Sunday, December 22 2013
This year's list of the most disappointing albums of 2013 reads like the "best of" list from four or five years ago. It shouldn't be surprising how these tides turn, but it always is.
Sunday, January 1 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.
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.
Wednesday, December 28 2011
This year's top artists are a diverse lot represented by two of the world's biggest pop divas, a plethora of critically adored indie faves, some new talents emerging from the hip-hop underground, a couple of veteran Americana acts, and a few alt-rock legends among many more.
Wednesday, December 7 2011
Noah "40" Shebib, Doc McKinney, and Illangelo provide a welcome reminder that a talented rapper or a gifted singer isn’t all it takes to create memorable, moving hip-hop or R&B.
Tuesday, September 10 2013
The Weeknd's major label debut finds the young artist faltering in the face of quick success and critical acclaim.
Sunday, November 18 2012
The Weeknd's major-label debut compiles the three mixtapes that perked ears in 2011, plus three tracks from 2012, into a sprawling spectacle of ambient neo-soul nihilism.
Thursday, May 10 2012
The Weeknd finally debuts as a live band, affirming our greatest hopes for the R&B heroes.
Monday, January 9 2012
While Echoes of Silence shows flashes of excellence, Tesfaye is caught looking backward and forward at the same time.
Monday, May 9 2011
Mysterious R&B mixtape blows up into the stratosphere, sparking controversy and spontaneous house parties in equal measure. What's the line on the hottest record of the summer?
Sunday, December 2 2012
A much anticipated BBC Live Session aired this weekend as progressive R&B artist the Weeknd played a four-tune performance on Radio 1.
Sunday, April 15 2012
Coachella streamed live this past weekend and here you can catch entire sets sets from the Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, and Azealia Banks.