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That Artist You Hate? Maybe It’s a Character

Frank Micelotta, Getty Image
Frank Micelotta, Getty Image

We listen with our eyes as well as our ears. Here's why that can be a problem.

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The Roots of Indie: The Reverend Horton Heat Talks Rockabilly

James Stafford, Diffuser
James Stafford, Diffuser

Legendary guitarist Jim Heath talks roots, straight eights, and the first time he saw the Cramps.

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The Importance of Being Sturgill

James Stafford, Diffuser
James Stafford, Diffuser

Sturgill Simpson is the best thing to happen to country music in decades. Here's why.

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Are You an Indie Elitist?

Rick Diamond, Getty Images
Rick Diamond, Getty Images

Genres are useful, unless you're missing out on some great music because of them.

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Category: Columns, Longform, Music, News

Why I Won’t Be Going to Record Store Day (But I Hope It Lasts Forever)

Tim Boyle, Getty Images
Tim Boyle, Getty Images

Like every other red-blooded music geek, I’ve experienced varying levels of anxiety regarding the state of music retail over the last 15 years or so.

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Hey, Maybe There Should Be a CD Store Day, Too

Spencer Platt, Getty Images
Spencer Platt, Getty Images

We celebrate all things vinyl on Record Store Day, but we should probably also remember CDs with a little more fondness.

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Filed Under: Category: Columns, Longform, Music, News, Vinyl

Why Does Record Store Day Matter? Let an Actual Record Store Owner Explain

Mills Record Company
Chuck Armstrong, Diffuser

Judy Mills, owner and operator of Kansas City's Mills Record Company, explains why Record Store Day should never be abolished.

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Filed Under: Category: Columns, Exclusive, Longform, Music, News, Vinyl

April 17, 1978: The Day ‘The Suburbs’ Hit the Shelves

The Suburbs
Twin/Tone Records

It might be hard to believe, but few cities rival the musical output of Minneapolis.

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To the Record Store Day Haters: For the Love of Vinyl, Stop Acting Like Curmudgeons

Record Store Day
Chuck Armstrong, Diffuser

Every year it seems to get cooler and cooler to hate Record Store Day.

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The Roots of Indie: Jane’s Addiction – ‘Nothing’s Shocking’

James Stafford, Diffuser
James Stafford, Diffuser

Art school met shredding guitar in this alternative classic.

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