• Bruno Mars

    Bruno Mars

    It’s Better If You Don’t Understand (Elektra). Review by Robert Sutton.

  • Fela (Reissues!)

    Fela (Reissues!)

    Fela Kuti: Na Poi + Chop ‘N Quench (Knitting Factory). Review by Shelton Hull.

  • Beatles Deeper Undercover

    Beatles Deeper Undercover

    Does that sound like the Beatles to you? Author Kristofer Engelhardt delivers an updated version of his exhaustive 1998 guide, detailing the individual Beatles‘ musical contributions to other artists’ recordings.

  • Rock The Bells

    Rock The Bells

    Rock the Bells kicked off its 2009 hip-hop festival tour in Chicago — just two days after Michael Jackson’s sudden death. Chris Catania took in this year’s finest while ruminating on the psychology of a crowd in mourning.

  • Pop Levi

    Pop Levi

    How do you dethrone the “King of Pop”? Let the current king disappear to Bahrain and get sued for $7 million by an Arab sheik; take your kaleidoscopic and playful songs to California’s Westlake Studios where Michael Jackson recorded Thriller; or simply be a boy named Pop. Pop Levi goes 2 of 3 and emerges with Never Never Love, an album shot through with the ghosts of Prince, MJ, and R. Kelly. S D Green and the musical shape-shifter talk the process of Pop.

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    Hideout Block Party 2008

    Chris Catania makes it through a weekend of punk, rock, hip hop, sweat, and garbage cans without having his head mistaken for a hi-hat.

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