Nicki Minaj: Roman Reloaded

Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded will propel Nicki Minaj further money-wise, but its factory-made, routine sound does not show her pushing for artistic growth. The sophomore album brings confusion to whether she strives to be a commercial success, an independent female rapper or a performance artist. Despite being part of the
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Counting Crows: Underwater Sunshine

Essentially, Underwater Sunshine is Counting Crows’ lead singer Adam Duritz’s love letter to the music world. Paying homage to the fifteen bands he lovingly plucked from within his musical covey, the new covers album consists of songs ranging from Dawes, the gem of music streaming site, to Bob Dylan.
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This Week in Arts

Film Peter Greenaway’s “The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover” (1989) is not a movie that calls for popcorn, not only because of its twisted antics — running the gamut of blood, shit and piss — but because it is a bold, serious film. Michael Gambon plays Albert
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Oakland quartet Trails and Ways makes political dream pop

Keith Brown’s favorite novel is Greil Marcus’ “Lipstick Traces.” In the subdued, understated manner that is his hallmark, he claimed that it taught him to reject everything he had ever known and embrace the philosophy of punk rock at the age of 17. A rather odd statement, coming from a
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Zakir Hussain tells stories through classical Indian music

The fat underneath their chins sways, their heads wobble and bobble, their hands flit faster than hummingbird wings — these are men in a trance. They speak to each other without opening their mouths, but with looks and nods, with the subtle variations of the tones of their instruments. They
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The Shins: Port of Morrow

Intricately woven, The Shins’ new release, Port Of Morrow, is like the canvas of a cathartic dream. Lucid, colorful and delicate, it strips down inhibitions and holds the listener through a spine-tingling sequence of emotions. Displaying unparalleled songwriting and refined musicianship, this album is the band’s most enticing and poignant
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Daniel Rossen: Silent Hour/Golden Mile

There is bliss in this mess / There is madness all around,” Daniel Rossen utters in “Golden Mile,” off his first solo EP Silent Hour/Golden Mile. There is bliss with twangy acoustic guitar plucks that brighten the slow-treading melancholic piano riffs, while the tiers of symphonic instruments create an intricate
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Ensemble Mik Nawooj merges hip-hop and orchestra

Have you been listening to chamber hip-hop operas recently? As of yet, your iPod doesn’t alphabetically list this between blues and classical. Nor does Spotify, Grooveshark or iTunes offer you this section to listen to your favorite rap-cantatas. This is because, as JooWan Kim, co-founder of Ensemble Mik Nawooj, revealed,
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The Creators Project

Imagine an event that blended technology and art by merging the classic interpretations of art with the 21st-century charm of the silicon age. This was the goal of The Creators Project, and its San Francisco debut at Fort Mason  March 17 and 18 went above and beyond its innovative objective.
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Anti-Flag: The General Strike

Take head-thrashing guitar riffs and guttural spasms, drench them in liberalism, swirl them in a massive circle pit, and you will have Anti-Flag’s newest album The General Strike. Like a pack of insatiable hyenas, Anti-Flag tears off society’s fleshy veneer to expose a skeleton of seedy consumerism and capitalistic corruption.
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