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Shamir On Gregg Araki, 'Frenemies,' & Other Inspirations For His New Album 'Heterosexuality'

Shamir On Gregg Araki, 'Frenemies,' & Other Inspirations For His New Album 'Heterosexuality'

When Shamir Bailey first broke out via his 2015 debut album , the only thing he felt people responding to was his gender identity — not so much the music. Barely out of his teens, Bailey was crafting futuristic, purely unclassifiable pop music that splayed out into numerous other genres: hip-hop, disco, punk. But commenters — and also journalists — tended to fixate on his ultra-flamboyant style, his countertenor voice, his being a “post-gender, androgyne angel of a millennial,” as the called him that year.“I think there has been so much trauma around me explicitly talking about my...

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Shamir On Gregg Araki, 'Frenemies,' & Other Inspirations For His New Album 'Heterosexuality'

Shamir On Gregg Araki, 'Frenemies,' & Other Inspirations For His New Album 'Heterosexuality'

When Shamir Bailey first broke out via his 2015 debut album , the only thing he felt people responding to was his gender identity — not so much the music. Barely out of his teens, Bailey was crafting futuristic, purely unclassifiable pop music that splayed out into numerous other genres: hip-hop, disco, punk. But commenters — and also journalists — tended to fixate on his ultra-flamboyant style, his countertenor voice, his being a “post-gender, androgyne angel of a millennial,” as the called him that year.“I think there has been so much trauma around me explicitly talking about my...

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Leah Kate Is The Algorithm's Answer To Olivia Rodrigo

Leah Kate Is The Algorithm's Answer To Olivia Rodrigo

Whether we like it or not, popular music has a long, well-documented history of copycatting. I’m not referring to plagiarism or copyright lawsuits, but rather one-begets-the-other artistic inspiration. These patterns exist everywhere, from Elvis (however problematically) drawing influence from Black rock/blues greats B. B. King, Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, Ivory Joe Hunter, and Fats Domino to the Beatles looking to Buddy Holly and Little Richard. When I was growing up, during the Y2K pop music explosion, superstars like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, and Mandy Moore...

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Sigrid's 'How To Let Go' Is White Feminism, The Musical

Sigrid's 'How To Let Go' Is White Feminism, The Musical

When a 20-year-old Sigrid first showed up in 2017 with the glass-ceiling-breakout anthem “Don’t Kill My Vibe,” penned in response to a patronizing writing session with some older male writers, the Norwegian pop singer correctly concluded that those men were so quick to dismiss her abilities because they probably, on some level, felt threatened by her. That depth of you’re-projecting-on-me insight was so on-point, so specific and relatable to anyone NOT a straight, white man, it’s no wonder Sigrid shot to fame as quickly as she did. In addition to “Don’t Kill My Vibe” achieving millions of...

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Evan Dando Slams “Pussies” Jawbreaker For Firing The Lemonheads From Their Tour

Evan Dando Slams “Pussies” Jawbreaker For Firing The Lemonheads From Their Tour

Evan Dando has some strong words for Jawbreaker after the latter band fired the Lemonheads from their spring tour. On April 14, Jawbreaker posted an update on Twitter: “Unfortunately Lemonheads won’t be joining us as planned for Philly, Boston & Silver Spring. BUT we are stoked to the Get Up Kids on those shows. Also: stay tuned for an update on the Detroit situation. Working out the last of the details and we’ll know tomorrow at the latest.” Though the reasons surrounding the firing are unclear, Dando hit back on May 5, writing: “I just want anyone anyone and everyone to know that...

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glaive Surfs The Hyperpop Multiverse

glaive Surfs The Hyperpop Multiverse

I think we all got a little tired of hearing what hobbies our peers took up during lockdown in early 2020. At first, baking sourdough and watching Tiger King were novel activities, since none of us could possibly know how long the pandemic would actually last. Those pastimes can’t help but feel inconsequential compared to the project undertaken by 17-year-old Ash Gutierrez, aka hyperpop breakout star glaive, who used his COVID lockdown boredom to forge a music career that is quickly making him one of the most recognized artists in his genre.First, a refresher on what constitutes hyperpop:...

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Viagra Boys Share New Song "Troglodyte": Listen

Viagra Boys Share New Song "Troglodyte": Listen

Swedish post-punk outfit Viagra Boys are currently prepping their third album, Cave World, out in July. We’ve heard “” and now they’re following it up with the high-energy “Troglodyte.”A fast-paced and chaotic cut, “Troglodyte” throws together guitar, synths, flute, and a flurry of sound effects into the mix as the band huffs about a certain strain of male incel-ish frustration: “He says he don’t believe in science / He thinks that all the news is fake / And late at night he sits on his computer / And writes about the things he hates / But if it was a million years ago / And we were still...

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