Large Professor: Professor @ Large

Real heads (hip-hop enthusiasts) know. That’s another way of saying most people reading this have Main Source’s watershed classic Breaking Atoms. A more pithy way of stating would be that those same cats downloaded the long-delayed (over 10 years) The LP from a source the RIAA would probably take issue
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Justin Bieber: Believe

Justin Bieber’s newly released album, Believe, is going to be huge whether it’s any good or not. Having already won over legions of tweens (and their moms), Bieber is ready to play with the big kids. The album shows him evolving into a more mature artist who is not afraid to take risks and experiment with genres.
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Mayer Hawthorne brings a bit of Motown to the Fillmore

A neo-soul artist with charismatic style and a smooth falsetto is not hard to come by, but a white 33 year old ex hip-hop DJ from Michigan turned Motown artist becomes more of an anomaly. On June 16th Mayer Hawthorne and The County brought their catchy tunes and flashy suits to the Fillmore in San Francisco.
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Fiona Apple enchants and mystifies with new album

What Fiona Apple was up to in the seven years between the release of her third album Extraordinary Machine (2005) and her latest is anybody’s guess. But whatever it was, we are grateful. The Idler Wheel is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You
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Japandroids fuse energy and emotion at the Independent

Japandroids, occupy the opposite end of the musical spectrum from Green and his classic soul. Whereas Green was in tune with the channels of love, Japandroids summon the triumph, anxiety and inhibitions of youth. The duo made up of Brian King and David Prowse, delighted a jam-packed crowd at the Independent last week.
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Ed Sheeran: +

Ed Sheeran loves two things: alcohol and cuddles. This is what I’ve grasped from extensively listening to the singer-songwriter’s + (pronounced Plus).  From the get-go, however, Sheeran’s acoustic grime is compelling, and his blend of folk and rap has earned him incredible success in the UK.  With supporters from Perez
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Metric: Synthetica

The music video for “Youth Without Youth,” the first single off Synthetica, is three minutes and 49 seconds of Canadian indie rock band Metric acting appropriately aloof. They make a pretty good show of looking badass while doing some innocuous things – building a many-tiered cake, stacking a pile of
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Richard Hawley

Richard Hawley: Standing at the Sky’s Edge

Richard Hawley is a classic crooner. His tender baritone overwhelms the senses with its incandescent cadence and light, caressing glow. A single inflection, harrowed and heartfelt, ignites an inextinguishable flame, leaving a deep longing for companionship and romance. Hawley’s sixth studio album, Standing at the Sky’s Edge, is hauntingly beautiful.
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The Tallest Man on Earth: There’s No Leaving Now

The Dylan comparisons have been done to death. Vocally, lyrically and in whatever way you want to slice it. With that said (and the Dylan comparison out of the way), the following must be said: Kristian Matsson (The Tallest Man on Earth) is an Artist. Capital A. Artist is a
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Raconteur rocks SF’s The Independent

Brendan Benson’s infectious pop rock has been around for more than 15 years, beginning with 1996’s under-the-radar release One Mississippi. He gained minor recognition in 2002 with Lapalco and then broke into the big time after hanging out with Jack White and forming the Raconteurs. He proved a perfect complement
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