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7 Reasons to Celebrate 7 Decades of Tina Weymouth

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In my sixth grade class, we had a discipline system. It was the classic “three strikes.” What this meant for a bunch of pre-teens was that we had two chances to be loud or unruly before getting “struck” out. Our reward for not crossing into this danger zone? Being allowed to choose as a group […]

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We’re Having Tea for the Tillerman 50 Years Later

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How many 22-year-olds write something so poignant and true, their 72-year-old self can relate? Cat Stevens’ seminal album Tea For The Tillerman is that kind of inspired. In the 50 years since it’s release on November 23, 1970, the world has changed a great deal. The free-love revolution was slowed by an AIDS epidemic. A […]

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What Is Half-Speed Mastering and Why Does It Matter?

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One of the more welcome aspects of vinyl’s return to prominence is increased consumer interest in how records are actually made. More than ever, vinyl fans are well-versed about the best pressings of any given album, the finest pressing plants, and even the most trusted engineers. But when a niche product turns into a money-maker, […]

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The Best Black Friday Deals on Audio Gear and Music in 2020

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  We have friends at record labels, artists, and audio brands across the music industry — and some of these friends have great deals lined up for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We’re talking about everything from sitewide sales to discounts on specific home audio equipment, all to help build the ultimate audiophile experience and […]

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Cool Gifts for Music Lovers and Record Collectors

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Online shopping. We’re all doing it. I mean, what else is there to do in 2020? You’ve been stuck at home, staring at your walls for months on end, and you want to spruce the place up a bit. Maybe your wardrobe needs a refresh, or your sound systems could use a boost. Maybe you […]

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The Cranberries Gave Us a Glimmer of Hope With No Need to Argue

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I’m sure everyone says this as they get older, but when I was asked to write about the expanded and remastered 25-year anniversary edition of The Cranberries‘ seminal second LP No Need to Argue, my first reaction was, “How could it be a quarter of a century since the record’s original release?” I went back […]

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What Makes Keith Richards Such a Legendary Guitar Player?

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The reactions and memorials that have continued to arrive following the passing of Eddie Van Halen all carried an underlying message: in the land of rock ‘n’ roll, the lead guitarist is king. Their names are the ones that even the most casual of fans remembers. The shredders and virtuosos that get the magazine covers. […]

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The Best Beginner Turntables for Any Budget

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There are few things more fun than buying a turntable, but if you’re new to vinyl, the purchase can also come with a lot of questions. Unless you’ve had quite a few years of experience under your belt or you obsessively research turntables just for fun, the list of features, terms, and options can seem […]

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7 Best Finds in U2’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind 20th Anniversary Box Set

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In 2000, U2 shook up the music industry when they left their label of 20 years, Island Records, for a multi-album deal with Interscope, which, at the time, was experiencing world-shattering success on the backs of Dr. Dre’s 2001 and two back-to-back Eminem smashes in The Slim Shady LP and The Marshall Mathers LP. The […]

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How Motörhead Propelled Thrash Metal with Ace of Spades

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Perennial Motörhead frontman and co-founder Lemmy Kilmister seemed like a living contradiction. He played high-decibel, high-octane music, yet conversations with him were nuanced at a quieter volume. His band spurred the development of thrash metal, but he did not consider his band a metal outfit and disdained mosh pits. He once told me that he […]

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