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The Best Artist Merchandise of 2020

Support your favorite artist in style.

As you probably know, the music industry is going through a period of massive transformation.

Thanks to streaming and internet piracy, artists are no longer making money through record sales. Instead, they have to depend on concert tickets and, of course, merchandise. While that's bad news for your favorite struggling indie band, it's good news for fans, because it means band merch has gotten incredibly cool.

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Today is another Bandcamp Friday, meaning until midnight tonight, the platform will be waiving revenue shares and letting artists take 100 percent of profits.

Now more than ever, as Black Lives Matter protests occur around the world, it's extremely important to lift marginalized voices. The music industry has repeatedly erased Black voices throughout history, despite the fact that most mainstream genres were invented by Black people.


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The Onion's "A.V. Club" Cover Series is back, and the awkward pairings of contemporary artist and classic song can now re-commence. Among the first up, West Coast rockers Young the Giant (of "My Body" and "Holy Hell Did Those Guys Actually Play at the VMAs Last Year?" fame), taking on one of the great pop anthems of the 21st century, in R. Kelly's "Ignition (Remix)." Their cover is faithful, but not to the point of being overly reverential—and actually, with the dubby bass, shuffling drums and heavily flanged guitars, the whole affair sounds very much in 311 ballad territory. (You guys remember "Amber"? Great fucking song, that.)

What's more, they manage to sound this cool—listen to those drummer backing harmonies on the "bounce, bounce, bounce" section!—while all wearing fur coats of some sort. Somehow, it couldn't be more appropriate a fashion choice. (By the way, quasi-random "I(R)" observation—if Kells introduces the song as a "preview of the remix," could that mean that the full thing is still on its way at some point? We'd be even more excited for that than new "Trapped in the Closet" installments.)

[AV Club]