Music

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

Album of the Week: Forced Witness by Alex Cameron

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"Where does one draw the line when you as a person believe in progress, but as a writer feel like you need to focus on people who would challenge that, who would ask us to regress?" ...more

Hitch in the Voice

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I hear a man singing for his life, desperate in a way he would never be again and had never been before. ...more

The Butt Song

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Last night as my husband got ready to go out [my daughter] grabbed his coat and said, “Call 1-900-Mix-A-Lot and kick those nasty thoughts.” ...more

Sound & Vision: Brandon Stosuy

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Allyson McCabe talks with music journalist, editor, and curator Brandon Stosuy about his path to music journalism, how the industry has changed, and what he's working on now. ...more

The Driving Thing of It: A Conversation with Mick Harvey

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Mick Harvey discusses his decades-long music career, working on cover songs written in another language, and finding longevity in the music business. ...more

Swinging Modern Sounds #83: On George

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There really is not a day that doesn’t go by that I don’t stop at some moment and think about George Harrison. ...more

Album of the Week: Vic Mensa’s The Autobiography

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At only twenty-four, Vic Mensa is already an established member of the Chicago music scene and a social justice activist—from protesting his hometown police department after the shooting of shooting of Laquan McDonald to flying to Standing Rock and joining with the protestors to fight against allowing construction the Dakota Access Pipeline, he’s made his political feelings known.

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Sound & Vision: Nicole Georges

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Allyson McCabe talks with Nicole Georges, illustrator, zinester and educator, about her new book Fetch, how she got into the DIY punk scene, and family secrets. ...more

Album of the Week: Mellow Waves by Cornelius

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Cornelius is the alter ego of the legendary Japanese composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Keigo Oyamada.

Twenty years after releasing their iconic album Fantasma in 1997, and putting an end to an eleven-year-long silence, the Tokyo-based musician and his band are now back with Mellow Waves, out now via Rostrum Records.

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Staying Syncretic: A Conversation with Kool A.D.

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Kool A.D. discusses his debut novel, OK, the war on drugs, systemic destruction of left-leaning movements by the government, and the inability to escape American capitalism. ...more

Swinging Modern Sounds #82: Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark: A Symposium

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...yet she did what she did, and in the process made the most successful album of her career. ...more