Drake is the modern Lindsey Buckingham


I’m about to say something controversial:

Drake is rap’s Lindsey Buckingham.

I know what you’re thinking: Are you high right now? Did you fall down and smack your little head on the pavement? In what way are a 29-year-old Canadian rapper and 66-year-old guitar god anything alike?

There may be many singer-songwriter boys (John Mayer quickly comes to mind) who easily garner a Lindsey Buckingham comparison. We’ve thought of all of those before. But when Drake’s cover of Jackson Browne’s “These Days” leaked last week, the internet exploded with comments about how oddly fitting it was. How cool! Who would have thought that a rapper could have so much in common with a classic rock artist?

Me. I thought it. I thought it awhile ago, actually. While his take on “These Days” works, Drake is no Jackson Browne. He may be soft, but he’s certainly edgier and moodier than that. All it takes is a listen to “Hotline Bling” and some deep thoughts to realize that the lyrics sound more in the vein of “Tusk” than “Rosie”. Because Drake is not rap’s Jackson Browne. Drake is rap’s Lindsey Buckingham.

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The Aging Rock Star Cliché is a Myth


Rock and roll is youth music, and the aging stars who play it are sad and desperate. Right? Right, if you ask The New Republic, that is. In one of the many think pieces that have emerged in the weeks since David Bowie’s death, in this month marred by the deaths of several prominent senior citizen rock stars, The New Republic argues that Bowie is iconic because Bowie, despite his age, avoided falling into the “cliché of the aging rock star.”

But I don’t think that’s true. I don’t think Bowie avoided it, and, more importantly, I don’t think it’s real. Because I think the only people perpetuating the cliché of the aging rock star, the ones who argue that rock and roll is for the young, that there comes a time for artists to hang up their hats, settle down, and finally act their ages, are old people themselves.

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Happy Birthday, Stevie Nicks! 8 Reasons Why She Should Be Your Rock & Roll Heroine (Even If You Didn’t Grow Up With Her)

Rock and roll icon Stevie Nicks is having a millennial moment. Most of her discography may have been made before any millennials were born, but there’s no doubt that we’re witnessing a Stevie Nicks pop culture renaissance. The past year has been busy for Nicks: she’s appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone for the first time in 30 years, popped up as a guest mentor on The Voice, released a new record, and reunited with Fleetwood Mac forone of 2014’s highest grossing tours. Not to mention the fact that it’s hard to walk into an Urban Outfitters without seeing her face, whether on a Fleetwood Mac record or a new biography.

Ask your mom who Stevie Nicks is, and she might fill you in on the heyday of rock and roll decadence, her signature twirls, and famous love affairs. (My mom likes to dreamily recount the days of her youth, when she dressed like Nicks in flowing black chiffon and platform boots.) But Nicks is not just an influence for your parents’ generation.

If you’re a millennial woman looking for advice on life, love, work, and everything in between, look no further. Here are eight reasons why Nicks might just be your new (to you, anyway) rock and roll heroine.

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