Music

Frank Ocean

I don’t know how to explain his return other than to start where I found him: I discovered Frank Ocean while watching the VMAs when I was 13. He crooned “Thinkin Bout You” seated on a rock on a stage that was dark save for the light of a faux campfire — a tame departure for the VMAs.

Wolf Daley in the 'I THINK' music video

Tyler, the Creator’s IGOR alter ego, Wolf Daley, returns with the music video for “I THINK.” Directed under Tyler’s Wolf Haley alias, the video features a caption that reads “a fraction of the video*,” indicating more to come.

Coldplay

The singles are complex yet captivating and serve as a promising precursor to Everyday Life.

NOSELL

Fall on your knees, the reign of King Princess is here.

NOSELL

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that Rex Orange County is only 21 years old — he’s been singing so maturely on the strength of his love since he was barely 18.

NOSELL

“Not to die, not dying,” she sang, and I didn’t think any of us were, but maybe Lenker felt like she had been before that moment, and maybe I have at times, too, and maybe we always are, but maybe I also believe she conquered that reality in that moment, with her voice and her music alone, and she carried me away with her.

Ariel Pink

Odditties Sodomies just sounds like it would be the name for a compilation of Ariel Pink’s best previously-recorded yet unreleased tracks. The off-kilter and kitschy Pink has never been known for doing things conventionally, and he certainly isn’t going to start now.

NOSELL

Yes, getting over a long, toxic relationship is hard, she affirms, but you’re going to find love if you want to find love.

Kero Kero Bonito

Kero Kero Bonito is on a hot streak. The British indie-pop trio has spent the last year radiating big suburban energy with the nostalgic Time ‘N’ Place, and has since widened their sights with Civilisation I, dropping right before their North American tour.

Harry Styles in the 'Lights Up' music video

No formal narrative or symbol congeals the overall plot, instead scattered glimpses of a glimmering, sweaty Harry Styles grace the screen.