Behind the Music of Game of Thrones

The medieval world Game Thrones wouldn’t be the first place you’d expect to find rock musicians. But increasingly, members Coldplay, Snow Patrol, and other famous bands can be spotted among the legions troubadours and troublemakers roaming Westeros, and tunes whistled or sung by characters during various episodes are receiving closing-credits makeovers by the likes the National and the Hold Steady. So when did […]

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Hip-Hop Remembers Phife Dawg on the One-Year Anniversary of His Death

Isaiah Trickey, Getty s It was exactly a year ago today (March 22) that Queens rapper Phife Dawg passed away unexpectedly. The hip-hop world is still feeling his absence after his untimely death. Phife Dawg, born Malik Taylor, was a founding member pioneering rap crew A Tribe Called Quest. Since their inception in 1985, Phife, Q-Tip, Jarobi White and Ali Shaheed […]

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​Krist Novoselic Agrees with Maynard James Keenan That Nirvana’s Success ‘Was Just Timing’

Earlier this week, Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan controversially summed up the success Nirvana by saying, “It was just timing.” Now, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has responded — and surprisingly, he pretty much agrees with Keenan.   Keenan originally claimed that the early ’90s “just happened to be a perfect time for Nirvana to emerge ’cause people were tired hair […]

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The Jesus and Mary Chain Barbed Wire Disses

A decade before the Gallagher brothers were making headlines for their sibling rivalry, William and Jim Reid had already established that the most dysfunctional families make the best music — and give the most outrageous sound bites. Born in the frustrated and chaotic environment a shared bedroom in the nowhere Glasgow suburb East Kilbride, the Jesus and Mary Chain always thrived […]

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The Rise of Ugly God’s “Water” is Further Proof Radio is Broken Article

You know that one friend that doesn’t see a movie like Get Out until six months after it’s out theaters but wants to talk about it like it just dropped? That’s how I feel about radio these days. As a 28-year-old, I can remember a time when radio still felt like a ble method discovering new music. Granted, my music […]

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Eleven Barbs That Prove the Jesus and Mary Chain Are Even More Savage Than Oasis’s Gallagher Brothers

In the April issue Exclaim!, we dedicated our monthly Timeline feature to the lengthy history Scottish icons the Jesus and Mary Chain, who changed the face alternative music forever with their classic 1985 debut, Psychocandy. What came up time and time again in our research was brothers Jim and William Reid’s penchant for absolutely destroying their musical peers and forebears with […]

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Spotify Has Reportedly Discussed Record Label-Style Deals With Artists Article

With 50 million paid subscribers, Spotify is currently leading the streaming wars race, but while the Stockholm-based service didn't get out in front their competition by playing the exclusives game, their content acquisition strategy might soon change. According to sources who spoke with TechCrunch, Spotify has discussed traditional record label-style deals with artists. Unlike Apple Music, who struck a deal with Chance The Rapper […]

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Common Thinks Snoop Dogg Is Entitled to Reference President Trump in ‘Lavender’ Video

Earl Gibson III / Sean M. Haffey, Getty s (2) Snoop Dogg’s “Lavender” music video has caused quite a bit controversy. The visual Snoop pulling a gun on President Donald Trump is polarizing, but the Doggfather is getting plenty support within hip-hop. Common is the latest MC to defend Snoop after being questioned by TMZ. The Chicago MC even gave […]

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MSNBC’s Ari Melber Quotes 50 Cent to Explain Why President Trump Is Dangerous

Rob Kim / Frederick M. Brown, Getty s (2) The presidency Donald Trump has allowed 50 Cent lyrics to become valid references in political discussion. MSNBC’s Ari Melber brought 50’s rhymes to the table during a recent conversation about Trump’s penchant for lying, or as his adviser Kellyane Conway would call them, “alternative facts.” Melber referenced lyrics from 50 Cent’s […]

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