The Fall: 10 Essential Songs

Johnny Rotten may have mobilized a generation of snarling malcontents, but for those who were a little too weird, brainy and normally dressed to pass as punk, Mark E. Smith was the Messiah. Formed in Manchester, England, in 1976 – "To form a group is the most ridiculous idea ever", Smith once told NME – the Fall was Smith's megaphone, a band whose uncompromising mission to be

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How the Grammys Finally Got Woke

On February 12th, 2017, Frank Ocean published a blunt dismissal of the Grammys on Tumblr. "You know what's really not 'great tv,' guys?" Ocean asked. "[Taylor Swift's] 1989 getting album of the year over [Kendrick Lamar's] To Pimp a Butterfly. Hands down one of the most 'faulty' TV moments I've seen." Ocean's post reflected a widely held view: At best, the Grammys appeared to

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Grammys 2018: Meet the Best New Artist Nominees

This year's Best New Artist category at the Grammys is anybody's game to win: It's a lineup full of acclaimed stars with strong hit-making capabilities. And as diverse as the field is, many of the nominees have collaborated with one another during the past year, leading to one of the friendliest competitions of the 2018 awards. Here's a closer look at the singers, songwriters and rappers

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