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April 2009

CunninLynguists, Alliteration, and a Strange Journey

Two years ago, CunninLynguists, a group little known outside underground hip-hop circles, dropped Dirty Acres, easily one of the best hip-hop albums of 2007 and arguably


SXSW 2009: Interview with Jim DeRogatis

Music journalist. Biographer. One half of the Siskel & Ebert of pop music criticism. Jim DeRogatis shares anecdotes about Lester Bangs and lets us in


SXSW 2009: Interview with Roman Candle (video)

This close knit band does everything their way, whether releasing EPs in place of albums and bringing their kids on the road. Timshel Matheny and


20 Questions: Eulogies

L.A. pop band Eulogies released their latest album Here Anonymous this week on Dangerbird and stopped by 20 Questions to talk about their inspiration and tennis.


Queering Madonna & stardom: As contradictory as Uncle Tom, except in reverse

Madonna was as contradictory as Uncle Tom, except in reverse. She claimed to challenge the institution and dominance of the church while worshiping at the mantle of capitalism and white supremacy in ways that only reinforced the nexus of gender, race and class oppression and mutual exploitation.


20 Questions: The Little Ones

Jennifer Kelly raved about L.A. indie pop group the Little Ones back in a 2006 Now Hear This piece for PopMatters. "Not since the Spinto Band has a young musical outfit burst onto the scene with the level of infectious joy that the Little Ones exhibit on their Sing Song EP. Spinning out exuberant harmonies and indelible hooks, yet under-girded with strong, eccentrically plotted beats, the EP had the irrepressible optimism of early summer -- the smell of new mown grass and suntan lotion was practically built right in." Frontman Ed Reyes answers our 20 Questions in the midst of working on a new record.


Why Sasha Fierce is more than just “the female version of the hustler”

Seeing these moves come home confirms that they’ve always been the source of B.’s latest trends. This pop diva has managed an effective way of reproducing stardom, like Madonna, mining our dance floors, hiring us sissies to teach them how to assert their masculinity and femininity at the same time.


It Was 335 Years Ago Today: A Brief History of Jethro Tull (Both of Them)

Without Jethro Tull there would be no Jethro Tull


Got a Beef? Sure ‘Nuff ‘N Yes I Do

As T.S. Eliot portentously opined: April is the cruelest month. Apparently someone once pulled an April Fools’ Day joke on him too. What’s


The Dream’s Love VS. Money Threepeat

On Love Vs. Money, The-Dream writes the same song three times, and every time it's amazing.


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