Twenty years ago this past weekend — on July 8, 1998 — something very predictable happened on the Billboard Hot 100: Mase’s “Lookin’ At Me” became the third consecutive single from his Grammy-nominated, multi-Platinum album Harlem World to break into the chart’s top 10. Label boss Puff Daddy was in his opulent, shiny-suited prime, and … More »
Twenty-five years in, it’s still hard to know how to talk about the Dave Matthews Band. Since the 1993 arrival of Remember Two Things, their independently released debut preceding the blockbuster Under The Table And Dreaming in 1994, Matthews and the band that bears his name have been building up one of those classic, strange … More »
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 »
Can you believe that we are already in the month of June!? Its full-blown summertime here in the US and with summertime comes tons of new music. Artists love to release music around this time of year in hopes to be that festival or summer anthem. With that being said, May was a month LOADED
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What took you so long? For the artists and bands in this list, the answers include poverty, market indifference, drug addiction, and catastrophic hearing loss. They took up jobs in architecture and art therapy, tabloid journalism and coffee farming — but most often, of course, they kept gigging. There are, perhaps, a small number of … More »
In the history of classic rock, few big names have had a career quite like Peter Gabriel’s. After all, it’s hard to even make sense of his arc: This is a guy who went from ’70s prog to an art-rock tinged with ’80s new wave and post-punk to experimental pop auteurism to becoming an elder … More »
Every band of note has fans. That’s a given, that’s how art-as-commerce works. But there are some bands that go beyond that. They become ecosystems in and of themselves. There are codes and references shared within the community, there are fans so devoted they spend all their money following an artist to any remotely nearby … More »
After the collapse of Britpop’s ’90s heyday, there was a period of fragmentation. By the middle of the next decade, there would be a new generation of bratty, punk-inflected British rock bands of varying quality, from Kasabian to Libertines, Kaiser Chiefs to Arctic Monkeys. Before that, though, there was a moment where electronica was … More »
Turning 15 years old marks a huge milestone for Toolroom. Since their inception in 2003, they have released some era-defining club records; built a roster of artists house fans truly believe in; and brought the Toolroom brand across the world with residencies, one-off shows and festival stages. Over the last 15 years Toolroom have remained
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“I just wanna take you there.” These were the first words we ever heard from Abel Tesfaye, uttered in a sinful, irresistible whisper over a warped-out fairytale score backed by lurching 808s. This was in 2011, when the Canadian high school dropout was still in the midst of a perfectly crafted mystique — a veiled … More »