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15 Great Songs You Probably Didn't Hear in 2013

From 15 of the best albums of the year<p><b>Year in and out,</b> we compile a list of tunes that flew under the radar, mostly from underrated or emerging artists. We call that list "The best songs you probably didn't hear this year." We do that in lieu of an obligatory and trite Top 10 Albums of the Year …

How Music Affects and Benefits Your Brain

I'm a big fan of music and use it a lot when working, but I had no idea about how it really affects our brains and bodies. Music is such a big part …

Top 20 Rock ‘n’ Roll Solo Albums

<i>This feature originally ran in 2013. With Rostam releasing his excellent debut solo album this week, we thought, why the hell not?</i><p>Singer-songwriters …

How to Read Body Language to Reveal the Underlying Truth in Almost Any Situation

You've likely heard that body language accounts for up to 55% of how we communicate, but reading non-verbal cues isn't just about broad strokes. The …

What Mozart and Kobe Bryant Can Teach Us About Deliberate Practice

How long does it take to become elite at your craft? And what do the people who master their goals do differently than the rest of us? That’s what …

Five Best Personal Project Management Tools

When your to-do list becomes a monster, and an item next to a checkbox will actually take a long time and multiple people to complete, you need more …

Project Management

These Songs Could Have Changed Your Life: The Best Rejected Songs of the Millennium

In which 20 Grantland writers wipe their eyes, put on their headphones, take a walk, and attempt to process the most egregious omissions from the …

Fall Music Preview: 21 Albums to Watch

From M.I.A. to N.I.N., 2013 wraps up with some big names.<p>Fall is always a hotbed of the year's biggest releases, but after a handful of long-awaited comebacks (Justin Timberlake, My Bloody Valentine), dueling records from rap's titans (Kanye West and Jay Z), and standout efforts from Vampire …

Questlove's Roots: A 'Meta' Memoir Of A Lifetime In Music

<i>This interview was originally broadcast on June 24, 2013. Questlove's hip hop band The Roots is preparing to move from</i> Late Night <i>to</i> The Tonight Show <i>when Jimmy Fallon takes over as the host in February. We kick off this hour with a conversation between TV critic David Bianculli and</i> Fresh Air <i>host</i> …

Dwell

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The 10 Most Killer Cover Songs of the Past Decade

This century has been a golden age for cover songs. Thanks to YouTube, we're always there whenever a band plays a must-hear version of some recent …

Music

The Color Master

How to Create an Electro Bass Sound - Reason Tips

Tutorials

Sony A3000: The Cheapest Beginner DSLR Ever (Well, Sorta-DSLR)

Sony's A3000 DLSR is cheap. Super cheap. It costs $400 paired with a 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. These days, that's more or less the price of an …

Cameras

How Google's Chromecast Will Change My Life

I don’t consider myself an early adopter of technology. I still prefer books on paper and I don’t feel the need to try out every device or app that comes on the market. At best, I’m a reasonably fast follower.<p>Nevertheless, when Google came out with Chromecast, I ordered it within a few days (which …

5 Tips to Improve Your Home Recordings Right Away

[<i>This article was written by guest contributor Pat</i> <i>Walsh, lead guitarist of the band Chaser Eight.</i>]<p>As most of us are well aware, we’re now living in …

The Complete Guide to Saving Money on Textbooks

With student loan debt at an all-time high, the high costs of text books hurt even more. This year, save yourself a ton of money by buying your …

Textbooks

Back to Basics: Perfect Your Note-Taking Techniques

While we might associate note-taking with school, it's something most of us continue doing for the bulk of our lives. If your techniques are feeling …

Productivity

How to Be a Good Roommate and Deal with Those Who Aren't

Roommate horror stories are pretty popular topics of conversation at college. Everybody’s got them. Follow a few simple guidelines to ensure you're …

Study Skills

Top 10 Ways to Make This School Year Your Most Productive Yet

The summer is drawing to a close and school is here once again. Instead of dreading your return, start preparing now for your most productive …

The Best School Supplies for Back to School

Whether you’re a teacher furnishing a classroom, a parent prepping your kindergartener for their first day, or a college student setting out on your …

Shopping

The Gear and Apps You Need to Survive the Next Semester

Okay, this is it. Back to school, again. Whether it's your first college semester or you can see graduation on the horizon, these tools will make the …

Apps

How to Find Your Missing Phone

Oh boy, now you've done it. Not only are you supremely hungover from last night's rager, but your phone is nowhere to be found. Could you have left …

Android Phones

The Bullet Journal Productivity Method Empowers Your Paper Notebook

If pen and paper are your favorite tools, or at least are the ones you’re most comfortable using to stay organized, the Bullet Journal is a …

Top 10 Infographics and Cheat Sheets That Make Life Easier

You only have so much room in your brain, and nothing's worse than forgetting that one genius tip right when you need it. Stop trying to remember …

Five Best Paper Notebooks

Sometimes a glowing screen can’t replace the feel and flexibility of old fashioned pen and paper. We’ve already talked about some of the best pens …

Productivity

Five Best Budget Pens

Those of us who love our pens know that they can be more than just a writing instrument that we toss out and replace with a new one—they can be great …

Time I

Most Popular Online Backup Service: Crashplan

Backing up your files locally is important, but if something like fire or flood happens, your data and your backups are gone. That's why online …

Customer Service

Make Handles and Grips Comfortable to Hold with Sugru

Everyone hates lifting a heavy box, milk crate, or toolbox and having the handle dig into your hands while you're carrying it. It hurts, it sucks, …

Handy

Find the Streaming Music Service that Works for You with This Chart

You have a ton of options for streaming music. From Pandora to Rdio, making the choice of which one is right for you isn't as easy as it seems. …

Pandora