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Refused – “Elektra” + There’s No Escape Details

Here's some fucking incredible news that nobody was expecting: Refused are fucking back! With a new album! The great Swedish hardcore band broke up almost immediately after releasing their 1998 masterpiece The Shape Of Punk To Come. They got back together to tour in 2012, then claimed that they were done once those dates wrapped… More »

By: Tom Breihan / 9:21 am

Elbow – “What Time Do You Call This?”

The perpetually sad British band Elbow came back last year with their The Take Off And Landing Of Everything album, and now they've got a new single on the soundtrack of Man Up, a British relationship comedy with Simon Pegg and Lake Bell. "What Time Do You Call This?" is a groggy, sweeping thing, exactly… More »

By: Tom Breihan / 9:00 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

One of the videos getting a lot of notice this week is Calexico's clip for "Falling From The Sky," starring José González and an absolutely disgusting worm creature. I can recognize that it's a very good video, but it's not on this list, because I hate that fucking worm creature. It just skeeves me out. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 24, 2015 - 4:22 pm

The Infamous Turns 20

When Kanye West was recording My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in Hawaii, he famously hung a sign on the studio wall that read "What would Mobb Deep do?" That means Kanye wanted people like Justin Vernon and Rick Ross to put themselves in the same mindset of two teenage Queensbridge hyenas, young geniuses at the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 24, 2015 - 3:02 pm

Lindstrøm & Grace Hall – “Home Tonight” Video

Space-disco wizard Hans-Peter Lindstrøm is getting ready to release Runddans, his unlikely collaborative album with Todd Rundgren and Serena-Maneesh's Emil Nikolaisen, but that's not all he's got going on. He just linked up with Skin Town singer Grace Hall for the excellently graceful dance single "Home Tonight." And now we get a "Home Tonight" video… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 24, 2015 - 11:38 am

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Underground rap operates at an accelerated pace. Two years between projects is fucking forever.
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April 15, 2015 on Status Ain’t Hood: The Diverging Paths Of Chance The Rapper & Vic Mensa
Her appearance was a total power move for Drake, and speaking as someone who was there, it didn't derail the set at all. It was a cool thing to get to see. He did "0 to 100," yes, and it was awesome.
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April 13, 2015 on The 9 Best Moments Of Coachella 2015 Sunday
Lolla doesn't count; the '90s touring incarnation had nothing to do with what it is now beyond a name and a Perry Farrell involvement. The real answer would probably be the Newport Folk Festival or something, but Coachella more or less defined what an American festival would become. All these festivals out there now are doing some variation on its blueprint.
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April 12, 2015 on The 10 Best Moments Of Coachella 2015 Friday
Can't remember exactly what was happening, but I think there was a choice between seeing that dude and sitting down for a couple of minutes. Lots of people said he was great, but I'm confident I still made the right choice.
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April 11, 2015 on The 10 Best Moments Of Coachella 2015 Friday
I watched a couple of songs, and it was like, "Yup, nope, still don't get this."
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April 11, 2015 on The 10 Best Moments Of Coachella 2015 Friday
I think "hip-hop" is a phrase that started out as fun, silly baby-talk and became something that people too way, way too seriously. This doesn't happen much anymore, but when I was in college I knew way too many "I don't listen to rap, I listen to *hip-hop* types, and it always bugged the fuck out of me. Besides, hip-hop is supposed to be the culture, right? I'm not about to start writing a goddam column about graffiti.
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April 8, 2015 on Status Ain’t Hood: Kendrick Lamar’s Brilliant, Stupid Week
I actually wish I'd thought of that?
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April 8, 2015 on Status Ain’t Hood: Kendrick Lamar’s Brilliant, Stupid Week
I'd just like to take this space to point out that I like Beat The Champ roughly as much as I like Ivy Tripp, which is a whole lot. But as a longtime Mountain Goats fan who loves pro wrestling, I can't claim even the slightest shred of objectivity there. (No music critic can or should ever claim objectivity, really, but I *especially* can't claim it there.)
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April 7, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Waxahatchee Ivy Tripp
Also, the "is this album worth a blank disc?" question is a low-stakes simulacrum of the "is this album worth $15?" question.
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March 25, 2015 on The Week In Rap: Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson, & Major-Label Rap’s Age Of Weirdness
How in the FUCK did I get those two mixed up? Fun fact: I paid money for Len's album and also paid money to see Lit live (opening for Garbage, but still).
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March 24, 2015 on Stream Only Real Jerk At The End Of The Line