The inaugural Panorama Festival — a.k.a. “East Coast Coachella” — took place at Randall’s Island in New York City this past weekend, and it more than delivered on its stacked… More »


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One of the strange developments of surprise albums is that, like most movies, the credits come at the end. So Kendrick Lamar’s delightfully out-of-nowhere new miniature untitled unmastered. has kept… More »

“Cha Cha” extraordinaire D.R.A.M.’s Gahdamn! EP — a fall release bursting with personality and pretty exciting hip-hop and harmonizing — yielded a duet with SZA called “Caretaker.”

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Shortly after announcing his forthcoming Gahdamn! EP, D.R.A.M. has shared a smooth new single featuring SZA called “Caretaker.” Super-fans might notice how this track has “Extended Version” in parentheses, which… More »


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Las Vegas’ Life Is Beautiful festival, now in its third year, ironically features no gambling. What it does have, though, is a lengthy list of veteran musicians (Stevie Wonder, Duran Duran,… More »

Update: According to a new iTunes link, Jay Rock’s new album 90059 will actually be released on December 4. Preorder it here.

Jay Rock is one of TDE’s biggest assets,… More »

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The announced lineup of this year’s Bonnaroo Superjam was already as stacked as years past, but the event went down Saturday night and it turned out to be even more… More »


Watch SZA and Willow Smith Duet on ‘Domino’

Neo-soulstress and Best New Artist alum SZA surprised fans at the Rough Trade NYC shop in Brooklyn Wednesday night by inviting Willow Smith onstage to perform their unreleased duet, “Domino.” More »

SZA’s Soft Focus Soul Slips Into the Background on ‘Z’

From the kush-cloudy quiet storm production to the vague references to what may or may not be emotional turmoil, everything is just out of reach on SZA’s Z, including SZA… More »


Drake, “Days In the East” Presumably designed to counter the controversy-starting, subliminal-filled “Draft Days,” this typical Drake track is, well, probably about Rihanna. Though the way that Drizzy goes on… More »


With her debut album Z out tomorrow, SZA now shares one of the most anticipated tracks — the Kendrick Lamar-assisted “Babylon.” It’s a reworking of the entrancing, DJ Dahi-produced song she… More »

SZA’s sound has been on contemporary R&B’s arty vanguard at least since her EP helped make the New Jersey singer one of our Best New Artists early last year. That’s… More »

SZA Climbs Trees in Mystical ‘Ice Moon’ Video

St. Louis R&Bist and SPIN Best New Artist inductee SZA wowed us with her EP earlier this year and now she has a fresh visual to share for one of that eight-song set’s… More »


SZA Drops Woozy ‘Teen Spirit’ and ‘Julia,’ Inks Deal With Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar’s Top Dawg Entertainment now has its first R&B signee — and its first female member. She is 23 years old, goes by SZA — government name: Solana Rowe… More »

From whip-smart Glaswegian post-punk aesthetes to a North Carolina folk professor to a deep-thinking Atlanta rapper, here are five artists you should know. DAVID BEVAN, PHILIP SHERBURNE, and BRANDON SODERBERGMore »