The Best & Worst Covers Of 2018

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I know this year’s been kind of exhausting music-wise. It’s been exhausting everything-wise, but stopping to think about how music felt just dredged up nothing but malaise: Post Malone going all Individual-1 about “fake news”, grotesque Soundcloud rappers turning out to be all-problematic/no-faves, the final demise of anything resemblingMore »

The Year Of The EP… Or Is It An Album? Or Is It A “Project”?

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BoygeniusFor once, Vince Staples wasn’t sure what to say. Five days after dropping another incredible collection of songs, the Long Beach rapper and reigning Twitter MVP logged into his account and wrote, “I was about to tell y’all FM! not an album but I don’t even know what an album is anymore so … More »

25 Great EPs From 2018

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Best EPs Of 2018Every year, the parameters for this list get a little more specious. With the rise of streaming services and the decline of physical media, the distinctions between a 7″ and a 12″ have largely faded away. Today, everything is a “project” or a “collection” or (groan) a “playlist.” Artists are still releasing EPs in name, … More »

The Queen Covers: 8 Worthy Tributes To Freddie Mercury & Co.

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QueenForty years ago this week, Queen released Jazz, an album that gave us “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Fat Bottomed Girls,” and Dave Marsh’s notorious Rolling Stone decree that Queen were “the first truly fascist rock band.” History hasn’t been kind to that last assessment, but history’s always being rewritten with some inaccuracies tagging … More »

Trent Reznor Is Doing What Feels Right

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When Trent Reznor says he is excited about something he doesn’t actually sound excited at all. He speaks in a measured mutter, choosing his words carefully whenever he’s asked a question that could potentially lead to a headline-grabbing response. The press cycle for his most recent Nine Inch Nails release, Bad Witch, generated … More »

Trent Reznor to score new HBO ‘Watchmen’ series

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Nine Inch Nails collaborators Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are set to score Damon Lindelof’s forthcoming Watchmen series on HBO.

The show, like the graphic novel, will be set on an alternate Earth with its own dark, twisted history, where “superheroes are outlawed.” Very few other details have been shared surrounding the storyline, other than the fact that the show promises a “remixed” version of the novel and features a cast of Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Adelaide Clemens, and others.

Watchmen isn’t Reznor and Ross’ first scoring project either. Their score for The Social Network earned an Academy Award in 2011, and they’ve recently composed music for Trey Edward Shults’s Waves (It Comes At Night, Krisha), and Jonah Hill’s directorial debut Mid 90’s out October 19 via A24.

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross Scoring HBO’s New Watchmen Series

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Trent Reznor & Atticus RossWatchmen, Alan Moore’s beloved 1987 graphic novel, is not an easy property to adapt. It’s such a deconstruction of its own medium and genre, superhero comic books, that even attempting to adapt it into another medium almost seems like it’s missing the point. After years of people trying and failing to get a movie version … More »

Watch Nine Inch Nails Play “The Perfect Drug” Live For The First Time Ever

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Nine-Inch-NailsThere is never a bad time to go see Nine Inch Nails live. They are one of the great arena-level rock bands currently operating, and one of the only bands from the alt-rock early ’90s that’s still crushing at anywhere near peak capacity. But this might be an especially good time to go see Nine … More »

Watch Nine Inch Nails Play “Happiness In Slavery” For The First Time In 23 Years

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Nine-Inch-Nails“Happiness In Slavery,” a single from the 1992 EP Broken, remains one of the heaviest songs in the Nine Inch Nails oeuvre. Its torture-centric video was famously banned by MTV. Trent Reznor used the song to end his set at Woodstock ’94, and when that live version was included on a compilation album, he won … More »

Pearl Jam, NIN, Arctic Monkeys Make NOS Alive 2018 A Thrilling, Rock-Dominated Festival

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Over the last 11 years under a few different iterations, Lisbon’s NOS Alive has sneakily become one of Europe’s more appealing festivals. It isn’t hard for international fests to be more enticing than the ones stateside these days, where lineups have become increasingly repetitive. NOS Alive, like other European festivals, tends to offer something more … More »