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Tuesday, August 27 2013

Goodie Mob: Age Against the Machine

At times, the forward sound of Age Against the Machine has the feel of a Gnarls Barkley album, but the content is anything but that. Through and through, the subject matter here makes it all but certain that this is a Goodie Mob album.


Monday, August 26 2013

A$AP Ferg: Trap Lord

An exciting debut album, although perhaps it would more aptly be named Trap Prince, as opposed to Trap Lord.


‘Hollywood on Lake Michigan’ Has You Touring Chicago with an Informed Movie Buff by Your Side

This book bursts at the seams with enthusiasm not only for movies and architecture, but for people and their passions, and the shared histories between them that have made a life in Chicago.


Wednesday, August 21 2013

Myron & E: Broadway

Myron & E incorporate some indie pop-sounding strings into their brand of '60s soul.


Friday, August 16 2013

Persian Rapper Erfan Goes Electro on “Bayad”

Iran's top rapper aims his lyrical barbs at his country's second-rate MCs -- and does it with style.


Counterbalance No. 137: Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Super Fly’

Darkest of night with the moon shining bright, there's a set goin' strong, lotta things goin' on. The 137th most acclaimed album of all time has an air of great power. The dudes have envied it for so long. Curtis Mayfield's masterpiece is this week's Counterbalance.


Thursday, August 15 2013

In a Funk: Nemi’s “Quello Che Mi Resta”

Italy's young upstart offers up a smooth, funk-infused groove on "Quello Che Mi Resta", a pensive hip-hop number that strolls rather than swaggers.


Wednesday, August 14 2013

PopMatters at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 (Day Three: 21 July 2013)

After two days in the sun, people came ready to dance on Pitchfork's final day. A stellar, dance-heavy lineup, capped by R. Kelly brought the festival to a satisfying close.


Tuesday, August 6 2013

AlunaGeorge: Body Music

Body Music is an effortless, sophisticated mixture of Aaliyah x Lily Allen x the XX plus so much more.


Prodigy x Alchemist: Albert Einstein

While the relationship between Prodigy and Alchemist has been going steadily since the '90s, it’s far from stale. Both artists have evolved their styles over the years and as a result Albert Einstein is fresh rather than sounding stuck in another era.


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