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Kanye West: The Life of Pablo

Because The Life of Pablo pulls from so many parts of West's career the end result, unsurprisingly, is an absolute mess.

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The Debut Episode of ‘Vinyl’ Misses a Step With Punk

By fudging the timeline, this paean to the dangerous analog thrills of '70s New York's musical underground threatens to become Boardwalk Empire.

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Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 1 - “Pilot”

In the pilot episode of the series, we meet Richie Finestra during the dying, final days of his record label, when his personal demons take on that devil's music in a fight for Finestra's soul.

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9 Feb 2016 // 4:00 AM

Kent Finlay, Dreamer

Cheatham Street Warehouse founder Finlay was one of the world’s best-known and best-loved promoters, mentors, and gurus of Texas music.

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‘Take Me to the River’, Please

This promising documentary about the past and future of Memphis and the Mississippi Delta music scene is overcrowded with too many captains who steer the boat aground.

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August Wilson’s ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ Gets a Vibrant National Theatre Revival

Charismatic performances from O-T Fagbenle and Sharon D Clarke ignite Dominic Cooke’s major revival of August Wilson’s play at the National Theatre.

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‘The Record Store of the Mind’ Is a Memoir Worth Spinning

Josh Rosenthal's book is filled with robust details, larger than life personalities, a fine balance of tongue-in-cheek humor and impassioned perceptions.

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28 Jan 2016 // 3:00 AM

How Sia Kept Breathing and Became a Formalist

Although there are for Sia 1,000 forms of fear, if you will, there are only two formal conventions in her manual of pop songwriting.

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Bob Dylan Deserves Another Look Back

D.A. Pennebaker's Dylan documentary, Dont Look Back, still feels amazingly fresh and experimental.

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A Comic Book Look at Guns N’ Roses Wild Ride Through the Perils of Rock ‘n’ Roll Decadence

With Axl, Slash and Duff at least now set to reunite for the 2016 Coachella Festival and a rumored summer tour, Reckless Life comes at a great time to revisit the band’s colorful history.

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The Songs of Sorrowful Fates and Bloodthirsty Constituents Are Sung in ‘Hear My Sad Story’

Richard Polenberg's work documents America's musicology of lawless police and amped-up citizens chasing, terrorizing, maiming, and killing innocent people.

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The Creator and Creation in Elvis Costello’s ‘Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink’

Costello on Costello is a joy for those already in the cult and another arrow in the quiver for those who think he should just shut up already.

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Frank Sinatra Was a Strange Cat

For many, Frank Sinatra is a caricature of a bygone era, a static character whose legacy commanded more respect than his work. That's only part of the story-- and so is this.

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Carly Simon’s Memoir Is a Dishy, Compulsively Page-turning Read

Boys in the Trees reads like a who’s-who of famous men: Beatty, Kris Kristofferson, Michael Crichton, Bob Rafelson, Terrence Malick, Cat Stevens and Jack Nicholson.

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‘Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl’ Is Littered With Discarded Costumes and Thwarted Ambitions

Carrie Brownstein’s book is not really meant or ready for sharing. Not yet.

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‘Janis: Little Girl Blue’: Maybe It’s for Love

On the one hand, you're reminded of the prodigious talent Janis possessed. On the other, you understand that none of the stories here can do her justice.

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‘Easy Riders, Rolling Stones’ Explores the Migratory Nature of Music in America

Scanlan's work explores an expansive subject without losing too much time or focus to detours and alternate routes.

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Empire: Season 2, Episode 10 - “Et tu, Brute?”

Given this episode's recycling of season one's plot, it seems as though we’ve maybe seen most of what Empire has to offer.

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Bernard Sumner’s Modest Tales of Joy Division and New Order

Guitarist Bernard Sumner shares his recollections of Joy Division and New Order, both seminal post-punk outfits whose influence cannot be overstated.

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20 Questions: Rachael Yamagata

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"After a four year break since her last album, Rachael Yamagata reveals a love of spreadsheets, a love for Streisand, and why it's totally OK to suck at playing guitar.

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