• Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    The Winners of the Second Voice Media Group Music Writing Awards

    The eleven alternative weeklies of Voice Media Group are responsible for a tremendous amount of music writing: This year, we produced thousands of pages of printed stories and tens of thousands of blog posts. We're proud to present the very best of that work in the second annual Voice Media Group Mu ... More >>

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    December 14, 2012

    The 10 Best Rap Albums of 2012

    10. The Idea of Beautiful, Rapsody The black mamba of super producer 9th Wonder's Jamla Records team reached a new pinnacle in her career, and in her evolution as an artist this year. Sprinkled with collaborations from Big Remo, BJ the Chicago Kid and Childish Gambino, Rapsody takes us on a journey ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Lauryn Hill, Nas - Palladium Ballroom - 10/29/12

    Lauryn Hill, Nas Palladium Ballroom Monday, October 29 From darkness there was light, sound and a burst of atomic energy as Nas came to the stage with a gang of musicians ready to work through a 90-minute set last night at the Palladium Ballroom. It only took the four minutes of the first song for ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    Last Night: Katy Perry and Robyn at the Verizon Theater

    Katy Perry, Robyn Verizon Theater in Grand Praire July 28, 2011 Better than: the petroleum aftertaste of cherry chapstick.Rachel ParkerWhat the hell is going on in this picture? For more crazy shots from last night's show, check out the slideshow.​ A lingering cotton candy scent filled the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    The Best Double Entendre Songs Of All Time

    You mean that Primus song wasn't about this guy?​Primus is a band we discovered pretty early on in life and whose sharp and innovative playing we've only grown to respect more and more as we've aged. Unfortunately, though, our first exposure to the group was to their biggest single of the '90s:&nb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Listomania: 30 Songs That Make Us Hungry But Probably Shouldn't

    ​Ricky Martin will be performing at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie tomorrow night. And, yes, that kind of has our mouths watering. No, not because we have a thing for the recently outed Latin singer, but because, gluttons that we are, our stomachs have always growled when we hear his song "Shake ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    Listen: LARRY g(EE) -- "Yo Momma"

    Larry Gayao, all souled up.​ It's been a while since we've heard any new material out of Larry Gayao, former frontman for equally adored and despised Odis, which called it quits in April of lat year. We here at DC9 HQ had some fun at that band's expense, sure, but our stance was never that the ban ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    Over The Weekend: The Hood Internet at The Loft

    The Hood Internet, Yeahdef, Red SeanThe LoftJune 25, 2010 Better Than: sitting on the wall like you were Poindexter. Mattie StaffordSee the rest of the night's pics in our slideshow.​Going to see Chicago's Hood Internet, I figured the crowd would be predominately college-age and looking for a par ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Top 100 Most Annoying Summer Songs

    Shut up, Jimmy Buffett.​You know what really gives us the summertime blues? "Summertime Blues," not to mention other maddening summer hits like "All I Wanna Do," "Margaritaville" or the shotgun-in-mouth-inducing "Hot Hot Hot." It's bad enough global warming is cooking the planet like a plastic cu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    Clearing Out The Mailroom: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

    ​We've got quite a backlog of CDs we've never gotten around to, so we're going to try to chip away at the pile with this regular feature. The plan: to take four or five at a time and play each CD for as long as I can stand it.The 5 BrownsThe 5 Browns in Hollywood (E1 Entertainment)Residing in U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    Today In Music News: Nas Has Baby Mama Drama, Axl Rose Is Still A Dick And Entertainment Weekly Makes Questionable Choices

    Your daily dose of national music news for Friday, December 11, 2009...Ouch. Nas has been ordered to pay Kelis a whopping $51,000 A MONTH in child support. I guess she has to keep that baby in gold-plated diapers somehow...W. Axl Rose got into a fight with a photographer in Los Angeles as he was ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Nas and Kelis Are Quitters, Jimmy Buffett Loves The Dolphins, The Dears Have To Walk

    Your daily dose of national music news for Monday, May 4, 2009...After six years of marriage Nas and Kelis have decided to call it quits. The couple is splitting up... even though she's seven months pregnant.Jimmy Buffett is now a business partner with the Miami Dolphins. I just hope Bill Parcell ... More >>

  • Music

    May 1, 2008
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    July 20, 2006

    Ne-Yo | K104 Summer Jam

    Friday, July 21, at Purgatory | Saturday, July 22, at Smirnoff Music Centre

  • Music

    December 30, 2004

    Last Call

    In which we discuss the highs, the lows--and all the crap that came between

  • Music

    December 16, 2004


    Street's Disciple (Columbia)

  • Music

    September 4, 2003

    Richard X

    Richard X Presents His X-Factor Vol. 1 (Astralwerks)

  • Music

    August 21, 2003

    N.E.R.D. Alert

    Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams plan for the revenge of the N.E.R.D.

  • Music

    January 16, 2003


    God's Son (Columbia)

  • Music

    May 16, 2002

    Timo Maas

    May 16

  • Music

    July 26, 2001

    Foxy Brown

    Broken Silence (Def Jam)

  • Music

    December 28, 2000

    Five for Fighting

    Selected Notes on Music, 2000