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.

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.
July 3, 2017

Kanye West’s reported split with Tidal is the latest rift in his complicated relationship with Jay-Z

Some bromances are forever and some simply aren't built to last.
June 30, 2017

Jay-Z and Beyoncé's twins' names reportedly revealed

The secret may finally be out.
June 30, 2017

Jay-Z's '4:44' apology: A breakdown of the rapper's response to Beyoncé's 'Lemonade'

When life serves you 'Lemonade,' drink deep and find the courage to bare your soul.
June 30, 2017

Jay-Z's mother, Gloria Carter, comes out as a lesbian on '4:44' track "Smile"

The revelation drew praise from GLADD president Sarah Kate Ellis.

June 30, 2017

Eric Benét claps back at Jay-Z over that "Kill Jay Z" line

The R&B singer was not game to let Jay Z drag up his past without getting a word in.
June 30, 2017
June 29, 2017

Public Enemy surprise release 'Nothing Is Quick in the Desert' celebrates their 30-year anniversary

The group's 15th album toasts to fallen rap heroes and attempts to direct the culture's political rage toward something productive.
June 29, 2017

The xx's "I Dare You" video with Millie Bobby Brown from 'Stranger Things' is an LA love letter

Millie Bobby Brown, Paris Jackson and 'Moonlight' actor Ashton Sanders explore Los Angeles in a 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'-style adventure.