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Heard and Unseen: The Oral History of Ghost Town DJ’s ‘My Boo’

As 2016 has re-confirmed, the only time when an artist’s song reappears on the Hot 100 decades after its release is usually immediately after the artist's death. But…
Brian Josephs / May 26, 2016

The Gotobeds: Post-Punk Revivalists With Pittsburgh Pride

The Gotobeds singer-guitarist Eli Kasan (code name: Hazy Lazer) loves his hometown of Pittsburgh. When I bring up Philadelphia, the metropolis on the opposite end of…
Rachel Brodsky / May 25, 2016

‘Dedication 2′ Is When Lil Wayne Became an All-Time Great Rapper

Making a hit song is a combination of talent, marketability, and luck. Making a banger over someone else's hit song is a mix of ingenuity and…
Brian Josephs / May 23, 2016

Hangout Fest 2016: The Weeknd, Vince Staples, and Jason Isbell Shine After Hours-Long Weather Delay

This past weekend, Hangout Fest returned to Gulf Shores, Alabama, for its seventh go-round, boasting an eclectic lineup and, thanks to its ocean-front location, some…
Dan Reilly / May 23, 2016

Salad Days Are Gone: I Went to Sweetgreen’s Music Festival

Three hundred and sixty-four days a year, Sweetgreen is a wildly popular chain of salad restaurants on the East Coast and in California. On the…
Anna Gaca / May 23, 2016

‘Grace and Frankie’ Star June Diane Raphael Won’t Stop Seeing Billy Joel in Concert

Netflix's original dramedy Grace and Frankie was meant to showcase its legendary stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, but episode after episode, comedian and actress June Diane…
Brennan Carley / May 20, 2016

Bibi Bourelly: A 21-Year-Old Pop Songwriter on Her Way to Powerhouse Frontwoman

Berlin transplant Bibi Bourelly's career is off to an auspicious start. She’s already performed on The Tonight Show and The Late Late Show and is prepping to open up…
Brian Josephs / May 19, 2016

Q&A: Mac DeMarco on Staying Friends With Fans and Wearing Bondage Masks

At one of the first shows on Mac DeMarco’s current tour, a couch is set up onstage at Webster Hall to accommodate his friends (including…
Julia Edelman / May 18, 2016

Garbage’s Shirley Manson: ‘Be Flawed, Be Fragile, Be a Mess’

Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson is boiling eggs and hiding out in her Los Angeles home when she picks up the phone. "A policeman apparently discharged his weapon outside…
Rachel Brodsky / May 17, 2016

Chance the Rapper’s ‘Coloring Book’ Is Proof That ‘Views’ From the Top Ain’t So Bad

There’s a point where the leathers are so Italian, the bank accounts balloon so big, and the sheets’ thread count run so high that they’re…
Brian Josephs / May 16, 2016

Ladyhawke: Ten Things You Never Knew About Me

Many might know Pip Brown — a.k.a. New Zealand-born Ladyhawke — as a pop personality with a dead-on ear for monster hooks. Her synth-packed work is so…
Rachel Brodsky / May 16, 2016

Three Comings, You’re Out: The New Stone Roses Song Sucks

What exactly are you hoping for when a band who hasn't released new music in more than two decades, and whose only ties to recent…
Andrew Unterberger / May 13, 2016

Uffie Reloads the Glock

It's a sweaty mid-April afternoon in Beverly Hills, and Uffie's pacing around a pebble-strewn pathway, lit cigarette in hand. We're in the backyard of producer Benny Blanco's…
Brennan Carley / May 11, 2016

Q&A: Little Scream on the Cult That Inspired ‘Cult Following’

It's been a little while since we heard from Little Scream, a.k.a. Laurel Sprengelmeyer. She's been busy: nearly two years spent touring behind her 2011 debut, The…
Anna Gaca / May 9, 2016

Changes: Charles Bradley’s Life of Love and Loss

Charles Bradley doesn't want your pity. Not for the years he spent homeless in New York City, or hitchhiking across the country looking for a…
Dan Reilly / May 9, 2016

Marissa Nadler’s Apocalypse Dreams

There’s a package waiting for Marissa Nadler. The box was delivered to the singer-songwriter’s Boston apartment earlier today — an overcast and alarmingly windy Thursday…
Kyle McGovern / May 9, 2016

Why Feeling No Ways About Drake Is Best for All Involved

Aubrey Graham assumed pop’s pole position on the strength of two key phrases: "Best I ever had," a title he awards every girl he beds,…
Dan Weiss / May 6, 2016

The Many Voices of White Lung’s Mish Barber-Way

Mish Barber-Way is ready to tell someone else's story. After spending the past few albums writing only from her perspective, the lead singer of Vancouver-bred punk…
Stephanie Dubick / May 6, 2016

Gimme Some Truth: Life Studies With Homeboy Sandman

On a Thursday afternoon in April, Homeboy Sandman and I are circling the city of New York. We’re at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows…
Andrew Unterberger / May 6, 2016

The Wait for ‘Chance 3′: A Compendium

Chance the Rapper's Acid Rap is a very, very good mixtape that catapulted him to national acclaim when it dropped on 2013. And as with most things…
Brian Josephs / May 5, 2016
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