Charli XCX is not going to be anyone's fucking pop music bridesmaid anymore. It's not happening. Forget it. Over the past two years, Charli has helped give global, career-defining hits to Icona Pop…   Read Story »
The first time I interviewed Ghostface Killah, I waited four hours at the "Back Like That" video shoot for a 10-minute sit-down. This was mostly OK. I got to see the rap-promotions machine in action…   Read Story »
The problem with the new Wu-Tang Clan album A Better Tomorrow is that it's not the last Wu-Tang Clan album. The last time the whole group came together, it was on 2008's 8 Diagrams, a messy…   Read Story »
Underground metal doesn't soar very often anymore. It churns and wriggles and spits and seethes, and it can be really great at all these things. If you're in a bleak, heavy mood, something like…   Read Story »
Two things, before I get into this. First, TV On The Radio's Seeds already got a Premature Evaluation, so it's not eligible for Album Of The Week. But it's a very good album, and you should listen to…   Read Story »
Cult Of Youth fucked up when they released Love Will Prevail while it was still warm outside. The Brooklyn outfit dropped their sophomore album in early September 2012, and I have a vivid memory of…   Read Story »
This week sees the release of two oblique, confounding albums, albums that toy with ideas of genre and song-form and vibe, albums I was excited to hear. I don't really like either of them. Arca's Xen…   Read Story »
I don't know how this is even possible, but Run The Jewels are getting better. They were already a mean motherfucking machine last year, when Killer Mike and El-P got together for their self-titled…   Read Story »
Jessie Ware is through being cool. "Say You Love Me," the best song on her sophomore album Tough Love, has a gospel choir and an Ed Sheeran co-writing credit and a bridge that sounds like the song…   Read Story »
"That Getter," the first single from DJ Quik's new album The Midnight Life, had one guest, and that guest's name was David Blake. David Blake is Quik's birth name, so I assumed this was Quik himself,…   Read Story »