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The List: 10 greatest hip-hop duos

From the reflective, conscious rhymes of Black Star to the phonky and southern-fried melodies of OutKast, so many great hip-hop duos have touched the mic and changed the landscape of music. In honor of Method Man & Redman’s trip to the Newport Friday (and Monday’s release of Killer Mike and El-P’s Run the Jewels 2), we’ve ranked the 10 greatest rap duos (who were both emcees). Sorry, Gang Starr and Pete Rock & CL Smooth.
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The List: 10 greatest hip-hop duos

From the reflective, conscious rhymes of Black Star to the phonky and southern-fried melodies of OutKast, so many great hip-hop duos have touched the mic and changed the landscape of music. In honor of Method Man & Redman’s trip to the Newport Friday (and Monday’s release of Killer Mike and El-P’s Run the Jewels 2), we’ve ranked the 10 greatest rap duos (who were both emcees). Sorry, Gang Starr and Pete Rock & CL Smooth.
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Editor's picks: 28 things to do this weekend in Columbus

Including stuff the Ohio Game Developer Expo, HighBall, Columbus Comedy...
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Preview: Turbulent times inspire the latest from hardcore Louisville quartet Xerxes

Collision Blonde, the latest from hardcore Louisville quartet Xerxes, is rooted in a particularly trying time for singer Calvin Philley.
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Preview: Mary Lambert wears her heart — and her secrets — on her sleeve

Not long ago, up-and-coming musicians who happened to be gay were faced with a difficult decision: be open about their orientation — and risk alienating mainstream audiences — or hide their private lives from fans.
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Preview: Folk-rocker Noah Gundersen strips things down, bares his soul on Ledges

There’s a startling intimacy to the songs populating Noah Gundersen’s solo debut, Ledges.
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With Ace of Cups gig looming, New Bomb Turks looks back

Surprisingly little has changed with New Bomb Turks’ high-energy live show since the influential garage-punks first surfaced in 1990.
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Preview: Cass McCombs comes into focus on Big Wheels and Others

California-born musician Cass McCombs has always carried himself with an air of mystery.
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Concert preview: Bear’s Den readies for hibernation with well-mannered Islands

Everything from the band’s name (Bear’s Den) to its sound (folksy, insular and occasionally banjo-strewn) evokes hibernation. So while the title of the London trio’s well-mannered debut, Islands, might suggest warmer climates, more often than not the songs come on like soft-edged ballads designed for huddling close through those brutal winter months.
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Staff Pick: Rappers Method Man and Redman bring Smoker’s Club tour to the Newport

In the 2001 film “How High,” rappers Method Man (of Wu-Tang Clan fame) and Redman costarred as students who ace their college entrance exam with help from some herbal essence, so it makes complete sense the pair would headline the latest round of the Smoker’s Club tour, which visits Newport Music Hall on Friday, Oct. 24.
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Sensory Overload: Yuze Boys keep things short and not-so-sweet at Café Bourbon St.

The newish punk quartet, which includes members of Goners (singer Alex Mussawir), Nervosas (guitarist Jeff Kleinman), Tastes Kinda Like Sad (drummer Winston Hightower) and Making Friends (bassist Kyle Bergamo), remained onstage only slightly longer than the average commercial break, bashing through the entirety of its frenetic, high-intensity set in under 10 minutes.
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Preview: Long-running Southern rock crew Drive-By Truckers still revvin’ on English Oceans

Over the course of nearly two decades making music, the Southern rockers in Drive-By Truckers have remained a model of consistency. There’s not a complete dud in the group’s deep, rich catalog, and there was even a stretch in the early 2000s where it could be argued they were the best American band working, releasing three classic albums — Southern Rock Opera, Decoration Day and The Dirty South — between 2001 and 2004.
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Locals: Matter of Planets spins elaborate tales without saying a word

The only word that appears on The Ballad of Baberaham, the latest from prog-leaning instru-metal crew Matter of Planets, is “yeah,” which is shouted twice as a battle cry of sorts at the outset of “Baberaham Lincoln.”
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Concert preview: Destroyer of Light takes a brighter turn on Bizarre Tales

When the Austin sludge-metal quartet debuted in 2012, it sounded as though the musicians were trying to blot out the sun. The band’s songs arrived steeped in allusions to serial killers, the underworld and death (note album tracks with morbid titles like “Greet Death” and “Coffin Hunter”). “There’s no way out,” they howled amid the album’s murky opening cut, coming across like lost souls being forcefully pulled beneath the earth.
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Concert preview: Skrillex at the LC

Despite really only existing for the past four years, Skrillex is an institution. At the beginning of the 2010s, Skrillex pioneered that deep and sometimes-reviled-but-always-fun mainstream American dubstep sound that became ubiquitous immediately.
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Concert preview: Tune-Yards at the Newport

It all comes at you at once, and it is your responsibility to sort it out: Flinty, organic and chirpy sounds and textures, a fluid and sometimes abrasive staccato singing voice, face paint, bright and patterned clothing, stray strips of fabric, an avian tinge to absolutely everything.
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