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Indie Rock Is Too White; Meanwhile Two Black Dudes Are Behind the Baddest Punk Rock Records of 2015

We, as Americans, have a long, proud history of segregating music. Rock and country are white. Rap, hip-hop, soul, and R'N'B are black. Go further back, and jazz music was off limits to those of fair skin with and over-protective parents. Removing one word, "indie rock," from the history of music segregation will do little to change the musical landscape. No "indie rock" simply means people will need another phrase to describe music outside of the top 40, ideally, something less wordy than, "Underground rock music, and some electronic music, and a metal band or two, and every once in a while something popular like Kanye." Yet, what grates me the most about the whiteness of indie rock think piece in 2015 is that these writers are missing the big picture. On this very day, in the year 2015 of our lord, the two most exciting bands in indie rock/underground rock/punk rock/not top 40 rock, are lead by black men: MC Ride of Death Grips and Lamont "Bim" Thomas of Obnox.
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Should You Buy the New Blues Explosion Album? Take the Quiz

'90s alt-rock innovators, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, have a new album out. Should you buy it? Take the quiz and find out.
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35 (Mostly) Rock Records You Need to Hear from 2013

Here are 35 (mostly) rock records you should hear from 2013. Why 35? Who said 10, or 20, or 50, or 100 was the standard? Not all years of music are ...
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2013 Pitchfork Music Festival: R MFN Kelly

R. MFN Kelly, the R&B legend. R. MFN Kelly, the first R&B artist to headline the Pitchfork Music Festival. R. MFN Kelly, the man who ...
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2013 Pitchfork Music Festival: M.I.A.

There were times during M.I.A.'s Sunday evening set at the Pitchfork Music Festival, where she appeared to be every bit the headliner as the ...
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2013 Pitchfork Music Festival: The Breeders Play Last Splash

The difference between the Breeders today, on Saturday's main stage of the Pitchfork Music Festival, and the Breeders of, let's say just three ...
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Friday at the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival

The best part about Friday, besides Mikal Cronin's shredding and Daughn Gibson's honky-tonk stomp, of course, was that I didn't here one peep out ...
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2013 Pitchfork Music Festival: Mikal Cronin

Mikal Cronin shreds, ok. Mikal Cronin's bassist shreds. Mikal Cronin's guitarist REALLY shreds. Hell, even Mikal Cronin's drummer, who techni...
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