In Contemporary Color, the Talking Heads leader folds his recent fascination with emotive, flag-throwing teens into a world he knows well. …Read More
It was announced back in April that The Chemical Brothers would be releasing a new LP replete with impressive collaborators, and today, a new guest-bolstered track from the album was shared. The LP in question is called Born in the Echoes, and will be released on July 17, and the artist in question on today’s track is none than Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent (other collaborators on the album include Beck, Q-Tip, Cate Le Bon and Ali Love).
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.
From Beyoncé singing Martin Luther King’s favorite gospel song to Kanye, Rihanna, and Paul McCartney teaming up for what is sure to be a performance dripping in denim, this Sunday’s Grammys offer a number of reasons to watch that have little to do with the awards themselves. But most importantly, between inter-generational collaborations that no one asked for, the Recording Academy will give out statues, many of them to the same group of superstars they recognize every year. He, we weigh artistic merit versus the past voting habits of Grammy voters to name who should win — and predict who actually …Read More
New directions for indie standbys St. Vincent and Toro y Moi, plus songs from some of 2015’s most hopeful new artists, all in this week’s roundup.
U2 force-fed their new album to the world for free and ended up the enemy. Taylor Swift took hers away and ended up a hero.
Swift changed her narrative in 2014, and it wasn’t about ditching country or dating out of the public eye. She became the face of skepticism over how technology has changed music, during a year when the streaming music economy was debated more than ever — not only among artists, whose wellbeing is affected greatly, but in the court of public opinion as well.