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When Kendrick Lamar Hits NPR, We All Win

When everyone feels they can be an expert, how do you reassert your ownership over a topic? By waiting for its crossover moment.

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Beer Is the New Music

Obsessive collection, mainstream mocking, and a never-ending list of styles. It’s no surprise that so many music nerds turn into beer geeks, as well.

Sports

Music Is Vital to the Sports Fan Experience, But Which Traditions Are Worth Keeping Around?

There’s a lot of noise at the average sporting event. Study this list to learn when to break out the earplugs.

Film

How John Lurie Made Me Read Fewer Books

The great Elmore Leonard wrote dozens of novels. Some, like Get Shorty, were adapted for film. So why do I associate him with smooth jazz? Well, John Lurie had a hand in that.

Technology

In with the A&R Crowd

Will crowdsourced talent discovery kill traditional A&R? Or is it just the boost the industry needs?

Technology

Got a Song Request? There's an App for That

In a Kickstarter world where consumers can basically will anything they want into existence, and everything is interactive, it makes sense that we should want to control our concerts, too

Music

Alicia Keys Got Blackberry and Kanye West is Seething

Many forward-thinking companies are bringing musicians onto their staffs to help guide their brands. For those that aren't there yet, here's a little help with who they should hire.

Internet

Songza: The Thinking Listener’s Playlist App? or Another Reinforcer of the Same Old Taste?

Part party starter, part music discovery engine, Songza employs a cadre of “music experts” rather than an algorithm. This is strangely comforting.

Internet

What's the Rap on Rap Genius?

If Rap Genius is really going to take on the world, it's worth seeing how successfully the community of annotators has handled its first topic: rap lyrics.

Music

Rock 'n' Roles

How can today's top TV actors get into character? By listening to these themed playlists, of course.

Music

Change is in the Air (Waves)

How much do you really love your favorite local radio station? You'll find out when it goes off the air.

Technology

Think Twice About Your Music, It's Alright: ReDigi and Murfie

Make a musical mistake? You could soon be whistling a new tune, thanks to two startups that shake up the secondary market and bring ownership back in style.

Sports

Metric Madness

Our obsession with brackets and rankings -- in everything from NCAA March Madness to soup -- reflects a desire to give some order to the world, to quantify things that are not generally thought of as quantifiable.

Music

Navigating the SOPA Soap Opera

The most frustrating thing about the controversial new copyright legislation making its way through Congress? It lacks creativity.

Travel

Walkin' to the Beat, the Rhythm in My Feet

Walking around a new city is a good way to get to know its nuances -- the sights, the smells, and especially, the sounds. Boston taught me its rhythm, and I kept in step.

Music

I Was Dreamin' When I Wrote This: A Trip to Tribute Land

For some fans, legendary artists of the past offer a fun diversion from the present. But what happens when that turns into an obsession?

Technology

What's the Value of Ownership in the Age of Cloud Computing?

My fiancée and I will soon move across the country with whatever will fit in our Honda Civic. This has brought up some discussions about which possessions are truly worth keeping.

Games

Kickstart the Presses

In the past month, two friends of mine have undertaken major print projects. How are they covering the costs of what some might call a foolish endeavor? By going online for funding, of course.

Technology

The Bird's the Word: What Does Celebrity Reporting on Twitter Say About Those of Us Who Follow Them?

Apparently, American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert was the most influential tweeter on Haiti, and Conan O’Brien and Ricky Martin reigned atop the list of those commenting on the Chilean miner saga. Sorry CNN, NPR, et. al.

Music

Jukebox Justice

As long as internet jukeboxes abound, we open ourselves up to all kinds of sonic disasters.

Music

When Cee Lo Threw the F-Bomb, Whom Did He Hit?

The F-word has been used in pretty much any way possible. I would’ve thought that by now we’d all be inured to the 'F-Bomb'. Then along came Cee Lo...

Music

Sing, Memory

It’s comforting to think that no matter how addled my mind gets, I’ll always be able to temporarily return to a clearer past with the help of a song or two, playing in my brain.

Technology

Cloud Computing: Seeding for the Coming Storm

We’re being led to believe that nearly everything would be better with the cloud in control of all our data. What could go wrong with a world in which we don’t own anything, anymore?

Music

'Girls' Gone Wild

While following a storyline about the trials of a mother and daughter may not be demographically the most masculine thing in the world, neither is my unabashed enjoyment of ABC Family original movies.

Music

Plenty of Bang for the Buck

An economic survey of a decade of concert-going yields an average of positive returns for my dollar. Yeah, Bob Dylan was worth every penny and more.

Internet

In the J-Zone Zone

Like college, or Play-Doh, a social media tool is what we make of it, and J-Zone's got the skills to make things interesting.

Television

So You Think You Can Make Me Like Dance?

Rubenstein views dance much like his girlfriend watches a baseball game; the subtleties are lost on him.

Music

Wedding Players

When it comes to controlling the behavior of revelers at a wedding fest -- or rather, rolling with the behavior of revelers at a wedding fest -- a live band can adapt far better than the average DJ.

Music

Just Eat It

I'll take the wasabi potato croquettes that came with the lamb racks in the "Sheep in Wolf's Clothing" dish (inspired by TV on the Radio's "Wolf Like Me") over Hard Rock's seasoned fries any day.

Music

Vinyl Spin Cycle

Each time I sheepishly purchase another CD, I’m digging myself further into the technological hole, and falling farther behind the cool vinyl-playing crowd.

Music

Don't Quit Your Day Job -- If You Have One

Koko Taylor imitator Ladykat drives the city bus that I occasionally ride – at least that, I hope, gives her health insurance.

Music

The Best of the Basket Cases: Round 2

Ben bursts open the bubble mailers and announces this round of … winners (honoring the best and brightest of the many unsolicited CDs sent to him).

Music

Get Your Bootleg On: A Mashup Mystery Solved

It began as a simple message board for bedroom DJs. Partnerships were formed, skills were developed, and in some cases, careers were launched.

Film

Waltzing with Wilco

As any experienced concert-goer knows, a lively audience can mean the difference between a lackluster event and a memorable night. Sometimes, it’s more important than the band's actual performance.

Music

Kids Listen to the Darndest Things

Like these kids, my enjoyment level has never been as high as it was for the crap I loved when I was 13.

Performing Arts

Concert Overload

Free-for-all shows are like a "cool" parent trying to be your friend, instead of your authority figure. While it seems like a good situation at first -- no curfew, no rules -- you realize, eventually, that what it really needs is some structure.

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