articles by Anurag Tagat

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MC Tod Fod passes away: Swadesi rapper leaves behind authentic, unwavering legacy of protest rap in India

The streets and the injustices meted out to the common man by corrupt governments were a constant theme in Tod Fod’s rap right from the beginning, heard on surging Swadesi songs like 'Khabardaar,' 'Kranti Havi,' 'Dikhati Sapne Sadke,' 'Kathore Satya,' and 'Khaari Baat.'

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Jeen-Yuhs review: Netflix docuseries shows the elusive, self-absorbed but unwavering creative mind of Kanye West 

Kanye West can never exit a news cycle. He has claimed to be many things – a god, a legend, a Donald Trump supporter, a US presidential candidate, husband to Kim Kardashian, and most importantly in the case of this Netflix docuseries, a genius.

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With new album Dawn FM, The Weeknd muses on love, heartbreak, and betrayal with a host of collaborators

One can argue that 2022 has already seen the first addition to those end-of-year lists we will see in December – The Weeknd’s excellent full-length record Dawn FM.

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Seedhe Maut: How Delhi’s hip-hop firepower duo have their finger on Gen-Z’s pulse

“Whatever we’ve read in our childhood, our books – storybooks, even our textbooks, literature in Hindi and English in school… it’s all about how much interest you have in studying, and those things registering themselves in your mind. All of that reflects in our art," says Encore, one half of Seedhe Maut.

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How Limp Bizkit’s Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water became my gateway to heavy music

As much as getting an uncensored version of the 2000 album Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water was like unearthing a treasure – each expletive uttered bringing a toothy grin upon my face – there were often times I heard songs like 'Rollin’' or 'My Way,' where all the abuses were blanked out.

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Maalavika Manoj talks debut album Caution to the Wind and the wide range of musical inspirations behind it

Mali describes Caution to the Wind as a record that was created from music and references that were like “patchworks."

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Shah Rule on new EP Hooked, collaborating with DIVINE, and using music as a balm to pandemic wounds

"In the last one year, music has helped me get through some tough times," Shah Rule recalls how Nas' album King's Disease got him through a bout with pneumonia last year.

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Azadi Records embraces greater digital presence by amping up online release of their music in lockdown

To adapt to changing times during a pandemic, Indian independent label Azadi Records has taken to releasing their music online, anticipating several months before the world reopens to live gigs.

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India's live music industry stares at losses, as tours cancel, venues shut indefinitely over coronavirus outbreak

With the global outbreak of coronavirus, everything in India’s live music circuit is being reconsidered, as venues shut their doors and shows and tours stand cancelled indefinitely. Performers are expected to shoulder the worst battering in this crisis, predict industry insiders.

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How Mae Thomas is keeping the faith in Indian indie music with her long-running podcast, Maed in India

In the five years that Maed In India has its weekly run of recording guests, Mae Thomas has hosted everyone from Nikhil D’Souza to Ankur Tewari, Naezy, Karsh Kale, Prateek Kuhad, and Indian Ocean.

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Sonam Sherpa, Parikrama's guitar ace and a leading figure in Indian rock, passes away at 48

Sonam Sherpa, who gave us the inimitable soaring solo on 'But It Rained' about three decades, passed away earlier today at the age of 48.

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Control ALT Delete 2020: Seven exciting acts for Mumbai's indie music faithful at upcoming festival

While other music festivals may pride themselves on a big-ticket headliner, crowdfunded music festival Control ALT Delete – now in its 12th edition – has always been about discovery.

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Bhayanak Maut on their new track 'Shoreline', exit of two core members: We make music on our terms

Around 2017 when Bhayanak Maut's vocalists Vinay Venkatesh and Sunneith Revankar left the band, fans wondered how the remaining members decided to continue.

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'Silence is sanction': Metal band The Down Troddence sing of resistance in new track, Fight. React. Be A Part

Kannur-bred band The Down Troddence say they felt 'powerless' after not being able to participate in an anti-CAA protest in Bengaluru.

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Canadian-Indian duo Cartel Madras on new EP, Age of the Goonda: 'The beats we use aren't feminised'

'A lot of people have these terrible ideas of what they want us to look like or what they want us to be,' say Canadian-Indian hip hop duo Cartel Madras.

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Coke Studio: 11 years in, new season of beloved music show runs afoul of copyright issues, but stays afloat

The 12th season of Coke Studio faced down copyright claims not just once but thrice in the last month with its episodes, along with criticism that followed some of their song choices, for instance, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan singing on Junoon’s Sayonee.

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Nagaland's Hornbill Music Festival scales up operations to include Indian rock giants, rising indie artists

This year’s Hornbill Music Festival lineup includes Indus Creed, Girish and the Chronicles, Swarathma and Alobo Naga and the Band, and Dualist Inquiry.

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Naezy discusses being a judge on MTV Hustle, making up for his year-long break, and upcoming projects

Since his year-long break, Naezy has released music at a staggering pace and took to stages ranging from cricket matches to hip-hop festivals and an Australia run of show.

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How Mumbai’s Mosambi Juice Productions is building distinct visual identities for indie artists

Mumbai’s Mosambi Juice Productions is helping create indie artists' visual identities defined through precise aesthetics.

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With Tool's Fear Inoculum on the horizon, a look at the band's album release antics over the years

With Tool's new album Fear Inoculum, a look at the band's history of pranks and antics around new releases over the years.