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The massive, unpredictable commercial success of the Straight Outta Compton movie is going to cause a lot of ripple going forward. It’s going to have implications in black cinema, in Hollywood studios wondering whether it’s financially risky to make movies with almost entirely black casts. (Honestly, those studios should’ve learned that lesson over and over… More »

Music is a messy thing. There’s too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it — or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool’… More »

Here’s something we never really knew before: Tom Krell can sing. Krell has been releasing music as How To Dress Well for something like six years, but he’s kept his voice obscured, shrouded in flickering fog, buried in audio murk. Even on 2012’s great Total Loss, the moment where he fully and finally stepped away… More »

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How To Dress Well – “Childhood Faith In Love” Video

How To Dress Well has shared the third video in the trilogy culled from his fantastic new album "What Is This Heart?" "Childhood Faith I…
Chris DeVille | July 2, 2014 - 9:53 am
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The Story Behind The Soothing Cisco Hold Music Sampled On How To Dress Well’s “Precious Love”

Sometimes inspiration strikes you in the most unlikely places: in the car, at 3AM when you can't sleep, and maybe even when you're frustrated, bored,…
James Rettig | June 19, 2014 - 2:09 pm
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Stream How To Dress Well “What Is This Heart?”

The upcoming LP from Tom Krell's How To Dress Well, "What Is This Heart?", is one of the year's best -- following his remarkable live
Michael Nelson | June 18, 2014 - 7:16 am
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How To Dress Well’s “What Is This Heart?” Had A Spectacular Live Debut

Last night in New York City, Tom Krell debuted most of the songs from "What Is This Heart?", the highly anticipated third album of hi…
Miles Bowe | June 12, 2014 - 11:33 am
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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

The real best music video of the week is this: the debut effort from Tyler Breeze, bad-guy male model character in WWE's developmental system, a…
Tom Breihan | June 6, 2014 - 2:56 pm
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How To Dress Well – “Face Again” Video

When a music video ends with "to be continued," we've been conditioned not to believe it, but Tom Krell is the sort of person who…
Tom Breihan | June 5, 2014 - 8:56 am
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Hear How To Dress Well Duet With Angel Olsen, Cover Taking Back Sunday, Preview New Album On NO WORDS TO SAY Mix

In just under a month, Tom Krell will release, "What Is This Heart?", his third album as How To Dress Well. In anticipation of that…
Miles Bowe | May 27, 2014 - 5:46 pm
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How To Dress Well – “Repeat Pleasure” Video

Last month, the insular R&B auteur Tom Krell, better known as How To Dress Well, shared the sharp and lovely "Repeat Pleasure," the first single…
Tom Breihan | May 8, 2014 - 9:58 am
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Indie Rock’s R&B Movement Reaches Its Saturation Point

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 a…
Chris DeVille | April 30, 2014 - 1:42 pm
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The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

This week was all about surprises for us and that's reflected in the best songs of the week. There's the obvious literal one in those…
Stereogum | April 4, 2014 - 4:47 pm
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How To Dress Well – “Repeat Pleasure”

Tom Krell emerged a few years ago, releasing murky and mysterious lo-fi bedroom-R&B under the name How To Dress Well. Since then, he's added more…
Tom Breihan | April 3, 2014 - 9:36 am
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The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Next Tuesday marks the official start of SXSW's music conference -- which runs through next Sunday -- meaning a good percentage of the industry will…
Stereogum | March 7, 2014 - 3:12 pm
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How To Dress Well – “Words I Don’t Remember”

Tom Krell has come a long way. His ghostly R&B concoctions as How To Dress Well used to get by on powerful mood and pioneering…
Chris DeVille | March 6, 2014 - 11:47 am
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The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

We skipped 5 Best Songs last week because of the holiday, so we considered any music that dropped between last week and this one eligible…
Stereogum | January 3, 2014 - 2:42 pm
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How To Dress Well – “Teenage Spaceship” (Smog Cover)

Lately, lo-fi avant-R&B explorer How To Dress Well has taken to recording music at home and posting it online, which is really how he got…
Tom Breihan | December 26, 2013 - 9:02 am

Hear How To Dress Well Sing Drake, Kanye, Miley On “Hungover” Mix

Tom Krell, better known as bedroom-R&B traveler How To Dress Well, can make good music in his sleep, and that's almost not an exaggeration. Krell…
Tom Breihan | September 16, 2013 - 11:53 am

Tink – “Can I (Remix)” (Feat. How To Dress Well)

Tink is a Chicago R&B singer who released her mixtape Winter's Diary more than a year ago. Since then, that tape has caught on a…
Tom Breihan | August 12, 2013 - 3:07 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: May 2013

A few days late but stacked with excellence, here is your collection of May's absolute jams. For optimal ease of consumption, you'll find it here…
Amrit Singh | June 7, 2013 - 12:00 pm
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Jacques Greene – “On Your Side” (Feat. How To Dress Well)

The first time I ever saw Jacques Greene DJ, he spun Mya's overlooked, Nicki Minaj-featuring slinker "Ponytail." Throwing that out there made it clear he…
Claire Lobenfeld | May 21, 2013 - 5:14 pm