Why Sweden Rules Pop Music, and How We Could Too

“Starships were meant to flyyy/Hands up and touch the sky/Let’s do this one last time/Can’t stop/We higher than a mothafucka.” These lines from Nicki Minaj’s 2012 mega-hit “Starships” are pop in its purist form. They bubble... Read more »

Interview: Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano Talks Sweden, Women, and The New Album

Little Dragon’s ascent has been about as steady as you will find in all of modern music. When Nabuma Rubberband comes out on May 13 on Loma Vista, part of Republic Records, many will become aware... Read more »

The 20 Best New Albums Streaming on Spotify Right Now

20 years ago, a music junkie couldn't even comprehend what Spotify offers. We complain about the modern day struggles that come with streaming services and unlimited access to music, but at the end of the day,... Read more »

11 Atlanta Producers Who Are Killing it Right Now

Atlanta is a hotspot for hip-hop, and that's nothing new, but there's a wave of fresh talent coming out of the ATL right now that's defined by production just as much as the rapping. Breakout stars... Read more »

420 Wisdom: Weed Quotes From Your Favorite Musicians

In August of 1964, Bob Dylan reportedly introduced The Beatles to marijuana. Before the decade ended, The Beatles would go on to make Help!, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album,... Read more »

Jay Electronica: “We are going to try and burst the heavens open on July 12th”

Jay Electronica is planning something. Earlier this month, Jay Elec got a little liquor in his system and hit Twitter to share his thoughts on topics such as Lil B, Kanye West, and smoking weed. He... Read more »

RKCB – “Baptize”

From more aggressive and sexual production like The Weeknd’s to the mysterious, sprawling sound of FKA Twigs, there’s space for a lot of experimentation in R&B. LA-based duo RKCB’s “Baptize” fits snuggly somewhere in the middle—sensual... Read more »

Indie Vinyl Stores Report Record-Setting Sales Numbers For Record Store Day 2014

With the numbers now in, Record Store Day 2014 can officially be declared a success, as indie record stores are reporting huge increases in sales for this past weekend. How exactly do we know this? For... Read more »

Video: Tree – “Godlike”

Chicago rapper Tree’s MCTREEG EP has him blending soulful beats with his gruff delivery, and he revisits the project for a simple black-and-white video for the jazzy “Godlike.”Directed by Andrew Zeiter and Bryan Lamb. Get the MCTREEG EP... Read more »

Vaults – “Premonitions”

Last September, a mysterious band called Vaults put “Cry No More” on their Soundcloud. It was a mournful, beautiful song with a powerful chorus, and had me excited to see what they’d do next. It’s been over... Read more »

Watch Kanye West and Rick Rubin’s Weird Award Show Acceptance Video

The Disruptive Innovation Awards at this year’s Tribeca film festival honored one of the most important pieces of equipment in music (especially hip-hop and dance music) production, the Roland TR-808 drum machine. Kanye West and Rick... Read more »

Premiere: Phantogram – “Fall In Love (Jaded Inc. Remix)”

If you’re familiar with Mayer Hawthorne for his retro soul sounds, get ready for a change. He’s teamed up with friend and collaborator 14KT for a new project called Jaded Inc. and the duo releases their... Read more »

Chance The Rapper Cancels More Shows Due to Illness

Today, Chance The Rapper’s team released an official statement regarding last weekend’s suddenly cancelled Coachella set. The good news is the illness that Chance The Rapper had has now been explained: Chance had suffered from a... Read more »

Why Sweden Rules Pop Music, and How We Could Too

“Starships were meant to flyyy/Hands up and touch the sky/Let’s do this one last time/Can’t stop/We higher than a mothafucka.” These lines from Nicki Minaj’s 2012 mega-hit “Starships” are pop in its purist form. They bubble... Read more »

Video Premiere: RÁJ – “Let Me Love You”

Earlier this year at SXSW, RÁJ played to a seated audience at the Central Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas. It was a powerful performance that highlighted just how strong his voice is, and it’s the kind... Read more »

Premiere: Lyves – “Visions”

Lyves is the project of North London (via Italy & Australia) based singer/songwriter Francesca Bergami. For as long as she can remember, she’s been writing, but she’s bringing her words to life with music now, and... Read more »

Premiere: Download Roni Size’s Remix of FTSE’s “Nite Life”

Brilliant British producer FTSE‘s “Nite Life” was a subtly acerbic take on British partying and drinking culture, but Bristol drum and bass legend Roni Size’s remix turns the track into something that could definitely soundtrack a hedonistic... Read more »

Watch Future and Pusha T Perform “Move That Dope” on Jimmy Fallon

In promotion of his recently released album Honest, Future dropped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform his hard-hitting single, “Move That Dope.” The energetic performance saw assistance from Pusha T and The Roots,... Read more »

Even For the Internet, This Video is Strangely Confusing, Entertaining, and Absurd

Nothing is surprising anymore. We grew up on the internet with unlimited access to weird porn and gory violence and ignorant absurdity and now we are immune to everything the world has to offer. Who knows... Read more »

RZA Says The New Wu-Tang Clan Album May Never See The Light Of Day

The recent back-and-forth going on between Raekwon and his fellow Wu-Tang Clan affiliate RZA has been well-documented. In 2013, RZA noted in an interview with Grantland that Raekwon “[hadn't] shown up at all” to record for the group’s... Read more »