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Alasdair P. MacKenzie

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David Crosby Talks Creativity and Collaboration, Past and Present

Before his event on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Sanders Theater, the Crimson spoke with Crosby about his decades-long career of musical creativity.

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Roger McGuinn Celebrates Anniversary Of Milestone Album, Looks Back On Byrds Career

The Harvard Crimson spoke with McGuinn about the Byrds’ career, the making of “Sweetheart of the Rodeo,” and his current tour.

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Unpopular Opinion: In Defense of Bob Dylan’s Singing

Despite the many accolades Dylan has received, though, one rarely hears strong praise for him as a vocalist.


'Disgraceland' Could Be So Much Better

“Disgraceland” is a podcast with an intriguing concept, but it rarely lives up to its potential.

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50 Years On, ‘Odessey and Oracle’ Provides a Template for DIY Sophistication

Odessey” demonstrates that DIY music need not be defined by scrappiness or invested in changing the definition of musical greatness.


2018 Housing Day Bests

Our take on the best housing day videos of 2018.

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Kero Kero Bonito Get Far Out With New Single, ‘Only Acting’

The group’s new single, “Only Acting,” bears the aforementioned hallmarks of their earlier work: Perry’s signature chirp is front and center, and the drums are as danceable as ever. But it has an experimental edge lacking in previous KKB material. Even with such radical experimentation, Kero Kero Bonito are able to turn “Only Acting” into a masterfully executed song.

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Naked Giants Think They Know (But Don’t Really Know) Who They Want to Be

“Everybody Thinks They Know (But No One Really Knows)” is hamstrung by its ambition to be both a punk head-banger and a radio-friendly indie anthem. And in the end, it achieves neither goal, too intentional for punk and too melodically Spartan for indie pop.

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John Oliver Excels in His Niche. He Should Stay There.

As long as John Oliver and company remember what they do best—in terms of both educating their viewers and changing the world—the show will remain among the most brilliant things on TV.​