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The 2020 Grammy Awards Didn’t Chase the Dark Clouds Away

In 2019, a spotlight on queer musicians and fast-paced broadcast made the Grammys have some real cultural relevance. Its 2020 edition, clouded by tragedy, scandal, and bloat, only served to remind us why award shows are so problematic.

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Guessing the Grammys 2016: Expect Weirdness

Speculating on the nominees' odds in a dozen big categories.

Music

Atlanta Inaugurates This Year’s Mad Decent Block Party With a Very Small Bang

The EDM and hip-hop festival is touring the US and Canada through September with a changing lineup of acts. While the festival may not excel musically, it has something for almost anyone within the expanding EDM culture.

Music

Diplo Is Reaching Out to Grab You

Diplo is having a serious pop moment, with two song-of-the-summer candidates near the top of Spotify’s Global Top 50 chart.

Mikael Wood
News

Mad Decent Block Party '15 is Almost Upon Us

Mad Decent's annual EDM/hip-hop festival will hit 18 cities in North America during August and September.

Music

Daktyl: Cyclical

English DJ Daktyl's first album of originals suffers from a lack of conviction, but shines in short bursts.

Music

Madonna: Rebel Heart

Rebel Heart has a profoundly human element to it, one that paints Madonna more as a person than a product, which is in and of itself a minor miracle.

Music

Diplo: F10rida

Before becoming the go-to pop music Midas for the likes of M.I.A., Usher, and Madonna, Diplo tried damn hard to be DJ Shadow, and surprisingly, wasn't half-bad at it.

Music

Diplo: Random White Dude Be Everywhere

The monumental producer's compilation of recent singles and remixes may be the ideal party playlist, but it fails at just about everything else.

Music

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.

Music

Diplo - "About That Life" (feat. Jahan Lennon) (video)

Diplo's new single "About That Life" just released and the tune features Jahan Lennon, who dresses up like the fellow who shares his surname in the video.

Music

The Death Set: Michel Poiccard

The Death Set regroup for a new album over a year after the death of co-founder Beau Velasco and it shows that they've found a way to survive.

Music

M.I.A.: ViCKi LEEKX

Those thinking the Vicki Leekx pseudonym was going to be an outlet for M.I.A.'s more political work are going to be disappointed; this is how she has a good time.

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Electric Zoo Festival: 4 September 2010 - Randall's Island, NY

Some words and some pictures from the Electric Zoo festival, an event pulling together major electronic artists to New York City over Labor Day weekend. An event that should be on the radar for all dance music fans.

Music

Major Lazer: Lazers Never Die EP

The five-track EP from cartoon dancehall duo Major Lazer is greater than the sum of its parts.

Music

Pull Up the Sound: The Story Behind M.I.A.'s Innovative Producer

Like many pop-artists through the years, M.I.A.’s career has been built alongside forward-thinking producers and musicians, but few have had such a complex relationship as M.I.A. and Diplo.

Stefan Nickum
Music

Diplo: Decent Work for Decent Pay

It goes in so many different directions that it’s hard to tell what, exactly, Diplo is trying to accomplish by putting it all here in one place.

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Diplo

A lot has changed in the 157 years since Mr. Finney first carved headstones for Philly’s elite. These days, the bodies are part of a Mad Mausoleum.

Anita Schillhorn
Reviews

Diplo

Mirroring the indefinable edges where one genre crashes into another, the show was like a warehouse party rolled into a club night mashed with an indie show -- the producers of the event fending off the cops and the neighbors, the crowd sporting thin paper bracelets to show they belonged.

Anita Schillhorn
Music

Diplo: Florida

Tim O'Neil
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