How Azealia Banks Dispensed With Respectability Politics and Brought the Mainstream to Her Turf

When it comes to Azealia Banks, the most difficult thing to reconcile may be the fact that despite her loose-cannon reputation, she’s actually quite lucid. As an artist, she moves between pop confection and introspective hip hop with a fluidity that belies burgeoning skill and talent as much as it does a rapidly developing sense of music business acumen. As a personality, she’s mastered the ability to create sound bites (and tweets) that keep her referential, controversial, and in the press. … Read More

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Zayn Malik Has Left One Direction

Oh no, One Direction has gotten 1/5 less hotter as Zayn Malik has officially left the band, as announced today… Read More

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‘OK Computer’ and ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ to Be Archived in Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is a funny, oftentimes confounding thing. It’s one of those governmental institutes whose name we… Read More

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Lollapalooza 2015 Lineup Announced, Featuring Paul McCartney, FKA twigs, Charli XCX, Millions More

Lollapalooza, Chicago’s once unique music festival, has announced its lineup for its 2015 shows. Paul McCartney, Metallica, and Florence… Read More

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Are Pop Music and the Art World Getting a Divorce?

Is the unholy shotgun marriage between pop music and institutional high art about to end in divorce? It’s hard to say. But after MoMA’s fiasco-level failure of a Björk retrospective, a relationship built largely on shared megalomania, reputational gain, and, well, money, appears to be on the verge of collapse — like most celebrity marriages. … Read More

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If You Could Get an Audio Tattoo, What Would It Be?

Here’s a thoroughly silly hypothetical question that is nonetheless lots of fun to think about: If audio tattoos existed, what would yours be? … Read More

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The ‘Decline of Western Civilization’ Trilogy is FINALLY Getting a DVD/Blu-ray Release

Penelope Spheeris’s Decline of Western Civilization trilogy had, it seemed, taken up permanent residence on many a DVD wish… Read More

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10 Sad Songs That Will Make You Surprisingly Happy

The UN, which apparently doesn’t have anything better to do, has released what it’s calling a list of the world’s happiest songs, in support of something called the International Day of Happiness. If you’re of a certain persuasion, though, you probably regard “happy” songs with the sort of creeping dread you otherwise reserve for “bubbly” shop assistants and “uplifting” motivational homilies. And you’re not the only one — there’s been plenty of research into why sad songs can leave us feeling happy (and, conversely, hearing Pharrell’s “Happy” one more time can leave one with the urge to kill). Scientific evidence aside, there are certain songs that, while undoubtedly sad, are somehow also uplifting — happy/sad songs, for want of a better term. Here are ten of our favorites. … Read More

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