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All The Best Albums Of 2017, Ranked

2017 was a difficult year for a lot of people. If it wasn’t tough for you, it was probably tough for someone you care about, someone you love. It’s during a year like this one that the power and pleasure of a stronghold like music reveals itself with more clarity than usual. So in an effort to …

‘Thriller’: How Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones Made the Bestselling Album of All Time

<i>This story originally appeared in the October 2009 special issue dedicated to Michael Jackson.</i><p>Maybe it was a sign when the speakers in the studio …

Fats Domino: Remembering a Rock and Roll Pioneer

The pianist and singer, who died at 89, was one of the few remaining links to the era when jazz, blues, boogie, and R&B were melding to form a new genre.<p>Fats Domino lands near the top of the list in any debate about who invented rock and roll, but in reality, the great pianist and singer’s work …

ZZ Top: Tres Hombres Album Review

“Billy Gibbons’ guitar sound isn’t the way it is because he uses a quarter as a pick or anything as simple as that; it’s because he’s in touch with a different sector of the cosmos that we know nothing about.” So said experimental noise musician Kevin Drumm, in a 2003 interview with Pitchfork. You …

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The MP3 Is Officially Dead, According To Its Creators

<i>"The death of the MP3 was announced in a conference room in Erlangen, Germany, in the spring of 1995."</i><p>So opens Stephen Witt's How Music Got Free, an investigation into the forced digitization and subsequent decimation of the music business, from which it has only very recently started to recover. …

5 Ways to Boost Your Music Income Without Leaving Home

Image via ShutterstockMaking it as a musician isn’t easy. It takes a lot of grit, determination, and long hours to make your mark and, if you’re …

The hidden value of analog

Sometimes, it seems, digital isn’t better. Sure, there are enormous benefits to working with media, files, and devices in the digital domain, but we …

The best debut albums of 2016

NME's cream of 2016's debut albums<p>If the top end of many end-of-year album lists hailed 2016 as a prime year for cutting-edge rap and pop, isolating …

The Ghost of the GOAT: Why There Isn't a 'Next Michael Jordan' Anymore

<b>KOBE BRYANT SWEARS HE SAW IT</b>—Michael Jordan's ghost, not two months ago, right there on the floor of Madison Square Garden.<p>It took the form of DeMar DeRozan, working his mid-range magic against the Knicks. That fadeaway jumper from the elbow. The game-winner. The sly smirk. It was unmistakable—<i>just</i> …

Prince Without Permission

It is important — and always devastating — to remember that Prince died alone. He had probably also been in great pain that evening. But there was, as far as we know, nobody around to help him.<p>A few weeks before he died, Prince and I talked on the phone for an hour, because he unexpectedly wanted …

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London Record Shops: A Comprehensive Guide

Whether you’re a seasoned crate digger or making your first entry into the world of vinyl, this is the comprehensive low-down on London’s greatest …

The Most Perfect Rap Song Ever Written: Respiration

People (including 19 year old me) slept on the Black Star duo of Mos Def (AKA Yasiin Bey) and Talib Kweli back in the day. Their music sounded …

It's A Compton Thang: The Best Albums To Come From Compton

After giving props to Queensbridge and all the greatness that particular section of Queens NY presented, it was only right to travel across the …

10 Artists Making a Splash at SXSW 2017

Young M.A.<p>This Brooklyn-based MC’s 2016 swirling, braggadocio-filled “OOOUUU” was an across-the-board smash, hitting year-end critics’ polls, …

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The notorious night Biggie was murdered in Los Angeles

Shaq, Baron Davis, and Nick Van Exel reflect on The Notorious B.I.G., his murder, and the city they called home<p><i>Ordained with a flow as soulful to</i> …

Who Loves the Golden State Warriors Now?

An injury to Kevin Durant, a brief losing skid—and a different vibe around the most adored basketball team on the planet<p>Are the Golden State Warriors adorable anymore?<p>Just a year ago, the Oakland, Calif. basketball outfit was the Most Beloved Juggernaut in Sports, an irresistible traveling circus …

Basketball

Metal music still has an unaddressed Nazi problem

Recently, Profound Lore Records announced a new 12-inch EP from Disma, an American death metal band that’s existed for well over a decade. The band’s …

The Most Perfect Rap Song Ever Written: More Than U Know

This week marked the 18th anniversary of the Prince Paul’s <i>Prince Among Thieves</i> album, which was one of the most bugged out concept albums of its era. …

This Is How to Embrace the Vinyl Record Comeback

Vinyl records were once thought to be going the way of the wooly mammoth, but today, they’re far from extinct. The vinyl record is as hip and hot as ever. And I should know. I recently inherited my father’s vinyl-only record store in San Francisco — Grooves on Market Street, if you’d like to swing …

Turntables

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

Small But Perfectly Formed: 50 Must-Have EPs

Good things come in small packages as they say, and there’s none finer proof than this catalogue of superlative EPs. Speakers at the ready…<p>50 Mogwai …

Arctic Monkeys

9 ways to watch movies online for free

No money in the budget for a Netflix subscription? Or Amazon Prime? Fear not: As long as you have an internet connection, you can still enjoy movie night. Granted, you may not be able to stream Hollywood's latest, but you can still enjoy gems such as "Apollo 13," "The Imitation Game" and plenty of …

9 Overlooked Hip Hop Albums That Deserve More Recognition

The last 15, or even 20 years, saw real Hip Hop gradually lose ground to mainstream rap music. Generic – and often negative and dumb – rap music …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The 50 Best Songs of 2017

From Kendrick Lamar to Carly Rae Jepsen, these are the songs you need to hear from this year.<p>If you're not diligent, music can pass you by. That's true now more than ever. Artists have the tools to create and release new music at any moment with the push of a button.<p>This means any newcomer—any …

The best albums of 2016

David Bowie - Blackstar (RCA) ★★★★★<p><b>Neil McCormick:</b>"Released on Bowie’s 69th birthday, it certainly sounds like rock’s oldest futurist has dusted down his saxophone. They are tooting, parping, wailing and gusting all over the place, occupying rhythmic, atmospheric and lead parts, with guitars and …

Master blaster: the woman making Björk, Aphex Twin and Eno sound so good

How did sound mixer Mandy Parnell make it to the top in such a blokey industry? The former homeless runaway reveals all<p>Walk into Mandy Parnell’s studio and you might think you were on LA’s Sunset Strip, not Walthamstow, east London. There are animal skulls and guitars on the walls, a vinyl press, …