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Music

Engineering a career

The last thing you might expect to come out of the School of Engineering is an R&B album. But you probably haven't heard of Tara Betterbid, aka taragirl. Although taragirl refers to her sound as "organic R&B," someday her name could be added to the Philly soul pantheon, alongside Patti LaBelle, Jill Scott and Jaguar Wright.

by JASMINE SALTERS

Youtube clip of the week

It's a bold new age of information. YouTube represents an archive of millions of hidden or long-forgotten documentations of some of the greatest performers in music, free and at the tips of our fingers.

by ALEX KWAN

Music Reviews

norah jones Not Too Late If you're the type to sit on a New York City bench at sunrise, writing poetry and listening to music, then Norah Jones is the musician for you.

by 34TH STREET

digital underground

There's a lot of messed up stuff in the world. But there's Big Gulps and shit, so just chill the fuck out." Thus spoke Dan Deacon last Friday night at Johnny Brenda's.

by STEVE MCLAUGHLIN

YouTube of the Week

It's a bold new age of information. YouTube represents an archive of millions of hidden or long-forgotten documentations of some of the greatest performers in music, free and at the tips of our fingers.

by TAYLOR HOWARD

Sweet Emo-Shin

In contrast to the experimental proclivities of his more "freakish" Drag City labelmates (John Fahey, Six Organs of Admittance, White Magic), the more traditional folk of Scottish singer and guitarist Alasdair Roberts seems tame, and perhaps even quaint.

by MATT WALSH

Music Reviews

Of Montreal is one of the only indie pop bands with enough talent to justify both their strange concert antics (lead singer Kevin Barnes came on stage last tour with a wedding dress on, wanting to marry the audience) and the fact that they sold their song and soul to the Outback Steakhouse.

by 34TH STREET

YouTube Clip of the Week

We are living in a bold new age of information. YouTube represents an archive of millions of hidden or long forgotten documentaries of some of the greatest performers in music, free and at the tips of our fingers.

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meryl and the streets

www.myspace.com/merylstreet About Meryl and the Streets "We were pretty much just chillin'," lead singer Jason E.

by 34TH STREET

The fort knox of poon

You could be hung with an Oscar and two Golden Globes, but if you can't set the stage like a Hollywood pro, you ain't getting near that white orchid.

by MERYL BARNIMUM T. GRABARSKY

It's a listening party!

"Let's Make Love and Listen to Death from Above" by CSS Joe: At first I wasn't sure I liked it, but then Vince turned the bass up.

by ALEX JACOBS

To blog or not to blog

Mp3 blogs will become your life. As you read these words, thousands of self-anointed music experts in thick plastic glasses and headphones are furiously posting, downloading, and analyzing fresh tracks from The Knife and Of Montreal, alongside deep cuts from dusty LPs of their parents' generation.

by STEVE MCLAUGHLIN

Total clipse of the heart

No, it's not We Got It 4 Cheap: Vol. 2. That mixtape was a flamethrower to the safe houses major label rappers found themselves in, circa 2005.

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Trail of tears

And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead have had an extreme career arc. Their 2002 major label debut Source Tags & Codes was an era-defining work of anthemic indie rock - one of those precious high school records I could blast for weeks on end in my '89 Mazda 323, driving from one South Jersey diner to another, getting home late at night and highly caffeinated, reading LiveJournals until 4 a.m.

by STEVE MCLAUGHLIN

Harpy, but in a good way

Joanna Newsom's second album, Ys, is a daunting little number. Take the defiant medieval blonde on the cover, sickle in hand.

by DAMIEN BRIGHT

Home is where the art is

Manya Scheps can't stand the rain. By 8 p.m. over two inches have drenched the city and begun to leak through the walls of her basement.

by VINCE LEVY

My kingdom for a rhyme

Jay-Z famously rapped on Kanye West's College Dropout that he's "not a businessman" but a "business, man." Cocksure, of course, but kind of an insightful self-examination.

by JIM NEWELL

The best of times the worst of times

Across four albums, Mobb Deep's primal realism vaulted them amongst hip-hop's biggest names; they rap-battled with Tupac and rhymed alongside Nas, B.I.G.

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Jazzercise

John Medeski is definitely not a physicist. Still, the 41-year-old pianist has his own convincing theory of nature: "Everything is vibration and sound.

by JONATHAN LIEBEMBUK

Friday night fever

Luke Jenner, singer-guitarist for the Rapture, looks serious in a cramped dressing room downstairs at Pure nightclub.

by ALEX JACOBS

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