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It was just over two years ago that Glasgow trio Chvrches first tapped their synth keys into our hearts with their dark, romantic pop. Aside from their Recover EP and full-length debut The Bones Of What You Believe, the band has given us a lot of listening material, covering songs by many other artists at… More »

In baseball, the five-tool player is kind of a bullshit concept, but it connotes a particular beauty. The five-tool player hits for power, hits for average, throws well, fields well, and roams the basepaths like a guerilla warrior; when the term “five-tool” is deployed, it implicitly presents these skills as equally weighted. As the greatest… More »

Technological currents have carried us ever closer to cyborg status, our smartphones becoming more and more like permanent extensions of our hands. That includes at concerts, where shooting photo and videos on phones has become so commonplace and so constant that bands felt the need to fight back this year. One of 2013’s most prominent… More »

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Max Tundra – “I Wanna Be Your Lover” (Prince Cover) Video

A few years back, Max Tundra spent a day recording a cover of Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover” entirely with hand-played keyboard parts and no samples. Since realizing that it isn’t available online anywhere, he posted a very silly “phoned-in” video with all the charm of something you might come across on public-access TV… More »

By: Miles Bowe / February 24, 2014 - 12:22 pm

Watch Prince On New Girl

Prince hasn’t acted in anything besides music videos since his 1990 movie Graffiti Bridge. But this Sunday, Fox will air an episode of New Girl, arguably the funniest show on TV, after the Super Bowl, and Prince will guest star on that episode. (Prince presumably has Super Bowl cred because of the unbelievably fucking awesome… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 31, 2014 - 5:06 pm

Prince – “Da Bourgeoisie”

Lately, Prince Rogers Nelson has abandoned the archaic practice of recording and releasing albums, forsaking it in favor of throwing random songs out on the internet and seeing where they go. He’s been on a pretty good recent run — “Fixurlifeup,” “Breakfast Can Wait” — and now he’s got another new one called “Da Bourgeoisie.”… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 18, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Watch Clips From Prince’s “Breakfast Experience Pajama Dance Party”

Super early this morning, Prince hosted a “The Breakfast Experience Pajama Dance Party” at his home, Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Prince and 3rdEyeGirl ply two sets, as Dr. Funkenberry reports. The audience wore pajamas. There was a screening of the “Breakfast Can Wait” video. Oh and pancakes were served. Check out videos below. More »

By: Liz Pelly / October 19, 2013 - 2:26 pm

Prince – “Breakfast Can Wait” Video

Prince doesn’t show up in director Danielle Curiel’s video for his morning-sex funk jam “Breakfast Can Wait,” and neither, for that matter, does Dave Chappelle. Instead, the video has a foxy young couple using the medium of massive and artfully-lit choreographed dance throwdown to reveal how much they want to bang each other. There’s also… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 11, 2013 - 12:45 pm

Watch Footage From Prince’s Surprise NYC Show That Ended At 6AM Yesterday

Extremely late on Sunday night or very early on Monday morning (depending on who you ask), recent Twitter-joiner Prince played a show a Tribeca’s 500-capacity venue City Winery from 3AM until just before 6 in the morning. It followed a week-long residency by his former band the New Power Generation, who accompanied him on-stage a… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 27, 2013 - 4:26 pm

Prince’s “Breakfast Can Wait” Artwork Features Dave Chappelle

As we told you earlier this week, Prince is now on Twitter! On Friday, he posted an excerpt of a new single called “Breakfast Can Wait” (check it out on his website) as well as the cover art, which is pretty excellent. It features an image of Dave Chappelle, who once impersonated Prince on hi… More »

By: Liz Pelly / August 18, 2013 - 5:25 pm

Prince Joins Twitter

It’s just another #FollowFriday! Er, Wednesday. I wish it were Friday! Anyway, the Twitter handle @3rdeyegirl has been (sporadically) active since January 6, but as of yesterday, the account’s output and follower base have increased exponentially: The account attributed to Prince’s current band 3rd Eye Girl has been commandeered by Prince himself (Verified!), and the… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 14, 2013 - 10:23 am

She & Him Are The Latest Act To Ban Camera Phones Via Patronizing Signage

Camera phones have been interfering with sight lines at concerts for years. Why, it was way back in 2010 that legendary opponents of contemporary culture the Black Crowes took an aesthetic stand against the usage of such technology, banning cameras at their own shows. Said singer Chris Robinson: “I personally think you should be too… More »

By: Michael Nelson / July 8, 2013 - 6:49 pm

Janelle Monáe – “Q.U.E.E.N.” (Feat. Erykah Badu) (Prince Remix)

Q.U.E.E.N.,” Janelle Monáe’s irresistible, Erykah Badu-assisted diva-funk vamp, stands as one of the greatest singles of the past few months, and it’s also yielded my favorite video of the year. And given just how hard Monáe sells her own brand of mutant art-kid squiggle-pop, it’s not too surprising that Prince, an obvious influence on Monáe’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 26, 2013 - 1:35 pm

Prince – “Fixurlifeup” Video

Prince recorded his new single “Fixurlifeup” with 3rd Eye Girl, the new badass all-female backing band that played with him at last weekend’s Billboard Music Awards. The song is practically a grunge swirl with a Prince vocal over the top, at least until it turns into early-’90s funk-metal near the end, and it’s really fucking… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 24, 2013 - 10:23 am

Watch Miguel, Prince, Icona Pop Play Billboard Music Awards 2013

The Billboard Music Awards have historically been the most low-rent of America’s non-niche music awards shows, but last night, the show had an unexpected viral moment when Miguel, in the middle of a particularly spirited rendition of “Adorn,” attempted to jump over a section of the audience and ended up doing the Hulk Hogan legdro… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 20, 2013 - 9:36 am

Prince & 3rd Eye Girl – “Let’s Go Crazy” (2013 Remake)

Go on IMDB sometime and you can see that nearly every week there’s a new remake coming out. Some might complain, but the fact is some remakes can be pretty damn cool — enter Prince and his new band 3rd Eye Girl. The Blessed Purple One (who was recently given a massive tribute at Carnegie… More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 2, 2013 - 11:22 am

Prince, Justin Timberlake Rumored For SXSW

Every year, a whole lot of very, very famous people come to Austin for SXSW, mixing uneasily with the glut of unsigned bands and performing at vast, fun clusterfuck shows that usually require multiple hoop-jumps to get into. This year, the big two rumors happen to be two men who are very, very good at… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 11, 2013 - 11:01 am

The Music Of Prince (Feat. D’Angelo, Elvis Costello, Fred Armisen, & More) @ Carnegie Hall, NYC 3/7/13

Last night, a motley crew of stage and screen stars paid tribute to newly resurgent pop legend Prince at NYC’s Carnegie Hall. Among the performers: D’Angelo, the Waterboys, Elvis Costello, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Talib Kweli, Sandra Bernhard, Nina Persson (the Cardigans), the Blind Boys Of Alabama, Betty Lavette, and Fred Armisen, who has impersonated… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 8, 2013 - 11:15 am

Watch Prince Play Fallon

Prince was in New York City yesterday, stopping by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon for a rare television performance. Prince and his backing band 3rd Eye Girl (guitarist Donna Grantis, drummer Hannah Ford, and bassist Ida Nielsen) played his new single “Screwdriver” as well as a classic, “Bambi,” with Prince’s vox as dynamic as ever… More »

By: Liz Pelly / March 2, 2013 - 11:29 am

Prince – “Breakfast Can Wait”

Last week, Prince released a new digital single called “Screw Driver,” and now he’s given us another one. This one is called “Breakfast Can Wait,” and it’s an almost comically lush sex-funk jam about boning in the AM. In addition to some seriously lascivious bass-popping, it’s got Prince bringing back a time-honored trick, using hi… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 5, 2013 - 4:12 pm

Craftwerk: The 10 Weirdest Prince Crafts On The Web

How would you decorate YOUR Paisley Crib? It would be hard, right? You’d want to make sure that everything was just so. If you were to, say, bring a potential paramour back to your Paisley Crib for an evening of music and intimacy, you wouldn’t want them to be disappointed. You’d want them to be… More »

By: Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy / January 29, 2013 - 4:43 pm

Prince – “Screw Driver”

Last week, Prince previewed a new track “Screw Driver,” which featured vintage Purple Rain rock vibes with a pop edge. Prince has now unveiled the song in full, which you can check out below. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / January 23, 2013 - 10:34 am