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Monday, January 26 2009

Manufacturing Motown

Like the nameplates on the auto industry's productive output, Motown's headline acts were brand identities under which cultural commodities were sold.


The Big Shoulders Ball: Celebrating the Inauguration, Chicago Style

A busload of Chicago's best and brightest independent musicians storm the nation's capital on the eve of the Presidential inauguration and a former Chicagoan turned Washingtonian discovers that maybe you can transport the spirit of the Windy City -- if only for one night.


Sunday, January 25 2009

Dancing in the Street: Our 25 Favorite Motown Singles

From the Four Tops and the Temptations to the Marvelettes and the Velvelettes, we narrow down our favorite singles from the "Sound of Young America" era to 25 indisputable picks.


Tuesday, January 20 2009

Is Obama’s presidency the change hip-hop needs?


Monday, January 19 2009

Sen Dog: Diary of a Mad Dog

Legendary Cypress Hill veteran goes solo with bouncy beats and streetwise lingo.


Friday, November 14 2008

Will Obama’s victory force hip-hop to change its tune?


Sunday, November 2 2008

Ave.To: Three Way Intersection

A hip-hop record bolstered by a plethora of live instrumentation shouldn't be this forgettable, but there is real promise here that you don't have to try to hear.


Sunday, October 5 2008

Khia: Nasti Muzik

If there's an album that can mark a new era for women in hip-hop, this isn't the one.


Sunday, September 21 2008

The Nightmare and the Dream by Dax-Devlon Ross

Author Dax-Devlon Ross reminds us that the personal is -- still -- political. And music is terribly personal.


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