How Post Malone Helped Redefine Pop Stardom for a New Decade

This article is sponsored by StubHub. Back when he was still attending high school and bumming it part-time at the Chicken Express, Austin Richard Post was voted “Most Likely to Become Famous” by his classmates. Three years and countless tragic hairstyles later, those same classmates — and millions of other listeners — were telling him “Congratulations.” That’s something to think about as that same artist now plays to thousands a night across the country while on his nearly year-long “Runaway Tour.” (Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Post Malone Shows) It didn’t take Post Malone long to become a burgeoning hip-hop star once he uploaded his first single, “White Iverson”, to SoundCloud in February 2015 at the age of 19. He released an accompanying music video in July; within a month, it had amassed more than a million views, and Post signed with Republic Records in August. Star-studded collaborations — including a feature on Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo track “Fade” — and an opening slot on Justin Bieber’s Purpose Tour followed, and by the time he released his debut album, Stoney, in December 2016, Post Malone had arguably become rap’s hottest newcomer. The trap-pop-country hybrid debuted at No. 6 on […]

The Front Bottoms share new single “Camouflage”: Stream

The Front Bottoms have released a new single called “Camouflage”. It’s the group’s first new music since releasing the 2018 EP Ann.  “Camouflage” is a crisply produced track that opens with radio feedback and isolated vocals before turning into a blown-out pop punk track about mental breakdowns, budding crushes, and trying to blend in. In its corresponding music video, a black-and-white clip directed by Mark Jaworski, The Front Bottoms trek the country in a van and start to lose track of where they are. In a press statement, the band explained the inspiration for the single, “We spent a lot of the last year reflecting. There was a lot to think about, a lot to stress about, and a lot to be happy about. We feel lucky about it all, but it’s getting hard to separate real life and the music, or tell which parts even belong to us and which parts belong to you. That’s the best though. We retreated for a while, learned some stuff, then came back and learned some more.” (Read: Top 50 Albums of 2019) Check out “Camouflage” below. While the single is not technically tied to an upcoming release, or at least one that […]

Shining a Light on Red Hot Chili Pepper John Frusciante’s Decade Out of the Spotlight

The Red Hot Chili Peppers came close to breaking the Internet on Sunday by suddenly announcing a shakeup of their current lineup. For fans of the band, this wasn’t particularly surprising. The band has had over a dozen members in its lifetime, with over half of that coming from guitarist turnover alone. What made this announcement particularly newsworthy is that the band were welcoming back the guitarist who led the charge on their most celebrated records and during their most successful periods. John Frusciante is back. It’s still difficult to believe considering the semi-reclusive nature the prolific musician enjoys. In fact, fans wondered if the announcement was even true at first, with many speculating the band’s Instagram had been hacked by an overzealous fan. But it’s true: John Frusciante is in and Josh Klinghoffer, the band’s guitarist since 2009, is out. This return will be Frusciante’s third stint with the band as he previously joined in 1988 after the death of Hillel Slovak and recorded Mother’s Milk and Blood Sugar Sex Magik with the band before departing amidst the band’s rocket to stardom and his own descent into troubled drug addiction. He would rejoin in 1998 and become a major […]

Nick Cave hints at new Grinderman album from “yet to be completed trilogy”

It’s been a long time since we’ve heard from Grinderman — nine years, to be exact. Now Nick Cave is hinting that a new Grinderman album is on the way, almost a decade since their sophomore album dropped. During a 2011 tour, Cave told an audience that “it’s over” for the band — a statement later clarified by drummer Jim Sclavunos as a “bye-bye” because “who knows what will happen in five or 10 years time.” Well, sure enough, the band got an itch to switch from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (which all of the band members are in) to Grinderman. Cave recently took to his blog to confirm Grinderman’s first and second records are “part of a yet to be completed trilogy,” NME notes. The new record would follow up their 2010 release, Grinderman 2. (Read: A Streaming Companion to Nick Cave) Cave brought up Grinderman in response to a simple fan question: “When was the last time you felt a sense of pride (in yourself)?” While responding, Cave detailed his love for prog rock, specifically the complexities of King Crimson, and went on to note that he hopes his music does the same. The Grinderman song “Heathen Child”, which […]

Ranking: Every Lollapalooza Lineup from Worst to Best

Rank and File finds us sorting through an exhaustive, comprehensive body of work or collection of pop-culture artifacts. This time, we celebrate Lollapalooza by determining which installment of the festival was the greatest of them all. The dog days of summer mean that Lollapalooza is just around the corner, and thousands of music fans are about to descend upon Chicago’s Grant Park. It’s hard to believe that, in 1991, Perry Farrell created the festival as a showcase for Jane’s Addiction‘s last hurrah. Of course, many things have changed since its initial heyday in the ’90s. In the US, Lolla has grown and evolved drastically from its touring festival roots, having survived a hibernation from 1997 until 2003, in addition to its canceled 2004 installment. Since then, Lollapalooza has settled down in the Windy City, gradually expanding from two to three to four days. (Though, one could argue the fest’s touring spirit lives on through its international counterparts, which have sprung up in Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, and Sweden.) Throughout its history, some of the most iconic acts in music have performed at the festival, from Paul McCartney to Kanye West to Arcade Fire, in addition to up-and-coming talent that have […]

Sherly Crow duest with Johnny Cash on new version of “Redemption Day”: Stream

Sheryl Crow plans to release what she’s previously called her “final album” later this summer. Though no firm details have been revealed, the record is said to feature a number of collaborations with the likes of Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks, and St. Vincent. Johnny Cash also appears from beyond the grave, dueting on a reworking of Crow’s 1996 track “Redemption Day”. Cash actually first encountered the song in 2003 after being introduced to it by his son-in-law. The Man in Black approached Crow about covering “Redemption Day”, but first drilled her about the depth of meaning. “He asked a lot of questions about different lines and what I meant,” Crow recalled in a press release. “He didn’t want to put his voice to the song without being able to believe it heart and soul.” He ended up recording his own take on the anti-war track, though it wasn’t released until after his death, appearing on 2010’s posthumous American VI: Ain’t No Grave. After playing alongside Cash’s rendition during her 2014 tour, Crow decided to take “Redemption Day” back into the studio to record a new duet version. The update comes to us via a music video directed by Shaun Silva […]