Music

NOSELL

The strongest defense for Kendrick as the rapper of the decade really comes in just two words: Who else?

NOSELL

For better or for worse, black metal broke the mold in the 2010s. It was a long time coming, too. From its inception in the early ’80s until shortly before 2010, black metal, with regard to both its sound and its culture, had barely budged.

NOSELL

The more and more I learn about this town, the more I realize how special it is.

NOSELL

That’s the difference between simply telling a story and storytelling. There’s emotion, imagery and insight when someone is storytelling; none of that is there when someone just tells a story.

NOSELL

The band pulled several fans onstage during “QUEER,” which was cool to see, but their youth cemented that I was too old to be there (and I’m literally only 20 years old).

NOSELL

Prior to this week, I had no idea who Omar Souleyman was. I found his name scrolling through Metacritic and thought it sounded like one out of my high school yearbooks or my mom’s soap operas (I’m Arab).

DJ Lag

Many producers note that the inherent darkness of their music reflects the uneasy tension between the desire to celebrate, and the poverty, violence and lack of opportunity that are widespread in the areas they grow up in.

NOSELL

Your secret weapon? Allow me to humbly offer this playlist. May your holiday be the movie montage we all wish we had.

NOSELL

Our Pathetic Age has its high points on both discs, but bloat is the death of this record. On the instrumental half, it’s mediocre bloat, and on the feature-packed half, it’s poisonous bloat.

NOSELL

While their exaggerated pop brand has worked well for the band, they’ve always seemed antsy to transition into a different realm of music, one that’s a little less hopeful and more honest in its vision of the world.