• Snoop Lion / Photo by Getty Images

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    After heading to Jamaica (one of the shrinking list of countries where he's still welcome) and getting well-acquainted with Jah, Snoop Dogg decided to stir things up. Beginning with his forthcoming reggae (yes, reggae) album — aptly titled Reincarnated, due later this year on Vice Records — Snoop will move up on the food chain and replace "Dogg" with "Lion" in his name. Joined by Diplo, who produced the lead single "La La La," and donning a large, knitted Rasta beanie, a Kobe Bryant jersey, and a pair of ultra-dark sunglasses, the newly christened Snoop Lion discussed his new project on July 30 while feeling irie at Miss Lily's Jamaican restaurant in Manhattan. Here are the five things you need to know about the change: 1. It Happened Because He Was Bored After 20 years and 11 studio albums worth of hip-hop, Snoop is over rap.

  • Wild Nothing's Jack Tatum / Photo by Shawn Brackbill

    Wild Nothing's Jack Tatum Obsessively Watches the 'Thrones'

    Wild Nothing singer-guitarist Jack Tatum has some strong opinions about what constitutes great pop, and he brandishes them beautifully on his sophomore album, Nocturne, a shimmering reverie of reverb-y guitars and swooning vocals out August 28 on Captured Tracks. On his downtime, though, Tatum is just as intrigued by the King of Westeros as he is by, say, Morrissey. A huge fan of HBO's hit series Game of Thrones, Tatum admits to having seen every episode "like three or four times." Speaking from his manager's office in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Tatum justifies his addiction: "It's one of those things where I just keep watching it with people who haven't seen it because I'm like, 'Oh, man, you have to see it! I'll watch it again with you!'" Enablers. Tatum was first introduced to the show by another Thrones superfan: his father.

  • DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith

    DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith on Loving Nirvana, 'My So-Called Life'

    Last summer, in an attempt to revitalize what he considered a disappointing music scene, Brooklyn's Zachary Cole Smith, formerly a touring guitarist for Beach Fossils, created his nautically influenced shoegaze project DIIV. (Each member of the band is a water sign according to Chinese astrology). "Part of the reason I started this band," explains Smith, "is because I felt like there weren't really that many Brooklyn bands that I thought were very impressive. I mean, there's obviously the bigger ones, but the rest blend together." Now joined by drummer Colby Hewitt, bassist Devin Ruben Perez, and guitarist Andrew Bailey, Smith is making a splash with the release of DIIV's dreamy guitar pop debut, Oshin (get it?), out June 26th on Captured Tracks. After first mistaking our call from one from his mother ("I can't talk right now!

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