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Swinging Modern Sounds #102: Song Turned Blue

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I’m not writing confessionals; I’m trying to write hooks.

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To Pimp a Mockingbird: A Lesson Plan

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Literacy, you know firsthand, is a tool, is a motivator, is the beat of education.

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Keeping Time in Los Angeles

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Music was noise, and noise was music, and George Antheil was on his way.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #102: Ten Influential Albums

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Music columnist Rick Moody writes on ten albums that influenced him through his life.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #101: A Really Big Band

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Zappa, on the other hand, was never sentimental.

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You Never Win, You Never Lose: Talking with Gabriel Birnbaum

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Gabriel Birnbaum discusses his new album, NOT ALONE.

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Everything Is Happening All of the Time: Talking with Sven Ratzke

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Sven Ratzke discusses his new show, WHERE ARE WE NOW.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #99: One of These Days It’s Gonna Set You Free

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I’m just being an artist. I’m just being creative.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #98: Against Jazz

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Nate Wooley, the reason for this piece, is a essential force in the contemporary music.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #97: It’s a Wonder We Can Even Feed Ourselves

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What follows, then, is a sort of first-thought-best-thought discussion of MORE BLOOD, MORE TRACKS.

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Wanted/Needed/Loved: Snail Mail’s Beloved Books

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Wherever I go out on tour, I always have a book with me, and another for when I’m finished.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #96: Voices of Displacement

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Thank God music has wings and it can fly wherever, even countries we can’t reach.

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An East African Girl and Her White Troubadours

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I was a lonely, dreamy, occasionally silly girl.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #95: Omnidirectional

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If you love this album as much as I think you’re going to, make sure to tell a friend.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #94: I Think I Might

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This is a deep dive, therefore, into the site of brilliant, uncompromising contemporary work.

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #173: Hanif Abdurraqib

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“I mostly hope that upon putting down this book, a reader crafts their own love letter to someone living.”

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