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Aug 16
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For better or worse, Napster changed the music industry forever—and made Radiohead global superstars

You could spend hours walking the aisles of a record store in 2000. Vinyl records had long been relegated to the gift and collectors’ sections to make room for discs a quarter of their size, but these depositories of physical media were still full of shelf after shelf of music to discover. Folks

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Aug 15
3
Oops, they did it again: The 15 best songs to hit the <i>Billboard</i> Hot 100 in 2000
Alex McLevy
Patrick Gomez
Gwen Ihnat
Shannon Miller
and 3 more
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Perusing the lists of hit songs from years gone by can be an illuminating experience—not just to be reminded of what was popular at a certain point in time, but also to see how your own relationship to the pop culture of that era is or isn’t reflected in your views now. That’s a fancy way of saying, “We all used to

Aug 14
2
Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s <i>Lift Your Skinny Fists… </i>remains the band’s most prophetic work

The American release of Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s second full-length album, Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven, came one day after the 2000 presidential election. Listening to it 20 years later feels prophetic, the work’s title encapsulating the pervasive feeling of anxiety felt by so many in the

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Aug 12
5
The mountain music of the <i>O Brother, Where Art Thou?</i> soundtrack eclipsed the movie

Released 20 years ago this October, the Coen brothers’ O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a Depression-era saga of three men—Everett (George Clooney), Pete (John Turturro), and Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson)—who break free of a chain gang to find a buried treasure. Along the way, the three pick up a talented young guitarist

Aug 11
2
Deftones’ <i>White Pony</i> is the only nu-metal record you don’t have to be ashamed of owning

It seems every few months on Twitter another “four high school albums” prompt makes the rounds, inspiring thirtysomething music fans across the country to come together—united in their shared fronting that they listened to Slint’s Spiderland and Hum’s Downward Is Heavenward their freshman year. Some of us who went to

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Aug 4
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Bright Eyes, The Killers, and 19 more albums we can’t wait to hear in August
Alex McLevy
Randall Colburn
Katie Rife
and 6 more
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We may be in the dog days of summer, but 2020’s list of great new music isn’t slowing down in the least. All the way from rapper Aminé to singer Zella Day, there are great albums coming out in August that we can’t wait to get our hands on. (Yes, we’re mostly ordering the vinyl online these days, but consider doing it

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