London singer Ella Mai is currently blowing up on the strength of her sumptuous ’90s R&B throwback hit “Boo’d Up.” And last night, she took it to Jimmy Kimmel Live!, making her debut TV appearance by performing the song, minus its electronic Mustard beat, from a stage covered in blue fog. She seemed genuinely thrilled … More »
Last month, after a long viral campaign from one fan in Ohio, Weezer finally caved and released their cover of Toto’s shimmering, nonsensical 1983 cheese-pop classic “Africa.” (They also covered Toto’s “Rosanna,” another massive hit from that same period.) Now that the “Africa” is Weezer’s biggest hit in nearly a decade, the … More »
The movie isn’t out yet, but this past week, the Future-produced soundtrack to the new Superfly remake hit our phones. Whereas the original 1972 blaxploitation opus had a classic soundtrack from Curtis Mayfield, music-video auteur Director X got his collaborator Future to produce and assemble the soundtrack for the new remake. (Try not to … More »
Pusha-T pushed out his really, really good new album DAYTONA last week. Despite the events of last night, it’s still the best evidence we have right now that Kanye West, who produced the entire LP, is still capable of real creative genius. And last night, Pusha performed its genius opening salvo “If You … More »
If you’ve ever seen Anderson .Paak live — and given his busy festival-season schedule the past few years, there’s a good chance you have — you already know he is an insanely gifted performer, an energetic dervish who whips between singing and rapping and playing drums with dizzy ease. And when .Paak performs on TV, … More »
The promotional tour behind Franz Ferdinand’s new album Always Ascending has been an absolute blast, since it’s served as a reminder that the Scottish band remains one of the suavest, most viscerally fun live acts out there. And while a classic singalong like “Take Me Out” is always going to be the highlight of … More »
The people at Jimmy Kimmel Live have been nice enough to build a whole outdoors set — a festival stage, basically — for performances from bigger bands. If the musical act is popular enough, they’ll play outside, and at least a few hundred fans will get to see them play in a parking-lot-sized lot. Often, … More »
Since Donald Glover released his torrentially trending and controversial music video for “This Is America,” under his musical alter-ego Childish Gambino, the internet has been ablaze with fervent reaction, meticulously dissecting the messages laden throughout the symbolic work.
However, on May 10, Glover took to Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he told Kimmel that he has altogether avoided the internet and the video’s reception therein since he debuted the song on Saturday Night Live last weekend.
“It’s bad for me,” said Glover of the volatility of the internet. “I’m really sensitive. So, I was like ‘I’ll just let it be.’”
The video, which tackles a myriad of today’s most fiercely debated issues including, police brutality, gun violence, and the frivolity and fickleness of the media, has eclipsed 75 million views on YouTube in under a week. It has incited dozens of analytical essays, video responses, and over 250,000 Youtube comments, many of which attempt to unravel the intricately woven portrayal of Glover’s labyrinthine “America.”
Genre-defying global music star Angélique Kidjo is releasing an album-length cover of Talking Heads’ 1980 masterpiece Remain In Light next month. The project marks a completed circle of sorts: a Benin-born singer performing American songs heavily inspired by the music of her native Africa. More »
“Bought It” is another extremely promising track from the debut Middle Kids album, Lost Friends. We were already privy to “Mistake” and “On My Knees,” and now the Sydney indie rockers have given us a pleasing dose of chugging twilight guitar-pop. You can check it out below, where you’ll also find the band’s … More »