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Thursday, October 20 2011

Beta Hector: Sunbeam Insulin

Beta Hector is successful on Sunbeam Insulin in marrying diverse and seemingly contrarian styles of music together into an almost seamless blend of electronic pop.


Wale and Kid Cudi Offer Up Collaboration on “Focused”

Wale and Kid Cudi end their feud, as the two MCs collab on a new single for Wale's Ambition.


Tuesday, October 18 2011

Astronautalis: This Is Our Science

An inspiring release from a rap vagabond.


Monday, October 10 2011

Has-Lo: In Case I Don’t Make It

Has-Lo's latest may not brighten your day with its demeanor, but his abilities on the mic are certainly worth your attention.


Tuesday, September 27 2011

Game Brothas: How the West Was Won

Thumpin' tunes about, like, "hoes at the club"...and shit.


Thursday, September 22 2011

Quantic: The Best of Quantic

Never before has an anthology been so accurately named. This truly is the best of Quantic for both fans and newcomers alike.


Wednesday, September 21 2011

Watch the Discourse: Luxury Rap, Success and Self-Absorption

The value of a release as large as Watch the Throne is that it goes beyond the gargantuan personalities involved or even the monster show dates designed to promote it. Part of the value is the discussion it generates.


Thursday, September 15 2011

Various Artists: Chicago Blues: A Living History: The (R)evolution Continue

The state of the blues: alive and well in 2011.


Monday, August 29 2011

George Thorogood and the Destroyers: 2120 South Michigan Avenue

Proof positive that revisiting one’s past doesn’t mean being incapable of striding boldly forward into the future.


DJ Khaled: We the Best Forever (Reviews) [22.Aug.11]
My Favorite Aaliyah Things (Columns) [14.Aug.11]
Eprhyme: Dopestylevsky (Reviews) [10.Aug.11]
Serengeti: Family & Friends (Reviews) [20.Jul.11]
Syl Johnson: 24 June 2011 - Brooklyn (Notes from the Road) [8.Jul.11]
Dels: GOB (Reviews) [22.May.11]
Atmosphere: The Family Sign (Reviews) [19.May.11]
Snoop Dogg: Doggumentary (Reviews) [16.May.11]
Tyler, The Creator: Goblin (Reviews) [11.May.11]
Shipbuilding Co.: Radios and Flying Birds (Capsule Reviews) [10.May.11]
The Weeknd: House of Balloons (Reviews) [9.May.11]
Jessie J: Who You Are (Reviews) [19.Apr.11]
Wye Oak: 7 April 2011 - Chicago (Notes from the Road) [13.Apr.11]
Nate Dogg: Can’t Be Faded (Columns) [5.Apr.11]
Kickstart the Presses (Columns) [4.Apr.11]
Mary Mary: Something Big (Reviews) [29.Mar.11]
Girl Talk: 6 March 2011 - Chicago (Reviews) [15.Mar.11]
Is There a DJ in the House? (Columns) [8.Mar.11]
Donell Jones: Lyrics (Reviews) [6.Mar.11]
Kaigen21Meiso: Root Is the New Leaf (Capsule Reviews) [7.Feb.11]
Shunda K: I Am Da Best (Capsule Reviews) [2.Feb.11]
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]
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