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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

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    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

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    Cool Cymru: The Fantastic Five of the Welsh Sound

    After decades of neglect and hardship, the 1990s into the 2000s saw Wales patent its own artistic cultural identity as “Cool Cymru” blossomed.  Taken from the British term “Cool Britannia”—attributed to the new cultural change taking place within the UK, headed by Britpop outfits like Oasis and revolutionary politics led by Labour Prime Minister Tony […] More

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    Black Midi: Hellfire — Showtunes for the Apocalypse

    Right from conception, listeners held Black Midi as something special, spawning near the center of discourse with their first single “bmbmbm”, a gibbering bit of pummeling noise rock awesomeness which perked the ears of the buggier side of the music listening spectrum. This initial wave of intrigue manifested into the critical acclaim of Schlagenheim, their […] More

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    Tim Minchin’s “Thank You God”: A Lyrical Over-Analysis

    In a list elsewhere, my top 10 Tim Minchin songs article noted that the Australian singer-songwriter’s magnum opus is his iconic “Thank You God“.    An insight into the work of Minchin, this is a go-to zeitgeist for Tim’s sound and a song that encapsulates his whole appeal. As a prolonged and theological argument against […] More

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    A Perfect Ten for Carpenter Brut

    The popularity of synthwave has skyrocketed in the last decade, with films like Drive and games like Hotline Miami bringing a genre once thought lost to the ’80s back into the zeitgeist. It’s only gotten more popular since those formative pieces of media, and these days there’s an almost endless number of bands, groups, DJs, […] More

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    Land of the Free — The Killers and American Politics in Music

    America, a deeply divided and politically polarised country, has always had its politics portrayed in art culture. In music, there are increasingly prominent political statements and award shows have become a platform for artists to express their political displeasure or their support for ideologies and causes. Popular artists have always taken the burden of playing […] More

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    Barbra Streisand: The Albums, The Singles, The Music

    Matt Howe writes this guest article announcing his new book: Barbra Streisand: The Albums, The Singles, The Music. Happy Birthday to Barbra Streisand, who turns 80 today. Singer. Actor. Director. Producer. Songwriter. I created the Barbra Archives website back in 2003 as a tribute to her, before there was Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube. Back then, […] More

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    Destroyer: Labyrinthitis — Dan Bejar Admits Confusion in the Disoriented and Labyrinthine Cold Glitz

    Listening to Labyrinthitis for the first time—as with any Destroyer record—is to step into the unknown. Destroyer is beyond genres, making snap changes from a tight, folksy glam rock album to an actively maculated lo-fi rock record, to an unwarned dabbling in sophisti-pop. The only real precedent which Destroyer rests on is Dan Bejar’s thin […] More

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