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Velvet Underground vs. Beatles: Which groundbreaking album holds up 50 years later?

What a difference a half-century can make, especially when considering the impact of two landmark albums released only a few months apart 50 years ago. That they are even being considered in the same sentence today would've seemed preposterous in 1967. And the same is true now, except the albums …

Jazz in the digital age: Tools for exploring the music

In the 1960s, you could turn on the television and see Duke Ellington on the Ed Sullivan Show. Or Miles Davis on the Tonight Show with Johnny …

Soul Music

Jazz in the 1950s: the ultimate guide to the greatest albums

<b>If you are discovering jazz for the first time then you've just found the perfect place to start. And if you are a true aficionado then this list is</b> …

Weekend LISTening: Rock Goes To The Symphony

On Friday, the Los Angeles indie rock band Foxygen released a theatrical, bombastic new record called <i>Hang</i>, which features a 40-plus-piece orchestra. Since Foxygen is certainly not the first band to take classical musicians on a field trip to the local dive bar, we figured this was a perfect chance …

The 20 Best Rap Albums of 2016

From the bleak and pitiless nihilism of 21 Savage, Skepta, and Danny Brown to the exuberance of Kamaiyah and Chance; from the gnomic, inward musings of Ka and Kendrick to the rough, open-book humanity of Joey Purp: In 2016, rap albums splintered into a million different and thrilling forms, …

Joe Bonamassa: how to play blues guitar like Clapton, Page and Beck

<b>An important lesson of music history is that nothing ever moves in a neat, linear fashion. One movement might largely lead to another, but people are</b> …

Blues Music

Donald Trump wins 2016 presidential election: victory speech, full transcript

Against all odds, polls, and projections, Donald Trump claimed victory in the presidential election Tuesday, delivering a speech at the Hilton Hotel in New York City on Tuesday to a cheering crowd of supporters.<p>It was an unexpected outcome for the Republican candidate, who beat out not only a …

Serve the People

Locations of Reggae Album's Vinyl Sleeve Photos Traced and Rephotographed

Alex Bartsch has done the incredible. Through a lot of research and after climbing over fences and onto roofs, he sought out 42 locations where …

Art Basel

The Best Turntables for Vinyl Newcomers

Your hunt is over: Best Stuff is GQ's destination for finding the perfect version of whatever you need. Everything we endorse has been heavily researched and thoroughly tested. You can thank us later.<p>GQ’s Favorite: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC<p>> $399, available at Amazon<p>Okay, let’s be honest: buying a …

Turntables

How to Create A Small Home Recording Studio For Less Than $200 | shopswell

If you are a musician of any type, you may want to be able to record your music at home. This could be useful if you are a small independent startup …

Music Production

The Best (And Worst) Third Albums Ever

The xx have just announced new European tour dates for 2016, kicking off next month. The London trio are on the verge of releasing their thrid studio …

From the Smiths to Green Day, map explains the detailed history of alternative music - Alternative Press

[<i>Photo credit: Dorothy</i>]<p>Every music genre can attempt to be traced back to its starting point, and designers at Dorothy released an intricate map that …

Post Debate The Internet Made ‘The Hillary Shimmy Song’ And It’s Actually Pretty Good

Monday night’s debate was easily the television event of the year and we got a lot of good out of it. The candidates had a serious discussion about policy, talked about the benefits of pragmatism and compromise, and were completely respectful of each other. Actually, all of that is a lie or at …

First Click: What was the best Nexus?

At the time of the Nexus One's launch in early 2010, the smartphone landscape looked very different to what it is today. Apple was contesting multitouch patents with Android manufacturers, and the Chinese companies that are now dominating the midrange and terrorizing market incumbents like LG and …

The new London composer inspired by surveillance & sex clubs

The music that illyr (pronounced il-leer) makes is soaring, atmospheric and full of left turns. On “prelude”, his operatic voice soars over a bed of strings, interrupted unexpectedly by bursts of visceral, gut-churning sub bass. It builds to a dramatic chorus, only to pull back abruptly at the …

Review: Bob Weir, 'Blue Mountain'

<i>Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released.</i><p>Dizzy Gillespie once described Charlie Parker as the other half of his heartbeat. They were young men creating something from whole cloth, stretching the limits of their creativity and intellect every time they drew a breath …

Keaton Henson: Kindly Now review – more early-hours anguish

“Who needs comfortable love?” runs one of the choruses here, signalling that singer-songwriter Keaton Henson’s romantic outlook has changed little since his breakthrough album <i>Birthdays</i>. Fans of that record will find much to love on this one too. There’s a similar mood of early-hours anguish as …

Watch Michael C. Hall’s Chilling ‘Lazarus’ Tribute To David Bowie At The Mercury Prize Gala

Though it’s likely he’s still mostly known for his role as a serial-killer-killing serial killer, Michael C. Hall‘s embodiment of David Bowie is beginning to rival that former acting gig. Throughout this past year, <i>Dexter</i>‘s leading man has spectacularly personified the late new wave legend, stemming …

The Roland TR-909 is Back

The company unveils updates to some of dance music’s most-prized machines.<p>September 9 has been unofficially declared 909 Day in honor of Roland's iconic TR-909 drum machine, created in 1973. To mark the occasion, the Japanese electronic music instrument manufacturer has been steadily rolling out …

Cuba is blocking text messages that contain words like 'democracy'

Investigation finds that the government is filtering messages for at least 30 keywords<p>The Cuban government is blocking text messages that contain words such as "democracy," "human rights," and "hunger strike," according to an investigation from local dissidents. In a Spanish-language report …

Carly Rae Jepsen, the Most Useful Pop Star

Even her B-sides are reliably great soundtracks for falling in love and going to the store.<p>A Carly Rae Jepsen song is an irony-free zone. Unlike with the Beyoncés and Taylor Swifts of the world, there are no meta-narratives about fame and personal lives to untangle, no satirical winks, and few …

This video makes New York look better in 8K than in real life

While I’ve never been to New York myself, I feel I’ve seen it a thousand times. Whether it’s in books, in movies or in pictures, the Big Apple is virtually everywhere.<p>Yet after all this time, nothing has piqued my curiosity for the concrete jungle as much as this dazzling timelapse of New York …

Watch Lady Gaga Join Tame Impala On Stage at FYF Fest

Last night, Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance during Tame Impala’s FYF Fest set. She joined them on stage as they were finishing up their performance, and she greeted the crowd and hugged Kevin Parker as the band played their last song, “New Person, Same Old Mistakes” from 2015’s <i>Currents.</i> Watch …

Flea Responds to Fox News’ Red Hot Chili Peppers Attacks: ‘They’re All Welcome to Hate Us’

As reported last week, for some weird reason, Fox News host Greg Gutfeld can’t stop, won’t stop insulting the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Gutfeld’s gripe? …

Bon Iver performed his new album live in Wisconsin tonight (watch clips)

As mentioned in the album announcement, <b>Bon Iver</b> debuted his new album in full tonight at his <b>Eaux Claires</b> festival in Wisconsin. Some clips from his …

New Albums

Has Obama Ever Listened to Punk? An Investigation

The president loves all kinds of music, but never includes anything close to punk on his playlists. What gives, Barack?<p>On Thursday, President Barack Obama dropped a 39-track, genre-spanning summer playlist. It's divided between daytime and nighttime songs, and includes songs by Fiona Apple, …

Bon Iver Shares Two New Songs, Details First Album in Five Years

'22, A Million' is out on September 30. Get your sweaters ready.<p><i>Justin Vernon, press photo</i><p>Get your sweaters out, because there's about to be a new Bon Iver record. Last night at Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires Music Festival, the band debuted the album—which is called <i>22, A Million</i> and will arrive on …

This Interactive Map Of Music Genres Will Take Up The Rest Of Your Day

A Belgian architect has created a map that could be the Internet’s next great music source.<p>The word ‘map’ doesn’t quite do Musicmap justice. If it were merely a map, that would just be a chance to jokingly present Dubstep as the Port Moseby, Papua New Guinea of the music world. Instead, the new …

Trump revises his tax plan, raises top rate

<b>Detroit (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump sought to get his stumbling campaign back on track Monday, unveiling a tax reform plan aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan's policy agenda.<p>Trump's new proposal would reduce tax rates for most Americans and simplify the tax code, but the new rates Trump proposed mark an …

Income Tax