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Napster Turns 20: A Eulogy For The First Free-Music File-Sharing Network

For all the institutions, fanbases, and cash-hungry industries that Napster tore apart, it's easy to forget that the file-sharing service -- the preliminary beta service…
Larry Fitzmaurice | May 31, 2019 - 9:26 am

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Rocketman Is Over-The-Top & Surprisingly Tender

You have a right to be nervous about Rocketman. The Elton John biopic arrives at a time in which critical stock in rockstar biopics has…
Larry Fitzmaurice | May 30, 2019 - 11:00 am

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Just Like Heaven: Thoughts From The Ground At The Blog-Rock Nostalgia Festival

Woodstock 50 is imploding before our eyes, but the latest attempt to harvest summer of '69 nostalgia was always going to be a gamble. Obtaining…
Ian Cohen | May 8, 2019 - 12:20 pm

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The Secret To Mac DeMarco’s Baffling Success

Admit it: You didn't expect Mac DeMarco to stick around this long. That's not a thinly veiled reference to the accidental indie scion's smoke-'em-while-you-got-'em tendencies,…
Larry Fitzmaurice | May 8, 2019 - 10:02 am

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“All Star,” “Smooth,” “Mambo No. 5,” And Why 1999 Hits Are So Memeable

When Charli XCX and Troye Sivan dropped their collaborative single "1999" last fall, I didn't think much of it. (Initially, anyway.) Coming off of an…
Larry Fitzmaurice | May 3, 2019 - 11:40 am

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Suicide, Mental Illness, & Music 25 Years After Kurt Cobain’s Death

Shortly after the 2017 suicides of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, the air was thick with talk of clinical depression, artists and…
Christopher R. Weingarten | May 2, 2019 - 12:34 pm

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Ugh Taylor What The Hell Are You Doing?

The Taylor Swift I love loves specifics: old scarves that remind you of innocence and 20 stitches in a hospital room and screaming, crying, perfect…
James Rettig | April 26, 2019 - 10:51 am

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You’ve Seen Guava Island Before

Before it became Childish Gambino material and an Arcade Fire music video, Black Orpheus was a pretty good movie. The 1959 Brazilian drama was a…
Brian Josephs | April 15, 2019 - 11:06 am

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A Guide To Guruguru Brain, The Gate To The Best Of The Asian Underground

Kikagaku Moyo hail from Tokyo, but they might as well descend from Atlantis, Oz, and the Shire all at once. A mighty five-piece that blend…
Pranav Trewn | March 29, 2019 - 11:58 am

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The Dirt Is A Terrible Movie About Terrible People

It's hard to imagine a less of-the-cultural-moment movie than The Dirt, the story of Mötley Crüe's rise to fame and fortune. The 2001 book on…
Phil Freeman | March 22, 2019 - 10:16 am

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The Lil Peep Documentary Is As Messy And Alluring As Lil Peep

When I think about Lil Peep, it's hard not to think about Kurt Cobain. Objectively, there are many similarities. Both were strikingly handsome young musical…
Chris DeVille | March 14, 2019 - 11:16 am

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“Closer To Fine” At 30: The Legacy Of Indigo Girls’ Spellbinding Singalong

Though it wasn't their debut album, the Indigo Girls' 1989 eponymous release might as well have been, as it was the first thing most people…
Kelly McCartney | February 28, 2019 - 11:49 am

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Travis Scott Made An Arena Feel Like A Packed Club And An Amusement Park At The Same Time

It started with a Ferris wheel and ended with a rollercoaster. The ever-escalating excesses of big-budget concert touring have led us to Travis Scott's Astroworld:…
Chris DeVille | February 26, 2019 - 5:08 pm

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Post Mortem: The Legacy Of Bark Psychosis’ Hex At 25

The first revolutionary shot fired from the '90s rock underground in the UK was explosive enough to dispatch a home stereo. The story goes that…
Ian King | February 14, 2019 - 11:09 am

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Grammys 2019: Performances Ranked Worst To Best

2019 might be some kind of cosmic turning point in the history of the Grammys: The first show where the conversation was more about who…
Tom Breihan | February 11, 2019 - 10:24 am
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