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What constitutes a boy band, anyway? One Direction certainly look and act the part. Ever since forming on The X Factor in 2010, they’ve filled a particular hole in the music industry, the one that requires 3-5 fresh-faced young lads with pretty voices and prettier haircuts to join forces and passionately emote for the hormonal… More »

Ariana Grande’s sophomore set My Everything, out this week, is part of at least two long legacies. The more obvious of those is the tradition of children’s TV stars stepping into the industry machine and walking out pop stars on the other side. The album is exceptional for what it is — a compendium of… More »

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 as its own. This wasn’t the first time rhythm & blues had pushed boundaries; legendary figures from Curtis Mayfield to Prince to Missy Elliott managed to get some of the most… More »

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Watch Solange Debut “Rise,” Her Song For Ferguson And Baltimore

It’s been too long since we’ve heard any new music from Solange Knowles; True, the EP that turned her into an indie star, is now two and a half years old. But Solange is at work on a new album, and last night, she debuted a song that she says will probably be on it. More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 15, 2015 - 2:05 pm

Kindness – “Some Things Never Seem To Fucking Work” (Solange Cover)

Disco-pop auteur Kindness has taken on “Some Things Never Seem To Fucking Work,” one of the most alluring, intimate songs on Solange’s 2012 True EP. Is there a better name for a song about a frustrated, failed relationship? Whereas Solange wrapped her pain in light and airy nu-disco, Kindness directs the track to a discordant… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 10, 2015 - 11:36 am

Solange Enlists Beyoncé, Dave Longstreth, Ariel Rechtshaid, A-Trak To Reflect On D’Angelo’s Voodoo

January 25 marked the 15th anniversary of D’Angelo’s seminal Voodoo. Its follow-up, Black Messiah, dropped out of nowhere back in December and it’s a total masterpiece. If anything, it underscores Voodoo’s well-established greatness. Solange’s label, Saint Records, published an homage to Voodoo on the site Saint Heron, asking for musicians to contribute a few word… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 4, 2015 - 1:31 pm

Watch Q-Tip Lead New York Protest Against Ferguson Decision

Stereogum is posting all the music stuff that we’d regularly post today. But it feels pretty ridiculous to talk about relatively trivial things on the wake of something as enormous and disgusting as the Ferguson grand jury’s decision, last night, not to indict the killer police officer Darren Wilson. When musicians respond to that decisio… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 25, 2014 - 9:13 am

Preview Law & Order: SVU’s Episode Inspired By The Jay Z/Solange Elevator Incident

It’s probably not a surprise that Law & Order: SVU has put together an episode inspired by the famous Jay Z/Solange elevator fight. The ripped-from-the-headlines thing is, after all, what this show does. Right now, some Law & Order writer is probably trying to figure out how to work the Wiz Khalifa/Amber Rose divorce into… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 1, 2014 - 3:08 pm

Michelle Williams – “Say Yes!” (Feat. Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, & Solange)

Even though the Knowles sisters say everything’s fine in the aftermath of Elevatorgate, let’s not be naïve. But leave it to Destiny’s Child to bring them together again: While this was no doubt recorded before the incident, the latest track from Michelle Williams’ upcoming gospel album sees her reuniting with Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland o… More »

By: James Rettig / May 21, 2014 - 9:41 pm

SNL Season Finale: Solange/Jay Z Cold Open, EDM & Pharrell Digital Shorts, St. Vincent Confounds Twitter

Tonight’s SNL season 39 finale addressed the week’s big viral video (Solange attacking Jay Z in an elevator, in case you forgot) right in the cold open. It was pretty good! Jay (Jay Pharoah) and Solange (Sasheer Zamata) let us know everything’s cool between them, and actually if you watch the video with audio it… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 18, 2014 - 12:42 am

Beyoncé, Jay Z, Solange Release Statement About Elevator Fight

The pop cultural sphere went off its rocker earlier this week when footage surfaced of Solange physically attacking Jay Z in an elevator at New York’s Standard Hotel the night of the Met Gala. Plenty of theories have emerged as to why Solange went after her brother-in-law, and today Beyoncé, Jay Z, and Solange released… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 15, 2014 - 5:28 pm

Video Shows Solange Attacking Jay Z In An Elevator

Last week, Jay Z, Beyoncé, and Beyoncé’s sister Solange Knowles attended the “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art. And today, TMZ released some video of the three artists getting into an ugly scrap at the Standard Hotel in NYC after the gala. The footage comes from the Standard’… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 12, 2014 - 12:15 pm

The Week In Pop: Meet The New Wave Of British Pop Stars

We at Stereogum have the UK on the brain this week. And while there’s a big difference between “Britpop” and “British pop,” this seems like an appropriate time to point out just how many singers from the motherland have been making waves on these shores. We haven’t quite reached British Invasion levels of saturation; many… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 24, 2014 - 5:11 pm

Watch Solange Cover Kate Bush’s “Cloudbusting” At Coachella

The big news from Solange’s Coachella set came when her big sister Beyoncé joined her onstage for a giddy synchronized dance to “Losing You.” But Solange’s Coachella set was still full of indications that she’s the arty weirdo of the Knowles family. She trotted out her cover of Dirty Projectors’ “Stillness Is The Move,” and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 16, 2014 - 9:32 am

Blood Orange And Solange Have A Falling-Out Via Twitter

Putting together her great 2012 EP True, the EP that turned her into an indie sensation, Solange Knowles worked closely with Dev Hynes, who records as Blood Orange. Hynes worked as a producer, songwriter, and musician on the EP, and the record gives a sense of two voices figuring out how to intertwine with each… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 26, 2013 - 9:21 am

Solange – “Cash In”

Last week, Solange Knowles launched her boutique label Saint Records by releasing Saint Heron, a compilation of smart, incisive, futuristic R&B, from a smartly-picked roster of contributors that Solange curated. We’ve already posted the songs from Kelela and Cassie, and it’s worth noting that Solange wrote and produced the Cassie contribution. And now Solange ha… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 18, 2013 - 9:18 am

An Annotated Media Guide To Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes

Blood Orange’s Cupid Deluxe, out this week via Domino, is the culminating triumph of a long, strange decade for Devonté Hynes. Before finding his groove as a voguing, Prince-channeling soft-focus retro R&B mastermind, Hynes bounced from Houston to London to NYC, donning a number of guises along the way: teenage dance-punk, oddball folk-pop singer-songwriter, misty… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 11, 2013 - 11:12 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Now that nobody ever watches music videos on TV anymore, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that the people who make videos don’t have to submit themselves to any television network’s Standards & Practices department. Nudity and gore and all sorts of other previously-verboten things are fair game. Mostly, that’s awesome. But sometimes, we end up with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 20, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Solange – “Lovers In The Parking Lot” Video

Solange’s gloriously incandescent Dev Hynes-produced True EP is nearing its first birthday, but if you’ve gone a week this year without listening to it, you’re doing something wrong. And today, she’s given us an absolutely wonderful video for the shimmering midtempo ballad “Lovers In The Parking Lot.” In the clip, Solange’s dancing appears to magically… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 18, 2013 - 10:29 am

Janelle Monáe – “Electric Lady (Remix)” (Feat. Cee-Lo, Big Boi, & Solange)

Janelle Monáe released her long-anticipated sophomore album The Electric Lady and it features a vibrant collaboration with Solange. The Target deluxe edition of the record hosts four bonus cuts, including this kicked-up remix featuring guest appearances from Big Boi and Cee-Lo, doing a spoken word verse reminiscent of Goodie Mob’s “Beautiful Skin.” Check it out… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / September 13, 2013 - 1:03 pm
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