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Articles featured in our weekly Stack newsletter.

The Speed Bump

Sped-Up Songs Took Over TikTok. Now They’re Taking Over the Charts.
The Ringer

"Thugs don't dance"

iLoveMakonnen and Drake tested rap's norms of masculinity, but only one passed

The Invisible Work of Mothers in Music

Being a touring musician can make the struggles of motherhood that much more intense.

Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou, Nun With a Musical Gift

Ethiopian-born, she was on track to be a concert pianist before choosing a monastic life.
The New York Times

This Is What You'll Pay For

The Menace of Generative Music
The Seat of Loss

“Blurred Lines,” Harbinger of Doom

How Robin Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I.’s cursed megahit predicted everything bad about the past decade in pop culture

Music Sounds the Way It Does Because of Ryuichi Sakamoto

A remembrance of the legendary artist and composer

After allegations against Win Butler, an existential crisis lingers for…

Arcade Fire's hometown scene has struggled with how to respond

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

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