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Devin the Dude: 'Suite 420'new

There's nothing simplistic about his rhymes, and Devin the Dude brings humor, insight, and even grace to this subject matter.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  05-04-2010  |  Reviews

B.o.B's Bogus Journeynew

Debut from Atlanta genius Bobby Ray makes him sound like a doofus.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  04-27-2010  |  Music

The Living Sisters: 'Love to Live'new

L.A.-based trio The Living Sisters combines subtle sentiments about yearning and frustration with bright pop arrangements in Love to Live.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  04-20-2010  |  Reviews

Usher: It's Business Timenew

For those bored by the monogamy talk on his last album, Usher lets it be known that his pants have reopened for business on his latest, Raymond v. Raymond.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  04-13-2010  |  Reviews

'Runaways' Soundtrack Mixes Predictable Punk With Some Nice Surprisesnew

To answer your question, yes, Kristen Stewart can sing. For the most part. Her voice is a bit thin, but when you're channeling rockers the Runaways, technical chops aren't as important as chutzpah and attitude.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  04-13-2010  |  Reviews

Deep Dish: Galactic's 'Ya-Ka-May'new

Ya-Ka-May is a Chinese soup enjoyed by New Orleanians, made from meat (just about any kind will do), noodles, a hard-boiled egg and green onions. Galactic's latest, Ya-Ka-May, is infused with the same spirit.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  02-09-2010  |  Reviews

Misconceptions Abound: Vampire Weekend's 'Contra'new

There are two rampant misconceptions about Vampire Weekend. One is that the group's music is Afro-pop, or has pretentions to be Afro-pop. The second is that it sucks. Neither is true.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  01-26-2010  |  Reviews

Afro-Beat Evolution in 'Black Man’s Cry: The Inspiration of Fela Kuti'new

Compilation features artists who both inspired and were inspired by Nigeria’s most famous musician. Fela Kuti died of AIDS in 1997. Before that he was Nigeria’s most famous musician, pioneering Afro-beat.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  01-19-2010  |  Reviews

More Money, More Problems: 'We Are Young Money'new

Young Money has been on a roll recently. An imprint of Cash Money helmed by Lil Wayne, it is home to two of 2009's biggest breakout stars, Drake and Nicki Minaj. Indeed, it's hard to turn on the radio recently without hearing a Young Money song, particularly the cutesy bubblegum-rap track "Bedrock."
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  01-19-2010  |  Reviews

A History Lesson, Courtesy of The Dimesnew

The Dimes' second album contains 12 jangly pop songs about early American history. Harbour tackles subjects like the Great Boston Fire of 1872, Susan B. Anthony, Winslow Homer and Beantown's Charles Street Jail... which is now a luxury hotel.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  01-12-2010  |  Reviews

DJ DiBiase & Singh Slim: 'So Far So Gucci'new

Seeing as Gucci is known for tailoring his flows to his original beats, he sounds disjointed on such tracks as "Every Freaky Girl in the World" and "Running Closer," although their slower tempos make it easier to understand his words.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  01-12-2010  |  Reviews

Spacing Out: Blockhead's 'The Music Scene'new

Manhattan beatmaker Blockhead has quietly been releasing consistently strong solo albums in the last half-decade. His tracks for other artists tend to be more in the hard-hitting, slicing-and-dicing, traditional hip-hop vein, but albums such as his latest, 'The Music Scene,' give him an opportunity to be more atmospheric and experimental.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  01-12-2010  |  Reviews

Smokey Robinson's First CD in Three Years is Well-Timed but Misses the Marknew

Though Robinson's name is practically synonymous with Motown, its signature soul and pop sounds are nowhere to be found on this work, which skews toward contemporary R&B and smooth jazz.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  09-22-2009  |  Reviews

Slaughterhouse's Four MCs Display Pure, Old-School One-Upmanshipnew

Composed of critically respected but commercially unheralded underground MCs Joell Ortiz, Royce da 5'9", Crooked I and Joe Budden, the group's self-titled debut serves mainly as a platform for each man to attempt to one-up the others through punchlines, dexterity and flat-out velocity.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  09-22-2009  |  Reviews

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