Music

Flavorwire Premiere: JiHAE’s “Brave Ones” Gives Voice to Her Father’s Vietnam PTSD

The Vietnam War inspired some of the most powerful songs of its era, but it’s rare to hear it discussed by younger artists in the 21st century. This generation’s got its own political battles to fight, but from where New York rocker and multimedia artist JiHAE stands, our present is more connected to our wartime past than we want to acknowledge. It’s why she wrote “Brave Ones,” off her forthcoming album Illusion of You, after watching her father struggle with PTSD in the decades following his service in Vietnam. … Read More

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LISTEN: Robert Smith Turns the Twilight Sad’s “There’s a Girl in the Corner” Into a Classic Cure Track

According to The Guardian, The Cure’s Robert Smith has been fanboying over Scottish band the Twilight Sad for… Read More

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The 6 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Hudson Mohawke x Antony Hegarty, Veruca Salt

Slide these new jams into your Memorial Day playlist — especially Jamie xx’s good-timing new collaboration and an emo-revival highlight from O-FACE’s “740 Turbo.” … Read More

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Soar Through a Relationship Like It’s a ’90s Screensaver in Tame Impala’s New Music Video


Australian psychedelic recording group Tame Impala just released the video for “Cause I’m a Man,” the first… Read More

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What Is “Soft Dick Rock”? Jenny Hval Explains

Less than a minute into the existential and experimental musician and writer Jenny Hval’s brilliant new album, Apocalypse, girl, she asks a question for the ages: “What is soft dick rock?” She answers clinically: “Using the elements of dick to create a softer, toned-down sound.” She even put it on a t-shirt. A classic Hvalian mix of soft and hard if there ever was one. … Read More

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A Completely Subjective List of the Best Vocal Ad-Libs in Music

One of the great joys of music is its sense of immediacy — sure, there are songs that are painstakingly planned and produced, and benefit from being so, but there are also tracks that sound like they really were recorded live, and are all the more thrilling for it. In this respect, there’s something particularly pleasing about the off-the-cuff line, something the singer has apparently hollered into the mic on the spur of the moment. These lines don’t always make sense, and they don’t necessarily have to — either way, they add color and a sense of spontaneity to a song (and they’re damn near impossible not to sing along with). Here is an entirely subjective list of ten of the best; of course, there are gazillions more, so let us know if you have any to add. … Read More

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You Won’t Be Disappointed By Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar’s “PARTYNAUSEOUS”

Perhaps, after all this time, it needs reminding that when she’s not dancing cheek to cheek with Tony Bennett,… Read More

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UPDATED: Jay Z Responds to Marina Abramović’s Claim That He Never Donated to Her Institute — With a Receipt

As we reported earlier, venerated-ish performance artist Marina Abramović has once again broken into mainstream news — for condemning… Read More

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Yoko Ono Is For Everyone

In October 2000, right around what would have been John Lennon’s 60th birthday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened one of its most extensive exhibits ever, in honor of Lennon’s life and (mostly non-Beatles) work. Amidst the expected artifacts — handwritten lyrics, grammar-school report cards, the white baby grand from the “Imagine” video — sat one that was horrifying: a bag from New York’s St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital containing the clothes Lennon was wearing on the night Mark David Chapman shot him outside the Dakota. Coupled with Lennon’s glasses, caked in 20-year-old blood, this corner of the exhibit was intended as an emotional climax. Even at 13 years old, the weight of these artifacts impressed upon me a jaded anger: How could someone have violently ripped Lennon from this world when all he wanted was to make it a peaceful place? … Read More

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