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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.


Tuesday, December 16 2014

When Kendrick Lamar Hits NPR, We All Win

When everyone feels they can be an expert, how do you reassert your ownership over a topic? By waiting for its crossover moment.

Tuesday, July 8 2014

Dirty Diapers Don't Scare Me Nearly as Much as the Wiggles Do

Parenthood comes with a lot of change, and a lot of decisions to be made, including this one: What’s your musical strategy?

Sunday, May 18 2014

Drive Me Crazy: The Day the iPhone Took Over My Car

You just want to drive fast and listen to your favorite song. Your "smart" car may have other ideas. Welcome to the future.

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.

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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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