Though they tussled and toppled the likes of the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan on the charts with hits like “Make It Easy on Yourself” and “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine No More,” the Walker Brothers get left out of most hagiographies of ‘60s rock and pop, banished to the purgatory of easy listening stations, […]

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There’s a model head sporting a baseball cap on the microphone the place Maren Morris’s mug ought to be, positioned entrance and heart in her first full-blown stage setup. Her new lighting rigs, platforms, and video screens at the moment occupy a cavernous former warehouse in an industrial space on the northeast aspect of Nashville, […]

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With her deeply significant 2016 album A Seat on the Table, a report that captured the realities of present as a black girl in a society that constantly and unforgivingly comes down on them, Solange Knowles turned her ache into an embodiment of magnificence — an album of class and actualized inventive imaginative and prescient. […]

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Solange is world-building. Over the final three years, the Houston singer, songwriter, producer, and artist has labored quietly and intensely on a sequence of initiatives throughout mediums whose goal appears to be to examine the peace and order the true world lacks. Her 2016 studio album, A Seat on the Table, and “Orion’s Rise,” a […]

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Spoilers under for Climax. French filmmaker Gaspar Noé subscribes to the assumption that an individual will be outlined by what they’re into. He shoves his influences proper in his viewer’s face as a shorthand for his outlook on the world and his inventive playbook, offering a fast but oblique path to studying who he’s and […]

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It’s exhausting to elucidate the connection between the superstars of the ’80s and their followers to individuals who weren’t alive or sufficiently old to recollect the last decade. They have been like demigods. They sang about love, peace, politics, and issues of planetary significance. Their artwork paused time and superior tradition. Their exhibits incited hysterics. […]

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The final time I spoke to Lil Pump for an interview, the teenager rapper drifted off to sleep someplace between anointing himself “the best SoundCloud rapper” and claiming Taylor Swift would characteristic on his mixtape. We spoke for about ten minutes complete — or quite, I spoke at him, whereas he fed me a collection of half-truths […]

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If you wanted any extra proof that Ariana Grande — a pop artist who has constructed a sturdy and spectacular profession on impeccable singles that includes of-the-moment collabs and deliciously retro R&B callbacks — has grow to be one of many greatest musical superstars proper now, simply have a look at this week’s charts. After […]

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It’s time to retire the parable of the tortured artist. It presupposes that artwork is a pain-based economic system, that nice work has to come back from nice struggling, when that’s not essentially the way it works. Yes, individuals have turned tragic experiences into very important artwork. But there are followers who maintain up the […]

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The Grammys are that in style child everybody in school finds just a little intimidating. Their main supply of energy is folks’s unquestioning acceptance of present hierarchies and social mores. When they trigger bother, folks muse about what would occur if everybody abruptly stopped feeding them the eye that makes them appear vital, however yearly […]

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There is a magic variety of instances folks can see your title earlier than they begin to resent it a bit. It’s no person’s fault. Round-the-clock entry to everybody’s ideas and emotions means there’s at all times somebody someplace rising sick of your shit. It could be wholesome — typically we’d like a kick within […]

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There are 84 Grammy classes. Eighty-four! That’s a lotta golden gramophones — and although nearly all of the awards are handed out earlier than the official telecast of Music’s Biggest Night, they nonetheless imply one thing to the individuals who win them. Most classes are, as ever, dotted with trade curiosities together with a number […]

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This yr’s Grammys are completely unpredictable. For the primary time in a very long time, the establishment, which has historically played favorites (regardless of in the event that they’re the favored vote), has chucked the rule guide and moved away from monolithic cultural optics. This yr, the Grammys have expanded their Big Four categories to […]

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Pop fandom might be warfare. Rivalries and chart battles require you to select a facet, to “get off the fence” and throw your assist behind a winner. These wars have been raging for many years. In the ’60s, it was the Beatles versus the Stones. In the ’70s, it was punk rock versus dinosaur rock […]

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The day earlier than the discharge of Sharon Van Etten’s new video for “Seventeen,” the third single off her new album, Remind Me Tomorrow, she darts downstairs in denims and a sweatshirt to open the entrance door. “This is my first ‘grown-up’ condo,” Van Etten says as we enter the Carroll Gardens brownstone walkup she […]

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The decades-overdue downfall of R. Kelly seems like a plot ripped straight out of a Lifetime particular, however due to Surviving R. Kelly, it’s the truth presently staring the Pied Piper of R&B within the face. Earlier this month, Lifetime aired the bombshell six-part sequence — a painstakingly detailed rehashing of over 25 years of […]

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Ever since Beyoncé’s self-titled visible album appeared like a Christmas miracle on the iTunes retailer at midnight on a Thursday in December of 2013, the principles for find out how to launch a document had been rewritten actually in a single day. Since then, she and Jay-Z have change into masters of the shape: 2016’s […]

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Recently, whereas within the pharmacy line at my native CVS, Huey Lewis and the News’ “The Heart of Rock & Roll” made its presence recognized on the overhead audio system. It instantly stirred up emotions of ambivalence. The motive: Messrs. Lewis and News’ 1984 hit completely exemplifies certainly one of widespread music’s extra irritating subgenres: […]

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Last yr, we have been bombarded by big-deal releases. Beyoncé and Jay-Z launched an album collectively. Kanye West was concerned in at least 5 albums in as many weeks. Christina Aguilera made a comeback and the yr was so packed that it barely acquired observed. Mariah Carey got here in on the finish of 2018 […]

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Scarcely every week into 2019, there’s nonetheless no escaping Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin’s 2018 single “I Like It.” Reviving fellow Bronx denizen Pete Rodriguez’s 1967 hit “I Like It Like That” by means of sampling, the repurposed boogaloo bursts with an opalescence bolstered by the added lure bass and star flip from the […]

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Photo: Well Go USA Let’s dispense with any niceties or equivocation: 2018 has been a yr of Asian-American excellence. Crazy Rich Asians smashed (admittedly low) box-office expectations and led the best way in an excellent yr for Asian-American popular culture, the place extra Asian-Americans appeared on screens, labored behind them, made music, cracked jokes, and […]

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Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Park MGM Las Ve It’s attainable that we’re undervaluing Lady Gaga. Alright, she’s coming in scorching for 2019’s awards season following Bradley Cooper’s remake of A Star Is Born. Yes, she’s eternally a family title. But there isn’t that common hysteria lent to Gaga that we make use of with […]

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On December 7, honored indie label 4AD launched deluxe reissues of all three albums by This Mortal Coil, successfully rereleasing their ethereal dream-pop into our annual, wintry mixture of sentimentality and seasonal affective dysfunction. The timing couldn’t be extra applicable. These data ought to rightfully be one other December custom, proper up there with “Wonderful […]

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We’ve positioned our bets, now it’s time to face the music. The nominations for the 2019 Grammys are right here (a pair days late, due to 41’s funeral) and greater than ever. Literally. Kendrick Lamar (eight noms) and Drake (seven) lead the sector of nominations, with robust showings from H.E.R., Kacey Musgraves, Brandi Carlile, and […]

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