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We Don’t Die, We Multiply: R&B Posse Tracks

Take Whitney Houston's "Saving All My Love For You", a steamy tale of a mistress longing for romantic bliss with a married man, and imagine how it might play out with a multi-perspective delivery.

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Idris Goodwin: Break Beat Poems

A promising lyrical effort, but ill-fitting production undermines a potentially perfect delivery.

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Kings of Convenience: 10 June 2010 - Chicago

Kings of Convenience held the crowd's attention for nearly two hours, showing off their versatile musicality throughout.

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Amp Live: Murder at the Discotech

With a strong lineup of guests and a bounty of ideas, this DJ's solo effort should be a sure-fire winner. His experimentation lays a foundation for the future.

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Pursuit Grooves: Fox Trot Mannerisms

Pursuit Grooves (aka Vanese Smith) attempts to channel Badu-esque soul with after-hours electro. File Under: Music for Muscle Relaxants.

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The Besnard Lakes & The Ponys: 24 May 2010 - Chicago

The opening night of the Downtown Sound Series proved what was already assumed from the lineup, this will hands down be the best way to spend your Monday evening in Chicago for the next couple of months.

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R&B’s Paterfamilias Johnny Otis:  ‘Black by Persuasion’

Not long after Pete Seeger galvanized American progressives with folk music, and years before Bob Dylan brought social issues to the forefront of rock music, Johnny Otis was a "drum major for justice".

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25 May 2010 // 4:30 AM

Metric: 20 May 2010 - Chicago

Upon a stage bathed in soft blue light, the members of Metric electrified the crowd with their signature stadium rocking anthems.

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17 May 2010 // 9:00 PM

Fear of a Rap Parody

Underrated in the annals of hip-hop cinema, Rusty Cundieff's Fear of a Black Hat is biting and unflinching, and forces hip-hop fans to stare soberly at the culture's flaws and to revisit their own reasons for loving the music.

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Give ‘Em Soul Richard!: Race, Radio, and Rhythm and Blues in Chicago by Richard E. Stamz

Stamz certainly possessed a distinctive voice, both as deejay and raconteur, and his narrative has a compelling freshness and immediacy to it. His memoir, however, doesn't fully deliver on its promise.

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The Revival: A Declaration for Female Emcees

Hip-hop needs a women's movement ala Seneca Falls. The Declaration of Sentiments used the Declaration of Independence as its structural model (in hip-hop we call that "sampling").

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Joyo Velarde: Love and Understanding

Filipino diva and frequent contributor to Lyrics Born records takes a nostalgic, R&B stab at her own LP.

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Erykah Badu: New Amerykah, Part Two: Return of the Ankh

You may not want to fall in love with this 21st century siren, but chances are good that you will. That is, if you know what's good for ya.

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Since Shahrukh Khan is showing Akon around Bollywood, imagine that awkward moment when the two are out on the town and they encounter the Fair and Handsome advertising chair, and Shahrukh Khan says to Akon, "I'd like you to meet my sponsor."

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B. Dolan: Fallen House, Sunken City

The plucky Providence poet dodges the sophomore album slump with a poignant conscious hip-hop record, backed by huge beats from Alias.

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22 Feb 2010 // 9:00 PM

Mos Def and DOOM: 13 February 2010 - Chicago

Mos Def and DOOM's Chicago appearance was a colossal failure, and writer Georg Garret dissects what led to a night of bitter disappointment for fans.

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Wu-Tang Clan: Return of the Wu & Friends

Longtime Wu-Tang Clan collaborator DJ/Producer Mathematics goes into the vaults and pulls out some choice cuts for remix and reinterpretations on this loosely formatted Wu-related release.

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Jann Klose: 16 November 2009 - Chicago

Klose has the classically incandescent look of a young James Taylor. Wavy brown hair frames his chin and ocean-blue eyes sparkle as he strums.

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Josephine Foster: Graphic As a Star

The Snow White of freak-folk gets her Emily Dickinson on.

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1 Feb 2010 // 8:58 PM

Midwest, small-town rap Get your drunk on!

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Moving Pixels Podcast: Unearthing the 'Charnel House'

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"This week we discuss Owl Creek Games's follow up to Sepulchre, the triptych of tales called The Charnel House Trilogy.

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