The week of March 15, 2015

The Music Issue
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Big data will find your next favorite band

By Dylan Love

Your SoundCloud spins and Wikipedia searches are being used to find the next Sam Smith.

Quote of the week

“I use Spotify every day of my life. As an artist, I hate it and I hope goes away forever.”

Features

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The gospel of Father John Misty, the Internet’s anti-rock star

By Austin Powell

The sardonic songwriter kills the last sacred cow left standing.

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Are streaming music services about to bite the dust?

By Taylor Hatmaker

It’s the calm before the storm.

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The discord of YouTube’s Music Key

By Audra Schroeder

YouTube’s music subscription service could revolutionize the music industry, but at what cost?

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Meet the Mexican DJ who created a new media empire

By Dan Gentile

You might not have heard of Alejandro Franco, but that will soon change.

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SoundCloud’s dirtiest little secret

By Andy Hermann

Bootleg remixes infringe copyright, so why are so many of them never taken down?

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The mythic universe of Sorne

By Doug Freeman

Once you enter this “House of Stone,” you never come out.

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The ghosts in the mp3

By Audra Schroeder

You’ll never hear ‘Tom’s Diner’ the same way again.

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100 bands you need to hear at SXSW 2015

By Emmy Feldman

Cue up Spotify and clear your schedule.

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Me IRL: Pomplamoose’s Jack Conte

By Aaron Sankin

The controversial Patreon founder talks about the unexpected virtue of not giving a s**t.

Opinion

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How YouTube killed the one-hit wonder

By Rae Votta

On YouTube, you only need to strike gold once.

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The real reason why the Spotify model is broken

By Sharky Laguana

The good news: There’s an easy solution.

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Torres: Songs from my childhood

By Mackenzie Scott

The Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter retraces her youth through the songs that have stayed with her.

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An open letter to SXSW

By Thor Harris

Expand with care.