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Scary Monsters Summed Up Everything About David Bowie

There are all kinds of well-established career tropes in pop history. There's the visionary wunderkind debut, when an artist arrives fully-formed and with a whole…
Ryan Leas | September 11, 2020 - 1:20 pm

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Almost Famous Could Never Happen Today

It was Jan. 7, 2016 when we first found out that Ryan Leas had never seen Almost Famous. There aren't many movies about music journalism…
Ryan Leas & James Rettig | September 4, 2020 - 12:21 pm

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You Had To Be There: The Weirdo Alternative Of Ritual De Lo Habitual 30 Years Later

Jane’s Addiction might be the ultimate "you had to be there" band. If you weren’t somewhere between 16 and 20 in 1988-90, their music is…
Phil Freeman | August 21, 2020 - 2:29 pm

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Jonathan Richman Invited Everyone To The Party With I, Jonathan

Jonathan Richman counts it off, and the feel-good chords ignite. Ever the gentleman, he offers a greeting, then a candid mission statement. "I'm from the…
Patrick Hosken | August 14, 2020 - 2:04 pm

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The Rise & Fall & Rise Of Craig David

Born To Do It did everything that you could ask it to do. The debut album from a 19-year-old raised in the seaside city of…
Ian King | August 14, 2020 - 1:10 pm

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The Parental Advisory Sticker Debuted 30 Years Ago Today

You want to talk about "cancel culture"? The Parental Advisory sticker as we know it turns 30 today, as does the first album to officially…
Nate Patrin | July 24, 2020 - 10:00 am

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Don’t Forget Amnesia Scanner

Once upon a time, they were called Renaissance Man. About a decade ago, Ville Haimala and Martti Kalliala, two architects working at the same firm…
Peter Helman | June 18, 2020 - 12:39 pm

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Do Electric Songwriters Dream Of Human Muses?

OpenAI Jukebox - "Pop, in the style of the Beatles" Mysterious artist OpenAI Jukebox is back, and their latest release has…
Ryan H. Walsh | May 13, 2020 - 1:45 pm

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With Kraftwerk, Florian Schneider Wrote The Future

Chuck Berry, James Brown, Kool Herc, Kraftwerk: It's not often you can so easily pinpoint the heralded originator of such a major component of popular…
Nate Patrin | May 7, 2020 - 10:15 am

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I Hear The Drumming: Kent State And Pop Music, 50 Years Later

The recognition and commemoration of the Kent State massacre, which happened 50 years ago today, has shifted so drastically that it's weird to think it…
Nate Patrin | May 4, 2020 - 9:15 am

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Dynamite Hack’s “Boyz In The Hood” Paved The Way For 20 Years Of Awful Acoustic Rap Covers

"Some people tell me I’m a genius… that I’m forcing white America to listen to the problems of black America, that I’m tricking them into…
Patrick Lyons | April 29, 2020 - 12:40 pm

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The Precarious Comeback Of StageIt, Where Live-Streaming Musicians Actually Get Paid

Almost two months into the COVID-19 pandemic, "going live" at home has become the new normal for scores of musicians. There's homegrown operations, like Waxahatchee…
Larry Fitzmaurice | April 21, 2020 - 1:38 pm

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…And Justice For Us: Metallica v. Napster 20 Years Later

The record industry getting caught napping at the onset of the file-sharing era is one of the most resonant cautionary tales of this young century,…
Nate Patrin | April 13, 2020 - 11:12 am

Movie Review

Trolls World Tour Is A Poptimist Nightmare

Before we take a dive into the rich text that is Trolls World Tour, a brief disclaimer: This is a movie for children. I feel…
Larry Fitzmaurice | April 10, 2020 - 9:04 am

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A Big Old Goofy World: 13 Essential John Prine Deep Cuts

I didn't think John Prine would die. I always thought he would disappear into some dark jungle, carried along by a herd of wild pachyderms.
Stephen Deusner | April 8, 2020 - 1:48 pm
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