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2010 Stories by Vijith Assar

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  • The Crystal Method

    published December 22, 2010

    Vegas remains the Crystal Method's defining statement, but the husky effects of last year's Divided By Night work much better than... More >>

  • Infected Mushroom+Shpongle

    published December 22, 2010

    Given that nearly every track uses a slight variant of a throbbing bass-line which all but demands a strobe light, you'd be forgiven for thinking... More >>

  • Tricky

    published December 1, 2010

    Once, trip-hop's golden boy, Tricky is hit-or-miss these days. Thankfully, this year's Mixed Race is worlds better than what's preceded it... More >>

  • George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars

    published November 24, 2010

    Parliament and Funkadelic were the skanky predecessors of all other funk bands to come, but their songs could still veer toward the formulaic at... More >>

  • Bonobo

    published October 27, 2010

    Before there was chillwave, there was chillout. As Thievery Corporation's understudies at ESL Records, Thunderball did a superb job of picking up... More >>

  • Yo Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott

    published October 20, 2010

    Other than being the most noteworthy example of now-extinct and somewhat cello-like string instrument from the 1800s, Arpeggione Sonata in A... More >>

  • Booka Shade

    published October 13, 2010

    Don't let terms such as "microhouse" or "minimal techno" fool you. Just as that 128th loop starts to undermine your focus, these two crafty... More >>

  • Mary J. Blige

    published September 29, 2010

    Sure, Mary J. has a wonderfully powerful voice that could kill a yak at 20 paces, but she's also saddled by a career's worth of nonsensical and... More >>

  • Jay-Z+Alicia Keys+Janelle Monae+Sade

    published September 22, 2010

    Sean will be smirking in the corner, because it's impossible not to frame this pricey Keep a Child Alive charity benefit as a cage match between... More >>

  • Fennesz

    published September 15, 2010

    Christian Fennesz just barely herds experimental electronics into the shape of proper records, but they are so enchanting, it's surprising to... More >>

  • Vampire Weekend

    published September 8, 2010

    No sense in filing a lawsuit unless you've found a wildly successful moneybags target, right? Vampire Weekend's Contra (and its newly... More >>

  • Jay-Z & Eminem

    published September 1, 2010

    The reverence for Biggie and Pac is still mandatory, but Jigga and Slim have established themselves as genuinely worthy heirs. It's been years... More >>

  • Al Green

    published August 25, 2010

    Nearly 35 years after "Call Me" and "Here I Am," Green's 2008 comeback album Lay It Down turned him into classic soul's ultimate survivor,... More >>

  • 'Rockin' the River Cruises Presents Donna the Buffalo'

    published August 18, 2010

    This upstate folk-rock quintet has enjoyed the full support of the jam band scene in their ongoing attempts to reanimate the Grateful Dead ever... More >>

  • Asobi Seksu

    published August 11, 2010

    Despite their reputation as shoegaze figureheads, James Hanna and Yuki Chikudate write songs that are too blissfully poppy to be considered truly... More >>

  • N.E.R.D.

    published August 4, 2010

    Adventures in verbal parsing! No idea what a "Slurpee Battle" is (aside from messy), but "Bands Flavored by Coke" seems plausible enough (both... More >>

  • Nas+Damian Marley

    published July 27, 2010

    The recent collaborative album from the Queensbridge rap legend and Bob Marley's most promising offspring might have benefited from a little... More >>

  • Heart

    published July 27, 2010

    Ann and Nancy Wilson, widely considered classic rock's leading sister duo, often entertain girly urges that lead to songs about lovers and, well,... More >>


    published July 27, 2010

    The considerable chemistry between the xx's dueling singers Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim seems like it might get sexual if the sparks... More >>

  • Corinne Bailey Rae

    published July 27, 2010

    You might say that British singer-songwriter Rae plays Ellen Page to Amy Winehouse's neo-soul Lindsay Lohan, reliably turning in a stream of quiet... More >>

  • Steve Earle

    published July 27, 2010

    Modern country-folk's crown jewel proudly bears the furious twang of a West Virginian porch-swing flatpicker, but he displays more than double the... More >>

  • Wakey!Wakey!

    published July 20, 2010

    Series regular on the CW's teen drama One Tree Hill and emerging pop-rock songwriter Mike Grubbs recently earned the ire of the... More >>

  • Weezer

    published July 13, 2010

    The genius of Rivers Cuomo isn't really in his catchy melodies—plenty of people can do that. No, the real trick is in his decision to paint... More >>

  • Natalie Merchant

    published July 13, 2010

    The former 10,000 Maniacs singer's solo debut Tigerlily made her the second-biggest female songwriter of 1995 alt-rock radio (the other one... More >>

  • 'Rocks Off Concert Cruises Presents Bonobo (DJ set)'

    published July 6, 2010

    The Infinite Monkey Theorem, a popular statistical hypothesis, suggests that a chimp hitting typewriter keys are random would, given enough time,... More >>

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