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

Raftaar on creating Ghana Kasoota, his new song GOAT, and music label Kalamkaar
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Raftaar on creating Ghana Kasoota, his new song GOAT, and music label Kalamkaar

Raftaar's latest song Ghana Kasoota, which loosely translates to ‘awesome’ in Haryanvi, has desi swag with contemporary hip-hop beats.

How 'genres', once considered reductive in music, are undergoing tectonic shifts today
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How 'genres', once considered reductive in music, are undergoing tectonic shifts today

In the playlist-driven world of today, where songs are tagged and heard by mood, genres seem to be becoming increasingly irrelevant, particularly during the compositional process.

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

Economist, you are wrong! India’s poor are very much a part of its digital success story
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Economist, you are wrong! India’s poor are very much a part of its digital success story

The Indian digital revolution, though a work in progress, is an astounding success. But the ‘Economist’ thinks it will leave out the poorest and create a great divide between the haves and have-nots

Lucky Ali on 25 years of debut album: 'I still see all my songs as work-in-progress'
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Lucky Ali on 25 years of debut album: 'I still see all my songs as work-in-progress'

“Music is just a small part of my larger picture, of how I would like to be. It is as much a stepping stone as acting or even education was for me," says Lucky Ali, who recently turned 63.

MTV VMAs 2021: Shawn Mendes, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna turn heads
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MTV VMAs 2021: Shawn Mendes, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna turn heads

For some head-turning fashion to memorable performances, check out highlights from MTV VMAs in images

MTV VMAs 2021: Justin Bieber, Lil Nas X, Olivia Rodrigo win top honours
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MTV VMAs 2021: Justin Bieber, Lil Nas X, Olivia Rodrigo win top honours

Justin Bieber won awards for Artist of the Year and Best Pop while Lil Nas X received the Video of the Year award.

Certified Lover Boy review: Drake's new album is more of the same
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Certified Lover Boy review: Drake's new album is more of the same

Certified Lover Boy is an almost 90-minute experience of navel gazing that might work with his fans who remain reluctant to admit to the sameness of Drake’s works.

Benny Dayal breaks down his arsenal as a performer: Bolly Funk, multilingual vocals, and training in classical dance
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Benny Dayal breaks down his arsenal as a performer: Bolly Funk, multilingual vocals, and training in classical dance

Multitude is par for the course with Benny Dayal. Be it the languages he sings in, his jackets and accessories collections, or even the instruments he likes to tinker with, Benny is frequently experimenting out of his core, thus making him an even more exciting musician to be around.

'We have had to beg for food': Dholak makers in Lucknow fail to hit a profitable note
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'We have had to beg for food': Dholak makers in Lucknow fail to hit a profitable note

The Coronavirus pandemic induced-lockdown has come down very hard on many like Mehboob Ali and his family, who are struggling to make both ends meet these days

Afghanistan's National Institute of Music falls silent as Taliban rule returns
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Afghanistan's National Institute of Music falls silent as Taliban rule returns

The institute, called Afghanistan's LaGuardia, was founded by Ahmad Sarmast in a bid to bring a measure of joy back to Kabul after the Taliban were routed in 2001

Watch The Sound with Mark Ronson Apple TV+ explores the curious link between music and technology
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Watch The Sound with Mark Ronson Apple TV+ explores the curious link between music and technology

The six-part docuseries is as much for musicians as it is for music lovers. Without taking any strong sides, it explores the symbiotic relationship between a raw creative process and the digital prism through which it emerges.

Stories to Tell: With new memoir, Richard Marx offers anecdotes from a life spent rubbing shoulders with music royalty
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Stories to Tell: With new memoir, Richard Marx offers anecdotes from a life spent rubbing shoulders with music royalty

Marx over his career has had 14 No 1 songs as a writer — one in each of four different decades.

Linkin Park turns 25: For children of the '90s, the rock band was an outlet for angst, frustration, heartbreak
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Linkin Park turns 25: For children of the '90s, the rock band was an outlet for angst, frustration, heartbreak

Straddling the rebellious and the reflective since a quarter of a century, the band has provided a robust soundtrack in our lives, often giving us an opportunity to scream out what pains us.

How digitisation, waning radio support and rise of film music edged Bangla rock out of the mainstream over a decade
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How digitisation, waning radio support and rise of film music edged Bangla rock out of the mainstream over a decade

While band music had become Bengal’s defining voice, there was a gradual decline after 2010.

Gianna Rolandi, noted American soprano known for her agile and radiant voice, passes away aged 68
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Gianna Rolandi, noted American soprano known for her agile and radiant voice, passes away aged 68

Rolandi’s auspicious 1975 debut at the New York City Opera, as Olympia in Offenbach’s “Tales of Hoffmann,” came when she was 23 and just out of the conservatory. She took over the role on short notice when the scheduled soprano withdrew.

In Eric Weisbard's Songbooks, a deep dive into American pop music by way of the writers, critics who have addressed it
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In Eric Weisbard's Songbooks, a deep dive into American pop music by way of the writers, critics who have addressed it

Songbooks sounds straightforward. Weisbard has gone back and reread more than 150 volumes, classics and oddities of American music writing. In chronological order, he chews through biographies, memoirs, song collections and academic studies, from William Billings’ The New-England Psalm-Singer (1770) through Jay-Z’s memoir Decoded (2010).

'Sense of euphoria': Metal fans mosh at first UK live music festival since pandemic
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'Sense of euphoria': Metal fans mosh at first UK live music festival since pandemic

Attendees all took COVID-19 tests before the event, and don’t have to wear masks or follow social distancing rules during the festival.

Music for the Movement: Chlöe, Shahidi, Cordae part of Disney EP honoring Black life
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Music for the Movement: Chlöe, Shahidi, Cordae part of Disney EP honoring Black life

The EP the third volume in Disney’s four-part series of EPs honouring Black lives and social justice.