When "Rich Forever," the title track from Rick Ross's great early-2012 mixtape, shows up as a bonus track on his new God Forgives, I Don't, one line immediately jumps out: "Your shit pushed back cuz…   Read Story »
Let's get this out of the way first: Last week, when Frank Ocean wrote plainly and beautifully about a past relationship, one with someone who shared his gender, it was an act of absolute bravery and…   Read Story »
Dirty Projectors' Swing Lo Magellan is officially released next week, though the band's streaming the record in its entirety, right now, over at NYTimes. This is great news. Open a tab, press play,…   Read Story »
It's easy to rag on Billy Corgan for being a hypersensitive narcissist who says ridiculous things, but he's been doing that for two decades now. (The first time I cringed at a Corgan comment? In…   Read Story »
Fiona Apple is 34 years old now. For 17 of those years, almost exactly half of her time on this planet, she's been a public figure, one with the sort of devoted mass-cult following whose devotions…   Read Story »
A couple of months ago, someone I follow on Twitter posted a video of some kids goofing around in their basement/rec room area to the soundtrack of Japandroids' "Younger Us." Even though the footage…   Read Story »
Bethany Cosentino isn't stupid. In picking a collaborator for her second album, the Best Coast leader has realized that the words "produced by Jon Brion" are pretty much pure sophomore-LP gold. Brion…   Read Story »
When you spend your first few listens to a new album trying to decide whether you're disappointed or not, that's not exactly a good sign. On Master Of My Make-Believe, Santigold has one big thing…   Read Story »
The first single for Sigur Rós' Valtari, "Ekki Múkk," arrived with the fanfare and warm reception expected of that dramatic moment -- after all, it was the first new recording under the Sigur Rós…   Read Story »
Jack White has always been an artist who thrived, in large part, because of all the constraints he imposed on his own work, like the analog-recording purism or the two-color design schemes. The White…   Read Story »