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The Smile’s A Light For Attracting Attention Peers Into an Ugly Future

The Radiohead side project lingers in the space between roiling rage and burnout.
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How Does That Make You Feel, Kendrick?

Whatever your problem, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers wants you to talk it through.
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TDE Played the Long Game

For years, Kendrick Lamar and his (soon-to-be former) record label dominated hip-hop. But getting there came at a cost.
  1. switched on pop
    PJ Morton Made Nas’s Dream Come TrueAfter the rapper name-dropped Stevie Wonder on a panel, a fortuitous beat slid his way.
  2. times like these
    Taylor Hawkins Allegedly Told Dave Grohl He ‘Couldn’t F-cking Do It Anymore’“That did take a year of working up the guts to do,” a friend of the drummer said.
  3. are you happy for me?
    Baby Keem Takes a Big Step on Kendrick Lamar’s Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers“Savior (Interlude)” might be his best performance ever.
  4. house tour
    Harry Styles Moved Into Harry’s House While Touring Fine Line“I feel like I got to hide a secret this whole time.”
  5. opera review
    Brett Dean’s Hamlet Is Too Mad for Its Own GoodYet there is method in ’t.
  6. fan encounters
    Cara Delevingne Hot Girl Summers Too Close to the SunAttending the BBMAs as Megan Thee Stallion’s plus-one and/or assistant.
  7. going to hollywood
    X Factor Alum Replacing American Idol Winner on The VoiceCamila Cabello takes over for Kelly Clarkson this fall.
  8. bbmas 2022
    The Highs, Lows, and Whoas of the 2022 Billboard Music AwardsWhoa: A fever dream of an opening.
  9. since when
    Machine Gun Kelly Dedicates 2022 BBMAs Performance to Wife and Unborn ChildAnd on a blood moon no less.
  10. go nuts for donuts
    WATCH: Kendrick Lamar Floats on in ‘N95’ Music VideoA follow-up to “The Heart Part Five.”
  11. vulture guides
    A Big Guide to Kendrick Lamar’s Mr. Morale & the Big SteppersIs it a double album? What’s Kodak Black doing here? And who is Mr. Morale?
  12. new kung fu kenny
    Kendrick Lamar’s New Album Is Here, Step to ItHe’s back and going on tour after five years of waiting.
  13. land vs sea
    Tom Cruise Wanted 20 Fewer Pilots for Top Gun SoundtrackCruise might’ve wanted someone with Volantis experience.
  14. my emo single is dropping
    My Chemical Romance Continues Emo-mentum With New Song“The Foundations of Decay” were actually built between 2013 and 2019.
  15. bad men awards 2022
    Diddy Says He’s ‘Un-Canceling’ Morgan Wallen and Travis Scott at the BBMAsSpoken like he’s Jesus cleansing the lepers.
  16. loss
    Ashley Judd Says It’s ‘Exceedingly Difficult’ to Discuss Naomi Judd’s Death“My mother is entitled to her dignity and her privacy,” she told Diane Sawyer.
  17. superlatives
    The Best and Hardest of Florence and the Machine, According to Florence Welch“When you’re 25 and you’re hung-over all the time, you never think that your career is going to go on as long.”
  18. james buffett
    Florence Welch Covers ‘Margaritaville’ on The Tonight ShowIf it sounds like absurdist word salad, don’t worry. It is.
  19. trial run
    Casanova Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug and Racketeering ChargesHe faces up to 60 years in prison.
  20. roll clip!
    Brandy ‘Will Murk’ Jack Harlow ‘on His Own Beats’ for Not Knowing HerThen maybe he’ll know her as something other than Ray J’s sister.
  21. arrests
    Young Thug Is the Latest Rapper to Have Lyrics Used As Evidence Against HimSongs including “Bad Boy” by Juice WRLD and “Anybody” featuring Nicki Minaj are cited.
  22. activism
    Pussy Riot Leader Escaped Russia Dressed As a Food-Delivery Worker“It sounds like a spy novel,” Maria V. Alyokhina said.
  23. new kung fu kenny
    32 Times We Thought We Were Getting Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. Follow-upWhen figuring out new K.Dot release dates turned into a national pastime.
  24. encounter
    Ella Mai Just Wants to Have FunSurrendering to love, legacy, and embarrassing yearbook quotes with the ever-discreet R&B star.
  25. switched on pop
    Will Ukraine Win Eurovision This Year?Its entry, written before the Russian invasion, has become a beacon of national pride and is the odds-on favorite to take home the glass microphone.
  26. charges
    Young Thug and Gunna Indicted on Gang-Related ChargesAlong with 26 other members and associates of YSL, which prosecutors called a “criminal street gang.”
  27. live! más
    Taco Bell Wrangles Dolly Parton and Doja Cat Into Doing a TikTok MusicalNo more spon-con. Comes the day you say, “What for?” Please, no more.
  28. album review
    Bad Bunny’s Endless SummerBenito’s approach on Un Verano Sin Ti erodes the usual boundaries of the season, its infiniteness dotted by fun flings and moments alone on the beach.
  29. i wannana get better
    Jack Antonoff Is a Minion NowThat explains the glasses.
  30. encounter
    ‘What Would You Like to Know?’An afternoon of pleasant negotiation with actor, stealth musician, and Taylor Swift muse Joe Alwyn.
  31. show-stopping spectacular
    Lady Gaga and Doja Cat Ham It Up for Summer BlockbustersChoose your fighter: Gaga’s Top Gun power ballad or Doja’s Elvis flip.
  32. monarchism
    Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lin-Manuel Miranda Are CollabingTheir latest controversial muse? Queen Elizabeth II.
  33. album review
    Arcade Fire’s WE Is a Smart ResetThe new album feels like a calculated retrenchment, a heaping pile of everything you want from Arcade Fire.
  34. my horny song is dropping
    Jack Harlow Is Horny for ‘Dua Lipa’But he apparently did warn her.
  35. videology
    Bad Bunny Hitchhikes Naked in the ‘Moscow Mule’ VideoThat get your attention?
  36. she’s back
    Taylor Swift Showed Up Just in Time With “This Love (Taylor’s Version)”Full song out now.
  37. not this
    Drake Better Not Have Started Something With ‘I’m Here for U Ma’It’s kind of a reverse-Northman situation.
  38. my wedding is dropping
    A$AP Rocky Made a Rihanna Fan CamOr is it a wedding video? 👀
  39. a long talk
    Marc Almond on Soft Cell’s Return and the Unexpected Legacy of ‘Tainted Love’“I don’t want to say it’s a record about AIDS, but it was very apt and became a soundtrack for that time.”
  40. switched on pop
    Belle and Sebastian Fear Accordions But Not Their ReputationBand leader Stuart Murdoch: “We might be deeply uncool and a little bit fey, but we ain’t going anywhere.”
  41. cock-a-roach
    Bad Bunny Brought His Best Cockroach-Stomping Shoes to the Met GalaFashion with that practical edge.
  42. extra credit
    We’re Taking Sheryl Crow for GrantedCrow has sold 35 million albums worldwide, but is not nearly credited enough for the sound she created.
  43. album review
    The Improbable Return of Black StarIt’s been 24 years since Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli released an album together. Was it worth the wait?
  44. rock hall 2022
    Duran Duran and Dolly Parton Among 2022 Rock Hall of Fame InducteesThis year’s hot trend? Inducting soloists on their first go.
  45. baby bottles and bentleys
    Post Malone Is Having a Little ‘Rockstar’The rapper is expecting his first child with his longtime girlfriend.
  46. respect the classics
    Two Rock Hall of Fame Voters Get Candid About Their Ballots“I’m constantly mystified by the mediocre level of the selections that come out.”
  47. wakes
    Mark Lanegan Was ElectricMusic’s dark prince as remembered by his friends and collaborators.
  48. rip
    Country Star Naomi Judd of the Judds Dead at 76“I’m sorry that she couldn’t hang on until today,” Ashley Judd said at the Hall of Fame ceremony.
  49. tributes
    Watch Brandi Carlile Sing ‘Love Can Build a Bridge’ to Honor Naomi JuddCarlile was supposed to sing the song at the Country Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
  50. obits
    Régine, Founder of the First Disco, Dead at 92Chez Régine was the first disco, and Régine the first club DJ.
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