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Thursday, December 26 2013

The Artists of the Year: 2013 Edition

It was a year of thrilling comebacks from legends like My Blooody Valentine and David Bowie as well the launch of major new talents like Lorde and Kacey Musgraves. These artists had the biggest impact on the shape of music in 2013.


Sunday, December 22 2013

The Most Disappointing Albums of 2013

This year's list of the most disappointing albums of 2013 reads like the "best of" list from four or five years ago. It shouldn't be surprising how these tides turn, but it always is.


Wednesday, December 11 2013

The Best R&B of 2013

The best R&B albums of 2013 feature long-time stalwarts and compelling new voices.


Wednesday, June 1 2011

Kanye West = Batman? Five Perfect Broadway Superhero Musicals We'd Like to See

If only the creators of the Spiderman musical had chosen Elvis Costello instead of U2 to create Spidey's soundtrack... While we're at it, here are some ideas for Broadway's next pack of superhero shows.


Thursday, December 23 2010

The 70 Best Albums of 2010

The year's best albums are highlighted by the emergence of a future superstar, two veteran and virtuoso rappers, and a Dream Team of indie bands releasing career peaks.


Columns

Monday, October 28 2013

Power Up: Janelle Monáe, Afrofuturism, and Plurality

While most pop singers bounce from one marketable persona to another, Janelle Monáe stands her ground in this Afrofuturist vision she's been creating for about a decade. Other pop artists are tourists; she's building a city.


Reviews

Tuesday, January 7 2014

Prince + Janelle Monáe: 29 December 2013 - Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT

Prince's three night run at Mohegan Sun came to a triumphant conclusion on Sunday night. But not before the ladies of NPG and 3rdEyeGirl shared news about two forthcoming, Prince-blessed releases.


Sunday, September 8 2013

Janelle Monáe: The Electric Lady

A redrawing of black, gender and female sexual politics for the 21st century on this brilliantly realised album by one of the world's most innovative and important musicians.


Thursday, May 20 2010

Janelle Monáe: The ArchAndroid

Welcome to Metropolis, folks. The year is 2719. It's funky and fantastic, futuristic but retro.


Blogs

Wednesday, August 29 2012

Afropunk Festival: 25 - 26 August 2012 - New York

The completely free Afropunk Festival celebrates "rock and rebellion" with acts like Das Racist, Toro Y Moi, Janelle Monáe and Erykah Badu.


Sunday, February 13 2011

Did Janelle Monáe Out-Gaga Gaga at the Grammys?

Is less more?


Wednesday, September 8 2010

Janelle Monáe Does Her Best Sinéad in the Video for "Cold War"

It's safe to say that Janelle Monáe's 18-song epic The ArchAndroid is a near perfect record, effortlessly jumping between musical genres, vocal acrobatics, and


Thursday, July 1 2010

Janelle Monáe - "Tightrope (Wondamix)" feat. B.o.B & Lupe Fiasco (video)

We loved Janelle Monáe's The ArchAndroid. Quentin Huff said, "Welcome to Metropolis, folks. The year is 2719, even though the music is being released in 2010.


Friday, June 11 2010

Erykah Badu: 8.June 2010 - Upper Darby, PA

With little break, Badu performed for nearly two hours, sharing her warmth and passion with a rapturous audience.


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