One of the best moments I witnessed at this year’s Damaged City, the DIY punk festival in our nation’s capital, came when Wildhoney, a Baltimore shoegaze band, covered Sixpence None The Richer’s “Kiss Me.” There was no irony in that cover. There was only warm, nostalgic affection. And I didn’t see any irony in the … More »
This fall, an artist found her voice. In A Star Is Born, Ally Campana goes from unknown to sensation in under a year. The movie is unrealistic wish fulfillment, but her upward trajectory embodies our hope for all artists, at least on a smaller scale: to become popular enough to follow their muse without sacrificing … More »
This week’s reigning Album Of The Week is All This Will Be, the crashing, expressionist debut from the New York screamo trio Closer. It’s a raw, ferocious album that calls back to the classic era of late-’90s and early-’00s post-hardcore, but it also feels very much by its own thing, anchored by frontwoman Ryann … More »
I don’t know how or why the term “skramz” started. It’s an ugly, clumsy word, but it’s useful. Functionally, “skramz” pretty much means “what screamo used to be.” The term “screamo” itself was a goofy little portmanteau, a cute way of describing all these late-’90s bands — Orchid, Pg. 99, Antioch Arrow, Reversal Of Man, … More »
Oh boy, if you thought 2018 would be any better than 2017, hopefully the first proper work week of the year dispelled you of those illusions. A lot of bad things happened this week — Jack White’s new songs, for example — but there were some good mixed in there too. We cemented More »
The Brooklyn hardcore trio Closer, whose members also play in Real Life Buildings, are releasing their debut album, All This Will Be, next week — it made it onto Most Anticipated Albums Of 2018 list — and today they’ve shared a second single from it, “Hardly Art.” (We named the first, “More »
The year-end content is coming in strong right now. We published our 50 Best Albums Of 2017 list on Tuesday, an essay about the Year Of Exposing Abusers and a list of 25 Great EPs on Wednesday, and Vince Staples, Perfume Genius, and Japanese Breakfast reviewed the year for … More »
Closer are a new Brooklyn-based band featuring three members who play in another NYC group, Real Life Buildings, and next month they’re releasing their debut album, All This Will Be. The trio make glistening melodic hardcore, and first single “Gift Shop” is a chugging and imposing monster of a track. Vocalist Ryann Slauson … More »
The Chainsmokers‘ pop mega-hit “Closer” dominated plays on radio and streaming services for months. However, despite remaining at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100, the song will no longer stay on the chart.
The track has been manually removed by Billboard in an effort to facilitate new songs into their listings. A Billboard rule states that if a song drops below the top 25 of the Hot 100 after 52 weeks, it will be removed. Unsurprisingly, one of the best examples of this is also a Chainsmokers song. “Don’t Let Me Down” spent exactly one year on the charts before peculiarly dropping off. Whether Billboard’s staff secretly hates The Chainsmokers or are just sticklers for rules, there is no denying the duo’s distinct ability to make chart-topping hits.
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‘Closer’ was a cultural phenomenon. That sentence may have made you uncomfortable. Most likely because the song reached so far and wide in 2016 and 2017 that it seemed inescapable. It broke records, impacted popular music forever, and helped shape the musical taste of an entire generation. Seem like a bold string of statements? Well
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