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"It's all in the lower back," explained Zach McFadden, a limber instructor at Banana Skirt Productions to about 30 young women with their hands clasped together over their heads, attempting to twerk. The event was Banana Skirt's signature class "Ratchet Zooba," a hip hop-infused take on the fogey-ish Zumba craze. Zumba was created by a Colombian dancer in the 1990s, but the mainstream didn't catch on until the late aughts when it flipped the fitness...
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,...
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...
I first heard about Justin Bieber from Alicia, one of my coworkers at Nordstrom who kept gushing about some new child star who was Usher's protege. When I was in college we worked together in the BP clothing section (read: teen) of Nordstrom in Thousand Oaks, California. This was the phase of my life when I was still fully rockist—like, listening-to-The-Eagles-as-loud-as-they'd-go rockist. I drove back through the canyons home to Malibu after work that day,...

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