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How Did Bloghouse Happen?

A New Book Tracks The Genre’s Rise Off the Internet & Onto Sweaty Dancefloors

Play It By Ear

Fortnite concerts, TikTok routines, virtual merch—videogames are influencing the world of music more than ever.
Entertainment Weekly

The Education of a Part-Time Punk

Learning to love music—and to hate it, too.
The New Yorker

A Conversation with Steve Albini

The famed audio engineer owned the ugly parts of his past and said his generation needs to talk about how…
MEL Magazine

It beats dancing about architecture

The Reader’s current music writer surveys all 50 years of the paper’s coverage and reports back.
Chicago Reader

Music's Whac-A-Mole Menace

The DMCA has ruled for 20 years, cementing a system that artists and music fans loathe, but tech companies love.
Rolling Stone

How Kidz Bop Turned A Simple Idea Into Chart Domination

A couple of dads with a 1-800 number and a hunch somehow became a dominant force in children’s entertainment.
BuzzFeed News

The Eternal Cool of Talk Singing

It’s a vocal style that some of the most heralded rock bands of the year have adopted.
The Ringer

Pitchfork Reviews: Rescored

We’ve all thought about it: Here are 19 album review scores that we’d change if we could.

The Rap Reissue Market Is Booming. Can It Last?

The problems facing rap reissue labels even in this moment of growth

Tears in Rain

Do Androids Stream Electric Sleep?
Dada Drummer Almanach

Music Copyright in the Age of Forgetting

Our brains can’t be trusted to notice when we steal an idea—and the problem is likely getting worse.
The Ringer

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