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Can the Past be Hip? “Dang Show” in Downtown Los Angeles

On Sunday, March 27th, the Iranian ensemble “Dang Show” performed to a sold-out show in Downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Hall. Famed Iranian actor Reza Kianian took to the stage to introduce the band, explaining that the music is influenced by past favorites from the musical golden era of the 60’s and 70’s.

Don't Misunderstand: An Open Letter to Nas

Dear Nas,

Pain, Promise and Protest on Lupe's Lasers

Lupe Fiasco says he has mixed feelings about his new album: “One thing I try to express about this project is, I love and hate this album... I listen to it and I like some of the songs. But when I think about what it took to actually get the record together and everything I went through on this record--which is something I can’t separate--I hate this album.

Egypt: The Sound of Revolution

If revolutions can be described as festivals of the oppressed, then the ongoing uprising in Egypt may be a festival par excellence.

Piracy Funds Truth

One of the many overlooked revelations from the ongoing WikiLeaks fiasco would be familiar to music fans.

This Year Goes to Eleven

By now, 2010 is old news. Even as I write this, most other scribes are busy delving into right-wing assassination attempts in Arizona and uprisings in the north of Africa. Already the specters of yesteryear seem far, far away.

Thirty Years of Sandinista!

When it was first released thirty years ago, the Clash’s Sandinista! blew minds in all directions. It was called “groundbreaking” and “unwieldy,” “revolutionary” and back to “self-indulgent.” Journalists in the mainstream had no clue how to peg the radical, genre-bending behemoth. Punk purists simply labeled it a betrayal.

An Inside Look at Beef Processing

Re-Imagining Lennon

There’s a certain serendipity to the thirtieth anniversary of John Lennon’s death. Lately, and not entirely by chance, he’s been in the news a lot--especially in the money-making department. The Beatles’ long-awaited availability on iTunes has been unceasingly advertised over the past month.

Factory Farms Decreasing in Number, But Increasing in Size: 20 Percent Growth in 5 Years

Posted on November 30, 2010, Printed on December 6, 2010
Despite small but significant signs that the country

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