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Turnstile's 'Generator' Is A Psychedelic-Hardcore Head Rush

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The band's new album Time & Space comes out Feb. 23. You are moshing.

Here's Why Black Thought's 10-Minute Freestyle Is So Remarkable

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The Roots' MC asserted his G.O.A.T. status with a perfectly executed, breathtaking performance on Funkmaster Flex's Hot 97 radio show.

Hear A 'Hamilton' Outtake: Benjamin F'ing Franklin

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In 2016, Lin-Manuel Miranda sent lyrics about Benjamin Franklin to The Decemberists. Today, hear their collaborative take on the man who invented bifocals, the glass harmonica and a whole lot more.

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The Mysterious Death Of A D.C. Punk And The $10,000 Reward That May Never Be Claimed

The guitarist Fred "Freak" Smith was an outsized figure within Washington, D.C.'s vibrant '80s hardcore punk scene. His descent and death, which remains a mystery, is an all-too common story.

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Bob Boilen's Top 10 Albums Of 2017

Five out of these 10 records are debuts — a statistic that fits perfectly in the spirit of finding new music to fall in love with this year.

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Pussy Riot Plays Its First Show In America

Led and voiced by Nadya Tolokonnikova, Pussy Riot is focused on the mainstream, through an oblique reconciliation with capitalism, in order to spread its message. The contradiction is compelling.

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The 100 Best Songs Of 2017

The songs of the year reflected deep needs — for safety, respect, money, self-definition, revolution — and often delivered their own form of satisfaction.

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Stephen Thompson's Top 10 Albums Of 2017

It's been a year of complacency deferred and sleeping giants roused. So it's only natural that much of 2017's best music would reflect that tumult, albeit in radically different ways.

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Robin Hilton's Top 10 Albums Of 2017

2017 was a year of chronic whiplash, not only for the ceaseless horror show of news headlines, but for the overwhelming number of great albums and songs that were released.

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From 'La Bamba' To 'Despacito': What Comes After A Huge Spanish-Language Hit

In the wake of "Despacito," Louie Perez of Los Lobos shares what his band did after its own Spanish-language No. 1 song, released 30 years ago.

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Ann Powers' Top 10 Underheard Albums Of 2017

Here's a list of 10 albums that deserve more year-end love than they're generally getting, a counter to an age where music has taken on an introspective function.

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The North Mississippi Allstars On 'Mountain Stage'

The modern day torchbearers of Mississippi blues make their third appearance on Mountain Stage and play songs from their latest release, Prayer For Peace.

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German Magazine, Accused Of Unfairness By Morrissey, Publishes Its Audio In Defense

An interview with Morrissey, published by Der Spiegel in November, resulted in the singer being criticized over comments on Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, which he blamed on mischaracterization.