When Justin Timberlake released "Take Back The Night," the first single from the second volume of his The 20/20 Experience album, there was some confusion on the internet: How in the hell did…   Read Story »
Drake changed rap. He reshaped the landscape and forever altered the things that we expect from big rap stars. Before Drake, sensitive souls like Andre 3000 and Kanye West made a point of showing…   Read Story »
MGMT could have ruled the world. There was a time when Andrew VanWyngarden and Benjamin Goldwasser had a vise grip on pop culture, when smash singles "Kids" and "Electric Feel" and "Time To Pretend"…   Read Story »
Looking back now on Nine Inch Nails' '90s heyday it's apparent that we didn't know what we had. Back then, the knock on Reznor was that he was taking the sputtering, clanking industrial music of…   Read Story »
I'd been waiting for this moment for literally years: Earl Sweatshirt's triumphant return to the stage after being shut away in a Samoan reform school during his Odd Future crew's entire rise to fame…   Read Story »
The opening song on Surgical Steel -- the first album of new music in 17 years from English death metal band Carcass -- is an intro track called "1985." It's not an especially oblique reference: 1985…   Read Story »
Jay-Z has compared himself to a lot of people in his decades-long career: Mike Tyson, Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson on "Niggas In Paris," before that "Biggie in his prime" on the disturbingly…   Read Story »
Just over a minute into Yeezus, Kayne West is riding the malfunctioning-star-destroyer glitch-screams of "On Sight" when he poses a rhetorical question: "How much do I not give a fuck? Let me show…   Read Story »
Any time a metal-curious friend asks me to explain the distinctions separating different metal subgenres -- most often re: death metal vs. black metal -- I tell them to start by focusing on the…   Read Story »
Last June, we published a feature called the Top 20 Albums We've Been Waiting For Forever, counting down a bunch of our favorite artists from whom a new full-length was: (A) long overdue; and (B) not…   Read Story »