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Ruste Juxx and Marco Polo talk Duck Down
To keep tabs on how Duck Down maintains its hardcore tradition despite also expanding with MTV-friendly acts like Kidz in the Hall, you need look no farther than Ruste Juxx and Marco Polo.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 13, 2010


Legends of Bucktown

Sean Price and the second coming of Duck Down
Despite his notorious blunt-scented halitosis, Sean Price feels terrific these days.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 13, 2010


Dark Time Sunshine | Vessel

Fake Four (2010)
Although highly conceptual and even tedious at times, this new adventure from Grayskul’s Onry Ozzborn and Portland (Oregon) producer Zavala does not belong in the Emperor’s New Closet with so many comparable alt-rap projects.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 15, 2010


Asher Roth & DJ Wreckineyez | Seared Foie Gras W/ Quince And Cranberry

School Boy (2010)
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.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 07, 2010


Tea for 10,000?

A re-loading Sarah Palin takes aim at Boston Common
Massachusetts is the most socialist, hippie-liberal moon-bat enclave in the country. So why then, on April 14, will the ultra-conservative Our Country Deserves Better PAC be bringing its fiercest metaphorical firearm — former Alaska governor-turned Fox News contributor Sarah Palin — to Boston Common?
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 08, 2010


Fighting foreclosure, one home at a time

Shadow cinema
When curious-looking animated silhouettes appear in the windows of foreclosed Dorchester residences — as they did this past month during a massive demonstration on Bullard Street, and will again soon in locations to be announced — it means that John Hulsey is scaring off bad guys.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 07, 2010


Review: Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?

Why did we get "Married Too"?
Just when you thought filmmakers were out of ideas  ...
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 07, 2010


Ex–porn star blogs her way sober

Jennie Does Harvard  
This past week at the Radcliffe Union of Students (RUS), Jennie Ketcham taught her first class about something besides, er, “dick-sucking.”
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 05, 2010


Championship vinyl

Flavorheard, Frank White, and Mister Jason are Fever  
You have a better chance of hearing Taylor Swift songs banging out of Kanye’s tinted windows than you do of hearing either of their pop asses on the Good Life speakers during Fever.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 31, 2010


Ruste Juxx & Marco Polo | The Exxecution

Duck Down (2010)
I feel sorry for the mothers whose fake thug sons were shot and stabbed in the making of this album.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 31, 2010


SXSW 2010: Hare band

Boston’s Bad Rabbits get a major buzzcut
By 7 pm on day three of South by Southwest, Bad Rabbits bassist Graham had flashed his naked ass in the crossroads of two thriving, alcohol-drenched Austin arteries.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 25, 2010


Shedding his skin

The new J the S is wiser than the old one
A few weeks ago, Boston MC Benny Blanco brought his homeboy J the S a flyer for a sketchy wrestling match in Long Island the next day.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 23, 2010


Kidz In The Hall | Land Of Make Believe

Duck Down (2010)
The Most Improved Player award goes to . . . Kidz in the Hall for finally living up to the hype that caught their sail in 2008.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 16, 2010


25 Hip-Hop acts to see at SXSW 2010

The best boom-bap on tap in Austin
As usual, I've got you covered.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 12, 2010


Must Flee TV?

With his new ‘reality sitcom,’ the artist formerly known as Robbie Roadsteamer tries to stop the Allston hipster brain drain
If Jersey Shore and Last Comic Standing had a threesome with Curb Your Enthusiasm in the men’s room of Great Scott, the bastard issue might look a little something like Quiet Desperation .
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 10, 2010


Donwill | Don Cusack In High Fidelity

Interdependent (2010)
It's hardly extraordinary that Donwill should cry a disc inspired by the Nick Hornby book and subsequent John Cusack film.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 09, 2010


Rapper Sam Adams now on tap

Licensed to Ale
Something equally remarkable and unprecedented happened this past week: a virtually unknown white Cambridge MC named Sam Adams landed in the top hip-hop spot on iTunes with his debut EP, Boston's Boy .
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 12, 2010


The Big Ligotti

Like his homeboy Scott Brown, Boston's elephant in the room is poised to make noise beyond Massachusetts
Like his homeboy Scott Brown, Boston's elephant in the room is poised to make noise beyond Massachusetts
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 03, 2010


Mathematics | Return Of The Wu & Friends

Gold Dust Media (2010)
As chairman, muse, and beatmaker for the Wu-Tang Clan, RZA casts a shadow big enough to shade all but a few marquee members of his extended family.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 03, 2010


Lady killer

Anything they can do, Dessa can do better
Since the only way to write about female rappers is to harp on gender, here's the catchy kick-paragraph buzznote that we're playing: Dessa has more in common with black Republicans than you might realize. Although she's proud to hail from Venus, the poetic Minnesota songstress has refused to let prejudice paralyze her rise in a male-weighted industry.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 02, 2010


Greasing the skids

Berklee grad ditches career at a major record label for Boston and a beat-up, vegetable-oil-fueled van.
Things could have been different for Ben Maitland-Lewis.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 01, 2010

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