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Prince and Michael Jackson: Still Competing, Posthumously, on the Charts

Since his death three weeks ago, Prince has been lodged in the upper reaches of the Billboard charts, as hundreds of thousands of Americans have acquired his music—in many cases, for the first time. Prince’s near-total refusal to allow...Show More Summary

Katy B's Guide to Dance Clubs Around the World

If the whole music thing doesn't work out for Katy B—a highly unlikely proposition seeing as she recently released her third album, a collection of floor-oriented tracks that pair her agile voice with beats by forward-thinking club mainstays...Show More Summary

How Radiohead Became, For a Time, the World's Biggest Political Band

When it comes to marrying politics and music, Radiohead have always been good value for your money. Unlike their near contemporaries Blur, whose chart-pop whims combined with middle-of-the-road politics, Radiohead have never strayed far from right-on radical causes, just as their music has rarely deviated from the tastefully progressive. Show More Summary

Appointment Listening Is the New Surprise Drop

In December 2007, Thom Yorke explained Radiohead ’s rationale for releasing their then-new album, In Rainbows, with just 10 days’ warning and a “pay what you like” price tag. It was, quaintly, an unheard-of way of doing things back then. Show More Summary

How Lush Came Back

Backstage ahead of Lush's sold-out show at London's Roundhouse last Friday, there's an almost palpable excitement—and rightfully so. While a handful of gigs earlier this year set the tone of the Lush reunion, no one can deny the grandeur of this proper comeback on the shoegazing dream-poppers' home turf. Show More Summary

10 Wonderfully Weird Eurovision Performances

The year is 1955, the place Monaco. The whirl of the casinos, the racket of baccarat games is quiet. Behind closed doors, in what I imagine to be a room shrouded in cigar smoke, the director of the European Broadcasting Union, Marcel Bezençon, shares with his colleagues an idea. Show More Summary

Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool: The 5 Most Important Things To Know

The first question most people ask when they first put on a new Radiohead album is: “So what’s new?” Because they both defined and stigmatized the curveball album between 1997’s OK Computer and 2000’s Kid A, Radiohead albums now arrive...Show More Summary

The History of Thom Yorke on Other People’s Songs

It’s been a good week for Radiohead fans, who certainly are losing it now over the  imminent release  of the band's first album in five years. Two singles have been released already, “ Daydreaming ” and “ Burn the Witch. ”  The latter...Show More Summary

Lavender Country Won't Stand for North Carolina's Transgender Bullying

In late March, North Carolina’s legislature called a special session and passed the now-infamous House Bill 2. The “bathroom bill” stipulates that people must use restrooms based on the sex listed on their birth certificate—discriminating...Show More Summary

James Blake's 5 Best Collaborations (So Far)

James Blake is nothing if not meticulous, but he isn't afraid to show his work, or at least the raw materials of it. In 2016, the connections that have always fueled creativity are becoming increasingly transparent, whether it's Drake...Show More Summary

Can the Church of John Coltrane Survive Gentrification?

On the surface, it seemed like business as usual at the April 24th service at Saint John Will-I-Am Coltrane African Orthodox Church (more commonly known as the Coltrane Church), whose spiritual mission draws from the music and life of the jazz legend. Show More Summary

Kevin Morby Loves Fiona Apple and Feels Like James Bond

Our interview series Icebreaker features artists talking about things—some strange, some amusing, some meaningful—that just might reveal their true selves. This edition stars folk-rocker  Kevin Morby, whose new album Singing Saw is out...Show More Summary

Decoding the Politics in Radiohead’s “Burn the Witch” Video

When Radiohead 's "Burn the Witch" video  surfaced earlier today, the UK press was quick to note its similarity to 1960s British children's television. The Evening Standard called the Chris Hopewell -directed clip "'Trumpton'-themed."...Show More Summary

"My Mad Fat Diary" Is Peak Britpop Revival, and Must-See TV

The goddess Britannia has been dead for the better part of a decade by the time we glimpse her reanimated corpse in Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s cult-classic comic book Phonogram: Rue Britannia. The embodiment of '90s Britpop,Show More Summary

The Beyoncé Lemonade Merch of Our Dreams, Realized

Beyoncé’s Lemonade contains multitudes: It’s a journey through infidelity told from the perspective of the betrayed, a testament to the power of black womanhood, a post-genre experiment from pop’s most interesting star, and one of 2016’s best albums to date. Show More Summary

Reclamation Through a Microphone: Braids’ Raphaelle Standell-Preston on How Songwriting Helped Her Process Sexual Abuse

What follows is a brave and powerful essay from Braids frontperson and songwriter Raphaelle Standell-Preston. I started crying the first time an interviewer asked me if “Miniskirt,” a song I wrote, was a personal account of sexual abuse. Show More Summary

The 9 Best Mixes of April 2016

This month's round-up of the best DJ mixes covers plenty of ground: hypnotic techno from a member of Studio OST, tarraxo-infused R&B from two members of Future Brown, Japanese hip-hop, backwards-looking UK house. It also includes one selection that, strictly speaking, isn't a DJ set at all. Show More Summary

Drake’s VIEWS: The 5 Most Important Things to Know

The wait is finally over for Drake’s VIEWS, an album that has been teased for the better part of two years now. In an ending befitting its long, convoluted roll-out, VIEWS  was inauspiciously released at random on Apple Music just as Zane Lowe’s interview with the rapper was unfolding on a special Thursday edition of OVO Sound Radio. Show More Summary

Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour: The Complete Breakdown of Her First Show

Beyoncé’s performances can sometimes feel a bit serious, with her structured, synchronized dancers and no-one-wakes-up-like-that style. But at the kick-off of her Formation World Tour last night at Marlins Park in Miami, it seems like she finally found what it is that makes her smile. Show More Summary

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