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    2023 in Music: The 23 Best Albums of the Year

    So, was this a good or a bad year for music? Every year as I start writing these lists, I hate answering that question. My attitude has always been that if you thought any year was a bad year for music then you just weren’t looking in the right places. The best year for music […] More

  • Tony Reali at his console with panelists behind him on Around the Horn
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    On the Enduring Appeal of Around the Horn

    I don’t remember when Around the Horn premiered on ESPN. According to Wikipedia, it was in 2002 and the show was originally hosted by Max Kellerman, but for me this is kind of like how Chuck Woolery was the host of Wheel of Fortune before Pat Sajak—I can hardly imagine Around the Horn without Tony […] More

  • FKA Twigs slays on the cover of her Caprisongs mixtape, showing off her hoop earrings, septum piercing and fur hat against a twilight background
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    Top 10 Albums of 2022

    Insofar as my musical experiences of the last 12 months will be remembered, 2022 was the year that artists I’d been trying to get into finally clicked. Artists like The Weeknd, Earl Sweatshirt and FKA Twigs took the first months of the year to take the reins and each released their best works. They were […] More

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    Top 10 Songs of 2022

    Following up my top 10 albums of the year list, it’s perhaps easier to single out the best individual songs of the year, as one doesn’t have to weigh entire tracklists against each other. Each of the songs on this list had just a few minutes to, in a single stroke, explore the emotions and […] More

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    A Deep Dive Into “The 1975” *

    A few months back, I wrote a piece about My Chemical Romance, a band I was fanatically into at various points in my adolescence. I’m fairly sure I did call them the band of my teenage years when I look back. Well, I lied. I wish MCR were the band of my teenage years, because […] More

  • The Beatles in black and white, as young men

    The Beatles’s “Taxman”: A Lyrical Over-Analysis

    When you are told to picture The Beatles, the likely chance is that you think of their simple, catchy love songs, which is to do a disservice to the band’s latter work in expanding and diversifying the musical scene then, now, and forever. All of this without getting political…well, almost. One song that sticks out […] More

  • Sonny Liston and Muhammad Ali square off in a boxing ring

    Sonny Liston: The Champion Nobody Wanted

    Sonny Liston was a divisive figure, to say the least. A young thug who went to prison and took up the noble art. A man who fought his way through the ranks, but refused to play ‘The Good Negro’ in a sport where a black man could make a decent living, as long as he […] More

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