying a dilla move in...
| July 10, 2009
They get ill
Jocko Henderson, Lady B, Schoolly D, Jazzy Jeff, and The Roots
Five Philly rap essentials
| May 29, 2009
If the first quarter of '09 is an indicator of things to come for Theo Martins the Providence-based lyricist had better buckle up for what should be the biggest year in his budding hip-hop career.
Theo Martins kills 'em with kindness
| April 17, 2009
Cursebird: Who the fuck has Twitter's dirtiest mouth?
Once again proving that the innernets are dragging down the level of discourse in this godfors...
| February 10, 2009
An abridged history of the Roots' collabs
| January 20, 2009
The making of the Roots-versus-Antibalas Sound Clash
We're not previewing the Red Bull Sound Clash just because the buzz-beverage overlords supply Phoenix headquarters with enough voltage to paralyze a petting zoo.
How ?uest got his groove back
| January 20, 2009
The Reverend Green gets his sexy groove back after the three uneven releases that followed his 2003 secular comeback.
Lay It Down | Blue Note
| June 03, 2008
The Roots | Rising Down
| May 12, 2008
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
PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| October 18, 2007
Northern State’s YouTube video for “Better Already” is a thing of low-budget beauty.
Northern State keep their raps real
| August 14, 2007
As with so many other figures in pop music, death has been good to hip-hop producer and MC J Dilla.
A posthumous look at a hip-hop great
| April 09, 2007
Keepin' it real
As I was walking up to Avalon a week ago Tuesday to see the Roots, a group of college kids crossed the street in front of me sporting backwards hats and puffy vests.
The Roots, Avalon, March 13, 2007
| March 19, 2007
“The thing that’s most gratifying to me is that the artists themselves like it and respect it, ’cause I’m trying to tell their story,” says Brian Coleman.
Boston author to drop another canonical tome
| March 13, 2007
Soul Touch army
Today’s funk and soul DJ is either an imitator or an innovator. Cosmo Baker, ".45 Caliber Funk Volume 1" (mp3)
Our funk music collective calls on Cosmo Baker
| January 02, 2007
No success like failure
The wild, idle guessing game over the Roots’ Game Theory and OutKast’s Idlewild is finished.
The Roots and OutKast step into the future
| October 03, 2006
On the racks: August 29, 2006
. . . plus Method Man, Motorhead, and Pete Yorn
Tego Calderon, Bob Dylan, Ray LaMontagne . . .
| August 30, 2006
Ahmir Khalib Thompson, ?UESTLOVE to his fans, is one of the most accomplished drummers in pop music, but he’s also a deft DJ with a selection that will take your breath away. Red Bull Music Academy lecture session with ?uestlove (podcast mp3)
DJ ?uestlove; plus Dan Alcala on the grind, and DJ Nomadik
| August 08, 2006
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