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Blank slates splattered with neon

Santigold, Amanda Blank at the House of Blues
I’m not sure what kind of set list Santigold brought, but I’m guessing that she scrapped it after the crowd remained limp three tracks in.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 03, 2009


Old gold

The Dunnas and Wasted Talent are in it for life
If everybody else can be a Toys "R" Us kid until he or she qualifies for discount coffee, why the hell should rappers have to grow up?
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 05, 2009


Busdriver | Jhelli Beam

Anti- (2009)
For a guy whose layered rhymes are less accessible than Hilary Duff's muff, Busdriver designs relatively people-friendly hip-hop.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 02, 2009


Marco Polo and Torae | Double Barrel

Duck Down (2009)
Duck Down has reached beyond its Brooklyn-grounded rap roots in recent years, signing such acts as Kidz in the Hall and Boston's Special Teamz.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 27, 2009


Last biscuit in the oven

Nuestra's culinary misadventure
On that next trip to Whole Foods or the farmers' market, your favorite small-batch cookies, jams, and jellies might be hard to find.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 20, 2009


Reggae revival

Booming in Boston's underground, Caribbean riddims are about to burst back into the mainstream
The climate is tropical, sweet skunk fills the air, and reggae jams are hitting such lofty decibels that I can't even feel my phone vibrate.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 21, 2009


Reggae: Upcoming shows in Boston

Boom shakalaka  
Upcoming reggae shows and club nights in and around Boston
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 20, 2009


He shall overcome

Amadeus the Stampede keeps on pushing
There’s nothing lamer than articles that lead with cheap metaphors inspired by an artist’s stage name. But I can’t avoid this one: when Amadeus the Stampede rushes, get the fuck out of the way.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 19, 2009


Timeline: Reggae in Boston

1968 - 2009
A timeline of reggae milestones in Boston
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 21, 2009


Come clean

Jeru the Damaja doesn't hate pop after all
Jeru the Damaja vocalized underground agony before RZA declared that R&B stands for "rap and bullshit," before Dead Prez blasted "monotonous material," and way before Immortal Technique announced that he would soil a Def Jam development deal.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 18, 2009


Review: Atmosphere at House of Blues

Game changer
There are two things about Atmosphere MC Slug that provoke endless fury in linguistically thugged-out Internet rap snobs everywhere.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 18, 2009


He's not a doctor . . .

. . . but he plays with one in LA. As hip-hop's newest secret weapon, Dawaun Parker is helping resuscitate rap's biggest stars.
Around this time four years ago, contemporary hip-hop tastemaker Dawaun Parker faced the same dilemma that most soon-to-be music-school grads negotiate: should he become a performer, a songwriter, or a barista?
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 18, 2009


CVS gripes reach the State House

Retail Details
Change to Win (CtW) is no longer a mere pest buzzing in the ear of CVS management.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 13, 2009


Spite the power

This week in protest saw teens swarm the State House and tired bus drivers rally
While the economy has given us a collective jackboot to the groin, it has also seemingly stirred a civil discontent.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 11, 2009


Tanya Morgan | Brooklynati

Interdependent (2009)
Von Pea, Donwill, and Ilyas must have a master plan.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 06, 2009


Hemp — the law, the musical

Dept. of Really Strange Bedfellows
When liberal congressmen like Barney Frank begin co-sponsoring bills with libertarians like Ron Paul, there must be something funny in the air.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 29, 2009


Shuko + DJ Dutchmaster | The Foundation

Coalmine (2009)
It was inevitable that some of hip-hop's next great producers would come from Europe.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 28, 2009


How the West was won

New book and documentary shine light on LA underground
Here’s how to familiarize yourself with the evolution of subterranean Los Angeles hip-hop.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 24, 2009


Crips and Bloods: Made in America

The war at home
Stacy Peralta's new documentary Crips and Bloods: Made in America suggests how frightening it is to be born black and eight miles off the Pacific coastline.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 22, 2009

Casco Bay to Copley Square . . . via Hopkinton

Epic stupidity?
When Boston Marathon runners cross the Copley Square finish line next Monday and sponge the diarrhea off their thighs, Will Thomas and Seth Bradbury will have even more to celebrate than their fellow soiled athletes.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 15, 2009


Amadeus the Stampede | House of Broken Mirrors

Leedz/Traffic  (2009)
For a shattered MC whose life story reads like Basketball Diaries, Kids, and Requiem combined and set in modern black Boston, the leather-throated hardcore rhyme horse has composed a focused solo debut.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 14, 2009

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