Alibi V.21 No.1 • Jan 5-11, 2012 
DJ Cavem raps about food justice and teaches youths organic gardening in urban Denver.

Spotlight

Tuning Into Environmental Hip-Hop

New songs about green jobs, alternative energy and better air quality hit the ’hood

A new wave of green hip-hop is challenging America’s food systems and our relationship with nature.

Sonic Reducer

Monks of the Desert Blessings, Peace & Harmony · Various Artists Red Chilli Samurai Project Vol. 2 · Venus DeMars & All The Pretty Horses 10 Bones

We evaluate Monks of the Desert, the Red Chili Samurai Project, and Venus DeMars & All The Pretty Horses.
Jim Phillips on a Lousy Robot video shoot

Song Roulette

Jim Phillips from Lousy Robot puts his music library on shuffle.

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Flyer on the Wall

Burque rock staple Five Minute Sin releases Amuse at the Launchpad.
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Special Beat Service

The English Beat • ska

Here's a brief on a band with three names, but unlike Eliot's bunch, these dudes are not a coterie of cats. At home across the pond, they're known as the Beat. In the land down under, kindly refer to them as the British Beat. Here in 'Merica, we call them the English Beat. But no matter what you call them, this estimable ensemble that still includes founder and guitarist Dave Wakeling—but not vocalist Ranking Roger—was partially responsible for the upsurge in popularity that two-tone ska saw on both sides of the Atlantic during the '80s and '90s. …
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