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Inside Jack White’s New Third Man Pressing Plant

On Friday night, Third Man Records’ new Detroit location threw a swanky private party to celebrate the opening of their long-promised pressing plant. Invitations specified that attendees wear “semi-formal attire,” which divided the crowd...Show More Summary

The 10 Best DJ Mixes of February 2017

Josey Rebelle's dark, defiant Discwoman set and Max D's positive-vibes “Yes Mix” bookend this month's column, both asking the same question and coming up with different answers: In a world gone mad, how can dance music keep you sane?...Show More Summary

9 Songs Showcasing Leon Ware’s Incomparable Soul Touch

“Incantations delivered in weightless, improvisatory vocals above undulating grooves; they're entreaties of yearning and devotion… a preacher of sensuality in his pulpit.” So esteemed a New York Times concert review of Leon Ware from back in 2008, some 40 years into his career. Show More Summary

Op-Ed: Is It OK for Musicians to Punch Their Harassers?

On February 15, New York City rapper Princess Nokia performed in the UK at Cambridge University’s Charity Fashion Show, where her efforts to help raise money for the disabled took a disturbing turn. According to front-row witnesses quoted...Show More Summary

How Skepta Tried to Show the Establishment ‘This Is Grime’

Vague political statements were the norm at last night’s BRIT Awards. Katy Perry danced amid a phalanx of miniature houses (comment on... the housing crisis?) and giant skeleton puppets that were probably meant to be Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May. Show More Summary

Sly’s Stone-Cold Genius in 10 Late, Great Songs

Along with the Velvet Underground, Nina Simone, Jimmie Rodgers, and more, Sly Stone finally received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys last week. It seemed an appropriate time to recognize his influence: back in the lateShow More Summary

10 Albums That Prove 1997 Was One of UK Rock’s Best Years

Just as Britpop came to an end, so too must the 20th anniversary Britpop celebrations. After all the Blur box sets, Suede reissues, and Menswear reappraisals, the last hurrah came this past October in the form of Mat Whitecross’ documentary Oasis: Supersonic. Show More Summary

Meet Ann Druyan, The Woman Who Sent Chuck Berry and Beethoven Into Space

Perhaps Chuck Berry’s most curious accolade is the inclusion of  “Johnny B. Goode” on humanity’s mixtape for extraterrestrials. His signature song was etched onto the Golden Record, a 12-inch gold-plated copper phonograph embedded with 90 minutes of music (as well as human sounds and images) meant to represent our humble species. Show More Summary

Who Were The KLF?

By the mid-’90s, British Invasion 2.0 had taken over American music, as Oasis, Blur, Pulp, and Radiohead cracked the rock and college radio charts. But right before those (mostly) self-serious bands broke stateside, there was a British group called the KLF raising all sorts of hell across pop culture. Show More Summary

Grammys Boss Neil Portnow on Race, Boycotts, and Working with Washington

Every year towards the end of the Grammys, the president of the Recording Academy, Neil Portnow, gives a few wonkish remarks. It’s such a famously incongruous moment that this year’s Grammy host James Corden joke-introduced Kanye West before Portnow took the stage, just in case anyone was thinking of taking a bathroom break. Show More Summary

Thundercat’s Love Advice for Valentine’s Day

Thundercat doesn’t remember whether he broke up with his ex-girlfriend or she broke up with him—perhaps he’s blocked it out—but what he does remember is that they broke up on February 14th. “Valentine’s Day is like placing a magnifying glass to the sun,” he says now. Show More Summary

Adele Macklemored Beyoncé and 7 Other Grammy Takeaways

Kendrick Lamar lost to Daft Punk. Beyoncé lost to Beck. Kendrick Lamar lost to Taylor Swift. Beyoncé lost to Adele. The Grammys are a scripted event: a black artist releases an ambitious album that defines its year and embodies the deliberate...Show More Summary

Where Neo-Soul Began: 20 Years of Erykah Badu’s Baduizm

In early 1997, a 25-year-old Erykah Badu glided onto the set of BET talk show “Planet Groove” flanked by her backup singers and immediately started lighting incense. “Planet Groove” had attracted some of the era’s biggest hip-hop and R&B stars, from Missy Elliott to Mariah Carey, but none had done it quite like Badu. Show More Summary

The Promising State of the Actor-Musician

Donald Glover is having a moment. A month after his alter-ego Childish Gambino released “Awaken, My Love!” to the best reception of his musical career, Glover found himself taking home two awards at the Golden Globes, winning for both his show “Atlanta” and his acting within it. Show More Summary

8 Standards Albums Actually Worth Hearing

Last week Bob Dylan announced the release of Triplicate, a triple album that's also his third collection of standards from the Great American Songbook. If Triplicate is seen as three bundled albums—as it should, since its three discs...Show More Summary

Television’s Punk Epic “Marquee Moon,” 40 Years Later

Invisible Hits is a column in which Tyler Wilcox scours the internet for the best (and strangest) bootlegs, rarities, outtakes, and live clips. In 1974, an unknown band named Television convinced CBGB owner Hilly Kristal to let them take over the club's typically dead Sunday night, unwittingly kicking off New York’s punk scene. Show More Summary

XXXTentacion Is Blowing Up Behind Bars. Should He Be?

On January 28, while performing in Amsterdam, Drake delivered previously unheard rhymes in a ratatat cadence. “I get my dough in advance/Love is just not in my plans,” he sneered. No sooner did video from the event surface than hip-hop...Show More Summary

Lady Gaga’s Choose-Your-Own-Political-Subtext Halftime Show

Lady Gaga, an artist who has always expressed herself through sound bites as much as song lyrics, didn’t have much to say at last night’s Super Bowl LI Halftime Show. But midway through her performance, she did take a moment to tellShow More Summary

Poppin’ Off: An Interview With the “Bubbleologist” Behind Grimes’ “Venus Fly” Video

“Oh my gosh, you can see all my bubbles!” Teena Lemieux is watching Grimes and Janelle Monáe’s “Venus Fly” video for the first time. She is very psyched. Because, along with some cyberpunk regalia and flame-tinged swords, it’s Lemieux’s bubbles that make this epic video really, you know, pop. Show More Summary

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