The 50 Best Albums Of 2018 So Far

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Have you ever talked to your parents about what it was like to live through the late ’60s? National leaders were gunned down right and left. Entire generations were asserting themselves loudly. War was erupting, and nobody seemed quite certain why. People were walking on the moon. Hippie cults were chopping people up. A few … More »

Watch Kacey Musgraves Perform “Velvet Elvis” On Corden

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A few months back, Kacey Musgraves released her excellent new album, Golden Hour, and she’s been making the TV rounds pretty consistently. First up was “Space Cowboy” on Fallon, then “Slow Burn” on Colbert,” followed by “High Horse” on Ellen. Last week, she made her Saturday Night Live debut. Last … More »

Watch SNL’s Unaired “Spirituality Rap” Video With Kacey Musgraves & Amy Schumer

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This past weekend, Kacey Musgraves and Amy Schumer were the guests on Saturday Night Live. They both participated in a Kyle Mooney/Beck Bennett sketch called “Spirituality Rap” that didn’t air during the broadcast edition, but it’s just popped up online. In the skit, Bennett plays a rapper named Stav D and Mooney backs him … More »

Watch Kacey Musgraves Make Her SNL Debut

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Kacey Musgraves Saturday Night LiveKacey Musgraves made her Saturday Night Live debut last night, playing “High Horse” and “Slow Burn” from her most recent album Golden Hour, which we named Album Of The Week back in March. A sparkling horse saddle spun in place of a disco ball during the live rendition of “More »

Kacey Musgraves – “Butterflies” Video

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Kacey MusgravesKacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour is one of the best albums of the year thus far. While her first two major-label albums, 2013’s Same Trailer Different Park and 2015’s Pageant Material, had already established her as one of the most adventurous new voices in pop-country and pop music in general, Golden Hour still felt like … More »

Kacey Musgraves – “Space Cowboy” Video

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Space Cowboy” was one of the first singles we heard from Kacey Musgraves’ new album, Golden Hour, and it marked a clear departure. The song is a simmering ballad about lost love, and its astral production clued us into the fact that Golden Hour would show us a whole new side of Musgraves. More »

Drake Is Having Fun Again, And People Can’t Get Enough

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Drake announced a new album this week, and depending on its tracklist, it may already be eligible for gold certification — never mind that it’s not out for another two months. More »

Kacey Musgraves And Nicki Minaj Are SNL’s Last Two Musical Guests Of The Season

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Season 43 of Saturday Night Live is drawing to a close. After last weekend’s episode, which was hosted by former SNL writer John Mulaney and featured musical guest Jack White, there are only three more episodes left. More »

Bazzi, Tinashe, & Kali Uchis: Three Distinct Visions Of R&B As Pop

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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 »

Hear Kacey Musgraves, Ruston Kelly, & Friends Pay Tribute To Johnny Cash

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Kacey Musgraves married fellow Nashville musician Ruston Kelly last year, and her new album Golden Hour taps into the awe-inspiring power of love. Though the two met at a songwriting night, we haven’t heard any of their collaborative work yet. When I interviewed Musgraves last month, she told me that she and Kelly … More »