Drake’s OVO Fest Denied Government Grant Money This Year

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 15, 2015 - 2:15 pm
Last year, the provincial government of Ontario granted Drake $300,000 to help fund OVO Fest through their "Celebrate Ontario" program. Some people thought this was a good call, but others were pretty pissed off, because that is hella money being handed over to a dude who is always rapping about all of his money. Take… More »

The 10 Best Annie Lennox Songs

By Robert Ham / April 15, 2015 - 12:51 pm
It's surprising to learn that the only significant acting credit associated with Annie Lennox is a role in a Robert Altman-directed adaptation of a Harold Pinter play. If you've watched any of the videos she made as a member of the mega-selling pop duo Eurythmics or for her solo albums, particularly those created with the… More »

Steve Albini Weighs In On Tidal Debate

By Chris DeVille / April 15, 2015 - 12:00 pm
Musicians including Ben Gibbard, Mumford & Sons, and Lily Allen have joined our own Michael Nelson in shitting on Tidal, the expensive new "high-quality" streaming music service from Jay Z and his famous friends. Now it's Steve Albini's turn! Surprisingly, Albini has taken every opportunity to expound on his love of streaming music -- and… More »

Mitski – “Fireproof” (One Direction Cover)

By James Rettig / April 15, 2015 - 11:59 am
Hopefully we've all gotten past the stupid idea -- born out of some misguided notion of "authenticity" -- that rock artists can't worship at the same altar of pop as the rest of the world, so we can all properly mourn Zayn's depature from One Direction together. Mitski puts it best in this quote from… More »

Watch Nirvana Play A Show For Two People In New Montage Of Heck Clip

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 15, 2015 - 11:38 am
When director Brett Morgen agreed to take on the Frances Bean-produced documentary Cobain: Montage Of Heck, he thought that it would take 18 months to make. Instead, the film took eight years, and it just about sucked the life out of Morgen in the process. Anyone willing to spend that much time digging through archive… More »

Taylor Swift’s Chinese Toyota Commercials Are Awkward Beyond Your “Wildest Dreams”

By Caitlin White / April 15, 2015 - 10:48 am
Taylor Swift took the best song off 1989 and turned it into a Toyota commercial, joining the long legacy of American celebrities appearing in foreign TV spots they'd never agree to stateside. The ad uses "Wildest Dreams" to promote Toyota's newest hybrid car in the Chinese market. There's two versions of the ad, but both… More »

Foo Fighters Announce Tiny Record Store Day Show Near Ohio’s Dave Grohl Alley

By Tom Breihan / April 15, 2015 - 10:38 am
Dave Grohl was born in Warren, Ohio, and the town has an alley named after him. (Last year, some villain defaced the amazingly cheesed-out Grohl mural there.) And as part of this weekend's Record Store Day festivities, Grohl will be heading back home. Grohl is this year's Record Store Day Ambassador, and his Foo Fighter… More »

Caribou – “Can’t Do Without You” Video

By Tom Breihan / April 15, 2015 - 10:15 am
Caribou's pulsing, romantic single "Can't Do Without You" might've been the best thing about last year's very good album Our Love. Its new video does interesting things with the fond, simple glimmer of the song. It tells the story about a little kid and a flying, piñata-looking fish creature, and you learn everything you need… More »

Courtney Barnett – “Kim’s Caravan” Video

By Tom Breihan / April 15, 2015 - 8:42 am
There isn't a single less-than-great song on Courtney Barnett's ridiculously impressive new album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. Even in that context, though, "Kim's Caravan" stands out. The seven-minute song starts as a meditation on Australia's environmentally ruined coastline and turns into something vaguer and more existential. The new video,… More »

Grizzly Bear’s 5th Album Will Be “More Adventurous”

By James Rettig / April 14, 2015 - 10:28 pm
In a new interview with The Standard, Ed Droste gave a quick update on how the new Grizzly Bear album is coming along. "We’re feeling more adventurous with the sonic directions, changing it up a little bit — not like, a techno dance album ... it’s in the beginning stages," he said. "Only a couple… More »

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