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May the Consensus Have Consequences

May the Consensus Have Consequences

From Channel Orange to a Syrian wedding party.

Posted by × January 14, 2013 ×

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Who’s That? Brooown!

Who’s That? Brooown!

Das Racist may be gone, but they shouldn’t be forgotten soon.

Posted by × December 26, 2012 ×

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The Geek Who Came in from the Cold

The Geek Who Came in from the Cold

David Byrne looks back on a life turning questions into ecstacy — and Jonathan Lethem unpacks the Talking Heads’ signature work of nervous transport.

Posted by × November 2, 2012 ×

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Derring-Do Scraping By

Derring-Do Scraping By

In Michael Chabon’s new novel, a record store in a troubled bohemia proves a setting as fantastic as any in the author’s recent work.

Posted by × September 10, 2012 ×

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Darkest America

Darkest America

By YUVAL TAYLOR and JAKE AUSTEN

A new study grapples with the long, complex legacy of blackface minstrelsy in performance.

Posted by × August 24, 2012 ×

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Hearing Her Pain

Hearing Her Pain

Fiona Apple can be hard to like. Love is a different matter.

Posted by × July 19, 2012 ×

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Music for Lovers

Music for Lovers

Before the era of the phonograph and radio, Americans were opening their ears.

Posted by × June 22, 2012 ×

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Preaching Agnosticism (with Laugh Lines)

Preaching Agnosticism (with Laugh Lines)

“Outlaw country” singer-songwriter Todd Snider’s storytelling talent is its own religion.

Posted by × April 30, 2012 ×

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The Many Reasons to Love Wussy

The Many Reasons to Love Wussy

How a pair of best friends from Cincinnati are leading the best band in America.

Posted by × March 16, 2012 ×

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Tough Love

Tough Love

Etta James’s voice was a great beauty — but she never forgot how to play rough.

Posted by × February 17, 2012 ×

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Dad-Rock Makes a Stand

Dad-Rock Makes a Stand

Looking ahead sometimes means looking back.

Posted by × January 13, 2012 ×

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The Dean’s List: Christgau’s Best of 2011

The Dean’s List: Christgau’s Best of 2011

Robert Christgau’s annual rundown of the year’s best in pop music.

Posted by × January 13, 2012 ×

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Dark Night of the Quants

Dark Night of the Quants

Can a wordsmith read his way to comprehension of the global financial mess?

Posted by × December 28, 2011 ×

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Pioneer Days

Pioneer Days

Two of rock’s greatest critics, and why they moved on.

Posted by × November 25, 2011 ×

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Brag Like That

Brag Like That

Arrogance—and mastery—in the rhymes of Jay-Z and Kanye West.

Posted by × September 19, 2011 ×