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Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd release new Black Panther track, “Pray For Me”

The anticipation for Black Panther couldn’t be higher. Ryan Coogler’s film is breaking presales records left and right, while his cast, led by Chadwick Boseman, is putting all other stars to shame on the red carpet. Kendrick Lamar’s done his part to stoke those flames, dropping songs here and there from the soundtrack…

Eminem and The Weeknd to help Beyoncé headline this year's Coachella

We’ve known for a while now that Beyoncé would be headlining this year’s Coachella, making up for having to ditch the massively popular musical festival last year in favor of, you know, giving birth. Now, it’s been revealed that two of Queen Bey’s recent collaborators, The Weeknd—who appeared on her 2016 magnum opus, …

On Lust For Life, Lana Del Rey envisions a slightly brighter future

When Pitchfork recently sat down with Lana Del Rey for a wide-ranging interview, the topic of the pop star’s apparent newfound happiness came up right away. “I made personal commitments,” Del Rey responded when asked how she’d reached a better place, although she demurred on specifics. “I had some people in my life…

Bob Dylan, Chance The Rapper, The Weeknd headline fan-curated Firefly Music Festival

As has been pointed out many times, most music festivals tend to pull from a similar crop of bands, often making it seem as if they are all the same. And while there’s some truth to that, the announcement of Dover, Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival certainly elicited some sideways glances. For one, Bob Dylan is one of…

The Life Of Pablo is Kanye West’s beautiful, abrasive gospel album

A couple of weeks ago, Kanye West logged onto Twitter and promised the world that his next record—then titled Waves—wouldn’t just be the album of the year, but “the album of life.” The Life Of Pablo, West’s highly anticipated seventh studio album, falls short of that outsize pronouncement, but as a beautiful, messy,…

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What’s your favorite song of 2015?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Ellie Goulding, The Weeknd, Faith No More to headline this year’s Bumbershoot Festival

Bumbershoot, the annual celebration of all the cool art and music that Seattle has to offer—plus some artists and musicians who are willing to travel to Seattle—has just announced its 2015 lineup, and it’s a who’s who of people who are willing to travel to Seattle. The festival begins on September 5, with The Weeknd…