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Grimes’ ETHEREAL is a genre.

What’s This Playlist All About? Following the release of her fifth album, Miss Anthropocene, dark-pop provocateur and AI enthusiast Grimes has declared “ethereal” an official music genre. While the word typically means…

How Go-Go Grew

The sound of go-go was born on the streets of Washington, D.C., in the late 1970s, a mutant variation of the funk and R&B grooves that had been evolving over the course…

’90s Throwbacks

The Year in ’90s Metal

It may be that 2019 was the best year for…

Unplugged & Immortal: The Best Live Acoustic Performances

The great irony about the MTV Unplugged phenomenon of the…

Out of the Stacks: ’90s College Radio Staples Still At It

Taking a look at the playlists for my show on…

Was 1993 the Greatest Year in Music?

What’s This Playlist All About? The folks at WXPN, the…

Concrete and Snare Drums: DJ Premier’s 25 Best Beats

There’s an amazing story that DJ Premier relates near the…

’90s Alt-Pop Revisited

You read that right: This is ’90s “alt-pop,” not “alt-rock.”…

The Best Britpop Deep Cuts and Forgotten Faves

“Everybody hates a tourist,” a wise, skinny man once sang.…

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Anil Dash Teach You a Thing About New Jack Swing

On January 4, famed technologist Anil Dash and playwright Lin-Manuel…

Questlove’s Top 50 Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

On Questlove’s list of his favorite 50 hip-hop songs, he…

Wu-Tang Forever, Fixed

Freed from historical context, Wu-Tang Clan’s 1997 sophomore album, Wu-Tang…

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