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Why Even Non-Heads Should Listen To Grateful Dead’s Famous Cornell Show From 40 Years Ago Today

Conrad Doucette is a writer and percussionist (Takka Takka, the National, Bob Weir) who co-curated and performed on last year’s massive Grateful Dead comp Day
Conrad Doucette | May 8, 2017 - 11:33 am

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9 Times This Decade Mavis Staples Was As Vital As Ever

"Mama Mavis, oh my mama they try my patience. It’s gone, who’s left to save us? I’m praying for my neighbors," raps Pusha T on…
Margaret Farrell | May 5, 2017 - 10:49 am

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Your Guide To Rap’s Self-Professed Rockstar Lil Uzi Vert

Lil Uzi Vert isn't a rapper. "I'm a rockstar / I'm a rockstar / I'm a rockstar," he declared on Playboi Carti's most recent single,…
David Turner | April 25, 2017 - 1:48 pm

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Rattle & Humble: Will Kendrick Lamar & U2’s “XXX” Be The Most Self-Righteous Song Of All Time?

Imagine the hubris. We can argue all day about the relative merits of U2's last 20 or so years of recorded music, but U2 remain…
Tom Breihan | April 11, 2017 - 3:31 pm

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Confessions Of A Fanboy Who Drove 10 Hours To See Radiohead

Since the beginning of time -- or the summer between my junior and senior years of high school, same diff -- the story has been…
Chris DeVille | April 10, 2017 - 2:51 pm

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Lana Del Rey Takes Us Back To The Space Race

The video for Lana Del Rey’s "Love" opens with a black and white tinted shot of the sulky-eyed singer wearing a mod mini dress and…
Margaret Farrell | March 30, 2017 - 2:57 pm

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Sleaford Mods: We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

The first person plural is hurting. A week after the election, Wesley Morris dismantled "we" for The New York Times, and detailed how Donald Trump…
Sasha Frere-Jones | March 29, 2017 - 11:12 am

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There Was No Girl As Bold As You: The Overlooked Legacy Of Natalie Merchant And 10,000 Maniacs

Three years is a perfectly respectable amount of time to wait between projects, but the announcement that Natalie Merchant is embarking on a summer tour…
Stephen Deusner | March 22, 2017 - 2:13 pm

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Swet Shop Boys Showed Me How To Embrace Both Sides Of My Culture

There’s a moment in every native-born minority’s development when they first learn they aren’t white. That’s not to say that prior to that discovery they…
Pranav Trewn | March 22, 2017 - 12:42 pm

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Just Like He’s Ringing A Bell: 20 Great Chuck Berry Moments

Six years ago, when I was a Pitchfork News writer, I wrote Chuck Berry's obituary. Berry had collapsed onstage in Chicago, and my editor wanted…
Tom Breihan | March 21, 2017 - 8:58 am

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Song To Song Is Disappointing As Both A Musical And Personal Drama

It was silly of me to think that a Terrence Malick movie set against the backdrop of the Austin music scene would come anywhere close…
James Rettig | March 13, 2017 - 11:00 am

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The Velvet Underground & Nico Is 50 Years Old But Still Sounds New

I was talking to Lou Reed the other day and he said that the first Velvet Underground record sold 30,000 copies in the first five
Gabriela Tully Claymore | March 10, 2017 - 1:42 pm

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Don’t Keep Forgetting: How Michael McDonald Escaped Punchline Status

For a long time, the Doobie Brothers have felt like kind of a joke: the type of band it's easy to imagine namechecked in the…
Nate Patrin | March 9, 2017 - 11:16 am

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The Notorious B.I.G. Died 20 Years Ago Today

Imagine Biggie Smalls if he were alive today, if that one bullet had whizzed by six inches from where it hit. It's shockingly easy. Biggie…
Tom Breihan | March 9, 2017 - 8:42 am

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Echo In Eternity: The Indelible Mark Of Arthur Russell

In a 1987 Melody Maker review, music critic David Stubbs said that Arthur Russell's World Of Echo was "what is left when the Beat has…
Lindsey Rhoades | March 8, 2017 - 1:50 pm
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