Tom Barnes
Tom Barnes

Tom Barnes is a senior staff writer at Mic focused on music, activism and the intersection between the two. He's based in New York and can be reached at tom@mic.com.

Aug. 19, 2017

R Kelly’s playing an Atlanta show later this month — but not if these activists can help it

“How long are we going to put up with this behavior from this person with no repercussions?” asked Oronike Odeleye, one of the co-founders of the #MuteRKelly movement.

Aug. 16, 2017

After years of urging, Spotify is stepping up efforts to remove racist bands from its platform

"We are glad to have been alerted to this content," a spokesperson for the company said in an email.
Aug. 11, 2017

Georgia official on R Kelly: “The public deserves an investigation”

“No one should be above the law, because of their income or their zip code.”
Aug. 11, 2017

Meet Towkio, a onetime hustler who’s keeping Chicago hip-hop weird

The Chance the Rapper-affiliated emcee opens up about channeling his city's spirit into his upcoming album, 'WWW.'
Aug. 7, 2017

Downtown Boys aren’t here for your “white tears”

The Rhode Island punk band discusses the making of their new album and what it's like to tour while being brown in Trump's America.
July 31, 2017

“Innocent until proven guilty”: R Kelly’s fans chime in on “cult” allegations

R. Kelly's Sunday concert in White Plains wasn't sold out, but it was filled with die-hards who are still devoted to the singer.

July 29, 2017

Frank Ocean’s Panorama set was a stunning studio session played in front of thousands

With aid from director Spike Jonze, Ocean made the sprawling festival seem remarkably intimate.
July 28, 2017

R Kelly's tour has become a battleground for conflicted fans after "cult" allegations

The “Pied Piper of R&B” performs tonight in Virginia.
July 25, 2017

MTV VMA Nominations 2017: A complete list of nominees for the 34th annual Video Music Awards

The 2017 MTV VMAs are going for woke with a new best fight the system category.
July 24, 2017

‘Game of Thrones’: So Samwell Tarly is basically George R.R. Martin, right?

Finally, Jon Snow's sidekick has a greater purpose.
July 21, 2017

We talked to military experts about who will win the Iron Throne

Does Dany have a chance? Historians, tacticians and scholars weigh in on the ultimate outcome of 'Game of Thrones.'

July 20, 2017

Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington was open about his pain. That doesn’t make his death less shocking.

“If it wasn’t for music, I’d be dead,” Bennington once said. “One hundred percent.”
July 19, 2017

“Despacito” may have just officially become the future of pop

Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi and Justin Bieber's hit collaboration has slowly taken over pop.
July 17, 2017

The true meaning behind Ed Sheeran’s “new” song on ‘Game of Thrones’

The tune that the pop star sang during Sunday's premiere actually appears in George R.R. Martin's books, but in a much different context.
July 15, 2017

20 years ago, Missy Elliott’s ‘Supa Dupa Fly’ welcomed the misfits into hip-hop’s mainstream

And the iconic emcee's debut album is as engaging and forward-thinking a listen today as it was in 1997.
July 14, 2017

Flying Lotus swears his experimental ‘Kuso’ movie is “not the grossest film of all time”

There's loads of gore and plenty of bodily fluids, but it all serves an artistic purpose.

July 13, 2017

Kesha’s new single “Woman” is a feminist battle cry that defies her pop past

This is the music Kesha feels she was always born to make, and it suits her well.
July 12, 2017

Lana Del Rey’s latest tracks are prime anti-summer anthems, and they’re brilliant

Because summer love is more than bikinis and soda pop.
July 5, 2017

Why have women been shut out from the top of the Billboard Hot 100 lately?

Rihanna just ended the longest woman-less drought on the chart since 1972, but what got us to this point in the first place?
July 5, 2017

Chance the Rapper’s Tiny Desk Concert set showcases the best of his casual, heartfelt hip-hop

He was born to stunt on that tiny, prestigious stage.