Review: MC Paul Barman’s ‘(((Echo Chamber)))’ Is As Lovably Eccentric As Ever

Back when white rappers were still a relative novelty, MC Paul Barman was the strangest one of all. An impossibly horny New Jersey nebbish, drunk on his own id and the possibilities of language, Barman blurted out his rhymes like some unholy hybrid of James Joyce, Eminem and a public-access perv. His flow was shaky, his jokes were tasteless, and on his cult-classic debut EP, 2000's It's

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Guitars Are Getting More Popular. So Why Do We Think They’re Dying?

Headlines haven’t been kind to electric guitars. Slipping sales year over year made for a bleak portrait, and by last September, even Eric Clapton wondered if the instrument was on its way out. “Maybe the guitar is over,” he mused, responding to reports that electric guitar sales had

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Sony Doubles Its Song Catalog – and Its Control of the Music Industry

Sony is buying EMI Music Publishing, adding two million songs from artists like Alicia Keys, Kanye West and Queen to its already-vast publishing catalog and cementing its position as the world’s largest music publisher. The Japanese corporation is paying around $2 billion for a 60 percent equity stake in EMI, it said on Tuesday.

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The Beatles’ Esher Demos: The Lost Basement Tapes That Became the White Album

Rob Sheffield's book Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World is a celebration of the band, from the longtime Rolling Stone columnist. It tells the weird saga of how four lads from Liverpool became the world's biggest pop group, then broke up – yet somehow just kept getting bigger.

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BTS’ ‘Love Yourself: Tear’: Inside the K-Pop Sensations’ New LP

The producer Steve Aoki has fond memories of hisfirst meeting with the seven-man K-pop ensemble BTS. "We got a big oldBluetooth boombox, huddled around it and just jammed," Aoki recalls."The last time I saw them in L.A., I gave [the rapper] RM my hoodie; hegave me his jacket. We were doing the Aoki jump together. Right off the bat, wewere in sync – the language barrier didn't stop us

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