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Andrew Dost got screwed. Last year, when Fun. frontman Nate Ruess unilaterally decided to transform the next Fun. album into his solo debut, he essentially cut his bandmates out of one of music’s most bankable franchises. Fun.’s excellent-if-sometimes-grating 2012 LP Some Nights rocketed the trio from a respectable cult following to multiplatinum Grammy-winning pop superstardom. More »

Last year, during this column’s infancy, I expressed what by then had become conventional wisdom: American Idol is washed up. My primary evidence was subjective — season 13 winner Candice Glover was releasing her debut album, and up until then I had never heard of her, a failure of cultural saturation that never would have… More »

It’s gotten to where you can’t read about Sam Hunt without reading about Drake. Hunt — a former college football quarterback and philosophy major turned rising country star — makes the connection explicit, morphing his own melancholy bro-country chestnut “Single For The Summer” into a cover of Drake’s drunk-dial lament “Marvins Room” during live shows. More »

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Nate Ruess – “What This World Is Coming To” (Feat. Beck) (Stereogum Premiere)

Fun. frontman Nate Ruess worked with Beck on "What This World Is Coming To," the latest advance track from Ruess' debut solo album, Grand Romantic.
Chris DeVille | May 31, 2015 - 11:59 am
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The Week In Pop: The Grand Rehabilitation Of Lady Gaga

Less than a year ago I published a post with the headline Watch Lady Gaga Get Doused In Neon Vomit While Riding A Mechanical S&M
Chris DeVille | February 26, 2015 - 4:19 pm
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The Week In Pop: Fifty Shades Of Grey And The Movie Soundtrack Resurgence

From Saturday Night Fever to Purple Rain to The Godfather, movie soundtracks used to be a major factor on the albums chart. Then, all of…
Chris DeVille | February 19, 2015 - 4:17 pm
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Amid A Rumored Clash Of Egos, Fun. Claim They’re Not Breaking Up

The band Fun. blew the fuck up in 2012 with the album Some Nights, but they haven't gotten around to recording a follow-up, and they…
Tom Breihan | February 5, 2015 - 10:05 am
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The Week In Pop: Forecasting 2015’s Event Albums And Rising Stars

Take it from someone who started a weekly pop column last year: 2014 was a bad year for pop music. I write this knowing that…
Chris DeVille | January 8, 2015 - 4:50 pm
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Jack Antonoff & Grimes Are Collaborating Again

The Fun. co-leader Jack Antonoff is building a strong and lucrative second career as a behind-the-scenes songwriter type; he produced and co-wrote Taylor Swift's excellent…
Tom Breihan | November 14, 2014 - 9:23 am
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Stream Beck’s Song Reader Album Feat. Jack White, Jarvis Cocker, Tweedy, Fun., & More

Back in 2012, when he was taking a break from recording proper albums, Beck released Song Reader, an "album" made up of nothing but sheet…
Tom Breihan | July 29, 2014 - 8:56 am
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Listen To Jack Antonoff On Marc Maron’s WTF

Recently Chris examined Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff’s new project Bleachers, and today Antonoff appeared on Marc Maron’s super-popular podcast WTF. Head there now and give…
Miles Bowe | July 17, 2014 - 1:21 pm
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Bleachers – “Take It Away” (Feat. Grimes)

Last week's pop column sung the praises of Strange Desire, Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff's full-length solo debut as Bleachers. One of the best songs o…
Chris DeVille | July 14, 2014 - 4:32 pm
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The Week In Pop: Bleachers, The Solo Project Of Fun.’s Jack Antonoff, Is Really Good

Things we learned about Jack Antonoff -- Fun. guitarist, former Steel Train ringleader, Lena Dunham boyfriend, and, lately, Bleachers mastermind -- in Vulture's great profile
Chris DeVille | July 10, 2014 - 4:04 pm
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Beck’s Song Reader CD Tracklist Revealed: Jack White, Jarvis Cocker, Tweedy, Fun., & More

As previously speculated, Beck is finally releasing an official version of his 2012 sheet music album Song Reader at the end of the month. Beck…
James Rettig | July 8, 2014 - 9:20 pm
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Eminem – “Headlights” Video (Dir. Spike Lee)

Spike Lee has only dabbled in music videos over the years, but he still has a handful of iconic clips on his resume: Grandmaster Flash…
Tom Breihan | May 12, 2014 - 9:02 am

The Week In Pop: Candice Glover And American Idol’s Decline

Did you know the reigning American Idol champion's album is out this week? Maybe the better question is: Do you know who the reigning American
Chris DeVille | February 20, 2014 - 1:11 pm
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Stream The 2013 Bridge School Benefit Feat. Arcade Fire, CSNY, Tom Waits, & More

Every year, Neil Young hosts the Bridge School Benefit, a star-studded two-day acoustic fundraiser for the special-needs school he founded with his wife Pegi. Now…
Liz Pelly | October 26, 2013 - 5:07 pm
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Photos: Bumbershoot 2013

Over 100,000 fans hit the Seattle Center for this year’s Bumbershoot over Labor Day weekend. Performers included Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, Fun., Heart, Gary Numan, and…
Miles Bowe | September 3, 2013 - 2:53 pm

Watch Passion Pit Cover Fun’s “Carry On”

In a live session for VEVO, Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos did a piano cover of fun.'s "Carry On" backed by four female singers. The…
Claire Lobenfeld | July 12, 2013 - 12:41 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | February 11, 2013 - 2:38 pm
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