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Grimes - "SCREAM" ft. Aristophanes (Singles Going Steady)

This has the feel of a NIN / Brazilian Girls collaboration. It's pretty magic.

Ryan Dieringer: If there was a degree of grit missing from that great Sky Ferreira LP, I feel like us pop dabblers looking for a compelling indie/pop crossover are finding that promise here. I really wanted to hate the first single, "Flesh Without Blood", but if that one began the process of hoo-ville'ing my Grinch, I feel like I'm fully in the sleigh at this point. It sucks, but Grimes is good. Period. This has the feel of a NIN / Brazilian Girls collaboration. It's pretty magic. [8/10]

Kevin Korber: Grimes’ first single was jarring because of how readily it embraced mainstream pop trends; “SCREAM” is jarring for how readily it rejects those same ideas. In anyone else’s hands, this would be irritating, but Grimes creates a varied soundscape that keeps you from looking away. Best of all, the song doesn’t overstay its welcome, wrapping up in a little over two minutes. Now I’m back on board. [7/10]

COMBO SCORE: 7.5

Over the Rainbow: An Interview With Herb Alpert

Music legend Herb Alpert discusses his new album, Over the Rainbow, maintaining his artistic drive, and his place in music history. "If we tried to start A&M in today's environment, we'd have no chance. I don't know if I'd get a start as a trumpet player. But I keep doing this because I'm having fun."

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The Cigarette: A Political History (By the Book)

Sarah Milov's The Cigarette restores politics to its rightful place in the tale of tobacco's rise and fall, illustrating America's continuing battles over corporate influence, individual responsibility, collective choice, and the scope of governmental power. Enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 5. "Inventing the Nonsmoker".

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