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Director Says Taylor Swift's 'Wildest Dreams' Video Can't Be Racist Because It Had a 'Super Hot' Black Producer

Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams”can’t be racist! Sure, it’s a highly stylized, white-washed celebration of African colonialism, but—as the video’s director so helpfully pointed out—it also had black people working in production! This video’s best friends are black! »9/02/15 4:10pmYesterday 4:10pm

Was Banning Tyler, the Creator, the Victory International Feminism Needed?

On Sunday, August 23, Tyler, the Creator, was riding through France on the nicest tour bus he’d ever rented—a giant TV screen, a circle couch, extra beds—and heading towards the end of what was meant to be a month-long tour of Europe, reveling in the amenities his hard work had afforded him. The 24-year-old Los… »9/02/15 11:30amYesterday 11:30am

The Weeknd Turns Tragedy Into Pop on Beauty Behind the Madness

A hopeless romantic—much more hopeless than romantic—The Weeknd seems eternally obsessed with the thought of things dying, whether it’s love, people, dreams or ideas. Less grim possibilities rarely seem to cross his mind. As a narrator, he’s used to dragging his feet through life while bemoaning the frailty of love.… »8/27/15 12:30pm8/27/15 12:30pm

Who Wore It Worst: Chris Brown's Head Tattoo vs. Yelawolf's Confederate Flag Jacket

This young week has already brought us a bounty of questionable fashion choices: great judgment-haver Chris Brown is displaying a fresh tattoo of a Venus de Milo’s head, maybe, or someone who’s just had a traumatic tooth extraction—tough to say. Meanwhile, white rapper Yelawolf published a full-throated defense of the… »8/25/15 2:10pm8/25/15 2:10pm

For SoCal Girls Like Me, Romeo Santos and Bachata (Almost) Sound Like Home

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When Romeo Santos walked offstage toward the pump fake ending of the first of his three Barclays Center performances last month, the crowd of Romeístas was unified in our ravenous desire for more. “PROPUESTA INDECENTE!” we all screamed, playing along despite knowing full well the King of Bachata wouldn’t let the night… »8/25/15 10:40am8/25/15 10:40am

A Chat With Savages' Jehnny Beth on Festival Etiquette, Flash Tats & Feminism

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The best description I can conjure for the music of post-punk revival band Savages is what my four-year-old niece said while thrashing along to their first (and only) album, 2013’s Silence Yourself. As she flung her body around my living room, both violently and joyously, she yelled “What this makes me feel is… »8/21/15 4:20pm8/21/15 4:20pm

Courtney Barnett Beats Ennui With a Street Party in Her New Video

Courtney Barnett’s “Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To The Party” is probably one of the most lyrically relatable songs of the year in that it includes the line “I wanna go out but I wanna stay home,” shedding light on the fundamental dilemma that is the FOMO-fearing homebody. »8/20/15 6:50pm8/20/15 6:50pm

FKA twigs Releases New EP as a Sprawling and Gorgeous Short Film

There are few artists working in the mainstream today that blend mediums and genre with the same skill as musician, dancer, and filmmaker FKA twigs, a fact that she proves once again with the August 13 release of M3LL155X, her third EP, and the enrapturing 17-minute short film that accompanies the music. »8/13/15 6:20pm8/13/15 6:20pm

So I Think Disclosure's 'Willing & Able' Is About Consenting to Flames

Disclosure has released a new track from their forthcoming sophomore album Caracal, and it’s begging to be played the next time you feel like blowing something up with your aux cord. “Willing and Able” opens with a typically satisfying beat from producers Guy and Howard Lawrence, but then Kwabs bursts into the club… »8/13/15 5:40pm8/13/15 5:40pm

Kendrick Lamar's 'Alright' Is Our Song of the Summer

A bright spot on an otherwise bleak album, Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” instantly feels necessary. Besides being the most celebratory jam on To Pimp a Butterfly, it’s a modern-day liberation anthem. It’s that first salvational gasp after nearly drowning. Yet, for such a happy song, “Alright” is innately sad. By design,… »8/13/15 11:28am8/13/15 11:28am

Kari Faux Is Cool as Hell, So Is This '80s-Inspired Video

Kari Faux, a very cool young rapper from Little Rock, Arkansas, invokes Solid Gold and Soul Glo in this cheeky, soft-focus video for “Supplier,” a track so unbothered her flow sounds like it’s reclining with its feet up. This is the confidence that comes with knowing you’re so fly you don’t have to put forth any… »8/12/15 7:00pm8/12/15 7:00pm

Jay Z and Timbaland Will Have to Testify in Bizarre 'Big Pimpin' Trial

The copyright lawsuit against Timbaland and Jay Z for their 1999 hit “Big Pimpin’” is headed to trial in October and both will be called to testify. The courtroom battle will likely be as contentious as the “Blurred Lines” trial, if not even more so. It will also be better, because Robin Thicke will not be present. »8/12/15 11:15am8/12/15 11:15am