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Music, All Shook Down Bury the Muse: Let's Stop Denying Women Full Credit For Their Music

Bury the Muse: Let's Stop Denying Women Full Credit For Their Music

If I had to pick one story in all the history of music to illustrate everything I love and hate about pop, I would choose the one about Veronica Bennett and her one-time partner, Phil Spector. What's great about Bennett…
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Music, All Shook Down How Pop Upholds America's Last Taboo

How Pop Upholds America's Last Taboo

There is the fact of money. And there is the fantasy. In America, we're so steeped in our wish for wealth at all costs that we've made it a virtue to live want-by-want. We've coined a shorthand for it, too.…
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Music, All Shook Down When Pop Music Makes Us Feel Less, Not More

When Pop Music Makes Us Feel Less, Not More

Long before it was even possible, people dreamed of listening to records. My favorite figure in this side history of the imagination is Cyrano de Bergerac, who, in 1657, wrote a story where he described a spring-loaded device that faithfully…
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Music, All Shook Down What Is Pop Music's Value Today?

What Is Pop Music's Value Today?

We are conditioned to think the music business sells music. But this is not true. Or, at least, it's less true than it once was, as recently as 15 years ago, when the industry enjoyed its last year of worldwide…
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Music, All Shook Down How a J-Pop Sex Scandal Reflects Our Own Music Culture

How a J-Pop Sex Scandal Reflects Our Own Music Culture

Late last month, Minami Minegishi, a 20-year-old singer with the Tokyo-based supergroup AKB48, uploaded a video to YouTube. On its surface, Minegishi's video was strikingly different from the hundreds of other videos already published to AKB48's official channel. Rather…
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Music, All Shook Down The Knife Raise Big Questions About Gender, Sexuality, and the Power of Pop Music

The Knife Raise Big Questions About Gender, Sexuality, and the Power of Pop Music

In high school, I had a friend, another "Andy," who came out to me and, soon afterwards, came out to our classmates. It was a big deal. And Andy quickly resigned himself to the predictable abuse familiar to gays and…
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Music, All Shook Down The New Gangsta Rap's Real Problem

The New Gangsta Rap's Real Problem

Last week, a 17-year-old Chicagoan named Keith Cozart was sentenced to 60 days in juvenile detention after violating parole. Both his offenses were gun crimes: the first came in 2011, when Cozart pointed a firearm at a police officer; the…
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Music, All Shook Down What Will Music Be Like in 100 Years? Much the Same As It Is Now

What Will Music Be Like in 100 Years? Much the Same As It Is Now

Who's your tip for the top in 2013? You know what? Nevermind. Let's you and me help each other out. This is an uncertain time of year for many of us -- the new year. A new start, a new…
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Music, #Hashtag: The Ghost of Music Future Previews 2013

#Hashtag: The Ghost of Music Future Previews 2013

How will you remember 2013? What was the year's top music story? Was it the stunning revelation that Morrissey and Johnny Marr had, in fact, secretly reunited in 2007 to quietly issue records under the name "Taylor Swift"? Or did…
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Music, All Shook Down My Three Favorite Sounds of 2012

My Three Favorite Sounds of 2012

'Tis the season for year-end lists -- best and worst albums, movies, and political gaffes. You name it, there's a curated list for it. Somewhere online you'll even find a list of the year's most annoying memes, which is a…
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Music, All Shook Down What Jack White Could Learn About Lady Gaga and "Authenticity"

What Jack White Could Learn About Lady Gaga and "Authenticity"

Like a euphemism for cunnilingus, the authenticity debate has returned to pop music. Which is to say, it never really left, but was badly in need of a new spin. And Jack White has obliged us. Sort of. Last week…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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