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Good music longreads

Articles featured in our weekly Stack newsletter.

The Essential Guide to Dancehall

Everything you need to know about one of Jamaica’s most influential musical exports
Red Bull Music Academy Daily

Redemption Songs

Chinese Jamaican music producers helped turn reggae into a global sensation.
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big divorce energy

Berninger’s voice, with its desultory baritone, sounds like the bar next to a marriage counselor’s office.
Griefbacon

Big Mood Machine

Spotify pursues emotional surveillance for global profit
The Baffler

Record Industry Expects a Windfall. Where Will the Money Go?

With streaming poised to infuse billions of dollars, artists are once again hoping to get their fair share.
Pitchfork

Beyonce, Solange, and The History of Sibling Acts in Pop

Family dynasties are neither new nor newly influential in pop.
Longreads

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
Dazed

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…
Gayletter

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