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Articles featured in our weekly Stack newsletter.

Shattered Porcelain

Was Moby’s ‘Play’ the Spiritual Death of the ’90s?
The Ringer

This Song Is About You

What do musicians who blend fact and fiction owe their real life subjects?

Why Are Independent Artists and Labels Turning Away From Vinyl?

Some of music’s DIY players are giving up on the beloved format.

The pop star versus the playlist

Why hit songs suddenly matter more than the stars that sing them

Meet Yen Sung, Lisbon's Best-Kept Secret

Portuguese hip-hop pioneer? Decades-long resident at iconic club Lux Frágil? A low-key legend of the Lisbon scene.
Resident Advisor

New World Prophecy

Dvořák once predicted that American classical music would be rooted in the black vernacular.
The American Scholar

Punk Was Never Just for White Dudes

Underage rockers the Linda Lindas aren’t just punk rock’s future—they’re a throwback to its feminist origins.

How SoundScan Changed Everything We Knew About Popular Music

Thirty years ago, Billboard changed the way it tabulated its charts, turning the industry on its head
The Ringer

Shelved: The Velvet Underground's Fourth Album

The story of the Velvet Underground album that almost never was.

The Post-Brexit New Wave

In a fractious U.K., a restless sound trembles to life

The Endless Life Cycle of Japanese City Pop

An American-influenced strain of vintage Japanese music has become a perennial cult hit online.

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