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The Year of the Overnight Release: How Much Time Should a Critic Get?

Given the anticipation level and lack of pre-release availability, Yeezus offered a perfect test case for the nagging question: How has the model of digital media changed the amount of time music critics spend with the records they’re assessing?

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The Artists Pick the Best of 2013, Part 1

PopMatters lets the artists become the critics, giving them a chance to offer their picks from music and pop culture in 2013. Part 1 features PopMatters favorites Zachary Cale, Dum Dum Girls, and Robbie Fulks.

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K-pop's Generation

If 2013 has proved anything, it's that K-pop's worldwide appeal is much more than a passing fad like "Gangnam Style".

Scott Interrante
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Towards a (Redneck) Pleasure Principle: Or Why Luke Bryan Might Be This Year's Best Artist

The idea of pleasure, of the loose swing and the obsessive grinding, becomes the central way that we talk about Luke Bryan, and often the central way that Bryan talks about himself, especially in 2013.

Anthony Easton
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The Best Mainstream Pop Singles of 2013

Many genres collided in the pop realm in 2013, and the result (mostly) sounded great.

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Music, Movies, TVs, Games: October's Best Entertainment Options

Need a break from the real world? Here's the best of everything entertaining that requires an electrical outlet. This'll at least get you through October -- so long as the power holds.

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Guessing the 2013 Grammys

It’s the Super Bowl of music, and we’re guessing who will be the MVPs.

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