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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

ESG

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...
Music Feature
Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011

From film to video games, the rappers have attempted every medium

Wu-Tang Clan always wanted to take over the world. From the very beginning, the New York rap crew loaded their collective persona with a lot of tribal rhetoric and continually reiterated the idea of building an empire for themselves and not being fleeced by the entertainment industry. The most meaningful step in accomplishing their aspirations...
Concert Reviews
Monday, Nov. 29, 2010

Nov. 26, 2010

Alongside its rougher-edged cousin Chicago house, Detroit techno has irrevocably altered the very DNA of popular music, all without ever completely surrendering its underground credibility. By sparking the worldwide rave phenomenon (and by extension ...