There’s a reason that fine restaurants such as The Olive Garden don’t sing the traditional “Happy Birthday” to their guests, and you can thank the fact that the song is under copyright for the non-traditional embarrassment you feel while three to five disaffected servers remind you that it’s your “happy, happy… »
Kendrick Lamar’s spark of a single, “Alright,” has become an official pick-me-up anthem for black people. In a powerful moment on Sunday, students at a protest near Cleveland State University used it as a rallying cry against police brutality.
Jill Scott has that unmistakable big brass voice, and it’s even eerier to listen to now, just months after watching a biopic about blues legend Bessie Smith. Scott’s voice is similarly cocky and demands you to be entranced. It woos, wails and does sick intonations. It makes you forget that the vocally untouchable… »
The right soundtrack has the power to elevate sex from good to mind-boggling. But if you’ve ever hooked up with someone who put on what was obviously a meticulously-arranged “sex playlist”, you also know that music has the potential to make your encounter a bit awkward. Here’s how to achieve the former rather than the… »
Last night, Drake dropped “Charged Up”, the single is a direct response to Meek Mill’s insistence that the Degrassi star of our hearts hires a ghostwriter. Drake never mentions anyone by name (as you do), but some of the lyrics likely reference Meek Mill’s relationship with Nicki Minaj: “No woman ever had me star… »
Ever hear a piece of music that’s so moving that you feel it physically? The phenomenon—called “musical frissons” or “skin orgasms”—is common, but no one is entirely sure as to why they happen. »
Last night, as Taylor Swift pulled a classic derail on Nicki Minaj’s very important VMA tweets, Twitter user @chaelinfenty brought up an interesting point: “can we talk about how taylor’s video isn’t original and was copied from a group of four WOC, 2NE1,” she wrote, not a question but a declaration.
My name is Emily and this spring I went on a three week tour through the Midwestern and Southern United States with my band, Foxygen. More importantly, when I was not playing shows or looking for food, I scoured this great country of ours for hidden treasures of the thrift variety. I kept a diary of my expeditions to… »
Ty Dolla Sign is on the remix of Major Lazer and MØ’s rapturous single “Lean On,” adding a dose of entertainingly trashy realism that only he can, with a verse about fuzzy memories of Percocet, Xan and other numbing remedies on a random night (“I don’t know how I’m getting home from this bitch,” he raps). Uh, way too… »
Though MIA’s 2013 album, Matangi, was generally well received, it was not well understood. This was, in part, because of many Western music critics’ lack of curiosity about cultures outside their own, and specifically the music within; Matangi was an assertion of MIA’s globality, but also centered specifically on a… »
It’s been just over a year since Lana Del Rey released her sophomore album Ultraviolence, the Dan Auerbach-produced “desert rock” album that was a dark and dreary departure from her baroque pop debut Born To Die. Today she just released the first song from her third album, the Mark Ronson-produced Honeymoon. The title… »
Why are R&B singers hijacking our commutes with their public displays for attention? Three troubling incidents are listed below for your consideration. Please advise. »
Rarely does an audience have such intense emotional expectations for a live performance as they do for a wedding band. The music can be the deciding factor as to whether a wedding reception is tolerable, fun, or fucking amazing, and the people on stage have an inordinate amount of influence over the vibe. »