Rajat Desai

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The Best Arm Exercises For All Levels Of Gym-Goer

While the arms are not an area of the body many of us neglect in the gym – who doesn’t want bigger arms? – all too often people’s repertoire of arm …

Muscle

Move over Sia: how young Australian songwriters are making it big in LA

You’ll be aware of the “Spotify mafia” even if you don’t know their names. The songs that dominate the streaming service bear the hallmarks of a select group of young international songwriters who have gravitated to LA. And they seem to be cleaning up.<p>Nat Dunn is one of them, part of a wave of …

Music

Shocking Omissions: Shirley Collins And Davy Graham's 'Folk Roots, New Routes'

<i>This essay is one in a series celebrating deserving artists or albums not included on NPR Music's list of</i> <i>150 Greatest Albums Made By Women</i><i>.</i><p>In 1964, still bruised after turning down The Beatles, Decca Records released two albums by acts who would go on to have lengthy, enduring legacies. The first …

Watch the BBC's classic 50 Years Of Island Records documentary online

August 21, 2017 In News<p><b>“The most diverse and influential independent record label in history.”</b><p>Produced to coincide with the label’s 50th anniversary …

How a recording studio mishap shaped ’80s music

An unapologetic ode to gated reverb drums.<p>There are a handful of clearly recognizable sounds in music that are always pinned to a genre and decade. The surf guitar pioneered by Dick Dale, the wall of sound of Phil Spector, the bass slap of Larry Graham, the boom bap of the golden age of hip hop. …

Songs We Love: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, 'When I Dance With You'

Sincerity plays a key role in powerful pop music — candor is the catalyst for connecting an artist with their listenership. For indie-pop purists The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, that's never been a problem. From the band's dreamiest shoegaze influences to its most lucid lyricism, The Pains of …