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How ‘Mr. Brightside’ Became a Generation’s Anthem

The Killers’ signature hit has become one of the most inescapable rock songs of its time.
The New York Times

Judy Weinstein: She Was There

The record pool founder and one of the earliest DJ managers on her life in music
Red Bull Music Academy Daily

How venture capital changed the business of sampling

Sampling can be risky for artists, but the industry is increasingly profiting from it.
The Fader

The state of music criticism

Music authorities on why we need music criticism.

Are we ready for the return of “stomp clap hey”?

Young Vermonters are, for maybe the first time ever, at the precipice of culture thanks to songwriter Noah Kahan.

Discogs’ vibrant vinyl community is shattering

A home for music diehards has been fractured by increased fees that are pushing sellers and shoppers to other platforms.
The Verge

How a Photocopied Zine Helped Turntablism Go Global

The Bomb gave crucial early-career support to culture-shaping DJs, MCs and writers.

Archiving the Muzak of the Twin Towers

Teens and young 20-somethings collect the seemingly innocuous sonic artifacts of the original World Trade Center

American Sajaegi

Music chart manipulation is becoming the marketing strategy of reactionaries
The New Inquiry

On Cultural Omnivorousness

Reinvention of Anatolian Pop as Turkish Psychedelic
TRAFO Blog for Transregional Research

Passionate Kisses

The Soundtrack at CVS
The Paris Review

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