When it comes to genres that have been allowed to flourish in the age of the online music cloud, few have risen to greater prominence than future sounds, better known to most as beats. An all-encompassing chimeric blend of electronic, hip-hop and soul that, beats takes DJs and producers of more trad ... More >>
See also: The Tattoos of Dallas Nightlife Slideshow Photographer Roderick Pullum has been out chronicling nightlife for the Observer for a while now. For the purposes of this post, however, we got him to capture the tattoos imbued in Dallas' nightlife scene, and the stories that go with them. Jef ... More >>
It may not seem like it, but N*E*R*D has been around for almost 10 years now, playing their genre-defying style of urban crossover rock. Featuring Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley, the band brings its experiences from the mega-successful Neptunes and puts it into a unique rock experience ... More >>
Wednesday, August 12,at the Granada Theater
Common, N.E.R.D. House of Blues September 10, 2008 Better than: The bar service in the House of Blues' restaurant last night. (From the Houston show, not last night's Dallas gig)) You can really liken N.E.R.D.’s show to a rollercoaster ride--the first half of it's like creeping out of the tun ... More >>
The Beach Boys are popping up everywhere this year in music but don't seem to be getting their due
Wednesday, September 10, at House of Blues
Monday, February 19, at Gypsy Tea Room
The Great Escape (Interscope)
Hell Hath No Fury (Jive)
What do Justin Timberlake and Thom Yorke have in common?
Friday, April 28, at Nokia Theatre
Late Registration (Roc-A-Fella)
Already Platinum (Geffen)
In a scandal-ridden election year, the year's top 10 music stories were all about winning the popular vote
In a scandal-ridden election year, the year's top ten music stories were all about winning the popular vote.
Love, Angel, Music, Baby (Interscope)
R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece (Geffen)
Real Talk (Desert Star/Atlantic)
Nas no-shows; Lil' Flip is going to trial; and RIP, ODB
Jay-Z previews his latest opus, The Black Album
Hip-hop rediscovers minimalism, thanks to a sea of surprisingly great singles
Meet Kenna, "the 2Pac of rock"
Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams plan for the revenge of the N.E.R.D.
Prince Paul's latest concept record attacks lame commercial hip-hop--by co-opting it
Falling Uphill (Maverick)
The "40 best artists making music right now?" Nah.
We've vowed never to do it again--but we can't wait till next year
Music from the Motion Picture Biker Boyz (DreamWorks)
Har Mar Superstar insists that his ribald R&B is no joke--it just sounds like one
Legend of the Liquid Sword (MCA)
The Streets' vision of working-class England is full of beats, birds and brandy
Lord Willin' (Star Trak/Arista)
Blood is Thicker Than Water (AMC/Major Money Entertainment)
In Search of N.E.R.D. (Virgin)
1st Born Second (Interscope) / 8701 (Arista) / Godmusic (V2)
Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo are revolutionary producers. Now they're doing it for themselves.
Off-Centre: A Riot on Old Street (BBE), Beats & Pieces Volume Two (BBE), Funk Rock (BBE)
Welcome 2 Detroit (BBE)