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 12:30pm Thursday 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 2:10pm Tuesday 2:10pm

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


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 10:40am Tuesday 10:40am

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


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 4:20pm 8/21/15 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 6:50pm 8/20/15 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 6:20pm 8/13/15 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 5:40pm 8/13/15 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 11:28am 8/13/15 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 7:00pm 8/12/15 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 11:15am 8/12/15 11:15am

Joanna Newsom, Beloved Warbling Wood Nymph, Announces New Album

This October, beloved folk musician Joanna Newsom will release Divers, her first studio album since 2010’s Have One On Me. Accompanying the news, Newsom has also put out a new video—directed by Paul Thomas Anderson—for the song “Sapokanikan” which features her walking and singing through New York City. » 8/11/15 7:45pm 8/11/15 7:45pm

Jessica 6's 'Down Low' Video is Perfect For Sweaty Nights In Cool Towns

What is it about a chainlink fence that connotes the forbidden? Besides, you know, prison. From Prince and Apollonia to a recent (hilarious) episode of Dance Moms, there’s just something classically tantalizing and bad-girl about vamping about in front of one. » 8/08/15 11:45am 8/08/15 11:45am