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The Big Hurt: Snoop PO'd

Last week, I reported extensively ( ahem , Pulitzer judges) on the bizarre mural of JUSTIN BIEBER found within the favela manse of a Brazilian druglord. However, as I dug deeper into the story this week, I discovered an incredible new twist: the lette
Plus Biebs trades up, Liam tracklists, willcanthear, Hucknall busy, anagrams and headlines
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 17, 2010
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Taio Cruz | Rokstarr

When Taio Cruz sings, "I can't live without you," in "Take Me Back," pop-song conventions tell us he's referring to a lover.
Mercury (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 25, 2010
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Booka Shade | More!

Booka Shade get back to where they once belonged.
Get Physical (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 07, 2010
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Asher Roth & DJ Wreckineyez | Seared Foie Gras W/ Quince And Cranberry

Now that Boston boy toy Sam Adams has blown onto hip-hop’s front lines, there’s almost room for original frat rapper Asher Roth to find a respectable position somewhere between the big-indie Atmosphere types and the upper echelon of major-label boom-bap.
School Boy (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 09, 2010
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Photos: Black Eyed Peas at TD Garden

The Black Eyed Peas bring "The E.N.D." to Boston
Black Eyed Peas, live at TD Garden, February 26, 2010
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  March 05, 2010
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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
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 30, 2008


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Will.i.am

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
By ELLEE DEAN  |  October 08, 2007
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Flake-overs

The craziest thing about the new Macy Gray record, Big , is Gray’s choice of coiffure.
Introducing the new Macy Gray and Joss Stone
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  April 03, 2007
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Just like a woman

The new, improved, clean, sober, and buff Trent Reznor is no longer wrestling with downward spirals.
Spring brings new albums from Nine Inch Nails, Arctic Monkeys, Timbaland, and more
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 15, 2007
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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?
By SHARON STEEL  |  February 05, 2007
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On the racks: November 21, 2006

...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of the Dead
Army of Anyone, Joanna Newsom, the Game, (+44)
By MATT ASHARE  |  November 21, 2006


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On the racks: October 24, 2006

Plus Miho Hatori and Arctic Monkeys.
John Legend, Sparta, the Drones, and Albert Hammond, Jr.
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 24, 2006
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On the racks: September 19, 2006

...plus DJ Shadow, Chingy, and Kasabian
Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Fergie, Smash Mouth...
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 19, 2006
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Forward into the past!

Could it be just a coincidence that as I sit here writing this, a grizzled Bob Seger is gearing up for the release of Face the Promise , the Detroit rocker’s first proper studio album in, oh, forever and a day? The Lemonheads, "No Backbone" (mp3)
Oldies and more in the season’s CD releases
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 14, 2006
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Stipend

Michael Stipe’s not the kind to sit around and let a hurricane destroy the Gulf Coast without calling some friends and putting together a fundraiser.
Together, for a good cause: rock's most insufferable frontmen
By MATT ASHARE  |  February 14, 2006
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Remix revolutions

For decades now, remixes have been a tool to get pop songs into dance clubs.
Reworking Beck, Bloc Party, and more
By DAVID DAY  |  February 02, 2006


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Sergio Mendes

Better known for packaging ’60s samba and bossa nova into stylized, radio-ready novelties for the US market than for breaking any new ground, venerable piano wiz Sergio Mendes enlists the cream of contempo hip-pop/R&B (the Roots, John Legend, Q-Tip
TIMELESS | Concord/Picante  
By KEN MICALLEF  |  January 23, 2006