The Crying Of Lot 55: The Unsolved Mysteries And Alternate Realities Of Andrew W.K.

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Let’s start now. Or as close to now as can be defined in this conversation, between the time and place I am in as I write these words and the time and place you are in when you read them. On my end, now is roughly two weeks after the release of Andrew W.K.’s video … More »

88Rising Is Reshaping Popular Culture In Its Image

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88RisingEarlier this month, the seven-member K-pop boy band BTS had the #1 album in the US with their compilation record Love Yourself: 結 ‘Answer,’. Simultaneously, Crazy Rich Asians, the Jon Chu-helmed romantic comedy featuring an all-Asian cast, was the highest grossing film in the country for the third week in a row. That … More »

Kings Of Leon And Rock’s Last Gasp In The Mainstream

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Kings Of Leon - Only By The NightFor the Kings Of Leon, the myth about them was always more exciting than the real thing. The idea of who they were and where they came from was the selling point before the actual music. More »

Music From Beyond: Talk Talk’s Spirit Of Eden At 30

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Spirit-Of-Eden-Talk-TalkIn pop history, there have been all sorts of shocking transformations. Bands who began in a logical place relative to their time and scene and then fired off into the stratosphere alone, discovering some new sound that could redefine the landscape or exist on its own wavelength regardless of what era’s context you could try … More »

Riot Fest Pulled It Off In The End

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Riot Fest 2018I’ve been really in the weeds with work lately. Just completely buried in it. Call It Freelancer Syndrome: I just say yes to everything. Recently when I was talking about my schedule with someone, I ended the conversation with “and I think I’m going to Riot Fest. Maybe. Not sure if it’s still happening.” … More »

Navigating The Many Styles Of Yves Tumor

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Yves TumorRecommending Yves Tumor to a friend isn’t easy. In the last several years, the Tennessee-born artist has explored the most extreme sides of music: droning ambient, field recordings, harsh noise, sampled loops, hip-hop, and, most recently, pop. How do you sum that up into an elevator pitch? Maybe that’s part of the allure. More »

Mac Miller Deserved Better

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Mac-MillerOne of the biggest pop stars in the world ambles down the street, blinking in the sunlight, looking like he wishes this guy with the camera would get away from him. But he’s ready to talk anyway. It’s part of the game. More »

7 Classic Sing-Alongs From That ’70s Show

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KISS Appears on That 70's ShowThe ’70s ended nearly 39 years ago, but That ’70s Show began 20 years ago today. Throughout its eight seasons and 200 episodes, the series exemplified the “Me” Decade’s stereotypes, cultural prejudices, and appreciation for shag carpet car interiors. It’s more of a superficial reading of the ’70s, yet succeeds in its timeless embodiment of … More »

The Eternal Radicalism Of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”

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Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” is eternal. Anyone born after its release in 1967 might assume the song had existed since the Big Bang; it’s the kind of music that you cannot pinpoint hearing for the first time because it sounds like it’s always been there. But if you were alive and listening to the radio the … More »

20 Great Aretha Franklin Moments

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Aretha-FranklinWhen a truly iconic music figure dies, a eulogy can never tell the full story. Sometimes, you learn more about this person’s impact on the world when you dig through the flotsam — random TV performances, soundtrack appearances, half-forgotten duets. We’ve collected moments like these in the past for recently departed musical legends like More »