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21 thoughts on 21 years of the Afghan Whigs' masterpiece 'Gentlemen'

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When I first started this job back in April 2011, I was subjected to an EW tradition: I was sent a list of questions whose answers made up an office-wide introduction to my cultural obsessions. When it came time to express an all-time favorite from the music world, I settled on the one name I always shout out whenever anybody asks me what songwriter I defend above all others: Greg Dulli.

Dulli has made excellent work I have absolutely adored in several different guises, including the Twilight Singers, the Gutter Twins, and the Backbeat Band. But he got started with the Afghan Whigs, a mercurial indie rock/R&B hybrid from Cincinnati who first appeared on the scene with the haunting Big Top Halloween in 1988 and wrapped up their original run with 1998’s 1965. (They recently reconstituted for an ongoing series of shows and the brand new album Do To The Beast, which came out earlier this year.) Their masterpiece is, undoubtedly, their 1993 major-label debut Gentlemen, which is getting the deluxe reissue treatment today in the form of Gentlemen at 21. The new version contains a remastered version of the original record, plus a second disc of demos, B-sides, and live tracks that further flesh out the strange and wonderful universe the band helped create more than two decades ago.

Gentlemen has been a cornerstone album for the better part of its existence (and, subsequently, mine), so in honor of this definitive work now being able to legally order a boilermaker, here are 21 thoughts about Gentlemen. READ FULL STORY

Electropop chanteuse Chela channels vintage Madonna on 'Handful of Gold'

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EW recently reported that IHEARTCOMIX, stalwart pillar of the LA dance music community, is launching a new singles-only label called IHC 1NFINITY. Now we’ve got a first look at some of the music they’ll be releasing.

Its first release is by Australian electropop artist Chela, who’s previously recorded for the taste-making French record/fashion label Kitsuné. On previous releases, she’s offered a contemporary update of bouncy ’80s new wave from the brief era when synthesizers had come into the picture but the influence of UK punk and post-punk hadn’t quite taken over yet. Her new track, “Handful of Gold,” has a bigger beat and a bigger chorus than her earlier singles; the results make Chela sound almost spookily like Madonna back before she reached a superhuman level of fame, when she could still be caught kicking it at Danceteria. It’s an auspicious start for an audacious new venture.

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The world sings along to 'Tuesday' in iLoveMakonnen's Drake-filled new video

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ILoveMakonnen’s “Club Going Up On a Tuesday” is an odd example of a viral hit. It doesn’t come with its own dance or a hook that references a pop-culture property or a bass drop conducive to making Vine videos, and while it does have a lot of hooks in its deceptively complex melody, the Atlanta singer/rapper/whatever-he-is delivers them in a sleepy flow that soft-sells them in the most extreme way. Still, the song is massively infectious, and with little more than a co-sign from Drake, it’s become a global phenomenon with a fervent cult that spans all distinctions of pop music fandom.

The obvious next step would be for iLoveMakonnen to attempt to engage with the mainstream, and convert his memetic popularity into a more traditional type of success. The new video for the Drake-assisted version of the song, simply entitled “Tuesday,” would seem to be the first step in that direction. In keeping with the song’s title and subject matter there are a lot of shots of people going up in a club, albeit a club steeped in Makonnen’s eccentricities, where mannequin heads done up with Ziggy Stardust makeup get tossed around like crowd surfers. The other half of the video is made up of all sorts of people from all sorts of places singing along to “Tuesday” and smiling, reflecting and emphasizing the song’s idiosyncratically universal appeal.

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All We Are puts an upbeat spin on Caribou's 'Can't Do Without You'

On Feb. 3, indie-pop trio All We Are will put out their self-titled debut album. Last month, the band dropped the record’s first single, “I Wear You,” a funky cut that sounds equally inspired by Eno-era Talking Heads and 90s R&B, and now, they’ve released a cover of “Can’t Do Without You,” a track off the Caribou album that came out earlier this month.

Where Caribou’s woozy original sounds loaded up on NyQuil and Vicodin, All We Are’s approach moves a bit more, and their expanded guitars and drums bring to mind some of Passion Pit’s best work. READ FULL STORY

The Lorde-curated 'Hunger Games' soundtrack features Chvrches, Charli XCX, more

When news broke that Lorde would be curating the Hunger Games soundtrack, expectations were high: The 17-year-old broke out in 2013 with “Royals” and has been releasing hit after hit from her debut album ever since. But now the soundtrack’s tracklist is out, and it doesn’t disappoint.

CHVRCHES, Charli XCX, Tinashe, Bat for Lashes, and Lorde herself are among the artists featured on the 14-track album. Songs include Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat,” a single she premiered in September, and The Chemical Brothers’ “This Is Not a Game,” which began floating around on the internet Monday. READ FULL STORY

My Gold Mask finds goth-pop ecstasy on 'Explode'

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Chicagoans Gretta Rochelle and Jack Armondo have been making music together for almost as long as they’ve been romantically involved.

After playing in a “sex rock” band together for a few years, they launched My Gold Mask as a more electronics-based, pop-oriented project that over the past half decade has found a sweet spot between Siouxsie & the Banshees and Robyn. After last year’s Leave Me Midnight LP the band–now a trio thanks to the addition of drummer James Andrew–is focusing on the release of a series of singles recorded by metal guru Sanford Parker. The latest, “Explode,” is heavier than anything they’ve ever recorded, filled with dense synthesizer tones and a relentlessly pounding drum part, but with plenty of big hooks the song can gracefully slide into your brain and wedge itself there.

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Ariana Grande reveals impressive rap skills by covering Nicki Minaj's verse of 'Bang Bang'

Nicki Minaj wasn’t at the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards Sunday night to help Ariana Grande out in her performance of “Bang Bang,” so Grande took matters into her own hands and capably rapped Minaj’s verse herself.

Grande, Minaj, and Jessie J released “Bang Bang” in July, and the track soon became one of the most popular of the summer, peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. A music video featuring the three dancing in various locales debuted in August, and the trio opened this year’s MTV Video Music Awards with a performance of the song. READ FULL STORY

Chemical Brothers, Lorde, and Miguel team up for new 'Hunger Games' track

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Lorde has been busy curating the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, which now includes a Chemical Brothers song titled “This is Not a Game” featuring Miguel and Lorde herself.

“This is Not a Game” is a ready-for-radio pop track, complete with Lorde’s dark vocals interrupting every so often to proclaim, “There it is,” and a moment of calm during the bridge that’s quickly ruined by frantic synths. The track first premiere on Zane Lowe’s BBC 1 Radio Show and is available to listen at Billboard. READ FULL STORY

Here is Taylor Swift's 'Welcome to New York'

So much for waiting until midnight: the new track off Taylor Swift’s 1989 has emerged early. Hence, “Welcome to New York,” Taylor Swift style.  READ FULL STORY

Hear Chvrches' 'Get Away,' from the new 'Drive' soundtrack

Drive‘s soundtrack was already great enough with its synth-heavy tracks and ethereal vocals, but now it’s getting a makeover: With the help of musicians like Banks and Bastille, BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe is rescoring the 2011 Ryan Gosling film.

Most of the tracks will be made specifically for the project by artists including Jon Hopkins, FOALS, Laura Mvula, and the 1975. Though the entire soundtrack will premiere on BBC Three Oct. 30, Chvrches debuted their contribution a bit early: Monday, the Scottish trio released “Get Away,” a pulsing pop song that would fit right in on their 2013 album, The Bones of What You Believe.

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