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Prince: A Guide to the Indie Years

Prince was nothing if not prolific, but turning out material at a breakneck pace didn’t necessarily gel with the marketing agenda of a major label. Prioritizing creativity over commerciality, he began warring…

’90s Throwbacks

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…

Beastie Boys’ Check Your Head: Unpacked

Unpacked is a playlist analysis of new and classic albums…

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