Music

The Jenny Lewis Guide to Growing Up

There’s this part in You’ve Got Mail where Tom Hanks’ character introduces a theory: Godfather quotes are applicable to any situation in life. Meg Ryan’s character bemoans the notion’s masculinity, claiming men obsess grossly over the mob film. But she goes with it anyway, learning a thing or two about business and the male mind simultaneously. … Read More

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“Heavy Metal and Reflective”: The Goofy, Sexy, Real Azealia Banks of “212” Returns on Her First Post-Interscope Single

I was overwhelmed the first time I heard “212,” Azealia Banks’s raw and juicy debut single. My roommate showed me the video in the fall of 2011: a cute girl in braids and a Mickey Mouse sweater rapped excitingly dirty lyrics over an uptempo drum beat punctuated by horns, then she switched to a deep, raspy singing voice for the song’s bridge. She was both goofy, dancing around with a huge smile on her face, and tough, repeating lines like, “I guess that cunt gettin’ eaten” and “Bitch, the end of your life is near!” But catchy lyrics and catchy beats aside, the most intriguing part of the song and the girl was the assertion she yelled in the chorus: “Watchu gon’ do when I appear? When I premiere?” Talent and potential oozed out of her smacking lips, so we took those questions seriously. What were we going to do when she premiered? We had to wait and see. … Read More

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Listen to Azealia Banks’ First Single Since Leaving Her Label, “Heavy Metal and Reflective”

After none of her subsequent tracks could come near the perfection of “212,” it seemed like Azealia Banks was fated to… Read More

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The 6 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Weezer, M.I.A. & Partysquad

Weezer is back! M.I.A. gets pissed with ass-shaking EDM! Diplo spells Andre Agassi’s name wrong! A great week for upbeat music (and if you’re looking for something more chill, consider Slow Magic’s “Hold Still” or the new Jessie Ware song.) Let’s dig in.

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Awful Summer One-Hit Wonders: Where Are They Now?

With summer comes the perennial debate about what song gets to be crowned the official Song of the Summer. The thing is, though, that the crown can sit pretty damn heavy, especially when it gets to the point that everyone’s heard your song so many times they’d happily stab themselves before hearing it again. And the other thing is: a lot of these songs are awful. So bad, in fact, that their authors haven’t been heard from for quite some time. Whatever did happen to Las Ketchup? Or the guy who made “Itsy-Bitsy Teenie-Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”? Wonder no longer, because we have (most of) the answers. … Read More

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The Definitive Ranking of Dudes Covering “Royals”

Between scowling at a Cubs games and ending up a meme, Jack White found time to cover Lorde’s “Royals” this week. The news wasn’t all that surprising for two reasons: White has been covering pop songs, like Jay Z’s “99 Problems” and Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead,” on his current tour; and old-school rock dudes love them some “Royals.” (I personally think the latter has to do with its message of anti-consumerism harkening back to a time WHEN ROCK MUSIC RAILED AGAINST SOMETHING, damn youths, grumble grumble, etc.) Most singles that spend more than a couple weeks at No. 1 are going to garner a bevy of covers — from up-and-comers and YouTube unknowns alike — but Lorde’s breakthrough really has inspired an astonishing number of covers… from dudes you would not expect. Let’s take a look at who covered it best, shall we? Worst comes first. … Read More

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Courtney Love Leaves a Gaping Hole in Our Hopes for a Hole Reunion

Between lonely glitter parties, controversial notes in wallets, an upcoming solo album, turning 50, and a possible Hole reunion, Courtney Love has… Read More

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