the weeknd

Grammys 2016: Who will win and who should win

Surprises at the Grammys are few and far between, but they do happen. Arcade Fire's "The Subrubs" won Best Album back in 2011. Justin Vernon pulled down Best New Artist in a tweed coat, which only increased the confusion and ire of the fans of Skrillex and Nikki Minaj, who he felled in his win.

Synkro does his best Burial on “Changes” (review)

Like so many young musicians, electronic producer Synkro (Joe McBride to his fellow Brits) is nothing if not the sum of his influences. He’s said as much in the press, pointing out tributaries as far upstream and apart as Burial, Tangerine Dream and Boards of Canada in the way of inspiration for his gloomy strain of electro-ambience.

The Weeknd, “Beauty Behind the Madness” review

If your only exposure to The Weeknd was via the VMAs earlier this week -- which included Kanye's much-publicized dancefloor get-down -- you might be surprised to hear the 25-year-old's new album, especially its symphonic production, dark and tragic rhythms, and addled lyrics.