HOME / Culturebox : Arts, entertainment, and more. A Grand Tour of Contemporary Music All the new noise explained. By Jan Swafford|Posted Monday, July 11, 2011, at 6:55 AM Tweet Tweet MYSLATE Save this story. Follow all Culturebox articles. Follow the Arts section. Follow stories by Jan Swafford. MySlate is a new tool that lets you track your favorite parts of Slate. You can follow authors and sections, track comment threads you're interested in, and more. SLATE'S MOST VIRAL Oxford Town, Red Hook, and Every Other Place Bob Dylan’s Ever Sung About, Mapped This Is a Blog Post. It Is Not a “Blog.” New Study Tries, Fails to Show Marijuana Use Is Linked to Crime Jan Swafford is a composer and writer. His books include Johannes Brahms: A Biography and Charles Ives: A Life With Music. Illustration by Mark Alan Stamaty. Click here to load comments.