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The Forgotten Sisters Behind "Happy Birthday to You"

Mildred and Patty Hill wrote the popular song’s melody, but their contributions to American culture have long been overlooked
Smithsonian Magazine

The Problem with Music

Imagine a trench filled with decaying shit.
The Baffler

Dance Dance Revolution: How EDM Conquered America in the 2010s

A decade in dance music that changed pop forever, according to Skrillex, Zedd, Boys Noize, and more.

On finding what it is you love to do

Writer and journalist Anthony Fantano (The Needle Drop) discusses finding your format, staying excited, and engaging with an ever-growing audience
The Creative Independent

How Khruangbin’s Sound Became the New Mood Music

The Texan trio’s vibes have spawned countless imitators, but their magic isn’t so easy to replicate.
The New York Times

When Techno Was House

Jacob Arnold looks at Chicago’s impact on the birth of techno
Red Bull Music Academy Daily

The Battle Over Techno’s Origins

Many techno pioneers feel that Black and queer artists in Detroit have been overlooked.
The New Yorker

How Chief Keef and MIKE escaped the attention economy

The artists' eclectic new albums flaunt a creative freedom only found in rejecting the spotlight

The Musical Age of Shitpost Modernism

The next generation of underground rappers, electronic misfits, and jazz weirdos have flooded the internet with an approach that is…

Real Estate's Martin Courtney and Alex Bleeker

On Money, Streaming, Coming Together, and the Bygone 2010s
Last Donut of the Night

Flop rock: inside the underground floppy disk music scene

Floppy disks are facing extinction, but musicians are still pumping out DIY music projects.
The Verge

Just Enough Blues

George Michael’s career was driven by two imperatives: to be the biggest pop star in the world and to be…
The New York Review of Books

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