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David Bowie Contribution to Frank Ocean’s Blonde Clarified

David Bowie was among many contributors to Frank Ocean’s Blonde, according to credits listed in the accompanying “Boys Don’t Cry” magazine. Today, a representative for Bowie has confirmed to Pitchfork that no samples were cleared for the release, and the pair didn’t work together. Show More Summary

Here's a list of Frank Ocean's favorite songs

At the 2013 TIME 100 gala, Frank Ocean told MTV that he had been “bingeing” on The Beatles and The Beach Boys for inspiration for what would eventually become Endless and Blonde. I’ve already written that Endless reminds me of Brian Wilson’s Smile in structure and... Continue reading

Frank Ocean’s Mom Warns Against Paying Insane eBay Prices for Boys Don’t Cry Magazine

On Saturday, Frank Ocean gave away copies of his Boys Don’t Cry magazine at locations in New York, London, L.A., and Chicago. (The same night, Ocean also released his new album Blonde.) Within hours, the zine and its accompanying CD were up on eBay, selling for exorbitant sums. Show More Summary

Kero Kero Bonito announce new album Bonito Generation, share new track, make all the bubblegum go POP POP POP!

< 1 minute agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Tiny Mix Tapes

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m constantly getting all my UK pop bands confused! Ugh… they just all run together for me, know what I mean? So, I’m, like, NOT TOTALLY SURE, but I think either Radiohead or London-based trio Kero Kero...Show More Summary

Listen to J Dilla's Unreleased Back to the Crib Mixtape

Back to the Crib is an unreleased J Dilla mixtape that was made between 1999 and 2000. It weaves together songs from Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, the Doobie Brothers, Fela Kuti, and many more. Today, it's been released by BBE Records. Show More Summary

Frank Ocean's Long Journey Into "Nights"

Very rarely do I come across an album that takes more than four days to assess. For most musical outings, four days is just enough time either to develop a well-rounded opinion of a record or, in some cases, to become irreversibly bored by it. Regardless of the outcome, I can't really overstate how... Continue reading

? Listen: LXV & Karmelloz - “Guitar Store”

21 minutes agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Tiny Mix Tapes

Sacred Phrases have been releasing some of the best electronic tapes in recent memory, and their impending team-up between David “LVX” Sutton and Matthew “Karmelloz” Pepitone seems to be following down this anointed path. Recently revealed...Show More Summary

The Return of Pimp Shrimp (aka King Krule) Shares New Song “FEEL SAFE 88 (just say no)”: Listen

26 minutes agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Pitchfork: News

Archy Marshall has released music under many pseudonyms. Last year, he put out A New Place 2 Drown under his own name, and his most notable work has come as King Krule. At various points, he’s also been Zoo Kid, DJ JD Sports, and Edgar the Beatmaker. Show More Summary

The Weeknd Teases New Music: Listen

54 minutes agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Pitchfork: News

The Weeknd has teased new music on his Instagram. The video is all black (as is his current Twitter avatar), and there are not many discernible lyrics, but the Weeknd does sing on the snippet. Hear it below. A new song would be Abel Tesfaye’s first solo track since last year’s A Beauty Behind the Madness. Show More Summary

Johann Johannsson to score 'Blade Runner' sequel

Following Vangelis' classic original score is no easy task. Continue reading…

Earthless announce tour dates

San Diego's finest psych/space/stoner band Earthless have announced a tour. They'll be hitting the road in December with support from Ruby the Hatchet on select dates... Continue reading…

inaugural Cinder Block Comedy Festival coming to Williamsburg in September

A refreshingly diverse lineup featuring over 150 performers over four days. Continue reading…

Minihorse ready debut EP (listen to "Blueblack"), on tour now

Ypsilanti, Michigan's Minihorse make pleasingly bummed out guitar pop in the grand tradition of Grandaddy, The Comas, or Ambulance LTD... Continue reading…

Cerberus: Crystal Soda Cream - Work & Velocity

Crystal Soda Cream don’t sound like The Cure, they sound AS IF The Cure, and have one of the best band names in rock history (in my humble estimation). That may seem a simple feat, until you try and do it yourself. Nailing the salient elements of R. Show More Summary

Premiere: Horse Lords - “Encounter I / Transfinite Flow”

WARNING: art-rock this ridiculously funky is liable to make the painfully uncoordinated lose their balance in a hurry. So all y’all nerds who aren’t yet well experienced in the church of GROOVE had best put down any/all babies, curling...Show More Summary

Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa Sued by Railing Collapse Victims

On August 5, at least 42 people were injured when a security barrier collapsed at Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa’s concert at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey. Seventeen of those victims have now sued Snoop and Wiz, as well as the venue, the Associated Press reports. Show More Summary

Dan Vapid releasing a children's album (stream "Robot With A Human Heart")

Former Screeching Weasel/Riverdales member Dan Vapid is releasing a new solo album called All Wound Up on Asian Man Records head Mike Park's children's music label, Fun Fun Records, on September 9 (the same label Bouncing Souls singer Greg Attonito and his wife Shanti Wintergate's duo Play Date is signed to)... Continue reading…

A$AP Ferg Announces North American Tour With Playboi Carti and Rob Stone

A$AP Ferg has announced his upcoming “Turnt & Burnt” tour, in support of his latest album, Always Strive and Prosper. The tour kicks off this October at the Freaky Deaky Festival in Chicago, and concludes in December at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, NY. Show More Summary

Questlove to Host Pandora Show

Pandora and Questlove have announced a new partnership that will see the Roots drummer contribute to the streaming service in multiple ways. First, he'll produce Questlove Supreme, a weekly, three-hour show featuring music he's curated, along with interviews with figures from the entertainment world. Show More Summary

Sleigh Bells Announce First New Album in Three Years, Jessica Rabbit

Sleigh Bells have shared a number of new songs since putting out their latest record Bitter Rivals in 2013. In July, they released their new track “Hyper Dark,” which followed June’s “Rule Number One.” Last December, when they shared...Show More Summary

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