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“In the Pines” remains open-ended after 150 years

Untangling the mystery within the song and the one from whence it came

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6 Essential New Metal Albums That Embrace All Things Epic

A roundup of the month’s best metal, with an emphasis on the heroic.

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How the “Black Sabbath” riff captured diabolus in musica

How the first heavy metal record introduced the sound of evil to rock music.

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5 Essential New Metal Albums With Immersive Atmosphere

A round-up of the month’s best metal, with an emphasis on ambience

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The strange occult lore of Boards of Canada’s Geogaddi

A look back at the duo’s stunning electronic epic, and all the mystery surrounding it.

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Patty Waters’ “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair” is an exorcism of a folk song

A vocal jazz take on a folk song, turned into a menacing descent into madness

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Reconnecting with music through the Rolling Stone 500

A personal reflection on revisiting the canon during lockdown

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5 Essential Metal Albums for the Frigid Winter

It’s cold out there. Turn these albums up to keep it that way.

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Seeing the Light with Country Gospel

A winding history lesson through country music’s most devout.

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How Theatre of Ice put the “death” in death rock

There’s a funny, odd scene in an episode of Gilmore Girls where Rory assures her…

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The Best Albums of October 2021

Sixteen albums—14 new albums and two reissues—you have to hear this month.

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6 Essential New Metal Albums That Are Steeped in Darkness

Metal is dark. There are perhaps other qualities we can attribute across the board to…

How Memphis rap tapes in the ’90s spawned a chilling legend

An innovative scene that gave rise to a very weird myth.

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The Best Albums of September 2021

A 15-pack of incredible new releases that you need to hear.