With his 1994 single “I Used to Love H.E.R.,” Common gave the conscious hip-hop movement one of its anthems. My colleague Collin Robinson once elaborated that the Resurrection track “chided hip-hop artists for moving away from afrocentric and socially aware rhymes to combat gangster rap’s quickly growing influence in the mid ’90s and … More »
The Free Nationals came to prominence as Anderson .Paak’s backing band on 2016’s widely beloved Malibu and the tour supporting it. Today the group has subbed out .Paak for a couple of very different singers on a new single called “Beauty & Essex.” … More »
Yesterday was Peter Cottontale’s birthday. And to celebrate, the Social Experiment keyboardist and producer of some of the best moments on Chance The Rapper’s breakout mixtapes 10 Day and Acid Rap (“Brain Cells,” “Cocoa Butter Kisses,” etc.) has blessed us with a brand new solo track of his own. Well, not exactly solo — the … More »
Arcade Fire, the late Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, Alvvays, U.S. Girls, Weaves, Bernice, Partner, the Weather Station, Daniel Caesar, Faith Healer, Propagandhi, and YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN are among the nominees on the long list for the 2018 Polaris Music Prize. The full list of 40 albums up for the honor was announced today … More »
This is a big week for R&B. That’s true first of all in a statistical sense: The Weeknd’s new EP, My Dear Melancholy, just put up 169,000 equivalent album units in its first week — the biggest total for an R&B release since late 2016 (when, uh, the last Weeknd album came out). We … More »
Outside Lands has revealed the 2018 lineup for its 11th installment in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park August 10-12.
Following a fervent 2017 edition of Gorillaz, The Who, and Metallica headlining, 2018 boasts a hefty onslaught of acts, and although the headliners see earlier appearances in the festival season — The Weeknd at Coachella and Janet Jackson at both Panorama and FYF Fest — the lineup remains rife with talent and excitement.
The Weeknd is set to perform, where he’s likely to play out his recent slew of new material which features the aid of Nicolas Jaar, Daft Punk‘s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, and Gesaffelstein. Both Florence + The Machine and Janet Jackson front the bill with performances that will be nothing less than excellent and the lineup also promises a plethora of beloved dance acts. From ODESZA, Chromeo, and Claptone, to DJ Snake, Jamie xx, Tycho, CHVRCHES, James Blake, Gryffin, Lauv, and Whethan, Outside Lands is a music lover’s oeuvre in its late-summer installment.
More information and tickets, which are available starting at 10 a.m. PST April 5, can be found here.
It takes real talent to create a song based on the premise that Chris Brown is the man and end up with something likable. For three minutes and 36 seconds — or 5:21 if you’re watching the music video, as more than 57 million people have so far — that’s the illusion “Freaky Friday” successfully … More »
Mr. Carmack is a man of many talents. From creating an immersive sonic style all his own to curating a pop up featuring his original designs, the San Francisco native has proven that he has the ability to blend a multitude of skills and passions.
With his latest release, “everytime,” Mr. Carmack once again proves himself as a multi-dimensional artist. By blending elements of R&B, future bass, and old-school funk, Carmack gives listeners a perfect insight into his seemingly limitless creativity. In “everytime,” Mr. Carmack flips a sample from Rick James’ timeless classic “Mary Jane” to create a bold bridge between past and present.
Stephen Colbert is a big Chance The Rapper fan, and rightfully so. The Chicago activist has joined the television host at the Emmy Awards in 2017, performed a triumphant “Show Me Love” with Skrillex and Hundred Waters, as well as the debut of his Coloring Book hit single “Angels” on The Late Show. For his latest appearance on the show, Chano delivered a brand new, yet to be named piece alongside Canadian R&B standout Daniel Caesar.
In the same spirit as poetic pieces like his “Blessings” reprise and “The Other Side,” Chance gently crooned three new verses into the microphone, premiering an uplifting number marked by his characteristically nimble, inventive lyrical hopskotch. Chance admits to Colbert that the tune was written in a matter of days, also revealing that he’s been spending time in the studio at work on, “cooking up some yammers.”
This year has found Chance in the studio with Anderson .Paak, Future, and a rumored mixtape with Donald Glover might even be in the works too. Tempered with sweet new hymns like this, and Chance may have another Grammy-bound record on the way.