Oneida are one of indie rock’s most enviable and enduring institutions. When the ragtag crew assembled a quarter-century ago, they felt like New York pariahs, unwilling to participate in established industry machinations. Instead, they became a cornerstone of a scene they helped create, turning Brooklyn lofts, warehouses, and abandoned industrial complexes into creative playgrounds. They built one studio and, when condo construction took it, built another: their fabled Ocropolis. An expanded record deal that gave them their own imprint meant Oneida could use the space as a communal hub, recording bands whose music they in turn released.
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Profound Mysteries II

Whether you love, hate, or feel profoundly indifferent to the plundering sound of Röyksopp’s seventh studio album, Profound Mysteries II, you certainly can’t say they didn’t warn us. In the run-up to the album’s release, the Norwegian duo’s Svein Berge fessed up to the “blatant” and “heavy references” on the second installment of the Profound Mysteries series, which he said are a tribute to key influences, like Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Italo disco, and 1990s UK rave. There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with this direction. We might call it the Beyoncé rule: most people will accept artists making music that borrows heavily from their forefathers, as long as they acknowledge the debt and produce something that adds to the canon. Röyksopp fly over this first hurdle on Profound Mysteries II, but they falter on the second.

Blackpink Drop Video for New Song “Pink Venom”: Watch

K-pop girl group Blackpink have shared the lead single from their forthcoming sophomore LP Born Pink. The new song is called “Pink Venom,” and it arrives with a new music video. Watch the visual below. Born Pink is out September 16 via YG Entertainment. The album was announced...

Only Built 4 Diamond Links

Michigan rapper Peezy first caught ears as a solo artist in 2014 with Mud Muzik, the first in a series of lean-inspired albums showcasing his villainous wit and natural gift for storytelling. But in 2019, that momentum was halted when he was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison on racketeering charges. Since his release in February 2021, Peezy’s life has looked different; he says he’s given up opiates and crime in lieu of running his own independent label, #Boyz Entertainment. His latest offering, the 21-song ONLY BUILT 4 DIAMOND LINKS, shows a veteran artist doubling down on the persona he’s cultivated since his early days, expanding the aperture of his street tales with post-prison clarity.


On his breakout 2017 debut Green Twins, Nick Hakim blended influences from the classic soul, R&B, and Chilean folk albums of his youth with the dreamy atmospheres of contemporaries like Unknown Mortal Orchestra or Khruangbin. Since then, he has expanded his sumptuous and psychedelic sound on 2020’s sprawling follow-up WILL THIS MAKE ME GOOD and last year’s Small Things, a collaboration with jazz saxophonist Roy Nathanson. “Happen,” the first single from Hakim’s upcoming album Cometa, signals a sea change for the Brooklyn-based crooner. The song shares the hazy atmosphere and romantic passion of his earlier work, but trades summery guitar tones for homespun slowcore and indie folk reminiscent of Alex G—who coincidentally plays piano on the song.


In the video for “Brindo,” a beautiful song from Silvana Estrada’s upcoming EP Abrazo, the Mexican singer-songwriter wanders the streets of Paris, cradling her four-string Venezuelan cuatro like a newborn. She floats her silvery voice out into the passing crowds, who turn their heads in bemusement or appreciation, some of them pushing past her with abstracted irritation. The word brindo is a toast, and Estrada's song is a laundry list of small gratitudes—“Brindo por la gente que nos salva” (“Here's to the people that save us”); “Brindo por la simple idea del viento” (“Here's to the simple idea of the wind”). Estrada’s voice is quiet, but when she sings, her voice reaches you with surprising clarity, the way a speaking voice carries further on an exceptionally clear night.

Drillmatic Heart vs. Mind

Riffing off another artist’s work to make your own is a tried-and-true cure for writer’s block. But while such exercises often serve as a jumping-off point, on The Game’s new album Drillmatic Heart vs. Mind they’re the endgame—resulting in a nostalgia trip with little substance, the rap version of the Stranger Things aesthetic. Game has long approached his place in hip-hop with a mix of reverence and entitlement; the hook on the title track of his 2005 major label debut The Documentary is literally just his list of the greatest records of all time, his own included. He may truly believe that he’s among hip-hop’s elite MCs, but his career in the two decades since has been defined by his inability to accept the fact that few would agree.

Songs of Slavery and Emancipation

Ending slavery in the United States took much more than a civil war. Decades of conflict between enslaved Africans and white supremacist slaveowners culminated on the battlefield, yet a prolonged ideological struggle set the stage for emancipation even before the American Revolution. Resistance on and off the plantation often took the form of song, either to inspire rebellion or shift public opinion. A new compilation, Songs of Slavery and Emancipation, restores this revolutionary spirit through the music of slave organizers, freedom fighters, and abolitionists.

Listen to TiaCorine's “Dipset”: The Ones

Content This content can also be viewed on the site it originates from. The best TiaCorine songs are a controlled rush. The North Carolina rapper tends to approach hectic beats with daredevil flows and a cool nonchalance that makes her stunts all the more impressive. “Dipset,” the latest single from her upcoming debut I Can’t Wait, is no exception. Drums explode and sampled strings from producer 0xtoa flutter as Tia flexes about her worth, her talent, and her ability to make your man sweat. The track is just over 90 seconds long but it’s still a rap marathon, leaving you exhausted in the best way.

Opening Statements in R. Kelly’s Chicago Federal Trial Begin

R. Kelly is currently on trial in Chicago for child pornography and obstruction charges. The trial’s opening statements began today (August 17), following 12 hours of jury selection on Tuesday, with the prosecution team delivering the first statement, WGNTV and the Chicago Tribune report. “The defendant, Robert Kelly, had sex with multiple children,” Assistant United States Attorney Jason Julien reportedly said in the prosecution’s opening statement. “He made videotapes of himself having sex with children. And these two co-defendants, Derrel McDavid and Milton Brown, knew about it.”


“Hoodie,” the first single from Ari Lennox’s upcoming album, Age/Sex/Location, moves at a sinuous creep, lithe and low-lit. Built on a drowsy loop from the 1970s disco-funk outfit New York Port Authority, the track is pitched at the precise BPM of dissipating blunt smoke, or slow undressing. As a seducer, Lennox’s touch is playful—she says she wants to twerk on the guy’s hoodie, an image so awkward it’s almost sweet. (Like, where? The actual hood? I mean, sure.) Her writing has always been attuned to small moments—eating whipped cream while watching TV, doing naked cartwheels in your empty new apartment—and “Hoodie” is no exception, an invitation as frank and private as a raised eyebrow across a crowded coffee shop.

A$AP Rocky Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Assault Charges

At his arraignment today (August 17) in Los Angeles, A$AP Rocky pleaded not guilty to two charges of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, Rolling Stone and TMZ report. Rocky is accused of shooting the former A$AP Mob member A$AP Relli during a November 2021 altercation. Relli is also suing Rocky for assault and battery, negligence, and emotional distress. If convicted, A$AP Rocky faces up to nine years in prison, according to Rolling Stone.

Willie Nelson Announces New Book About Longtime Drummer Paul English

Willie Nelson has announced a new book called Me and Paul: Untold Tales of a Fabled Friendship, arriving September 20 via Harper Horizon. The book chronicles Nelson’s longtime friendship with Paul English, who played numerous roles as Nelson’s drummer, bodyguard, tour accountant, and “guardian angel,” as the country star has put it. Nelson penned the book with music journalist David Ritz, who collaborated with the singer-songwriter on It’s a Long Story: My Life and Me (2015) and Sister Bobbie: True Tales of the Family Band (2020).

Mclusky Announce First North American Tour in 18 Years

Mclusky, the Welsh rock band who released three influential albums in the early 2000s, will return to play North America for the first time in 18 years. Their tour will unfold in two stints, the first taking in the West Coast in September and the second sprawling across the rest of the continent towards the end of the year. New music is in development but may not be released, according to the band.