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Atlanta to Atlantis: An OutKast Retrospective

<i>Ten years after from their last major record,</i> Speakerboxxx/The Love Below<i>, we trace Big Boi and Andre 3000's path from Southern vanguards to the most universally beloved rappers in the world with a career-spanning essay followed by separate pieces on each of their six albums.</i><p><b>Weird Storms in the</b> …

Debt-defaulting Detroit on bankruptcy's brink

The troubled US city of Detroit has defaulted on its debt payments as it threatened to become the country's largest ever municipal bankruptcy.<p>Detroit imposed a moratorium, or suspension, on some debt payments effective Friday to preserve the cash needed for essential services.<p>The Michigan state …

Syrian warplanes hit Damascus suburbs

Syrian artillery and warplanes have hit rebel-held areas of Damascus, as Russia has warned against any attempt to establish a no-fly zone over the country.<p>The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based group, said jets and artillery had attacked Jobar, a battered district where …

Iraqi al-Qaeda chief rejects Zawahiri orders

Al-Qaeda's leader in Iraq has rejected orders from Ayman al-Zawahiri, the group's global chief, to break up his group's claimed union with the Jabhat al-Nusra, an armed Islamist group in Syria, according to a new audio message.<p>The purported remarks by head of Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) Abu Bakr …

Rouhani wins Iran's presidential election

Moderate Hassan Rouhani has secured more than 50 percent of the Iran presidential ballot to win the election, the Interior minister has said.<p>In a statement, reported by the Iranian media on Saturday, the president-elect hailed his election as a "victory of moderation over extremism.<p>"This victory is …

Egypt cuts diplomatic ties with Syria

Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's president, has announced that Egypt is cutting off diplomatic relations with Syria and has ordered that Damascus Embassy in Cairo to be closed.<p>Morsi told thousands of supporters in a rally held on Saturday that his government is also withdrawing the Egyptian charge d'affaires …

Watch the Surreal Beach House Video for "Wishes", Directed by Eric Wareheim and Starring Ray Wise

Beach House have shared a very surreal video for their <i>Bloom</i> single "Wishes", directed by Eric Wareheim (of "Tim and Eric") and starring Ray Wise ("Twin Peaks", "Mad Men"). Wise peforms at what looks like a very, very strange half-time event during a football game.<p>Of the clip, Wareheim said:<p>Beach …

New She & Him: "Never Wanted Your Love"

Here's "Never Wanted Your Love", the first single from She & Him's new album, <i>Volume 3</i>, which is out May 7 through Merge (May 13 through Double Six in the UK and Europe). Listen to it below, and be warned: the song contains a very intense anti-gun-control diatribe from M. Ward (just kidding).<p>The …

Listen: New Merchandise Track "Who Are You?"

Merchandise: "Who Are You?" (via SoundCloud)<p>Tampa, Florida band Merchandise have a new record, <i>Totale Nite</i>, out April 2 via Night People. Following the previously-shared sprawler "Anxiety's Door", the band has let go another cut, the harmonica-led opener "Who Are You?" That's the art, above, …

Watch Earl Sweatshirt Play Three New Songs Live

Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt has a new album in the works, titled <i>Doris</i>, from which he's already shared the video for the great song "Chum". Earlier this week, Earl previewed more material from the record at a surprise performance during Flying Lotus' set at L.A.'s Low End Theory, as fan site …

Danny Brown Announces Tour With Kitty

Following his upcoming dates with Bauuer, Danny Brown has announced a U.S. tour with Kitty, the rapper f/k/a Kitty Pryde. Brown is getting ready to release his full-length followup to 2011's <i>XXX</i>, titled <i>Old</i>, which will feature collaborations with A$AP Rocky, Rustie, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Purity …

Mobb Deep Reunite for 20th Anniversary Tour

The Queensbridge duo of Havoc and Prodigy, aka Mobb Deep, have detailed a 20th anniversary tour of the U.S. for May and June. They'll also hit the Paid Dues Festival later this month.<p>If you recall, last year, the pair were involved in a Twitter battle and Havoc declared that the group was on …

Frank Ocean Sued Over Channel Orange Track "Lost"

AllHipHop.com reports that Frank Ocean has been sued over his <i>Channel Orange</i> song "Lost". Producer Micah Otano claims that Ocean and producer Malay directly copied his song "Daylight" and is seeking back royalties and damages.<p>He also accused Malay of wrongly taking all the production credit for the …

Azealia Banks Shares Terrifying "Yung Rapunxel" Artwork, Goes Off on the Stone Roses

Azealia Banks is readying a new single, "Yung Rapunxel", which will be out on March 26. And that up there is the single's terrifying artwork. The track was produced by Lil Internet, according to Rap-Up, and it's expected on her forthcoming album <i>Broke With Expensive Taste</i>.<p>And of course, Banks has …

Listen: Azealia Banks: "Yung Rapunxel"

Azealia Banks: "Yung Rapunxel" (via SoundCloud)<p>Here's the newest single from Azealia Banks, "Yung Rapunxel". As you might recall, that's the ridiculous artwork above (which was shared right around when she called the Stone Roses "old saggy white niggas"). Banks posted the lyrics to her Tumblr.<p>Of …

Watch: Danny Brown and the Purist Get Trippy, Karaoke-Style, in Video for "Jealousy"

British producer the Purist enlisted Danny Brown to lead off his recent <i>Tr-ill</i> EP with the Notorious B.I.G.-sampling "Jealousy". Now, that track has an official video, created by Globodigital. It's a vivid 16-bit karaoke clip that proves the Seapunk aesthetic isn't quite dead (yet). Watch it below, …

Listen: Best Coast and Snacks the Cat Cover Roy Orbison's "Crying"

Best Coast: "Crying" (Roy Orbison cover) [ft. Snacks the Cat] (via SoundCloud)<p>Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino just Tweeted this cover of Roy Orbison's "Crying", and as the title suggests, it features an appearance from none other than Snacks the Cat. Listen to it above, and marvel at the …

Watch: Big K.R.I.T. Samples James Blake on "R.E.M."

Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. is prepping a new release called <i>King Remembered in Time</i>. Today he released the video for a new one called "R.E.M.", an introspective cut that features a sample of James Blake's "The Wilhelm Scream". Watch its cloudy, black-and-white video, directed by Luke Choi of …

Watch New Clips From Odd Future's "Loiter Squard", Featuring Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt

This weekend, "Loiter Squad", the "Jackass"-style live-action prank/sketch show featuring members of Odd Future, returned for its second season on Adult Swim. For this season, Tyler, the Creator, Lionel, Jasper, and Taco, are joined by Earl Sweatshirt and "Workaholics" star and comedian Blake …

Big Boi and B.o.B. Star in Army of TWO: The Devil's Cartel Game, Watch "Double or Nothing" Video

Big Boi is back with new music following <i>Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors</i>. "Double or Nothing" is a collaboration with B.o.B, and it's for the video game <i>Army of TWO: The Devil's Cartel</i>. Both Big Boi and B.o.B. also play characters in the game itself. According to a press release, "From facial …

Nas

<i>Photo by Matt Salacuse</i><p><i>5-10-15-20</i> <i>features artists talking about the music that made an impact on them throughout their lives, five years at a time. Listen along to Nas' picks on Spotify.</i><p>Nas began his career looking back. Even in his earliest material, you could hear nostalgia for bygone worlds. Last …

Hear a Clip of Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar's Joint "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" Remix

<i>Photo by Ebru Yildiz</i><p>Longtime Jay-Z associate Young Guru DJ'd SXSW last night, and snuck a preview of a pretty exciting collaboration into his set: Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar appear to have worked together on a remix of <i>good kid, m.A.A.d city</i>'s "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe". Check out some fan-shot …

SXSW: Earl Sweatshirt (With Flying Lotus as Captain Murphy)

<i>Photos by Colin Kerrigan. For all of our SXSW coverage, head here.</i><p>The crowd watching Earl Sweatshirt waited to go nuts. While he rapped a series of new songs standing next to Flying Lotus, the audience stood quietly and paid attention, for the most part. This is new music from Earl, after all-- one …

Listen: The-Dream Raps, Gets Pissed Off on New Track "Tron"

The-Dream: "TRON" (via SoundCloud)<p>The-Dream: "Parental Advisory" (via SoundCloud)<p><b>Update:</b> The-Dream has also shared "Parental Advisory", a 50-minute "retrospective mix" he made with Mick Boogie. It cycles through an assortment of his old stand-bys, from "Shawty is the Shit" to "Roc" and beyond. …

Echo Chamber: DIIV: "Fuck SXSW"

<i>Photo by Erez Avissar</i><p>"Hi Austin. Fuck SXSW. There… I said it.<p>Here, the music comes last. 5 minute set-up, no sound check, 15 minute set. The 'music' element is all a front, it's the first thing to be compromised. Corporate money everywhere but in the hands of the artists, at what is really just a …

SXSW

<i>Photos by Trent Maxwell. Above: Trash Talk. For all of our 2013 SXSW coverage, head here.</i><p>There were blues skies and warm spring breezes for a packed house at Pitchfork's Show No Mercy Day Party at House of Vans at Mohawk on Wednesday. Not exactly the most metal weather, but it didn't matter. The …

GZA - GZA & Son - Daytripping

The Black Keys - Hang With GZA - Daytripping