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Shipbuilding Co.: Radios and Flying Birds

Released on Greyday Records, the debut LP by ex-Head of Femur man Michael Partington is a thoroughly dreary indie pop excursion.

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The Weeknd: House of Balloons

Mysterious R&B mixtape blows up into the stratosphere, sparking controversy and spontaneous house parties in equal measure. What's the line on the hottest record of the summer?

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‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Asks: How Does One Cling to Personal Belief in the Wake of Change?

Fiddler on the Roof represents the Hollywood musical at its most astute. A terrific, light-hearted, but deep thinking dramedy filled with dazzling performances, and ponderous, insightful, even timeless themes.

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19 Apr 2011 // 10:00 PM

Jessie J: Who You Are

Who You Are attempts to convincingly combine pure pop and R&B, but ends up as a largely jumbled, bitchy brew of pop tunes hollered with a loutish scowl.

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Wye Oak: 7 April 2011 - Chicago

This pair is about volume, and we’re not talking about just loudness to your ears, we’re talking about amplitude that ripples your pant legs and beats your heart for you.

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Hip-hop mogul promises lights, cameras, action (and tweets) during club tour

MINNEAPOLIS — This is the way Diddy rolls: After a one-hour postponement, his publicist called five separate times to say “Puff” (that’s what his people

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Nate Dogg: Can’t Be Faded

Nate Dogg's contributions, and the workmanlike way in which he executed them, frequently garnered praise and commendations from his associates.

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Kickstart the Presses

In the past month, two friends of mine have undertaken major print projects. How are they covering the costs of what some might call a foolish endeavor? By going online for funding, of course.

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29 Mar 2011 // 10:00 PM

Mary Mary: Something Big

Mary Mary make state-of-the-art inspirational R&B, have conflicted feelings about losers.

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Girl Talk: 6 March 2011 - Chicago

It’s hard to walk away from a Girl Talk concert and not be a happy camper. Even better, once this party’s over, there are no beer cans to clean up before mom gets home.

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Dismemberment Plan: 19 February 2011 - Chicago

The Dismemberment Plan reunites for concert tour in support of Emergency & I vinyl reissue.

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Is There a DJ in the House?

If video killed the radio star, some might argue that technology crippled the hip-hop mix masters. Crippled, maybe, but the deejay is not obsolete.

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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.

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6 Mar 2011 // 10:00 PM

Donell Jones: Lyrics

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Kaigen21Meiso: Root Is the New Leaf

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

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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