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  • Digable Planets Reissue 'Blowout Comb': Butterfly Looks Back

    Digable Planets Reissue 'Blowout Comb': Butterfly Looks Back | ARTICLE

    When the Seattle-based label Light in the Attic Records told Ishmael Butler that they wanted to put out a vinyl reissue of 1994's Blowout Comb – the second and final album he recorded with...

    June 19, 2013 2:00 PM ET
  • Book Review: Questlove's 'Mo' Meta Blues'

    Book Review: Questlove's 'Mo' Meta Blues' | ARTICLE

    Ahmir "Questlove" ThompsonMo' Meta Blues: The World According to QuestloveGrand Central PublishingFour stars Anyone who has followed the Roots' 20-year career has already soaked up so much of Questlove's writing – in novella-length liner notes,...

    June 18, 2013 10:40 AM ET
  • Producer Zedd Talks Lady Gaga's 'Experimental' New Album

    Producer Zedd Talks Lady Gaga's 'Experimental' New Album | ARTICLE

    German DJ-producer Zedd is riding high off the success of his hit single "Clarity," but he has an even bigger trick up his sleeve: A handful of tracks he worked on for Lady Gaga's...

    June 14, 2013 3:11 PM ET
  • Tomorrow's Harvest

    Tomorrow's Harvest | ALBUM REVIEW

    Before EDM, there was IDM: so-called intelligent dance music, made by laptop auteurs who wouldn't be caught dead at an Electric Daisy Carnival, if such a thing had existed yet. A lot has changed in electronic...

    June 11, 2013 12:15 AM ET
  • Is Weed Really Bad for You?

    Is Weed Really Bad for You? | ARTICLE

    As pot activists fight for full legalization, the drug warriors who oppose them have long sought their own elusive grail: conclusive, scientific proof that...

    June 10, 2013 6:00 AM ET
  • Excuse My French

    Excuse My French | ALBUM REVIEW

    Nothing gets to French Montana. The Moroccan-American MC has scored a string of hits on the strength of his luxuriously unhurried flow, slinging street dreams in the cadences of a sleepy don. The beats on his major-label...

    May 21, 2013 12:00 AM ET
  • Kanye West Brings Out New Material at Surprise New York Show

    Kanye West Brings Out New Material at Surprise New York Show | ARTICLE

    Kanye West played a sweetly eccentric Auto-Tuned love song and a snippet of a second new tune – both presumably from his sixth solo LP, expected out June 18th – and railed against paparazzi at last...

    May 16, 2013 7:30 AM ET
  • Four Tet Looks Back on 'Rounds'

    Four Tet Looks Back on 'Rounds' | ARTICLE

    "It feels like more than a decade has gone by," says Kieran Hebden. That's how long it's been since the English DJ/producer, better known as Four Tet, released his breakthrough album, Rounds, which is getting a...

    May 14, 2013 10:00 AM ET
  • Kanye West Has 'Dope' Music on the Way, Collaborators Say

    Kanye West Has 'Dope' Music on the Way, Collaborators Say | ARTICLE

    All it took was two words for Kanye West to drive millions of fans wild with anticipation: "June Eighteen." He left it at that – but all signs indicate that West's tweet was the unofficial announcement...

    May 6, 2013 11:34 AM ET
  • Q&A: Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich on Atoms for Peace, the State of Dance Music and What's Next for Radiohead

    Q&A: Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich on Atoms for Peace, the State of Dance Music and What's Next for Radiohead | ARTICLE

    Whatever you do, don't call Atoms for Peace a supergroup in front of Thom Yorke. "If anyone ever says it to my face," says the Radiohead singer, with a sharp grin, "I'm going...

    April 23, 2013 9:00 AM ET
  • Reincarnated

    Reincarnated | ALBUM REVIEW

    Like Willie Nelson before him, Snoop Dogg finally got so high he made a reggae album. Go ahead, laugh. It really is hilarious to hear him preaching Rastafarian gospel in a fake patois. But here's...

    April 19, 2013 5:08 PM ET
  • Wolf

    Wolf | ALBUM REVIEW

    At 22, Odd Future ringleader Tyler Okonma is already a master at exposing the darker corners of the adolescent male mind, its suffocating frustrations and transgressive thrills. His third solo LP burrows deeper than ever into...

    April 17, 2013 10:00 AM ET
  • Ghost on Ghost

    Ghost on Ghost | ALBUM REVIEW

    Forget wine – a decade ago, when we met Sam Beam, his music felt more like a bottomless mug of warm, soothing chamomile. Beam has worked hard to move past that first impression in recent years, spiking...

    April 16, 2013 12:05 AM ET
  • Macklemore: Thrift Shop Hero

    Macklemore: Thrift Shop Hero | ARTICLE

    Close to midnight in a warmly lit room in an apartment/office complex in Austin, a few dozen recovering addicts fill neat rows of chairs,...

    April 11, 2013 4:05 PM ET
  • Save Rock and Roll

    Save Rock and Roll | ALBUM REVIEW

    Fall Out Boy are kidding – right? Four years after their de facto breakup, just when we'd finally forgotten all the embarrassing LiveJournal entries they inspired the first time around, they ride back into town,...

    April 8, 2013 4:15 PM ET
  • Macklemore Opens Up About His Struggle to Stay Sober

    Macklemore Opens Up About His Struggle to Stay Sober | ARTICLE

    Seattle rapper Macklemore says it's been a challenge to stay sober since the Number One smash "Thrift Shop" turned him and producer Ryan Lewis into overnight pop stars. "The last three months haven't been good for me...

    March 28, 2013 9:00 AM ET
  • Phoenix Go Psychedelic on 'Bankrupt!' Album

    Phoenix Go Psychedelic on 'Bankrupt!' Album | ARTICLE

    Last summer, after brushing off concert promoters for more than a year while they worked in secret on their next album, Phoenix got an offer they couldn't refuse: a headlining slot at April 2013's Coachella festival....

    March 27, 2013 8:00 AM ET
  • SXSW 2013: Vampire Weekend Shine After Midnight

    SXSW 2013: Vampire Weekend Shine After Midnight | ARTICLE

    Vampire Weekend helped close out SXSW 2013 last night with a crowd-pleasing after-midnight set at Stubb's BBQ. It was a moment-of-truth performance for the band – their first full U.S. show in...

    March 17, 2013 2:15 PM ET
  • Thom Yorke: Atoms for Peace DJ Set Will Be 'Really Exciting'

    Thom Yorke: Atoms for Peace DJ Set Will Be 'Really Exciting' | ARTICLE

    When Thom Yorke announced that he and producer/bandmate Nigel Godrich would be celebrating the release of Atoms for Peace's debut LP with three special DJ sets in New York, London and Berlin, he described it as

    March 14, 2013 8:00 AM ET
  • Trinidad James Explains It All

    Trinidad James Explains It All | ARTICLE

    Trinidad James is still wrapping his head around how it feels to be the proud owner of a viral hit. "To be honest with you, man, it's a learning experience," says the flamboyant Atlanta MC, 25. "It's...

    March 7, 2013 2:48 PM ET
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