The Year Of Subverted Archetypes, From Be The Cowboy To “God Is A Woman”

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For the past six years, men have dominated the Grammys to a depressing degree. Earlier this year, a study found that from 2012 to 2017 out of the 899 people nominated, only 9.3% were women — not even double digits! The surge of enlightenment and optimism ushered in with #MeToo and Time’s Up … More »

Nostalgia And The Shape Of Mainstream Rock To Come

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Weezer's "Africa" VideoIn late 2017, alternative rock radio returned to New York City for the first time in six years. 92.3 FM made the switch from pop to rock, which at the time was welcome news since NYC already has a behemoth in Z100 for top charts, and like with the city’s sports teams, there’s only a … More »

Vox Lux And The Death Of Poptimism

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(Warning: Vox Lux spoilers ahead.) Over the last couple decades, there’s been a shift in the way we discuss pop culture. It has been, for lack of a better word, called poptimism, which has resulted in a race to analyze the lowest common denominator as high art. Originally started as a welcome way to amplify … More »

Welcome Back To The Bizarre Alternate Universe That Is The Grammys

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H.E.R.The Grammys are weird. We all know this. The Recording Academy has long viewed the world as through cracked glass, capturing a vision of the mainstream that feels true-to-life yet distorted in ways that make me feel like I’m dreaming, or sick, or dead. Are they awarding artistic excellence or commercial dominance? Where did that … More »

The Year Of The EP… Or Is It An Album? Or Is It A “Project”?

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BoygeniusFor once, Vince Staples wasn’t sure what to say. Five days after dropping another incredible collection of songs, the Long Beach rapper and reigning Twitter MVP logged into his account and wrote, “I was about to tell y’all FM! not an album but I don’t even know what an album is anymore so … More »

Every Song On The Beatles’ “White Album” Ranked Worst To Best

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The Beatles“The White Album” was a neat little concept. Actually, it was a sprawling mess that defies concept, but still: clever idea to roll this one out when they did. More »

The Offspring’s Americana Rode Resentment And Respectability Politics All The Way To The Top

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The Offspring - AmericanaIn 2015, the Offspring auctioned off the rights for their Columbia Records catalogue to Round Hill Music, a $35 million deal that included a total of six studio albums and a greatest hits LP — all released after 1994’s Smash, the group’s Epitaph breakthrough and still the best selling independent album … More »

Approaching Lil Peep On The Other Side Of Tragedy

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Lil Peep - Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 2On the evening of April 9, 2017, I stopped at a brewery on my way to a Radiohead concert. I was alone, so I played the millennial part and burrowed into my Twitter feed to avoid social interaction while having a few beers. That same night, Lil Peep was making his live debut in Chicago, … More »

10 Memorable Acts At Iceland Airwaves 2018

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Iceland-Airwaves-2018Far from its origins as a small event in an airplane hangar, Iceland Airwaves has steadily ballooned into an all-encompassing experience that takes over Reykjavik for several days every November, drawing in industry people and tourists alike from around the world. This year marked its 20th anniversary, and you could feel that history, and all … More »

Brooklyn Wept For Boygenius

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My favorite thing about Boygenius is that they exist. This is embarrassing for me and insulting to them, because their music is fantastic. But I just can’t stop indulgently dwelling on and smiling about the fact that three women under 25 who make viciously vulnerable music about feeling bad, sad, humiliated, and heartbroken, each relative … More »