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Good music longreads

Articles featured in our weekly Stack newsletter.

The people who 'danced themselves to death'

In 1518, a 'dance plague' saw citizens of French city Strasbourg reportedly dancing for days on end.
BBC

The Reckless Rise of Rap’s Internet Detectives

When tragedy strikes in the rap world, internet detectives recklessly track down clues and attempt to solve crimes online
Complex

Kate Bush, “Running Up That Hill”...

...and the End of Music Charts As We Knew Them
The Ringer

People are getting tired of the 'TikTok music formula'

The tide is turning against that style of pop music.
NBC News

Inside the Ambient Music Streaming Boom

What does it mean for the artists behind the serene soundscapes?
Pitchfork

The Many Humiliations of Being an Arcade Fire Fan

Do I like their new album or do I just really, really want to like it?
Gawker

Hidden in a Fire Island House, the Soundtrack of Love…

In tragedy, music provided solace during the AIDS epidemic
The New York Times

The Return of Coachella

And a Glimpse Into Our New Abnormal
The Ringer

Why We Can’t Quit the Guitar Solo

A guitar solo is not just a display of musical showmanship, technical mastery and bravado.
The New York Times

Jewel-Box Heroes: Why the CD Revival Is Finally Here

Compact discs are still the ideal format for getting lost inside your music collection
Rolling Stone

Weird Era #1: A Decade of “Oblivion”

How Grimes' Breakout Single Turned the Montreal Crust-Punk into a Worldwide Pop Phenomenon
What's Good

How Much Does It Cost to Throw a Club Night?

Promoters assess the various financial challenges involved in throwing parties
Resident Advisor

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