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Tony Allen at the Middle East

Tony Allen at the Middle East

He’s best known for having helped invent Afrobeat in the ’60s and ’70s, when he was slapping the skins for Fela Kuti’s band, but unparalleled...
By webteam  |  June 09, 2010
Beat It

Beat It

We often refer to certain artists as having "created" an entire genre of music: for example, it wouldn't be unheard of for a music critic...
By Scott Kearnan  |  May 31, 2010

Parental advisory

An exceedingly bizarre sequence of events transpired this past week — the parents of two different playoff-competing NBA players were arrested in separate incidents, one on each coast.
The pros take a back seat to their misbehaving moms and dads
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 28, 2010

Fela Kuti | The ’69 L.A. Sessions

Amiri Baraka put it best in his poem "In the Funk World": "If Elvis Presley is King/Who is James Brown, God?" So, by that logic, is Fela Anikulapo Kuti higher than or equal to God?
Knitting Factory (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  February 12, 2010

French tickler

"The French language is perfect for talking about sex," muses hirsute Parisian singer and electronic-musician Sébastien Tellier.
Voulez-vous coucher avec Sébastien Tellier?
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 30, 2009

In the Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2

His good intentions and best efforts notwithstanding, economists are divided as to how effective Bono’s campaigning on behalf of Africa’s poor, diseased, and disenfranchised has been.
Shout! Factory
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  March 25, 2008


Demon master

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
By DAVID DAY  |  April 17, 2007

London falling

Damon Albarn — Blur frontman, Gorillaz supremo, and now millennial minstrel to the drowning city of London — is that eerie modern specimen, the pop star who talks like a critic. The Good, The Bad, and the Queen, "Kingdom of Doom" (streaming video)
Damon Albarn’s The Good, the Bad & the Queen
By JAMES PARKER  |  February 21, 2007


Although Gorillaz musical mastermind Damon Albarn is busy recording with the Good, the Bad and the Queen, all’s not quiet on the Gorillaz front, at least not on the commercial front.
Don't waste your dollars
By WILL SPITZ  |  November 13, 2006

Not quite through the fire

We know all about high-school-to-NBA athletes here in Boston.
Sports blotter: direct-to-NBA edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 08, 2006

The Wizard of Pennsylvania Avenue

No one knows what the hell former Washington Wizard Lonny Baxter was doing last week when he allegedly fired his pistol out the window of his big-ass white SUV less than two blocks from the White House.
Sports Blotter: shooting at the White House edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 23, 2006


Drum talk

Glenn Kotche is not under the illusion that solo percussion albums have a built-in audience. So who might buy his new Mobile (Nonesuch)?
Wilco’s Glenn Kotche and Loose Fur
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 28, 2006