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Lucy Mao Re-Covered: 5 More Popular Songs that are Actually Covers

By popular demand, AllMusic takes a look at songs made popular by Santana, Natalie Imbruglia, They Might Be Giants, and Brothers both Isley and Righteous, as well as the stories behind the originals.

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Alex Ross A Marlene Dietrich moment

Retrieved after dipping into Greil Marcus’s forthcoming book Folk Music: A Bob Dylan Biography in Seven Songs (Yale UP).

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Chloe Parker Episode 235: Monica Martin

“Go Easy, Kid”

Monica Martin is a singer and songwriter based in Los Angeles. Before that, she was based in Madison, Wisconsin, where she was part of the indie rock band Phox. She’s been a featured guest vocalist on songs by James Blake and Vulfpeck. In this episode, Monica breaks down her song “Go Easy, Kid,” along with the tracks’s producer, Khushi. It’s a pretty meta story, as she talks about making a song that’s in part about how hard it can be to make a song. And more generally, how hard it can be to let go of things we get hung up on.

You can buy or stream “Go Easy, Kid” here.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

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Alex Ross At the grave of Ernst Toch

Previously: Lubitsch, Korngold, Salieri, Bruckner, Liszt, Georg Trakl, Willa Cather and Edith Lewis, Thomas Mann, Bach, Nietzsche, Monteverdi, Koussevitzky, Michael Furey, Luranah Aldridge, Ligeti, Frescobaldi, Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, Baudelaire and Beckett, Nadia and Lili Boulanger, Stravinsky and Nono, Zemlinsky, Schnittke, Fibich, Xavier Scharwenka, Elliott Carter, Enescu, Rachmaninov, Mahler and many others, Russ.

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Greg Prato The Origin of the Striped Design of Eddie Van Halen’s Frankenstrat

Eddie Van Halen’s Frankenstrat is one of the most famous guitars in rock history, and author Greg Prato analyzes when and how the legendary guitarist assembled his now-instantly identifiable axe.

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Nate Chinen Jazz Innovator Vijay Iyer on the Music That Made Him

The 50-year-old pianist and composer details the artists and albums of his life, from the swashbuckling energy of the Star Wars score to the ecstatic musicianship of Prince to the experimental rap of Antipop Consortium, five years at a time.

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