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Good music longreads

Articles featured in our weekly Stack newsletter.

Is This The End For "Urban" Music?

Industry stakeholders have been pushing to change the name since at least 2018.
NPR

Why "Bitter Sweet Symphony" Keeps Hitting

One of the best-known samples reveals that music is a flat circle
MEL

Tell It Like It Is

A History of Rhythm and Blues
Folklife

The coronavirus pandemic shut down live music.

All my concerts were postponed by the coronavirus, so why can’t I get a refund? It’s complicated.
Vox

Exploring Sailor Moon’s most magical soundtracks

The landmark anime series about interplanetary guardians and talking cats is a wild ride, and its music is even wilder
Dazed

The Age of (Not That) Innocence

Twenty years ago, Britney Spears released the final classic of the teen-pop era and a goodbye to the gilded years…
The Ringer

Bring Back Turntable.fm

Turntable.fm predicted the future of the internet, but didn't survive to see it.
Vice

Loops Are Changing the Sound and Business of Rap Production

Hip-hop producers are increasingly outsourcing their melodies to a global network of loopmakers.
Pitchfork

That Teenage Feeling

Why The Virgin Suicides Is My Quarantine Soundtrack
NPR

Why Do We Even Listen to New Music?

Our brains reward us for seeking out what we already know.
Pitchfork

Where did all the saxophones go?

How one instrument went from being the backbone of American popular music to being a punchline in a joke about…
The Outline

The My Generation: An Oral History Of Myspace Music

Myspace changed the way we discovered music and fell apart after conquering the world.
Stereogum

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