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Jason Merritt/Matthias Nareyek/Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images
Jason Merritt/Matthias Nareyek/Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images

5 Artists So Popular They’re Unpopular

The oldest move in the music snob book -- and color me guilty -- is the "I liked their early stuff" gambit, which just means "I liked them before you did, but I've moved on."

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21. Green Day – 'American Idiot'

21 Best Alt Rock Albums of the 21st Century

These are the 21 greatest albums of the 21st century. And we’re only a fraction into it, so the door will remain open for more neo-classics as they’re released.

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Keystone/Hulton Archive, Getty Images
Keystone/Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Vinyl, CD, MP3, Streaming, 8-Track — Which Is Best?

For years and years, people listened to their music via these shiny black circular objects.

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Record Store Day
Chuck Armstrong, Diffuser

Record Store Day – Scarcity and Scalping

Nothing upsets Record Store Day fans more than seeing records they missed being resold for usurious prices online.

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Scott Gries, Getty Images
Scott Gries, Getty Images

The Roots of Indie: ‘Nuggets,’ Volume 1

Lenny Kaye's legendary compilation is essential listening for anyone interested in independent music.

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Chris Brown, Record Store Day
Chris Brown, Record Store Day

Record Store Day’s Chris Brown Discusses Origins of the Vinyl Holiday

Over the last several years, we have loved seeing the resurgence of vinyl take place across the United States.

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Nels Cline Performs Live
Chuck Armstrong, diffuser.fm

Nels Cline Talks About Guitar Playing, How Wilco Changed His Life + Music He Loves

We met up with Nels Cline on a rainy, late summer afternoon at a café near his home in New York's West Village.

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James Stafford, Diffuser
James Stafford, Diffuser

8 Reasons Record Stores Beat Online Services

Been a while since you hit your local record store? Here are eight reasons to remedy that.

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Bono and Robert Plant
Matthias Nareyek / Ian Gavan, Getty Images

Relevance Is Overrated: What U2 Can Learn From Robert Plant

The guys in U2 are more or less alone among their peers when it comes to being utterly open about their quest to maintain a grip on their audience.

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Chuck Armstrong, Diffuser
Chuck Armstrong, Diffuser

The Coolest Vinyl Releases of All Time

From the bizarre to the downright beautiful, these are some of the coolest vinyl releases of all time.

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