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SXSW 2010: British Invasion
These four bands from the UK left me hungry for more.
WFNX honcho rates his four best English bands at SXSW
| March 26, 2010
The most famous rapper from Wells signs with Universal
A few weeks ago, we marveled at the reality of Portland's Top 40 radio station, WJBQ, playing a song by local rapper Spose called "I'm Awesome," an ironic, self-deprecating piece of pure hilarious ear candy.
No, really: Actually awesome
| March 05, 2010
Photos: Timbaland at House of Blues
Photos from Timbaland during the Shock Value II Tour at the House of Blues
Timbaland, live at House of Blues Boston, January 19, 2010
| January 22, 2010
Bleep the faith
If you were young and had brain space to spare in 1985, those vacant folds were likely soon flooded with the vast audial ephemera of the Nintendo era.
The Boston8Bit collective put their chips on the table
| January 08, 2010
Trent Reznor to Interscope: "Fuck you. Take that beat and shove it up Timbaland’s ass"
We love it when the New Yorker hangs with the plebes. In the current issue SFJ goes to one of those last Nine Inch Nails...
| September 08, 2009
The Big Hurt: Hootie goes country, Roses stay in denial, Spector gets 'demonic'
I’m still not used to the idea that Darius Rucker (“Hootie” to you and me) is a chart-topping country superstar now.
Music news in brief
| March 31, 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
| December 30, 2008
On the racks
Nelly Furtado, Frank Black, Pearl Jam, Fatboy Slim, and Luna.
| October 27, 2008
Didn’t they blow our minds this time
Last week, I offered my fragile body up for a heinous act of self-abuse in the name of science.
The Big Hurt: Just how rad is the new NKOTB album?
| September 16, 2008
The stirring pop hits of the day can’t help but reflect the refracting cracked mirror of our nation’s increasingly emotion-laden psyche.
Fables of deconstruction
| September 08, 2008
13 shots to the dome
What to do with LL Cool J?
The 10 hours and 29 minutes of LL Cool J’s career
| September 02, 2008
Kizzaland’s main draw? It’s Kizza’s elastic snake-charmer flow.
Kizzaland | Souldiggaz/Atmos
| August 04, 2008
It’s music for summer nights of muggy confusion and post-sunset soul searching, and when Beck takes the mic, he rocks some straight-up Shiva shit.
Modern Guilt | DGC
| July 15, 2008
Who’s that girl (now)?
I’d wager that Madonna is not much of a fun person.
Madonna pulls some Hard Candy from her purse
| April 29, 2008
Better than Madonna
Everybody dug Confessions on a Dance Floor , but I’m one of approximately 12 people who liked American Life , Madonna’s weirdly militant 2003 disc.
Pop stars with product to move
| April 22, 2008
The low end
The British rave revolution of the late ’80s/early ’90s is accurately viewed as the source of the ever increasing number of dance genres in the UK.
The bassline house invasion
| February 26, 2008
Spears’s fifth studio album is a witchy electro-pop wonder as suspect as those prescription pills photographed in her purse a few weeks ago.
Blackout | Jive
| November 06, 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
PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| October 18, 2007
There’s something melodious and calm about Will.i.am’s third solo hip-hop/R&B album — but there’s also something boring about its euphonic electro-funk dolor.
Songs About Girls | A+M
| October 08, 2007
War of the words
50 Cent has a long history of initiating beefs before he releases a new album.
50 Cent versus Kanye West
| September 12, 2007
The end is nigh! And I’m not talking about the mortgage market.
Bad news begets good tunes
| September 12, 2007
If there were two golden rules worth following for this reviewer gig, they’d be never conflate an artist’s backstory with her product, and never read other people’s reviews.
M.I.A. confronts American pop protocol
| September 05, 2007
All it took was a Godzilla sample and a simple, forceful “Simon says get the fuck up” for Pharoahe Monch to leave his mark on hip-hop history.
Pharoahe Monch’s timely return
| July 17, 2007
I'm like a bore
The Nelly Furtado concert was off to a fine, Lite-Brite sort of start.
Nelly Furtado, Agganis Arena, June 5, 2007
| June 06, 2007
Extremely . . .
Björk has made a career out of exploring extremes.
Björk rewards — and punishes
| May 21, 2007
Let’s be Frank
Despite a seemingly obvious incongruity, mainstream streets-heavy rap continues to percolate here in Portland and beyond.
Buddas declares, Loyalties a Must
| April 18, 2007
Boston hasn’t always been a major stop for big-league DJs. Record Shopping with Carl Craig (QuickTime)
Techno legend Carl Craig speaks . . . and spins
| April 17, 2007
The guy builds songs.
Timbaland’s shockingly bad Shock Value
| April 09, 2007
When Justin Timberlake says he’s in love with you, what is there to do but believe him? Slideshow: Justin Timberlake with special guest Pink at TD BankNorth Garden, February 6, 2007
Justin Timberlake, TD BankNorth Garden, February 6, 2007
| February 07, 2007
Justify my love
Oh, Justin. Even you know that your undeniable charisma and brilliantly executed choreography somehow balance out your post-boy-band status and lack of indie cred. Justin Timberlake on Saturday Night Live, "Dick in a Box" (YouTube)
He already brought sexy back. Now can Justin Timberlake shed his boy-band image and become a music legend?
| February 05, 2007
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