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Alessandro Cortini on his life in games, from Maniac Mansion to DayZ

Level Up is our new series where we speak to musicians about their favorite video games. Next up, synthesizer maestro Alessandro Cortini tells us about his life in games, from Maniac Mansion and the freedom the Amiga era to Half-Life 2 and DayZ. “I am caffeinated and jet lagged, so I apologize for the amount words that

Why XL's Smerz ditched classical training for field recordings and footwork

Norway’s Smerz have been generating attention for their genre-melding, enigmatic sound. Steph Kretowicz talked to the duo about their unique inspirations and singular sources for field recordings, as well as their upcoming EP, Have Fun. Smerz give a good first impression. Their footwork, R&B and techno inspired work is presented with effortless style, but has

​James Franco: Inside the Making of 'The Disaster Artist'

It’s virtually impossible to exaggerate when describing Tommy Wiseau. His dyed black hair evokes a costume pirate wig and his eyes are almost always wrapped in enormous, out-dated sunglasses. For an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival, Wiseau swoops in with the swagger a Johnny Depp impersonator, complete with flowing silk shirt and his

Kelsea Ballerini Is Already Country Music’s Biggest Star

For several years now, the country-radio format has been notoriously stingy toward new female acts seeking airplay. Only one woman who’s arrived on the scene this decade has been able to establish a pattern radio success, and that’s 23-year-old Kelsea Ballerini. She got her most significant exposure beyond the country world when a Best New

Lady Gaga’s Joanne Is a Slightly Frustrating Mix of Country and EDM, But It’s Fun When It Gels

As a stadium-class pop act with roots in musical theater and performance art, Lady Gaga does not deal in subtleties. Gesture to the nosebleeds, and you reach everyone in the room. If the wide-brimmed pink hat she wears on the cover her new album, and the choice to use her real middle name, Joanne, for its

Romeo Santos Is Feeling the Love

Upstairs at the 40/40 club, Jay-Z’s Flatiron District bar, the Bronx-born superstar Romeo Santos is curled up in a leather chair. Santos, who’s become famous for infusing falsetto vocals and hip-hop rhythms into traditional bachata music, isn’t here today to clink drinks and enjoy himself, even though he has a lot to celebrate. Earlier in

The Best Music Videos of 2017 (So Far)

This list has been updated to include August releases. 2017 has been a sparse year for quality music videos. The medium’s still operating at top speed but, for the most part, we’re left with a glut uninspired visuals. If the good videos we’ve already seen this year are any indication, though, it’s no longer the

The Apocalyptic World of Brand New’s Science Fiction Feels Realer Than Ever

Rock bands used to be mysterious organizations. Fandom was an exercise in extreme patience. You whiled away the hours in monk-like private study records, lyrics, and liner notes. A new song or video or interview hit like a scientist’s “eureka” moment, fering a new lens through which to explore familiar worlds more closely. But there

Kelsea Ballerini Is Already Country Music’s Biggest Star

For several years now, the country-radio format has been notoriously stingy toward new female acts seeking airplay. Only one woman who’s arrived on the scene this decade has been able to establish a pattern radio success, and that’s 23-year-old Kelsea Ballerini. She got her most significant exposure beyond the country world when a Best New

Kendrick Lamar Covers Rolling Stone Magazine, Talks Drake's Music, "Wack Artists", Ghostwriting, Future & More

The platinum selling and GRAMMY award winning artist Kendrick Lamar grace the cover Rolling Stone magazine‘s 50th-anniversary special edition with the subheader ‘The Greatest Rapper Alive’ accompanying him.  K Dot talked about his unique influence, how is able to keep himself so mature, the importance making a good body work, staying humble, how he came up with the

All the Tear-jerking Moments From the 2016 Global Citizen Festival

Rihanna killed it. Photo: Steve Sands/GC s/Getty s On Saturday, music and activism once again converged on Central Park’s Great Lawn in New York City for the 2016 Global Citizen Festival. In its fifth year, the daylong concert — which attendees enter for free as an incentive for spamming Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about

A$AP Ferg Declares Kendrick Lamar The Hottest Rapper Right Now (VIDEO)

 Hip Hop has been having a hot summer 17. Albums by Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, French Montana, DJ Khaled, and 21 Savage control the five highest spots on this week’s Billboard 200 album chart. The Top 20 the Hot 100 features singles by Khaled, French, Kendrick, Post Malone, Childish Gambino, Lil Uzi Vert, and Future. Then there

Will Smith Talks The Impact Of Social Media On The Lack Of New Movie Superstars

Will Smith was essentially “Mr. Box Office” for a multi-year stretch in the 1990’s. From 1995 to 1999, the rapper-turned-actor starred in the blockbusters Bad Boys, Independence Day, Men in Black, Enemy the State, and Wild Wild West. Smith’s career also features starring roles in several other commercially successful movies which helped him become a global superstar with a lifetime

Lana Del Rey’s Romance With Rap Is On Again

A$AP Rocky and Lana Del Rey. Photo: Getty s For all the talk her repurposing a ’40s and ’50s aesthetic, Lana Del Rey has always kept abreast the music the moment, and what the music the moment happens to be, more and more and more, is rap. “You were sort punk rock, I grew up

The Defiant Ones Goes Behind the Music in Mostly Compelling Ways

Dr. Dre. Photo: HBO Documentaries about musicians, or any prominent cultural figure, for that matter, have a tendency to deify their subjects. The Defiant Ones — an HBO docuseries about musical pioneers and business partners Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine that airs for four consecutive nights beginning Sunday — certainly falls into that overly celebratory