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Thursday, December 20 2012

The Best R&B of 2012

R&B was as vibrant and diverse a genre as any in 2012, a year that saw the rise of breakout acts and the returns of old-school vets.


Sunday, December 16 2012

The Best New Artists of 2012

The best new artists of 2012 have remade R&B for the new century, pushed eclectic art-rock in new directions, and kept indie rock and hip-hop strong.


Thursday, December 13 2012

The Artists of the Year: 2012 Edition

The 2012 artists of the year range from urgent political punk and hip-hop challenging the establishment -- whether political or economic -- to the rise of a new generation of pop divas and forward-looking indie and R&B.


Tuesday, January 31 2012

Slipped Discs 2011 - Part 2: From the Go! Team to the Phoenix Foundation

The three-day 2011 edition of Slipped Discs -- where we feature great albums that missed our Best Albums of 2011 -- continues with the forward-thinking R&B of Frank Ocean, the Americana brilliance of Ha Ha Tonka and Lydia Loveless, the unheralded collaboration of Talib Kweli and Res, and many more.


Sunday, January 1 2012

The Best Hopes to Break Out in 2012

The year ahead looks to be an exciting one with the emergence of wealth of great new music waiting in the wings. Will Alabama Shakes be the toast of 2012? Will 2012 be a banner year for forward-thinking hip-hop and R&B? And let's not forget all the great new bands expected to break big in 2012.


Reviews

Thursday, July 12 2012

Frank Ocean: channel ORANGE

It's hard to both live up to hype and craft something distinct in a young career already brimming with excellent releases, but channel ORANGE finds Frank Ocean doing so with a class unlike anyone in music these days.


Monday, February 13 2012

The Internet: Purple Naked Ladies

The Internet’s ability to work with a wide array of sounds in different ways is admirable, but few of their unexpected turns stick with you.


Blogs

Thursday, March 13 2014

Diplo and His "Hero"es

The man who sampled the Clash's "Straight to Hell" for M.I.A. teams up with his heroes and Frank Ocean to bring summer to your speakers a few months early.


Friday, July 12 2013

Counterbalance No. 125a: Frank Ocean's 'channel ORANGE'

Too many bottles of this wine we can't pronounce. Too many bowls of that green no lucky charms. Super rich kids -- and the guys from Counterbalance -- listening to the (new) 125th most acclaimed album of all time. Frank Ocean’s surprisingly recent album is next.


Friday, December 14 2012

Bubbling Under the Top 75: Frank Ocean - "Sweet Life"

PopMatters spotlights a few additional 2012 songs that didn't quite crack the Best 75 list.


Wednesday, October 10 2012

All Tomorrow's Parties: I'll Be Your Mirror - Day One (Frank Ocean)

Frank Ocean's unfortunately abbreviated set was likely the main draw for the first night of All Tomorrow's Parties in NYC.


Sunday, September 16 2012

Frank Ocean - "Pyramids" (video) (NSFW) + SNL Performances

Last night Frank Ocean played "Pyramids" from channel ORANGE on Saturday Night Live and today he premiered the official video directed by Nabil.


News

Wednesday, September 5 2012

Summer songs 2012: Jepsen, Ocean, Usher

The season of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” is winding down, her so-called “wish in a well” has long been thrown. The addictive


Thursday, August 23 2012

Is hip-hop finally coming to terms with homosexuality?

AKRON, Ohio — A few weeks ago, Frank Ocean, an up-and-coming R&B star and member of popular/controversial SoCal hip-hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang


Monday, July 9 2012

Frank Ocean’s talent and sexuality could push musical boundaries

LOS ANGELES — Frank Ocean’s Def Jam debut, “Channel Orange,” isn’t due for two weeks, but the album has had Twitter abuzz for days.


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