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The Number Ones: David Rose’s “The Stripper”

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:48:26 +0000

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present.

Skeletonwitch – “Fen Of Shadows”

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:43:35 +0000

Athens, Ohio metalheads Skeletonwitch have been slugging away for well over a decade, touring hard and playing harder. Back when I was an undergrad at Ohio University, the original incarnation of the band played frequently at The Union, the local skuzzy rock 'n' roll bar. They were local heroes. Even if metal wasn't really your…

Cardi B Cancels Summer Tour Dates Because Of Pregnancy

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:09:48 +0000

Cardi B just played a pair of triumphant, guest-heavy sets at both Coachella weekends. And she'll return to the stage this weekend, performing at the Broccoli Festival in Washington, DC, alongside Migos, Miguel, and many others. But when that's done, she'll be taking some time off from being onstage, for a very sane reason. She…

Snail Mail – “Heat Wave” Video

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:01:18 +0000

Last month, Snail Mail announced their debut album, Lush, with "Pristine," which topped our list of the best songs of the week back when it came out. Today, Lindsey Jordan is sharing the LP's second single, "Heat Wave," and it's sticky and humid, much like the unbearable situation that Jordan finds herself wrapped up in.

Oneohtrix Point Never – “Black Snow” Video

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:58:33 +0000

Earlier this month, Daniel Lopatin announced his latest Oneohtrix Point Never album, Age Of. It will be out in June, and it'll be prefaced by a series of live performances in New York City. Today, he's released Age Of's first single, "Black Snow," and revealed some more details behind the album. Here's how Lopatin framed…

SONTALK – “I Am A War Machine”

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:55:03 +0000

Channeling a War On Drugs vibe with enveloping soft-rock warmth, SONTALK is the current project of rocker Joseph LeMay, previously known for his 2014 solo Americana album Seventeen Acres. LeMay's new single "I Am A War Machine" -- off SONTALK's three-song debut release Act I, out Friday -- is an emotionally restorative song that takes…

Janelle Monáe Comes Out As Pansexual

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:44:07 +0000

Tomorrow, Janelle Monáe will release her much-anticipated new album Dirty Computer. That's a big deal, and it's the reason that Monáe is the subject of a new Rolling Stone cover story. But Monáe doesn't just talk about the story in that interview. She also reveals something profound about herself.

Stream Belly’s First New Album In 23 Years

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:36:52 +0000

Belly's first new album in 23 years will be officially released next week. It's titled Dove and it follows 1995's King. We've heard a few singles from the LP already, including "Stars Align" and "Shiny One." The band also debuted a new EP for Record Store Day that included a cut called "Starryeyed." You can…

Watch Run The Jewels Perform “Thursday In The Danger Room” On Colbert

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:19:20 +0000

After the day Kanye West just had, Killer Mike's NRA video doesn't seem so bad! It's been an eventful few weeks for Run The Jewels, the duo of Mike and El-P. They wrapped up their opening stint on Lorde's arena tour, they dealt with the fallout of that NRA video, and they announced that El-P…

Band To Watch: Spielbergs

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:15:27 +0000

Ever hear a new band that’s so truly, madly, and deeply your shit that it immediately seems like a prank?

Frank Ocean Addresses Kanye’s Trump Tweets

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:47:50 +0000

We have become witness to a great unraveling. Kanye West, currently readying a tremendous five-album blitzkrieg of new music from himself and his various collaborators, has spent the past few days affirming, again and again, his support of Donald Trump and of various associated right-wing internet figures. He has done so through a series of…

A New Movie Aims To Be Halsey’s 8 Mile

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:29:31 +0000

Sony Pictures and Halsey have just closed a deal with the intention to make a movie based around the singer/songwriter’s rocky rise to fame. As Deadline reports, Sony hopes the movie acts as a launchpad for Halsey’s career, similar to what 8 Mile did for Eminem. If you’re familiar with 8 Mile and Halsey, this…

Lyor Cohen Releases Statement About Viral Kanye Photo

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:01:08 +0000

Over the past few days, Kanye West has set Twitter on fire with strings of tweets that have embraced President Trump, been met with positive public response from fringe personas of the far right, and sparked his wife Kim Kardashian to weigh in on matters ranging from his health status to his personal politics. This…

Watch Vampire Weekend Play Surprise Show For HQ Trivia Host

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 22:03:00 +0000

Vampire Weekend have been hard at work on the follow-up to 2013's Modern Vampires Of The City, their first album since Rostam Batmanglij left the band, for a while now. Late last year, frontman Ezra Koenig revealed that the album (working title: Mitsubishi Macchiato) was inspired in part by Kacey Musgraves, and they worked on…

Kanye Wears MAGA Hat, Trump Says Thanks

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 20:34:32 +0000

Shortly before his mental breakdown and subsequent hospitalization in 2016, Kanye West praised Donald Trump in one of his bizarre, rambling onstage speeches. Shortly after he got out of the hospital, he met with Donald Trump at Trump Tower, explaining that it was "important to have a direct line of communication with our future President…

Jon Hopkins – “Everything Connected”

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:54:12 +0000

English producer Jon Hopkins has released another animated music video in anticipation for his new album Singularity, and this time it’s a lot more abstract. In keeping with the similar trippy vibe of last month’s "Emerald Rush" video, his new song "Everything Connected" is a nearly six-minute electronic soundscape that takes you through the circle…

Japanese Breakfast – “Dreams” (The Cranberries Cover)

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:36:27 +0000

Japanese Breakfast have been covering the Cranberries' "Dreams" live for a couple years now, long before Dolores O'Riordan's sudden death earlier this year, but they've just released their take on it in a new recorded version for Spotify's singles series. It was recorded at the streaming service's studios in New York City, and Michelle Zauner…

J. Cole Calls His Critics “Idiots” In Recent Interview

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:30:10 +0000

J. Cole would like to assure you that he’s just like you. This seems to be the overarching message in an exclusive new interview he gave to longtime hip-hop writer Paul Cantor, published in Vulture. The profile—the first written on Cole in years—is a showcase for the rapper’s self-styled image as an average guy who…

One Rape Lawsuit Against Russell Simmons Dropped

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:21:07 +0000

The aspiring filmmaker suing Russell Simmons for an alleged sexual assault has dropped her claims, according to a stipulation of dismissal filed Wednesday. Jennifer Jarosik in January filed a $5 million lawsuit against the mogul, alleging he raped her in 2016 after inviting her to his home under the guise of discussing a…

Kali Uchis – “Get Up” Video

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:21:04 +0000

Kali Uchis released her impressive debut album, Isolation, a couple weeks ago, and today she's shared a new self-directed video that combines two of the interludes from it, the "Body Language" intro and "Gotta Get Up." For those familiar with the album, she uses that switch-up to disorienting effect. It starts off with her own…

Arcade Fire Reminisce About All Their SNL Appearances And The Jam Band Festival Sketch That Got Cut

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:35:07 +0000

Arcade Fire have been the musical guests on Saturday Night Live a whopping five times over the years, four as themselves and one as Mick Jagger's backing band, and they sat down for an interview to reflect on their deep involvement and roots with the show. Their most recent appearance was last month, when they…

Hatchie – “Sleep” Video

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 17:11:01 +0000

Hatchie is the project of Harriette Pillbeam, a Brisbane-based artist who's been on the scene for a couple of years playing in bands like Go Violets and Babaganouj. Now, she's breaking out on her own with a new EP on the way called Sugar And Spice. The title track debuted early this month, and we…

Stargate – “1Night” (Feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR, 21 Savage, & Murda Beatz)

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 17:10:03 +0000

Even if you don't think you know Stargate, you definitely know Stargate. Tor Erik Hermanse and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, the Norwegian-born, Los Angeles-based songwriting and production duo who go by Stargate, have been behind a whole bunch of American pop hits since breaking into the industry in the early 2000s -- Beyoncé's "Irreplaceable," Rihanna's "Rude…

Thundercat – “Final Fight”

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:56:42 +0000

Thundercat's been busy since releasing his 2017 album, Drunk -- he's scored an episode of Atlanta, made his love known for Dragon Ball-Z, and put out some elaborate music videos -- but he hasn't released any new music since then. Until now, that is. Thundercat's first post-Drunk track just debuted as a part of the…

Kanye West Explains Why He Loves His “Brother” Donald Trump: “We Are Both Dragon Energy”

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:53:45 +0000

Kanye West loves Donald Trump. He wants us to know this. Earlier this week, West told Hot 97 radio host Ebro, in an off-air phone conversation, that he loves the president. On Twitter for the past few days, West has been saying nice things about right-wing pundit Candace Owens and tweeting videos of Dilbert creator…

Rae Sremmurd – “Close” Video (Feat. Travis Scott)

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:28:41 +0000

Right now, Mississippi rap duo Rae Sremmurd are continuing their inexorable march toward the release of the forthcoming triple album Sr3mm. It's hard to imagine that a Rae Sremmurd triple album is something that the world needs, but they've already shared a whole pile of advance singles, and all of them have been, at the…

Self Defense Family – “Have You Considered Punk Music” Video

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:01:24 +0000

Self Defense Family were established in 2003 as a side project for hardcore-leaning musicians who wanted to experiment with something more melodic. The Albany-based outfit is now ahead of their sixth studio album Have You Considered Punk Music, their debut with Boston indie label Run For Cover Records. Its titular track, which the band is…

The Number Ones: Ray Charles’ “I Can’t Stop Loving You”

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:57:30 +0000

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present.

U.S. Girls Have Finally Arrived

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:24:57 +0000

Meg Remy is moving very, very quickly. She's just rushed offstage after soundcheck, introduces herself out of breath with a quick handshake, and then immediately collects herself to do a rapid lap around the block for a photoshoot. She has to move quickly: Her band, U.S. Girls, is about to undertake the daunting and frenetic…

J. Cole Wants, So Badly, To Be Rap’s Conscience

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:16:57 +0000

"Life can bring much pain," a woman tells us in the opening moments of KOD, the album that J. Cole released last Friday. She sounds studiously blank, like the computerized host of Midnight Marauders. She continues: "There are many ways to deal with this pain. Choose wisely." Easy for her to say. In that moment,…

Germany’s ECHO Awards Discontinued Entirely After Rappers With Anti-Semitic Lyrics Win Top Prize

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:01:40 +0000

At a meeting held yesterday (4/24) in Berlin, the executive board of Germany's Music Industry Association (BVMI) decided to discontinue the ECHO Award, an honor that has served as one of the country’s foremost music prizes for decades.

Miguel – “Come Through And Chill” (Feat. J. Cole) Video

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:52:51 +0000

Have you seen Miguel live lately? It's staggering how good that guy is at being a professional entertainer. A few weeks ago, he played a packed mid-sized club in my sleepy little town, and he treated it like it was an arena. He's got an intricately choreographed, magnificently staged live show, and even though I…

Fleetwood Mac Announce Tour With New Lineup, Address Lindsey Buckingham Firing

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:45:46 +0000

Two weeks ago we learned Fleetwood Mac had fired Lindsey Buckingham (again) and would be launching a big tour with Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn in his stead. Maybe that's why Buckingham looks so sour in the above photo from January, when the group was collectively honored as MusiCares Person…

Jack White – “Pablo Picasso” (The Modern Lovers Cover)

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:28:06 +0000

"Pablo Picasso" is one of the best songs from the Modern Lovers' 1970 self-titled debut, a near-perfect album of proto-punk weirdness. In his befuddled deadpan drawl, Jonathan Richman lamented all the ways in which the world fails to treat most of us the way they treat art-world heroes: "Well, some people try to pick up…

Meek Mill Flown To 76ers Game After Release From Prison, Rings Liberty Bell

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:22:57 +0000

Meek Mill was released from prison in Pennsylvania yesterday and flown directly to watch the 76ers vs. Heat game at the Wells Fargo Center. He was transported there from the State Correctional Institution in Chester by private helicopter, courtesy of Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin. The rapper, who was successfully released on bail following several failed

Sam Evian – “IDGAF”

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:12:52 +0000

On his 2016 debut album, Sam Evian (real name Sam Owens) drew inspiration from Serge Gainsbourg's introspective soft-rock. He twisted this sensibility into breezy guitar-pop last August on the Need You EP. "IDGAF," the second single off of his forthcoming sophomore album, sees these influences merge inside a glowing retro atmosphere.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – “Refute” (Feat. Kim Gordon)

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:05:44 +0000

When Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks announced their new album Sparkle Hard, the big news was that it included a song with Kim Gordon. In Pavement and Sonic Youth, Malkmus and Gordon were out front of two of history's most beloved and important indie rock bands (incidentally, both of which featured Mark Ibold on bass…

Father John Misty – “Mr. Tillman” Video

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:03:34 +0000

As you are no doubt aware by now, we are officially in the midst of Misty Season once again. It began back in February with a tease, a single called "Mr. Tillman" delivered without an album announcement. Last week brought us official word of Josh Tillman's fourth FJM outing God's Favorite Customer arriving this June,…

She & Him – “He Gives His Love To Me”/”She Gives Her Love To Me”

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:40:52 +0000

Zooey Deschanel is finally done with New Girl. The long-running Fox sitcom is currently airing its final season, and Deschanel and her castmates have finished filming it. So now, with her calendar open, Deschanel has once again gone back to recording with She & Him, her polished twee-pop duo with M. Ward. And today, the…

Nile Rodgers Shared A Bloody Video Of Him Breaking His Nose

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:21:58 +0000

Disco innovator and pop-music genius Nile Rodgers has already survived cancer, the cocaine era, and about a million snubs from the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. It's clear that a little thing like a broken nose isn't going to bother him too much. In fact, he is perfectly happy to make fun of himself…