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The Week In Pop: Are You Ready For Some Chris Brown? (Or Nah?)

Football season is pretty awkward this year. There’s a widespread unease about watching our modern gladiators destroy each other when so many of them have been accused of battering women and children lately — that is, if the whole concussion thing didn’t already have you feeling vaguely queasy about otherwise amazing moments like this. A… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 18, 2014 - 4:22 pm

The Week In Pop: At The On The Run Tour, Beyoncé Runs Circles Around Jay Z

At what point does going on co-headlining tours with his visionary friends and lovers cease to benefit Jay Z? Throughout much of 2011 and 2012, Jay shared the stage with Kanye West on the Watch The Throne Tour, a road show that leaned more toward Yeezy’s avant-garde fixations than Jay’s “I’m a business, man” combinatio… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 17, 2014 - 3:22 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This week’s central battle came down, as so many do, to the eternal conflict between well-intentioned grand-scale storytelling and gleefully trashy bloodletting. It’s the Forrest Gump vs. Pulp Fiction of the 5 Best Videos Of The Week column! And just like in 1994, the middle-of-the-road epic won. Life is like a box of chocolates, etc. More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 23, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Major Lazer – “Come On To Me” (Feat. Sean Paul) Video

At this point, after “Scare Me,” “Bubble Butt,” and so many more, we can count on Major Lazer to put together a very entertaining music video. In the clip for the Apocalypse Soon EP’s Sean Paul collab “Come On To Me,” director Ruben Fleischer (probably best known for M.I.A.’s “Galang” video) incorporates kabuki actors and… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 22, 2014 - 11:29 am

Major Lazer – “Aerosol Can” (Feat. Pharrell) Video

Pharrell is still having a moment. And while his mug (and his hat) seems to be everywhere these days, in Major Lazer’s new video for “Aerosol Can” we hear Pharrell, but instead of seeing his age-defying face, we get to watch graffiti and tattoo legend Mike Giant tag up a white room with Pharrell’s lyrics. More »

By: Sam Behrens / April 17, 2014 - 12:34 pm

Major Lazer – “Lose Yourself” (Feat. Moska & RDX) Video

For “Lose Yourself,” a song from the new Apocalypse Soon EP, Diplo’s Major Lazer project brought in help from the dance producer Moska and the be-suited, fauxhawked dancehall duo RDX. In the song’s brand-new video, Diplo, Moska, and a group of very energetic dancers visit a forest and an abandoned church. Goats show up. The… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2014 - 3:14 pm

Major Lazer – “Come On To Me” (Feat. Sean Paul)

Diplo’s been playing around with dancehall for years now, especially on the reggae-centric Major Lazer project, and now he’s made a song with Sean Paul, a star who was crossing over to mainstream U.S. audiences at the same time as Diplo was first figuring out his DJing aesthetic in Philadelphia. “Come On To Me,” Major… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 20, 2014 - 1:47 pm

Major Lazer – “Lose Yourself” (Feat. RDX & Moska)

Diplo’s Major Lazer project is devoted, more or less, to finding connections between dancehall reggae and urgent, big-room dance music, and the new track “Lose Yourself,” which has nothing to do with 8 Mile, takes that mission about as literally as possible. The song features the dancehall duo RDX and the Colombian dance producer Moska,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 12, 2014 - 11:02 am

Major Lazer – “Aerosol Can” (Feat. Pharrell)

Apocalypse Soon, the forthcoming EP from Diplo’s dancehall-centric Major Lazer project, is packed with guest appearances from Caribbean stars like Sean Paul and Machel Montano. But first single “Aerosol Can” works as a showcase for the underrated rapping skills of resurgent pop genius Pharrell. Over an insistently minimal beat, Pharrell gets all cartoonishly bouncy and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 31, 2014 - 9:01 am

Major Lazer – “Sweat” Video (Feat. Laidback Luke & Ms. Dynamite)

“Sweat,” a pounding collaboration with the Dutch producer Laidback Luke and the British rapper Ms. Dynamite, was one of the increasingly few tracks on Major Lazer’s sophomore album Free The Universe that didn’t have a music video, and that changes today. The visually striking clip, from director Ryan Staake, consists almost entirely of painted people… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 27, 2013 - 10:53 am

Major Lazer – “Jet Blue Jet” Video

Major Lazer have a rep for over-the-time, bright-colored wacky visuals, from their work with Eric Wareheim to their recent Robocop-referencing clip for “Scare Me.” The video for “Jet Blue Jet” maintains the color palette, but sticks to a much simpler theme, namely tattooed girls — including former White Girl Mob member Lil’ Debbie — taking… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 28, 2013 - 4:29 pm

Photos: Treasure Island Festival 2013

People who live in the Bay Area are lucky. Not only did they get to enjoy the incredible Outside Lands lineup, a month later they get a whole other festival in the form of Treasure Island. A ton of great bands showed up there over the weekend, from James Blake to Holy Ghost! to Real… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 21, 2013 - 5:10 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

My sentimental favorite this week is SD’s video for the “New World Order” remix, with Danny Brown, mostly because I can’t ever imagine myself getting tired of seeing Danny Brown, drunk and shirtless, too-tight tight pants sagging and hair blowing out, in a kitchen surrounded by Chicago teenage goons, having a wonderful time. That guy! More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 23, 2013 - 12:04 pm

Major Lazer – “Scare Me” (Feat. Peaches & Timberlee) Video

For Major Lazer’s “Scare Me,” the group enlists a live action version of the fictional character they’re named after to stop a new missle that is going to be used by terrorist General Rubbish, who looks kind of like a dancehall version of Bane. It features maybe one of the most serious Nick Kroll role… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 19, 2013 - 2:09 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This week’s top clips tended toward the brighter, flipper side of things. Because summer, probably! But before we dive into the quirk and laughs, there’s a short filmic clip by a film director that is somewhat crushing. And then it’s all roses, dancing congregations, and bouncing asses for days. Step this way for a roundu… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 31, 2013 - 4:05 pm

Major Lazer – “Bubble Butt” Video (Dir. Eric Wareheim)” (NSFW)

Eric Wareheim (of Tim And… fame) and Diplo’s Major Lazer have a longstanding relationship when it comes to the dancehall-inflected project’s visual needs. Wareheim introduced a Passa Passa-uninitiated to daggering via the day-glo dryhump sessions in the video for “Pon De Floor” and turned Lazer’s especially-poppy “Keep It Goin’ Louder” into a summertime nightmare. Hi… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / May 28, 2013 - 2:56 pm

Snoop Lion – “No Regrets” (Feat. T.I. & Amber Coffman)

There are many questionable things about Snoop’s fake patois-drenched reboot as roots-reggae uplifter Snoop Lion — and perhaps, per the NYT, tapping fellow Caribbean appropriators Major Lazer to produce is chief amongst them. But since Snoop’s already set down this path for a full album (Reincarnation), this bonus track here is at least a partial… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 26, 2013 - 2:23 pm

Coachella 2013 Weekend 2: Saturday’s 5 Best Things

Sitting here in the afterglow of day two — resting sore muscles and reflecting on an impossible collection of hard-earned memories — I feel like I’m starting to come to terms with Coachella. More »

By: Aaron Lariviere / April 21, 2013 - 3:31 pm

Coachella 2013 Saturday: The Postal Service, Phoenix, The Make-Up, & More

Before we get into Saturday, let’s not bury the day’s big lede: R. Kelly joined Phoenix on stage to perform his biggest crossover that isn’t from the Space Jam soundtrack, “Ignition (Remix).” Not quite the Daft Punk cameo folks rumored, definitely worthy of its own post. Which is here. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 14, 2013 - 4:33 pm

Major Lazer – “Watch Out For This (Bumaye)” Video (Feat. Busy Signal)

The video for “Watch Out For This (Bumaye),” a fired-up track from Major Lazer’s new album Free The Universe, takes Diplo and dancehall superstar Busy Signal time-traveling back to 1993, when Kingston, Jamaica was (apparently) overflowing with gold lame and banana-yellow sweatsuits and women’s fashions that will hurt your brain. Every single person in thi… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 12, 2013 - 3:07 pm