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  • Living Hour's 'Bottom Step' Sweetly Soundtracks Your Crush's Rejection

    Enlarge this image Living Hour's Softer Faces is due March 1, 2019. Chelsea Neufeld/Courtesy of the artist hide caption toggle caption Chelsea Neufeld/Courtesy of the artist There's nothing quite like meeting up with your crush at a house party — the anxiety and excitement culminating as you walk up the driveway, cheeks flushed and heart fluttering. The residual sounds of the party are drowned out by the glow surrounding your center of attraction. You're finally within range of exchanging pleasantries as you meet at the stairs leading up to the front door, but something is noticeably off. It's apparent that you're no longer the focal point of your crush's view. Winnipeg's Living Hour cycles through this emotional roller coaster on "Bottom Step." Sam Sarty's lingering ...

  • 'You Can Be Your Best Friend': Hear Robyn On World Cafe

    Enlarge this image Robyn Courtesy of the artist hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of the artist "Honey" "Missing U" "Because It's in the Music" "Human Being" "Ever Again" Robyn latest album, Honey, out now, is her first new full-length solo album in eight years. While making the record, the Swedish pop singer was dealing with two big losses: the end of a relationship and the death of a longtime friend and collaborator, Christian Falk. She came out the other side with an outstanding album that offers dance as an alternative to sitting down through sadness. "I don't know if I thought ...

  • Sir Babygirl Builds A 'Haunted House' To Exorcise Herself

    [embedded content] Sir Babygirl's Kelsie Hogue has turned your most disastrous nights into a catchy, carnival-esque nightmare. "The most insidious thing about self-destruction is how hard it is to spot," she tells NPR Music. "It's quite a shape shifter. With this album, I wanted to face my self-sabotaging tendencies head-on in hopes of exorcising them." Sir Babygirl, Crush on Me hide caption toggle caption In the "Haunted House" video — directed by Eli Raskin with choreography by Ashley "Robi" Robicheaux — Hogue jerks her body like a marionette's, scribbling in her diary and hitting high note after high note with the frenzy of someone who's belted hours of karaoke hits into her hairbrush. "We wanted the set to reflect the idea of being trapped ...

  • As Only She Can, Sade's 'The Big Unknown' Bottles A Resolute Sadness

    Enlarge this image Sade's "The Big Unknown" will appear on Widows — the movie and soundtrack come out Nov. 16. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Ethan Miller/Getty Images We are all Viola Davis, staring out of a window, crying and listening to Sade. "The Big Unknown" will feature in the end credits to Widows, the Steve McQueen-directed thriller about four women who pay a criminal debt left behind by their dead husbands. The lyric video pairs the aching, slow-burning ballad with scenes from the film, as its characters cope and make plans to, well, kick some ass. But as Sade does, "The Big Unknown" bottles a sadness that is both overwhelming and resolute, determined to make the world right, but understands that grief forever breaks our bodies and ...

  • On 'SNL,' Lil Wayne And Future Address Consent

    Enlarge this image Lil Wayne, left, with Future during the sketch "Booty Anthem," from the Nov. 10, 2018 episode of Saturday Night Live. NBC/Rosalind O'Connor/NBC hide caption toggle caption NBC/Rosalind O'Connor/NBC It took an elaborate satire for two of hip-hop's biggest acts to address the elephant in the room of rap. Saturday night on SNL, musical guest Lil Wayne performed two songs from his recently released LP The Carter V. He brought out pop singer Halsey for backing vocals on "Can't Be Broken," and producer Swizz Beatz to perform their song "Uproar" for his second segment. But the real highlight was Wayne's collaborative appearance, along with the rapper Future, in a skit on sexual consent. In "Booty Kings," SNL players Chris Redd and Kenan Thompson starred ...

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