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  1. respect the classics
    The 2020 Boomer Rock Renaissance No One Saw ComingMcCartney, Dylan, Stevie, Springsteen, and so many of rock’s immortals offered life lines in dire times.
  2. my album is dropping whenever
    Did 2020 Kill the Long, Fancy Pop-Album Rollout for Good?Pop stars had been playing the release game with an old set of rules — and losing because of it. Until 2020 broke the board.
  3. mc30
    Mariah Carey Might Be As Close to Pop Perfection As Pop Will Ever AllowThe year of celebrating Mariah has only reinforced what we knew about her all along.
  4. album review
    Bad Bunny Has Become Bigger, and Better, Than the Industry Knows What to Do WithEl Último Tour Del Mundo proves he’s outgrown both his peers and the artificial constraints placed on Latin artists.
  5. vulture lists
    All the Verzuz Battles, RankedFrom best to worst to absolutely doomed.
  6. mariah said it’s time
    Holidays Are Canceled, But Holiday Music Never Dies, BabyThe rules that used to govern mankind seem bent and broken. As such, let’s talk about Christmas.
  7. radio vulture
    We’re No Closer to Knowing Jay ElectronicaPerhaps that is by design.
  8. radio vulture
    We’re Witnessing the Total Breakdown of DiscourseTry to recall another time when a rapper went into surgery for multiple gunshot wounds and it became instant gag fodder.
  9. 2020 election
    Kanye West and the Media Are Once Again Playing a Dangerous GameThere needs to be a reckoning about the toxic relationship between Kanye West and the vox populi.
  10. radio vulture
    Welcome to the ‘New’ Kanye NarrativeToday Kanye West released his first formal artistic statement of the pandemic and the nationwide movement for racial justice.
  11. let em stay mad
    It Wouldn’t Be ‘The Chicks’ If Their Comeback Didn’t Piss Off Some PeopleOnce again, “the Chicks” find themselves on the pulse of the times.
  12. lady a
    If Country Music Wants to Reckon With Its Racism, Look Deeper Than the Bad NamesEven if we are to give “Lady A” credit for their gesture, we must also acknowledge that it should be but the catalyst of far deeper work.
  13. the grammys
    The Grammys Still Don’t Get ItRegardless of genre or language, if we’re going to do away with the term urban, we actually have to do away with it.
  14. radio vulture
    Now Isn’t the Time for More Music-Industry SilenceRecord labels have known about these issues since long before it became radioactive behavior to stay quiet.
  15. radio vulture
    Stan Culture Is Due a Reckoning. So Are the Celebrities They Worship.Last week was evidence of a slow and peculiar shift in the relationship between fans and the musicians they love over the last decade.
  16. song review
    Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s ‘Rain on Me’ Is a Win for EveryoneThis song will be huge not just because it’s Gaga in peak dance-pop form with chart assassin Ariana Grande in tow.
  17. summer 2020
    Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 +2 Forever Altered the Course of Gaming and MusicRevisiting THPS 1 + 2 at the end of the summer when the remake arrives will serve valuable nostalgia to gamers, skaters, and music nerds.
  18. radio vulture
    Country Music Was Designed for a Bad Year Like ThisLucinda Williams, the Drive-By Truckers, Jason Isbell, and Steve Earle have each released albums that speak to the stress of being alive right now.
  19. a long talk
    El-P Has Made Peace With His PastThe rapper and producer on bringing his Def Jux solo classics to streaming for the first time.
  20. remembrances
    Andre Harrell’s Hip-Hop Legacy in 10 Essential AlbumsHis influence on black music, movies, and TV is immeasurable.
  21. q&a
    Tory Lanez Is the New King of RaunchAs “Demon Time” has emerged as a kind of makeshift strip-club VIP room for Instagram, Quarantine Radio is sort of like its “Howard Stern Show.”
  22. radio vulture
    Thank God We Still Have MusicRespect is owed to the artists releasing vital new work this spring without any immediate prospect of a tour to back it up.
  23. radio vulture
    What More Is There for Drake to Do?It might be a mistake, 14 years in, to expect an artist who built a very lucrative thing for himself to keep mucking with the formula.
  24. quarantuning
    An Accurate Representation of Quarantine Brain in One Music Video645AR’s “Yoga” video looks like what watching the news off a tab of acid feels like.
  25. song review
    Beyoncé and Megan Thee Stallion Just Brought Back the Lost Art of a Killer RemixIt’s so rare in this era for a remix to feel like an event and not just a few new words plopped onto an existing song.
  26. quarantuning
    The Rolling Stones Have Arrived Right on TimeMick and Keith didn’t write “Living in a Ghost Town” about the current crisis, but astute poets can smell a bad time coming.
  27. chat room
    Mike Dean Wants to Put Kanye’s G.O.O.D Fridays Songs on Streaming This Year“We’re both a little bit crazy.”
  28. remembrances
    Remembering Bill Withers’s Singular VoiceBill Withers was a straight shooter as a singer, sort of like a church pastor in the sense that really, he was just talking to you.
  29. song review
    Bob Dylan’s New JFK Assassination Epic Couldn’t Be More PrescientThe Nobel Prize for Literature awarded to Dylan in 2016 remains in good hands.
  30. quarantuning
    The Internet Is Now the World’s Biggest Music FestivalOne of the rare pleasures this week has been watching DJs and singer-songwriters spring into action to help people fill up the hollow days and nights.
  31. radio vulture
    ‘Donald Glover Presents’ Only Makes Him Even More of an EnigmaWas this thing supposed to come out or not?
  32. radio vulture
    Coronavirus Should Be a Turning Point for the Music IndustryIt’s the nightmare scenario that calls the viability of the whole business structure into question.
  33. radio vulture
    Your Guide to the Extended Mythology of Jay Electronica, Rap’s Great MysteryTapping Jay-Z to play sidekick on your decade-overdue debut album would be staggering if it weren’t what Elec always claimed to be in the tea leaves.
  34. radio vulture
    Why Shouldn’t Megan Thee Stallion Take What’s Hers?The idea that it’s too soon for Megan Thee Stallion to want a more fair deal is a fault in our own thinking, not hers.
  35. a long talk
    The Many Different Lives of Stephen MalkmusThe beloved frontman on his new solo album, defining folk, and what to expect from Pavement’s reunion shows.
  36. let us discuss
    Let’s Discuss Our Landslide of Emotions Over the Dixie Chicks’ ‘Gaslighter’Fourteen years later, the Chicks still have the right to be mad.
  37. song review
    Lady Gaga’s Message Remains Clear on ‘Stupid Love’: Just DanceGaga knows her audience too well.
  38. encounters
    What Happens When a Wunderkind Grows Up?King Krule talks his new album Man Alive!, mostly avoiding the music industry, and how fatherhood changed him.
  39. album review
    Is Grimes an Anti-Hero or Villain?Her new album, Miss Anthropocene, doesn’t make the question any easier.
  40. radio vulture
    Bethany Cosentino on New Best Coast Album, Vanderpump Rules, and Bernie Sanders“I’ve put out four albums, but I’ve never felt these things because I was numbing them for so many years. This feels like the first time.”
  41. album review
    Tame Impala and Justin Bieber Return 5 Years Later Changed MenThe Slow Rush and Changes are dispatches about married life, each from different vantage points.
  42. radio vulture
    The Tide Has Rapidly Turned on Billie EilishIt’s hard not to view Billie Eilish’s remarks about hip-hop through the prism of the long history of white people turning their noses up at rap.
  43. super bowl 2020
    For 15 Minutes, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez United the MassesThe message was loud.
  44. radio vulture
    Taylor Swift Finally Invites You Into Her Narrative on Miss AmericanaMiss Americana peels away some of Taylor Swift’s complexities to reveal even more complexities.
  45. going solo
    One of Rock’s Best Voices Goes It Alone“It’s so wild to get used to a structure and a group and say, ‘No, I’m gonna start over.”
  46. grammys 2020
    The Grammys Can’t Go On Like ThisThe show needed to be caustic and political, but calamity had other plans.
  47. radio vulture
    How Roddy Ricch’s ‘The Box’ Just Became Rap’s First Viral No. 1 Hit of 2020The Compton rap newcomer just denied Justin Bieber another No. 1 debut. Here’s how he did it.
  48. song review
    Drake and Future Are Way Too Good at Memeing ThemselvesThe video seems destined to live as a constellation of GIFs.
  49. appreciations
    Clare Torry’s Voice Is Seared Into Your Brain Whether You Know It or NotHer performance on Pink Floyd’s “The Great Gig in the Sky ” manages to express the full range of human emotion without relying on words.
  50. radio vulture
    We’re Losing Another Rap Generation Right Before Our EyesThe question of the moment is the question of the decade: Are things just always bad, or are they historically bad?
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