If you woke up this morning compelled to punch the air, chances are you’re Taylor Swift. The Grammys announced its nominations for the 2020 ceremony bright and early on Wednesday and, per usual, it’s a mixed bag of delightful acknowledgments (Michelle Obama! Nipsey Hussle!), oddities (see: whatever’s happening in the rock field), and puzzling omissions […]

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When Janet Weiss announced her exit from groundbreaking rock band Sleater-Kinney ahead of the group’s new St. Vincent–produced album, The Center Won’t Hold, fans began to speculate about behind-the-scenes drama. In her first interview since the news, the celebrated drummer confirmed many of the rumors. She told drummer Joe Wong on his podcast The Trap […]

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Los Angeles, CA – The nominations for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards are in. Leading the charge is Lizzo with eight nominations in all major categories, including Record of the Year (“Truth Hurts”), Album of the Year (Cuz I Love You) and Song of the Year (“Truth Hurts”). The 31-year-old artist, who is currently overseas […]

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In the latest confirmation that we live in the strangest, most confusing time, today’s damning testimony in the impeachment hearings against President Trump hinge, at least in part, on A$AP Rocky. Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, testified in front of the House committee on impeachment that there was, in fact, a quid […]

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Mary Magdalene is the New Testament’s most enigmatic figure. The gospel of Luke introduces her as a woman who, cured of possession by seven demons, would go on to help finance the disciples’ ministries. Matthew places her at the scene of the crucifixion, and Mark has her in the party that discovers the open tomb […]

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The first time Dickinson creator Alena Smith imagined Emily Dickinson walking angrily through the Amherst woods, she heard Kendrick Lamar rapping. Smith was writing the pilot for her genre-busting Apple TV+ series in which she uses recent scholarly research to erase the image of the famous writer as a fragile, virginal recluse. Smith’s Emily is […]

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The last time I heckled a musician at a concert, I was visiting a friend in Maine while in college in New England. We picked up tickets to see Tool on the Lateralus tour at the Civic Center in Augusta to make the most of the trip. I was 20, and a smart-ass, and a […]

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On June 30, news broke that Scooter Braun, the megawatt music manager who’s guided the careers of Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber, had acquired Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group and, with it, Taylor Swift’s catalogue, for over $300 million through his Ithaca Holdings LLC. It’s a business move that’s commonplace in the industry — […]

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Fans, prepare to mobilize. The 2020 Grammy nominations are upon us, set to be announced on November 20 by Alicia Keys and Bebe Rexha. Which can only mean one thing: It’s that time of year to argue about how the Recording Academy did [insert your fave here] dirty. Will Taylor Swift be snubbed two albums […]

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The row between Taylor Swift, Scott Borchetta, founder of her old record label Big Machine, and Scooter Braun, who purchased Big Machine this summer and acquired the masters to the singer’s earliest studio albums in the process, is ugly and getting uglier. Last we heard from the two camps, they were accusing each other of […]

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When news broke that Daniel Johnston, cult musician and visual artist, died of a heart attack on September 11, 2019, at his home in Waller, Texas, tributes from fans and fellow musicians flooded in. The lo-fi, homespun humanity of his songwriting, immortalized in Jeff Feuerzeig’s 2005 documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston, had touched mainstream […]

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Wow, you hear that? It’s the sweet, sweet music of dreams coming true. The 2020 Grammy nominations are here! While the actual awards are super sad for the losers, everyone’s a winner at the nominations. Well, everyone except those on the west coast who woke up at five in the morning to watch the live […]

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Hollywood, CA – Luh Kel has shared his two cents on who rightfully deserves the “King of R&B” title. During a conversation with RealStreetRadio, the 17-year-old singer said Justin Bieber‘s talent is unmatched. Initially, Kel shot down claims there even is a “King of R&B.” The Tennessee native stated he shouldn’t look at others in […]

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AzChike looks like a rockstar. Walking into Culver City’s Undergrind Café, his shimmering Rich & Ratchet chain instantly jumps out, outshined only by the diamond-encrusted gauges on both of his ears. Of course, his affinity for the party is well documented, and his music is the soundtrack to that party. Add in the fact that […]

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San Francisco, CA – San Francisco-based lifestyle rapper Larry June has been applying pressure all year and recently raised the stakes yet again with the release of his Product of the Dope Game mixtape And in typical fashion without missing a beat, Uncle Larry delivers the video for the second track of the tape “Recaro […]

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Rockie Fresh has released Destination, his debut album for Rostrum Records. The project marks the former Maybach Music Group artist’s first full-length release since 2016. The Chicago-bred rapper’s latest work features 12 tracks, including the single “Maria” produced by Bizness Boi. Chris Brown, Tory Lanez, Casey Veggies, 24hrs and Arin Ray make guest appearances on […]

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Luh Kel, whose breakthrough single “Wrong” has racked up 65 million YouTube views as of Thursday (November 14), drops his debut project Mixed Emotions. The rising star’s first release comes to fans courtesy of Cinematic Music Group, adding him to a roster that includes Joey Bada$$ and T-Pain. The 17-year-old singer’s debut is comprised of […]

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DJ Shadow has returned with Our Pathetic Era, his follow-up to 2016’s full-length effort The Mountain Will Fall.  Packed with 26 tracks, the project features a roster of notable guests, including Nas, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Run The Jewels, De La Soul and Pharoahe Monch. In September, the formidable producer/turntablist explained the concept of the album in […]

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Groovey Lew, who calls himself The Fashion King, has remained relevant throughout Hip Hop’s tenure. The stylist has worked with the culture’s royalty, including Biggie Smalls, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Nipsey Hussle, Lil Wayne, Lauryn Hill and Dave East. Lew serves as a true visionary that isn’t confined to dressing your favorite artists either. As a […]

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Ah, the culture vulture argument, one that seemingly never dies. White rappers (ahem, Eminem) are constantly slapped with that label — no matter their skills or diamond-selling status. On Tuesday (November 12), Tech N9ne shared a black-and-white video clip to his Instagram account, explaining how he’s influenced by all types of music, including gospel, blues […]

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Los Angeles, CA – Tyler, The Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival went down at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles over the weekend. During Sunday night’s (November 10) set, fans were expecting to see Frank Ocean close out the show but instead, they got a surprise guest — Drake. Evidently, the crowd wasn’t pleased with the last-minute […]

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