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Chances are you’ve watched Silentó Whip, watched him Nae Nae at some point this summer. Perhaps you’ve even Whipped, Nae Nae’d, or done the Stanky Legg yourself. The then-unknown Atlanta teenager born Ricky Hawke — which is a much better pop-star name than Silentó — uploaded “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” to SoundCloud back in January. More »

In the never-ending curious case of Radiohead, you have a slew of their most iconic songs out there — beloved, covered, cited. Songs that have little to nothing to do with them now, whether they’re off The Bends or even something like “No Surprises.” First and foremost of those, of course, is “Creep,” from their… More »

The idea behind Clean Bandit, the British quartet whose dance hit “Rather Be” cracked the American top 10 this week, is to combine classical works by composers like Shostakovich and Beethoven with modern electronic music. The title of their first single, 2010’s “Mozart’s House,” cheekily spelled it out. It’s not exactly a new idea, but… More »

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Nick Cave, Courtney Love, Devendra Banhart, And A Million Others Paid Messy Tribute To Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” In L.A.

It was an unusually wet evening in Los Angeles, and soggy Allen Ginsberg fans lined up outside the Theatre at the Ace Hotel to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of Ginsberg’s legendary poem, “Howl.” They chatted excitedly about the show while glaring at the sky. Drought be damned, they were taking the sudde… More »

By: Molly Bergen / April 8, 2015 - 11:13 am

The Week In Pop: Shawn Mendes, TerRio, And Vine’s Six-Second Stars

Whether busking, mailing out demo tapes, or uploading to MySpace or YouTube, conventional wisdom says you have less than one minute to catch the attention of music industry execs. Shawn Mendes did it in six seconds. The 15-year-old Toronto pop singer made his name on Vine, Google’s quick-hit video service, riding looped snippets of Katy… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 31, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Hear Macy Gray Cover Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Radiohead, Arcade Fire

Today, scratchy-voiced soul singer Macy Gray releases her new album Covered, which, naturally enough, consists mostly of covers. Most of those covers are fairly WTF in nature, including a version of Colbie Callait’s “Bubbly” that features motherfucking Idris Elba. Stringer Bell! Singing “Bubbly”! And below, we’ve got streams of Gray’s versions of the Yeah Yeah… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 26, 2012 - 12:10 pm

SXSW 2010: Macy Gray Covers Arcade Fire At Perez Hilton’s Party

Perez Hilton photoshopped his presence onto the image of SXSW yet again this year, hosting a late-night last-night party that drew Hole, Snoop Dogg, and Estelle, but it’s the earlier set featuring Macy Gray that caught our attention for her choice of cover: Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up.” If your eye’s cocked at mainstream artists covering… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 23, 2010 - 2:34 pm

Dave Stewart’s Terrible New Obama Song

I’m not very good at PhotoShop: That screen grab of Perez Hilton is real. If that wasn’t bad enough, Eurythmics dude Dave Stewart also requested the help of Jason Alexander, Whoopi Goldberg, and Pamela Anderson in his quest to write “My American Prayer,” one of the most saccharine political songs to date. Sample lyrics: “Whe… More »

By: brandon / August 25, 2008 - 11:53 am

The Stars Come Out To Celebrate Jimmy Kimmel Fucking Ben Affleck

As we all know, the best way to get even with a cheating girlfriend is to go out and sleep with a guy. But an even better way to get even with a cheating girlfriend is to sleep with a famous guy, even if said guy hasn’t done anything redeemding since delivering a charming award… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 25, 2008 - 9:19 am