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Concert Reviews
Friday, April 22, 2011

April 21, 2011

Though swagger and outsized charisma never go out of style, lyrical prowess seems to have a shifting value in the rap world. It's strange, of course, considering that the MC has always been the focus
Album Reviews
Monday, March 28, 2011

Rolling Blackouts (Memphis Industries)

Having a signature sound is a double-edged sword for most acts. On one hand, a unique voice will always stand out against the cookie-cutter rabble. Then again, it can quickly become constrictive. Once the idiosyncrasies of your style become familiar, you walk the tightrope between pushing the boundaries...
Concert Reviews
Monday, March 28, 2011

March 26, 2011

The past few years have been good to Justin Vernon. As the man behind Bon Iver, the Wisconsin native has seen that group's two releases (2008's For Emma, Forever Ago and the 2009 EP Blood Bank) garner accolades and generate healthy sales; recorded an...
Concert Reviews
Monday, March 14, 2011

March 11, 2011

While their name may not be as well known as other vocal groups like The Temptations or The Four Tops, the music of The Spinners should be instantly familiar to just about anyone who has spun a radio dial in the last 50 years. Songs like "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love...
Concert Reviews
Monday, Feb. 14, 2011

Feb. 12, 2011

Although her 1997 international debut, Robyn Is Here, garnered two Billboard Top 10 hits, American stardom has proved elusive for Robyn. Even as her fame grew in her native Sweden and across Europe, a seemingly endless string...
Album Reviews
Monday, Jan. 17, 2011


Dance to the Best of ESG (Fire Records)

Given instruments by their protective mother as an alternative to the crime and drug abuse of South Bronx in the early ’80s, the teenage Scroggins sisters (Renee, Valerie, Marie and Deborah) had limited means and no musical training to speak of. But what their environment lacked in safety and opportunity was offset by an...