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“Under the Vast Sky”: Cantopop Memories and Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement

October 16, 2014
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“Under the Vast Sky”: Cantopop Memories and Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement

Against hegemonic memory-draining statist narratives and corporate projects, the Umbrella Movement is about remembering to struggle, and the struggle to remember.
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Casey Kasem Signs Off (1932-2014)

June 17, 2014
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Casey Kasem Signs Off (1932-2014)

Casey Kasem helped put pop music in a context. In so doing, he provided a resource for listeners to recontextualize that music for themselves.
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On Radio: Live Music Festivals as Satellite Radio’s Premium Content?

June 10, 2014
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On Radio: Live Music Festivals as Satellite Radio’s Premium Content?

Sirius XM's recent live broadcast of the Governors Ball highlights the persistence of place, of musical “hotspots,” within the satellite radio universe.
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Everybody’s Doing Molly? Dance Music Cultures and Drugs

October 2, 2013
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Everybody’s Doing Molly? Dance Music Cultures and Drugs

What happens when the forces of unchecked capitalism associated with the mainstreaming of dance music cultures prevent those cultures from protecting or regulating their own?
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E-distribution gets “Weird” in Canada

April 4, 2013
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E-distribution gets “Weird” in Canada

Distribution remains a challenge for many artists and labels, and this initiative creates a much-needed resource that can allow artists to more easily sustain creative autonomy.
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The 2012 BET Awards as [Black] Family Reunion

July 6, 2012
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The 2012 BET Awards as [Black] Family Reunion

Its the pairing of disrepute with respectability that makes the BET Awards akin to a Black Family reunion.
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Imported by Justin Bieber: Carly Rae Jepsen and Transnational Stardom

April 5, 2012
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Imported by Justin Bieber: Carly Rae Jepsen and Transnational Stardom

Carly Rae Jepsen's Justin Bieber-supported breakthrough offers a case study for how difficult it is for stardom to remain transnational when moving into the U.S. market.
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SOPA: Just Say NOPA

December 22, 2011
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SOPA: Just Say NOPA

Whatever you’ve been doing on the internet in the last few weeks, chances are you ran across something about SOPA. And for good reason—SOPA might just be the most dangerous internet legislation the US government has ever considered.
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Playing Like a Girl: Feminist Praxis as Feminist Pragmatics

November 30, 2011
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Playing Like a Girl:  Feminist Praxis as Feminist Pragmatics

June Millington may not be as well known as some other rock figures, but her music and activism have made - and continue to make - a significant impact on the lives of girls and women who aspire to play music and participate in the music industry.
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R.E.M 1980-2011

October 1, 2011
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R.E.M 1980-2011

By the time they announced their breakup, R.E.M. had become so taken for granted that it was easy to poke fun. Yet, as the effusive post-mortems everywhere suggest, they became an institution for a reason
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You Have Friends That Want You Back Home

July 7, 2011
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You Have Friends That Want You Back Home

Treme’s focus on how its culture and cultural economies are created and presented through music and cuisine has meant a majority of its almost 22 narrative hours watching musicians struggle with bar owners, the recording business, the law and each other.
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Whatever Happened to the Devil’s Music?

July 3, 2011
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Whatever Happened to the Devil’s Music?

Surely in the final minutes of the last day of the Glastonbury rock festival, people are supposed to look sick, bedraggled and filthy, following a weekend of unfettered debauchery, but those kids are just too clean!. Come to think of it, why is Beyonce headlining anyway?
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Tremé: Feels Like Joy and Pain

June 1, 2011
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Tremé: Feels Like Joy and Pain

The challenge facing Tremé (and every other media representation of New Orleans) is finding a way to balance a celebration of the city’s unique cultural contributions with an acknowledgment of its more conventional, and often more damning, histories, memories, and contemporary realities. Week 6’s episode “Feels Like Rain” responds to this challenge, self-consciously,...
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