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Our collection of photos from a fantastic show at the Rock & Roll Hotel in Washington D.C., headlined by Hideout, Cullen Omori, and Cults.
T-Pain returns seemingly back from the dead with a project that feels like he picked up right where he left off. Which is both a good thing and a bad thing. Good if you love that T-Pain sound, bad if you were looking for something more current.
Painted Ruins is an absolutely gorgeous album that delivers some of the densest and intricately layered compositions I've heard all year, delivering hidden nuance with each new listen. It's a moody, cinematic album that's been well worth the 5 year wait. Check this one out now!
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Ever have one of those days where you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, and everything seems to get worse throughout the day? Do you remember what your attitude was like that day? When one's attitude attracts negative energy, sure enough bad things will happen. Being able to control your attitude takes a little effort, but brings great outcomes....
Somehow The Weeknd manages to step back towards his original sounds while still implementing some of his more recent poppier inclinations, creating a whole new sound yet again. It's a great mix of listenable pop with his more sinister, cynical side and there's not a single track worth skipping.
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Musicians making music without sound or sight are forced into such a position by necessity; forced to embrace their instruments as guides as much as tools. A new sense develops in them - that of intimacy - leading to a highly personal relationship with their music.
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May had a ton of great new albums and music videos from the likes of Bryson Tiller, Elton John, Paramore and Travis Scott; and it also featured some interesting trailers for Blade Runner: 2049, The Dark Tower, and It Comes At Night. We've highlighted some of the best drops over the month and now we're ready to crown the best album, movie trailer, and music video.
Gemini was another generic Macklemore album despite being his first solo effort in years; full of some enjoyable moments of his signature churchy, feel good music but ultimately dragged down by his continued lack of subtlety or elevated artistry. Either you love his style by now or you don't, because that's all you're going to get.
A Seat at the Table came out of left field and surprised as one of the most complete artistic projects to come out this year. The neo-soul production was absolutely spectacular and her honest, raw, social commentary make this a must listen. Her sister waded in the shallow end of black consciousness and cultural embrace, Solange dove in the deep end head first.
It's been a log 5 years since their last release and while Near To The Wild Heart Of Life has lost some of the rough charm their previous albums had, it's still a great listen that embodies the very essence of Rock and Roll.
Dave East's second album isn't a giant leap forward from his debut but there is much more of an immediacy to his songs that will likely appeal more to a wider audience and it's refreshing to see that bars still matter.
Ty Dolla $ign's latest is a project made up entirely of bangers - no real subtlety, no high art, just bangers. It's top notch production coupled with his fantastic songwriting ability kept early fatigue from setting on. Expect a catchy, fun affair but don't expect much substance to go along with it.
David Byrne has always been pleasantly weird and experimental and he once again tries to push the musical envelope. What results from that sincere push is at best, a mess however. It's a mash up of different sounds and influences that, when it works, can be refreshing and exhilarating, but those moments are far too often undercut by clunky breakdowns and unnecessary introductions of new elements.
I was always skeptical about SZA's true musical talent and appeal. None of her previous work ever connected with me and I found her rather lethargic. However, after CTRL's fantastic production and the raw honesty in the songs, I'm a skeptic no more. There's something to all the hype.
Nipsey Hussle's raps are full of motivation and 'game' (a la early Jeezy) and he's very much the voice of the people; he represents that west coast lifestyle to the fullest. Victory Lap is about on par with his past albums, just good to great west coast hip-hop that doesn't look to shake things up too much - he knows his lane very well and sticks to it. If you're a fan of Nipsey then you'll love this one too, but if you never a fan before, I don't see much here to change your mind.
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The Jonas Brothers are back...and they've had sex.