Mos Def: True Magic

With way too many questionable tracks between the truly magical gems, Mos Def’s True Magic falls a bit short of his more impressive works like Black Star or Black on Both Sides.

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DJ Shadow: The Outsider

Toss out all your expectations of what a DJ Shadow album should sound like, as this latest effort is like nothing he has come through with before. With a mix of songs from all ends of the musical spectrum; including hardcore rap, blues guitar, psychedelic folk, Coldplay-tinged ballads, and experimental atmospheric soundscapes, this schizophrenic collage of an album is overwhelmingly eclectic to say the least.

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Lollapalooza: Off The Beaten Path

Most who attend Lollapalloza opt to not take risks and b-line back and forth to the main stages to check out the headliners: Death Cab for Cutie, Thievery Corporation, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Gnarls Barkley. While that strategy is all good and fine, you end up missing some phenomenal acts throwing it down on the smaller side stages. For the masses that inevitably missed some of these up-and-coming acts, we will provide a down and dirty breakdown for you here.

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Ben Harper: Spinning Both Sides (INTERVIEW)

Ben Harper had a rather busy year. Between spending most of his time touring around the country, he somehow managed to record an album with the Blind Boy of Alabama, win two Grammys, be a dad, and then cut another album – this one being his best to date.

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Beck: Guero

Beck gets down, with a new album featuring a full offering of that

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