The Strokes vs. The White Stripes: With one band reunited, and the other broken up, Nerve ranks both discographies in an epic battle royale of early 21st-century rock. Amid all the earbudded iPods, smart phones and MP3 players, one can't help but wonder: Whatever happened to the audiophile? The flatlands of the synth cover: The introduction of the synthesizer gave PoMo bands the means to replay the history of rock and roll with the authenticity knob turned down low. An article on 6 pieces of music that mean the opposite of what you think. Hip-Hop Unveiled: Gender inequality, homophobia and pro-gun — cool or right-wing? What perfection sounds like: Get ready for 3-D sound — Rocket scientist Edgar Choueiri wants to bring it to your living room. Is subway music a contradiction in terms? He grew up in the same house as Bob Marley, and together with Peter Tosh, they created not just The Wailers but a new template for sound, but only Bunny Wailer remains, and today he lives in his own private Zion. Why do so many musical superstars think that their careers are part of a divine plan? A look at the 5 weirdest ways music can mess with the human brain. How accurate will our documentaries about The Beatles be in the year 3126? The International Music Score Library Project raises copyright concerns. Egomaniac, sellout, plagiarist — David Bowie has been accused of many things, but a new biography reveals a warmer side to the pop pioneer. The all-seeing eye of rock and roll: How the Boston rock scene grew up, got real jobs, and became — Freemasons? A review of Radiohead and Philosophy: Fitter, Happier, More Deductive. Scholars sing the praises of Eurovision: Kitschy song contest wows academia; "rampant snobbism".

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