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Twitchy

Twitchy

Rapping on club beats is hard...

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Pavemania

Pavemania

What the Beatles were to ’60s pop, Pavement were to ’90s indie rock...

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Ruta Destroy

Ruta Destroy

It is hard to believe that this was once one of Spain’s wildest nightclub scenes...

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What’s the 411 on What’s the 411?

What’s the 411 on What’s the 411?

As Mary’s stories play over infective beats, I map Mary to everyone on the street...

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Choreography in Opera

Choreography in Opera

We see emotional resonance in shapes, space, movement and rhythm...

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Samuel Jay Keyser on Leonard Bernstein

Samuel Jay Keyser on Leonard Bernstein

Poetry ceased to be metrical, music ceased to be tonal and painting ceased to be mimetic...

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Old New Music

Old New Music

New music includes sounds we’ve never heard before, regardless of how old the tunes might be...

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“Everybody wanted to know what I’d do if I didn’t win”

“Everybody wanted to know what I’d do if I didn’t win”

The footage is remarkable for showing Kanye in a private space that is a world away from the equally intimate – but also highly public – outbursts for which he is now better known...

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Then Amy Died

Then Amy Died

Yes, I drank at the Hawley Arms and the Good Mixer in Camden, went to Trash, saw the Strokes at a tiny secret gig...

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Sheepish Drumming

Sheepish Drumming

Elton John was singing “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues,” and I was belting it out with him...

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As Stacked

As Stacked

I am rearranging my music collection — looking at the album covers, hearing snippets of the songs in my head as I see each one and recall the memories attached to it...

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Oscar Mardell: Brutal Cure

Oscar Mardell: Brutal Cure

New Zealand has an innovative legacy of concrete construction dating back to the 1850s...

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Completely Claqueurs

Completely Claqueurs

Many people have claimed that the art of the claque was purely manual: what a paradox! Might as well say that the art of war is only the art of making sword-thrusts...

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People Look Like Emails by David Beer

People Look Like Emails by David Beer

In pandemic times I’m picturing Jason Fearn sat amongst his chaotic equipment, formulating a sinister and foreboding soundtrack...

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Francesco Tenaglia on Michael Jackson

Francesco Tenaglia on Michael Jackson

Screenshot from “Scream” video, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Epic Records, 1994 by Francesco Tenaglia It only lasts for a moment. Not a glutinous efflorescence, or a spooky appearance fit to star in choreography from the good ol’ days. The sluggish shadow slippers from one...

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Tragic FM

Tragic FM

Stormzy’s love of Magic is sincere and profound – and sometimes it cannot be contained. A year earlier, at the Mercury prize...

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Track 99

Track 99

Holding down the fast forward button on your CD player, eventually the sound of a mysterious hidden track would rush by. An all-too-quick blur of noise. Then you'd have to skip back a bit to get to the start of the song.

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