Kid Cudi Passion, Pain and Demon Slayin' | Republic Records Grade: B+

Kid Cudi returns with some ‘Demon Slayin’

Kid Cudi hasn’t had the most successful set of years. After breaking out with his much heralded Man on the Moon: The End of Day and Man on the Moon: Legend of Mr. Rager, Cudi quit smoking marijuana and had a kid — both massive milestones for anybody. Yet, musically, Cudi’s public good
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Frank Ocean Blonde | Boys Don't Cry Grade: A+

Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ marks heavenly return

“Inhale, in hell, there’s heaven.” Such was the heart sigh that echoed through the empty, cavernous salvation of Blonde, Frank Ocean’s new album self-released Saturday on Apple Music, one of two major Frank Ocean album releases in the past week. With a release shrouded in mystery, four years after his
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Hendrix biopic plays out like delirious fever dream

For a musical icon as consistently deified in the classic-rock canon as Jimi Hendrix, it would be far too reductive to shoehorn him into the overripe “instant rock star” tropes that have riddled the vast majority of pop-culture films. Much like the Hendrix depicted by Andre Benjamin — Outkast’s Andre
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The at-home Coachella experience

I sat down in my desk chair, opened up my computer and clicked on the Coachella live stream on YouTube. As has been my tradition the past few years, I began to pretend I was actually there. And, just by pretending, I was able to enjoy the music and the
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Outkast to reunite at Coachella 2014

What’s cooler than being cool? Other than “ice cold,” an Outkast reunion at Coachella 2014 just might fit the bill. Rumors of the reunion were essentially confirmed Tuesday by media outlets, as well as by those more closely acquainted with the duo. By the time the festival rolls around in
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Frank Ocean: channel ORANGE

Frank Ocean gets it. That’s really what it comes down to. At 24 years old, Ocean’s lyrical and musical depth far surpasses that of most of his R&B contemporaries. After joining shock-rap collective Odd Future and dropping a celebrated solo mixtape, Ocean scored front-row seats to Watch the Throne by
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