Record Recap

Record Recap: Revisiting “Apollo XXI” after Three Years

Steve Lacy’s first studio album proved itself as a beautifully-crafted, fun collection of songs with each track bringing bright and exuberant energy.
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Record Recap: Revisiting Kevin Abstract’s “ARIZONA BABY” Four Years Later

“ARIZONA BABY” has incredible production value and proved itself as Abstract’s strongest album.
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On This Day: Nas’ “Illmatic,” The Gold Standard of Rap

The songs and stories of “Illmatic” represent the perfection of every trait associated with purist hip-hop, from tales of struggle to intricate writing to unique instrumentals.
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Reflections Of Weyes Blood’s “Titanic Rising”: 3 Years Later

The album exists as a vulnerable collection of young adult experiences, all of which click together like puzzle pieces.
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Record Recap: Revisiting “Horse Jumper Of Love” Six Years Later

Horse Jumper of Love, the Boston-based slowcore band, has most certainly contributed to the indie-rock music scene in the second half of the 2010s.
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Record Recap: Revisiting TV Girl’s Timeless Album “Who Really Cares” Six Years Later

TV Girl, the San Diego-based band most popular for its vast array of synth-pop music, released their second studio album “Who Really Cares” on Feb. 25, 2016.
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Record Recap: Celebrating Black Talent and Artistry in American Pop Culture

From music to cinema, Black Americans have shaped and influenced pop culture — and their contributions have been both lauded and overlooked.
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Record Recap: Four Years Since Rejjie Snow’s “Dear Annie”

“Dear Annie,” the Dublin-based rapper’s debut full-length album, details both the blossoming and slow passing of a relationship.   
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On This Day: Revisiting Beach House’s Masterpiece Album “Teen Dream” 12 Years Later

If someone were to ask me to name all of the albums that have completely swept me off my feet, “Teen Dream,” Beach House’s third studio album, would easily be one of them.
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On This Day: El Salvador’s Civil War in Three Songs

As an act of unforgetting and to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Chapultepec Peace Accords, here's a look at a few songs that were written about the Salvadoran Civil War.
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Record Recap: 53 Years Since Led Zeppelin’s Explosive Debut

However, on Jan. 12, 1969, a new band would define the sound and look of rock and roll in the 1970s and beyond with their debut album: Led Zeppelin.
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On This Day: A Tribe Called Quest’s “Midnight Marauders,” Rap’s Most Uplifting Classic Album

A Tribe Called Quest's third studio album, “Midnight Marauders,” is the pinnacle of their fun style and has stood the test of time as a never-ending party inviting all to join. 
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Record Recap: Remembering Singer-Songwriter Elliott Smith, 18 Years Later

Here is a selection of some essential Smith tracks and a perfect place to start if you’re looking to dive into his discography — or if you’re just in a ’90s indie-rock kind of mood this week.
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On This Day: “Grace” by Jeff Buckley

Buckley should have been a superstar, but listeners can still appreciate his little body of work for the creative genius it is.
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On This Day: Shades of Sentimentality in Frank Ocean’s “Blonde”

With his genre-blending on “Blonde,” Ocean once again pioneered a new style of R&B.
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