“Why am I crying on Oprah?” Pharrell asked just after O passed him a tissue. Overwhelmed by the worldwide… Read More
The new Afghan Whigs album, Do to the Beast, their first in 16 years, starts with a backbeat and a sharp guitar riff, before Greg Dulli’s voice comes in, howling. It’s muscular and tortured, further proof that even though the Afghan Whigs started in 1986, broke up in 2001, and occasionally reunited in various permutations since then, there’s a particular magic to an Afghan Whigs song, an alchemy of sex and drama, and Greg Dulli makes up the heart of it. Dulli’s been busy in the past ten years, working on projects like The Twilight Singers and The Gutter Twins, which have their own appeal but never quite get to that Afghan Whigs feeling of obsession and desperation. … Read More
The Black Keys have a new album, Turn Blue, out May 13. So far they’ve shared the first… Read More
Just like that, the first weekend of Coachella 2014 has come and gone, and now all we have left are a few hipster jokes and the lingering sensation that there’s a feather headband out there biding its time until next year (or next weekend). The three-day music festival featured 169 performances by bands, solo artists, and DJs, but through the massive lineup of acts, there are a few moments that stand out. Don’t worry if you weren’t there — you can watch them online, sans dust and… Read More
Last night’s Mad Men Season 7 premiere ended with a musical moment that — like so many of the songs used prominently on the AMC series — encapsulated the episode’s overall tone. Vanilla Fudge’s cover of The Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” kicked in as Don, defeated and possibly suffering from a mental breakdown, takes his anguish to the balcony and looks up to the sky, hoping to be set free from his own mind. The scene before shows Peggy assuming a similar pose, tears in her eyes and looking upward to a force she may or may not believe exists with a plea: set me free from Ted, from my own heart. … Read More
Record Store Day has been a fantastic excuse for re-releases, remixes, and new collaborations. Today’s special treat is … Read More
As evidenced from the tracks that have been trickling out over the past couple months, Kelis’ new album Food is a major… Read More
Lana Del Rey, that oft-flower-crowned, crocheted-gown-wearing music festival poster child, fittingly premiered her new song “West Coast” at Coachella last… Read More
Hootie hoo, y’all. Outkast’s 1.5 hour set from Coachella is now available for your viewing pleasure.
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This week I took refuge in bubbly pop as an alternative to Hole’s Live Through This, which I must have listened to about 50 times (see our 5,000-word track-by-track feature). Remixes of Queen Bey, a new song from Little Dragon, a TV-star-turned-pop-newcomer, and more — it’s all here this week.