Nothing is sacred anymore. The gunge anthem of your youth is now the upbeat pop song you never wanted. You can thank Sleep Good for that. The Austin-based musician remixed Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in a major key, turning them into merely a pop-punk band from La Jolla, CA.
Fleetwood Mac's self-titled album put them on the map but it was 1977's Rumours that catapulted the band to rock legends. The record produced four Top 10 singles and has sold over 40 million copies. Many of the songs have stood the test of time and still sound just as good as they did 40 years ago. Using the single "Dreams," Nerdwriter compares the demo to the final version to breakdown the process behind creating one of their many masterpieces.
This just in — New York City is in the midst of an alien spider invasion. In other news, the Run the Jewels concert at Madison Square Garden will be going ahead as planned. As the duo walk back on stage for an encore, the Garden is empty — and the group soon find out why.
MGMT's second video for their upcoming album Little Dark Age cranks the pop-psychedelia up a notch. Alex Karpovsky stars an amateur magician stuck in a time warp — with a tragic accident waiting at the end.
Elliot has some problems with his head. Composer Mac Quayle helps reinforce the impact of Elliot and the rest fsociety with his acclaimed music production. Quartz talked with Mac about how he approaches composing music for film and how it nearly makes another character in the cast.
No one likes mechanical perfection. J Dilla knew intuitively there was something uncanny about the perfect beat — and created some of the best hip-hop grooves of all time with his fingers and the Akai MPC. Vox looks at how Dilla used a machine to bring a little humanity back to music by killing the quantization.
When you slap on deodorant each day, you don't think much about how it affects your body. But since your skin absorbs around 60% of what you put on it, it might be worth considering. Oars + Alps uses aluminum-free, natural ingredients sourced from the arctic circle for all their products, including this deodorant. And unlike other natural deodorants, they are alcohol and glycol free. So you're free of potentially harmful toxins while smelling fresh and keeping dry.
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Instead of his former bandmates, The Smashing Pumpkin's Billy Corgan stopped by NPR's tiny desk with a string quartet. He carried on the group's legacy with a chill-inducing performance of the 1995 classic "Tonight, Tonight." He then switched to the piano to follow that up with two songs from his upcoming solo album Ogilala.
Stop motion, 567 printers, and one band — that's all you need to make OK Go's latest innovative video, "Obsession". Filmed over five days, the printers create the background in step with the band's choreographed dance moves. And in case you were wondering, all the paper used in the video was recycled.
It isn't a debate. There isn't any other answer. The best vocalist in the history of rock, and possibly one of the best vocalists ever, is Freddie Mercury. But what made his voice so good? Polyphonic looks at the techniques and even actual scientific studies to see what made Freddie's voice unlike any other.
Gorillaz and British rapper Little Simz have joined together for one purpose — to destroy all enemies. In their latest video, Gorillaz and Simz take a 32-bit adventure through everything from classic side-scrollers to top-down bullet hell types in a quest vanquish the final boss.
Have you ever wondered what rusty barbed wire would sound like if it was a sound? Captain Beefheart's 1969 classic Trout Mask Replica is as close as you can get. The bizarre record was the brainchild of Don Glen Vliet, a classmate of Frank Zappa, and released on Zappa's Straight Records label. While some people would hardly call it music, Trout Mask Replica went on to become one of the most well-regarded modern works of music.
Photoshop, fake news, nothing is real — and the video for Spoon's "Do I Have to Talk You Into It" might be the ultimate visual coda for our digital age. The entire shot is one big retouching session, wherein Britt Daniel gets Photoshopped a million different ways.
MGMT is back with a fourth album, and with that comes the release of their title track. The song boasts their signature psychedelic sound but with a slightly more sinister vibe. Pair that with the creepy, goth-inspired visuals of David MacNutt and Nathaniel Axel, and it'll be the spookiest video you'll see this Halloween. Little Dark Age, the band's first record in four years, is due out in 2018.
The opening theme of Stranger Things helped set the tone of the show unlike any other original soundtrack in recent memory. The heavy synths helped anchor viewers right in the 80s setting of the show, dovetailing perfectly with the costuming and set design. Reverb shows you how to get the vintage analog synth sounds that Survive used to create the theme, all on a reasonable budget.
In our search for a more customized sound and fit, we've dialed-in a pair of headphones from Copenhagen-based AIAIAI tuned by Uncrate editors. Now with a modular Bluetooth-enabled headband, these TMA-2 headphones provide a warm, balanced sound that's perfect for extended listening. With a focus on clear low-end dynamics, the headphones unleash deep bass with a wide sound stage and high isolation — meaning, your Run The Jewels and Com Truise tracks will sound their best ever. The speaker units are engineered with a 40mm titanium-coated driver to reduce distortion, and built with a fully sealed housing, providing full and rich sound. Up top is a reinforced bluetooth headband with super comfortable PU leather padding, while memory foam PU leather-covered earpads and a detachable coiled cable for wired listening that extends up to 10 feet round out the pair. Pretty much every surface is coated with thin rubber to give a matte look with a soft-touch feeling.
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Luxury headphones are as much about what they're made from as how they sound. While other options for premium Bluetooth headphones are built from plastic and faux leather, the BeoPlay H4 opts for Lambskin, aluminum, and stainless steel construction with braided wiring. The result is an incredibly comfortable set of headphones weighing just over 8 ounces that delivers the sound quality you expect from Bang & Olufsen. The functional components are just as attractive as the headphones themselves: electro-dynamic 40mm drivers, 19 hours of use via a single charge, and on-device touch controls for answering calls and controlling the music. The H4's can be used with the included 3.5mm cord when the battery runs low, keeping the music going at all times.
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You heard it. Now you want to hear it again. And again. And again. As it turns out, human brains have grown to love repetition, especially in music. Vox looks at the rise o the repeat in pop music with some very interesting graphs put together by Colin Morris.
The Blade Runner soundtrack was 80s music at its best. Composed by Vangelis, the synth sounds he created with the Yamaha CS-80 were legendary and still hold up 35 years later. Using a mix of vintage hardware and modern plug-ins, Justin Delay breaks down the music and shows you how to recreate the classic tunes yourself.
Eminem has made a career of epic takedowns. This time, his ire on one man: Donald Trump. The rapper has some scathing remarks for Trump and his conduct since taking the Oval Office earlier this year.
He's one of the most talented people in show business, from the Muppets to Saturday Night Live to movies and TV. And he's also a great musician. The comedian to over NPR's Tiny Desk for a few songs with his band the Steep Canyon Rangers in support of their recent record, "The Long Awaited Album".
Pointillism, BBC's Blue Planet, and Radiohead's track "Bloom" from The King of Limbs all come together in a wild mashup of influences. Composer Hans Zimmer and Radiohead collaborated on a remix of "Bloom" that features in Blue Planet II, the follow-up to 2001's Blue Planet. Vox talked to Zimmer and Radiohead to find out what inspired them to radically recreate a track that took its inspiration from the original Blue Planet.
Flea helped bring the funk to an entire generation with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Drawing on the likes of Larry Graham, Flea melded slap bass with punk, and went on to become one of the most influential bassists in the modern era.
Linkin Park's latest album One More Light comes at the hardest possible time for the group. Lead vocalist Chester Bennington's death weighs heavily on the album, and the material seems strangely prescient in light of what happened. Created from live and archival footage, Linkin Park pays tribute to Chester in the video for "One More Light".
Anything humans can do, robots can do better — with more speed, accuracy, and less cost. The good thing is that, in most cases, they still need our help, but even that is rapidly changing. Composer Nigel Stanford hired a fleet of KUKA industrial robots to play on his latest work, and they performed perfectly — almost too perfectly.
The "Migos flow" is everywhere — and if you're like Snoop and don't really care much for it, it probably isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Vox looks at the triplet flow, where it came from, and the group that sent it into the pop music stratosphere.
Director John Carpenter's upcoming album Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 is a collection of themes from his career in film. The video for "Christine" features the homicidal 1958 Plymouth Fury in all its glory, as John drives through the city at night.
Elevators are strange places. A previously unreleased recording, "Lift" is featured on the 20th anniversary OK Computer retrospective OKNOTOK.
It's the laziest move in music — ending with a fade out. Don't know how to end a song? Fade it out. Someone else writing the songs you're playing? Fade it out. It's a technique that only came around with the advent of the recording console, and Vox thinks it should make a comeback.
It's only been two days since Taylor Swift released her latest single, and like most of her songs, it has become an instant hit with the video racking up over 50 million views already. But the guys from One More Slice thought they could improve upon the dance-pop melodies by replacing her vocals with some heavy metal screams and creating their own Metalcore version. We dig it.
The video for Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" has as much thought and attention to detail as the song itself. Besides the thought-provoking imagery, the Little Homies production team used some interesting camera shots to great effect. Here's a breakdown of what they used to get the trick camera shots in "Humble".