Essays

Essays

How Metal Keeps Me Connected to My Partner in Prison

Listening to and talking about music, he says, minimizes his lingering vulnerability and hopelessness, even if only fleetingly.
Liz Price
20 hours ago
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How Happy Pop Music Makes a Sad Film Even Sadder

'State Like Sleep' is a new movie that demonstrates how pop music deceptively underscores the most devastating moments in film and TV.
Sarah MacDonald
1.10.19
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All Hail Bad Bunny, Rap's Coming King

Bad Bunny’s debut solo effort ‘X 100PRE’ makes a strong case for latin trap’s longevity in the mainstream.
Gary Suarez
1.2.19
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The Case for Nicki Minaj's Queen Radio

Nicki Minaj reminded us why rap personalities thrive on-air. The identity of black radio and its oral tradition dates back further than the airwaves.
Kristin Corry
12.20.18
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How Twilight Ushered in a New Dawn For Movie Soundtracks

Ten years since its release, we look back on the soundtrack that brought indie acts like Bon Iver and St Vincent to the mainstream.
Elizabeth Sankey
12.4.18
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Kacey and Willie

Here's one for the road.
Kyle Kramer
11.30.18
Way Out West

Indie's Dead, But Bloc Party’s 'Silent Alarm' Tour Was Beautiful Anyway

At Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne on Tuesday, Bloc Party put on a stunner of a show (even if it exposed the faults in our former indie lifestyles).
Sam West
11.30.18
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The 1975's New Album Is a Hopeful Chronicle of Our Times

Or: "How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love The 1975."
Lauren O'Neill
11.30.18
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How Palestinians in Israel Use Music to Break Borders

Partying within a conservative culture isn't easy, let alone when movement is restricted. These groups are hoping to change that.
Niloufar Haidari
11.22.18
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How Jai Paul's Influence Has Spread Beyond Simple Rip-Offs

The elusive British producer's two singles effected music in far-reaching ways that continue to be felt even today.
Ryan Bassil
11.19.18
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Lil Peep’s First Posthumous Album Is Haunted By What Could Have Been

'Come Over When You're Sober Pt. 2' was put together by close collaborators in the year following the rising musician's tragic death. It's beautiful, and so hard to listen to.
Colin Joyce
11.12.18
Obsessive Tendencies

Dance Music Acts Sample This 80s Piano Line So Much for a Reason

From M People and Liquid to Bulgarian DJ KiNK, Marshall Jefferson's bittersweet chords on Cece Rogers’ “Someday” still stand the test of time.
Daisy Jones
11.7.18
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