Music

Bring on Your Wrecking Balls

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There is hope, and hopelessness, whenever wrecking balls are sung. ...more

Sound & Vision: Michael Hearst

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Allyson McCabe talks with Michael Hearst, a founding member of One Ring Zero, about how he got his start in music and writing, and what he's been working on recently. ...more

Swinging Modern Sounds #85: The Introduction of the Pitch

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It seems like it’s the point of this piece to draw attention to the fact that these instruments are wounded; it shouldn’t be something that tries to hide it. ...more

No Pressure: Bieber, Blackness, the Cult of Perfection

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Bieber is like a prism that reflects back whatever you want to see. ...more

Sound & Vision: Celia C. Pérez

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Allyson McCabe talks with Celia C. Pérez about her debut middle-grade novel, The First Rule of Punk, her inspirations for writing the book, and her own childhood. ...more

Sound & Vision: Anthony DeCurtis

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Allyson McCabe talks with Anthony DeCurtis, author and music journalist, about the art of the interview, his friendship with Lou Reed, and teaching in the digital age. ...more

Wanted/Needed/Loved: Andrew Savage’s Punk Possibilities

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I kept listening over and over again, and eventually I realized this album was challenging my idea of what punk is. ...more

Swinging Modern Sounds #84: Music for Spaceships

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Perhaps space is an inevitable resting place for music of this kind, because time is completely different when conceived of in the vastness of space, and not only because of relativity. ...more

To Look for America: A Road Trip, a Soundtrack

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One thing I was taught about travel—because my father is a black man born in Alabama in 1950—was that there are safe places for black people to go and places that aren't as safe. ...more

Support the 7-inches for Planned Parenthood Project Today

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Don't miss this new series of 7-inch records and digital downloads to benefit Planned Parenthood! ...more

Wanted/Needed/Loved: Zola Jesus’s Natural World

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About a year ago, I ended up returning to the land where I grew up and building a house here. ...more

Wanted/Needed/Loved: Franklin James Fisher’s “Rhoda”

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I have to work to get the sounds, but then the magic kicks in. ...more