Rap’s Borderless Future Is Here

“Love,” the new single from rap crazies iLoveMakonnen and Rae Sremmurd, is a delightful mess contradictions. It’s a song called “Love” about a relationship falling apart, a summit between southern rap stars that doesn’t contain an ounce rapping, and a collaboration with pop and stripper-rap impresario Mike WiLL Made-It that …

Introducing Lomelda’s Sad Open-Road Music

When Hannah Read was 16 years old, she’d drive 200 miles each way to Waco and back to play guitar in her brother’s band. That’s four hours there, a 2 a.m. set to a room full drunk people, then four hours back through what was left the night, racing over …

Your Guide to All of the Bands in Twin Peaks

If only we were all so lucky to have a venue like the Roadhouse in our hometowns. While Angelo Badalamenti’s iconic Twin Peaks compositions were, quite sadly, not as prevalent as we would’ve liked throughout Showtime’s epic The Return (opening theme notwithstanding), there was a repeated musical pattern that emerged …

"A Tilted Crown"

Q: Who is Ran Blacc? A: Woww, Hmmm I guess you could some it all up by say Ran Blacc is a collection all my other personalities. Ran Blacc is sorta like the Black Loin from Voltron! (Humbly Laughs) For Real… Q: How many OTHER personalities are there? A: I …

The Best Songs of 2017 (So Far)

Vulture is looking back at the best releases so far in 2017. This list has been updated to include August releases. What is a single supposed to do? Can one song really change an entire worldview? Now that all music is easily available whenever we want it, how do we …

The New Wave of Rap Violence Shouldn’t Be Ignored

There’s a song near the end rising South Florida rapper XXXTentacion’s just-released 17 called “Carry On,” where the 11-track mini-album — a ramshackle mix half-conceived folk musings and confessional depression raps — drops both its amateurish singer-songwriter contrivances and conventional hip-hop rhyme patterns in favor raw emotion: “Trapped in a …

Game of Thrones Is Not What It Once Was

I almost pity Game Thrones at this point — to the extent that one can pity pay cable’s most popular and expensive series. Never before has an ongoing hit found itself in quite this predicament, trying to will its own unique ending to an as-yet-unfinished series novels that provided source …