Gucci Mane: Mixtapes Saved My Career

Back to the Trap House debuted in 2007 at No. 57 on Billboard’s “Top 200,” selling fewer than 32,000 copies in its first week. My major-label debut was a dud. I knew those beats were not suited to my style. I’d taken too much outside advice. I should have stood up …

Red Hot Chili Peppers Are Classic Rock Now

This weekend saw the launch the second annual Meadows Music Festival in Queens by Citi Field. Founders Entertainment, the production and promotion company also responsible for the city’s annual Randall’s Island summer bash Governors Ball, has approached the business adding to New York’s annual festival load very carefully. By nudging …

Lady Gaga Postpones European Tour Over Chronic Pain

After being hospitalized last week and forced to cancel a show in Brazil due to complications from chronic pain, Lady Gaga has announced that she’s postponing the European leg her world tour. Citing a recommendation from her doctors, Gaga’s six-week tour has been rescheduled for next year as she continues …

Prepare to Be Mesmerized by Björk’s Latest Music Video

No one makes a video quite like Björk. Really, no one does anything quite like Björk. For her latest visual stunner, she’s reteamed with Andrew Thomas Huang for more world-building — this time, for her new song “The Gate.” Björk presides over a fantastical, serene utopia (which is also her …

The Eighth Episode of Twin Peaks: The Return Is Horrifyingly Beautiful

Warning: Spoilers for Twin Peaks: The Return below. The eighth episode  Twin Peaks: The Return is one the greatest hours television I’ve ever seen: horrifying, horrifyingly beautiful, thought-provoking and thought-annihilating; a work that owes as much to expressionistic and surreal painting, musical performance, and installation art as it does to narrative …

Pictures of a Generation: Looking at 50 Years of Rolling Stone

When Rolling Stone made its debut in November 1967, it looked like a newspaper. It was printed on pulp, and its black-and-white front page contained four columns stories and a photo John Lennon on a movie set. The visuals were not the point; “the cover Rolling Stone” didn’t have any …

After 50 Years, Rolling Stone Will Go Up for Sale

Nearly a half-century ago, in November 1967, Jann Wenner published the first issue Rolling Stone. Now, 50 years later, the magazine that made superstars, introduced iconoclasts, and helped shape the face American music is up for grabs. According to the New York Times, Wenner intends to sell his controlling stake in …

3 Doors Down Is the Perfect Band to Play Trump’s Inauguration

With major black and mainstream pop musicians effectively boycotting Donald Trump’s inauguration, event planners have been compelled to rely on artists with a large popular following who hail from culturally marginal genres. Classical crossover, a schlocky genre predicated on slavish devotion to a mirage European high culture, is well-represented by …

U2 Cancel St. Louis Concert Due to Unsatisfactory Police Protection

Bad news for all those U2 fans in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. Owing to a lack adequate police protection at their performance venue following the city’s protests concerning the Jason Stockley acquittal verdict, the band has decided to cancel this evening’s concert. “We have been informed by the …