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The 50 Best Side One Track Ones in Music History

There’s an art to the album opener — it doesn’t necessarily have to be the best or most commercially appealing song on the record, but it needs to grab the listener’s attention. It’ll often also serve as an introduction to the themes and/or sound of the album in question, a sort of preview of to what’s to come. And so it is that at Flavorwire central, we’ve been having one of our unabashedly nerdy music conversations about what are, in our collective opinion, the best examples of the form. Here’s a bumper list of 50 to talk… Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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Flavorwire Feature: EMA Finds a Future in the Void

It’s the first show of EMA’s new album tour, at Union Pool in Brooklyn, and things are going wrong. Her collaborator Leif Shackelford has been having trouble with his equipment all night, and about halfway through “Milkman,” something seems to fail completely. Shackelford bolts offstage, leaving three bewildered bandmates staring at where he’s supposed to be. They finish the song anyway, and Erika M. Anderson — she of the EMA acronym — gently admonishes Shackelford when he reappears. He explains what’s gone wrong, and then smiles: “C’mon, you had more fun finishing that song than anything else you’ve done tonight.” She chuckles ruefully. Speaking into the mic to make sure the whole place can hear her, she replies: “It’s true. I like it when things are all fucked up.” … Read More

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The 10 Albums You Need to Hear in April

I’m calling it now: April will be the biggest month of 2014 for indie rock releases. The competition was stiff, and my ears are tired. We’ve got Mac DeMarco, EMA, Cloud Nothings, the return of Afghan Whigs — and that’s just the… Read More

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Watch EMA’s Video Collaboration with Molly Soda

EMA’s gone net art! The .gifs were “curated/done” by Molly Soda, and the video was directed by Vice Cooler, of… Read More

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25 Women Poised to Lead the Culture in 2014

Look: I don’t like writing these lists either. I long for the day in which I will no longer have to write them, when women will just be the people participating in the culture as full human beings like everyone else, because the culture will have quit giving disproportionate airtime to the other gender. In the meantime: Don’t listen to the old fogeys who insist that the reason women don’t make a lot of noise in the culture is that they do unremarkable work. You just don’t hear enough about the remarkable work. Here are 25 women who will do great things this… Read More

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Flavorwire’s 15 Most Anticipated Albums of 2014

With year-end listomania pretty much over and done with, it’s time to turn our attention to the year to come — and, specifically, which albums we’re most looking forward to hearing in 2014. So far, it’s shaping up very nicely indeed, thanks — there’s the return of a whole lot of artists who we’ve been waiting to hear from for up to four-and-a-half decades, along with debuts from exciting new talents. Here’s what’s gonna be on our shopping list once we pay off the debts of the “festive” season. … Read More

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20 Great Songs That You Might Have Missed in 2013

Part of the pleasure of listening to music is tracking down the less obvious joys: obscure covers, remixes and deep cuts that didn’t get a whole lot of attention. There were plenty such songs kicking about in 2013, and it seems a shame not to draw attention to them just because they didn’t quite make it onto our albums of the year list — so here are 20 songs that you may or may not have read about elsewhere, and that your correspondent enjoyed greatly over the last 12 months. … Read More

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The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: EMA, HTRK

Yes, there’s a new Beyoncé album, and hey, maybe you’ll even enjoy it more than I did. But there has been other music that’s been released this week, too — a bunch of it, actually, and some of it really good! And so, as ever, here’s our regular Friday round-up of the best songs we heard this week, headlined by the most excellent new EMA single — there’s also a similarly awesome new song from HTRK, along with an unexpected Burial EP, St Vincent’s new single, and Mark Kozelek decking the halls with boughs of holly. See you on Monday. … Read More

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