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Why are musicians obsessed with cowboys all of a sudden?

From Lil Nas X to Mac DeMarco, Kacey Musgraves and Cardi B, artists today are embracing all things yeehaw

Fitter, happier, more productive

The odd history of "productivity music"
Dropbox Blog

The Never-ending Life of Smash Mouth’s “All Star”

On May 4, 1999, a hit was born—an unkillable one.
The Ringer

Press Pause: The History of Pause Tape Production

An in-depth look at how influential artists changed the sound of rap with their cassette decks
Red Bull Music Academy Daily

Frank Ocean

On the queer influences that shaped him, the joy of rock climbing, and what he wished he'd done when he…

What Is Musical Genre Exactly?

Artists' race and class—more than their sounds—have always defined genre.
Pacific Standard

Dancing in the Dark

Cartoonist Ward Sutton explores the legacy of the song "Born in the USA."
The Boston Globe

What Will Happen When Machines Write Songs Just as Well…

Artificial intelligence tools will hurt some musicians and help others.
Mother Jones

Inside Garageband, the Little App Ruling the Sound of Modern…

A secret recording studio on Apple’s Cupertino campus has made the beats of some of your favorite hits for the…
Rolling Stone

"Closer": The Strange Story of Nine Inch Nails' Enduring Strip…

A personal look at the 'Downward Spiral' hit's improbable 25 years as an unkillable club staple

Who’s Afraid of The Prodigy?

Remembering Keith Flint and the techno-apocalyptic aesthetic that dominated pop culture at the turn of the millennium.
The New Republic

How the Rarest Music in the World Comes Back

Duster was a small, largely forgotten band from the late ’90s. Then their legend began to grow on sites like…
The Ringer

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