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Vince Staples – “’06” (Full Version)

Last year, Vince Staples ended his great double album Summertime ’06 with “’06,” a deeply funky rap song that ended suddenly, after 48 seconds, with a burst of static. This was a very Vince Staples move: sacrificing a very good song just for the effect of jarring his audience, coming up with the most abrupt […]

The Ballad of Big Freedia: How the New Orleans Bounce Icon Was Betrayed By Her City’s Housing Crisis

On August 25, Big Freedia will be sentenced in federal court, facing up to 10 years in prison and a quarter-million-dollar fine. In March, the New Orleans rapper and bounce music icon pled guilty to theft of government funds, admitting...Show More Summary

Band To Watch: Slow Mass

Let’s get one thing straight: Chicago’s Slow Mass is not a side project. Although drummer Josh Sparks and guitarist Josh Parks both play in the touring version of Into It. Over It., the quartet treats this as a full-time band, and it’s nothing short of a passion project. Each of the members comes from a […]

Watch Chvrches Cover Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s “This Is What You Came For”

Chvrches performed a cover of Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s “This Is What You Came For” during their recent appearance on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge series. You can watch their performance below. They also played “Bury It,” from their 2015...Show More Summary

Soundtracks Of Our Lives: The Judgment Night soundtrack foretold the rap-rock apocalypse

Rap-rock, nu-metal, rap-metal, shit-metal, douche-rock. Whatever variably damning epithet you wanted to call it (just don’t call it late for its shift at Lids), the hybrid genre broke out in the mid- to late 1990s as a cathartic, unintelligible...Show More Summary

Larry Adler's Harmonica

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The late Toots Thielemans was one of the first chromatic harmonica players to play swing and bop on the instrument. And no one could touch Toots or even sound like him. But he wasn't the first harmonica star. That title...        

Listen: DJWWWW - “Tokyo Metro”

Phinery's latest split cassette flips from well-loved TMT alumnus Mukqs to the ecstatic DJWWWW and ends far, far beyond, past the blood-soaked metro lines and screaming crowds, in a space where a close relative of Jar Jar Binks has nestled inside Jabba the Hutt's throat and can't quite stop wagging its fat, flickering tongue.

George Clinton Readies New Album for Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder, Performs With Thundercat: Listen

Funk icon George Clinton has announced plans to release a new album via Flying Lotus’ label Brainfeeder. Clinton and Flying Lotus announced the news during an interview with KCRW, revealing that a new album is coming “next year, hopefully.”...Show More Summary

Watch The Last Shadow Puppets Play A Song About LCD Soundsystem

Recently during downtime in their sets, the Last Shadow Puppets have been coming up with improvised songs about various bands. They’ve already tackled Arcade Fire and Tame Impala, and at their show at Lowlands Festival over the weekend, they performed a song about LCD Soundsystem. “I’m excited about LCD Soundsystem/ James Murphy, baby!” go some […]

Aesop Rock Thinks Social Media is Kind of Terrifying

Our interview series Icebreaker features artists talking about things—some strange, some amusing, some meaningful—that just might reveal their true selves. This edition features indie-rap vet Aesop Rock, whose latest album, The Impossible...Show More Summary

Emo Patron Saints American Football Discuss First New Album in 17 Years

Mike Kinsella, Steve Lamos, and Steve Holmes recorded American Football ’s only LP in their final days at the University of Illinois in the late 1990s. “When we started making music, it wasn’t to be popular, or even be a band,” says Kinsella. Show More Summary

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