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  • HERE'S YOUR FUTURE

    published March 6, 2013

    Although the Thermals’ overtly political lyrics might be a tad too painfully reminiscent of a college open-mic night, their pop-punk hooks... More >>

  • FREESTYLE FELLOWSHIP

    published February 27, 2013

    Though it was once called the next hip-hop (or Latin hip-hop, as if Puerto Ricans hadn’t been out jamming with Herc since day one), the... More >>

  • JUNIOR MAFIA

    published February 27, 2013

    Like all good blockbusters and brands, Swedish House Mafia have a bankable 
tagline: Goosebumps never lie. Of course, that old truism... More >>

  • ENDLESS LOVE

    published February 27, 2013

    Prom sucked, right? It was overpriced, your arch-nemesis wore the same dress, and the 
music was terrible. Then again, how would I know? I... More >>

  • FRESH TO DEATH

    published February 27, 2013

    From local, underground bounce classics like UNLV’s Uptown 4 Life to global, platinum-selling records like Juvenile’s 400 Degreez... More >>

  • OFF THE WALL

    published February 20, 2013

    It’s the sort of debate that could spawn many a blog post or barroom argument: Who was better, the King of Pop or the Purple One? The man in... More >>

  • O LET'S DO IT

    published February 20, 2013

    He is a giant teddy bear of a man whose name combines a Muppets reference with the sound guns make when they unload their ammo. He is an... More >>

  • ON THE BEATBOX

    published February 13, 2013

    Just Blaze, house producer at Jay-Z and Dame Dash’s Roc-A-Fella, changed the sound of hip-hop, bringing back soul samples at a time when... More >>

  • SONGS OF LOVE

    published February 13, 2013

    While Bronx-born stars Prince Royce and Romeo Santos get most of the local bachata love, Dominican singers like Anthony Santos and Zacarías... More >>

  • ALONE, AGAIN, OR

    published January 30, 2013

    Founded in 2003, Don Giovanni is 
approaching a full decade of releasing 
the finest punk rock ever to emanate from the basements of... More >>

  • WHAT COUNTRY IS

    published January 30, 2013

    Although he entered Nashville writing songs for country music pros like Travis Tritt and Billy Currington, few outside the city recognized the... More >>

  • SISTER ACT

    published January 30, 2013

    The first sisters of reggaeton and dancehall—best known for their hit “Move Ya Body” and hooks on N.O.R.E.’s “Oye Mi... More >>

  • TERMINALLY CHILL

    published January 30, 2013

    Although born in Sudan, Sinkane—known outside the music world as Ahmed Gallab—came of age going to punk shows in Columbus, Ohio.... More >>

  • BOMB THE STEREO

    published January 30, 2013

    Once a D.C.-based Baltimore Club DJ best known for remixing tracks like Waka Flocka Flame’s “No Hands,” Dave Nada left the DMV... More >>

  • BEHIND THE GROOVE

    published January 30, 2013

    When entering S.O.B.’s tonight, it might be best to follow the instructions Stasia Irons of THEESatisfaction lays out in... More >>

  • THE PLUS SIDE

    published January 23, 2013

    Like most overnight sensations, Ed Sheeran spent years working on his craft. In 2009, after reading that his fellow British songwriter James (not... More >>

  • MIDAS TOUCH

    published January 23, 2013

    Just as Ca$h Out’s “Cashin’ Out” was the breakout Atlanta rap single of the first half of 2012, Trinidad James’s... More >>

  • PURRFECTION

    published January 23, 2013

    Despite its once-appropriate title, the case can be made that this year’s Sun dethroned 2006’s The Greatest as the all-time,... More >>

  • TRIPLE A

    published January 16, 2013

    Last month, Hot 97 program director Ebro Darden took to the airwaves to stir up controversy and explain why his station plays what it plays and... More >>

  • RED DAWN

    published January 16, 2013

    Last time we checked in on Dawn Richard, the former Danity Kane frontwoman had booked an S.O.B.’s show to celebrate the release of her debut... More >>

  • SWEET TALKER

    published January 16, 2013

    After singing lead on difficult tracks by British bass producers SBTRKT and Joker, south London’s Jessie Ware scored one of last... More >>

  • BEACH FOSSILS

    published January 9, 2013

    Diiv might have released their debut, Oshin (pronounced “ocean”), two years after Williamsburg beach pop reached its sunburned peak,... More >>

  • BEEZ IN THE TRAP

    published January 9, 2013

    When artists like T.I. and Young Jeezy introduced the term “trap music” into the American pop lexicon in the early aughts, it stood... More >>

  • RADIO DAYS

    published January 9, 2013

    The latest musician bequeathed with the task of bridging jazz and hip-hop, pianist Robert Glasper fits much tighter with the neo-soul crowd on his... More >>

  • Beats, Rhymes, Life

    published January 2, 2013

    No matter what happens, no matter how many times he makes an “Oochie Wally” or an I Am . . ., New Yorkers will always love Nas, in... More >>

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