Review: Dan + Shay Kick up a Quiet Country Storm on Self-Titled LP
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This country duo has quietly racked up hits like “How Not To” and “From the Ground Up” since 2014, and they’ve taken their fair share of shit along the way for daring to have a softer, less rowdy presentation than their peers. On their self-titled third album, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney maintain their low-key approach, delighting in simple, domestic pleasures and providing a reminder to pause This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Review: Dan + Shay Kick up a...

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Review: Mock Identity’s ‘Paradise’ is Explosive Post-Post-Punk
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This D.C. quartet’s terse debut grinds and giggles as it flips off the status quo, taking the old saw about dancing’s place in a revolution and repurposing it as a credo for a perpetual-motion, no-jerks-allowed mosh pit. Vocalist Adriana-Lucia Cotes has an urgent yelp that gives her bandmates’ spiky, nimble post-post-punk a giddy jolt, turning the beauty-myth broadside “Glamour” into a This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Review: Mock Identity’s ‘Paradise’ is Explosive...

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Thursday, 28 June 2018
Steve Soto, Adolescents Founder and Punk Veteran, Dead at 54
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Steve Soto, a mainstay of the Southern California punk and hardcore scenes and the co-founder of two seminal outfits, the Adolescents and Agent Orange, died Wednesday. He was 54. While a cause of death has yet to be announced, the Adolescents’ Tony Reflex confirmed Soto’s death on Twitter. “With This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Steve Soto, Adolescents Founder and Punk Veteran, Dead at...

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Trans in the South: Meet Kids Finding Acceptance in the Bible Belt
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Fluttering around her balcony garden, Allie pauses to check on her plants and herbs, her long golden hair spilling over her shoulders and down her back. She beams, marveling over her growing cabbage plant. “I got this from school,” the nine-year-old says proudly. “That’s the first plant we ever had in the garden.” Allie, whose name has been changed to protect her privacy, then This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Trans in the South: Meet Kids Finding Acceptance in the...

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Watch First Trailer for ‘Simpsons’ Creator’s New Show, ‘Disenchantment’
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A disheveled princess returns home to a cantankerous father in the first trailer for Matt Groening’s upcoming Netflix series, Disenchantment.  The new series from the Simpsons and Futurama creator is set in the This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Watch First Trailer for ‘Simpsons’ Creator’s New Show,...

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5 Seconds of Summer’s ‘If Walls Could Talk’ Is the Song of the Summer
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What makes a summer jam? Is it the sunniest chorus, the hottest beat, the most weeks on the charts? Do the lyrics have to be about beaches and barbecues, or is it a question of vibe? What if it’s a song on your summer playlist and no one else’s? We believe the answer is “all of the This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: 5 Seconds of Summer’s ‘If Walls Could Talk’ Is the Song of the...

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Thursday, 28 June 2018
It’s a Hard Knock Legacy: Appreciating the Lessons of Joe Jackson
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Depending on the time of day and the angle from which one chooses to assess their gloried runs, or the spiritual damage, the Jackson family saga can seem like either the African-American Dream or the Blackest Greek tragedy ever. Only in Black America – where the nation’s worst intentions battle with the better angels of its nature over the same double-consciousness riddled bodies – could the This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: It’s a Hard Knock Legacy: Appreciating the Lessons...

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Thursday, 28 June 2018
See Cassadee Pope’s Soaring Cover of Lee Ann Womack’s ‘I Hope You Dance’
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When Lee Ann Womack stormed the country and pop charts in 2000 with the inspirational ballad, “I Hope You Dance,” Cassadee Pope was still a young student growing up in Florida, a decade away from becoming the first female champion on the third season of the U.S. version on The This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: See Cassadee Pope’s Soaring Cover of Lee Ann Womack’s ‘I Hope You...

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Thursday, 28 June 2018
Kendrick Lamar Talks Kanye West, Fan’s Use of N-Word, Pulitzer Prize
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In a Vanity Fair cover story, Kendrick Lamar reacted to Kanye West‘s controversial comments about This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Kendrick Lamar Talks Kanye West, Fan’s Use of N-Word, Pulitzer...

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Thursday, 28 June 2018
Watch Smashing Pumpkins Confront Surreal Horrors in ‘Solara’ Video
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The Smashing Pumpkins unveiled an utterly bizarre video for their new song “Solara.” The Nick Koenig-directed clip finds Billy Corgan being held captive in an otherworldly asylum. There, he This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Watch Smashing Pumpkins Confront Surreal Horrors in ‘Solara’...

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Thursday, 28 June 2018
Best TV to See in July: Robin Williams Doc, ‘Sharp Objects’ and More
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It’s a good month for TV documentary lovers: Curious viewers can learn a bit about the rich history of Detroit, the life and times of clown prince Robin Williams and/or the manifold wonders of the mighty shark on the small screen. Sadly, not all at once. Plus HBO mounts their big Emmy horse with the well-pedigreed Sharp Objects, while NBC brings the best sitcom you aren’t watching This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Best TV to See in July: Robin Williams...

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Thursday, 28 June 2018
The Music Modernization Act Is One Step Closer to Fixing Music Copyright
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America’s biggest attempt at music copyright overhaul in decades, also known as the Music Modernization Act, passed unanimously in the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, meaning it now only needs to pass a full Senate vote before landing on the This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: The Music Modernization Act Is One Step Closer to Fixing Music...

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Thursday, 28 June 2018
Gwen Stefani Covers Rihanna at First Night of Las Vegas Residency
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Gwen Stefani opened her Las Vegas residency, Gwen Stefani – I’m Just a Girl, with an unexpected cover of Rihanna’s “Umbrella.” Stefani delivered a faithful This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Gwen Stefani Covers Rihanna at First Night of Las Vegas...

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Thursday, 28 June 2018
Watch Leon Bridges, Luke Combs Sing ‘Beyond’ for ‘CMT Crossroads’
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Leon Bridges and Luke Combs share a stage in the middle of downtown Nashville for a simmering rendition of Bridges’ “Beyond,” a collaboration that will be featured in tonight’s new episode of CMT Crossroads. “Beyond,” from Bridges’ 2018 album Good Thing, coasts This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Watch Leon Bridges, Luke Combs Sing ‘Beyond’ for ‘CMT...

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Hear Axl Rose Perform Rare Early Demo of ‘November Rain’
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Guns N’ Roses previewed the massive reissue of their debut LP Appetite for Destruction with Axl Rose’s 10-minute, vocals-and-piano demo of “November Rain.” The band’s epic single would This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Hear Axl Rose Perform Rare Early Demo of ‘November...

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Thursday, 28 June 2018
Revolution at 3.5″: Inside Vaporwave’s Floppy Disk Micro-Boom
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Sterling Campbell had co-founded a cassette label and a VHS tape label in Ottawa, but needed a new creative outlet after moving back to Cornwall, Ontario, to be closer to his daughter. “I was like, ‘I need to start something up for myself here,'” he says. “‘What’s the most ridiculous thing I could do right now?'” The answer was Strudelsoft, the label that the 36-year-old bills as This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Revolution at 3.5″: Inside Vaporwave’s Floppy Disk...

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Thursday, 28 June 2018
Harry Styles’ ‘Carolina’ Is the Song of the Summer
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What makes a summer jam? Is it the sunniest chorus, the hottest beat, the most weeks on the charts? Do the lyrics have to be about beaches and barbecues, or is it a question of vibe? What if it’s a song on your summer playlist and no one else’s? We believe the answer is “all of the This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Harry Styles’ ‘Carolina’ Is the Song of the...

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Thursday, 28 June 2018
Hear Randy Houser’s Bluesy New Song ‘What Whiskey Does’
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While Randy Houser scored his first consistent string of radio hits with the 2013 album How Country Feels, it’s his 2010 album They Call Me Cadillac that, song for song, stands as his most accomplished body of work. A bluesy, at times raw, collection of Southern rockers and devastating ballads, it spotlighted both the Mississippi native’s powerful voice and his gift as a This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Hear Randy Houser’s Bluesy New Song ‘What Whiskey...

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Thursday, 28 June 2018
Tiffany Young Steps Into the Solo Spotlight
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Stephanie Hwang was 15 when she left her native California for Seoul, South Korea, where she hoped to become a music star. Within two years, the teenager – now going by the stage name of Tiffany – made her debut with Girls’ Generation, which would become one of the most successful K-Pop groups ever. “It wasn’t easy in the beginning, because I was in Korea without my family and I couldn’t speak This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Tiffany Young...

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Thursday, 28 June 2018
The Biggest New Artist on Tour in 2018 Is… Spotify
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Spotify’s RapCaviar and ¡Viva Latino! playlists, already some of the most powerful spheres of influence in the music industry, are now also looking to be some of the most lucrative. The music-streaming service announced tour dates this week for “¡Viva Latino! Live,” a concert series featuring popular Latin music artists from its playlist of the same name that boasts more than 8 million This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: The Biggest New Artist on Tour in 2018 Is…...

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