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This Is Triumphant Music: MLK on Jazz

This Is Triumphant Music: MLK on Jazz

In 1964, the civil-rights hero defined the plight and victory of Black American music.

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The Art of Kinda Fittin’ In: ZZ Top Begins

The Art of Kinda Fittin’ In: ZZ Top Begins

Ben Ratliff on how self-awareness and one culturally savvy guitar picker made that little ol’ band from Texas the long-reigning champs of blues-rock.

Mask Up

Mask Up

Simon Reynolds on pop and rock history’s obsession with disguise.

Locked Down, Turnt Up

Locked Down, Turnt Up

Resilient and resourceful as ever, hip-hop culture has thrived in the face of the global pandemic.

MF DOOM: 1971 – 2020

MF DOOM: 1971 – 2020

Equally beguiling and virtuosic, the MC was among the most unforgettable forces in hip-hop history.

Metallica: Now on TIDAL in MQA

Metallica: Now on TIDAL in MQA

Hard-rock authority Ian Christe unpacks the storied history and eternal influence of metal’s biggest band.

John “Ecstasy” Fletcher: 1964 – 2020

John “Ecstasy” Fletcher: 1964 – 2020

John Murph on the unforgettable emcee and the crossover brilliance of Whodini.

Dembowsero: El Alfa at 30

Dembowsero: El Alfa at 30

Celebrating his musical evolution — and dembow’s unstoppable spirit.

Nashville’s North Star

Nashville’s North Star

Was Christmas music the most important catalyst in country’s crossover success?

The Courageous Humility of Charley Pride 

The Courageous Humility of Charley Pride 

How country’s first Black superstar broke barriers while thriving in the genre’s commercial mainstream.

Super Deluxe ‘Sandinista!’

Super Deluxe ‘Sandinista!’

Forty years on, the Clash’s triple-LP is sweeping, experimental, inane, heartrending — and weirdly prescient to our streaming age.

“A Perfect Entity”: George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ at 50

“A Perfect Entity”: George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ at 50

Ashley Kahn, editor of ‘George Harrison on George Harrison: Interviews and Encounters,’ considers the legacy of the post-Beatles masterpiece.

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