That’s my problem with fucking trap music: People are rapping about killing niggas and selling fucking drugs all day, but it sounds happy—that’s bullshit. That shit’s stressful: You’re not going to make no fucking money, somebody’s going to end up dead, and you’re not going to be able to pay for his funeral because his mom probably don’t fuck with him like that, and he don’t got health insurance. So now you have to do a fucking car wash to pay for somebody’s funeral and bury him in some cheap shit. Where’s that song? — Long Beach MC Vince Staples in our latest Rising interview.
A chronological record of Prince’s hairstyles from 1978 to 2013. #tbt via illustrator Gary Card.
This gig is about more than a night out: It’s about what one woman’s return means, what it represents. Born within a month of Madonna and Michael Jackson, Kate Bush remains a rare female embodiment of complete creative control, something she established when the music business was a proper business. She was the first woman to write and perform a British #1 (“Wuthering Heights”) and have a British #1 album (Never for Ever), and she’s also produced her own work since 1982’s The Dreaming. She still defines her career, resolutely, on her own terms, but this doesn’t mean it’s not right to gawp at her uncritically—although tonight’s gig is a great one, it isn’t perfect. — Jude Rogers reviews Kate Bush’s first concert in 35 years.
I feel like it’s not about the music anymore—it’s about how many friends you have on Facebook and your Instagram pictures. I hate that. I feel so bad for the talented new bands that are working so hard, and they have to fight with these monsters where it’s all about the appearance, the way you look, the amount of posts you did this month. I don’t want to be a part of that—going to a festival and taking a selfie on stage and all the EDM shit. I feel like it’s such bad publicity for music and for true artists, and I’ll try to fight as hard as I can to not be like that. — M83’s Anthony Gonzalez
Aphex Twin announces SYRO, his first proper album in 13 years.