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  • Lil Jon on Turning Down, Vampire Weekend, Prison and Donald Trump

    Lil Jon on Turning Down, Vampire Weekend, Prison and Donald Trump | ARTICLE

    Last summer, Lil Jon was laying down vocals on an EDM track by the French producer DJ Snake when he thought of the line that resurrected his career. "The beat just made me want to party," says...

    July 22, 2014 9:10 AM ET
  • Paul McCartney: The Long and Winding Q&A

    Paul McCartney: The Long and Winding Q&A | ARTICLE

    In late May, when Paul McCartney canceled or postponed 12 dates on his Out There world tour – citing doctor's orders to rest up after being briefly hospitalized for a mystery virus in Tokyo –...

    July 17, 2014 10:00 AM ET
  • Alvvays

    Alvvays | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's a rare treat to discover a debut like Alvvays'. Each of the nine songs on the Toronto band's first LP is a sharply...

    July 14, 2014 2:45 PM ET
  • Michael Bloomberg Isn't Afraid of the NRA

    Michael Bloomberg Isn't Afraid of the NRA | ARTICLE

    From the street outside, Bloomberg Philanthropies' stately, gray headquarters looks like any other brick-and-stone building on Manhattan's Upper East Side: an upscale apartment building, maybe, or a bank. Once you're buzzed through the unmarked entrance, you find...

    July 8, 2014 10:00 AM ET
  • See Paul McCartney Jam With Johnny Depp

    See Paul McCartney Jam With Johnny Depp | VIDEO

    "Early Days" is one of the highlights of Paul McCartney's most recent album, 2013's New, but its music video — which you can watch exclusively here — might never have happened if it was left up to...

    July 7, 2014 10:00 AM ET
  • Paul McCartney Bounces Back in Albany

    Paul McCartney Bounces Back in Albany | ARTICLE

    A few minutes into his set at Albany's Times Union Center last night, Paul McCartney took a moment to size up the sold-out crowd. "Good evening, Albany," he said with a big grin. "I've...

    July 6, 2014 10:46 AM ET
  • Mosaics Within Mosaics

    Mosaics Within Mosaics | ALBUM REVIEW

    For two decades, W. Cullen Hart of Athens, Georgia, has been one of indie rock's great psychedelic visionaries – recording two cult-classic LPs with the Olivia Tremor Control in the Nineties, then plunging even deeper into the...

    June 24, 2014 12:00 AM ET
  • DSU

    DSU | ALBUM REVIEW

    Poll a dozen young indie-rock heads about their favorite Internet-only cult acts, and there's a decent chance at least one will mention Philadelphia's Alex G. A 21-year-old college kid with an uncanny ear for sad, pretty melodies...

    June 17, 2014 12:00 AM ET
  • James Murphy Is Finally a Free Man

    James Murphy Is Finally a Free Man | ARTICLE

    "I feel like I just had a giant baby," says James Murphy. Three years after his trailblazing dance-rock band played its final show ever, he's released a live album documenting that night, The Long Goodbye: LCD...

    June 3, 2014 11:05 AM ET
  • Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win

    Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win | ALBUM REVIEW

    Earlier this year, 50 Cent slid from the world's biggest major to an indie deal – a move that, just a few years ago, would have been as unthinkable as Alex Rodriguez stepping to...

    June 2, 2014 1:05 PM ET
  • A Letter Home

    A Letter Home | ALBUM REVIEW

    Earlier this year, Neil Young unveiled Pono, a super-high-def audio service meant to deliver us from the sonic crimes of the earbud era. For his next act, he's released an acoustic covers set recorded at

    May 2, 2014 10:55 AM ET
  • Damon Albarn Shares the Stories Behind His Revealing Solo LP

    Damon Albarn Shares the Stories Behind His Revealing Solo LP | ARTICLE

    Next week, Damon Albarn will release Everyday Robots – his first-ever solo album after more than 20 years as the leader of Blur, Gorillaz and too many one-off supergroups to list concisely. It's an excellent album (

    April 22, 2014 11:15 AM ET
  • The New Classic

    The New Classic | ALBUM REVIEW

    Iggy Azalea grew up in Australia, but you'd never know it from her accent – a curiously affected drawl that could come from Atlanta, Houston or nowhere at all. Once, such weirdness might have disqualified her from...

    April 17, 2014 2:05 PM ET
  • Honest

    Honest | ALBUM REVIEW

    Lots of rappers talk about drugs, but Future is one of the few whose music makes you feel like you're actually on some. When he raps, it's in pulse-racing staccato bursts; when he sings, his Auto-Tuned vowels...

    April 16, 2014 10:00 AM ET
  • Taylor Momsen Discusses Her Naked Album Cover

    Taylor Momsen Discusses Her Naked Album Cover | ARTICLE

    In the new issue of Rolling Stone, Taylor Momsen talks about posing nude for the cover of Going to Hell, the new album from her band, the Pretty Reckless. "We're all naked when we're born," the former...

    March 28, 2014 10:30 AM ET
  • Schoolboy Q: From South Central L.A. to the Top of the Charts

    Schoolboy Q: From South Central L.A. to the Top of the Charts | ARTICLE

    The first time Schoolboy Q met his labelmate Kendrick Lamar, he says, "I couldn't believe he wasn't big yet." It was 2006, and Q had just started working with the fledgling Top Dawg Entertainment. Eight years later,...

    March 24, 2014 10:00 AM ET
  • Carrie Brownstein's Life After Punk

    Carrie Brownstein's Life After Punk | ARTICLE

    "I'm just going to try a bunch of shit on," Carrie Brownstein says. On an icy February afternoon in Manhattan, the co-star of IFC's sketch-comedy series Portlandia has just ducked into a brightly lit Opening Ceremony boutique...

    March 20, 2014 3:10 PM ET
  • "Stranger in Moscow"

    "Stranger in Moscow" | SONG REVIEW

     You might expect these Aussie acidheads to turn a Michael Jackson cover into a trippy rock fantasia. Instead, it's an oddly faithful rendition of MJ's chill trip-hop groove – the kind of pleasant karaoke jam you...

    March 20, 2014 1:10 PM ET
  • Piñata

    Piñata | ALBUM REVIEW

    Freddie Gibbs and Madlib make an unlikely duo: Gibbs is a brusque street-rap purist with "an icemaker for a heart," Madlib a crate-digging cult hero with a taste for deep psychedelia and free jazz. But the MC...

    March 13, 2014 10:09 AM ET
  • Rick Ross Laughs Off Illuminati Rumors

    Rick Ross Laughs Off Illuminati Rumors | ARTICLE

    Spend some time watching Rick Ross videos on YouTube, and you'll probably come across a few commenters who fervently believe the Miami rapper is part of the shadowy devil-worshipping group known as the Illuminati, along with many other...

    March 4, 2014 10:35 AM ET
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