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112 items by Christopher R. Weingarten

  • Neon Icon

    Neon Icon | ALBUM REVIEW

    Houston meme machine Riff Raff is a free-associative goof-ball who raps in a put-on deep-Southern drawl – call it swagger or minstrelsy, your choice. The lyrics on his latest album are...

    July 9, 2014 1:15 PM ET
  • Manslaughter

    Manslaughter | ALBUM REVIEW

    The fifth record from Ice T's metal group is easily its best since its 1992 debut. There’s nothing as incendiary here as that year’s "Cop Killer," but Manslaughter does...

    July 9, 2014 1:00 PM ET
  • 'Country Funk II' Curator Zach Cowie Talks 2014's Best Imaginary Genre

    'Country Funk II' Curator Zach Cowie Talks 2014's Best Imaginary Genre | ARTICLE

    On July 15th, esteemed record excavators Light in the Attic release Country Funk II: 1967-1974, the second compilation of a genre that's unlikely, completely fictional and utterly fantastic. It's the brainchild of Los Angeles digger Zach Cowie,...

    July 2, 2014 8:15 AM ET
  • Noise vs. Beauty

    Noise vs. Beauty | ALBUM REVIEW

    Low-end theorist Bassnectar's tenth LP is his most mature. Known mostly for extremes of sternum-caving bass, the festival star balances out his sound here with ominous strings ("F U N"), an Edge-y guitar line ("You & Me")...

    June 24, 2014 12:10 AM ET
  • Turn Down for What? Why EDM Is Entering Its Punk Phase

    Turn Down for What? Why EDM Is Entering Its Punk Phase | ARTICLE

    On a Friday night in Montreal, DJ Vice, a eight-year resident DJ at Tao Las Vegas, held out about an hour to play DJ Snake's crunktacular "Turn Down for What" – at the time the fourth most...

    June 23, 2014 8:55 AM ET
  • While(1<2)

    While(1<2) | ALBUM REVIEW

    For his seventh album, Deadmau5 has turned from an electro-house polymath into the world's most unnecessary Nine Inch Nails tribute act. With a running time longer than the new X-Men movie, the two-disc While(1<2) gives Mau5...

    June 17, 2014 12:25 AM ET
  • A Town Called Paradise

    A Town Called Paradise | ALBUM REVIEW

    EDM has changed pop, and now pop is changing veteran DJ Tiësto. He's moved from the abrasively chilly trance of 2009's Kaleidoscope to embrace pianos and guitars, a warm sound like the 4 a.m. version of

    June 17, 2014 12:20 AM ET
  • Just Be Free

    Just Be Free | ALBUM REVIEW

    Over 23 years, the hyperkinetic, unapologetically horny sound of New Orleans bounce has changed the world – perhaps you've heard of the word "twerk"? – and now the genre's loudest ambassador has finally made a...

    June 17, 2014 12:00 AM ET
  • Hip-Hop's First Jukebox Musical Debuts: Tupac's 'Holler If Ya Hear Me'

    Hip-Hop's First Jukebox Musical Debuts: Tupac's 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' | ARTICLE

    Holler If Ya Hear Me is the first hip-hop jukebox musical in Broadway history — and possibly the first in theater history — a genre that's been kind to Abba, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Green...

    June 9, 2014 11:15 AM ET
  • Bassnectar Searches for Low End Perfection, Blasts EDM Phonies

    Bassnectar Searches for Low End Perfection, Blasts EDM Phonies | ARTICLE

    A death metal ex-pat drawn to bass music in the late Nineties, long-haired low-end theorist Lorin "Bassnectar" Ashton has spent more than a decade crafting an abrasive-yet-nuanced take on headbanger boom that might be dubstep's brightest and...

    June 4, 2014 11:35 AM ET
  • Superunknown (Reissue)

    Superunknown (Reissue) | ALBUM REVIEW

    The defining moment from an unclassifiable band remains brilliantly off-kilter as metal, crushingly moody as alternative and strangely reassuring as classic rock. This 20th-anniversary reissue of the grunge era's most ambitious statement adds a second disc of...

    June 3, 2014 12:05 AM ET
  • Aurora

    Aurora | ALBUM REVIEW

    Australian-born, Iceland-dwelling composer Ben Frost has been releasing deep, punishing, nuanced drone work for more than a decade. Though Frost often plays guitars and has composed for buzzing string ensembles, his latest explores an uglier,...

    May 30, 2014 5:45 PM ET
  • First Mysteryland Fest Brings EDM, Snafus to Woodstock

    First Mysteryland Fest Brings EDM, Snafus to Woodstock | ARTICLE

    Mysteryland's impromptu phone-charging party was held on two power strips and a few Ikea tables in the campground's information tent. The phone chargers in the lockers (which sold out) didn't always work, and there were no dedicated...

    May 27, 2014 12:10 PM ET
  • Forget the World

    Forget the World | ALBUM REVIEW

    Four years into the game, Dutch house star Afrojack doesn't exactly need an album – he's already a chart-topping producer and one of the world's 10 highest-paid DJs. Maybe that's why his debut feels so...

    May 19, 2014 12:15 AM ET
  • . . .And Then You Shoot Your Cousin

    . . .And Then You Shoot Your Cousin | ALBUM REVIEW

    Brutally bleak, shrouded in screwed hues, with a narrator "on my existential grind doing consequential dirt," this 33-minute concept suite is rap's own Downward Spiral. With zero aspirational tales, the Roots' 11th album explores a hopelessness...

    May 19, 2014 12:10 AM ET
  • Someday World

    Someday World | ALBUM REVIEW

    The first album-length collaboration from Brian Eno and Underworld frontman Karl Hyde has the slickness of Eighties pop, the tricky melodies of modern indie and the appeal of neither. Eno has boasted of the...

    May 15, 2014 11:10 AM ET
  • Sincerely Yours

    Sincerely Yours | ALBUM REVIEW

    The brightest talent from the Bay Area's eminently twerkable, social-media-driven rap rebirth, IamSu!, has nimble rhymes, a killer fashion sense and a catalog of great mixtapes. But he doesn't do enough to stand out on his first...

    May 15, 2014 11:10 AM ET
  • Eminem's Total Slaughter Battle Rap League Is Ready to Rumble

    Eminem's Total Slaughter Battle Rap League Is Ready to Rumble | ARTICLE

    This summer, New York's Hammerstein Ballroom might provide the biggest platform for battle rap in hip-hop's 40-year history. 5 Eminem Tracks Only Hardcore Fans Know In January, Eminem, his manager Paul...

    April 28, 2014 12:40 PM ET
  • Food

    Food | ALBUM REVIEW

    Art-pop pioneer Kelis has never been more soulful or more intimate than she is on her sixth album. The singer steps out of the EDM rocket she rode on her last LP, 2010's Flesh...

    April 22, 2014 12:00 AM ET
  • Future: How Hip-Hop's Paranoid Android Became a Robocroon Superstar

    Future: How Hip-Hop's Paranoid Android Became a Robocroon Superstar | ARTICLE

    "Man, this shit's too pretty, I can't record in here. I like my shit to be gritty," says Future, catching a whiff of sugary-sweet coconut candles as he walks into Larrabee Studios in North Hollywood. The Atlanta...

    April 15, 2014 10:20 AM ET
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