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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.

Music

Dirty Diapers Don't Scare Me Nearly as Much as the Wiggles Do

Parenthood comes with a lot of change, and a lot of decisions to be made, including this one: What’s your musical strategy?

Technology

Drive Me Crazy: The Day the iPhone Took Over My Car

You just want to drive fast and listen to your favorite song. Your "smart" car may have other ideas. Welcome to the future.

Internet

Forgotify Rises to the Challenge of Spotify

Forgotify serves as an entry into an internet wormhole, into the many songs that streaming listeners forgot, and it shows us a lot about our habits in the process.

Music

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.


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