Tom Breihan
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Last night in Cleveland, Alternative Press held its first-ever Alternative Press Music Awards show, and it presented its first-ever Vanguard Award, a lifetime-achievement type of thing, to the Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan. At the show, the recently-retired pro wrestler CM Punk (and fellow Chicago contrarian) presented Corgan with the award. And as he accepted the award, Corgan said some very Billy Corgan things: “Over 25 years ago, I made the decision that I was going to push your buttons, or the people that came before you, or the people that came before you. I like to think that I’m receiving this in humility because I’m willing to push your buttons, because I’m willing to tell you to go fuck yourself. I didn’t start a band to be anybody’s bitch, I started a band to kick your fucking head in.” Watch the speech below.

The Swedish dance producer Avicii exists near the top of the EDM pyramid; he’s popular enough that he can play arenas and have things like this happen. But he’s also trying to figure out ways to reach outside the whole Electric Daisy Carnival scene. He’s had his biggest crossover success with “Wake Me Up,” a song built from an unlikely combination of big-room house and bluegrass, and he also produced Coldplay’s recent single “A Sky Full Of Stars.” So maybe it’s not that surprising that he’s working on what he calls a “rock” album. But what is surprising, and vaguely scary, is who he’s enlisted for it.

Fryars is Benjamin Garrett, a young singer and producer. For a while now, he’s been cranking out Soundcloud bangers like “Love So Cold” and “Cool Like Me,” and now he’s announced that those tracks will end up on his new album Power, coming this fall. In a press release, Garrett calls the album “a soundtrack to a film that does not exist.” Garrett has also shared the album’s latest single, a piece of idiosyncratic, off-kilter blip-pop called “Prettiest Ones Fly Highest.” Listen to that one below.


 +13Posted on Jul 18th | re: Portrait Of An American Family Turns 20 (28 comments)

Oh shit, I missed the Punk in Drublic anniversary?!?

 +4Posted on Jul 7th | re: Death From Above 1979 - "Trainwreck 1979" (30 comments)

Yes and yes, thanks.

Yes and yes, and also shout out to Jessica Szor from Gossip Girl.

This is true. Fixed.

 +2Posted on Jun 19th | re: Mixtape Of The Week: Young L MVP (6 comments)

I had high hopes, but it’s pretty bad.

 +3Posted on Jun 17th | re: The 50 Best Albums Of 2014 So Far (253 comments)


Pharrell – G I R L
Wovenhand – Refractory Obdurate
Vince Staples – Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2
Lil Herb – Welcome To Fazoland
Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso

 +3Posted on Jun 11th | re: Mixtape Of The Week: Tim Vocals Timtations (8 comments)

I will oblige. Here are my thoughts on the Death Grips thing: I hate it. I tried again, and I continue to hate pretty much everything they do. That’s about as far as my thoughts go.

 +3Posted on May 30th | re: The 5 Best Videos Of The Week (7 comments)

No but it’s blood and not boobs.

 +1Posted on May 29th | re: Billy Corgan With A Dog Isn't Quite As Amusing (5 comments)

He was Big Tim Riggins until we figured out that that was too hard to yell.

 +6Posted on May 28th | re: Mixtape Of The Week: PeeWee Longway The Blue M&M (8 comments)

I live in VA. Got out of NYC 5 and a half years ago.