Music

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In the current rap arena, simplicity is key. Few people want to spend hours laboring over a heady underground release with a fine-tooth comb. The people want bangers, and they want them fast.

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If an opera is a feature-length movie, Andy Shauf’s concept albums are short films, expertly crystallized images of one night, one character, one lost love or the beginnings of another.

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2015’s era of bright, side-swept hair and Tumblr edginess is embodied in one famous figure: Halsey. Rising to extreme stardom with the release of her fantastical debut album, BADLANDS, she became a voice that many angsty teenagers clung to.

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The year is 2020 and Eminem is still hell-bent on retroactively tainting his musical legacy with garbage records.

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Quinn XCII is a man of many quirks, and he owns them proudly. Between his lyrics about “a psycho from a midwest suburb” and his outlandish Instagram account dedicated to his comedic culinary endeavors, he’s created a unique persona that sets him apart from other pop artists.

The Marías

There are no Kinks in The Kinks, no Smiths in The Smiths, not a stroke in the The Strokes to be found. Perhaps then, to some surprise, front woman María of The Marías seems anything but out of place.

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It’s a Saturday night in the middle of nowhere. You’re driving down a dirt road (in a pickup truck, obviously) and passing cornfield after cornfield. Eventually you reach a massive bonfire where attractive young people are gathered. Tailgates are down. Speakers are turned up.

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“David died yesterday.”

This is the opening declaration of First Aid Kit’s single “Strange Beauty.” 

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DANGER

KEEP OUT

HAZARDOUS MUSIC

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Leave What’s Lost Behind, the upcoming album from the Nashville-native quartet Colony House, is lyrically fit to be a best-selling novel.