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Shake Appeal's Best of Summer 2015 List

In the latest installment of Shake Appeal, Evan Minsker shares some of his favorite garage/punk/etc. records of the summer. Not included are picks covered in the previous installment. The Negative Scanner album's really good, too. One year after their excellent debut, the existence of a new album from Orlando's Golden Pelicans is amazing news. Show More Summary

The Hits and Misses of Marvel Comics Movie Soundtracks

For a company as obsessed with creating a singular vision as Marvel, the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe should have a more coherent musical identity. After all, most iconic film franchises have sweeping, instantly recognizable themes and scores. Show More Summary

The Return of the Ultimate Music-Obsessive Comic, Phonogram

Music is magic. The premise of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s comic Phonogram sounds simple. But over 10 years and three volumes, it’s proved an elegant, flexible, and amusing metaphor for fandom, and how it sweeps our lives up and carries them along. Show More Summary

Op-Ed: What Does the White Rapper Owe #BlackLivesMatter?

Photo via FacebookIn 1991, Vanilla Ice appeared on the "Arsenio Hall Show" for a now infamous interview. From the moment his guest’s emerald green jumpsuit touched the couch, Arsenio’s demeanor was pointed, aggressive, and stern. Hall...Show More Summary

Drexciya, Lamin Fofana, and What Techno Can Teach Us About the Migrant Crisis

In song, the ocean is often—usually?—a metaphor. It can represent a bunch of things: distance, eternity, fathomless emotion. But metaphor is also a luxury, one that many people—reduced by circumstance to basic survival, robbed of symbolic...Show More Summary

Sean Price, Rest In Power

Photo via Duck Down RecordsSean Price, the highly-respected Duck Down Records rapper, one half of groundbreaking duo Heltah Skeltah, died suddenly in his Brooklyn apartment Saturday morning. He was 43. The cause of death is still unknown. Show More Summary

Total Control Finally Tour: A Special Report

Before Typical System came out last year,  Total Control's Daniel Stewart made it clear that the group wouldn’t be touring anytime soon. This decision was both one of practicality—the band’s members were plenty busy with their numerous other bands—and of emotional necessity. Show More Summary

I Wasn't Brought Here, I Was Born: Surviving Punk Rock Long Enough To Find Afropunk

Photo by Erez AvissarI don’t remember the first time I heard a racist joke at a punk rock show. Rather, I don’t remember the first time I was grabbed into a sweaty half-hug by one of the laughing white members of my Midwest punk scene and told don’t worry about it. Show More Summary

Matthew Dear Discusses His Installation at the New Museum

Photo by Jonnie CraigMatthew Dear wants you to pull his music apart. The inventive Detroit electro artist’s new project, DELQA, skews somewhere between EP and obstacle course. A sprawling installation at the New Museum in New York, which...Show More Summary

Op-Ed: I'm Breaking Up With Drake

Photo by Pooneh GhanaI used to be a Drake fan. Not so much in the mixtape days—that stuff always seemed self-evidently embarrassing—but something clicked on Thank Me Later, and I was completely sold. I was 23, just a couple months younger than Aubrey himself, and sort of corny in the way that most 23 year olds are. Show More Summary

We Need to Talk About Amy Winehouse’s Eating Disorder and Its Role In Her Death

There is a tacitly accepted set of rules that our culture follows when it comes to women in the spotlight. They are required to be thin.  They do not eat a normal diet and that in and of itself is seen as normal, not even dangerous.Show More Summary

The Tawdry Tale of 2 Live Crew’s Luther Campbell in The Book of Luke

Years back, a friend was visiting her boyfriend at his college. She came back from that trip horrified, recounting how her boyfriend took her to a 2 Live Crew concert on campus, where the entire football team came on stage, took offShow More Summary

Op-Ed: It's Time To Put Our Cameras Away

Photo by Matt Lief AndersonLast week I watched Purity Ring perform to a capacity crowd in Melbourne, Australia. If you want to see some photos of their show (or 15-second videos) then open up Instagram and search for #purityring. There’s...Show More Summary

Playlist: Songs about PMS and Periods

Given the spectrum of emotions and stereotypes associated with PMS, menstruation has historically provided ample lyrical fodder for all manner of artists. Here are some of the most notable tunes that serve to perpetuate and challenge...Show More Summary

Op-Ed: White Privilege and Black Lives in the Baltimore Music Scene

Photo by Frank Hamilton I moved to Baltimore seven or eight years ago. The city I’d lived in for many years started to feel stagnant, and I felt myself stagnating with it. Friends began selling me on Baltimore and Brooklyn. I pickedShow More Summary

Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties

On the evening of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan took the stage at the Newport Folk Festival in black jeans, black boots, and a black leather jacket, carrying a Fender Stratocaster in place of his familiar acoustic guitar.The crowd shifted restlessly as he tested his tuning and was joined by a quintet of backing musicians. Show More Summary

Tastetesting QT's Energy Drink

As the music industry becomes increasingly more sophisticated at the very necessary and increasingly difficult task of converting art into products into money, musicians who explore the intersection of art and commerce have similarly had to get their game up. Show More Summary

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