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The R.E.M. Method and Other Rites of Passage

Athens, Georgia, 1985. The acid had lost its come-hither bouquet and the speed had snapped everyone’s nerves like twigs. The run-down Victorians weren’t such a steal anymore and the days of buying an armful of thrift-store dresses for a quarter were long gone. Two years...

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Video: Randy Newman – “Putin”

Two weeks ago, Randy Newman released “Putin,” the first single from his new album, which is due out sometime next year. Now, we have a video for the satirical track about the Russian leader. It mostly consists of still photos of Putin doing very Putin things,...

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The 10 Best Cassette Releases of 2015 So Far

As vinyl records remain a veritable luxury good and CDs continue their digital-era redundancy, we still have ol’ reliable: the cassette tape. Only the dreary, dreaded CD-R is cheaper to press and sell, so in the cold winter of the Great Music Streaming War,...

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CMJ: The Best From the Class of 2015

As it has every October for the past 35 years, the CMJ Music Marathon descended upon New York City in a flurry of bands, bands, bands (and, of course, artists, DJs, singer-songwriters, performance artists, and musicians who eschew those designations). They leaned against white...

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Video: Mitski – “A Burning Hill”

Mitski put out her phenomenal, deeply cathartic album Puberty 2 earlier this year, and she just shared a video for its pensive closing track, “A Burning Hill.” The video was directed by soandbrad, and it’s a cascade of meditative, beautifully shot footage that shows her submerged in a body...

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SXSW 2016: The Five Best Things We Saw on Day One

Austin’s 30th annual South by Southwest music festival kicked off on Tuesday, and though the bulk of the celebration has yet to arrive, its first day featured a slew of exhilarating showcases to properly welcome the music-listening masses. Below, Flavoritemusic highlights SXSW 2016’s five best opening acts. Dean Nestled in the...

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