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Ben Rubenstein
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Ben is a writer, editor and partly reformed music snob living near Boston. He has a website, like everyone else.





Monday, July 31 2006

Windtalkers: Chicago's own finally going for the almighty dollar.

Some of the artists living the life talk about Chicago's rap scene. Plus, PopMatters names the top 10 Chicago hip-hop up-and-comers.


Wednesday, March 19 2014

Forgotify Rises to the Challenge of Spotify

Forgotify serves as an entry into an internet wormhole, into the many songs that streaming listeners forgot, and it shows us a lot about our habits in the process.

Wednesday, January 8 2014

Beer Is the New Music

Obsessive collection, mainstream mocking, and a never-ending list of styles. It’s no surprise that so many music nerds turn into beer geeks, as well.

Wednesday, November 20 2013

Music Is Vital to the Sports Fan Experience, But Which Traditions Are Worth Keeping Around?

There’s a lot of noise at the average sporting event. Study this list to learn when to break out the earplugs.

Thursday, September 26 2013

How John Lurie Made Me Read Fewer Books

The great Elmore Leonard wrote dozens of novels. Some, like Get Shorty, were adapted for film. So why do I associate him with smooth jazz? Well, John Lurie had a hand in that.

Tuesday, July 30 2013

In with the A&R Crowd

Will crowdsourced talent discovery kill traditional A&R? Or is it just the boost the industry needs?

Rock 'n' Roles [26.Sep.12]
Metric Madness [12.Mar.12]
Jukebox Justice [6.Dec.10]
Sing, Memory [1.Aug.10]
'Girls' Gone Wild [10.Mar.10]
Wedding Players [30.Sep.09]
Just Eat It [2.Sep.09]
Vinyl Spin Cycle [18.Aug.09]
Concert Overload [2.Feb.09]
Sold on the Street [16.Dec.08]
Event Etiquette [1.Sep.08]
Gone Festin' [27.Jul.08]
Getting Schooled [30.Jun.08]
I'm With the Band [26.May.08]
Mic'd Up [3.Dec.07]
Nine to Five [29.Aug.07]
Out in the Cold [30.Jul.07]
Family Matters [11.Jul.07]
Mixed Messages [31.May.07]
Behind the Music [26.Mar.07]
Moping Around [12.Feb.07]
Tapping the 'Wire' [16.Jan.07]
Jock Jams [28.Nov.06]


Thursday, July 7 2005

Jill Cohn: Seven Year Surrender

The kind of album that can make even the most hardened cynic think twice before issuing judgment.

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