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What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

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When Things Look Dark, Country Music Gets Sunnier

New research finds socioeconomic conditions impact the type of songs that become hits, but in opposite ways for pop and country music.

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Multi-Instrumentalist Who Wants to Understand Why People Make Music

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

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Study Casts Doubt on Superiority of Stradivarius Violins

Researchers find top-ranked musicians can’t distinguish the sound of a Strad—and often prefer newer instruments.

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Future Islands, Emo, and How Honesty Became Cool

Or: Earnestness is the new black.

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Kicking Methadone With Johnny Winter

How sleight-of-hand—and obsessive-compulsive disorder—helped the guitarist shake 30 years of addiction.

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Swedish Pop Mafia

How a culturally conservative effort in the 1940s backfired to create the greatest engine of pop music in the world.

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Do We See Good Music Better Than We Hear It?

Listening may not be the best way to judge an orchestra’s chops.

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Music Is Power: Michael Dunn, Jordan Davis, and How We Respond When People Turn Up the Volume

Second-hand sound can profoundly affect our social interactions and our interior lives.

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Why We Should Stop Singing ‘Happy Birthday’

While it might be the most-sung song in the world, “Happy Birthday” was created for children and is currently mired in an ugly copyright dispute. It’s time to put an end to the awkward tradition.

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What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

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