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Pitchfork Music Festival: Tame Impala & Courtney Barnett’s Aussie Rock Explosion

A snatch of conversation I heard outside the Pitchfork Music Festival on Friday afternoon: "Oh, I did ketamine yesterday." "Ooh! How…
Tom Breihan | July 21, 2018 - 10:23 am

Straight To Video

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

As you read this, my colleague Chris DeVille and I are in Chicago, fleeing our normal dad responsibilities to watch some bands play in a…
Tom Breihan | July 20, 2018 - 11:40 am

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: The Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958,
Tom Breihan | July 20, 2018 - 10:48 am

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: Petula Clark’s “Downtown”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958,
Tom Breihan | July 19, 2018 - 12:06 pm

Jeff Rosenstock – “All This Useless Energy” Video

On the first day of 2018, the veteran DIY pop-punk yelper Jeff Rosenstock released a really great and ambitious album called POST-. Rosenstock's music videos…
Tom Breihan | July 19, 2018 - 11:51 am

Slang – “Warm Enough”

It's been a few years since Sleater-Kinney have been out making noise on the road, and Janet Weiss, one of the all-time great drummers in…
Tom Breihan | July 19, 2018 - 11:23 am

Hear “Summer Wind” From Willie Nelson’s New Album Of Frank Sinatra Covers

Bob Dylan has seemingly devoted the past few years of his artistic life to Frank Sinatra, releasing one album after another of Sinatra covers. It's…
Tom Breihan | July 19, 2018 - 10:56 am

Stream Daniel Bachman’s New Album The Morning Star

Two years ago, in the same week that the people of the United States of America elected Donald Trump as the new president, the Virginia-based…
Tom Breihan | July 19, 2018 - 10:24 am

Watch Beck Perform “Colors” and “Wow” on Colbert

On last night's episode of his Late Show, by way of introducing his musical guest, Stephen Colbert claimed that Beck "used to crash on my…
Tom Breihan | July 19, 2018 - 10:02 am

Chance The Rapper Buys Chicagoist The Website

Late last night, Chance The Rapper shared four new songs. The first of those tracks, "I Might Need Security," included a curious boast: "I bought…
Tom Breihan | July 19, 2018 - 9:31 am

Brockhampton – “1998 TRUMAN” Video

Brockhampton season never really goes away. Sometimes, it just goes quiet for a few weeks at a time. But now it's back with a vengeance.
Tom Breihan | July 19, 2018 - 9:12 am

Chance The Rapper Shares 4 New Songs

A few days ago, news circulated online that Chance The Rapper would release a new album later this week. He'd said something about a new…
Tom Breihan | July 19, 2018 - 8:52 am

Status Ain't Hood

03 Greedo Became A Legend The Same Year He Went To Prison

About a third of the way into 03 Greedo's gargantuan new album God Level, he wails a question: "If I go back to prison, would…
Tom Breihan | July 18, 2018 - 11:46 am

Migos – “Drip (Remix)” (Feat. Future, Young Thug, & Hoodrich Pablo Juan)

Cardi B's debut album Invasion Of Privacy is basically nothing but hits and potential hits. And one of its hits is "Drip," the hard-hitting Atlanta…
Tom Breihan | July 18, 2018 - 11:20 am

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: The Beatles’ “I Feel Fine”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958,
Tom Breihan | July 18, 2018 - 10:47 am

Comments from Tom Breihan

These are both great! I'll put them into contention for next week.
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July 21, 2018 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
I think it's a really great song, but I'm trying to save those upper reaches for the truly exceptional. That's kinda hard during that period, since *so much* of what hit #1 is so amazing. But I can't spam those big numbers too hard or it won't mean as much when something really does reach it.
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July 19, 2018 on The Number Ones: Petula Clark’s “Downtown”
Step stools are extremely relevant because they're some shit you don't see and regularly trip over.
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July 17, 2018 on The Decemberists – “Once In My Life” Video
both of these videos are great, and i didn't know about either of them.
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July 6, 2018 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
holy shit, let's get back to this not being a thing.
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July 2, 2018 on Premature Evaluation: Drake Scorpion
Even if you were a committed folk or blues listener! Folk and blues didn't sound like *that*.
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June 28, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Animals’ “The House Of The Rising Sun”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FU2mn_S0kls
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June 28, 2018 on Kendrick Discusses That Fan He Brought Onstage Who Rapped The N-Word
This is fair. If anything, he's SC-adjacent. Was iffy on putting Rich the Kid on the list for the same reason, since he's more of a regular Atlanta trap guy. But I do think their fans' ability to ignore those accusations is part of that same story.
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June 27, 2018 on Rico Nasty Is The Best Thing About SoundCloud Rap Right Now
Beats digging ditches.
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June 27, 2018 on Joe Jackson Dead At 89
When this came out, I was like, "Damn, Nas listens to Cannibal Ox." This was the correct response.
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June 20, 2018 on Nas Sounds Tired
buddy. you know how nice it would've been to *not* write about this shit today?
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June 19, 2018 on The Tangled Legacy Of XXXTentacion
The sad part is that no, they're not, not necessarily. He has a great many fans who might very well make her life hell.
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June 19, 2018 on The Tangled Legacy Of XXXTentacion
If there was an artist who could fuse all these genres, with energy and inventiveness and emotional force, without rapping about how his little emo bitch like her wrists slit, then yes, I would've been all over it. Thought about going into the idea that the creativity wouldn't exist without the toxic impulses but this piece was already fucking long enough.
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June 19, 2018 on The Tangled Legacy Of XXXTentacion
Kamasi got that premature evaluation. (I woulda picked it.)
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June 19, 2018 on Album Of The Week: Dark Thoughts At Work
I understand all of this, and yet I have never been less interested in hearing wealthy artists flex about their wealth. I know that the insane, vertiginous come-up is a huge part of the story with both of these artists -- maybe it *is* the story -- but I really don't want to hear anyone say "it's disturbing what I gross" like that is something uncomplicatedly good.
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June 18, 2018 on Premature Evaluation: Beyoncé & JAY-Z Everything Is Love
Yeah, late pass. I'm embarrassed, frankly.
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June 15, 2018 on Stream Rico Nasty’s Promising Major-Label Debut Nasty
I think that was my first day on staff! They stopped me from doing shit like that after about 5 minutes.
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June 14, 2018 on Drake Reunites Degrassi Class For “I’m Upset” Video, Reveals Scorpion Release Date