What’s so funny?: 25 singers cracking up at their own songs

Singers laugh for various reasons, not all of them sincere. Take, for instance, the laugh that closes out Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi”—a giggle some people find so fake, they made their own fan edits just to cut it out. There is intentional laughter, layered in to create a wild, maniacal atmosphere (“Thriller,” “…

Screaming Females, Black Milk, and more albums to know about this week


Screaming Females’ All At Once is another slice of completely badass guitar rock, while Dessa’s fourth LP, Chime, courts the mainstream, and Black Milk continues to perfect his craft on Fever. These, plus FRIGS and Mint Field in this week’s notable new releases.

The 28 most-anticipated albums of February

The year in music was off to a promising start thanks to January’s many great new albums. And with planned releases from the likes of U.S. Girls, Rhye, and The Soft Moon—not to mention the hotly anticipated Kendrick Lamar-curated Black Panther soundtrack—February looks to continue that trend. Here are the new records…