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Obama’s Go-To DJ Reflects on Four Years of Performing for the First Family

A new White House administration means Austin-based DJ Mel Cavaricci's time playing music for President Obama's events has come to an end. For the past few…
Brian Josephs / January 18, 2017

BJ the Chicago Kid on Performing For Obama: “They Asked Me to Take People’s Minds to Another Place”

On January 10, R&B singer BJ the Chicago Kid performed the National Anthem at Barack Obama's Farewell Address in Chicago. Given just days to prepare, BJ jumped…
Brian Josephs / January 17, 2017

Digital Crate Digging: Wayne Coyne on Rihanna, Coldplay, and Discovering New Music

When I met Wayne Coyne in the lobby restaurant of a fashionable Manhattan hotel this week, he was trying to remember the name of a…
Andy Cush / January 12, 2017

2016 Was a Great Year to Stop Worrying and Embrace the Grateful Dead

Let me start by saying that I know I’m a custie. I know I’m a custie, because just the other day, a guy I know…
Andy Cush / December 29, 2016

Anarchy and Rebirth With Cunt Mafia’s Contessa Stuto

On a brisk evening in November, nightlife maven Contessa Stuto is shooting the video for her new song "Anarchy 4 U and Me"—a collaboration with…
Brian Josephs / December 28, 2016

Marshmello Is EDM’s Masked Hero

At 10:15 p.m. on the first Friday night of December, the line for the Skyway Theater in downtown Minneapolis is wrapped around the block. That’s…
Michaelangelo Matos / December 27, 2016

Hold On, Hold On, I Won’t Let You Go: On George Michael, the Unabashed Superstar

In the promo press for his second solo full-length, 1990’s Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, George Michael announced he'd no longer be granting interviews. He…
Rich Juzwiak / December 27, 2016

How Big Screen Sci-Fi and Horror Captured 2016’s Political Paranoia

There's a line in a climactic scene of The Invitation, Karyn Kusama's nightmarish dinner party horror-thriller, that may as well have been the tagline of…
Emily Yoshida / December 27, 2016

Hearing the Holy Ghost in 2016

No matter the election cycle, there comes a moment when the campaign bus pulls up in front of a church in a predominantly African-American neighborhood…
Andy Beta / December 21, 2016

Latinx Musicians and Their American Identity in 2016

This year, the people of the United States elected Donald Trump president in an atmosphere of naked racism and xenophobia, much of it targeting Latinx…
Beverly Bryan / December 20, 2016

Q&A: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Talk Patriots Day, Before the Flood, Escaping Musical “Despair and Depravity”

For music fans, there was a surprise embedded in the operatic trailer for director Peter Berg’s new Boston Marathon bombing thriller Patriots Day: a single line…
Winston Cook-Wilson / December 20, 2016

Why Rogue One Gets the “Dark Reboot” Right

The Force Awakens may have been the last Star Wars movie a multiplex audience claps for. I saw Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on the…
Emily Yoshida / December 19, 2016

In 2016, Emo Entered Another Green World

Bands who were already uncomfortable with "emo" were branded with an even more derogatory term in 2016: "hippies." Modern Baseball grew their hair long; Evan…
Ian Cohen / December 19, 2016

How Hitmaking Producer Frank Dukes Is Reinventing the Pop Music Machine

On a chilly Monday afternoon last month, a group of record-collecting nerds of the highest order were listening to music and shooting the shit in…
Andy Cush / December 15, 2016

Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert: In 2016, the Kids Took Over Rap

The first time I heard Hawaiian Punch-braided teen rapper Lil Yachty was, fittingly, in a viral video. There’s no way in a million years…
Matthew Ramirez / December 15, 2016
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