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Beth Ditto

Read Britney Spears, Meet Beth Ditto (Please)

November 19, 2009 – Sexual objectification as empowerment is a tricky line to tow.

Read The Decade In Music: Taylor Swift's 'Teardrops On My Guitar' (2008)

November 19, 2009 – Swift captures what it's like to be a teenager, when hyper-real emotions are conveyed with timidity.

Read Question Of The Day: Which Song Sums Up The Decade For You?

November 19, 2009 – If the decade could have one theme song for its montage of memorable moments, what would it be?

Read Memorable Songs, Artists And Moments: 2000-09

November 19, 2009 – What is the one song, movement or artist that sums up the decade for you, and why?

Read What's In An Indie?

November 18, 2009 – Indie isn't a genre any more than alternative was, but the name denotes something about the music.

Read Soul's Past Stays Present

November 18, 2009 – Retro-soul's popularity raises thoughts and questions about nostalgia, race and American pop.

Read Question Of The Day: What's Your Favorite New Genre?

November 18, 2009 – What's your favorite new genre of the decade? Which produced the best music?

Read Genre Dictionary, 2000-09: From Crabcore To S---gaze

November 18, 2009 – A dictionary-style introduction to the ten genres that were either born or blossomed this decade.

Listen Surviving The Underground: On Making Art And Getting By

November 18, 2009 – A quasi-factual, semi-amusing trajectory through origins of the word "underground" in the aughts.

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Read The Decade In Music: Rihanna's 'Umbrella' (2007)

November 18, 2009 – The summer jam of 2007 can be summarized in seven syllables: "ella, ella, ay, ay, ay."

Read The Way We Were: Music Blogs And Sites In The '00s

November 17, 2009 – These were the MP3 blogs, online zines, and other music ephemera that made up our digital memories.

Listen Ten Questions For A Critic: The State Of Classical Music

November 17, 2009 – Anne Midgette, from the Washington Post, looks back at the past 10 years in classical music.

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Read Everett True: Dispatches From 'A Fading Music Critic'

November 17, 2009 – British music blogger Everett True ponders his place as a critic in the online space.

Read The Decade In Music: Gnarls Barkley's 'Crazy' (2006)

November 17, 2009 – "Crazy" was the song everyone seemed to like. It remains a left-field wonder of psychedelic soul.

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