• Hear CeCe Peniston Embrace EDM on Markus Schulz Collaboration 'Make You Fall'

    Hear CeCe Peniston Embrace EDM on Markus Schulz Collaboration 'Make You Fall'

    There's a backstory here. Beginning his career as a studio assistant, Markus Schulz befriended someone who worked with Peniston and, through him, befriended the chart-topping singer of "Finally" dance-floor fame. Years after their initial meeting, the two reconnected and finally decided to put out a collaborative track of their own. But backstories don't get kids dancing at the EDM festivals, arenas, and megaclubs where Schulz plays, especially when those kids are themselves younger than Penniston's biggest hit. The solution?

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    Lady Gaga Flies (Sorta), Sings, and Vogues at Multimillion-Dollar 'ArtRave'

    Maybe it’s because she fills her music with weighty ideas, or because those without BFAs remain intimidated by the world of high art, but Lady Gaga still doesn’t get enough credit for her sense of humor. Consider, for instance, that her new LP, ARTPOP, begins with a track that teases, "Do you wanna see the girl who lives behind the aura?" but follows with a love song that skips details on any potential suitor for an unprovoked lesson on planetary alignment.

  • Britney and Miley chop it up

    MTV's 'Miley Cyrus: The Movement' Proves America's Sweetheart Knows What She's Doing

    Perhaps you've already seen the Miley Cyrus film, the one back in 2009 that isn't a documentary. In Hannah Montana: The Movie, a budding, underage pop star (Hannah, a.k.a., Miley Stewart) exhibits increasingly erratic public behavior in the buildup to her appearance at a major awards show in New York City — a narrative arc that is interrupted when Miley's dad, played by Billy Ray Cyrus, forces her to return home to Tennessee to regain some perspective.But as you're surely aware by now, Cyrus' real-life arc is even more extraordinary than Hannah Montana's fictional one.

  • The 40 Best Things We Saw at Gathering of the Juggalos 2013 [NSFW]

    The 40 Best Things We Saw at Gathering of the Juggalos 2013 [NSFW]

    Returning to the tiny town of Cave-in-Rock, Illinois, the 14th annual Gathering of the Juggalos once again turned the Hogrock campgrounds into a live-and-let-live, anything-goes island of nudity, speed-rapping, intoxication, fam-il-y, and fountains of Faygo. Here are the 40 best things that we heard and saw. Whoop whoop!

  • Governors Ball 2013: The 15 Best Things We Saw

    Governors Ball 2013: The 15 Best Things We Saw

    Although Saturday and Sunday of New York City's third annual Governors Ball had some of the biggest draws — Kanye West, Guns N' Roses, the xx, Grizzly Bear, Kendrick Lamar, and Nas, among others — it was Friday that had the biggest impact, as the pouring rain and ankle-deep mud modified nearly every aspect of the three-day fest. Most braved the elements, some took off their shoes and wallowed in the aftermath, and the best bands made you forget about the whole mess entirely.

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    Vampire Weekend and Steve Buscemi Celebrate 'Modern Vampires' Record Release With New York Blowout

  • Heems / Photo by Kyle Dean Reinford

    Heems, 'Wild Water Kingdom' (Greedhead)

    Released five months after his group Das Racist's first foray into sold-in-stores, all-samples-cleared, album-oriented rap, Heems' debut solo mixtape appeared in January as a much-welcome mess. Named Nehru Jackets after both the rapper's remarkably thoughtful Tumblr and the South Asian formal wear, it offered a vivid, 25-track portrait of contemporary Queens. Even when the man born Himanshu Suri started to ramble a bit, producer Mike Finito kept the project on point, his production evoking the sound of music as it's heard echoing from cars stopped at red lights, drawing on everything from New York boom-bap to shoegaze to Bollywood.Although it retains that catholic approach to sound and genre, the follow-up, Wild Water Kingdom, is more informed by the sound of rap on the Internet than in any IRL locale.

  • Titus Andronicus, 'Local Business' (XL)

    Titus Andronicus, 'Local Business' (XL)

    Coverage of Titus Andronicus' albums, tours, and Twitter rants tends to focus exclusively on their grandness. The New Jersey band's 2010 breakout, The Monitor, mixed punk rock and historical fiction, recounting Civil War battles and quoting Abraham Lincoln at length across a double-album on which half the 10 songs stretched past seven minutes. Likewise, they can, at times, appear imposingly serious and even pretentious, as outspoken frontman Patrick Stickles is given to calling out unfairly run venues and peers who license their songs to corporations, holding himself, his friends, and his enemies alike to an overarching punk ethic passed down by Ian MacKaye.

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    Animal Collective, 'Centipede Hz' (Domino)

    From the beginning, Animal Collective intended to create not just sounds, but worlds. Even before settling on a name, 2003’s Campfire Songs presented a 55-minute glimpse into a November cabin-in-the-woods jam session wherein the most enchanting sounds didn't come from the drone-folk tunes, but from whatever lurked in the background: the crickets, the footsteps, and the barking dogs, around which you could piece together an entire ecosystem. Seven years later, the band brought that campfire to the Guggenheim, filling Frank Lloyd Wright's interior with costumes, film loops, and a site-specific 36-channel speaker system that immersed museum-goers in a purposefully unfamiliar sensory habitat.

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    2 Chainz, 'Based on a T.R.U. Story' (Def Jam)

    Once upon a time, before 2 Chainz was 2 Chainz — back when he was barely Tity Boi — the man who we'll for the moment refer to as Taheed Epps opened his duo Playaz Circle's 2007 major-label debut with a defensive spoken-word intro. "We back," he pronounced, "and I know a lot of y'all feel like, 'You never was here.'" Five years and one high-profile name-change later, now working as a solo artist, Epps is back again, silencing those skeptics without having to address them directly. The hardest-working man in an industry full of them, he's contributed verses to songs by everyone from Lil Chuckee to DJ Khaled, 8Ball to Meek Mill, Yo Gotti to Justin Bieber, Kanye West to Nicki Minaj, all while touring the country alongside Drake's Club Paradise revue.

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