Thinkpieces And Shit


Stop Complaining About Streaming Services, We Live in a Music Consumer Heaven

You are living in an extraordinary time to be a music lover and listener. Cough up and enjoy it.


Spread ‘Em, Ladies: How 90s Chairdancing Liberated the Female Crotch

The manspreading once reserved for dudes in music videos has been reclaimed over the years by female pop stars.


Metal's Anti-Semitism Is Boring as Hell

As casual anti-Semitism took its toll on me, I turned to aggressive music to deal with it... only to find that some talented figures in the scene had turned to the same sounds to deal with me.


What I Learned About Spirituality and the Universe from One Direction's Cover of "Torn"

They may look and sound better than they did when they first performed the song as a group in the Judge's House in 2010, but are they happier? Are we?


Conor Oberst: Wuss-Rock No More

People were cruel to the Bright Eyes frontman early on, but over many years and dozens of albums, he's proven his status as a legacy artist.


From Crazy Frog to Going Up On A Tuesday: How Memes Replaced Publicity in Pop

Music memes have evolved from the Rick Roll to traffic drivers for the most popular artists today.


Screw the UK Government For Thinking Tyler, the Creator Provokes "Others to Terrorist Acts"

When you consider the countless more offensive rappers who are allowed to play in the United Kingdom, It seems like this is more a cultural issue, than a hate speech issue.


Boys Do Cry: The Desperate Pain of Being a Music Fan in 2015

Waiting for the year's biggest albums from Kanye West, Rihanna, and Frank Ocean has been a testing experience.


Do Songs by Female Pop Stars Always Need to Have a Feminist Message?

We should allow female artists the space and agency to be creative without subscribing them to a set of rules that male artists are still largely exempt from.


"Bitch Better Have My Money" Is Not Too Violent or Too Sexist - It's Just Too Obvious

There are infinite real life instances that have made me think: goddamn, Rihanna is a badass. But seeing her in sitting in a trunk full of money, splattered in blood, just makes me think the opposite.


Vince Staples's 'Summertime '06' Is Dark, But Not Without Hope

The Long Beach rapper's Def Jam Records debut presents the troubles of his hometown from intersecting angles.


Where Have All The Music Messageboards Gone?

With music messageboards in seemingly terminal decline, we take a look at some of the reasons behind their demise.