Twenty One Pilots May Not Be For You (Because They’re For Everyone)

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Twenty One PilotsIn 2015, Twenty One Pilots were the biggest band you’ve never heard of. By the end of the following year, they were the biggest band, period. More »

6LACK Wishes He Was A Rapper, But As An R&B Singer He’s On The Right Track

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6LACK“I’m an R&B nigga with a hip-hop core.” That’s 6LACK, the Atlanta singer born Ricardo Valentine, on “Scripture,” a track from East Atlanta Love Letter, the #3 album in America this week. That title and 6LACK’s stage name both reference Zone 6, the crime-riddled section of East Atlanta where he grew up. If you’re among … More »

Sweater Beats puts electronic twist on Panic! At The Disco’s ‘Say Amen’

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Sweater Beats puts electronic twist on Panic! At The Disco’s ‘Say Amen’Sweater Beats Press Photo 2

After Sweater Beats‘ recent remix of Fall Out Boy‘s “HOLD ME TIGHT, OR DON’T,” the LA-based producer has followed up with another early 2000’s pop-punk rework, this time taking on Panic! At The Disco‘s “Say Amen” for his latest drop. Palatable punk chords are twisted into booming future bass, and the complementary parallels between the two genres work once again to Sweater Beats’ advantage.

The “Faded Away” producer mentioned along with the release how influential Panic! At The Disco was to him, expressing in a statement to fans, “I’ve loved Panic! At The Disco since forever and getting asked to remix one of their newest songs is honestly a dream come true! I hope [you] all enjoy this remix as much as i enjoyed making it.” While Sweater Beats manages to make “Say Amen” completely his own, he opts to keep Brendon Urie’s sultry vocals as the glue that holds the remix together, making for the perfect union of two distinct styles.

Big Reputation: A Trip To Taylor Swift’s Hyper-Maximalist Stadium Tour

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Taylor SwiftI am sitting on a folding chair in the middle of a football field. A few dozen yards in front of me stand two video screens several stories high, each angled slightly toward its respective side of the stadium, converging at the center of the stage like two sides of a triangle. A gargantuan rig … More »

Alt-Pop Hit-Makers lovelytheband Are Not That Lovely If We’re Being Honest

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lovelythebandOnce upon a time what passed for poppy alternative rock was Stephen Malkmus whimpering, “You’re the kind of girl I like/ Because you’re empty, and I’m empty.” Nowadays apparently it’s Mitchy Collins and friends chanting, “I like that you’re broken, broken like me/ Maybe that makes me a fool/ I like that you’re lonely, lonely … More »

Dillon Francis co-produces new Panic! At The Disco track

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Dillon Francis co-produces new Panic! At The Disco track

On June 22, Dillon Francis announced via his Instagram that he’s produced a song on Panic! At The Disco‘s latest album, Pray For The Wicked.

This isn’t the first time the dance music world has collided with the unique rock style of the band’s lead singer, Brendon Urie. Featured on Francis’ 2014 album Money Sucks, Friends Rule, the two partnered up on the rock-influenced “Love in the Middle of a Firefight,” where Urie lent his vocals.

This time, it’s Francis featured behind the scenes on the track “Hey Look Ma, I Made It,” this time offering his indie dance sensibilities to the otherwise rock album. The track, co-produced by Jake Sinclair, has a nostalgic pop viewpoint to it, with simple synth progressions, strings heading right for the heart and a danceable chorus.

Pray For The Wicked is out now via Fueled By Ramen.

I Regret To Inform You That My Nemesis Charlie Puth Is Getting His Shit Together

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Charlie PuthCharlie Puth is ridiculous, but more importantly, he is meticulous. His music is toothless, but his commitment to that music and its spoils is ruthless. More »

Bruce Springsteen To Receive Honorary Tony Award, Flaming Lips Among Artists Nominated For Spongebob Score

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Bruce Springsteen has already extended the run of his Springsteen On Broadway show twice now. There’s a good chance that he’ll never leave Broadway. And now Broadway is rewarding his commitment by giving him an honorary Tony award. More »

Panic! At The Disco Are Sending Potatoes To Their Fans

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Panic! At The Disco are releasing a new album, Pray For The Wicked, in a couple months. In the music video for its lead single, “Say Amen (Saturday Night),” Brendon Urie fights off a team of home invaders in creatively gory ways, and one of those ways involves someone stabbing a knife through … More »

Here Are The 2017 Grammys Nominations

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AOTY nomineesThe Grammys announced their 2017 nominees this morning, with Grammy darling Meghan Trainor on CBS This Morning to unveil the big four categories: Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year, and Best New Artist. The rest of the nominees were announced online soon afterward. Beyoncé leads the field with … More »