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Slim Jesus, Spike Lee and the art of cultural inauthenticitynew

Emcees in Chicago's underground drill-rap community are divided over which of two outsiders to dislike more.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Bill Forman  |  12-16-2015  |  Music

Why Goodie Mob's Soul Food Is the Greatest Atlanta Rap Album of All Timenew

The money. The power. The trap. The New South. The War on Drugs. The Red Dogs. The Dixie flags. The Million Man March. The Atlanta Child Murders. The black mecca. The 20th anniversary of ‘Soul Food.’ The South Had Something to Say.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Rodney Carmichael  |  12-11-2015  |  Music

Cookin' WIth Coolionew

Rapper and chef Coolio teaches Charleston City Paper how to cook a panty-dropping meal.
Charleston City Paper  |  Rex Steckel  |  09-23-2015  |  Profiles & Interviews

Eagles of Death Metal: Stayin' Hornynew

Palm Desert's Eagles of Death Metal, at Long Last, Release a New Album.
Coachella Valley Independent  |  Brian Blueskye  |  08-28-2015  |  Music

Dick Dale Plays Through the Painnew

At 78 and in poor health Dick Dale is literally touring for his life.
Pittsburgh City Paper  |  Charlie Deitch  |  07-30-2015  |  Music

Swift Like Menew

Taylor Swift and being at the Cool Kids’ table.
INDY Week  |  Maura Johnston  |  06-04-2015  |  Music

Pokey LaFarge Makes Something New From a Traditional Soundnew

Pokey LaFarge puts his mix of old-time country swing, ragtime and blues on display in a new album and world tour.
Pittsburgh City Paper  |  Charlie Deitch  |  05-28-2015  |  Music

The Fantastic Voyage of Jenny Lewisnew

Jenny Lewis sounds off on female musicians, working with Ryan Adams and putting out The Voyager.
Eugene Weekly  |  Alex V. Cipolle  |  05-21-2015  |  Profiles & Interviews

Why Music Still Matters at SXSWnew

Success comes with consequences, and one of them is contempt. As the South by Southwest music festival's attendance has risen — from just 700 in 1987 to nearly 30,000 in 2015 — so too has the volume of the critics and contrarians who've gone on to vilify what's become the world's largest music event.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Bill Forman  |  04-01-2015  |  Music

Catching up with Iris DeMentnew

Iris DeMent discusses collaboration, her unique voice, the difference between being an entertainer and a singer and her new project.
Eugene Weekly  |  Alex V. Cipolle  |  03-30-2015  |  Profiles & Interviews

Play That Backnew

The history, rise and current trends of the EDM scene and a close look at musicians and followers of the music in Worcester, Massachusetts. The story also explores whether or not accusations of the scene and drug use go hand in hand.
Worcester Magazine  |  Joshua Lyford  |  12-12-2014  |  Music

A Shady Legacynew

After fifteen years of Shady Records, Marshall Mathers and crew talk hip-hop, lessons learned, and new Detroit.
Metro Times  |  Valerie Vande Panne  |  11-19-2014  |  Music

Lessons from the Riot Grrrlsnew

"As strange as it seems to me now, I'd never really considered how unjust the gender inequities were in rock music of this era. Somehow it just seemed natural that only dudes were in rock bands."
NUVO  |  Kyle Long  |  11-05-2014  |  Music


The record industry is dying. The concert industry is booming. The club scene is … nervous.
Nashville Scene  |  Adam Gold and D. Patrick Rodgers  |  09-22-2014  |  Music

More Mind, Less Grind: Women of Detroit hip-hopnew

There's a definite shift taking place in Detroit. Women with intelligence in music is nothing new, but the fact that they're banding together, tired of all the institutional bullshit and mainstream-encouraged hyper-sexualization — that is a wonderful thing, and it's happening in Detroit now.
Metro Times  |  Brett Callwood  |  08-08-2014  |  Music

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