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Factor | Lawson Graham

Factor done cut himself a damn classic, and his whole Fake Four clan hitched along for the ride.
Fake Four (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 04, 2010

Ivory and ebony

Hip-hop will never be post-racial. Pigment plays a major role at every level, and that's not always a bad thing.
Jake One and Freeway aren't hip-hop's first multi-racial tag team
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 19, 2010

RJD2 | The Colossus

RJD2 has fallen prey to self-doubt — having decided, it would seem, that sample-based music lacks authenticity, he's embarked on an ill-advised attempt to become a "performer."
RJ's Electrical Connections (2010)
By MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  January 15, 2010

Beyond Dilla and Dipset

With a semi-sober face I'll claim that hip-hop in 2010 might deliver more than just posthumous Dilla discs, Dipset mixtapes, and a new ignoramus coke rapper whom critics pretend rhymes in triple-entendres.
Can hip-hop deliver in 2010?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 01, 2010

Don’t look back

Brendon Whitney — alias Alias — returned to Portland last year. He nestled in for a brutal Maine winter and recorded Resurgam, his first solo album in five years.
Alias returns to Portland for his latest Anticon release
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 27, 2008

Experiment illness

The good news is that it doesn’t appear RJ’s insistence on artistic challenge will be his undoing.
RJD2 at Paradise Rock Club, May 3, 2008
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 06, 2008


Going on sale: February 1, 2008

Saul Williams, Panic at the Disco, Rogue Wave, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  January 29, 2008

Going on sale: February 2, 2007

Decemberists, Kaiser Chiefs, Killers, Martin Sexton, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  February 01, 2007

The IFC Soundtrack

The bridge between independent film and indie rock has been getting easier and easier to cross with the rise of a new generation of directors weaned on music videos and the multimedia underground.
Indie rock for indie movies
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 04, 2006

Chop shop pop

The Brighton-based British sextet's voluminous French cuffs of sleeve-worn influences put the “hyper” in hyperlink.
The Go! Team’s referential rock  
By TONY WARE  |  March 14, 2006

Paint, by numbers

Mark Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure is that rare console mishmash that works.
The graffiti — and little else — rule the city
By AARON SOLOMON  |  February 22, 2006



What happened to Aceyalone?
MAGNIFICENT CITY | Project Blowed/Decon
By JAMIN WARREN  |  January 23, 2006