When Dre met Eminem. It's a story that could have been a sitcom — white kid from Detroit meets West Coast rap legend, and the rest is another chapter in hip-hop history. The Defiant Ones features interviews with rapper and entrepreneur Dre and legendary producer Jimmy Iovine, along with the likes of Eminem, Gwen Stefani, Trent Reznor, and Bruce Springsteen. The four-part series premieres on HBO July 9, 2017.
Power is made to be abused. El-P and Killer Mike drive the point home as they take a claymation ride through a carnival of horrors where those with the money crush those without. "Don't Get Captured" is directed by Chris Hopewell, who also worked with Radiohead on "Burn the Witch".
Jay-Z pulls no punches in the powerful first single from his latest album 4:44. Watch and listen.
Part music video and part making of, Action Bronson has just dropped the visuals to his latest single "Let Me Breathe". As you can see, the rapping chef had a heavy hand in bringing this video to life, choreographing a troupe of dancing dads. Although the concept remains unknown — maybe even to Bronson himself — it is still a sight to behold. The song comes off the upcoming album Blue Chips 7000, the final installment in the Blue Chips. series.
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Kanye and Jay-Z. Eminem and Dr. Dre. The hip-hop world is full of great musical collaborations. Kendrick Lamar is no exception, although his collaborations come in a visual form. Using his latest music video "Element", Evan Puschak breaks down the visuals through his directorial collaborations with photographers Jonas Lindstroem and Gordon Parks.
Goose Island Brewery needed some help. The tanks get a coating of grist after a brew, and employees had to manually remove it by pounding on the tanks with a mallet. In order to speed up the process, Goose Island brought in Stranger Things composer Survive to musically get the grist out.
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This is what nightmares are made of — literally. A collaboration between horror movie composer Mark Korven and a guitar maker Tony Duggan-Smith, The Apprehension Engine is the most disturbing instrument on Earth. The device replaces overused digital samples with one-of-a-kind acoustic sounds to create nightmarish tones that truly tingle the spine.
With the upcoming release of the 20th anniversary edition of their seminal record OK Copmuter, Radiohead has been digging deep into their back catalog of unreleased tracks. Beginning with "I Promise", the band follows up with "Man of War", a track that dates to 1997s The Bends. OKNOTOK releases June 23, 2017 on XL Recordings.
Electronic band Bedtimes video for the single WoodSwimmer visually recreates the experience of swimming through liquefied wood. Animator Brett Foxwell painstakingly created the effect using stop-motion animation, photographing each piece of wood as it was thinly shaved down by a milling machine. Check out more Brett's amazing work on his website.
Moby's 13th studio album These Systems Are Failing is a furious take on this modern society and its failings. In collaboration with animator Steve Cutts, the second single from the record uses classic animation to paint a darkly satirical picture of current events. These Systems Are Failing is available now.
It's really easy to throw a lot of money at a guitar or bass. But much like having a supercar doesn't make you a race car driver, dropping thousands on a bass doesn't make you Bootsy Collins — it's all in your hands. Davie504 puts a $100, $700, and $10,000 bass guitars to the test, and not surprisingly, it's the player that makes all the difference.
Neo Magazin Royale is a German satirical late night talk show hosted by Jan Böhmermann, and has one of the biggest bands in late night TV. The 15-piece orchestra is headed by rapper Dendemann, and features a rotating cast of musicians. This amazing cover of Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" wasn't even for the live TV show — it was a band warm up in front of the live audience.
This might be the biggest collaboration in music — 150 songs from 100 artists, all masterfully edited together to make one track following the last 40 years of hip hop. It isn't strictly chronological, but every song and beat intersect, with one rhyme seamlessly flowing into the next.
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of their album OK Computer, Radiohead is remastering their 1997 release with the addition of some new tracks. The first of three unreleased songs comes in the form of this Michal Marczak-directed bus ride. OKNOTOK is available digitally June 23rd, while a boxed edition that includes a vinyl album, a hardcover art book containing never seen illustrations, a book of Yorke's notes, a sketchbook of Donwood and Yorke's preparatory work, and a C90 cassette tape of OK Computer session archives and demos will be shipping out in July.
Shortly after signing a two-album deal with Columbia Records, Arcade Fire has released a new single. The Sacred Egg-directed video has the band performing in a desert town, where the song's title is plastered on every sign around. The title track is co-produced by Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter and can be found on their upcoming album Everything Now, due out July 28, 2017.
The Foo Fighters are nearly elder statesmen of rock, but they aren't ready for the retirement home yet. The first new release since 2015, "Run" features the band inciting a riot in the old folks home, with Dave Grohl sporting what will hopefully be his trademark look in later years.
Producer and Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach announced his surprise solo album "Waiting On a Song" in March. The album takes its name from the first single, co-written with the legendary John Prine. A wistful sort of tune that has all the hallmarks of Prine's writing style, the video focuses on a group of friends starting the journey from high school to the big unknown of adulthood. The album is available now.
As May comes to a close, thousands of freshly-minted graduates will come walking across a stage somewhere to receive a diploma. And as this happens, one song will be played over and over again: Edward Elagr's military march Pomp & Circumstance. How Pomp & Circumstance went from military reviews to the official soundtrack of graduation is a story of gold, diamonds, war and the British Empire.
Jimi Hendrix is a rock icon. The Monkees? Not so much. But for one moment in 1967, they were together on the same bill. Hendrix opened for the not-so-legendary pop group at the Monterey Pop Festival, putting two of the most disparate acts in rock history on the same stage.
It's been four long years since The National released their last album, 2013's Trouble Will Find Me. The band has been teasing Sleep Well Beast with strange clips and posters, which is due out September 8, 2017. "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness" gives us a look at what to expect from their new album with its accompanying video, directed by Casey Reas,
A bonus track from their upcoming deluxe edition LP Humanz, "The Apprentice" features heavy, layered synths backing up biting lyrics by Zebra Katz. Rag'n'Bone Man and RAY BLK also feature on the song, with the virtual group's fifth album due to release April 28, 2017.
With programs that regularly run in the 10s of gigabytes, Linus Akesson's 256 byte demo for the Commodore 64 is practically infinitesimal by comparison. Everything you see and hear in this video is created by the tiny program — the glitchy visuals and driving, EMD-style music. Entered into the Oldskool 4k competition at the Revision 2017 demoparty in Germany, it took first place. For a very technical explanation of how the program works, check out Linus' website here.
Just because it's Coachella doesn't mean it's EDM. A perfect example is this set by prolific film scorer Hans Zimmer. With over 150 films to his credit, everyone who's ever seen a movie has heard his music, and now he's bringing it to stages across the world. The massive band assembled to recreate Zimmer's epic film scores plays the theme from Christopher Nolan's Inception.
Luna Lee has made a name for herself covering rock classics like "Sultans of Swing" and "Another Brick In the Wall" on her gayageum. Now she's combining two legends with a song performed by both David Bowie and Nirvana. Before being covered by the 90s rock band on MTV Unplugged, the single originated as the title track of Bowie's third album. The song is now getting a third revival — this time with an ancient Korean twist.
Only the Gorillaz could bring together gospel legend Mavis Staples and rapper Pusha T on the same track. After dropping four new songs on the same day, "Let Me Out" is the fifth single from their upcoming album Humanz, due out April 28, 2017.
If you can dream it, the Fender Custom Shop can build it. Leo Fender founded the company in 1946 and with his mass-produced solid-body electric guitars and amps, brought music to the masses. In 1965, Leo sold the company to CBS and two disastrous decades followed, with questionable design changes to classic models and an overall reduction in quality resulting from corporate cost-cutting. Fast forward to 1985. CBS exec Bill Shultz led a bid to purchase the company from CBS. Two years later, the Fender Custom Shop was founded and has been handcrafting dreams for guitarists ever since.
Imagine writing a song when you're in a band with John Lennon and Paul McCartney — and trying to get them to play it. George Harrison, the "quiet" and "shy" Beatle, began to take an interest in writing his own material after the landmark trip to India. One of his first compositions, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" went on to become one of the best Beatles songs, and one of the few hits that weren't written by Lennon or McCartney.
Hallucinations. Bad cops. Incarceration stats showing the swelling prison population over decades — and one bunny that's not going to make it. Run the Jewels' "Legend Has It" from their best-selling release RTJ3 leaves no innocents in its scathing indictment of the American criminal justice system.