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  • The digital jukebox is a modern-bar mainstay, a strangely sterile presence in a sticky, moldy, and otherwise downtrodden place. It's a weird little robot, benevolently aglow even when it's... More >>

  • Sometimes, guys change Rock and Roll because they're prodigies, re-writing the rules as a result of their virtuosity. In that category, you'd have a guitarist like Jimi Hendrix, or a demonic... More >>

  • We're in the middle of the game now, and the members of Speedy Ortiz are beginning to hit their stride. In the last two frames, among the four of them, they've bowled five strikes and two spares.... More >>

  • Liquid Diet. Soaking Wet From Your Brother's Tears. Paint Gurgle. The titles of Yellow Tears' releases are hardly window dressing. This Brooklyn trio's worldview is thoroughly saturated —... More >>

  • To hear most people tell it, the history of rap goes like this: MCs were originally rapping primarily to showcase their DJs. That is, until Sugar Hill Gang put out "Rapper's Delight" in 1979. It... More >>

  • In 2016, when Americans take stock of Barack Obama's presidency, they may determine that he did very little to improve the lives of everyday black people. But what is indisputable is that Obama... More >>

  • He's not a cop; he just plays one on TV. He's not a cop killer, he just sings about it on a record: "I'm a cop killer, better you than me / Cop killer, fuck police brutality!" On TV's Law and... More >>

  • Vision Festival 19 June 11–15, Roulette The Vision Festival has made a custom of honoring a particular avant-garde jazz musician for Lifetime Achievement each year. Now it's the turn of... More >>

  • Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" is the de facto theme song of Rocky's six-movie franchise, even if it doesn't make an appearance until Rocky III. To present Rocky: The Musical without the rallying... More >>

  • When your muses and your demons spring from the same passion, you've got two choices: give in or grit your teeth. You cut your losses with one in favor of the other, or you hold your ground and... More >>

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