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The 11 best albums you might have missed this year

End-of-the-year lists can be overwhelming. EveryDecember, like clockwork, you look around and realize just how many great albums, books, or films you’ve missed from the preceding year. (Don’t feel bad — there’s a lot out there to pay attention to; it’s okay to have skipped a few.)<p>If you’re still …

21 Spotify Playlists (One for Every Mood!) That Are Actually Worth Listening To

If you're a Spotify user, you know that one of the best things the service has to offer is a wealth of ready-made playlists across every genre, for …

The best albums of 2016 you almost certainly won’t hear on your Spotify shuffle

The internet has made more music instantly available to more people than ever before. But it’s also made it possible for everyone to focus their attention on the same thing at once (which can make annual “best of” lists a bit homogeneous). Nothing against David Bowie or Beyoncé, but the uniformity …

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BrooklynVegan's Top Albums of 2016

45<p><b>Woods</b> – <i>City Sun Eater in the River of Light</i> (Woodsist)<p>Woods went from a low-fi experimental band to reliable makers of jammy, pysch-folk (whose …

Guitar Essentials: Five Things Every Musician Should Know About Tempo

0<p>SHARES<p>Did you know faster songs have more energy than slow songs?<p>Well… they don’t. But that hasn’t stopped a lot of musicians from thinking tempo is …

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15 Great Albums You Didn't Hear in 2016

I would have missed this album myself except for a chance December encounter in the Columbus Circle subway station. This Brooklyn future-R&B quintet …

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Our Favorite 31 Songs of 2016

From Frank Ocean to Beyoncé to John Scofield, some of the best tunes from a year of great music<p>This isn’t a definitive list of the year’s best tracks. It’s an alphabetically ordered selection of songs our staff writers and editors found themselves putting on repeat in 2016. You can listen along …

The 100 Best Songs of 2016

In 2016, everything felt more intense. The most visible pop music was also some of the most political. The saddest songs came from people who passed away days after releasing them. Debut singles from some of the most anticipated releases sounded broken. One of the best songs of the year received …

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Bandcamping: The 25 Best Underground Albums of 2016

Kanye West, Beyoncé, Solange, David Bowie, Chance The Rapper, Childish Gambino, Frank Ocean, Bon Iver, Anderson Paak., Radiohead… Listed in no …

RANKED: The 20 best albums of the year, according to critics

From the critical dominance of the Knowles sisters — Beyoncé and Solange — to the final LPs from legendary acts like David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, and A Tribe Called Quest, 2016 has produced many innovative, affecting, and memorable works.<p>We turned to the review aggregator Metacritic to find out …

NPR's top 50 albums of 2016

End of Year List season continues apace, as NPR has dropped their 50 favorite albums of 2016, not long after sharing their top 100 songs. You’ll see …

The 50 best albums of 2016

Rihanna and Frank Ocean <i>finally</i> dropped heavily-anticipated releases; newcomers like Kaytranada and Mitski were breaths of fresh air; veterans like …

The 20 Best Electronic Albums of 2016

There were no real tectonic shifts in electronic music in 2016; even the most skilled artists’ efforts went largely toward improving upon—or at least making their mark upon—long-established forms. Perhaps that’s why our year-end ranking is so full of veteran players, like Aphex Twin, who continued …

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Watch Michael Stipe Perform Bowie's "The Man Who Sold The World" on Jimmy Fallon

R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe graced the stage on <i>The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon</i>, performing a devastating cover of David Bowie's classic 'The Man Who Sold the World.'<p>Looking v. Nostradamus in his substantial (and a septum ring, hey, girl!) Stipe, accompanied by a simple piano, coos the words to …

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MacTrast Deals: TuneUp – Clean & Organize Your iTunes Music Collection

• Home<br>• Apps<br>• Deals<br>• Mac<br>• MacTrast Deals: TuneUp – Clean & Organize Your iTunes Music Collection<p>Chris Hauk - Aug 12, 2014<p>If you’re like me, your iTunes music …

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James Spader: The Strangest Man on TV

For anyone hoping that James Spader, in real life, may share any traits with any of the endearing but oddball James Spader characters that James …

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Be Shallow - A Guide to Wide Aperture Photography

One of the many things that often differentiates a photographer from a snap shooter is the use of depth of field. Shallow depth of field is one of …

The Science Behind the Perfect Apple Pie

<i>The New York Times</i> has finally called in the experts to explain why so many apple pies turn out so badly. This great visualization is based on …

This is the bead-chain experiment. It's about to melt your brain.

Inside this beaker is a 50-meter-long string of 8,000 beads. Watch what happens when you toss one end of the string out of the beaker. Prepare …

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Blueberry Dumplings The Star Of Lasting Summer Memories

When blueberries are in season, you don't need to turn on the oven to make a delicious dessert. Valerie Erwin says it takes just 15 minutes to make one of her favorite summer dishes, Blueberry Dumplings. She shared the recipe for <i>All Things Considered</i>'s Found Recipes series.<p>Erwin is the chef and …

Articles about 7 clever loft spaces small places on Dwell.com - Dwell

Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron talks us through Dwell's November 2015 issue.<p>A software engineer outfits his tiny apartment with flexible design ideas.<p>Dwell's June 2009 issue just landed on our desks and it looks great! We're excited for it to hit your mailboxes and newsstands in...<p>Small but …

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NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums Of The Year (So Far)

Give or take a few weeks, 2013's midpoint is upon us. After almost six months of new music, it's that time of year when we pause to catch our breath, get our bearings and share our love for the albums that defined the first half of 2013.<p>For the rest of the year, if we find ourselves loving a new …

The 10 Most Annoying Rock Star Behaviors

A few months ago, we vented about the endless ways other fans annoy us at concerts. But that was really only half the battle: sometimes, it's the …

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How To Have A Longer Marriage Than Kim Kardashian.

Two decades ago, a team of researchers led by psychologist John Gottman set out to determine one thing:<p><b>Why do couples get divorced?</b><p>Gottman decided to …

50 essential photography tips

Whether photography is a hobby or a profession, you'll get a whole lot more out of it if you understand how it works. With a firm grasp of aperture, …

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David Lee Roth Will Not Go Quietly

The once and future Van Halen frontman has parlayed the sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll of his youth into a wild middle age, and he wants to teach us all about it. Drinking, smoking, and swinging swords on a Saturday night at home with the last true rock star.<p>There are many things to admire about …

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