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Janelle Monáe breaks down barriers with “Dirty Computer”

Janelle Monáe’s 'Dirty Computer' takes the tired and dead and makes it breathe again.

    Vocal harmonies, the likes of which The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson seems to have mastered (if not ... Read the full article
The Lesser Column

The Lesser Column covers a broad spectrum of content. With a focus on film, we also publish reviews of music, books, TV shows, live theatre and stand-up comedy, as well as occasional pieces of social and cultural commentary. Our reviews don’t give star ratings or ‘thumbs up/down’, and come from a more personal perspective – why what’s on display affected us in the way it did; why it’s good or otherwise, how it fits in a broader cultural context. Here is where you come for informed opinion and analysis. People are often very selective about how and where they find themselves entertained, so we’re offering reasons why you should see, read, hear, and experience something beyond simply what it’s about.

They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us: Hanif Abdurraqib’s on point social commentary of a fractured, hopeful America

America is a country fast reaching divisive apathy, however, Hanif Abdurraqib points to another way to heal, as they have before, through the power of music.

The three disputed sources of the electric guitar

We know who can play it, but who was the first person to add electricty to the garden variety guitar?

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