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Darkest America

A new study grapples with the long, complex legacy of blackface minstrelsy in performance.

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Hearing Her Pain

Fiona Apple can be hard to like. Love is a different matter.

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Music for Lovers

Before the era of the phonograph and radio, Americans were opening their ears.

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Preaching Agnosticism (with Laugh Lines)

"Outlaw country" singer-songwriter Todd Snider's storytelling talent is its own religion.

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The Many Reasons to Love Wussy

How a pair of best friends from Cincinnati are leading the best band in America.

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Tough Love

Etta James's voice was a great beauty -- but she never forgot how to play rough.

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The Dean's List: Christgau's Best of 2011

Robert Christgau's annual rundown of the year's best in pop music.

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Dad-Rock Makes a Stand

Looking ahead sometimes means looking back.

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Dark Night of the Quants

Can a wordsmith read his way to comprehension of the global financial mess?

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Pioneer Days

Two of rock's greatest critics, and why they moved on.

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Not Fade Away

Mining the past for musical pleasures that offer more than than nostalgia.

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Ain't That a Shame

Four biographies of rock'n'roll greats try to place music legend in the world of documentable fact.

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Who Knows It Feels It

Before Bob Marley was a visionary and culture hero, he was a musician.

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