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Detroit rapper Dej Loaf's "Try Me," a prettily sleepy half-sung cloud-rap song about being ready to kill someone, has been a slow-burning hit for months. Last night, it actualized its potential. Dej…   Read Story »
Last Sunday, U2 announced that they would be unable to able to play a weeklong residency on The Tonight Show after Bono suffered a cycling accident in New York's Central Park. The Tonight Show has…   Read Story »
This must be late-'90s underground rap week. First, we've got El-P doing his best work ever with RTJ2, and Harry Potter's out here doing a Blackalicious song on The Tonight Show. If Shabaam Sahdeeq…   Read Story »
Lucinda Williams was the musical guest on last night's Fallon, and the host called the singer-songwriter one of his favorites. She performed "Protection" off of her new double LP, Down Where The…   Read Story »
1987's "Public Enemy No. 1" was the first single from Long Island's Public Enemy. The group recorded the track before they got explicitly political, but its blaring, needling synth line laid the…   Read Story »
This past weekend brought the second Boston Calling Festival of 2014. This edition featured the Replacements, the National, and Lorde as the major headliners, along with Neutral Milk Hotel, Childish…   Read Story »
Joan Rivers was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show, going all the way back to the mid-'60s Jack Paar era, and so the show obviously had to pay her tribute on the night she died. But I'm pretty sure…   Read Story »
First things first: Look at Young Thug. Look at him. He has his bleached pigtails done up in those Princess Leia buns. He is wearing the tightest clothes that any rapper has ever worn in public. He…   Read Story »
The Roots' new album ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin is a conceptual art-rap affair, made without any real concern for the marketplace, and so it's not much of a surprise that their latest music…   Read Story »
Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith have long found themselves near the top of every celebrity-lookalike listicle, and last week, we learned the news that the two would stage a…   Read Story »