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Former Friend Of Moby Seeks Credit For Lending Him CDs Sampled On Play

Play, the 12x platinum 1999 album that made Moby globally inescapable for a while, is largely built around samples from old spirituals collected by Alan…
Chris DeVille | 1:10 pm


Dane Terry – “One More Name In Nightlife”

We last checked in on Dane Terry nearly two years ago with "Kids," a highlight from the New York piano man's Color Movies album. That…
Chris DeVille | 12:11 pm


Stream Thor & Friends’ Self-Titled Debut Album

Thor Harris been long been a member of Swans, the noise-rock band whose most recent run albums has produced some of the most darkly powerful…
Chris DeVille | 10:11 am

Kings Of Leon – “Around The World”

Of all the songs Kings Of Leon have released so far from their upcoming album Walls, the new "Around The World" connects most directly to…
Chris DeVille | 9:17 am

The Weeknd – “False Alarm”

A week after sharing the Daft Punk collaboration "Starboy" and just a day after dropping the "Starboy" video, the Weeknd is back with another single…
Chris DeVille | September 29, 2016 - 3:18 pm

The Week In Pop

Kanye West, Musical Innovator, Attempts To Transform The Concert Experience

Not long into Kanye West's Saint Pablo Tour stop Sunday night in Columbus, after his floating stage had made its first complete pass across the…
Chris DeVille | September 29, 2016 - 12:35 pm

Oldchella By The Numbers: $1,000 Per Person, 1,000 Flushable Toilets

Desert Trip, the music festival affectionately known as Oldchella, is going down two weekends next month in Indio, CA, bringing classic rock deities the Rolling…
Chris DeVille | September 29, 2016 - 9:41 am


Kraus – “Pitch Fucker” Video

Will Kraus is a 22-year-old noise-pop artist out of Dallas whose End Tomorrow saw release via Flexible Records, an offshoot of Grizzly Bear bassist Chris…
Chris DeVille | September 28, 2016 - 12:22 pm

The Weeknd – “Starboy” (Feat. Daft Punk) Video

The Weeknd and Daft Punk's "Starboy" video -- a clip so good it was nominated for an MTV EMA before it was even released --…
Chris DeVille | September 28, 2016 - 11:34 am

Twenty One Pilots Play SNL Next Week With Host Lin-Manuel Miranda

Two of the most massive pop-cultural phenomena in recent years, Hamilton and Twenty One Pilots, will collide on next week's episode of Saturday Night Live.
Chris DeVille | September 28, 2016 - 10:13 am

Watch Metallica Play “Moth Into Flame” Live For The First Time At Fan Club Gig

Metallica played an intimate show for fan club members at New York's Webster Hall last night, and the setlist included their first run through "Moth
Chris DeVille | September 28, 2016 - 9:55 am

Kvelertak – “Svartmesse” Video

Kvelertak's Nattesferd nabbed Album Of The Week honors earlier this year, and the album's charm was rooted in how successfully it tipped the scales of…
Chris DeVille | September 28, 2016 - 9:30 am

Andrew W.K. Made An EDM Track

On the one hand, the last thing this world needs is an EDM track by Andrew W.K. On the other hand, I can't believe Andrew…
Chris DeVille | September 27, 2016 - 4:45 pm

Peter Doherty – “I Don’t Love Anyone (But You’re Not Just Anyone)”

Libertines leader Pete Doherty -- ahem, Peter Doherty -- just announced a new solo album called Hamburg Demonstrations coming this December. Along with the news…
Chris DeVille | September 27, 2016 - 1:08 pm

Alex Frankel – “Negative Space”

Holy Ghost!'s Alex Frankel put his name on a Jewish deli in Brooklyn earlier this year, and now he's putting it on some solo music.
Chris DeVille | September 27, 2016 - 12:44 pm

El-P: “Every Word For RTJ3 Has Now Officially Been Recorded”

Run The Jewels stated back in March that a 2016 release for RTJ3 was "achievable." And given El-P's latest update on the album, it seems…
Chris DeVille | September 27, 2016 - 11:37 am


Earwig – “Wasted On You” (Feat. Lydia Loveless) Video

In the quarter-century he's been fronting Ohio pop-rock combo Earwig, Lizard McGee has employed a wide range of backing musicians. One of his drummers along…
Chris DeVille | September 27, 2016 - 10:41 am


Ex Reyes – “Only You” Video

Mikey Freedom Hart used to play in Sinkane and Albert Hammond Jr.'s band, and he's currently a member of Bleachers. But Hart is also cultivating…
Chris DeVille | September 26, 2016 - 1:23 pm


David Bazan – “Long Way Around The Sea” (Low Cover)

Most indie-rock types have an awkward relationship with Christmas music, a genre steeped in sentimentality and tradition that are theoretically opposed to the underground's progressive…
Chris DeVille | September 26, 2016 - 12:02 pm


Stream EZTV High In Place

In the year and change since we've been introduced to Brooklyn trio EZTV, they've become stunningly consistent purveyors of high-level pop-rock with strains of retro…
Chris DeVille | September 26, 2016 - 11:23 am

Band To Watch

Artist To Watch: Billie Marten

Every teenage balladeer hacking away at a guitar or piano imagines their songs unfolding into the kind of gorgeous sonic panoramas found on Billie Marten's…
Chris DeVille | September 23, 2016 - 10:34 am

The Avalanches Drop “Subways” Remixes, Tease US Tour

The Avalanches made their triumphant comeback over the summer, returning to the live stage and releasing Wildflower, their first album in 16 years. But wait,…
Chris DeVille | September 23, 2016 - 10:21 am

Hear New Songs From Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake, & More On The Trolls Soundtrack

Justin Timberlake's campaign to make you care about the Trolls movie reaches a crescendo today with the release of the film's official soundtrack, a full…
Chris DeVille | September 23, 2016 - 9:56 am

The Weeknd Playing Next Week’s SNL Season Premiere

Given that Beauty Behind The Madness came out less than 13 months ago, the Weeknd is not somebody I even factored in when predicting this
Chris DeVille | September 22, 2016 - 7:19 pm

The Meadows Drops The Weeknd, Adds J. Cole, Re-Adds The Weeknd

The new Queens-based music festival The Meadows has been a comedy of errors from the beginning, and now there's a new foible to add to…
Chris DeVille | September 22, 2016 - 2:27 pm

The Week In Pop

Who’s Shawn Mendes? You’re About To Find Out, Whether You Like It Or Not

Imagine you are a precocious teenage dreamboat from Toronto who got famous covering Justin Bieber and other pop stars on Vine -- so famous that…
Chris DeVille | September 22, 2016 - 1:25 pm

Watch James Blake’s Stunning Seth Meyers Performance

James Blake's North American tour begins this weekend in Dallas, but he stopped off in New York first to perform on Late Night With Seth
Chris DeVille | September 22, 2016 - 9:15 am

Gorillaz Launch New Website … And Accidentally Reveal Tour Plans?

We've been hearing murmurs about a new Gorillaz album for years that feel like decades, but now the band-as-art-project seems to be actually ramping up…
Chris DeVille | September 21, 2016 - 10:22 am

Kanye West Makes Nice With Kid Cudi

After Kid Cudi went on Twitter to say Kanye West doesn't care about him, Kanye lashed out at Cudi during a concert in Tampa, using…
Chris DeVille | September 21, 2016 - 9:30 am

Marilyn Manson Will Not Rock The Vote

Marilyn Manson is not known for his good judgment, but Rolling Stone talked to him about politics anyway -- possibly because Manson famously cast a…
Chris DeVille | September 20, 2016 - 4:32 pm

Comments from Chris DeVille

@walkwithswagger I didn't see Rihanna's tour, but I mentioned in the piece that lots of big tours have featured a flying component. The difference here is that Kanye is flying around for the whole show rather than just for one or two songs. There is no traditional stage. It's a pretty big difference.
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September 30, 2016 on Kanye West, Musical Innovator, Attempts To Transform The Concert Experience
Oh, shit, I forgot, I saw him at Outside Lands 2014 too! Obviously my least memorable Kanye live experience.
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September 29, 2016 on Kanye West, Musical Innovator, Attempts To Transform The Concert Experience
Thanks for asking, RJ! (1) Lollapalooza 2008, which was technically part of the Glow In The Dark Tour but was significantly scaled down in stage production. It was fine, but not what I wanted it to be as a Chicago homecoming show. (2) Fader Fort G.O.O.D. Music showcase at SXSW 2009 — I was about three rows back. This was Kanye's first emergence from his 808s & Heartbreak misery cloud, and it was so great to see him energized and happy again. Also featuring Erykah Badu, Common, Kid Cudi, and some new kid Kanye signed out of Detroit named Big Sean. (3) Watch The Throne Tour in Detroit, which was just stellar, as I'm sure you know. I enjoyed it so much that it's a good memory even though Michigan beat Ohio State that day and I had to sit around for two hours waiting for the show to start. (4) Yeezus Tour in Detroit, which was even better that Watch The Throne in terms of sheer spectacle, as I'm sure you also know. (5) This Saint Pablo show in Columbus. What about you?
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September 29, 2016 on Kanye West, Musical Innovator, Attempts To Transform The Concert Experience
Here are some words from the same author about the music's quality:
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September 27, 2016 on Adele’s 25 Certified Diamond
They are equally bland, but Mendes is less corny and/or campy. He wouldn't sing "Let's Marvin Gaye and get it on!" with a shit-eating grin on his face like Puth does. Puth strikes me as a cartoon character, whereas Mendes is just the boy-next-door character from a YA drama. Plus "See You Again" reminds me of the kind of worship music that drove me away from church as a kid.
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September 22, 2016 on Who’s Shawn Mendes? You’re About To Find Out, Whether You Like It Or Not
I really loved that Circulatory System album when I was getting into indie rock circa Y2K. Will have to go back and check it out soon.
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September 21, 2016 on Elephant 6 & Friends Reflect On The Legacy Of The Olivia Tremor Control’s Dusk At Cubist Castle
See! His production is extremely likable but you feel like you have to excuse it. (He also did Fifth Harmony's "BO$$," which is, in fact, BO$$.)
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September 17, 2016 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
You're right that Danja deserves mention. According to this EW interview he was closely involved with the production:
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September 12, 2016 on FutureSex/LoveSounds Turns 10
"Give It To Me" is such a great victory lap after Loose and FutureSex. So much earned confidence after these three owned pop in late 2006/early 2007. Unfortunately it was all downhill from there (in terms of quality, at least)...
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September 12, 2016 on FutureSex/LoveSounds Turns 10
Honestly Joseph Miller after Gucci said he had a song with Outkast I'd be more surprised if an album DIDN'T happen
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September 11, 2016 on The Dungeon Family Reunite At ONE Musicfest, Tease More Shows
Nick Cave is getting one
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September 9, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: M.I.A. AIM
Yep, pretty sure all three of those are officially not happening until 2017.
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September 1, 2016 on Fall Pop Preview: Does 2016 Have Any Blockbusters Left In It?
Seems like all Ryan does between tours is hang out at Pax-Am writing and recording. And apparently take long runs around Los Angeles listening to his iPod Nano.
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August 31, 2016 on Ryan Adams Details November LP Inspired By AC/DC & Bruce Hornsby
Still a pretty good comment either way
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August 26, 2016 on 3 Reasons History Will Look Fondly On Blonde
That's a great comparison. I like the TPAB comparison Tom mentioned in his PE, too. There are plenty of ways to approach this album. Kid A was just the frame of reference that made sense to Radiohead-stan me.
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August 26, 2016 on 3 Reasons History Will Look Fondly On Blonde