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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

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

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