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The Glamour and the Squalor – Interview with Marco Collins

The seeds for the documentary based on Collins’ life, The Glamour and the Squalor, were sown in 2011, on the occasion of The End’s 20th anniversary. To mark the occasion, former DJs were invited back on air to talk a little about the station’s history and share behind-the-scenes stories about their time there. As usual, Marco had the best stories.[…]

Chris Ballew Kids Songs

Musical Transcendence for Parents & Kids

Our friend Chris Ballew is our guest editor this week. He sent this family-focused piece while on a trip to Japan, just in time for Father’s day! In it, he discusses the transcendent power of music shared between parents and children. He also shared this fantastic playlist to let our readers hear some of the sounds behind his inspiration.   The[…]

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Spotlight: Ripped-Off Riffs

It’s not news that sometimes two artists write a great song using the same riff. In 1994, Bush and The Offspring had hits with “Little Things” and “Self-Esteem,” respectively, which put the same chords in a different order and treated them like the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” sons they are. Sometimes a familiar riff gets cannibalized intentionally — like when Coldplay sought permission from Kraftwerk to repurpose the[…]

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Celebrity Playlist: Nikki Lane

When Nikki Lane left Greenville, S.C., for Nashville, she hoped to find some likeminded folks who shared her appreciation for both real, old-timey country and the awesome clothes the stars wore on the album covers. Lane scoured stores for vintage clothes and cool items from a bygone era, and sold them at a small store in East Nashville called High Class Hillbilly.[…]

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Celebrity Playlist: Afrojack

Nick van de Wall has been one of the world’s biggest DJs for so long that it may come as something of a shock to recall that he has yet to record a solo album. That all changes now, as van de Wall — better known as Afrojack — finally drops his debut album, Forget the World. No figure better personifies the crossover[…]