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The Week In Pop: Sam Hunt Brings Hip-Hop-Informed Country To SXSW

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… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 19, 2015

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 Pig At SXSW, Brought To You By Doritos. The garish excess of Gaga's performance-art spectacle was typical of the obscene brand-mania that has infected SXSW to its core, but… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 26, 2015

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 the sudden, they weren't. This user-made Amazon list of the top 20 bestselling soundtracks of all time includes only two albums released this century, and those -- O Brother,More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 19, 2015

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 don't seem to be in any hurry. Last year, Jack Antonoff recorded a well-received album with his solo side project Bleachers, and he wrote songs and produced for Taylor Swift. More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 5, 2015

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 there are still many self-satisfied blowhards in the world -- sometimes even in the comments section of this very website! -- who will tell you that every year is a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 8, 2015

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 "Out Of The Woods." So it's intriguing to think about what he and Grimes could do together. Grimes appeared on "Take Me Away," a hazy track from Antonoff'… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 14, 2014

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 music. And after refusing to play the songs in public for a long time, he staged a couple of big Song Reader concerts in London and L.A.More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 29, 2014

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 it a listen. More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 17, 2014

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 on that album is "Take It Away," a collaboration with Grimes. The gloomy chillwave ballad matches Antonoff's James Murphy-via-David Bowie vocals with Claire Boucher's breathy high-end coos. It's excellent! Liste… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 14, 2014

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 last week: He lived with his parents in New Jersey until age 28, when Fun.'s "We Are Young" made them superstars. His Fun. bandmates lived there for a while… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 10, 2014

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 will only be performing one song ("Heaven's Ladder") himself and the rest of the songs will be interpreted by other artists, including Jack White, Jarvis Cocker, Fun., father/so… More »

By: James Rettig / July 8, 2014

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 and Melle Mel's "White Lines (Don't Do It)," E.U.'s "Da Butt," Public Enemy's "Fight The Power," Naughty By Nature's "Hip Hop Hooray." And perhaps because he… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 12, 2014

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 Idol champion is? Candice Glover is quite alright, so I hope your answer is yes, but I suspect it's no. More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 20, 2014

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 in its 27th year, the 2013 fundraiser features sets by CSNY, Arcade Fire, Queens Of The Stone Age, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, fun., Jenny Lewis, Heart, My Morning Jacket, and… More »

By: Liz Pelly / October 26, 2013

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 Death Cab For Cutie playing their now 10-year-old LP Transatlanticism start to finish. Our photographer Alex Crick caught those acts and a bunch more; check out his pics i… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 3, 2013

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 session seems to be for a series called Unexpected Covers and while Passion Pit's and fun.'s main demographics do differ, there's no way the margin of overlap is small. So,… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / July 12, 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

Frank Ocean Nominated For 6 Grammys

Frank Ocean has had a pretty good year, and he's closing it out in style, cleaning up on year-end lists and now, being nominated for Grammys in six categories: Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, Best New Artist, Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and Best Short Form Music Video. The other… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 5, 2012