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Rock 'n' Rap 101

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A syllabus for your freshman musical orientationBy Michael Shilling Special to MSN Music Though...
The Arcade Fire Who they are: A Canadian seven-piece with a booming, melodic sound When:...
R.E.M. Who they are: The band that put Athens, Ga., on the map When: 1983-present Why they matter:...
Sonic Youth Who they are: A four-piece from New York When: 1982-present Why they matter: Noise and...
Vampire Weekend Who they are: Four recent grads from Columbia who love legendary songwriter Paul...
My Morning Jacket Who they are: Five guys from Louisville who can really play When: 1998-present Why...
Sleater-Kinney Who they are: Three women from Olympia, Wash. When: 1994-2006 Why they matter:...
Public Enemy Who they are: A New York hip-hop collective with varying members throughout its...
Death Cab for Cutie Who they are: Northwest Washington sextet that may be the Bellingham Beatles...
The Clash Who they are: British group that could do almost anythingWhen: 1977-1982 Why they matter:...
Run-D.M.C. Who they are: Three rappers from Hollis, Queens When: 1982-2003 Why they matter: They...
Bright Eyes Who they are: The brainchild of prolific singer/songwriter Conor Oberst When:...
Fleet Foxes Who they are: A Seattle-based quintet of inventive folk harmonists When: 2004-present...
The Smiths Who they are: Foursome from musical bedrock city Manchester, England When: 1982-1987 Why...
Wu-Tang Clan Who they are: New York's greatest collective of rappers When: 1991-present Why they...
The Roots Who they are: A Philadelphia seven-piece When: 1987-present Why they matter: No one has...
Gnarls Barkley Who they are: An alt-rock/hip-hop super-duo When: 2003-present Why they matter: Does...
The Hold Steady Who they are: Minneapolis' biggest musical export since native son Prince When:...
Pavement Who they are: A bunch of white dudes When: 1989-1999 Why they matter: Slackers need heroes,...
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