Massive Attack cancel festival set because Franz Ferdinand was playing their music too dang loud

In what might be the most vicious attack against Franz Ferdinand since a bad day in Bosnia in 1914, British trip hop band Massive Attack abruptly canceled a festival set in Madrid last night after complaining that the Scottish band was rocking just too dang hard for them to play. The “Unfinished Sympathy” artists were…

Someone spent months animating "This Is America" on an old-ass Macintosh

Though Donald Glover just released two new Childish Gambino tracks this very morning, it’s unlikely that any music he puts out this year will eclipse “This Is America” and its dynamite music video, at least in reaction. While some have contented themselves with examining its imagery, others have replicated it…

The 28 albums we can’t wait to hear in 2018’s second half

A couple of weeks ago, we ran down our list of the year’s best albums so far, already a lineup that makes for a solid year in music. But there’s still a whole six months’ worth of releases coming our way. In addition to the records we were anticipating at the beginning of the year that still haven’t come to pass—like…

Vince Staples is over here dropping some hot takes on anime 

It’s been a few months since Vince Staples jokingly volunteered to “shut the fuck up forever” if fans/haters would donate $2 million to him, but he might have to reactivate that campaign now that he has declared his support for one of the most controversial opinions in the history of pop culture: He prefers dubs to…

The Louvre is now offering Beyoncé-based tours, so there's some good shit to see there at last

After years of serving as little more than a backdrop for Tom Hanks and his wigs to stare blankly at messily constructed anagrams, Paris’ Louvre museum is finally getting some content for the rest of us to enjoy. Relenting to the unstoppable buzz of the Bey-hive, Pitchfork reports that the museum has now started…

Donald Glover's former record label is taking him to court over royalty payments

Because there’s apparently no part of the entertainment industry that Donald Glover won’t try to ruthlessly flip on its head, the actor, producer, and rapper is reportedly being sued by his former record label for allegedly withholding royalties from them. This is per Variety, which reports that Glover—a.k.a. Childish…

Here's how The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" turned into a stadium chant

It’s hard to remember a time before “Seven Nation Army” was co-opted by sports crowds, its instantly recognizable melody transformed into an all-purpose stadium chant. But, 15 years ago, it was just the very good, enormously catchy lead single from The White Stripes’ fourth album, Elephant. The only drunks singing…

Elvis Costello cancels tour after surgery to remove "small, but very aggressive" cancer

Elvis Costello is apologizing to fans after canceling the remaining dates on his European tour, following surgery to remove what the singer-songwriter calls a “very aggressive cancerous malignancy.” It’s not as bad as it sounds, though, as Costello says in a statement on his website,“six weeks ago my specialist called…

The 17 most-anticipated albums of July

Relative to June’s torrent of music, July is a light month, at least until the surprise releases start dropping. But there’s still plenty of good stuff to get excited about: In addition to new albums from Dirty Projectors, The Internet, and Deafheaven, we’re looking forward to Liars’ final project together, a mini-LP…