Modest Mouse Shares Album Art From Upcoming Album ‘Strangers To Ourselves’

Modest Mouse recently premiered the first single off their upcoming album, Strangers to Ourselves, on The Current. Now, they’ve shared the… Read More

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D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah': An Instant Classic That Mixes Politics, Love, and Artistic Triumph

Black Messiah, D’Angelo’s first new album in almost 15 years, doesn’t feel like the tortured manuscript of a man struggling with doubt and questioning his self-worth. Instead, it sounds like the result of a world-weary artist’s maturation. It’s warm, inviting, smooth — and at times, exceedingly real about the world we live in now. D’Angelo records sound like every soul and jazz record you’ve ever heard filtered through the experience of the black man in America at the turn of the century. Black Messiah is no exception. … Read More

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Rock Hall’s 2015 Class Announced: Lou Reed, Joan Jett, Green Day, Bill Withers, Ringo Starr, and More

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s induction Class of 2015 was announced early this morning. The performer… Read More

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Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’ Is Her Very Own ‘808s & Heartbreak’

The final song on the deluxe — but not the deluxe iTunes or Target — version of The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj’s third album, tells you everything you need to know about the Queens-bred rapper’s mental state at this point in time. Onika steps up to the plate and swings like she has nothing to prove but everything on the line: “You bitches can’t get my spot ’til I’m raising some children.” “Not that I don’t have good vision, but I don’t see competition/ They want me to come and help them, but I am not a magician.” “Don’t make me expose you, bitch, I’m busy.” With a title like “Win Again,” it would be easy to mistake this for your standard Nicki brag track, not unlike “I Am Your Leader” or “Grindin.” But by the end of the song, she’s out for blood with far less of it running through her flow. “I won,” Minaj coos in her most defeated-by-love pop-singer voice, “Kill-kill everything in my way.” Her brain is well trained, but her heart sounds tired. Yours would be too after writing an album like The Pinkprint. … Read More

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‘Black Messiah': Tracking D’Angelo’s 15-Year Absence, With a Little Help From Questlove

When D’Angelo’s new album, Black Messiah, was released this morning, it capped off 14 — let’s be honest, more like 15 — years of waiting for a follow-up to his classic soul album, 2000’s Voodoo. That is so much time. The world has changed completely. After all the rumors, the silence, and the reclusive genius staying (somewhat) reclusive, Black Messiah delivers on two great promises: D’Angelo’s talent, and his buddy Questlove’s constant assurances that an album is coming and it’s going to be great. … Read More

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New Animated Panda Bear Music Video Features What Looks to Be Stunning, Colorful Dream-HPV

Panda Bear (Noah Benjamin Lennox), that Animal who always manages to set himself apart from the Collective, premiered a new… Read More

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‘The Taylor Swift Experience': Does a 25-Year-Old Pop Star Deserve a Museum Retrospective?

The line was huge, stretching a city block in downtown Los Angeles, and made up of fewer teens than expected. No Taylor Swift tees or handmade signs could be seen among the crowd, where Hobbit totes belonging to the middle-aged predominated.

I asked a pair at the front of the line, “Are you excited about the Taylor Swift exhibit?”

“No,” one replied. “We’re waiting to see Night at the Museum.” … Read More

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Listen to D’Angelo Bring the Funk in Lead Single “Sugah Daddy” From New Album ‘Black Messiah’

Just yesterday D’Angelo announced his first new album in nearly 15 years, Black Messiah, would be released (… Read More

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The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Punch ft. Kendrick Lamar

This week, we’re a little bit country, and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, and a little bit hip-hop, and a little bit soul. That’s always the intent with this column, but this week we’ve got the added bonus that most of the folks here are fresh talent. Have a listen. … Read More

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The Perfect (All-Lady) Christmas Playlist for People Who Hate Christmas Music

Christmas music has always done the inverse of what it’s supposed to for me. So naturally, I was pleased when I heard about a new documentary called Jingle Bell Rocks!, which celebrates the best and weirdest holiday music you’ve never heard, and follows the record collectors who crate-dig to save these vintage oddities. The Mitchell Kezin-directed doc — which is out this week in select screenings as well as via DVD, cable VOD, and digitally — features characters including John Waters (known for his bizarre Christmas album), The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne (who’s behind the Christmas on Mars film), and Run-D.M.C. (known for “Christmas in Hollis”). But record collectors are at the heart of the movie, so we asked one of them to put together a mix of excellent Christmas music you’ve probably never heard and will undoubtedly find more appealing than those tired “Jingle Bells.” … Read More

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