The Music Issue 2009

Test tube

Hands-on hip-hop science from the lab of Ronald Jenkees

The Death of Black Radio?

As performance rights act draws conflict, a lawmaker searches for middle ground

End of the parade

The Muckrakers call it a day, but singer-guitarist Rob Carpenter still wants to say a few things.

Bone machine

Jeff Shelton’s vivid netherworld

School’s in for summer

Teaching the tenets of rocking out

Backseat alternative

Website gives touring bands an alternative to the van

‘Lip’ service

Nappy Roots cameos for Merc Squad alum

Think for yourselves

Those Darlins want you to label them

Baby Steps

Baby Teeth’s Abraham Levitan talks wisdom, pasta and his badass alter ego