Music Filter
  1. L.A. Taco

    The people behind L.A. Taco are obsessed with Los Angeles. The indie publication was founded in 2006, mostly to document tacos and street art. The site now covers the Los Angeles food scene, music, galleries, festivals, and more.

    Art
  2. How to Write a Country Music Song: A Lesson from a Nashville Hit-Maker

    “The contemporary production of country music may be the purview of the rich and famous, but its origins come out of life in the heartland, from the shadows of desperation, poverty, and longing, from dark clouds with silver-linings, and from a humble self-awareness that is all too rare in America today.”

    Music
  3. The Lucid Album Preview

    Irish composer and musician Conor Walsh reflects on his minimalist musical style over the preview of the title track of his posthumous album, The Lucid. “I like the idea of conveying a lot through a little and conveying emotions through music without there being lyrics or a narrative.”

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    Photo taken by Mark McGuinness in 2015, in the Dublin Mountains.
  4. Turkish Sunrise (Piano Composition)

    Check out Steven Zheng’s original piano composition, “Turkish Sunrise.”

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    Photo by Stephan Seeber from Pexels
  5. Top 40 Weekly

    Whether you’re a music, history, or stats lover, you’ll find new things to learn and new ways to while away your time at Top 40 Weekly, a huge archive of pop-music data going back to the 1950s.

    Culture
  6. How Soprano Charlotte Hoather Took Her Singing — and Blogging — to New Heights

    The up-and-coming singer shares insight on building community, using social media, and finding time to blog even on busy weeks.

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    Images courtesy of Charlotte Hoather, with kind permission of Waterperry Opera Festival.
  7. Charlotte Hoather, Soprano

    If you ever wondered what an opera singer’s daily life looks like, you’ll love Charlotte Hoather’s blog, where the British soprano invites visitors and fans behind the scenes (and occasionally on stage, too).

    Culture
  8. Why Did American Music Festivals Almost Disappear in the 1970s and ’80s?

    In the 1970s, music festivals went “from cultural phenomena to endangered species.” We’re in a new golden age of live music now, but what happened in the interim?

    Culture
  9. What Is the Most Nostalgic Song of All Time?

    “A simple question, posed at eight o’clock on a Saturday night. I got 5,000 comments back.” At the Village Voice, Mikel Jollett writes on music’s power to evoke memory and a sense of loss.

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  10. Food Fidelity

    Marwin Brown, the creator of Food Fidelity, shares modern, health-conscious soul-food recipes inspired by his love of music and informed by African diaspora culinary traditions.

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  12. Glorious Noise

    One of the longest-running music blogs out there — with archives stretching all the way back to 2001 — Glorious Noise publishes reviews of new music and music videos, spanning a wide, eclectic range of genres.

    Culture
  13. Conor Walsh Music

    The posthumous website of minimalist composer Conor Walsh from Swinford, County Mayo, shares his music, which was inspired by the wild landscapes in the West of Ireland.

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    Photo by Mark McGuinness
  14. 50 Best Albums of the Year 2017, Ranked

    “I will always be an album guy. . . . there simply is no musical experience quite like a brilliant album listened to from start to finish.” At N.B.G.V, Eóin Donnelly offers his thorough, passionate take on his favorite albums, including Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN., Cigarettes After Sex’s eponymous debut, and dvsn’s Morning After.

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  15. Saving Country Music

    Saving Country Music’s purpose is spelled out in its name: news, opinion, reviews, artist profiles, music history, and the always-popular off-color pop-country bashing.

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    Photo by Frank Kehren via Flickr