By rmbray

We Are Never Getting Back Together: How Avoiding a Reunion Can Secure a Band’s Legacy

Photo by Paul Natkin Grant Hart’s death from cancer last week at the age of 56 sent waves of eulogy through the internet, all of it completely deserved. As half of the creative engine behind Hüsker Dü, he was a guy whose music broke rank with hardcore punk’s do’s and don’ts. He and Bob Mould brought […]

By Randall Colburn

Riot Fest 2017 Festival Review: From Worst to Best

“No one here released an essential album this year,” said one of my colleagues as we baked in the scorching sunbeams skating across this year’s Riot Fest, waiting for the third, fifth, or eighth act of the day to take the stage. He wasn’t criticizing the year’s booking, really, just making a point. And it’s […]

By Michael Roffman

The 25 Most Anticipated Albums of Fall 2017

As we eyeball the final stretch, it’s never easy to tell whether the year in music is speeding up or slowing down. In Tinsel Town, we all know the Oscar hopefuls will be coming soon to a theater near us as summer fades and fall settles in. Music’s different, though. Forget a barrage of holiday […]

By Michelle Geslani

Frank Ocean and director Spike Jonze appear to be working on a new visual project

Photo by Phillip Cosores At FYF Fest in Los Angeles over the weekend, Frank Ocean had his set crashed by longtime fan Brad Pitt. The actor wasn’t the only A-list celebrity on hand for the R&B crooner’s performance. Renowned director Spike Jonze was also in attendance and could be seen filming Ocean’s set (see our […]

By Randall Colburn

20 Must-See Artists at EMERGE Music and Impact Conference 2017

Photo by​ Philip Cosores From November 16th to 18th, the EMERGE Music and Impact Conference in Las Vegas is set to turn festival culture on its head. More than just an amalgamation of headliners and buzz bands, the conference is taking the idea of “emergence” to heart. That theme extends to every corner of the […]

By Michelle Geslani

The Weeknd’s new video for “Secrets” makes the library look very sexy — watch

Leave it to The Weeknd to make a visit to the library look sexy and stylish as heck. In his new music video for “Secrets”, the R&B crooner heads to his local Toronto Reference Library, whose interior features a gorgeous mix of mirrors, lush carpeting and furniture, and a couple that can’t keep their damn […]

By Michelle Geslani

Donald Glover confirms the end of Childish Gambino, says it’s not “punk” enough

During his set at Governors Ball Music Festival last weekend, Donald Glover hinted that his Childish Gambino project was in its final days. “You’re in my heart,” he said to the crowd. “I’ll see you for the last Gambino album.” Now, Glover has revealed just why he’s chosen to shut down the hip-hop alter ego that’s released three […]

By Ask the Urban Daily

How The Clash Can Lead to a Great Record Collection

Photo by Adrian Boot Forty years ago this month, the UK edition of The Clash’s debut album dropped like Spanish bombs on the punk rock world. To celebrate, all week long we’ll be lost in a supermarket of exclusive features that remind us why The Clash continue to rock our Casbah and remain the only band […]

By Kevin McMahon

Mykele Deville unveils powerful new mixtape, Peace, Fam: Stream

Mykele Deville is nothing if not prolific. The Westside raised MC has dropped three full length projects in the last 12 months, each written and recorded in less then a one month span. Peace, Fam marks an ascension from the down and dirty apartment floors and closets where he recorded his first two projects, 2016’s […]

By Kevin McMahon

Meet Mykele Deville: Chicago’s DIY Rap Phenomenon

Photography by​ Zakkiyah Najeebah When speaking about Chicago poet-rapper Mykele Deville, it’s easy to delve into hyperbole. To many entrenched in Chicago’s DIY community, he represents change, a rising tide that spilled over the dam separating homogeneous scenes. A tide that created the diverse blend found today in the city’s most popular below-ground art spaces. From […]