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THREE RAP HISTORIANS AND A MICROPHONE: TURNING THE TAPE RECORDER ON HIP-HOP AUTHOR BRIAN COLEMAN

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With the publication of Check the Technique Volume 2 on October 14, Coleman puts forth an impressive 544 pages and 25 chapters of new material, complete with more than 350 images for 80 interviews with rap legends ranging from Ice Cube and 3rd Bass, to Stetasonic and Mantronix, to MF Doom and Mos Def. Continue reading

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THE NEW TESTAMENT OF CHRISTOPHER OWENS

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Ex-Girls frontman Christopher Owens happened to be a highly religious cult member, but he’s run off to California to make the country music that’s always been in the back of his mind. With three Girls albums and two solo albums, the 35-year-old musician is making the most of his life – exactly how he wants to. Continue reading

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INTERVIEW: JOANNA GRUESOME

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“It’s normally a small percentage of losers on the internet who reply with sexist comments or start debating about semantic nonsense, but obviously those people justify the need for loud feminist voices. They make you realize that it’s easy to start living in a bubble and forgetting that shit is basically the norm.” Continue reading

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INTERVIEW: TITUS ANDRONICUS

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“I didn’t even find out about this other monkey way to eat a banana until the other year. How did I go 28 fucking years without knowing how to eat a banana?” Continue reading

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INTERVIEW: BEAR IN HEAVEN

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“While most of our friends are buying houses, we’re stripping and saving to make an album. You put yourself through a vulnerable state to write songs that matter.” Continue reading

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SPLENDID: SHINIQUE SMITH RETURNS TO BOSTON FOR MFA EXHIBITION + DEWEY SQUARE MURAL

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Smith’s work screams America in the 80s. You’ll understand when you stand in front of “Splendid” — a mixed media piece that looks as though Jackson Pollock took a shot of dopamine to the carotid, followed by a lesson from a street artist. Continue reading

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INTERVIEW: GEOFF RICKLY OF UNITED NATIONS

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“I realized I had to make United Nations mean something. It had to be more than just a band; it had to be an art project, it had to say something, it had to have some sort of relevance.” Continue reading

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INTERVIEW: DRENGE

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“We’d book ourselves gigs and then our parents would find out and say, ‘You’re not allowed to go do that.’ So we would leave the house at different times, go to the gig, and come back at separate times and pretend we didn’t do anything together…” Continue reading

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INTERVIEW: THE ANTLERS

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“I see people crying in the front row and I kind of want to tell them, ‘It’s okay. You don’t have to be sad. We’re all hanging out.’” Continue reading

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INTERVIEW: SEAN LENNON OF GHOST OF A SABER TOOTH TIGER

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“I think in my case I didn’t have any sexist parents around to teach me how to be sexist so I don’t think I was ever exposed to any true gender inequality.” Continue reading