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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…

50 (Mostly) Splendid Years of Sparks

Amid the anxieties of recent times as well as potential concerns about the well-being of musical heroes of a certain vintage, it’s been reassuring to the international community of Sparks fanatics to…

’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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