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If you were on social media last night, it might have seemed like the entire world (i.e. every like-minded person you follow) waited around until 11:30pm to see who would be awarded the biggest prize of the night, Album of the Year. And, surprising a grand total of no one, the Recording Academy got it wrong. But what else is new? Let’s get one thing straight. Adele is fine—there’s no knocking her talent, and...
It's inevitable that certain albums get more than their fair share of attention. Like any year, 2015 was littered with records that didn't quite live up to the hype. Or, that were praised without a much-needed critical eye offering another perspective. In an age where MTV will pull stories about rape culture in music videos because of artist pressure, there isn't a lot of room for people to speak about negative things in art. So,...
What the fuck is pop music? More than any other year, 2015 forced us to grapple with what we mean by the term. Do we mean the word's historical roots in "popular," as one radio DJ helpfully mansplained to me on the phone a couple weeks ago? Do we mean the way these songs sound--big, glittery, sharp, packed with the youthful approximations of exultation and wonder? Or do we mean celebrities superpowers, artists whose...
Welcome to the best music writing of the week. This column is not a new idea, but it's a predictably great one, and no one is currently compiling a list like this. What can you do when someone writes about the music you love (or hate) in such a compelling way that you have nothing left to add? At that point, I'd argue all you can do is direct your audience toward that kind...

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