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Jesus Chords

Unbeknownst to many Penn students, there's a religious concert venue in Philadelphia other than the First Unitarian Church.

by ISAIAH THE PROPHET

The book of gangsta

Few rappers have the experiences of Paul da Aposta. From his days as a McDonald's fry boy to his current nationwide church tour, Paul is bringing a unique blend of hip-hop to people who see a bit of choirboy in him.

by JUDAS ISCARIOT

War in the Ambulance

For many fans, disillusion ensues when their favorite band makes the dreaded jump from an indie to a major record label.

by ZACH SMITH

I Want My MTV

If MTV's 30 second video clips of Beyonce and Britney don't do it for you anymore, the Directors Label is here to help.

by JOHN CARROLL

Girls On Film

No Greatest Hits DVD would be complete without topless female mud-wrestling -- at least that's how English synth-junkies Duran Duran see it. This collection compiles nearly two decades worth of glitz, from 1981's self-titled debut to 1997's Medazzaland. The glam band's biggest success laid in constant MTV rotation, and these music videos emphasize their expert exploitation of the medium. 1980s music specialized in cheesy special effects, synths, heavy beats and weird hair.

by JAMES SCHNEIDER

After the Gold Rush

Angie Aparo's got a beef with the record industry. The singer/songwriter -- known for hits "Spaceship" and "Hush" off 2000's The American -- is currently between labels and has been unable to garner radio play.

by JAMES SCHNEIDER

Cash Money

Faced with slumping sales, the record industry has tried new methods -- like including a bonus CD or DVD with albums -- to provide consumers with incentives to buy rather than download.

by CLAYTON NEUMAN

Blink and You'll Miss It

Punk rock is quite an amusing genre, especially because of its fans. They'll support their groups whether the crowds have five people or 100, but once you start inching towards 200, well, you're a sell out. Blink-182 is one of many punk bands who slaved away at making mediocre punk rock before hitting it big with a poppier album.

by JOHN CARROLL

Money Can't Buy Me Love

Whether or not downloading music is illegal no longer matters to the record industry and artists. The new question is how to capitalize off of new technology in order to stop plummeting profits.

by ZACH SMITH

Just preachy

Lauryn Hill, Pras and Wyclef Jean have walked very different paths since The Fugees broke up. Hill was a hit with both critics and fans with her debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Her follow-up, an MTV Unplugged album released four years later, was met with much head scratching.

by JOHN CARROLL

Green thumbs

British Sea Power's Yan is so cool that he doesn't need another name. When not talking to Street on the phone in a sometimes indecipherable accent, Yan scours the forests for trees and shrubbery to adorn BSP's live act.

by JOHN CARROLL

Adams' song

Prepare to dance in your undies again -- the Madonna of alt-country is back and louder than ever. With his first official follow-up to the critically acclaimed Gold, Ryan Adams has managed to successfully re-invent himself.

by EUGENIA SALVO

Amateur Porn

The name Vertical Horizon may not seem familiar at first, but their breakthrough single "Everything You Wanted" was a radio and MTV staple.

by JACLYN EINIS

She's an indie rocker

Judging by all of the successful shows at the Troc, TLA, North Star and First Unitarian Church, it's obvious that indie rock is alive and well in Philadelphia.

by ETHAN FIXELL

Just Beat It

They have me on a short leash here," Cedric Bixler says as he tugs on his microphone cord for extra slack.

by KEVIN LO

Dirty Jerz

E-Town Concrete epitomizes Jersey music - they've been perfecting their mix of hip-hop and metal since 1995, long before rap-rock hit mainstream.

by ZACH SMITH

Where Are My Chucks?

Highly anticipated doesn't even begin to describe sentiment towards The Strokes' new album, Room On Fire. This being only their second effort, the hype that surrounds these five New Yorkers has been working harder than a crackhead on speed.

by EUGENIA SALVO

Caught red-handed

Gray Davis, Recalled Governor of California -- The public relations nightmare that came about after the RIAA sued a twelve-year-old girl forced the Industry to refine their suing strategy.

by 34TH STREET

10 shit stirring album covers

W.A.S.P: ANIMAL (FUCK LIKE A BEAST) EP Meaning lies somewhere in this cover, I just need some time and a few analytical essays to unlock the secret.

by 34TH STREET

The Way They Move

Dave Navarro once said that going solo is the kiss of death. Then he went solo. Now he's playing guitar for Christina Aguilera at the MTV Video Music Awards.

by ALEX KOPPELMAN

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