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Jennifer Lopez | J. Lo | Epic

For a self-described dance-pop album, J. Lo has lots to live up to. After all, the genre has been around as long as rock itself, and albums such as Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall have long since...
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The Breakestra | The Live Mix Vol. 2 | Stones Throw

I can see the confused expressions already: “Why are you reviewing a funk band? That shit ain’t hip hop!” Chill out fool. The Breakestra is a bunch of guys who play instruments but w...
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Interview: Bad Astronaut

"There's people who just turn on the radio and see whatever the hell is on, and there's people like me who sit around for two hours looking for used records; but there's no right or wrong."
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Film Review: “3000 Miles to Graceland”

A 120-minute exercise in bad-boy cliches, generic storytelling and gratuitous violence, co-writer and director Demian Lichtenstein has made one of the most disgraceful and ugly films in recent memory.
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Film Review: “Black and White in Color”

A Mira Erdevicki documentary, it primarily takes place in the Czech Republic, where Vera Bila and her band Kale struggle to make ends meet with part-time jobs while trying to book gigs, do publicity s...
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Aceyalone | Accepted Eclectic | Project Blowed

Aceyalone exists as the greatest emcee on earth, as well as one of the most underappreciated. If you’ve ever checked for the L.A. underground, you know the stats: one-fourth of Freestyle Fellows...
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The Ataris | End is Forever | Kung Fu

I like punk rock, but any good punk ass knows there are types of the music for different moods. The Santa Barbara quartet The Ataris seems to gear their punk toward the relationship inept. The band...
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Rainer Maria | A Better Version of Me | Polyvinyl

Intimacy is the art unique to the musical trio. Named after the famous German poet, R.M. Rilke, Rainer Maria consists of a couple plus one other guy. Arguably emo, Rainer Maria makes songs about emoti...
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Self Scientific | The Self Science | S.O.L. Musicworks

Back in 1998, when the hip hop independent 12″ trend was still relatively young, and I could afford to spend money on records I had never heard before, I came across “Return” from Se...
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The Causey Way | Causey vs. Everything | Alternative Tentacles

Are reviewers somehow honor bound to play into bands’ gimmicks? It seems sycophantic to do so, which means I guess I’ll be a stick in the mud (shtick in the mud?) and declare straight off ...
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Living End | Roll On | Reprise

In the tradition of other Australian bands, Living End’s second album Roll On falls short of its self-titled debut. Released back in ’97, that album went five times platinum down under and...
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KCSB Top 10 Hip Hop Singles

1. Saul Williams | “Penny For a Thought” | Ozone 2. Aceyalone | “Accepted Eclectic” | Project Blowed 3. Awol One | “Motormouth” | Meen Street 4. Sonic Sum | “...
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Interview: Promise Ring

Cracking your skull is one thing, but not having a skull you could break your brain, and you're not supposed to break your brain - that's what I hear.
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Interview: “Bash” Director Marc Shaw

"He uses "Mormon" as a universal term for people who grew up in religious communities in general."
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Film Review: “Sweet November”

Like tribute albums, remakes are tricky territory. After all, if you’re going to redo someone else’s work, how are you going to make it better or different so that it’s worth watchin...
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