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Songwriter James Vincent McMorrow stuns on 'Post Tropical'

Jan 7, 2014

Songwriter James Vincent McMorrow stuns on 'Post Tropical'

When James Vincent McMorrow performs, he squashes himself up behind a keyboard, feet apart and knees together, looking a little like a collapsed laundry rack. The 30-year-old’s right hand shakes from the beginning of a song to its end. You give up drink, as ...

Remembering the day Napster set music free

Mar 2, 2013

Remembering the day Napster set music free

In the first weeks of 2000 the founders of Napster were in their office above a bank in San Mateo, California, considering dizzying numbers. Figures scrawled on a whiteboard told how many people around the world had installed their file-sharing application and were using ...