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As Chris cannily noted in his last The Week In Pop, “the TV-shows-about-the-music-industry industry is booming,” even as the music industry itself melts deeper into Pompeii-level hot messiness. It is ironic: 10 million people every week are watching a TV show about a record company, but nobody is buying records. So yeah, the machine appear… More »

A few years back, a critical mass of musicians started making R&B steeped in the sort of art-damaged signifiers indie rock has traditionally claimed as its own. This wasn’t the first time rhythm & blues had pushed boundaries; legendary figures from Curtis Mayfield to Prince to Missy Elliott managed to get some of the most… More »

As time-tested album cycles are discarded and abandoned, so too is an artist’s traditional publicity window. In 2013, the best way to stay in the public eye was not to do interviews, but to bicker, troll, and brawl — on Twitter, on TV, or in person. Yes, beef was what’s for dinner in 2013, and… More »

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Hear Flying Lotus’s Frank Ocean Remix

Late last night, bass music king Flying Lotus posted a new track, “Binge Eating Without You,” on his Soundcloud, adding a note that the track was unfinished and that he knows he’s never going to finish it. As it turns out, the track is a dizzy, slow-winding remix of Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You” that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 10, 2012 - 8:30 am

Watch Frank Ocean Play The VMAs

At least one of your Stereogum correspondents is so lame and old that he didn’t actually watch last night’s VMAs, for like the first time in decades, because he was watching some political convention on some other channel instead. But according to my Twitter feed, the indisputable highlight, unless you’re super into One Direction or… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 7, 2012 - 8:56 am

Stevie Wonder Attempts To Clarify Frank Ocean Sexuality Comments

Last week, writer Paul Lester asked Stevie Wonder about Frank Ocean. This should’ve been a pretty innocuous question, a chance for an elder statesman genius to say something nice about a young artist who’s doing great work while clearly staying under Wonder’s influence. That’s not exactly what happened. Wonder did say, “I like Frank,” but… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 4, 2012 - 9:48 am

Frank Ocean To Play SNL, VMAs

According to Entertainment Weekly, Frank Ocean will be the musical guest the 9/15 season opener Saturday Night Live. This comes on the heels of (less surprising) news that Frank will also perform MTV’s Video Music Awards, where he’s also nominated for Best New Artist and a few other things (that will air 9/6). If he… More »

By: Corban Goble / August 29, 2012 - 9:48 am

Mann – “Bend Ya” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar & Frank Ocean)

Here’s a new one from L.A. rapper Mann, a druggy track that just happens to host two high profile features, that of Frank Ocean and Kendrick Lamar. It gets pretty warped and weird by the end. Give it a spin below. More »

By: Corban Goble / August 21, 2012 - 12:18 pm

Øyafestivalen 2012 In Photos

The always-eclectic Øya collected dozens of big name international acts and local bands to Oslo’s Medieval Park and neighboring clubs over four days last week. Among them: Björk, A$AP Rocky, the Stone Roses, Chromatics, Baroness, Bon Iver, Odd Future, Florence + The Machine, and Frank Ocean, who ended his set after four songs due to… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 14, 2012 - 12:56 pm

Lollapalooza 2012: Frank Ocean, RHCP, The Weeknd, & Mud

For Sunday’s recap and photos, click here.
For Friday’s recap and photos, click here.
Saturday’s recap below…

The perpetual low of getting stuck in Lollapalooza crowds hit rockbottom yesterday, when I found myself packed shoulder-to-shoulder in a crowd of fucked-up festival-heads, Red Hot Chili Peppers fans, and lost teens screaming into… More »

By: Liz Pelly / August 5, 2012 - 1:51 pm

Frank Ocean @ Terminal 5, NYC 7/26/12

Though Frank Ocean has performed in New York before, those shows were lesser moments, by design; to date, he’s appeared on stage with Odd Future and performed a lone solo show at Bowery Ballroom in November. The Bowery show, to be sure, radiated signs of the talent promised by Nostalgia, Ultra, but it also seemed… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 27, 2012 - 11:46 am

Watch Nite Jewel Cover Frank Ocean

A little while ago, Nite Jewel’s Ramona Gonzalez dropped a cover of Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange scene-setter “Thinking About You” via her Soundcloud, a track recorded as a duet with Nicholas Krgovich. It’s an icier take with 100% more flute than the original. Recently, she performed the cover in London and some footage turned up,… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 23, 2012 - 4:28 pm

Watch Frank Ocean Perform With Earl Sweatshirt, Cover Prince In LA

Last night, Frank Ocean performed at L.A.’s the Wiltern for his Channel Orange release show. Today, some footage of the performance has surfaced, including clips where Earl Sweatshirt joins Frank on stage for “Super Rich Kids” — the audience is just screaming the lyrics, it’s kind of remarkable — and Frank covering Prince’s “When YouMore »

By: Corban Goble / July 18, 2012 - 11:29 am

Afghan Whigs – “Lovecrimes (Frank Ocean Cover)”

Cincinnati indie-soul gods Afghan Whigs have been covering Frank Ocean’s “Lovecrimes” since the launch of their triumphant reunion tour, but considering the week Ocean just had, it’s not exactly bad timing for the Whigs to deliver a studio version. Greg Dulli and Co. slow down Ocean’s original (from Nostalgia, Ultra), giving it harder edges, greater… More »

By: Michael Nelson / July 16, 2012 - 10:29 am

Frank Ocean – “Golden Girl” (Feat. Tyler, The Creator)

Here’s a Channel Orange bonus cut called “Golden Girl,” a breezy, loverlorn number featuring Tyler, The Creator doing a verse in his pitched-down devil voice. “Let’s toast and listen to Michael Bolton,” Tyler says. It’s a physical-release exclusive, something you won’t be able to get at your local Target (more on that below). More »

By: Corban Goble / July 12, 2012 - 2:05 pm

Premature Evaluation: Frank Ocean Channel Orange

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 inspiration, and a watershed moment for a rap universe that has, in this respect at least, inched toward enlightenment… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 10, 2012 - 12:35 pm

Watch Frank Ocean’s Stunning Fallon Performance

Last night, around the same time many of us were frantically downloading Channel Orange, Frank Ocean showed up on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to sing “Bad Religion,” the song that had journalists speculating about his sexuality before he came out and spoke openly about it last week. It takes balls to perform a song… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 10, 2012 - 8:55 am

Frank Ocean Channel Orange Comment Party

Ever since Jimmy Fallon tweeted about a “big announcement” regarding Frank Ocean’s forthcoming Channel Orange earlier today — Ocean is scheduled to perform on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in a little over an hour — we suspected that we might be hearing the music a little sooner than later. Even with those suspicions, it’… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 9, 2012 - 11:52 pm

Frank Ocean – “Sweet Life”

“The best song wasn’t the single…” is something of a mantra here, a quotable bit in a week where Frank Ocean has been particularly quotable. The ascendant R&B star turned folk hero follows up this week’s well circulated, poetic, brave must-read missive with a cut from his forthcoming LP Channel Orange. It’s called “Sweet Life,”… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 6, 2012 - 4:28 pm

Frank Ocean Comes Out

In a post on his Tumblr, Frank Ocean, the buttery-genius R&B singer from the Odd Future crew, has essentially come out of the closet. He never says anything as plain as “I’m gay,” but he does open up, telling a story about falling in love with a man:… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 4, 2012 - 12:24 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: June 2012

It’s our first mixtape of summer! Accordingly, you should probably just act first and think later and just download it with reckless abandon, as you should do absolutely everything now that it is the season of impulsive behavior. But if you are incapable of such youthful indiscretion without examining the fine print/weighing every possible life… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 26, 2012 - 3:00 pm

Frank Ocean Channel Orange Details

Over the weekend, Frank Ocean took to Tumblr to post official details for the forthcoming Channel Orange. That’s the art up top, and head below to check the tracklist, which includes a few songs we’ve heard previously. More »

By: Corban Goble / June 25, 2012 - 8:47 am

Frank Ocean – “Pyramids”

Hours after a new album announcement, Frank Ocean took to his Tumblr to post the nine-minute “Pyramids,” a slice of which we heard in the initial teaser. It’s a funky, blown-out pop opus with multiple parts, a song that showcases Ocean’s brilliant, idiosyncratic vision. Download it below. UPDATE: Allegedly, John Mayer plays the guitar solo… More »

By: Corban Goble / June 8, 2012 - 5:18 pm