Members of This Heat — from left, Gareth Williams, Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward — in Cold Storage.
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This Heat lasted for less than seven years, but helped shape the future of music, from noise rock to experimental electronica. Today, its groundbreaking catalog is finally available to stream.
August 21, 2020
A song by the K-pop group BTS, shown here performing during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, is included in our starter kit.
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Korean pop's near-total global ubiquity may be intimidating for the uninitiated, but getting into the music shouldn't be. Our introduction includes tracks by H.O.T., Girls Generation, BTS and more.
July 13, 2020
Big Freedia, shown performing in 2019 in New Orleans, is part of our starter kit for the queer music of New Orleans.
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No single lineage can contain New Orleans music. But one central thread is the legacy of queer performers and tastemakers — from Bobby Marchan to Big Freedia — who steered the sounds and the scenes.
June 19, 2020
Tracy Chapman, shown here at the 39th Grammy Awards, is included in our starter kit for women's music.
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Women's music is music written by, for and about women (and, more often than not, women who love women). Our starter kit includes music by Cris Williamson, Ferron, Toshi Reagan, Ani DiFranco and more.
June 17, 2020
Team Dresch's song "Fagetarian and Dyke" is featured in our playlist of queer punk.
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"Queer punk" might be redundant if making over-the-top statements at the top of your lungs isn't precisely what makes punk "punk" and queer "queer." Here's a guide to the genre's history and legacy.
June 15, 2020
Lucinda Williams's iconic fifth album,
Car Wheels On A Gravel Road, defined Americana, but it's just one peak in a career that stretches 20 years forward and back in time from that moment.
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Williams's new album, April 24, 2020 Good Souls Better Angels, is another remarkable entry in a catalog that has, across more than a dozen albums, shaped Americana. Here's a map of her career's many high points.