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Bloc Party's Kele Okereke adopts a solo platform

When you've spent almost a decade confined to a band environment, it makes sense to name your debut solo record The Boxer .
Boxer rebellion
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 03, 2010

Kid vicious

It’s not easy being a rapper from Wisconsin. Just ask 23-year-old hip-hop lifer Juiceboxxx.
Juiceboxxx cares not for your nerdcore
By LEOR GALIL  |  April 09, 2010

Review: Amanda Blank | I Love You

Like many a party person before her, Philly-based electro-rap filly Amanda Blank wants you to know that she has a sensitive side.
Downtown (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  August 14, 2009

Smack downer

I haven’t come hereto academically justify West Coast credos about assimilating hoes into housewives. Instead I’ve come to mourn the commercialization of misogynistic rap lyrics.
Hip-Hop Misogyny: It Ain’t What It Used To Be
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 24, 2009

Blank slates splattered with neon: Santigold and Amanda Blank

I’m not sure what kind of set list Santigold brought, but I’m guessing that she scrapped it after the crowd remained limp three tracks in.
Santigold, Amanda Blank, live at the House of Blues, June 1, 2009
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 12, 2009

Goodbye nasty

Anyone even minimally versed in Ms. Blank's œuvre would chuckle at the idea of her trying to keep things clean. Emerging from Philly dirty-rap crew Spank Rock, Blank distinguished herself among a sea of rap dudes with her dizzying spitfire attack and wi
Amanda Blank cleans up her act
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 29, 2009


Indie gets the blues

White rockers generally come by the blues one of two ways.

The Gossip, the Black Keys, and the Kills

By MATT ASHARE  |  April 23, 2008

Vowel free

Rcrd Lbl pays both artists and labels like Warp and Modular in exchange for permission to post songs.

Rcrd Lbl's free and legal downloads

By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  December 17, 2007

Carb unloading

After spending Thanksgiving gorging yourself on turkey, mashed potatoes, and all manner of high-calorie treats from candied yams to kaleidoscopic Jello molds, you should have energy to burn.
Thanksgiving treats in clubland
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  November 19, 2007

Digital demon

If there’s one producer or DJ who represents the new style of Basstown, it’s Baltimoroder.
Boston’s Baltimoroder fires up his laptop
By DAVID DAY  |  August 23, 2007


Here at Up All Day, I’ve done my damndest to tell you about the local history of dance sounds.
3 new hot producers talk tracks
By DAVID DAY  |  August 07, 2007


Cultural exchanges

CHRIS ROCKSWELL, the official DJ for the club-rap phenom SPANK ROCK, says people are always asking him, “What does your neighborhood sound like?” DJ Dolores & Isaar "De Dar Dó (remix)" (mp3)
Spank Rock’s Chris Rockswell and Brazil’s DJ Dolores
By DAVID DAY  |  July 03, 2007

Gallantly Streaming

There’s been a lot of talk about “clubrap” as the new sound rockin’ indie and European dance floors alike.
A selection of brand-spankinh new jawns
By DAVID DAY  |  May 18, 2007


Despite her candied look and popstastic nameplate, Oxy Cottontail remains an integral part of the club-rap scene. Oxy Cottontail, "Roxxy's Cotton Tales" mixtape (mpeg)
Oxy Cottontail comes to Boston
By DAVID DAY  |  April 09, 2007

Linwood bounce

Beat Research is going large this Friday with Bouncement, a party of extreme bass sound and huge beats with an experimental touch. Juelz Santana, "Santana's Town (Ghislain Poirier remix)" (mp3)
Beat Research goes big; 7L skates and Dudley rocks
By DAVID DAY  |  March 27, 2007

Guest lists

What small, private lists like this remind us is that big, honking institutional lists are largely fictions, mirages of a consensus that no longer exists, if it ever really did in the first place.
 What 30 of the Phoenix 's music critics liked this year
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 02, 2007


Tear the club up

"What Samir and I bring to the table is that we were both coming from a real street hip-hop sentiment," says LaCrate, "and that’s where club in its origin came from. As much as it may have been comprised of rave breaks, there was nothing rave – I always
How Baltimore and Aaron LaCrate are going to save club music
By MIKE MCKAY  |  August 22, 2006

Mission Hill style

“We want people to have fun, and we want a little debauchery," says DJ Ian Beck.
Ian Beck turns the Hill out; Uffie and Leedz
By DAVID DAY  |  July 25, 2006

Low Budget and Aaron LaCrate

The B-more æsthetic is all about making tracks you can either fight or fuck to, and Low Budget and Lacrate stick that formula throughout Gutta Music.
B-More Gutta Music | Milkcrate
By PATRICK BERNARD  |  May 23, 2006

Party affiliates

DJ culture has always been about the party.
A-Trak and Spank Rock aim to keep asses moving
By DAVID DAY  |  April 27, 2006

Party affiliates - side

By  |  April 25, 2006


Paper trail

Whether he’s spinning for trance heads or punk-rock kids, the DJ’s imperative is the same everywhere: “It entails making everyone shake their ass all night long, non-stop,” says Paper’s resident DJ, Eric Marcelino.
Harpers Ferry teen beat gets thumbs-up; DJ Makka to open hi-end bodega
By DAVID DAY  |  April 04, 2006