Lucas Fagen

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As the Village Voice’s 41st Pazz & Jop Critics Poll makes clear, Kanye West is the most gifted popular musician of our time. This may sound like empty, generalized hyperbole, and it is. But nothing else would do justice to a man whose renown dwarfs your average celebrity, because West has reached an utterly unprecedented level of acclaim.

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In part 2 of this month, reviews of Drive-By-Truckers, The Hold Steady, and Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars.

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In part 1 of this month, reviews of tUnE-yArDs, Lykke Li, Pharrel Williams, and Rick Ross.

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In part 2 of this month, reviews of Young Money, Kid Cudi, Iggy Azalea, and Nancy Ajram.

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In part 1 of this month, reviews of Karmin, Perfect Pussy, Sunkil Moon, and Todd Terje.

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In part 2 of this month, reviews of Toni Braxton & Babyface, Foster the People, Schoolboy Q, and Real Estate.

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In part 1 of this month, reviews of Beck, 2NE1, Eric Church, and St Vincent.

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MusicWeekend

Yeezus Christ Superstar

by Lucas Fagen on March 16, 2014

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When Kanye West first released My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in 2010, his celebrity had reached its peak, or so we all thought. No album that year dominated as absolutely — critically, commercially, artistically, musically, culturally. Not only did it go platinum, but hip-hop intellectuals loved it.

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MusicWeekend

Justin Bieber, Ideal Lover

by Lucas Fagen on March 1, 2014

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The most remarkable moment of the Justin Bieber concert I saw July 20 at Boston’s TD Garden occurred before the singer even showed up.

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In part 2 of this month, reviews of Fall Out Boy, Luke Bryan, R.Kelly, Sky Ferreira, and Speedy Ortiz.

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