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The 25 Best New Musical Artists of 2016

The best new artists of 2016 mash up genre dividers and take popular music in new and exciting directions.

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The 15 Best R&B/Soul Albums of 2016

2016 has been a banner year for soul music of all stripes with a number of momentous debuts and returns to form from veterans. All the while, soul music keeps pushing forward.

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You Have Been Loved: Remembering George Michael

"... (H)ow can you not realize that the elation of a good pop record is an art form?"

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The Best Pop Singles of 2016

Celebrating the songs this year that operated within the constraints of "radio music", truly a genre all its own, and produced excellent results.

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“The Good Thing About Telling The Truth Is That You Can’t Get It Wrong”: A Chat With Kaiser Chiefs

Kaiser Chiefs have made a career of switching up styles, and now switch things up with their new album a fondness for Tom Hanks movies.

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A Sage Among Singers: An Interview With Janice Pendarvis

From performing with Sting, Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson to appearing in 20 Feet from Stardom, Janice Pendarvis finds wisdom beyond her comfort zone.

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The 10 Best Shoegaze and Dream Pop Albums of 2016

Twenty years on, in 2016, shoegaze -- and its demure twin sister, dream pop -- is a continuing presence and influence on guitar music.

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The Best Avant-Garde and Experimental Music of 2016

Today's experimental artists tend to locate reference points in the familiar -- or even hyper-familiar in the case of 2016 masterpieces like the Avalanches' Wildflower or Bon Iver's enigmatic 22, A Million.

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20 Dec 2016 // 3:00 AM

Pick Just One: The Wallflowers’ (Breach)

The Wallflowers' Bringing Down the Horse is certainly a great album, as many fans will attest, but it's not their best.

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Form Follows Function: ‘The Life of Pablo’ and ‘Blonde’ Challenge the Notion of an Album

Kanye West and Frank Ocean have created imperfect perfect albums which invert our notions of flaws and challenge our perception of the album as an art form.

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The 20 Best Electronic Albums of 2016

Electronic music is one of the broadest-reaching genres by design, and 2016 highlights that as well as any other year on record.

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The 15 Best Americana Albums of 2016

This year's Best of Americana list may place the greatest distance between the genre and country music of any list we've compiled in recent years.

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19 Dec 2016 // 2:45 AM

The Best Hip-Hop of 2016

In a year full of uncertainty and pessimism, the ever-stretching definition of what it means to be “hip-hop” was a welcome reprieve.

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The 12 Best World Music Albums of 2016

There’s no short list that can be truly comprehensive of all the music in a single country, much less a planet, but there are always a few promising places to start.

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Angels, Sparks, Flashdance: Frank DiMino Returns With ‘Old Habits Die Hard’

The voice of Angel, Frank DiMino, offers first solo release, reflects on the power of song.

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13 Dec 2016 // 12:40 PM

The 70 Best Albums of 2016

From genre-busting electronic music to new highs in the ever-evolving hip-hop scene... from soul and Americana to rocking and popping indie... 2016's music scenes bestowed an embarrassment of riches upon us.

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Get in the Ring: Mike Watt Talks ‘Ring Spiel ‘95’

In 1995, Mike Watt released his first solo album and embarked on a tour with some talented, famous and supportive friends. He looks back on that time now with fondness but says that, at first, he wasn't sure what the future would bring.

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Where There’s a Will, There’s a Whalebone: An Interview with Islands

In celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Islands debut album, bandleader Nick Thorburn contemplates what he's getting out of the project and if this might just be the band's last hurrah.

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The 25 Best Album Re-Issues of 2016

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

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The Best Indie Pop of 2016

In 2016, indie pop's highlights often went hand-in-hand with a general feeling of fading away, falling apart, saying goodbye.

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