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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 &…   Read Story »
The Weeknd and Ty Dolla $ign are two very different breeds of sex-obsessed R&B weirdo. The Weeknd has perfected the "lonely, wounded lothario" persona; he sounds like he's also hurting himself when…   Read Story »
We've heard interpretations of "Drunk In Love" from Kanye West, James Blake, Diplo, Future, Feature, and Angel Haze. If that's not enough for you, you're in luck: The Weeknd released his own take…   Read Story »
As we noted earlier, the Hunger Games film series has taken over for Twilight not only as the default literary/cinematic obsession for brooding teeny-boppers but as the pipeline for connecting those…   Read Story »
Ever since he stopped being an anonymous internet presence and started being a flesh-and-blood major-label recording artist, the Weeknd has fully entered the rap-album featured-artist turntable.…   Read Story »
You can envy Abel Tesfaye for a lot of reasons, but not for this one: He was trying to make some kind of impact on late-night TV last night, but he was up against Kanye on Kimmel. Still, performing…   Read Story »
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a teenager-targeted blockbuster movie about control and calculation and heartlessness and struggle, so maybe it's appropriate that the Weeknd shows up on a couple…   Read Story »
If you thought the Weeknd's new album Kiss Land was misogynist, you had no idea. Abel Tesfaye's new video for "Pretty," an intense ballad from the LP, is a deeply NSFW and disturbing piece of work.…   Read Story »
Abel Tesfaye, bka the Weeknd, made his U.S. television debut last night on Kimmel. The Toronto singer and his backing band did an airy outdoor performance of "Pretty" from his first proper…   Read Story »
Big Sean is one of hip-hop's worst misnomers, and not just because the guy is only five-foot-eight. Everything about the Detroit rapper screams "twerp." In his inexplicably frequent guest spots on…   Read Story »