Rae Sremmurd’s SR3MM instantly enters the triple-album pantheon

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A triple LP always says something. If you’re George Harrison, whose 23-track debut All Things Must Pass set a gold standard for Beatles solo records, it says, “Those fuckers should’ve let me write more.” If you’re The Clash, whose 1980 triple-set Sandinista! came just a year after its breakout double-LP London Calling…

What are you listening to this week? 

Boy, it’s been fun as hell watching Rae Sremmurd turn into Rae Sremmurd. The duo popped up in 2015 with a bunch of mean, stuff-you-in-the-locker bangers like “No Flex Zone” and “No Type” and an album that worked way better than it had any right to; its sequel, SremmLife 2, was even better, with a world-conquering…

Let this dancing Winnie The Pooh stir the hot wind that blows across your soul

It is impossible to see into the soul of another person—to know the contour of emotions and thoughts that rise from the sea of their subconscious like waves before crashing again into that roiling abyss. We pin words to certain varieties of these emotions and thoughts, but even they are feeble tools, unable to ever…

Chance The Rapper and Tool will headline this year’s Governors Ball

The Governors Ball Music Festival has just announced this year’s full lineup, which Chance The Rapper, Tool, and Phoenix will headline. That all sounds pretty great, and we’ll share the rest of the performers below, but we also want to remind the younger festival attendees that, while tickets might go on sale this…

From Paul Simon to Tegan And Sara, here’s what’s coming to record stores and streaming services in June

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to reviews sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out…

16 songs that sound as much (or more) alike than Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” and Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” (Part 1 of 2)

There’s no doubt that Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” bears some resemblance to Tom Petty’s hit “I Won’t Back Down.” But the history of pop music is full of such similarities, and only some of those end up with songwriting settlements. This list—part one of two, with the other half publishing tomorrow—explores some songs…