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10 Great Bill Withers Samples

It's one of the great disappearing acts in popular-music history. In 1985, Bill Withers, one of the greatest soul singers and songwriters of all time,…
Tom Breihan | April 6, 2020 - 3:04 pm

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10 Overlooked Gems From Soul Legend Bill Withers

When I saw the news this morning that Bill Withers had passed away, the first thing I did -- besides the new perverse ritual of…
Al Shipley | April 3, 2020 - 5:25 pm

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11 Lesser-Known Songs That Showed Adam Schlesinger Was A Power-Pop Master

If Adam Schlesinger had only been in Fountains Of Wayne -- even if he'd only penned the title song from Tom Hanks' directorial debut That
Annie Zaleski | April 2, 2020 - 10:49 am

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20 Essential Krautrock Songs

This week, Stereogum are media partners at Berlin's intimate psych-rock festival Synästhesie. To celebrate, we're looking back on a pivotal, deeply influential genre from Germany.
Nate Patrin | November 13, 2019 - 11:43 am

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The 13 Best Horror Scores Of The ’10s

The 2010s saw horror experience a cultural renaissance. It started the decade recovering from the dismal state of PG-13 studio cash-ins, eventually welcoming in a…
Miles Bowe | October 29, 2019 - 3:26 pm

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40 Disco Songs That Definitely Don’t Suck

Disco Demolition Night, which happened 40 years ago today, is the day two genres were marked for death. Disco itself was one of them, of…
Nate Patrin | July 12, 2019 - 9:48 am

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Chillwave At 10: The Essential Tracks

I honestly thought "glo-fi" was gonna stick, y'all.
Ian Cohen | June 25, 2019 - 11:37 am

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Remembering Roky Erickson In 13 Songs

I saw Roky Erickson perform exactly once in my life, at Øyafestivalen in Norway. This was 2007, a big year for the artist, who played…
Stephen Deusner | June 4, 2019 - 10:59 am

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17 Essential Songs In 7/4

There's a reason why all those Ramones songs start with "1-2-3-4!" -- and also a reason why Captain Beefheart raged against the "big mama heartbeat."
Christopher R. Weingarten | March 8, 2019 - 12:49 pm

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Celebrating The Genius Of Mark Hollis In 15 Songs

When an artist like Mark Hollis dies, there are different kinds of ripple effects. We see this often now, a celebrated or iconic artist passes…
Ryan Leas | February 26, 2019 - 11:46 am

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30 Essential Noise Rock Tracks

Grind. Skronk. Pigfuck. Seemingly every word associated with noise rock sounds incredibly unflattering out of context, and even in context doesn't fare much better. Before…
Jeff Terich | November 28, 2018 - 12:01 pm

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28 Essential Reggaeton Songs From The Early 2000s To Now

I was born in San Francisco, CA to two Chicano musicians who connected over their complete obsession with playing and studying music. Once we were…
Cecilia Cassandra Peña-Govea | November 14, 2018 - 11:00 am

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31 Essential Horror Soundtrack Songs

It makes sense that we’re experiencing a horror renaissance. The genre took off during the Great Depression and has been there for us in difficult…
Miles Bowe | October 30, 2018 - 12:01 pm

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19 Essential Hold Steady B-Sides

One of the first things we hear Craig Finn snarl on his band's 2004 debut album is a simple declaration of intent: "We gotta start…
Patrick Hosken | August 27, 2018 - 2:13 pm

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10 Great Aretha Franklin Deep Cuts

I had tickets to see Aretha Franklin at Radio City Music Hall once, a few years ago. The show was cancelled, and the make-up date…
Phil Freeman | August 16, 2018 - 2:10 pm
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