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  • 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
  • How Patton Oswalt Learned to Stop Hating and Accept Justin Bieber

    How Patton Oswalt Learned to Stop Hating and Accept Justin Bieber | ARTICLE

    This week, alternative comedy's single greatest sentence constructor Patton Oswalt premieres Tragedy + Comedy = Time, his fifth hour-long special for Comedy Central (airing April 6), and his soon-to-be-released fifth stand-up LP. Having built a career on punk-rock...

    April 3, 2014 12:05 PM ET
  • The Infamous Mobb Depp

    The Infamous Mobb Depp | ALBUM REVIEW

    With zero Top 40 singles over their 22-year career, Queensbridge menace masters Mobb Deep have never been properly rewarded for their massive impact on the darker strains of New York rap. The duo's mean, scrappy eighth...

    April 1, 2014 12:00 AM ET
  • Big Ears 2014 Celebrates Steve Reich Via Punk, Drone, Jazz, Radiohead

    Big Ears 2014 Celebrates Steve Reich Via Punk, Drone, Jazz, Radiohead | ARTICLE

    The 2014 edition of Knoxville, Tennessee's Big Ears Festival began with a performance of a piece for handclaps and ended with the kind of applause usually reserved for famous rock bands. A passion project of Bonnaroo founder...

    March 31, 2014 1:00 PM ET
  • Remember Me

    Remember Me | ALBUM REVIEW

    Bay Area rapper-producer Sage the Gemini is one of the most instantly rewarding beatmakers in recent memory. His rubbery tracks are a mix of Casio bloops, scribbly synth lines and little else. Appropriately, three-quarters of Remember...

    March 25, 2014 12:10 AM ET
  • Seer

    Seer | ALBUM REVIEW

    On their fifth release, this Portland, Oregon, drone duo finally find the perfect balance between Matt Carlson's twinkling, modular synths and the bluesy cry of Jonathan Sielaff's bass clarinet. The album shortens their chain of...

    March 25, 2014 12:00 AM ET
  • "Mother of Dragons"

    "Mother of Dragons" | SONG REVIEW

    Big Boi goes full Game of Thrones fanboy on the HBO-helmed Catch the Throne mixtape, with references to Khaleesi, White Walkers and the Lannisters in 22 bars. There's some dragon-size bass, but...

    March 20, 2014 1:15 PM ET
  • Recess

    Recess | ALBUM REVIEW

    Skrillex got famous by careening recklessly toward the future. The hits that made him dubstep's biggest star, from 2010's "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" to 2011's "First of the Year (Equinox)," sounded less like...

    March 20, 2014 1:15 PM ET
  • Supermodel

    Supermodel | ALBUM REVIEW

    Three years ago, Foster the People scored a smash single by being carpetbaggers of cool. "Pumped Up Kicks" borrowed the affects of that era's rising hipster middlebrow – Animal Collective's dreamy nostalgia, Vampire Weekend's taut...

    March 18, 2014 12:35 AM ET
  • My Krazy Life

    My Krazy Life | ALBUM REVIEW

    A 46-minute tale of celebrations and regrets, the debut album from West Coast hot property YG is the most ambitious hip-hop concept LP in a minute: a 24-hour ride where he gives detailed instruction on...

    March 18, 2014 12:25 AM ET
  • Stereolithic

    Stereolithic | ALBUM REVIEW

    On their first indie album in more than 20 years, funk metal's chillest bros are less concerned with elbowing for radio play – they've ditched producer Bob Rock after two albums – and are more content to...

    March 11, 2014 12:15 AM ET
  • Four Foot Shack

    Four Foot Shack | ALBUM REVIEW

    If you ever wanted to hear King Crimson tap out Mungo Jerry songs, then, boy, does Primus frontdude Les Claypool have a record for you. In Duo De Twang, the bassist pairs his familiar combat-boot Bootsy Collins...

    March 11, 2014 12:10 AM ET
  • Mastermind

    Mastermind | ALBUM REVIEW

    Miami boastmaster Rick Ross got to where he is by playing a hustler, a don, a master of outsize fantasies of golden-toilet luxury. But the seemingly untouchable king of self-invention – the man who once rapped, "The...

    March 5, 2014 9:00 AM ET
  • Louder

    Louder | ALBUM REVIEW

    As Broadway-bound Rachel Berry, Lea Michele was the brassy soprano on Glee's two highest-charting songs. But her attempt at breaking out as a solo artist has been rocky – lead single "Cannonball" sank like one – and...

    February 25, 2014 12:00 AM ET
  • Mind Over Matter

    Mind Over Matter | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's been four years since these summery, bummery Californians dropped the power-pop bomb "My Body," earning fans from MTV to Morrissey. Their second album, and first for Fueled by Ramen, adopts the post-Spotify try-anything attitude of new...

    February 21, 2014 12:25 PM ET
  • Oxymoron

    Oxymoron | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Gangsta, gangsta, gangsta," shouts Los Angeles rapper Schoolboy Q right off the bat, offering one more than N.W.A.'s "Gangsta Gangsta" ever did. With tough-as-nails beats (via Pharrell, Tyler the Creator and more) and boundless energy, Q's...

    February 21, 2014 11:35 AM ET
  • Watch Pre-SNL Chris Farley Do 'Matt Foley'

    Watch Pre-SNL Chris Farley Do 'Matt Foley' | VIDEO

    Just two weeks after Rolling Stone declared Matt Foley: Motivational Speaker the greatest Saturday Night Live sketch of all time, Chicago's esteemed Second City unearthed a fantastic performance from 1990 starring the sketch's co-writers Bob Odenkirk...

    February 19, 2014 12:15 PM ET
  • Music Speaks

    Music Speaks | ALBUM REVIEW

    American Idol's 12th victor deserves better than this much-delayed hodgepodge of styles and ideas. The voice that pushed Alicia Keys and U2 songs into unimagined octaves all season long – inspiring judge Nicki Minaj to...

    February 18, 2014 12:05 AM ET
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