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

April 28, 2017

Fyre Festival: Artists detail the red flags they saw leading up to the event

Ja Rule's Fyre Festival is a disaster that some saw coming.

April 28, 2017

Logic's latest track praises the work of suicide prevention hotlines

The rapper partners with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for a new track, "1-800-273-8255," detailing their vital work.
April 28, 2017

Gorillaz 'Humanz' Review: A surprisingly coherent, goofy caricature of the post-Trump era

'Humanz' gives new life to the Gorillaz enterprise and proves what cross-genre collaboration can accomplish.
April 27, 2017

Travis Scott meets SZA's wrath in her wild, new "Love Galore" music video

SZA opens her new 'CTRL' era by painting a bedroom in Travis Scott's blood.
April 27, 2017

Algiers' "The Underside of Power" video links today's political resistance with its roots

Political punk and soul act Algiers explain the concept behind the new video for their upcoming record, 'The Underside of Power.'
April 26, 2017

Macaulay Culkin plays a crucified Kurt Cobain in Father John Misty's latest bizarre video

Father John Misty manages to top the absurdity of the lyrics from "Total Entertainment Forever" in its music video.

April 25, 2017

Why Kendrick Lamar's 'Damn.' outselling Drake and Ed Sheeran is a big deal for rap's future

Lamar has tapped into a hunger for music with depth and integrity. There will likely be a lot more where that came from.
April 25, 2017

Sony reportedly cuts ties with Dr. Luke — what that means for Kesha's legal battle

While it may seem like a victory for the Free Kesha movement, the singer is not free yet.
April 25, 2017

Ranking the best 2017 music festivals after Coachella

A ranking of the rest of this year's festival spread, including FYF, Afropunk, Panorama, Outside Lands and Sasquatch!
April 24, 2017

A breakdown of Frank Ocean's, Young Thug's defiant "Slide on Me" lyrics 

In their first official collaboration, Young Thug and Frank Ocean detail the ways they're changing the culture.
April 24, 2017

Prince successors Bilal, King, Omär and ChestnuTT discuss the Purple One's legacy

Four of Prince's successors discuss his legacy.

April 22, 2017

Kendrick Lamar reveals the key reason why Donald Trump was not the main focus of 'Damn.'

Kendrick Lamar left politics behind because there's a more important question we have face.
April 21, 2017

Prince's 'Sign O the Times' is as relevant today as it was at its release

The times have changed slightly, but the signs remain the same.
April 21, 2017

How the Black Angels wrote the ideal 'Death Song' for the Trump era, without meaning to

The legendary Austin psych band discusses 'Death Song' and how its discussions of greed and corruption transcend Trump.
April 20, 2017

Don Cheadle talks his "DNA." cameo and the "surprise" Kendrick Lamar had for him

The actor dishes on being the original Kung Fu Kenny.
April 20, 2017

Rihanna, Billie Holiday, Bob Marley and 6 of the most famous stoners in music history

Portraits of 9 key stoners who have drawn inspiration from marijuana and returned the favor with their advocacy.

April 18, 2017

Kendrick Lamar brings Kung-Fu Kenny to life in his police thriller "DNA." video

Lamar seems to have drawn Kung Fu Kenny out of hip-hop's long fascination with karate film culture.
April 18, 2017

With one hand and three chords, you, too, can write a Chainsmokers hit

Most chart-topping pop relies on simple songwriting formulas. The Chainsmokers happen to have a particularly narrow one.
April 17, 2017

'Damn.' feels anxious, incomplete, begging a second album. That's part of the point.

There's a reason why fans thought there had to be a sequel to 'Damn.' — and there's a reason why there's not one.
April 15, 2017

Chance the Rapper's life story told through 24 of his best lyrics

To celebrate Chance's 24th birthday, we look over 24 bars describing scenes from his life that have made him the man he is today.