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Snack Trax: Music acts Warhol.ss, Abra and Keith Ape embrace psychedelic music genre

It’s a little hard to describe the appeal of vaporwave as a music genre. Endlessly looped bits of Diana Ross and slowed-down Japanese commercial muzak isn’t exactly Top 40 material.

But visually, vaporwave aesthetics — like VHS filters, random ’80s objects and psychedelic colors — have been sneaking their way into music videos for a while now.

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Bruce Springsteen's autobiography 'Born to Run' will be accompanied by an 18-track set

One of 2016’s most eagerly anticipated autobiographies is getting an “audio companion.” Bruce Springsteen’s soon-to-be-published autobiography, “Born to Run,” will arrive accompanied by an 18-track set called “Chapter and Verse,” the boss announced Thursday via his website.

Springsteen quietly started writing his book in 2009 and signed on to issue it with Simon & Schuster.

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Behind the music of Netflix's 'Stranger Things': Members of the electronic group Survive discuss their eerie score

Considering the eerie tone of the new Netflix show “Stranger Things,” it shouldn’t come as a surprise that its musical score and opening theme were composed under curious circumstances by a pair of lesser known first-timers.

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Elizabeth Banks leads a pack of celebrities in an a cappella version of 'Fight Song' for Hillary Clinton

In a celebrity endorsement move timed to coincide with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s historic nomination, a bounty of famous actors and singers released a buoyant new music video of them singing a cappella to Rachel Platten's "Fight Song."

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Tony Joe White brings Louisiana swamp rock to the Grammy Museum

Singer, songwriter and mystical mood conjurer Tony Joe White brought his swamp-rooted music and mind-set to the Grammy Museum on Monday for a Q&A session and performance that ultimately turned into one of the rowdier events staged in the often sedate environs of the museum’s Clive Davis Theater.

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Spirit musician's estate to appeal ruling in Led Zeppelin 'Stairway to Heaven' case

The estate of musician Randy California, of L.A. rock band Spirit, intends to appeal the jury verdict last month that found that Led Zeppelin did not lift music that formed the basis for the group’s hit “Stairway to Heaven” from an earlier Spirit instrumental, “Taurus,” court documents show.

The unanimous verdict, from an eight-member jury following seven days of testimony in U.S.

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