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The Bobby Lees’ Alive Playlist

The Bobby Lees’ lo-fi, high-powered punk evokes classic DIY noise while sounding urgent and vital. For their 2020 sophomore album, SKIN SUIT, the Woodstock, NY, band recruited underground punk hero Jon Spencer…

Welcome Back: 2020’s Returning Class

Suffice to say it’s not been a good year for best-laid plans. On the brighter side, 2020 has seen a welcome abundance of acts and artists who spent years (sometimes decades) underneath…

’90s Throwbacks

1995: The Year Alternative Peaked

It’s been said that the defining sounds of a particular…

The Year in ’90s Metal

It may be that 2019 was the best year for…

Unplugged & Immortal: The Best Live Acoustic Performances

The great irony about the MTV Unplugged phenomenon of the…

Out of the Stacks: ’90s College Radio Staples Still At It

Taking a look at the playlists for my show on…

Was 1993 the Greatest Year in Music?

What’s This Playlist All About? The folks at WXPN, the…

Concrete and Snare Drums: DJ Premier’s 25 Best Beats

There’s an amazing story that DJ Premier relates near the…

’90s Alt-Pop Revisited

You read that right: This is ’90s “alt-pop,” not “alt-rock.”…

The Best Britpop Deep Cuts and Forgotten Faves

“Everybody hates a tourist,” a wise, skinny man once sang.…

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Anil Dash Teach You a Thing About New Jack Swing

On January 4, famed technologist Anil Dash and playwright Lin-Manuel…

Questlove’s Top 50 Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

On Questlove’s list of his favorite 50 hip-hop songs, he…

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