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Vince Staples, A Prima Donna

Vince Staples has quickly become one of my favorite rappers. The young virtuoso is not only capable of writing songs that are insanely intense on a visceral level but also ones that are staggeringly intelligent. The way Staples balances the personal and the public is second to none. On his debut double LP,┬áSummertime ’06, Vince […]

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Middle of The Map: Friday at The Midland

  Last night at The Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland was spectacular. BLKFLANL kicked things off by setting the bar almost impossibly high. Between Barrel Makers’ taut lyrics and Conductor Williams’ beats (which he made exclusively from records he picked up at Mills Record Company), BLKFLANL proved this show had no warm-up, that it […]

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Middle of The Map: Vince Staples

There’s a certain confidence that comes with youth. For me, that confidence never came with insight. Vince Staples, on the other hand, has the ability to cut through the post-modern complex with one-liners that ring true in all their layered meanings. The first line of┬áSummertime ’06 is “Hey I’m just a n****, until I fill […]

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Top Ten Debuts of 2015 [Brian Clifton's Picks]

In the past few weeks, I’ve been counting down my top tens of 2015 (local releases and albums). The following are my top ten picks for debut albums. 10. Untitled (Five Tears) – Babes. The family band makes some of the saddest 60s rock influenced dreampop. I mean that sincerely and as a compliment. Equal […]

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Top Ten Albums of 2015 [Brian Clifton's Picks]

Last week, I counted down my favorite local releases. This week, I’m moving on to my top ten albums of 2015. 10. Art Angels by Grimes. In her latest release, Grimes shows that not only does she have a penchant for making uber-catchy electronica but that she is an extraordinary singer as well. 9. Blood […]