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  • 2006: The Year in Music

    published December 27, 2006

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  • Mary J. Blige

    published December 20, 2006

    A greatest-hits album from Mary J. Blige presents more problems than you'd expect. For one thing, very few memorable singles exist between her... More >>

  • Snoop Dogg

    published December 13, 2006

    Tha Doggfather does much more than just show up on his eighth solo outing, though the same can't be said for Pharrell and R. Kelly, who once again... More >>

  • Lyfe Jennings

    published November 15, 2006

    Far too few performers in modern R&B can boast that they're better onstage than on disc. But the ability to make that claim isn't the only unusual... More >>

  • Living in Oblivion

    published September 6, 2006

    First as the leader of Grant Lee Buffalo and later as a solo artist, Grant-Lee Phillips has built a two-decade career around his inventive... More >>

  • Yo Quiero Actual Musicians

    published August 16, 2006

    In one sense, Arizona nearly killed Alejandro Escovedo; but in another sense, it saved his life. In April 2003 he collapsed after a performance of... More >>

  • Pharrell

    published August 2, 2006

    It's only fitting that Pharrell Williams has finally jettisoned collaboration for a solo career. The hallmark of his six-year chart reign as half... More >>

  • Muse

    published August 2, 2006

    Muse's fourth album should finally obliterate the urge to compare the British trio to Radiohead's paranoid little brothers. Like all good fourth... More >>

  • Grant-Lee Phillips

    published July 12, 2006

    Grant-Lee Phillips has always been known as a sharp singer-songwriter. His '80s version of Bowie's Pin-Ups, however, proves that he's even... More >>

  • Mobb Deep

    published May 10, 2006

    It's only May, but Mobb Deep is already looking tough to top in the race for Most Quotable Hip-Hop Line of 2006. Over the heavenly choirs of... More >>

  • Anthony Hamilton / Heather Headley / Van Hunt

    published April 26, 2006

    He finally broke through in 2003 with the album Comin' from Where I'm From, but Tarheel crooner Anthony Hamilton came to success the... More >>

  • Soul Position/One Be Lo

    published April 19, 2006

    Columbus, Ohio, hip-hop artists RJD2 and Blueprint certainly aren't hurting for work. Everyone from El-P to Massive Attack has enlisted the former... More >>

  • Neko Case

    published March 8, 2006

    Like any self-respecting alt-country artist, Neko Case would probably love to leave behind alt-country — and the negative connotations the... More >>

  • Large Professor

    published February 22, 2006

    He introduced the world to Nas and the production possibilities of the SP1200 via Breaking Atoms, the 1991 debut of his old crew, Main... More >>

  • Tony Yayo

    published January 11, 2006

    Tony Yayo was imprisoned on weapons charges while 50 Cent's posse became stars during the summer of 2003. But in perhaps the best example... More >>

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