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  • A$AP Mob Hits The Runway With Raf Simmons

    Rap's fashionable attack has come a long way since Russell Simmons had to cajole Adidas into cutting a check for Run-D.M.C.When it comes to the intersection between hip-hop and high fashion today, no rapper alive has marketed himself as a walking billboard better than A$AP Rocky. He's risen from name-dropping bougie designers like Rick Owens and Raf Simmons in his early career to walking the runway for luxury streetwear brand Hood By Air, releasing capsule collections with the likes of J.W. Anderson and becoming the newest face for Dior Homme as of last year.In the new video for "RAF," featuring Playboi Carti and Quavo of Migos, he extends his distinction for taste to his Harlem crew A$AP Mob. A tribute to Simmons, Calvin Klein's current creative director, the visual is ripped straight from the runway, with Rocky and company modeling limited-edition pieces from the Raf Simmons archive. The song, which debuted on Frank Ocean's Beats 1 radio show in May, also features Ocean and Lil Uzi Vert, though both fail to make an appearance in the closet raid.The video's release comes with ...

  • 'Sorry,' Beliebers: Justin Bieber Has Abruptly Canceled The Rest Of His Tour

    Enlarge this image Global Bieber fever: a shot of Indian media gathered before the pop megastar concert in Mumbai, India this May. Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images hide captiontoggle caption Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images Justin Bieber has spent the last 18 months on the road promoting his album "Purpose." But after more than 150 shows on six continents, Bieber abruptly announced today that he is canceling the last leg of the tour. There were more than a dozen dates left across North America and East Asia, including high-profile stops at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif. and Tokyo's Ajinomoto Stadium.Last week, the singer was barred from performing in China due to his "bad behavior," the country's Municipal Bureau of Culture asserted.The pop megastar's team posted a message on his website this afternoon, stating that his cancellation was due to "unforeseen ...

  • Good Music Is The Best Revenge On Waxahatchee's 'Out In The Storm'

    Katie Crutchfield, who performs under the name Waxahatchee, releases energy and emotion with pinpoint precision on her new album. Critic Ken Tucker has a review.Let's block ads! (Why?)

  • Jessica Hernandez On Her New Motor City Sound

    Enlarge this image Jessica Hernandez describes her music as "Latin-punk-Motown-soul — it's a little bit of everything." Taylor Bonin/Courtesy of the artist hide captiontoggle caption Taylor Bonin/Courtesy of the artist There's no doubt that music is in the DNA of the city of Detroit. People around the world know this Michigan city for the classic Motown sound; the city also nurtured a vital rock scene and is often cited as the birthplace of techno. But along with Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Iggy Pop and Eminem, an up-to-date roll call of Detroit's music scene would have to include Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas.Hernandez is a Detroit native, the daughter of a Cuban father and a Mexican-American mother. She and The Deltas have been making gritty, soulful music in their local scene for a while now — but on their latest record, they tried something a little different. The band released two albums simultaneously: ...

  • One Giant Leap For Music: NASA's Sonic History Inspires This Duo

    Enlarge this image Art historian James Merle Thomas (left) and Wilco keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen make up the duo Quindar. Shawn Brackbill/Courtesy of the artist hide captiontoggle caption Shawn Brackbill/Courtesy of the artist You probably have a mental image of what NASA's space missions look like — rockets blasting off into the sky, fiery clouds of exhaust after liftoff — but what do they sound like?That's what inspired Wilco keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen and art historian James Merle Thomas to form the duo Quindar, named after the signal tones used in radio communication during NASA's Apollo space missions. The duo's new album, Hip Mobility, incorporates archival sound recordings from the Apollo and Skylab eras.[embedded content]YouTube"One of the conversations we had early on was maybe we could use this material as — it would sort of take the place of lyrics," Jorgensen says. "It would provide a story: some of the more ...

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