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How Temple of the Dog Pioneered a New Genre of…

Their music video “Hunger Strike” helped launch a musical movement. — Longreads

Is this the most influential love song in modern music?

We explore how Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’ became a pop classic over a quarter of a century after its release — Dazed

Ooooooohhh... On The TLC Tip 25 Years On

Lesley Chow revisits TLC's unique debut album — The Quietus

The Hot New Hip-Hop Producer Who Does Everything on His…

A few minutes after Steve Lacy arrived at a dingy, weed-clouded recording studio in Burbank, the 18-year-old musician flopped down… — Wired

The Link Between Whitney Houston and the Rise of Auto-Tune…

An excerpt from Jace Clayton's book, Uproot: Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture. — Pitchfork

Inside the Heads of People Who Don't Like Music

For those who experience “musical anhedonia,” listening to a song is halfway between boring and distracting—and their brain activity reflects… — The Atlantic

The Most Expensive Record Never Sold

Discogs, Billy Yeager And The $18,000 Hoax That Almost Was — NPR

The Art and Science of White Noise

White noise, touted as the key to productivity, calm, and sleep, is widely misunderstood. — Pacific Standard

The promoter's dilemma

Is dance music's growth as an industry squeezing out the people who throw parties? Angus Finlayson unpacks one of the… — Resident Advisor

Transfiguration and Transcendence: The Music of Alice Coltrane

On the 10th anniversary of the jazz icon's passing, an exploration of her many lives—and how her art continues to… — Pitchfork

The very white ways of the top 40

The outdated practices of America’s most popular radio program perpetuate systemic musical segregation. — The Outline

finding the most depressing Radiohead song with R, using the…

Much of Radiohead’s music is undeniably sad, and this post catalogs my journey to quantify that sadness... — Charlie Thompson

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