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 god. Polyphonic looks at the techniques and even actual scientific sutdies to see what made Freedie'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.
The Weekender might be the only watch you'll ever need. Timex is confident of that statement, and it's difficult to argue after giving it a hard look. With a minimalist design, the Weekender looks refined yet straightforward, is easy to use, and still manages to pack plenty of features onto its resume. Each watch includes a 40mm oversized case, INDIGLO night-light and chronograph functionality. It's available in four colors, with the option to swap out the leather and nylon straps for a fresh look whenever the mood strikes you.
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When Casper entered the mattress market a few years ago, they changed the mattress industry. And now, after 30 engineering improvements and nearly half a million happy customers, the Casper mattress is more breathable and comfortable than ever. Each mattress is made of multiple layers of foam, including one for support and pressure relief, and one to make sure you sleep cool and comfortable. It's all wrapped up in a durable woven cover, and shipped right to your door in a box that's easy to maneuver into even the smallest homes or apartments. You get 100 nights to try it out and can return it for free if you're not satisfied.
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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.
Built with top quality components and thoughtful construction, you can't go wrong with a made to measure gray or blue suit from Indochino's Premium Collection. All their suit jackets are half canvassed, with fully fused fronts, for greater versatility and excellent shape for your body. Each jacket also features fully canvassed lapels, bullhorn buttons, lightweight shoulder pads and high-quality collar felts. Just choose your fabric, customize your suit, and submit your measurements. The result is an investment-quality suit that's far more attainable than bespoke options and fits better than off-the-rack options. You can wear them year round, and you get the most bang for your buck as Black Friday sales are already running.
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Most guys dread the thought of clothes shopping and dread the thought of having to try clothes on at a store even more. With Mott & Bow, you can say goodbye to that painful process, and still get a well designed, great fitting pair of premium jeans. Mott & Bow is all about comfort and quality. They use different types of denim from left-hand weave Italian denim for extreme softness (seriously, they're really soft) to 4-way stretch denim for optimal flexibility. Mott & Bow cuts out the middleman and sells directly to you so they can sell their jeans at half the price of jeans of the same quality. They will also ship you two waist sizes at no extra charge to make sure you get the right fit — just send back the pair that doesn't fit at no additional cost. Finally, you can afford premium denim that fits without an awkward trip to a department store. And keep an eye out, as several new styles are on the way in 2017.
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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".
The season finale of Game of Thrones is fast approaching. Korean gayageum hero Luna Lee marks the occasion with an arrangement of composer Ramin Djawadi's theme on the traditional Korean instrument — and the army of the dead marches on.
There's hardly a guitar that's been rode as hard and put away wet as Willie Nelson's iconic Trigger. Willie's Martin N-20 has seen thousands of stages and bears the signatures of over 100 of Willie's friends and fellow performers. Luthier Mark Erlewine has been taking care of Trigger for years and gives an up close look at the famous guitar during a recent repair.
Mistakes have led to some of the most important discoveries in human history: X-rays, the microwave, and that ubiquitous 80s gated reverb drum sound. From Phil Collins to hair metal to synth pop, that strange, unnatural drum sound defined the decade. Vox explains how a happy accident led to a sound that was popular then and is making a comeback now.
Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh have enjoyed one of the longest friendships in the history of friends. This ethereal remix by Pogo puts a dreamy spin on the two pals with clips from Pooh's Grand Adventure.
The National has released a new video for "Carin at the Liquor Store" from their upcoming album Sleep Well the Beast. A hazy ballad about someone you saw every day but didn't have the gumption to talk to. And then, years later and thousands of miles away, you wonder what's happened to them. Sleep Well the Beast is out September 8, 2017. Pre-order the record here.
The Shins latest video from their 2017 album Heatworms is a stop-motion affair — but not like any stop-motion you've ever seen. Made by LAMAR+NIK, the entire video was filmed on a white backdrop. Then, over 5,000 stickers were cut from almost 5,000 frames to create the animation.
24-year-old Chicago hip-hop phenom Chance the Rapper stopped by the Tiny Desk for a surprise performance. NPR staffers filled a stairwell to hear him, and he had a special track to share — a poem he'd written on the way from the hotel. Chance's laid-back songs and candid manner make this one of the most intimate Tiny Desk's ever.
It's been over 30 years since new record pressing equipment was installed anywhere in the United States. That changed with the opening of Third Man Records in Detroit, Michigan. Started by Jack White, Third Man records, presses, and creates merch for artists on the label — all in-house. Adam Savage visited Third Man in Detroit, recorded a song, and watched the entire process from recording to record pressing.