Scarlett Johansson’s Implausible Debut LP And Indie Rock Hollywood, 10 Years Later

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Anywhere-I-Lay-My-HeadFor as long as there’s been a recording industry and a movie business in America, actors have been making albums. In plenty of cases, especially in the decades when pop musicians were looked at as entertainers more often than as artists, there was just too much opportunity for synergy — if you had a popular … More »

Chance The Rapper Has Terrible Taste In Movies

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chance-the-rapperLook, the Donald Trump thing was bad. But we can get past that. After Chance attempted to defend his friend and collaborator Kanye West on Twitter, Donald Trump thanked Chance. Chance had to back his way out of that one as quickly as possible, and he did it, apologizing for letting himself be used … More »

Remembering Scott Hutchison

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The first time I heard Scott Hutchison’s voice was thanks to a friend. She’d recently gotten into Frightened Rabbit, the Scottish indie band for which he was the frontman and songwriter, and thought I might like them, too. So, she sent me the video for “Head Rolls Off,” from the band’s celebrated, adored 2008 sophomore … More »

The Week Grimes And Elon Musk Broke The Internet: A Deep Dive

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Grimes & Elon MuskGrimes is dating Elon Musk. You probably know this because you’re reading this on the internet, which is currently saturated with think-pieces and memes about Grimes dating Elon Musk. The unlikely news broke earlier this week before the Met Gala, which they attended together. Art Angels and Musk-eteers (an obvious pun that nobody, to … More »

Nick Cave Answers Fan Questions At NYC Q&A

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Nick-CaveIf you’ve ever seen Nick Cave live, you know it’s one of those not-quite-of-this-world experiences. He walks onstage and dark electricity fills the room immediately, before he’s played a single note from any of his songs, a single note of the music that makes up one of the most absurdly consistent catalogs in rock history. More »

The National Brought Boxer, Ecstatic Vibes, And A Lit-Up Matt Berninger To Their Inaugural Homecoming Festival

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“OK, let’s party.” Those were the first words out of Matt Berninger’s mouth Saturday night, and man, did he ever. More »

Father John Misty Is Letting His Brilliant Songwriting Do The Talking These Days

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Have you noticed the silence? I realize the other guy releasing an album 6/1 has been drowning out everybody else anyway, but the contrast is instructive: Whereas Kanye West is doing everything he can to rankle and entrance the masses, his fellow media-savvy cult of personality Josh Tillman hasn’t made a peep. His latest … More »

Amusing Posts From The Coachella Subreddit

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Coachella, like most major American music festivals, has its very own subsection on Reddit where concertgoers can stay in touch about their ‘Chella experience. Like Coachella itself, visiting the Coachella subreddit is quite an experience. More »

In Defense Of Record Store Day

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Record Store DayIf you’re not doing anything else the evening of Friday, April 20, look in front of your closest independent record store. Go behind the store if there’s an alley. If you see people with tents, empty pizza boxes, and a BlueTooth speaker, you know you’re in the right place. Record Store Day hits thousands of … More »

Damaged City Proves Just How Not-Dead Hardcore Is

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There is an art to putting together a music festival. Or, rather, there should be an art to putting together a music festival. That’s true on the biggest stages, where the entities in charge of compiling the massive thousands-in-a-field marathons seem content to use SZA and Odesza in interchangeable ways. And it’s true on the … More »