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Tramps Like UsThe birth of Born To Run.
Beatles for SaleThe missing songs that would have made the new box set a classic.
Kind of BlueWhy the best-selling jazz album of all time is so great.
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This American ComposerWhy you should listen to Charles Ives.
"I Am Looking for Wife 1,000"Prince Zimboo, hip-hop's African Borat.
Over the HumpThe Black Eyed Peas' inescapable, incoherent, irresistible new song.
Dead ReckoningWhat your favorite Grateful Dead song says about you.
Flukes of the UniverseA brief history of the spoken-word pop hit.
When Rock Stars Read Edmund SpenserThe eight most pretentious lyrics from the new Decemberists album.
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Nature's RejectsThe music of the castrati.
Creed Is GoodScott Stapp's nu-grunge foursome was seriously underrated.
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The Last SelloutsPearl Jam's brilliant new single, brought to you by Target.
Silence Is GoldenHow a pause can be the most devastating effect in music.
Does This Purple Mink Make Me Look Gay?The rise of no homo and the changing face of hip-hop homophobia.
How Smart Is Lady Gaga?Pop's most pretentious starlet.
Grunge's Long ShadowIn praise of "in-between" periods in pop history.
NeurománticoMeet the cyberpunk of reggaetón.
Do Da Stanky LeggOdd gems from the most indie Billboard chart.
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Kings of RockRun-DMC at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.