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The Weeknd and Daft Punk are disappointingly earthbound on "Starboy"

True to the narrative of many of his songs, Abel Tesfaye simply doesn’t slow down. Just over a year after he unleashed his mainstream-crashing Beauty Behind the Madness, and hardly two months after its final radio single “Acquainted” was making its rotations, The Weeknd is already rolling out his... Continue reading

Review: Bon Iver, 22, A Million

Who the fuck is Bonnie Bear? The year was 2012. Justin Vernon, the man behind Bon Iver, hadn’t yet reached the Grammy stage to accept an award for Best New Artist, when the internet erupted with wrath and bewilderment. This humble lumberjack with an inexplicable name had just snatched the statuette... Continue reading

Dirty Projectors' first single in four years pushes toward a new direction

This started so egregiously: Dave Longstreth singing “I don’t know why you abandoned / You were my soul and my partner” after a few church bells and over sparse instrumentation, stretching out syllables in that faux-soul way that’s been all the rage since the late-00s/early-10s (think: Bon Iver or... Continue reading

Kaytranada shares 0.001% mixtape

Kaytranada, on the heels of his Polaris Prize upset for his excellent debut 99.9%, has released a nearly hour-and-a-half-long mixtape called 0.001% (c'mon, man! That’s not how numbers work!). Listen below. Continue reading

Dirty Projectors return with "Keep Your Name"

Earlier this week the Dirty Projectors returned after nearly four years of silence with some snippets of new music, and now we have a full song—a soul song—from the band. It’s called “Keep Your Name” and it comes with a video directed by Dave Longstreth and Kanye... Continue reading

Review: Beach Slang, A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings

The teenage perspective is a narcissistic one; every emotion is heightened, every hiccup is the end of the world, and life feels like a movie in which you are the star and every little thing takes on the significance of a major plot point. With age and the benefit of hindsight comes a huge sigh of... Continue reading

Review: How to Dress Well, Care

Intimacy is hard to convey in music. When Tom Krell, under his How To Dress Well alias, emerged in 2010, his debut Love Remains reinvented what R&B as a genre could usually stand for. Amidst a wall of drone and ambient music, he sounded haunted, his voice distilled and opaque. Much like his... Continue reading

Daft Punk join The Weeknd for "Starboy"

The Weeknd didn’t make us wait long for this one, did he? Abel Tesfaye is back in grand fashion—with a Daft Punk collaboration. Right off the bat, regardless of the song’s quality, this is kind of nuts because I can only think of two other times the legendary duo have stepped out into the... Continue reading

Review: Warpaint, Heads Up

The third album in a group’s discography is almost as tricky to navigate as the second. Even if it may not have a trendy descriptor like the sophomore slump, there are certain expectations once a band has reached three records. Apathy could be setting in. Maybe comfortability and familiarity have... Continue reading

Lady Gaga is sorry and unchanged

Lady Gaga videos used to be a big deal to everyone—and for good reason—but at some point, sometime between the uncool maximalism of Born This Way and the confused mixed bag of Artpop, her videos only became a big deal to herself. And maybe that’s why her newest, the... Continue reading

Dirty Projectors tease even more new music, video of Dave Longstreth's big, bearded, jiggly face

It looks like a Dirty Projectors album is imminent! Yesterday the band teased a painfully short clip of new music and today they’ve shared a video of Dave Longstreth’s big, bearded, jiggly face featuring even more new music. The clip was captioned “What We Imagined and What We Became”—album... Continue reading

The Weeknd announces new album Starboy

The Weeknd is ready to follow-up his blockbuster commercial breakthrough, Beauty Behind the Madness, with a new album called Starboy. So far, Abel Tesfaye has only shared the album’s Nabil-shot cover. Take a peek below.No word on when Starboy is out or when we can expect to hear new music. Continue reading

Danny Brown shares "Really Doe" with Kendrick, Earl Sweatshirt, Ab-Soul

Next Friday, Danny Brown will release his highly anticipated LP Atrocity Exhibition and you can listen to hands-down the album’s most wanted cut now—the Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt, Ab-Soul posse cut “Really Doe”. Verdict? It’s not my favorite! Even though all four MCs... Continue reading

Preoccupations—the PMA interview

It has been a big year for Preoccupations. Between a name change, relentless touring, and a new album, the Calgary natives have found ways to remain in the indie rock spotlight. Their last two albums received glowing reviews, while stoking controversy for their previous moniker, Viet Cong. With a... Continue reading

Review: Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam, I Had a Dream That You Were Mine

An indie rock marriage for the ages, The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser and Vampire Weekend’s Rostam have made a new pop record. Hamilton coming off a mediocre solo outing and Rostam hot off his announcement that Modern Vampires of the City would be his last record with the band, the biggest Vampire... Continue reading

Shamir shares new song "Tyna Survive"

Shamir has shared a new song, “Tryna Survive” for a new Ray-Ban produced short-film he appears in, Sheep Plays Wolf. Check both out below. Continue reading

Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge announce new album Yes Lawd!

Anderson.Paak and producer Knxwledge make music together as Nx Worries and they’ve got their debut album, Yes Lawd out on October 21 on Stones Throw, which is enormously exciting if you were a fan of.Paak’s excellent January LP Malibu (we were). Listen to Yes Lawd’... Continue reading

Dirty Projectors tease new music in painfully short clip

Want to get excited over the prospect of new Dirty Projectors music through an agonizingly short clip of ostensibly new music? Now’s your chance! In 2016 this is probably code for a new album is right around the corner. The band’s last album, the somewhat underrated Swing Lo... Continue reading

"Safe and Sound", "Randy", and Justice's Subtle Course-Correction

Despite spending the better part of the past decade dropping colossal cross-genre dance tracks that permeate top 40 playlists and deep-cut compilations in equal measure, French electronic duo Justice seem disinterested in standing on ceremony of any kind. This seems counterintuitive. It also seems... Continue reading

Reviews: Mick Jenkins, Clipping

Mick Jenkins, The Healing Componentby Mick JacobsFor a conclusion to be made, experiments must be held. Failures often follow. But as Edison’s failures illuminated 10,000 ways how “not to make a lightbulb,” with The Healing Component Mick Jenkins details 10,000 ways to heal.The Chicago native’s... Continue reading

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