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I keep listening because I want to grasp it, and so the music generates the very frustrated desire it addresses.

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Post image for Fatima al Qadiri’s Poetry of Terror and Protest

Fatima Al Qadiri has just released her second full-length album, Brute. A concept album, it is, according to Al Qadiri, a protest album in the lineage of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.”

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Post image for Different Shades of Punk: White Lung, Parquet Courts, Scandal, Modern Baseball

Sometimes genres die quickly (electroclash), sometimes they remain with us forever (teenpop). Sometimes they stop developing and get kept alive indefinitely by loyal keepers of their flame and proud denizens of their subculture.

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Esperanza Spalding’s Flow

by Lucas Fagen on May 21, 2016

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During the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony in 2011, jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding was awarded Best New Artist, a trophy assumed earmarked for Justin Bieber (who else?), and the scandal that ensued changed the recording industry forever.

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Prince, Rock Hero

by Lucas Fagen on May 7, 2016

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What did Prince mean?

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Post image for Hip-Hop Report: Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Azealia Banks, 2 Chainz

The big question in hip-hop this season: which megaartiste made the superior album, Kanye West or Kendrick Lamar?

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My roommate once noted how I only sing in the apartment when we play Brazilian music.

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Kanye West Fragmented

by Lucas Fagen on April 23, 2016

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First things first: Kanye West’s release strategy for his new album was a catastrophe.

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Post image for Techno Mix: Madrid Plastic, Chicago Minimal, Intergalactic Maximal, and Detroit Analog

El Guincho’s “Hiperasia,” DJ Slugo’s “Cocaine Music,” “Star Wars Headspace,” and Moodymann’s “DJ Kicks.”

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Bowie’s Last Role

by Lucas Fagen on March 19, 2016

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There’s never been an album quite like David Bowie’s “Blackstar” in rock & roll history.

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