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Getting the Poison-to-Punch Ratio Just Right: Mini Mansions Steps Into the Limelight

Mini Mansions discusses the band's current/future efforts, the sometimes-arduous process of writing compelling lyrics, and the intimate interrelationship they maintain to pop, music, and the wider culture of major-label work.

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27 Jul 2015 // 1:02 AM

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Curious Legacy of Outkast

When it comes to hip-hop, everyone remembers who kicked down the front door -- but no one remembers who opened the windows.

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Animotion Talks About the Hit Song That’s Been an ‘Obsession’

Animotion member Bill Wadhams looks back at the band's big hit, "Obsession", which marks its 30th anniversary this year.

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Tom Petty and George Harrison Were Two Sides of the Same Bicentennial Coin

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Thirty Three & 1/3, and self-destruction in the Spirit of '76.

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20 Questions: Albert Hammond, Jr.

For Albert Hammond Jr., "Sometimes you wanna be James Bond and sometimes you wanna be Marlon Brando until you realize you can't be either!"

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When Do Misogynistic Lyrics Become Hate Speech?

Hip-hop, free speech and misogyny at North by Northeast.

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Turbowolf Talks Two Hands: In Conversation with Chris Georgiadis

Vocalist Chris Georgiadis of British hard rock act Turbowolf discusses his band's latest release Two Hands, creativity and inspiration and what it means to be 'punk' these days.

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Get By with a Little Help from Our Elves: An Interview with Samaris

Samaris transform 19th century Icelandic poetry into haunting, modern compositions with electronics and a clarinet. Yet emerging success hasn't changed their disposition, or their sense of humor.

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Why Country Music Really Needs Kacey Musgraves

At a time when mainstream country music is perceived as too pop, Musgraves has the potential to bring it back to the basics -- and in a progressive fashion, too.

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The Resurgent Power of Miles Davis’ Late Music

A new box set of Miles Davis' appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival remind us of his restless need to evolve -- and several new records remind us of how his later styles live on.

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The Lovey Dovey Return of the Bird and the Bee

Greg Kurstin went from indie-rock has-been to the go-to producer for Lily Allen, P!nk, and Kelly Clarkson, but the Bird and the Bee, his loungey pop project, is his true passion, and after a five-year hiatus, they're finally back.

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They’re Finally Listening: An Interview with RP Boo, the Inventor of Footwork

The legendary RP Boo discusses the development of footwork, his contributions, the influence of the late DJ Rashad, and his new album, Fingers, Banks Pads & Shoe Prints.

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Faith No More: The Real Thing and Angel Dust (Reissues)

While not exactly half-assed, Rhino's reissues of Faith No More's best-known albums aren't quite as good as they could be. The Real Thing finally gets a much-needed remaster, at least.

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13 Jul 2015 // 1:02 AM

The Listener Gifted: Frank Zappa’s ‘Dance Me This’

Where should we place Dance Me This within Zappa's immense catalogue?

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Intimacy Between Two Voices: An Interview With Mandolin Orange

Discussing their latest album Such Jubilee, Mandolin Orange share insight into the inspiration of their melancholic songs.

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The Beatles Are Pent-Up Prisoners of Their Own Notoriety in ‘A Hard Day’s Night’

Over 50 years after its release A Hard Day's Night is regarded as a minor classic. It's easy to forget, however, that no one thought the film would ever achieve such stature.

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Afropunk Is Officially a Brand and That’s a Good Thing

There is a large community of alt-black folks out there, and Afropunk has given them a big tent to party under.

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Adding Color to a World of Music: The Revival Rock Stylings of the Moons

"Don't let the bastards grind you down!" encourages music industry veteran Andy Crofts. As frontman for British rock band the Moons, Crofts seeks to spark creativity and musicality in a throng of eager fans.

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7 Jul 2015 // 1:02 AM

The Myth of Elvis Presley

Rock critic Greil Marcus holds that Elvis' songs are simply a facade. But is there not a creative person behind the facade?

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Ashley Monroe Is on Her Biggest Winning Streak Yet

Country music star Ashley Monroe gets up close and personal, discussing the emotional rollercoaster that went into creating her latest release, The Blade along with her creative process and her role within the music business.

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Beyoncé and When Music Writing Becomes Activism

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"The overall response to Beyoncé's "Formation" has been startlingly positive, but mostly for reasons attached to political agendas. It's time to investigate this trend.

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