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Staff Picks: The Year in Rock and Rap

For me, that’s what the charm of this band is. It’s really aggressive music, but it’s also very happy music. It’s cheerfully scummy, I guess. Puja Patel: It does feel cheery. EM: The other thing I love about this band…

Elvis Costello on the Music of His Life

I saw John last year, and he was just great. We had supper, and I’m very grateful for that night. We went and sat for the evening to tell stories, and then John’s jukebox caught on fire, which seems like…

Aimee Mann on the Music That Made Her

Aimee Mann is tugging at her dummy’s broken mouthpiece. Sitting on a red couch in her L.A. home, she explains how the monocled Charlie McCarthy doll, fashioned after ventriloquist Edgar Bergen’s puppet, became more famous than its owner in the…

The 11 Best MIDI Keyboard Controllers for Your Home Studio

What are the best MIDI keyboards on the market today? You’re forgiven if you’re not quite sure what they are and why you might need one. When it comes to studio purchases, few items are as unsexy—and yet potentially game-changing—as…

The Best Music Merch Gifts of 2020

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Alyssa Rispoli Reveals Top Advice For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

A female entrepreneur, best selling author, and real estate fanatic, Alyssa Rispoli is doing things in a completely new way in her 20’s. She founded one of the largest female investment groups comprising over 25,000 women across the country and…

Afrobeats’ Global Takeover

PP: Totally. And I think that when we consider whenever a superstar comes in and says, “Here is my tribute,” it’s often very far removed from what the thing actually is. Or it’s like an adaptation from a local movement…

4 Things To Remember When Naming Your Business

Naming a business is no easy feat. It seems simple because you’re essentially just assigning a word to describe what you’re selling, but the name should define not just what the business does but everything it stands for. When you…

Mykola Udianskyi creates the first IT-village for programmers

For the first time in Ukraine there will be a village for programmers and developers. In the suburbs of Kharkov, a new ecosystem is being created for comfortable living and work of immigrants from the IT sphere and their families,…

Polo G Becomes “The Goat” with Latest Album

The native Chicagoan talks about honing his emotive brand of storytelling, popping pills to escape trauma, and being a voice for his hometown’s youth in this Rising interview.Photos by Amy Lombard On May 16, 2018, after facing a string of…