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5:17am

Fri January 17, 2014
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Gimme The Beat (Box): The Journey Of The Drum Machine

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 3:06 pm

The Oberheim DMX rose to popularity in the mid-1980s, one of the first commercial drum machines that came close to mimicking real drum sounds.
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About 10 years ago, a disgruntled pianist in Los Angeles named John Wood began a popular bumper sticker campaign with the slogan, "Drum Machines Have No Soul." Not everyone was convinced, including producer Eric Sadler.

"Drum machines don't run themselves," Sadler says. "It's the people who put into the drum machines that give the drum machines soul, to me. I've definitely given some drum machines some soul."

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3:29pm

Sat January 4, 2014
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Phil Everly: Harmony To His Brother's Melody

Originally published on Sat January 4, 2014 5:59 pm

The Everly Brothers, Phil (left) and Don, perform in 2004 in London.
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The Everly Brothers' close harmonies and smooth guitar licks influenced an entire generation of popular musicians. Don Everly's voice usually handled the melody, but Phil Everly gave the higher accompanying harmony to that melody, and that was what defined The Everly Brothers' sound.

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Tue December 31, 2013

5:42am

Mon December 30, 2013
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20 Years Ago, De La Soul Refused To Go Pop

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 10:55 am

David Jude Jolicoeur aka Trugoy (from left), Vincent Mason aka P.A. Mase and Kelvin Mercer aka Posdnuos pose for a portrait outside the Apollo Theater in Harlem in September 1993.
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3:07pm

Sun October 27, 2013
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Lou Reed, Beloved Contrarian, Dies

Originally published on Sun October 27, 2013 3:59 pm

Lou Reed onstage in London in 1975 playing a transparent, Plexiglass guitar. Reed died Sunday. He was 71.
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One of rock's most beloved and contrarian figures has died. Lou Reed epitomized New York City's artistic underbelly in the 1970s, with his songs about hookers and junkies. He was 71.

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