Why VICELAND’s ‘The Therapist’ Could Be Amazing—or Horrendous—for Hip-Hop

When it comes to accurately presenting hip-hop on a mainstream level, VICE magazine, their music site Noisey and their newly-developed VICELAND channel have, for the most part, done an excellent job. A few slips aside (looking at you Noisey: Chicago), VICE’s properties have managed to avoid the type exploitative, one-dimensional portrayal …

How Jack White’s Third Man Records Made a Mark on Nashville

In March 2009, when Jack White, Ben Swank, and Ben Blackwell opened Third Man Records’ headquarters in Nashville, they didn’t have grand ambitions to invade the city’s already-bustling music scene. Their plan was to absorb Tennessee’s rich music history while they began to press and distribute White’s and his colleagues’ …

Kidricc James New Music Video to Current Single “A Million”

Houston Rap artist Kidricc James, whom has been busy promoting his latest single entitled “A Million”, now presents the ficial music video! “A Million” has been receiving impressive FM Broadcast Radio airplay as late with 191 spins to date according to Mediabase and so far has reached number 35 in the nation on Mediabase’s Urban …

The Best Albums of 2017 (So Far)

This list has been updated to include October releases. The running threads interest adjoining the music 2017 are strange: indie rock is back in full force, young rappers seem hell-bent on reclaiming nü-metal, and our legends keep leaving us. Like Outkast said, “Nothing is for sure, nothing is for certain, …

John Maus Is Making Outsider Pop for the End of the World

There may be no better arbiter the end days than John Maus, who for the last six years has been missing from our cultural psyche. He’s accredited for the task, at least, having spent that time completing a dissertation in “control societies” (i.e. ones where sharing information has mutated into …

Beck’s Colors Has a Few Good Ideas and Some Bad Ones Too

Beck winning the Album the Year Grammy for Morning Phase was like Denzel Washington winning the Best Actor Oscar for Training Day. Neither work ranks highly among the artist’s best; both wins felt like shrewd acknowledgment the other times the Academy ought to have handed them the honor but settled …

An Appreciation of St. Vincent’s Guitar Skills

Classical mythology is malleable. Take the origin Athena. Was it Prometheus, Ares, or Hephaestus who cleaved open Zeus’s head, thus allowing the patron goddess Athens and future inventor the flute to spring forth? As usual, it depends on who’s telling the tale. Annie Clark, best known as the rock musician …

Kelela Is R&B’s Futurist

Kelela makes music that lives in intersections: Sometimes she sounds like ’90s R&B, sometimes she veers progressively electronic, but it all blends together into an amorphous, exciting new form sound. It makes perfect sense when you hear it but feels slippery when you try to pin it to any specific …

Grizzly Bear Are Still Here

One night last month, Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste reached into the crowd at Public Arts, the shoebox-sized music venue tucked into the basement Studio 54 co-founder Ian Schrager’s new downtown luxury hotel, and accepted a large, colorful bouquet from a fan. “Oh, flowers!” the singer said. “Thank you very much!” …

Listening to MF Doom Is Still a Frustrating Experience

Frustration has always been essential to the MF Doom experience. Born Daniel Dumile, Long Island–raised rapper created his comic-book alter ego in the wake losses so harrowing as they verged on the cartoonish. To hear Ta-Nehisi Coates’s 2009 prile tell the origin story, it was 1993 when Dumile’s younger brother, …

Perfume Genius’s ‘Wreath’ Video Is a Tribute to the Human Form

The development Mike Hadreas, the Seattle-born indie musician who performs as Perfume Genius, has been marked by progression toward a more ethereal, otherworldly sound. Based in the artist’s personal experience homophobia and addiction (he also suffers from Crohn’s disease, a painful and incurable immune-related illness), Hadreas’s songs are well versed …