Tuesday, January 1 2013
The year ahead looks to be an exciting one with the emergence of wealth of great new music waiting in the wings. Will Jessie Ware and Django Django be the toasts of 2013? Will 2013 be yet another banner year for forward-looking hip-hop and R&B? And let's not forget all the great new bands expected to break big in 2013.
Sunday, December 16 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 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, December 11 2012
From riotous humor to sociopolitical commentary, hip-hop in 2012 gave us quality and variety.
Thursday, December 29 2011
The year's best new and emerging artists range across the musical spectrum from forward thinking R&B to classic soul, from a bevy of exciting new hip-hop talent to great new hopes for indie rock and Americana. 2011 shows that music is always pushing forward even as it dips into the past.
Tuesday, December 16 2014
When everyone feels they can be an expert, how do you reassert your ownership over a topic? By waiting for its crossover moment.
Tuesday, March 17 2015
To Pimp a Butterfly is the result of one man’s sprawling journey, but it’s meant to empower us all to take our own.
Tuesday, May 28 2013
Washington, DC’s Sweetlife Festival does things a bit differently. And that is a very good thing.
Thursday, April 11 2013
With a diverse lineup, BUKU intended to incorporate the post-industrial vibe as well as the garish festivity of Mardi Gras World, which it pulled off with varying degrees of success.
Monday, October 22 2012
The strangest mainstream-esque album in quite a while hits shelves, with ambition and depth in spades.
Tuesday, August 16 2011
After a string of highly promising but ultimately confusing mixtapes, Kendrick Lamar delivers on his immense Dr. Dre- and blog-fueled hype with one of 2011's best hip-hop albums.
Friday, June 27 2014
I can feel this week's album's energy from two planets away. I got my drink, I got my music, I will share it, but today I'm yelling. Yelling about a 2012 hip-hop breakthrough and the subject of this week's Counterbalance, that is.
Thursday, March 7 2013
OK, this is a hot one. Critically acclaimed young rapper Kendrick Lamar remixes Emeli Sandé's "Next to Me", which was one of 2012's most addictive songs. Lamar's verse introduces the tune and Brit Award winner Sandé takes it from there.
Monday, October 22 2012
With his stellar new album 'good kid, m.A.A.d city', Lamar is racking up the accolades. Last night, he played "Swimming Pools (Drank)” on 'Conan' and today we review the album.
Tuesday, September 25 2012
Kendrick Lamar's eagerly awaited debut, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, drops October 22nd and "Art of Peer Pressure" has been "leaked" in advance of that. It's unclear at this point if the tune is on the new album or not, but enjoy it nonetheless.