Listen To Lucinda Williams’ New Double Album, ‘Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone’

NPR is First Listen-streaming Lucinda Williams’ first album in three years, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone. The album, a 20-track… Read More

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This Is Real Life: Beyoncé Kicks Jay Z’s Ass in ‘On The Run’ HBO Concert Film

On Jay Z’s 2006 album Kingdom Come, the rapper offered up one of the most revealing snippets of his private relationship with Beyoncé — that is, until this May’s Elevatorgate. On “Lost One,” Hova raps, “I don’t think it’s meant to be, B/ But she loves her work more than she does me/ And honestly, at 23/ I would probably love my work more than I did she.” Jay would confirm Beyoncé as the song’s subject in his 2010 book Decoded, but it was clear even then — a year and a half before Knowles and Carter would become America’s Couple — who Jay was speaking of. This is worth remembering after a summer filled with rumors of infidelity, divorce, and pregnancy. … Read More

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Listen to “Late Victorian Holocaust,” Written by Nick Cave and Performed by Marianne Faithfull

Of course Nick Cave wrote a song called “Late Victorian Holocaust”. This musical tchotchke – characteristic of Cave’s form… Read More

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Rising Pop Star Charli XCX Amends Release Date of “Sucker,” Appears on Cover of ‘Complex Magazine’

Charli XCX, the British singer/songwriter/popstar, amended the release date of her upcoming LP “Sucker” from October 17 to December… Read More

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Ariel Pink Sports Pimp Jacket and Tries to Pick Up “The Ladies” in New Video

Ariel Pink – a musician known, in part, for making percussion with his armpits – wouldn’t usually be categorized… Read More

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Perfume Genius, Angel Haze, and More Queer Music Icons for 2014

The idea of the “gay icon” has been present in mainstream culture ever since Judy Garland slid into those ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz. Since then, many have taken up the baton: Garland’s daughter, Liza; Barbra Streisand; Madonna; Cher; Elton John; Bette Middler; Lady Gaga. The tradition of the gay icon is a fun one, but it’s disconcerting when you realize that most traditional gay icons aren’t actually queer-identified, considering that the collective identity of LGBT people has since outgrown the glitzy “gay” aesthetic of the ’70s and ’80s. For that reason, we’ve compiled a list of musicians who could be considered “queer” icons — rather than “gay” icons — for 2014: artists who not only live a certain lifestyle, but create art that reflects and highlights that… Read More

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Oh My God, Becky, Look at These Highlights from Sir Mix-A-Lot’s Reddit AMA

Poor Sir-Mix-a-Lot has – how can one say it without sounding slightly… anal? – been pigeonholed as the guy who… Read More

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20 Nick Cave Quotes on the Creative Process

This week marks the New York theatrical release of the Nick Cave experimental documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. Staged, but not scripted, the film explores Cave’s creative practice and the myth of the artist. “Those personas—the [Leonard] Cohens, the Dylans, the Caves, are quite fragile, and I think we should look after them,” Pollard stated in a mini doc about the film. “Our culture is shifting in meaning, and there aren’t going to be too many in the future, because you see too much.” As Cave is an eloquent writer and speaker, we’ve gathered several passages from fascinating interviews that offer a similarly intimate view of the artist’s creative process. … Read More

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The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Prince, Betty Who

Look, I’m all for a big-booty anthem, but trust me when I say: Iggy-Iggs and J.Lo aren’t the droids you’re looking for. So here are some that are.

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