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Hiding in Plain Sight: The Curious Legacy of Outkast

When it comes to hip-hop, everyone remembers who kicked down the front door -- but no one remembers who opened the windows.

Raj Gopal
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Counterbalance: Outkast's 'Stankonia'

Ain't nobody as dope as the 124th most acclaimed album of all time, so fresh and so clean. It loves it when you stare at it. A hip-hop game changer is this week's Counterbalance. Break!

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OutKast Fires Up the Audience at Day One of Forecastle Festival

From the minimalist indie rock of Spoon to the extravagant performance by OutKast, day one of Forecastle did not disappoint.

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Bottlerock Festival Battles For Long-term Viability

The middle day of the festival on Saturday featured a strong draw for the rock ‘n' roll crowd.

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Governors Ball Music Festival 2014: Recap + Photos from Randall's Island

Perfect weather and fantastic music lent Governors Ball 2014 the sensation of escaping from New York, even though the island itself sits snug atop the East River.

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Governors Ball Returns to New York City in June

New York City's major rock-music fest, Governors Ball, has got Outkast's only regional festival appearance as well as a reunion of The Strokes.

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Why the Grammys Matter

So your favorites didn’t win, huh? Get over it. Bashing the Grammys is too easy. Try recognizing them as markers of what is happening in the music industry, not on your iPod.

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The Return of Sir Lucious Left Foot: Big Boi on World Domination

"As long as the music is jamming, I’m open to it. It’s always about the search for that new sound, that new groove. This is how you keep music going. The art form, period. The craft of making the coldest shit on the planet. This is what I do, this is what I was put here to do, and I’m just getting started." -- Big Boi

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Big Boi: Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors (take one)

It bears a lot of similarities to its rather stunning predecessor, but so what? If you're going to release a sequel to a great album, you might as well play to your strengths, which is exactly what Big Boi does.

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Portland Cello Project: Homage

Homage, the Portland Cello Project's latest masterful collection of artfully arranged takes on pop pieces, works perfectly as both background music and as an album that rewards attention.

Steven Spoerl
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Tracks They'll Be Talking About: 5 Divisive Songs on Great Albums

Bon Iver's "Beth/Rest" is just the latest song that beguiles as many fans as it detracts.

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The Hate for Southern Hip-Hop: Why So Serious?

The way some of us disparage Southern rap, you'd think rappers like Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame had recorded a record dissing Kool G. Rap and Big Daddy Kane.

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Big Boi: Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

Half of rap's most exciting duo steps out on his own and puts his left foot forward.

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Outkast: Idlewild

It would appear as if the Dynamic Duo have bitten off more than they can chew, because the results are, while brilliant in places, overall astonishingly mediocre.

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OutKast: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

Reinventing hip-hop is hard work. And yet it must be done, if for no other reason than to repromote the idea that it's been reinvented. Again.

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Audiotistic: Mos Def + Talib Kweli + The Roots + Outkast

Audiotistic isn't/wasn't meant to be purely hip-hop, though. Billed as the Future Sound Festival in Southern Cali, it's typically been a cutting edge sort of venue with electronica and house at the center of its agenda.

J. Victoria Sanders
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