Chris Parker

Chris Parker

Longform/Music/Sports Journalist

Former Cleveland Cavaliers beat reporter for Cleveland Scene, write news/policy cover stories & music features at magazines and alt-weeklies nationwide.

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Orlando Weekly

THOSE ARE THE BREAKS

When people talk about dance music in America, the cities of Detroit, Chicago and New York are often the first to fall from their lips. But historically, Orlando has been nearly as important in the development of the sound. American progressive house, breaks and drum & bass are examples of movements cultivated locally which spread across the country, spawned by homegrown artists such as Chris Fortier, DJ Icey, Kimball Collins, Dave Cannalte and AK1200.

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Orlando Weekly

WARRING FACTIONS

Nothing, it's said, fails like success. If so, rap music is looking forward to a major comeuppance. One can spot the burgeoning seeds of destruction in what acts are signed, how they're marketed, and especially growing schisms within the hip-hop community. Where the hip-hop nation once comfortably encompassed a broad array of acts from 2 Live Crew to Kool Moe Dee to Public Enemy, signs of unrest are emerging between self-styled factions, as conscious rappers bristle at bling-hawking commercial rappers, and underground rap increasingly becomes the refuge of artists who appeal solely to white audiences. As these tensions increase, another cliché comes to mind: United we stand, divided we … well, you know.

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Orlando Weekly

THANKS, WE'RE FINE ON OUR OWN | News | Orlando Weekly

THANKS, WE'RE FINE ON OUR OWN | News | Orlando Week...

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PERSONAL SHOPPERS | Music Stories & Interviews | Orlando Weekly

PERSONAL SHOPPERS | Music Stories & Interviews | Or...

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Orlando Weekly

Beardo apocalypse! - Music - Orlando Weekly

By Chris Parker. Published: May 31, 2012. It was kind of cute, at first – young guys playing old-man country. It was subversive, like trucker caps. Then, in the ......

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Orlando Weekly

Pay-for-play goes away | News | Orlando Weekly

Pay-for-play goes away | News | Orlando Weekly

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Orlando Weekly

Danny Brown - Music - Orlando Weekly

By Chris Parker. Published: November 7, 2012. You might call Danny Brown a latter-day ODB. Between his goofy adenoidal delivery and over-the-top lyrical ......

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Orlando Weekly

The Black Keys finally scale the mountain with 'Turn Blue' | Music ...

The Black Keys finally scale the mountain with 'Tur...

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Orlando Weekly

Ray of light | Music Stories & Interviews | Orlando Weekly

Ray of light | Music Stories & Interviews | Orlando...

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Orlando Weekly

See me, feel me | Music Stories & Interviews | Orlando Weekly

See me, feel me | Music Stories & Interviews | Orla...

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Respect is bangin' | Music Stories & Interviews | Orlando Weekly

Respect is bangin' | Music Stories & Interviews | O...

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At least they know they're Free | Music Stories & Interviews | Orlando Weekly

At least they know they're Free | Music Stories & I...

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Orlando Weekly

Less is more | Music Stories & Interviews | Orlando Weekly

Less is more | Music Stories & Interviews | Orlando...

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Orlando Weekly

Alright for kicks | Music Stories & Interviews | Orlando Weekly

Alright for kicks | Music Stories & Interviews | Or...

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Orlando Weekly

Sucks to be you | Music Stories & Interviews | Orlando Weekly

Sucks to be you | Music Stories & Interviews | Orla...