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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

40% of this week's videos are on the list entirely because of the sketch-comedy chops of Gucci Mane. If he does not host Saturday Night
Tom Breihan | December 9, 2016 - 2:09 pm

Stream Young L The Boo Ghost

The Bay Area rapper and producer Young L was the driving force behind the Pack, the mid-'00s Berkeley group that also gave us Lil B.
Tom Breihan | December 9, 2016 - 1:05 pm

Sam Patch (Arcade Fire’s Tim Kingsbury) – “St. Sebastian”

Tim Kingsbury has been playing guitar, bass, and keyboards in Arcade Fire since 2003. And next year, he'll venture out on his own with a…
Tom Breihan | December 9, 2016 - 12:26 pm

Tom Petty Announces 40th Anniversary Tour In Fake Fallon Interview

Tom Petty has been performing with his backing band the Heartbreakers for four full decades now, and next year, the classic-rock institution will celebrate its…
Tom Breihan | December 9, 2016 - 11:52 am

Watch Pharrell Perform On The Tonight Show With Gospel Queen Kim Burrell

Pharrell essentially put together the soundtrack for the new movie Hidden Figures, about the black women who worked in the American space program in the…
Tom Breihan | December 9, 2016 - 11:26 am

Conor Oberst – “Tachycardia (Full Band)” & “Afterthought”

Earlier this fall, the erstwhile Bright Eyes mastermind Conor Oberst released the sad, spare, minimal solo album Ruminations, which he recorded while snowed in in…
Tom Breihan | December 9, 2016 - 10:44 am

Ty Dolla $ign – “Back Up” (Feat. 24hrs)

Ty Dolla $ign makes a whole lot of music. Earlier this week, we published our list of the 42 best Dolla $ign features of 2016,…
Tom Breihan | December 9, 2016 - 10:14 am

Gucci Mane – “Stutter”

Gucci Mane has spent the second half of 2016 in full beautiful victory-lap mode, and that'll continue next week when he releases The Return Of
Tom Breihan | December 9, 2016 - 10:02 am

Stream J. Cole 4 Your Eyez Only

The world only learned of the existence of 4 Your Eyez Only, the new J. Cole album, last week. And before releasing the album, Cole…
Tom Breihan | December 9, 2016 - 9:39 am

Hear Ryan Adams Play 7 Songs From New Album Prisoner In Australia

Earlier this week, Ryan Adams announced the impending release of his new album Prisoner, and he also reportedly performed the entire album at a secret…
Tom Breihan | December 9, 2016 - 9:15 am

A Blonde Kanye West Makes First Public Appearance Since Hospitalization

Last month, Kanye West was famously hospitalized, where he was treated for psychological issues and for sleep deprivation. But he's been home for a little…
Tom Breihan | December 9, 2016 - 8:54 am

BJ The Chicago Kid – “Uncle Marvin”

The ridiculously gifted young soul singer BJ The Chicago Kid scored a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance earlier this week. And today, he's hit…
Tom Breihan | December 8, 2016 - 1:21 pm

Crystal Fairy – “Chiseler”

Longtime Melvins co-leaders Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover recently formed Crystal Fairy, a new band that also includes At The Drive-In/Mars Volta brainiac Omar Rodríguez-López…
Tom Breihan | December 8, 2016 - 12:29 pm

Watch Riz Ahmed Rap About Star Wars On The Tonight Show

Riz Ahmed is one hell of an actor, and later this year, he'll follow up his memorable star turn as Naz on The Night Of
Tom Breihan | December 8, 2016 - 11:23 am

AFI – “White Offerings” Video

Next month, veteran arena goth-punk stars AFI will return with their new LP AFI (The Blood Album), their first in four years. Today, they've shared…
Tom Breihan | December 8, 2016 - 10:41 am

Comments from Tom Breihan

It's more of a tonal thing throughout. There's no one moment where the Hindenburg explodes.
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December 8, 2016 on Watch Madonna Do A Ferociously Awkward Carpool Karaoke With James Corden
You know that thing where someone is being nice to you for a reason (I was interviewing him for Urb magazine) but you still get the feeling that, in other circumstances, he would be an absolute dick to you? It was like that.
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November 15, 2016 on Lin-Manuel Miranda Was Bullied By Immortal Technique In High School
I had dinner with Immortal Technique once, and I would frankly be shocked if he was *not* doing shit like this.
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November 15, 2016 on Lin-Manuel Miranda Was Bullied By Immortal Technique In High School
Noname should've been AOTW. I'm pretty sure I didn't have time to process it before writing that week's piece.
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November 1, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Saba Bucket List Project
http://www.villagevoice.com/blogs/dipset-invades-kiddie-pop-extravaganza-6386106
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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
FINE SORRY I PUT THE TRACKLIST IN THERE, JESUS. I WILL NEVER BOTHER YOU WITH A TRACKLIST AGAIN.
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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