Music

Did Bob Dylan Deserve a Nobel?

Bob Dylan's Nobel award opens up questions of music as literature, as well as how the Nobel committee chooses its honorees.

Cultural Appropriation in Classical Music

European classical music's complicated relationship with other cultures raises questions of creativity and appropriation.

Bon Iver and the Economics of Art for Art’s Sake

In a recent feature article for Pitchfork, an online music magazine, contributor Steve Marsh follows Justin Vernon, the lead singer and founder of the...

Rebellion and Passion in India’s Indie Music Scene

India's indie music scene works to expand global understandings of their craft beyond Bollywood.

The Gentrification of Hip-Hop

Who is responsible for music that reproduces harmful stereotypes about Black Americans?

Classical Music and the Cost of Perfection

Classical music's ever-growing demand for perfection has taken a toll on those who perform it.

Classical Sexism: Gender Bias and Female Conductors

On gender bias and the lack of female conductors in the classic music industry.
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Dress Fresh to Impress: Hip-Hop’s Impact Through Fashion

Hip-hop is more than controversial lyrics -- it's also revolutionized a fashion sub-culture.
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Lil Nas X vs. Billboard: The Charting Conundrum of “Old Town...

Are the boundaries of genre serving to create divides based on race in the music industry? And how might Billboard be complicit?
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The Duality of Hip-Hop: An Examination of Mumble Rap

Mumble rap has both its ardent fans and harsh critics. But what impact will the subgenre have on the social impact of hip-hop?