remembrances

Remembering Ric Ocasek, the Magic Man of American New Wave

Ocasek’s songwriting and oddball frontman style gave the band its boundless appeal.
backstories

Stalking Janet Jackson, and Other Stories Behind the Hustlers Soundtrack

Fiona Apple had never licensed “Criminal” — until Lorene Scafaria and Jennifer Lopez came calling.
album review

Charli XCX Is Making Pop for Our Doomed Future

The weird kids are crashing the party, and making great music about how the party sucks.
  1. the law
    Tekashi 6ix9ine Recounts His Alleged Kidnapping in Court: ‘Damn, They Caught Me’The embattled rapper has spent the week testifying against his former associates in cooperation with the feds.
  2. choices
    The Woman Who Bailed Out R. Kelly Wants Her Money Back, But the Judge Said NopeBut not for the reasons you might think!
  3. the law
    Tekashi 6ix9ine Just Keeps On Snitching, Details Attacks On Trippie Redd“I’m like, ‘Bro, I’m f*cking famous at this point.’”
  4. good cheer
    Lea Michele to Drop Christmas Album Years After You Assumed She Already Had OneYes, her best friend Jonathan Groff will be featured.
  5. timelines
    The Complete History of Tekashi 6ix9ine’s Controversial CareerIncluding the sexual-misconduct case that almost landed him in prison and the federal racketeering charges that have all but ended his career.
  6. profiles
    The Making (and Unmaking) of Tekashi 6ix9ineInside the Slovak rap label that gave the polarizing rapper his career — then watched him kill it.
  7. love
    Someone Hug Céline Dion ImmediatelyIn a candid interview, the songstress admitted she “misses to be touched, misses to be hugged.”
  8. feuds
    Taylor Swift Opens Up About ‘Two-Faced’ Kanye West in Rolling Stone Interview“If you want to be on bad terms, let’s be on bad terms, but just be real about it.”
  9. theme songs
    Close Your Eyes and Let the Mariah Carey Mixed-ish Theme Song Wash Over YouThe elusive chanteuse strikes again.
  10. the law
    Tekashi 6ix9ine Snitches on Gang Members in Court Testimony“I knew I had a formula,” he said. “That’s what people liked.”
  11. remembrances
    Remembering Ric Ocasek, the Magic Man of American New WaveOcasek’s songwriting and oddball frontman style gave the band its boundless appeal.
  12. lover
    Taylor Swift Will Be Headlining Her Own Tay-Chella Instead of TouringLover Fest will take place over two weekends, across the country.
  13. country music
    The Story of Country Music Is Too Vast for Even Ken Burns’s 16-Hour Doc to TellThe greatest compliment you could pay an undertaking like this is to wish there were more of it.
  14. babies
    Blue Ivy Carter Is Our ‘Mood 4 Eva’ in Beyoncé’s Making the GiftThe heir is coming.
  15. new music
    Hear ‘When I Wasn’t Watching,’ Mandy Moore’s First New Song In a DecadeAdd it the soundtrack of your Wistful Girl Fall.
  16. backstories
    Stalking Janet Jackson, and Other Stories Behind the Hustlers SoundtrackFiona Apple had never licensed “Criminal” — until Lorene Scafaria and Jennifer Lopez came calling.
  17. backstories
    The Hardest Song I Ever ChasedHollywood’s most reliable music supervisors explain how they got that song into your favorite movie or TV show.
  18. obits
    The Cars Front Man Ric Ocasek Dead at 75The singer and his band were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.
  19. beyoncé
    Beyoncé Takes You Behind-the-Scenes With ABC’s Making The Gift DocumentaryBetter hope you never end up in a gift exchange with Beyoncé. She’ll annihilate you.
  20. song review
    Ari, Miley, and Lana’s Charlie’s Angels Song Can’t Make Its Pop Stars Align“Angel” blends styles that sound fine alone but struggle to jell together, such is the vastness of the space between the singers present.
  21. album review
    Charli XCX Is Making Pop for Our Doomed FutureThe weird kids are crashing the party, and making great music about how the party sucks.
  22. songs of the week
    The Best New Songs of the Week: Halsey, Danny Brown, Ariana Grande, and MoreListen to them all.
  23. queer stuff
    Sam Smith’s Pronouns Are They and Them and You Had Better Use ThemThe nonbinary singer announced their pronouns on Instagram.
  24. obits
    ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ Singer Eddie Money Dies at 70The rocker was suffering from stage 4 esophageal cancer.
  25. tv review
    Ken Burns’s Country Music Is Powerful, Beautiful, and Somehow Still IncompleteThe 16-hour, eight-part series doesn’t have as firm a handle on the big-picture stuff as it wants you to think.
  26. remixes
    Lil Nas X and DaBaby Remix ‘Panini’ Because This Is the World We Live in NowPlus, they drop a Chowder-inspired music video.
  27. new music
    Charli XCX’s New Album Has Finally Descended From the HeavensWe don’t know whether to dance or weep.
  28. my single is dropping
    Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, and Lana Del Rey Team Up on Charlie’s Angels SongThey’re “Not Your Angel,” but they are some of the biggest acts in pop.
  29. breakups
    After Five Months of Separation, Adele Has Filed for Divorce“They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy.”
  30. obits
    Daniel Johnston Was a Hero for the WoundedOne of Austin’s strangest, most endearing, and most misunderstood musical icons died this week.
  31. kin...ky?
    This Video of Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello Kissing Is CursedThe latest in horrifying celebrity make-out techniques.
  32. fall preview
    The Best Classical Music Performances to See This FallPorgy and Bess returns, Kelli O’Hara sings with the New York Philharmonic, and more.
  33. obits
    Cult Music Icon Daniel Johnston Dead at 58He spent the majority of his career in Austin.
  34. the devil and daniel johnston
    What Fresh Hell Is This?In honor of the late Daniel Johnston, we’re revisiting the 2006 documentary that brought his defiant life to screen.
  35. music
    The Story of Cult Music Icon Daniel Johnston’s Lost AlbumIf might never be released, but it’s being refined anyway.
  36. kellyoke
    Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Bad Romance’ Cover Has Changed Me FundamentallyFun fact: The Kelly Clarkson Show is the only source of joy in the world.
  37. crime
    Tekashi 6ix9ine Confesses to Years of Domestic AbuseAs revealed in a cooperation agreement with the government.
  38. q&a
    The Highwomen Were Built for This Cultural Moment“Maybe we don’t have radio on our side. Maybe we do. But we’re here, and you’re going to have to listen to us.”
  39. new music
    Green Day, Weezer, and Fall Out Boy Join Forces for the Tour to End All ToursAll three bands are going on a joint tour in 2020, will each drop new albums to go with it.
  40. guilty pleasures
    I Hated Moulin Rouge! on Broadway But I Can’t Stop Listening to ItAaron Tveit sings an Adele x Gnarls Barkley mashup that is haunting my dreams.
  41. album review
    Post Malone Brings on Sad-Boy Fall on Hollywood’s BleedingThe first half-dozen songs are a gauntlet of parties, worries, and venting sessions about toxic relationships.
  42. new music
    Charli XCX and Troye Sivan’s New Song Is, Like, So ‘2099’The pop stars head to the future in their new single.
  43. music videos
    Let FKA Twigs’s ‘Holy Terrain’ Music Video Hypnotize You“Holy Terrain” features Future and was produced by Skrillex and Jack Antonoff.
  44. fall preview 2019
    The Best and Biggest Albums to Listen to This FallFrom Tame Impala, Charli XCX, FKA Twigs, and more. Plus, four not-to-miss concerts.
  45. gifts
    Heavens Part to Give Us This Lana Del Rey Cover of Ariana GrandeWhen (pop) stars align.
  46. fall preview 2019
    Jeff Tweedy on the Best and Worst of Wilco“Oh I’ve got reservations / About so many things.”
  47. guilty pleasures
    Tina Turner Just Wants to Listen to ColdplaySpecifically, Coldplay and the Chainsmokers.
  48. fall preview 2019
    King Princess Is Ready for the ThroneIt’s time to bend the knee to Brooklyn queer pop royalty.
  49. music videos
    Miley Cyrus Invites You to the Most Depressing House Party in ‘Slide Away’ VideoFish a few chairs out of the pool and take a seat.
  50. album review
    There’s Never Been a Country Supergroup Quite Like the HighwomenIt’s a dream team-up by turns uplifting enough to elicit good-spirited chuckles and gutting enough to bring you to tears.
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