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David Crosby Never Cut His Hair

The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young member was a fearless captain of folk rock who embraced mutiny. He also wasn’t afraid to go down with the ship.

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Is Live Music Broken? It’s Not Just Ticketmaster, It’s Everything.

The nightmarish experience Taylor Swift fans went through earlier this year has sparked debate over monopolies and how tickets are sold. But it’s more than just Swift’s upcoming tour—the entire concert industry is facing unprecedented challenges.

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“You’ll Call Now”: The Sears AC Commercial That Will Never Die

The ubiquitous ’90s daytime cable ad has been a shorthand for nostalgia and heat waves for decades. Why are we so helplessly drawn to its sweaty orbit?

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The History of Emo Bands Hating the Word “Emo”

A survey on the subgenre, compiled via the most effective way to look at how it’s developed over time: what artists have answered to the very question of whether they are emo in the first place

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Kate Bush, “Running Up That Hill,” and the End of Music Charts As We Knew Them

Thanks to ‘Stranger Things,’ one of art pop’s most reclusive figures has almost inadvertently found herself with a top-10 charting hit. Is it a fluke or a sign of the times?

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Music Copyright in the Age of Forgetting

In the post–"Blurred Lines" legal landscape, artists like Lorde are treading extra carefully when their music ends up sounding similar to someone else’s. But our brains can’t be trusted to notice when we steal an idea—and the problem is likely getting worse.

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What’s Next for Nico Walker, the Former Heroin-Addicted Bank Robber Who Inspired ‘Cherry’?

After a bestselling debut novel and a major motion picture adaptation by the Russo brothers, one of the literary scene’s brightest new stars is trying to prove that his success wasn’t a fluke. First he has to adapt to life outside of a cell.

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Taylor Swift, Bon Iver, and the Myth of the Isolation Album

The cottagecore aesthetic of ‘Folklore’ fits it neatly into the lineage of musical exile narratives, both good and bad. It’s a story we love to indulge in—even if it rarely gets at the true meaning of being alone.

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Robin Williams, an Acid Trip, and Moral Panic: The Story of “Blame Canada” at the Oscars

The breakout song from Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s ‘South Park’ movie took center stage at the 2000 Academy Awards. Twenty years later, it remains a declaration of the duo’s ethos—and a prism into their complicated legacy.

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Chris Farley Should Be Remembered for His Grace, Not His Falls

The funniest person to ever break a table was so much more than just that