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Monday, January 20 2014

Inspectah Deck: Wu-Tang’s Unsung Hero

Repeated listens to Enter the Wu-Tang reminds us that not one of the eight heads of this Voltron raps with more consistency, versatility, and power than Inspectah Deck.


Thursday, August 28 2008

Horses for Courses: Virgin Mobile Festival 2008, Part Two

Sandwiched between Lil Wayne’s lyrical wizardry and Kanye West’s globetrotting techno-populism, Bob Dylan gave one of the festival’s rare encores on a day when nearly every band deserved one.


Wednesday, August 27 2008

Horses for Courses: Virgin Mobile Festival 2008, Part One

With a line-up that read like a quick scroll through an FM radio dial, the Virgin Mobile Festival attempted to please every faction of the musical market and had more successes (Rodrigo y Gabriela, Sharon Jones, Wilco) than shortcomings (The Offspring).


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Thursday, September 10 2009

Bob Dylan + Willie Nelson + John Mellencamp: 28 July 2009 - Durham, NC

Who would deny the appeal of the Willie Nelson/John Mellencamp/Bob Dylan ballpark tour, even after we agree that Mellencamp doesn't belong with such a distinguished duo?


Wednesday, July 15 2009

Clues: 15 June 2009 - Washington, DC

It's rare to see a band on its first nationwide tour playing its material with such a combination of muscle and comfort.


Sunday, May 31 2009

Bruce Springsteen: 8 May 2009 - Washington, DC

If this is indeed America's funeral, she is going out with a bang, and Bruce Springsteen is the grand marshal for death's parade.


Monday, January 26 2009

Wu-Tang Clan

As the fanboy goosebumps receded, and the Wu-Tang Clan settled into their jobs, the excitement in the room began to dissipate slowly and steadily


Monday, December 1 2008

The Letters of Allen Ginsberg

Ginsberg was hyperaware of the frequent charge that Beat poetry was little more than improvised mumbo jumbo baked from jazz records and marijuana smoke.


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