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Good music longreads

Articles featured in our weekly Stack newsletter.

The final bar? How gentrification threatens America's music cities

Austin, Nashville and New Orleans have thrived on the success of vibrant music scenes. But as rents rise and noise… — The Guardian

An Elegy for 'The Hood'

The death of the rapper Prodigy raises a few questions: Is “the hood” over—and why did we ever need it… — CityLab

The Secret Lives of Playlists

What are we looking at when we open Spotify? How did it get there, and on whose dime? — Watt

Lisztomania

Franz Liszt gets the ladies in a tizzy. — Lapham's Quarterly

How Franz Liszt Became The World's First Rock Star

When you think of rock n' roll, Franz Liszt might not be the first name that comes to mind. — NPR

Who is pop's biggest star?

We no longer know who the biggest pop star in the world is — Quartz

How African med students created a new genre of Cuban…

First came the students and their favorite afropop sounds, then came bakosó. — The Outline

The art of DJing: Anthony Parasole

The New York DJ opens and closes Berghain. — Resident Advisor

Richard Russell’s XL Recordings Empire

By signing artists like Adele and Vampire Weekend, the label banks on long-term potential instead of chasing viral hits. — The New Yorker

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

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