Metallica Rides (Out) The Lightning At A Rain-Soaked Rock On The Range

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Muscle memory is wild, man. James Hetfield reminded his Rock On The Range audience on multiple occasions that Metallica have been thrashing away for 36 years. “Metallica is old for this!” he told us, in one of several brutish, blurted addresses Sunday night. (Before “Sad But True,” he also proclaimed, “Metallica gives you heavy!”) Yet … More »

Chris Cornell Was The Best Pure Singer In ’90s Alt-Rock

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My favorite footnote about Soundgarden is that producer Michael Beinhorn reportedly had Chris Cornell listen to Frank Sinatra before recording “Black Hole Sun,” which was indirectly followed years later by a Paul Anka cover of the generation-defining hit. People make a big deal about the song’s Beatlesque sonics, but the Beatles mostly had some economy … More »

Inside The Ecstatic World Of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda

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Though she ultimately spent more time as his widow than as his wife, Alice McLeod’s marriage to John Coltrane was destined, as though by cosmic influence, to change both artists’ musical and spiritual paths. The two met in 1963; they had three children in rapid succession, John wrote his opus A Love Supreme in 1965, … More »

Get In Formation: Some Thoughts About The 2017 Coachella Poster

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Some Thoughts About The 2017 Coachella PosterThe arrival of the Coachella lineup is a big moment for music dorks for a few different reasons. For one thing, if you’re making the trip to Indio this year — something you’d probably already figured out before the lineup emerged — then it’s nice to know who you’re seeing. For another, Coachella is the … More »

The Year The Mainstream Discovered Tame Impala

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Kevin Parker and Lady GagaLast year, Kevin Parker released Currents, his third album under the Tame Impala moniker. It was the moment where he moved beyond the dense psych-rock of Innerspeaker and Lonerism and embraced a shimmering, humid mix of dance and pop and rock. In our cover story about the making of the album, he described … More »

Praying For Time: 20 Incredible George Michael Moments

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George Michael performing on stage during the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for Aids Awareness at Wembley Stadium in London on the 20th April, 1992.  (Photo by Jim Steele/Popperfoto/Getty Images)It was possible, even during George Michael’s heyday, to take the man for granted, to imagine him as some lightweight pop star who’d be gone in a couple of weeks. He had, after all, gotten his start in a knowingly goofy teenpop duo. His hair was immaculately feathered, and his stubble was immaculately maintained. His … More »

In A Tumultuous 2016, Sampled Music Showed History Repeating

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Sample waveformThe first time I heard “Be Yourself,” I couldn’t help but laugh because of the haunting sentiment that an older maternal figure was commanding me to not drink and do drugs on a Frank Ocean album. Flashbacks to my mom hammering in these same values occurred. “Many college students have gone to college and gotten … More »

In A Tumultuous 2016, Sampled Music Showed History Repeating

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Sample waveformThe first time I heard “Be Yourself,” I couldn’t help but laugh because of the haunting sentiment that an older maternal figure was commanding me to not drink and do drugs on a Frank Ocean album. Flashbacks to my mom hammering in these same values occurred. “Many college students have gone to college and gotten … More »

Candle After All: A Review Of The New Daft Punk Artisan Candle

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Daft Punk CandleEarlier this month we reported on Daft Punk’s new line of winter merch, which includes ornaments, snow globes, and a candle. Now with holiday shopping season in full swing, we asked Stereogum contributor and the Hairpin’s Candle Editor Kelly Conaboy to review the candle, which costs $40 (plus shipping) at daftpunk.com. More »

The Year In LA Gangster Blues (And Reds)

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Red And Blue Bandana2016 was quietly the year of the gangster, specifically the LA gangster of the red and blue varieties. ScHoolboy Q, Vince Staples, YG, and DJ Quik and Problem put out four of the best rap projects of the year, the Game turned in solid efforts with 1992 and Streets Of Compton, and Nipsey Hussle, AD, … More »