Blood Orange: Cupid Deluxe (Album Stream)

An emo anthem #PrivateJam, the latest Arcade Fire video from Spike Jonze and more in this week's music recap

Blood Orange aka Devonté Hynes has kept his latest project, Cupid Deluxe, under tight wraps—until now. This week Hynes made his fourth record available for streaming in its entirety. Hynes continues to refine his style since we caught up with him in 2012, producing for names like Solange Knowles and Florence and the Machine. His latest effort reveals his ever-evolving songwriting abilities and synth-laden pop …

Lou Reed: See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

Our brief look at the iconic artist's musical legacy

After 71 colorful years the immensely influential musician Lou Reed (born on 2 March 1942) passed away on Sunday, 27 October 2013. Not since Elvis has rock’n’roll received such a loss, and the indelible mark this distinctly talented artist left on the world is seen in the innumerable bands he inspired, the expressive music he created both as a solo act and with The Velvet …

The Velvet Underground: The Legendary Guitar Amp Tapes

Our brief look at the iconic artist's musical legacy

Reed is undoubtedly most known for his visionary guitar work and in 1969 a devoted fan captured his brilliance by recording The Velvet Underground’s 13-song set at Boston’s short-lived, experimental concert venue, the Boston Tea Party. Reportedly, the fan recorded the tracks directly from Reed’s guitar amplifier which rendered the vocals almost inaudible, and the result is nearly two hours of beautifully intense strumming known …