A History of Crowded House, According to Their Biggest Fan

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Article by Matt Kumma Neil Finn has been my king of rock n’ roll for nearly 35 years. He’s written some of the best songs I’ve ever heard, has several slots on my top-albums-of-all-time list, was invited to join one of the greatest rock bands ever, and always has good hair. I was a Split […]

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Venetta Fields Is Probably Singing on Most of Your Records

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The Oscar-winning 2013 documentary 20 Feet From Stardom shone a light on legendary backing vocalists such as Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, and Judith Hill, all of whom have collaborated with some of music’s biggest names. Another vocalist that could’ve easily been profiled in the film is Venetta Fields. Born in 1941, the Buffalo native spent […]

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7 Extraordinary Women of the Early Punk Era

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Take a moment to learn more about some of the women of punk who pioneered the style in the 1970s and ‘80s. Jayne County Jayne County (b. 1947) is a queer and trans punk trailblazer who is often considered the first openly transgender singer in rock. Although she is a rock legend, she is also […]

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50 Most Popular Live Albums of All Time

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Intimate concerts, arena tours, festival lineups — whatever your preferred manifestation, live music has been missing from our lives for over a year. Although nothing can replace that magical feeling of seeing your favorite bands in the flesh, especially if you missed out on hyped performance in 2020, we can still turn to live albums […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Northern Soul

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Northern soul is about two-minute songs with a fast, pounding Motown beat or plaintive soulful ballads about heartache and break-up. Northern soul is about dancing – side steps, spins, flips – and the power of the A or B side of a 7-inch single bought for a few or a few thousand dollars. What constitutes […]

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5 Dance and Electronic Music Labels to Watch in 2021

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Though the past year has been devoid of clubs in their typical states, labels have continued to push scenes forward. The only dance floor you may be visiting is that of your living room and kitchen, but there has been no shortage of tunes to power you through. What follows is a selection of some […]

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7 Extraordinary Women of Early Electronic Music

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Take a moment to learn more about some of the important women who developed early electronic music in the 20th century and join the conversation on Instagram. Johanna Magdalena Beyer Johanna Magdalena Beyer (1888-1944) is the first female composer to create work for electronic instruments back in the 1930s. Although she did not reach notoriety […]

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The Top 30 Most Expensive Items Sold on Discogs in February 2021

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Discogs is back with another monthly breakdown of the most expensive vinyl, cassettes, and CDs sold in the Discogs Marketplace. If you’re a regular reader of these rankings, you’ll usually see acts like David Bowie, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd. What’s less usual are modern artists, which popped up several times in our list of […]

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30 Most-Collected Horror Movie Soundtracks of All Time

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It may not be Halloween, but everyone is still entitled to a good scare, which is why we’ve decided to treat ourselves with a list of the most-collected horror movie soundtracks of all time. “Horror is a reaction; it’s not a genre,” as John Carpenter so eloquently said to Interview Magazine in 2015. To craft […]

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An Interview with Toma and Esther of Balades Sonores Record Shop in Paris

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Crate Minds showcases some of the best sellers on Discogs. You’ll meet the people behind the crates (virtual and otherwise), get some insights into the life of a record seller, and learn tips on selling records from the best in the biz. We had a chat with Toma and Esther, who run Balades Sonores in […]

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