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Monday, March 7 2011

Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx: We’re New Here

The sly luxury of the xx's debut is present here, but it’s fortified by a full-bodied, slo-mo, nigh-on-backwards, skank.


Sunday, March 6 2011

Donell Jones: Lyrics

This R&B crooner shines when dispensing tales of duplicity but falters when he relies on cliché.


Thursday, March 3 2011

Nicolas Jaar: Space Is Only Noise

Despite his frequent outings for someone who’s barely 20, nothing could have prepared Nicolas Jaar’s admirers or the general listening public for what he's done on Space Is Only Noise.


Sunday, February 20 2011

Hercules and Love Affair: Blue Songs

Blue Songs finds Adam Butler and his crew of collaborators laying back -- turning the dance floor into an ethereal contemplation, unrepentant debauchery, retro revivalism, and slow-burning House.


Thursday, February 17 2011

Ghostpoet: Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam

This is a crucial rap album that deals with, at least in part, the fall-out of the global markets and what that means to both the person on the street and the average suburban dweller.


Tuesday, February 15 2011

Various Artists: Dr. Boogie Presents Wasa Wasa: Fabulous Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Shakers, 1952-1968

While it might not be the best place to start your foray into classic R&B, Wasa Wasa is still a respectable collection, not to mention fun as hell.


Thursday, February 10 2011

Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em: The DeAndre Way

Believe it or not, Soulja Boy released a good album. Well, half of one anyway. It's a start.


Monday, February 7 2011

Kaigen21Meiso: Root Is the New Leaf

Superfast is the new quick. This duo parties in rapid fire with mixed results.


Thursday, February 3 2011

Walk This Way: The Commodification of Hip-Hop

Now here's a little story, we've got to tell, about the business of hip-hop, you know so well. It started way back in history, from Alexander Hamilton down to Jay-Z.


Wednesday, February 2 2011

Shunda K: I Am Da Best

Female emcee goes for self with a provocative mix of spirituality and female empowerment.


The Spares: Everything Is Easy (Capsule Reviews) [19.Jan.11]
Deciphering the Jay-Z Code (Columns) [3.Jan.11]
Jónsi: 3 November 2010 - Chicago (Notes from the Road) [11.Nov.10]
Calvin Richardson: America’s Most Wanted (Capsule Reviews) [1.Nov.10]
X Japan: 6 October 2010 - Chicago (Notes from the Road) [18.Oct.10]
Bei Maejor: Upside Down (Capsule Reviews) [14.Oct.10]
The National: 26 September 2010 - Chicago (Notes from the Road) [14.Oct.10]
¡Mayday!: Stuck on an Island (Reviews) [13.Oct.10]
Exploring Chicago: ‘Chicago X’ (Sound Affects) [8.Oct.10]
Various Artists: Ninja Tune XX (Reviews) [19.Sep.10]
Exploring Chicago: ‘Chicago VII’ (Sound Affects) [17.Sep.10]
Angel Eyes: Midwestern (Capsule Reviews) [15.Sep.10]
Warped Tour: 31 September 2010 - Chicago (Notes from the Road) [14.Sep.10]
Honda Civic Tour: 18 August 2010 - Chicago (Notes from the Road) [7.Sep.10]
Idris Goodwin: Break Beat Poems (Capsule Reviews) [15.Jun.10]
Kings of Convenience: 10 June 2010 - Chicago (Notes from the Road) [15.Jun.10]
Amp Live: Murder at the Discotech (Reviews) [14.Jun.10]
Metric: 20 May 2010 - Chicago (Notes from the Road) [25.May.10]
Fear of a Rap Parody (Columns) [17.May.10]
Coolzey: The Honey (Capsule Reviews) [1.Feb.10]
American Idol: Chicago Auditions (Channel Surfing) [20.Jan.10]
The 411 on R&B (Columns) [12.Jan.10]
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