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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 ...
Album Reviews
Monday, Nov. 15, 2010

Lonely Avenue (Nonesuch)

Though he has yet to achieve Rivers Cuomo-level silliness, Ben Folds seems to garner more attention for the peculiarities of his releases than for the music contained therein. Producing William Shatner’s vanity album, covering Dr. Dre or having college a cappella groups record your songs may grab headlines, but...
Concert Reviews
Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010

Nov. 2, 2010

When The Wu-Tang Clan swarmed out of Staten Island with 1993’s landmark Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), they did more than just reconfigure the face of hip hop, they launched an artistic empire that has infiltrated all levels of pop culture...
Album Reviews
Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010

Wake Up! (Columbia)

Zeitgeists are difficult things to catch, so it takes a bit of hubris for John Legend to update a selection of socially conscious, era-defining funk and soul numbers from the ’60s and ’70s with a few MCs and a dose of neo-soul sheen and expect it to, as the liner notes put it, “ignite the passions and the minds of millions.”
Album Reviews
Monday, Sept. 13, 2010

7th Heaven: Music of the Spheres—The Complete Singles Collection (International Artists)

The 13th Floor Elevators, one of the earliest and most innovative bands of the psychedelic era, released only three studio albums before dissolving due to drug problems, legal hassles and label mismanagement. But whereas sustained interest has kept those albums available, the singles they spawned (collected here...