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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Personal note to Oneohtrix Point Never: Hey buddy! We haven't met. I'm Tom. I want to talk to you about putting Val Kilmer in your
Tom Breihan | 4:30 pm

Bob Dylan Still Being Weird About His Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize for Literature is a big deal! Before Bob Dylan was announced as this year's Nobel laureate, no American had won the award…
Tom Breihan | 2:21 pm

Leo Kalyan – “Fucked Up”

Next month, the London R&B singer Leo Kalyan will release his Outside In EP, a record full of slick and beautiful melodies but also intense…
Tom Breihan | 1:23 pm

Stream The Du-Rites J-Zone & Pablo Martin Are The Du-Rites

The Queens rapper and producer J-Zone is one of the funniest, bitterest men in all of rap music. Earlier this year, he released a new…
Tom Breihan | 11:54 am

Download Trash Talk’s Free Surprise EP Tangle

Until last night, we hadn't heard any new music from the great California hardcore shit-rippers Trash Talk since they released their ferocious 2014 album No
Tom Breihan | 11:33 am

Joey Bada$$ – “Front & Center”

The Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ has been sounding less and less like an intentional throwback as he matures, and on the new track "Front &…
Tom Breihan | 11:29 am

Watch Flatbush Zombies Rage Through Two Songs On Kimmel

The cranked-up Brooklyn underground rap trio Flatbush Zombies are way more popular than you might expect. As it turns out, they're big enough to play…
Tom Breihan | 10:35 am

Premature Evaluation

Premature Evaluation: Lady Gaga Joanne

You have to respect the intent, anyway. Lady Gaga ascended to transcendent stardom by ditching anything that anyone could ever consider authentic in music, going…
Tom Breihan | 10:04 am

Sia – “Confetti,” “Midnight Decisions,” & “Jesus Wept”

Earlier this year, Sia released This Is Acting, an album full of songs that she'd written for other singers. Today, she comes out with the…
Tom Breihan | 10:03 am

Stream D.R.A.M. Big Baby D.R.A.M.

Scratchy Virginia R&B howler D.R.A.M. could've easily turned out to be a one-hit wonder, especially after Drake hit huge with "Hotline Bling," a song that…
Tom Breihan | 9:26 am

Watch Lady Gaga Perform On The Roof Of The NYC Club Where She Got Her Start

Before she became a world-conquering pop star, Lady Gaga was a regular performer at the Bitter End, an unassuming New York club. And last night,…
Tom Breihan | 9:03 am

Elvis Costello Cancels Pittsburgh Show In Solidarity With Striking Orchestra

Elvis Costello may be decades away from his working-class pub-rock roots, but he still knows better than to cross a picket line. Right now, Costello…
Tom Breihan | October 20, 2016 - 12:43 pm

Watch Weezer Attempt To Revive Patriotism On James Corden

Last night, mere hours after Donald Trump refused to promise that he'd honor the results of the presidential election, Weezer appeared as musical guests on…
Tom Breihan | October 20, 2016 - 12:09 pm

Landlady – “Electric Abdomen” & “Driving In California”

New York art-rockers Landlady released the impressive LP Upright Behavior in 2014, and since then, they've made music with people like Sylvan Esso and Nels
Tom Breihan | October 20, 2016 - 11:30 am

Flasher – “Destroy” Video

Earlier this year, the young DC punk trio Flasher released a really great self-titled album, one that drew on more spaced-out genres like dream-pop and…
Tom Breihan | October 20, 2016 - 11:05 am

Comments from Tom Breihan
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October 19, 2016 on Justin Bieber Asks Screaming Front-Row Fans To Be Less Obnoxious
I'm glad you guys all realize that I'm being serious all the time. Sometimes people think I'm joking. They are always wrong. Thanks for recognizing.
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October 17, 2016 on Russell Crowe Throws Azealia Banks Out Of His Hotel Party In Bizarre Incident
I think of him more as the chattering-teeth guy.
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October 14, 2016 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
BET's media player is really, really screwy, which made putting this together a whole lot of fun.
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October 12, 2016 on The 10 Best BET Cypher Performances Of All Time
I don't believe it. Paul talks about watching Rush Hour over and over on that album, and that seems very particular and specific. I think he was trying to sound like less of a nerd when he got famous. Paul's "Still Tippin'" verse is great, too, and that was also pre-fame.
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October 5, 2016 on Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman’s Rap For Rap’s Sake
Well, no, her publicist set it up. That's the way these things work. It was a very cool experience, tho. Currently fighting the urge to text her about how much I like the album.
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September 30, 2016 on Solange Shares Her Inspirations For A Seat At The Table
They took all those old track reviews off the site, which bums me out a lot. But yeah, Shawty Lo and D4L were popular musicians who were pretty much dismissed critically in their era but who turned out to be important once we heard what so many younger artists took from them. It sucks, but it happens. I try not to sleep on stuff like that, but every critic does it sometimes.
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September 21, 2016 on Young M.A Is A Bully And A Boss
I wrote at least one D4L track review for Pitchfork back in '05.
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September 21, 2016 on Young M.A Is A Bully And A Boss
I appreciate that, but I don't have much to say about it. It's a very good indie rock album, and that's about all I got.
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September 13, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Touché Amoré Stage Four
I reviewed Friday Night Lights for pitchfork. Thought his whole thing was puzzling back then too.
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August 29, 2016 on J. Cole Is One Of Rap’s Biggest Stars. Why?
You don't do something like that unless you're a trained stuntman. But maybe it's supposed to be Frank?
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August 26, 2016 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
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August 25, 2016 on Chromatics – “Dear Tommy” Video
GLORIOUS Legit contender, for sure. Like, was that theme all this guy ever needed? Did he suffer through a decade of butt-ass TNA themes just because he didn't know what was awaiting him? Nakamura's theme also a masterpiece obv.
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August 24, 2016 on J. Cole Is One Of Rap’s Biggest Stars. Why?
Last 4 albums of the week were Ka, Thee Oh Sees, Dinosaur Jr.*, and Jeremih. I love the shit out of pop music, but I press myself hard to listen to everything and pump up anything exceptional I hear, regardless of genre. It's precisely that fear of missing out on stuff that pushes me to do that. We post a lot of music on this site, but a very large percentage of it is stuff that we're genuinely excited about. There's just a lot of music right now. * I actually think I got a little lazy on Dino Jr. week, partly because I'd never written at length about them post-reunion. Shoulda probably given it to Noname instead.
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August 19, 2016 on ATLiens Turns 20
Hamilton is form-pushing too tho! And it's also clearly the reason why he's on this show. I would bet money that Baz Luhrmann has never heard a clipping, song.
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August 17, 2016 on Over-The-Top Superhero Melodrama The Get Down Gets Early Rap So Wrong And So Right
"Unrealistic" isn't a problem. "Stupid" is a problem.
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August 17, 2016 on Over-The-Top Superhero Melodrama The Get Down Gets Early Rap So Wrong And So Right