Last week, Zendaya Coleman stepped out of her role as Aaliyah in Lifetime's made-for-tv biopic after a shit ton of criticism was levied by the entire internet (and Aaliyah's family). Luckily, the network that brought us modern classics like Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret and Grumpy Cat's Worst Chri ... More >>
Better Than: Seeing teenage girls going batshit for Imagine Dragons. "Eighteen months ago, I was making songs in my bedroom," a clearly overwhelmed Banks said to an overstuffed and overamped Irving Plaza on Wednesday night. She's probably as perplexed as anyone as to how she got there. See also: ... More >>
Was 1994 the best year for pop music in history? Quite possibly. Sure, some of it was terrible, but overall it was amazing: Nordic black metal, Britpop, pop punk, trip hop, and the best R&B of the '90s. (Boyz II Men were peaking). Hip-hop's Golden Age was winding down, but a new, arguably more co ... More >>
It's been nearly 15 years since music journalist Jim DeRogatis caught the story that has since defined his career, one that he wishes didn't exist: R. Kelly's sexual predation on teenage girls. DeRogatis, at that time the pop-music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times, was anonymously delivered the first ... More >>
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Jessie Ware comes to Irving Plaza
Better than: Watching the sweetest girl at your high school make it big. Last night at the Bowery Ballroom, British songstress Jessie Ware played an hour long set to an adoring, well-heeled crowd. Though perfectly professional throughout her set, Ms. Ware seemed taken aback by her fans' enthusiasm: ... More >>
Jessie Ware, 28, is British soul's new leading lady. Her penchant for smooth, '90s r&b has played a major part in shaping her elegant sound, while a strong appreciation for British bass music has enabled her to put a different spin on things. Ware's debut LP, Devotion, entered the UK album chart at ... More >>
"Good music programmers are rock stars to the women of this generation, just as guitar players were for their mothers." From the Beloit College Mindset List, in which two dudes at a Wisconsin college attempt to get a bead on What The Freshmen Class Might Be Thinking via the making of a list w ... More >>
In case you haven't yet gotten your fill, over the past couple of years, of artists beating Aaliyah samples into a flavorless pulp, not to worryYeasayer frontman Chris Keating has got your back. In a Rolling Stone interview published this week, Keating recalls being struck by watching high sc ... More >>
The R&B singer Aaliyah died in a plane crash 11 years ago this month; last week Drake announced that he'd be executive producing a posthumous album for her, and the first taste of that album, "Enough Said," arrived online yesterday. Lest you think that the song would be a chance for people to rememb ... More >>
The Interet w/Kilo Kish, Phony Ppl Bowery Ballroom Sunday, August 5 Better than: Staying home to wait for Drake's posthumous Aaliyah collaboration. The MTA and its agenda of mediocrity made me late for last night's Kilo Kish/The Internet show at Bowery Ballroom, but as I walked into the main space ... More >>
The r&b singer rides the pony at B.B. King's
Hot Chip comes to Terminal 5
Will you be my anti-Valentine?
Smoke DZA/SPACEGHOSTPURRP Highline Ballroom Monday, January 23 Better than: Emphysema, among many other things. Monday night's show was originally Smoke DZA's: the poster for the Highline Ballroom said so, even. He walked across the stage with hands extended, resplendent in his bubbly yellow Polo ... More >>
Last night at midnightjust like the old days!the new single from Bruce Springsteen, "We Take Care Of Our Own," premiered on the radiojust like the, oh, you know. The song, taken from Springsteen's forthcoming Wrecking Ball (out March 6), is a slow-build, string-spangled anthem t ... More >>
Not very many hours after Beyoncé gave birth to their daughter Blue Ivy Carter, Jay-Z commemorated the occasion in song. "Glory" sounds humbled and relieved, and soft enough to bear some marks; at certain points, Jay's voice almost seems to quaver. He goes from revealing a past miscarriage to shari ... More >>
Probably not, but: "New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is in secret negotiations with HBO to produce a historic Bon Jovi concert in Central Park the night before the 10th anniversary of 9/11." That's from The Daily's gossip page today. So, you know, this showwhich will reportedly be ... More >>
Katy B Le Bain Monday, June 27 Better than: Whatever David Guetta's up to right now. Launching British pop stars in the States has been a mostly-miss proposition for labels in the post-Spice Girls era. While retro-soul mashers like Adele and Amy Winehouse have seen success on this side of the At ... More >>
This post is basically going to write itself, but hoo boy, Matt Gross' breathless feature on the Ace Hotel in the Times Styles section this weekend is a doozy. It's a portrait of arch-hipness that is so complete and detailed as to be an achievement in its field. There's a lot to unpack here.
Is this you, perhaps? Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.Last night, Drake played the first of two shows at Radio City Music Hall, alighting triumphantly on a New York stage after two horrifically abortive attempts earlier this year. But last night was uniformly dubbed a triumph, a coronation for the yo ... More >>
TMZ with the scoop re: a disturbing "possible suicide attempt APB" put out yesterday on Timbaland, reportedly distraught over the theft of his $2 million Jacob & Co. watch. (!!!!?) They found him, the cops talked to him, and "after the evaluation, paramedics determined Timbaland was not a thr ... More >>
Björk, Brandon Stosuy, and the Dirty Projectors's Amber Coffman. All photos by Sam Horine.We won't pretend to be remotely objective about Rites of Spring, last night's DJ benefit for Haiti organized by our pal Brandon Stosuy and featuring the diverse yet weirdly complementary talents of the ... More >>
Enjoying American top-10 lists with the hit Brits
Our old friend David Byrne, still prancing about multiple continents in support of his splendid Brian Eno collaboration Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, is also being praised for various past accomplishments. First comes the new Fader issue, in which he is given the same Icon treatment gra ... More >>
Taking aim at Remy Ma
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Peter Boal's latest project (what's next?) and Nicholas Leichter's now-generation dances
The Critics Speak
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