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Posts in category “Music”

Richard Powers and the Blown-Up Cultural Narrative

When music is freed from cultural filters, how do fans find the songs that matter?

Posted March 24th, 2014

Understanding Fuddy-Duddy Beatle Haters

They didn’t so much push musical boundaries as consolidate advances.

Posted February 11th, 2014

Loving Through the Pain: Why Learning an Instrument Matters

Mark Oppenheimer started a conversation over at The New Republic on whether …

Posted September 22nd, 2013

Three Cheers for the Sideman

In a recent segment of HuffPost Live, James Poulos spotlights one of …

Posted August 5th, 2013

Five Unusual Manifestations of Narrative Form

New Yorker blogger Bee Wilson explored the narrative form in recipes on …

Posted August 3rd, 2013

Mumford and Retroculture

Watching the above parody, I thought about about an NPR story from …

Posted May 23rd, 2013

News Flash: ‘Glee’ Producers are Really Lazy and Unscrupulous

Hey look, @gleeonfox ripped off my cover of Baby Got Back: bit.ly/WME9Ho. …

Posted January 22nd, 2013

The Mountain Goats: Disco Purgatorio

Since we’re talking about Christ-haunted indie music … first, you guys should listen …

Posted October 9th, 2012

Mumford & Sons and the Death of Church Music

Christian rock and hipster folk-pop pull the same emotional levers.

Posted October 4th, 2012

Springsteen, Obama, and History’s ‘Train’

According to a report by Slate’s Dave Weigel, the Romney campaign is …

Posted September 20th, 2012

Kickstarter and Musical Meritocracy

Michael Dougherty had a good post the other day about how much …

Posted September 13th, 2012

Why Are There No Popular Protest Songs?

Today’s music targets bullies instead of wars.

Posted August 21st, 2012

LBJ’s Muzak and ‘Anarcho-Capitalist Pop’

Over here at The American Conservative, we’re big fans of President Eisenhower. From his …

Posted August 17th, 2012

Grinding Gibson Guitar Corp.’s Axe

This report by the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer, on the controversy surrounding …

Posted August 10th, 2012

White Riot: Punk Rock and the Far Right

The lure of racialized violence is part of punk’s genetic code.

Posted August 8th, 2012

The Sikh Temple Shooter, Rightwing Punk, and Aesthetic Extremism

Now that you know that Wade Michael Page, the man alleged to …

Posted August 7th, 2012

Science: Pop Music is Too Loud, All Sounds the Same

Can statistics explain the decline of modern music?

Posted July 26th, 2012