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Music, All Shook Down Musicians Respond to Caitlyn Jenner's Big<i> Vanity Fair</i> Reveal

Musicians Respond to Caitlyn Jenner's Big Vanity Fair Reveal

If you left the house yesterday — or looked at the internet for longer than three minutes, or had the television on for five, or spoke to another human at all — then you will have already seen Caitlyn Jenner…
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Music, Hear This AlunaGeorge: Show Preview

AlunaGeorge: Show Preview

Now comes the part where we confess our sluttiness for '90s R&B — and current acts that, however unconsciously, conjure its elements: skittering, spacey beats, damp synth textures, and sultry female vocals. The two Brits behind AlunaGeorge tried fighting the…
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Music, All Shook Down Rock the Bells 2012 Lineup: Deltron 3030, E-40, Zion I, and Too $hort Rep the Bay

Rock the Bells 2012 Lineup: Deltron 3030, E-40, Zion I, and Too $hort Rep the Bay

Deltron 3030 (the trio of Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator, and Kid Koala), Zion I and the Grouch, and the powerhouse duo of E-40 and Too $hort are the local names representing the Bay Area at this year's…
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Music, Reviewed Bj&ouml;rk

Björk

While her flamboyant outfits might never be polite, Björk's last few albums certainly were. The ice-crystal percussion and melodies on Vespertine were stunning but mannered, like an immaculately decorated parlor. The nearly a cappella Medulla — an album where beatboxing…
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Music, Reviewed Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott

Up until 2003's lackluster This Is Not a Test, Missy Elliott was like the student body president of hip hop, getting her yearbook signed by everyone via cameos and showing up in the picture for each important moment in recent…
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Music, Reviewed Federation

Federation

With the breakout hit "Hyphy," Fairfield act Federation is at the forefront of a Bay Area hip hop renaissance that some are calling the "New Bay." But much of the credit for this group's success goes to producer Rick Rock.…
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Music, Reviewed Cee-Lo

Cee-Lo

Cee-Lo's inclusion of a few guest collaborators -- most notably Blues Traveler's John Popper -- on his 2002 solo debut, Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections, was adventurous. But while the album was critically praised, its wide stylistic range confused…
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Music, Reviewed Vikter Duplaix

Vikter Duplaix

As a modern-day soul producer, Vikter Duplaix's got an unparalleled Philadelphia pedigree. He's worked with area stars like old-school hip hop studio man Jazzy Jeff, new-school soul powerhouse James Poyser, and Kenny Gamble, half of the Gamble and Huff production…
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Music, Shakin' That Smart Ass

Shakin' That Smart Ass

Jace Clayton put some hoodoo on my virtual whereabouts the other day. As I surfed the Web, I had one browser window open in the background to his Soot label's site, and another open to surf while I listened to…
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Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott Da Real World (EastWest) Most hip-hop recording artists initially struggle to gain listeners' attention, but not Missy Elliott. Both on her debut recording, 1997's Supa Dupa Fly, and even on her heralded cameo on Gina Thompson's "The…
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