30-Second Reviews: T.I., "Girls," Independent Voices Festival and More

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On the Record


Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head


Sounds like: The 32-year-old Atlanta emcee’s eighth LP in more than 10 years is a more-sophisticated-than-most kind of collection with minimal guest game.

Free association: P!nk, Cee-Lo, R. Kelly and Andre 3000 show up—no Rick Ross!

For fans of: Jay-Z x Big Boi + Beanie Sigel, Meek Mill/Lil’ Wayne, trap anthems. (Bill Chenevert)

Chief Keef

Finally Rich

(Glory Boyz/Interscope)

Sounds like: A leader of the new school (drill hip-hop) of Chicago’s rap game is hard, yes, featuring drugs and violence, but not all that creative or artistic.

Free association: We live in an age where ‘hood beefs manifest on Twitter.

For fans of: Waka Flocka Flame x Gucci Mane, Soulja Boy, generic urban strife. (B.C.)


Heathered Pearls


(Ghostly International)

Sounds like: Polish-born DJ and Michigander Jakub Alexander was working on soothing, electronic ambient music as escapism. Now, it’s a record.

Free association: An alternative to rainforest sounds and crashing waves.

For fans of: Brian Eno x Matthew Dear + Jacaszek, calming background noise. (B.C.)


Jimmy Edgar


Sounds like: Extraordinary techno-flavored house music, the third LP from the Detroit native-New Yorker, is like sexy robots having great, sultry conversations.

Free association: It’d be better if his singing voice didn’t sound like Santino’s.

For fans of: Kraftwerk + Dam-Funk, Actress, old-school Detroit realness. (B.C.)




(50 Weapons)

Sounds like: Jeremy Guindo’s a production whiz; the 22-year-old Parisian’s love for dubstep, U.K. bass funk and house is molded into a trance-inducing debut.

Free association: This is the kind of music on repeat in the basement of Voyeur.

For fans of: French Fries x Zomby, 
Modeselektor, non-Skrillexy-dubstep. (B.C.)


Fool’s Gold Presents


(Fool’s Gold)

Sounds like: A solid and impressive state-of-the-label for the A-Trak-led Brooklyn company that’s working with a lot of 2012’s most fascinating emcees.

Free association: There’s a whole lot of cleverly-done nastiness up in here.

For fans of: Danny Brown/Freeway/The Problem/GrandeMarshall, current rap. (B.C.)


On the Idiot Box


Sundays, 9pm, HBO

Captive audience: The six or seven people who saw Tiny Furniture; people—especially women—who thought Sex and the City was full of shit.

Moment of truth: You gotta hand it to Lena Dunham: She doesn’t mind looking like an asshole. The second season of her critically lauded comedy has her and her crew of 20-something girlfrenemies continuing to make bad, selfishly motivated choices people that age usually make. This season, Dunham’s self-centered protagonist Hannah hooks up with a black Republican (much-needed guest star Donald Glover), scores cocaine from her recovering addict neighbor for a story and basically does a lot of shit she shouldn’t be doing. Seriously, this show should be called Women Can Be Douchebags Too!

Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy. (Craig D. Lindsey)

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1. Earthling said... on Jan 9, 2013 at 12:20PM

“Girls is quite a television show.”

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2. John Doyle said... on Jan 11, 2013 at 03:05PM

“Thanks for the review of City Boy. Armando deserves the recognition. To answer your comment about keeping it local...just come to the rest of the festival. We have a home grown Norristown performance poet sharing poems she wrote about the town and her life in it on Friday and Saturday January 18 and 19th (Mydera SpeakMeFree Robinson) and we have an full evening of local music on January 6, the day after City Boy. We have premieres by Norristown's Own Gene Frank with a play about Billie Holiday on January 20 at 2pm and Iron Age Theatre Has two plays running this weekend. Iron Age Theatre is the resident company at the Centre Theater and one of the plays is written by local playwright Bill Hollenbach. Just as Armando made his journey around the country to discover his love for home, we are making the festival travel close and far to help us understand Norristown and more importantly, ourselves. Thanks again and hope to see you at the Centre in the future!!!”


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