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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Travis Barker Confesses, TI Fucks Up, and Taylor Swift's Lady Obsession

This Week: Travis Barker Confesses, TI Fucks Up, and Taylor Swift's Lady Obsession

How can we sum up this week? Let's just say it wasn't stellar for hip-hop artists talking about women, and that Lady Gaga and Travis Barker have very different ideas about waste receptacles. We'll let the quotes of the week…
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Music, All Shook Down Kim Gordon Is Effortlessly Cool, and Continuously Annoyed, As She Kicks Off a National Book Tour

Kim Gordon Is Effortlessly Cool, and Continuously Annoyed, As She Kicks Off a National Book Tour

Yesterday, Kim Gordon's revealing new memoir, Girl In a Band, was released, and to coincide with the event, the ex-Sonic Youth bassist, vocalist, and post-punk feminist icon appeared at The Strand bookstore in New York City — the second appointment…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Kurt vs. Courtney, Jay Z vs. Drake, and Everyone vs. Donald Sterling

This Week: Kurt vs. Courtney, Jay Z vs. Drake, and Everyone vs. Donald Sterling

"Do you Kurt Cobain take Courtney Michelle Love to be your lawful shredded wife even when she's a b**ch with zits and siphoning all yr money for Doping and whoring"Seattle Police have released a note they found in Kurt Cobain's…
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Music, All Shook Down The Antidote to <i>Watch the Throne</i>: Why We Need Chuck D's "Notice -- Know This"

The Antidote to Watch the Throne: Why We Need Chuck D's "Notice -- Know This"

The luxurious sheen of Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne has beamed brilliantly over the last couple of weeks of the hip-hop hype cycle. But amongst the chatter marveling at the upscale audacity of it all, there came…
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Music, BeatBox Public Enemy: Show Preview

Public Enemy: Show Preview

Public Enemy plans to release an 11th studio album, Most of Our Heroes Don't Appear on a Stamp, by the end of next year, and may allow some glimpse of its contents on its current live tour. But more likely,…
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Music, BeatBox Public Enemy: Show Preview

Public Enemy: Show Preview

As hip-hop old-schoolers well know, Public Enemy set the bar for conscious rap in the late '80s. Albums like It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and Fear of a Black Planet melded the radical street politics…
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Culture, Artcap

"Claire Fontaine: The Exhibition Formerly Known as Passengers"

The French art collective Claire Fontaine refers to itself in the singular, as a "readymade artist" who "uses her freshness and youth to make herself a whatever-singularity and an existential terrorist." The affectation would be unbearably cute if not for…
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Music, BeatBox Long Island Rhymes

Long Island Rhymes

The latest release by Long Island ladies Northern State features a smart mélange of old-school hip-hop (think Public Enemy, whose Chuck D bestows props upon the trio), 1960s girl group harmonies, '80s synth-pop, and rock 'n' roll crunch. Listening to…
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Music, Reviewed The Go! Team

The Go! Team

Proof of Youth is the best record of the year. First there's the grabby opener, "Grip Like a Vice," that takes this Brit band's J.J. Fad fixation and explodes it with massive multi­tracked drum bashing, a '74 cop-show credit roll,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Goddamned Funny

Goddamned Funny

Lizz Winstead is a former executive vice president of Air America Radio, she did a radio show with Chuck D., and she co-created the The Daily Show (that was way before Jon Stewart, but still). She’s also a touring stand-up…
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Music, For Whom the Bottom Line Tolls

For Whom the Bottom Line Tolls

There's little doubt that the Rock the Bells festival, rolling through the Bay Area this Saturday, is the hottest hip-hop ticket for this summer's touring season. This year's edition of the annual rap circus collects more than 20 of the…
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Music, Charting Hits

Charting Hits

Flavor Flav and Chuck D of Public Enemy are the original Ying Yang Twins, the spoonful of sugar and the medicine that goes down in one potent package. They're the most delicious duality that hip hop has seen, the personification…
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Music, Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos

Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos

It's 10 a.m. on the last Saturday in February and local activist Adisa Banjoko is on one hell of a book tour. Inspired by renowned area rap vets hawking their albums out of car trunks, Banjoko sells his Lyrical Swords…
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Music, Reviewed Public Enemy Featuring Paris

Public Enemy Featuring Paris

Rebirth of a Nation is a return to form for Public Enemy in unexpected ways. It's something of a chop session led by the Bay Area rapper Paris -- whose trademark deep, rippling bass grooves rumble throughout the music, making…
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Music, Reviewed Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth

Fifteen years after Sonic Youth's startling alliance with David Geffen paved the way for a new generation of altrockers with major-label muscle, the band's DGC debut, Goo, is back in the form of this two-disc set, remastered and stuffed with…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Step Right Up

Step Right Up

TUES 5/10 Many wandering youngsters identify with the label "tramp artist," but few have taken it to bowler-hat perfection quite like Eddy Joe Cotton. The veteran train-jumper crisscrossed the country for years before organizing a ragtag group of like-minded musicians,…
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Music, BeatBox

BeatBox

Hailing from a country of "undisclosed origin" and issuing scathing critiques of American international policy in the name of "foreign rap," the Bay Area's Mr. Lexicon -- Iced Grille, Tex Binder, and Ron Pipes III -- would appear to be…
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Music, That's Edutainment

That's Edutainment

When he was 14 years old and living in the South Bronx, Rico Pabón caught KRS-One performing a live freestyle version of "The Bridge Is Over" on Yo! MTV Raps. In a rhythmic reggae-style chant, the New York rapper broke…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rapper's Delight

Rapper's Delight

If punk rock was the wake-up call to the '70s, hip hop was urban reality knocking at the door of '80s excess. And just as punk circles raged with poets and underground artists, hip hop was multidisciplinary at its core.…
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Music,

Riff Raff

So Chuck D and About 100 Lawyers Walk Into This Bar ... In the near future, says Spinner.com CEO David Samuel, you'll be able to download the entire catalog of a single artist for a flat fee -- say, $200…
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