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Good music longreads

Articles featured in our weekly Stack newsletter.

The great touring gamble

Hitting the road is fast becoming another source of financial risk.
Chicago Reader

‘Dark Side of the Moon’ at 50

What’s the legacy of the blockbuster album? What’s legacy, anyway?
The Ringer

A Bittersweet Victory: De La Soul’s Music Is Finally Back

The influential rap trio’s catalog has long been absent from streaming services.
The New York Times

Laraaji Conjures a Baptism in Sound

The pioneer of ambient music, now 79, rediscovered some of his earliest recordings for a new four-disc set.
The New York Times

The magic and the pain behind ‘All I Need’

The real story of one of rap’s greatest love songs

The New Weird Virtuosos Making Jazz for the Post-Internet Age

A generation of rising players is infusing jazz with absurdist online irreverence. But are they playing jazz at all?

I’m a Noted Music Critic. Can A.I. Do My Job?

ChatGPT has professionals in a range of industries justifiably nervous.
TIDAL Magazine

Is Live Music Broken?

It’s Not Just Ticketmaster, It’s Everything.
The Ringer

They invented the remix

Jamaica came up with the idea, but the remix as we know it was born in New York

Your Life in a Grid

An Interview with the Owner of
Swim Into The Sound

The Warm Glow of the Blog-Rock Era

The return of Voxtrot evokes a longing for the vanished musical ecosystem of blogs and MP3s.
The New Yorker

Why do we like making year-end lists?

Experts in psychology, linguistics and criticism on the year-end list ritual’s appeal.

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