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John Mayer – “Wildfire” (Feat. Frank Ocean)

Frank Ocean and John Mayer are friends. OK? We're just going to have to deal with it. In the "Pyramids" video, Ocean gave Mayer the best guitar-solo video moment since Slash walked out of the church in "November Rain," and there's no way Ocean would do that if he didn't actually like the guy. More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 13, 2013

Watch Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Cover Frank Ocean In Philly

This past Thursday, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah hit the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia in support of their recent Little Moments EP. During the set, lead singer Alec Ounsworth took to his keyboard to do an emotive cover of Frank Ocean's "Lost." It's a bold move to cover Ocean, whose songs are… More »

By: Elliah Heifetz / August 7, 2013

Frank Ocean Disses Chris Brown On “Versace” Remix

When counting down the least boring moments of this year's Grammys, Tom noted Chris Brown's "theatrical sulking" -- mainly that he stayed seated when Frank Ocean took the stage to receive the award for Urban Contemporary Album, for which Brown was also nominated. Today, Ocean rehashed that diss, adding more heft to the More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / July 25, 2013

Watch Frank Ocean Debut “Pray” In London

Following up on those untitled new songs he debuted for a Munich crowd the other week, what's-a-king-to-a-god Frank unveiled another new one, the spiritually intoned "Pray," last night in London. "And I pray!" coming over a solitary strummed guitar, and a slow build of some soulful horn, keys, arrangement atmospherics. Spoken word, too. It'… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 10, 2013

Watch Frank Ocean Debut New Songs In Munich

Thus far, we've heard pretty much no information on a possible follow-up to last year's instant-classic Frank Ocean album Channel Orange. Ocean has made noises about moving to China or leaving the map entirely, and it's not impossible to imagine this guy opting for a multiple-decade MBV-style disappearance. But here's some encouraging news: At… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 26, 2013

Yeezus Credits Revealed

When Kanye West's ferocious new album Yeezus leaked to the internet, it wasn't clear which of Kanye's army of collaborators helped out on which songs, or who many of those collaborators even were. We'd read stories of Paris apartment recording sessions with Daft Punk, or of Rick Rubin helping Kanye strip his tracks dow… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 19, 2013

Watch Grimes, Frank Ocean, Tanlines At The 2013 Webby Awards

The 17th Annual Webby Awards went down last night at Wall Street's cavernous Cipriani's. Hosted by Patton Oswalt, the ceremony featured a performance by Tanlines, who played their song "All Of Me," as well as the presentation of awards to the previously-announced winners, including Frank Ocean and Grimes. Ocean was unable to attend, so… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / May 22, 2013

Grimes, Frank Ocean Win Webbys

Frank Ocean and Grimes are both recipients of 2013 Webby Awards. For his use of Tumblr to release music, his candor, and the movements he's made in changing a landscape, Ocean has received a 2013 Webby for Person Of The Year:… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 30, 2013

Frank Ocean – “Lost” Video

On his Tumblr, Frank Ocean recently posted a video for "Lost," one of the most immediate and accessible songs from his 2012 masterwork Channel Orange. The clip is a split-screen travelogue that follows Ocean through places like Dubai, Paris, and Tokyo, and it works as a cool, calm, and collected victory lap after a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 12, 2013

Frank Ocean – “Eyes Like Sky”

A previously unreleased Frank Ocean song has been circulating on social media and music blogs this morning. Last week, Ocean spoke with BBC Radio 1 about his forthcoming album, for which he has "10-11 songs" completed. "It’s another cohesive thing," he told BBC. "Bordering on a concept record." But this new song, "Eye… More »

By: Liz Pelly / February 24, 2013

Watch The xx Cover Beyoncé’s “I Miss You”

Beyoncé's "I Miss You" is one of those records that just absolutely tears at the fabric of heartache and vulnerability. It's produced so well -- starts calm and glowing and ascends into the closest thing to a well-manicured banshee cry, the layers of vocals each expressing a different tenor of pain. When Frank Ocean revealed… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / February 14, 2013

The 10 Least Boring Moments From The 2013 Grammys

About two thirds of the way through last night's endless Grammy ceremony, Justin Timberlake ambled onstage for the second time, this time to flank Recording Academy CEO and inveterate pirate-scolder Neil Portnoy. Timberlake asked a question: "Best Grammys ever?" Then he answered himself: "Best Grammys ever." Well, no, Justin. The idea of a "best" Grammys,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 11, 2013

Watch Frank Ocean, Jack White, Miguel Perform At The Grammys

The Grammys! We spent altogether too much of last night watching and talking about them, and now it's time to pick through the refuse for the gems. Not too surprisingly, two of the best performances came from the recent wave of personal, psychedelic R&B singer-songwriters. Frank Ocean may have lost in every single major… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 11, 2013

Grammys 2013 Comment Party

Has it really only been a year since Adele swept the 2012 Grammys? Well, she didn't win Best New Artist, of course, because she wasn't eligible for that one. That particular trophy was awarded to "new artist" Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver, whose debut album, For Emma Forever Ago, came out the same year… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 10, 2013

Frank Ocean Brawls With Chris Brown At LA Studio

Chris Brown and Frank Ocean got into it on Sunday night at Westlake Studio in Los Angeles, allegedly over a parking space. I'm going to go ahead and assume that this has been brewing for a little while, since the two have already been at odds before. Last June, Brown tweeted that he was into… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / January 28, 2013

New Orleans Jazz Fest 2013 Lineup Feat. Phoenix, Frank Ocean

Just yesterday we got the news that French pop gods Phoenix had set a date for their return, and today, we get their first announced US date: at New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival. More »

By: Michael Nelson / January 17, 2013

Pazz & Jop 2012 Winners

Every year, the Village Voice polls a shit-ton of music critics, ex-critics, part-timers, and bloggers for its annual Pazz & Jop music critics' poll, soliciting top-10 lists of albums and singles. The poll isn't as big a deal as it once was, since every publication has already run a list and since the Voice ha… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 16, 2013

Frank Ocean – “Pink Matter (Remix)” (Feat. André 3000 & Big Boi)

Frank Ocean orchestrates an OutKast reunion of sorts with this remix of "Pink Matter," one of Channel Orange's most melancholic tracks. While the song already featured a bleak-toned verse from André 3000, Big Boi hops on here in a bout of 'Kast-fan service. It's not the most stellar collaboration, as it seems like Big… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / January 14, 2013

Hear AlunaGeorge Debut “Body Music” & Cover Frank Ocean On BBC 1Xtra’s Live Lounge

AlunaGeorge unveiled more music from their debut album, Body Music, today on BBC 1Xtra Live Lounge. Take a taste of the album's title track below, as well as the band's upbeat rendition of Frank Ocean's "Thinkin Bout You."… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / January 7, 2013

2012 In Review: The New Wave Of R&B Comes Into Full Bloom

Throughout the course of my life I have not been what you would call an R&B listener. A brief history of my dabbling: I owned a cassette copy of Boyz II Men's II because who didn't? A year later I nabbed Mariah Carey's Daydream on CD, mesmerized by the tree swing party that was the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 24, 2012