Recent Features

17 Dec 2015 // 2:00 AM

The Best R&B of 2015

Modern R&B could very well be in the midst of a new, insanely fruitful Golden Age.

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‘The Voice’ at 100: Frank Sinatra Jr. Speaks Out

On the centennial of his legendary father’s birth, Frank Sinatra Jr. strives to defend the Sinatra legacy, and keep his father’s music alive

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16 Dec 2015 // 2:29 AM

James Baldwin Matters

There's a reason why Ta-Nehesi Coates is often compared to James Baldwin, and there's a reason why Baldwin's work is so relevant in the age of Black Lives Matter.

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16 Dec 2015 // 2:00 AM

The Best Progressive Rock/Metal of 2015

While one-dimensional emulations of various styles dominate the charts, the acts within progressive rock/metal continue to create masterpieces for a very finite audience.

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Making Movies to Survive in ‘The Wolfpack’

The Wolfpack is less about the power of movie consumption and more about the power of movie creation.

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15 Dec 2015 // 2:00 AM

The Best Metal of 2015

In a year rife with division, one band brought metal fans worldwide together like no other.

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Maserati Remains Fun, Friendly With ‘Rehumanizer’

Don't worry about whether Maserati is rock band, post rock band, Krautrock band. In the end, it's just fun.

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What Can Mushrooms Tell Us About the End of Capitalism?

An anthropologist ties together mushrooms, salvage accumulation, and the end of capitalism’s progress narrative.

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The 30 Best Album Re-Issues of 2015

The music world saw amazing reissues from all over the genre map, spanning rock titans to indie upstarts and experimental to folk.

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It’s in the Blood: A Conversation with History Writer Tim Hannigan

Treading the lines between journalist and academic, travel writer and scholar, author Tim Hannigan talks about his latest book and his unorthodox approach to writing historical narratives.

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11 Dec 2015 // 2:00 AM

The Best Americana of 2015

From the old guard reaffirming its status to upstarts asserting their prowess, personal tales voiced by true artists continue to connect on an emotional level.

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X = Why? Annette Peacock’s ‘X-Dreams’

In 1978, legendary music artist Annette Peacock released X-Dreams, a phantasmagorical exercise in harnessing the slipstreams of dreamed noises.

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The Best Avant-Garde and Experimental Music of 2015

Music of all kinds are tending toward a consciously experimental direction. Maybe we’re finally getting through to them.

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Julien Baker’s ‘Real Life’ Music Tugs at the Heartstrings

The singer from Tennessee released one of the exceptional records of 2015 in Sprained Ankle.

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Yesterday and Today—Jazz Trumpets Across the Divide

Avant garde trumpeter Nate Wooley has chosen to interpret the music of his childhood hero, the conservative Wynton Marsalis. Why not?

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The Best Pop Albums of 2015

This wasn't just a great year for pop music, it was the year when pop music was solely responsible for nearly all of 2015's best albums.

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Many Strings to a Fiddle: The (Other)Worldly Sounds of QViolin

An astonishing performer of mixed heritage, Quetzal Guerrero (QViolin) finds a balance between down home earthy blues and the simmering elegance of otherworldly Latin rock.

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The Best Hip-Hop of 2015

No year in hip-hop was as eclectic as 2015, representing different gender identities, sexualities, geographies, worldviews, and genre infusions.

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Finding Success Before “Fame”: Robin Clark and Carlos Alomar Trace Their Uptown Roots

Robin Clark and Carlos Alomar, who actually lived "Uptown Funk", retrace their uptown roots, their breakthrough at the Apollo Theater, and how they brought funk to Sesame Street.

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In Keeping No Secrets: A Conversation with Josh Eppard of Coheed and Cambria

Drummer Josh Eppard offers a jovial yet highly earnest examination of how his career, personal demons, and pop culture interests relate to Coheed and Cambria's newest disc, The Color Before the Sun.

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Double Take: 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' (1969)

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"The two Steves at Double Take are often mistaken for Paul Newman and Robert Redford; so it's appropriate that they shoot it out over Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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