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Up-and-coming rapper Pell explains where he's going and what he's listening to


The rapper Pell hails from New Orleans, but his style has little in common with the syrup-swilling sound that most rap fans associate with the city. His new album Floating While Dreaming mixes the ongoing cloud rap trend with a heavy shot of organic Native Tongues vibes and more than a few hints at the young MC’s affection for indie rock, including a single that features indie crooner Dent May on the hook.

“The style is just 100 percent me,” he tells EW. “I like to think in some capacities I’m ahead of the curve. I can make something classic and timeless but still catch the ears of the youth and the people who are looking for a hit single. Something that’s relatable right now. A lot of people out right now are trying to talk about something different from what they’re doing, and it’s easily transparent to the listeners. Nine times out of 10, the ones that are respected for these braggadocious lyrics are talking about lives that aren’t even theirs.”


Midnight Faces share a playlist for a tour-van warehouse party

On their recent album The Fire Is Gone, LA’s Midnight Faces (multi-instrumentalist Matthew Doty and vocalist Phil Stancil) mix The Jesus and Mary Chain’s sugary sledgehammer aggression with The Strokes’ scruffy pop sensibilities and a hint of contemporary radio pop. That sounds like a sure-fire recipe for success in 2014, and accordingly the band’s currently out on the road with the rising electropop act Electric Youth. Reporting in from the road, the duo shares this playlist of what they’ve been playing in the van, which includes everything from Led Zeppelin to French death-techno.


German house masters Booka Shade made us a playlist


House music’s been having a bit of a moment lately, thanks in part to the success of revivalist acts like Disclosure. But Berlin duo Booka Shade has been making house since well before those guys first got their hands on a copy of “On and On.”

In anticipation of their upcoming single “Line of Fire,” one half of the group, Arno Kammermeier, made us a playlist with an unexpected amount of rock ‘n’ roll on it.

Booka Shade plays the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival tonight.


The Paperhead shares what they've been listening to in the van


The Paperhead is frequently grouped in with Nashville’s vigorous garage rock scene, but the band actually draws less from The Stones and The Seeds than it does from a period of the late ’60s and early ’70s where whimsical psychedelia and pastoral folk met up with rock’s push toward more sophisticated songwriting.

Their new Africa Avenue LP (out now on the buzzy Chicago label Trouble in Mind) is full of giddily tripped-out pop hooks and unexpected sharp turns that have made them one of the most talked-about rock bands of the moment. They just wrapped up their latest tour, and they’ve shared with EW a playlist of what they’ve been listening to in the van.


Research shows sad songs can make you less sad, so here's a playlist

Bummed out? Go ahead and press “play” on that Smiths album: It could be good for you.

A study by Liila Taruffi and Stefan Koelsch recently looked at why people listen to sad music and found that “listening to sad music can lead to beneficial emotional effects such as regulation of negative emotion and mood as well as consolation.” So maybe listening to Joni Mitchell on repeat after your last breakup wasn’t a bad idea after all.

Because everyone should have a go-to gloomy playlist, EW compiled a playlist of our favorite sad songs with notes on why we keep listening to these tearjerkers. Listen, read, and, if you feel inspired, weep along.  READ FULL STORY

'Drive' soundtrack heroes Electric Youth made us a soundtrack playlist

It’s not hard to understand how Toronto synthpop duo Electric Youth ended up on the soundtrack to Drive. One of director Nicholas Winding Refn’s favorite filmmaking tricks is to set scenes of unsettling violence to exactly the combination of stylized retro electronics and weightless pop hooks that their “A Real Hero” does so well. (See also: his use of New Order and the Pet Shop Boys in Bronson.) But beyond that, the pair (who recently released their debut album Innerworld) have soundtracks woven deep in their musical DNA, as the playlist they made for us proves.


Mellow out with a jazzy playlist from YouTube mix master Kutiman


Ophir Kutiel, better known as Kutiman, is a musician that uses all of YouTube as his instrument, finding obscure videos of people performing and crafting them together to make remarkably original songs.


Stars frontman Torquil Campbell shares a playlist of personal favorites

Stars, co-led by Torquil Campbell and Broken Social Scene’s Amy Millan, are most known for their earnest, indie rock that’s been featured on shows built for that exact type of music: “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead,” their sad and dreamy 2007 single, has been featured on The O.C., One Tree Hill, and Degrassi: The Next Generation. 

But their latest album, No One Is Lost, is a departure from those pretty tunes and a step toward ’70s disco.

Unlike the album, though, which came out Oct. 14, Campbell’s EW playlist doesn’t quite have a theme: Instead, it’s a collection of the singer’s favorite songs, ranging from a ’90s Michael Jackson track to a minutes-long spoken word piece by Prefab Sprout member Paddy McAloon.


Killer playlist: Get spooky with these tracks


There’s plenty of kid-friendly Halloween-themed music out there, but sometimes you’re in the mood for songs that’ll actually give you the chills. (No offense intended, “Monster Mash” and “A Nightmare on My Street.”)

When you’re ready to take your party from turnt-up to terrifying, try this playlist of creepy tunes. They range from songs about serial killers (Neko Case’s “Deep Red Bells” concerns the Green River Killer, while “John Wayne Gacy” memorializes America’s preeminent nightmare-inducing clown) to traditional Appalachian murder ballads (“Down in the Willow Garden,” a folk song that dates back to the 19th century, is covered here by Green Day’s frontman and the eternally mellow Norah Jones). This is the perfect soundtrack for a goth gathering or a Halloween night at home alone, while you check—and double-check—to make sure your doors are locked. READ FULL STORY

Thrash lords Oozing Wound share a headbangingly good playlist

Oozing Wound is three guys from Chicago who, as you might be able to guess by the name, play thrash metal.

The beloved hybrid of punk and metal’s been having a pretty substantial revival over the past few years, driven by bands who play up the genre’s association with the kind of cheap-beer-chugging, boneheaded party animals who more serious metal acts have left behind in their quest for artistic seriousness. The Wound, however, takes things in a vastly different direction on their new Earth Suck (out Tuesday on Thrill Jockey), keeping thrash’s headbanging energy and shred-tastic guitar licks while adding bits of sonic weirdness that reflect the trio’s long-running association with the noisy experimental underground.

Their EW playlist is accordingly idiosyncratic, running a gamut from Michael Jackson to obscure vintage synth-punk.


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