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3OH!3 and 100 Gecs' "LONELY MACHINE" Explores the Millennial/Gen-Z Divide

100 Gecs have become the darlings of post-genre trashcore for digital natives, and their iconic, ear-splitting "Money Machine" is the closest thing we have to today's "Don't Trust Me."

30H13 and 100 Gecs

In one of the year's most uncalled-for collaborations, 30H!3 has returned to accompany 100 Gecs on a new song.

The song is everything you would expect from these bands' combined efforts. It's abrasive, excessive, grating, and obnoxious. It features some aggressive lyrics and flickers of vintage 200s emo-tronica from 3OH!3. It also features some absurdly auto-tuned, extremely confessional lyrics from Laura Les that are sure to resonate with anyone who grew up using the Internet.

The song marks 3OH!3's first musical return in four years. The group achieved astronomical fame in the 2000s thanks to their song "Don't Trust Me," a staple of teen karaoke parties and bar mitzvahs in the aughts.

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Charli XCX's "Quarantine Diaries" Will Make You Feel Less Alone

Are you having a hard time social distancing? So is she!

If you're reading this right now, you're probably cooped up at home, avoiding the outside world in a futile attempt to lessen the severity of the you-know-what virus.

It's a weird time to be alive right now, and if you're practicing social distancing to mitigate the virus' spread (which you absolutely should be), it's likely that you're feeling pretty alone. The good news is that you're not the only one in this quarantine boat; even Charli XCX, Britain's reigning princess of clubbing and having a generally fun time, is doing the right thing by keeping herself isolated.

The pop star, who just followed up last year's Charli with a remix of 100 gecs' "Ringtone," took to Twitter to share her "quarantine diary." If you're feeling unproductive or purposeless in this rough time, join the club! "Being a workaholic in quarantine is quite stressful," Charli wrote. "If I don't have a million things going on, if my brain isn't buzzing, this pit of doom starts opening up. I start thinking 'why?' 'What's the point?' 'I am so purposeless.' Quarantine is also making me think about the possibilities of a shift within my industry...What will happen to live shows?" She continued: "I don't have answers and some of this isn't even important but I'm just writing this as a stream of consciousness because I've currently got nothing else to do."

While this pandemic can feel frightening and confining, it's important to remember that we're all in this mess together. For many, not being able to work as productively or see friends can induce a wave of guilt; mixed with anxiety about the current state of everything, that "pit of doom" is a pretty relatable scenario.

It's OK if you're not being productive right now and can only muster up the energy to survive. Stay inside and find things that make you as happy as possible in the meantime. This will blow over eventually—then, you can go back to your usual existential fears of the 2020 election and the climate crisis.

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100 gecs' "Ringtone" Gets a Remix With Charli XCX, Rico Nasty, and Kero Kero Bonito

Everyone's favorite experimental pop duo bring in some friends for an ultimate dream team.

Since the release of their debut album, 1000 gecs, last May, 100 gecs have become one of the most fascinating phenomenons in recent music.

The experimental duo have been adored by fans for their crunchy, maximalist bangers, which call to mind mid-aughts MySpace trends as much as noise-pop of bands like Sleigh Bells and the bubblegum electronica made famous by London's polarizing PC Music collective. Love them or hate them, 100 gecs—comprised of Dylan Brady and Laura Les—are a dominant force to be reckoned with, backed by beloved rap group BROCKHAMPTON as well as our futuristic pop princess, Charli XCX. The latter has jumped on a remix of the gecs' euphoric "Ringtone," along with Rico Nasty and British electropop band Kero Kero Bonito. This isn't the first time 100 gecs have collaborated with Charli—Brady has already remixed her Lizzo-featuring single "Blame It On Your Love"—but with the addition of Rico and Kero Kero Bonito's Sarah Bonito, "Ringtone" brings together a true dream team.

Charli leads this version of the track, reciting each of the choruses in a delightfully AutoTuned delivery. "When he calls me, I go crazy / Call me with my friends, it doesn't phase me," she sings in the first verse. "Windows down, ridin' in the SUV / And I'm spillin' champagne all on my screen, screamin'." Rico comes in later with her instantly-identifiable snarl: "I think I might be addicted to your kisses / Lovestruck, baby, you're the piece I'm missin'." Although the song is generally ecstatic, Bonito's contributions provide a darker undertone. "Throw away my phone, hide it somewhere no one knows / Buried it in the ground, so it can never be found," she croons near the track's end. "But I still hear it, I hear the sound of your ringtone / It's a crime, why can't I get you outta my mind?"

Whether this titular ringtone is something to celebrate or a painful memory of bygone romances, this group effort of "Ringtone" proves 100 gecs' capability of bringing pop's outliers together.

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20 Music Predictions for the 2020s

What will our favorite artists be up to this decade?

Now that we're deep enough into 2020 that our New Year's Resolutions have wilted away, it's time to focus on things that matter most: what our favorite musicians will get up to in the decade to come.

A lot can happen in 10 years; hell, Spotify hadn't even hit the United States yet when the last decade began. Since 2010, the music world has been shook with Beyonce's surprise self-titled album, Lady Gaga's meat dress, Ariana Grande's massive benefit concert for Manchester, and Billboard revamping their Hot 100 formulations to include YouTube hits, making viral dance number "Harlem Shake" a surprise No. 1. So, what's next?

Here are 20 events we think could take the music world by storm in the 2020s.

-Grimes pivots from electropop's robo-queen to full-time mommy blogger. She and her unborn child's father, Elon Musk, reportedly launched an Instagram account for their baby, which has "family friendly spon-con" written all over it.


-Lizzo teaches a flute masterclass for those aspiring to follow her example of woodwind-assisted twerking.


-A documentary, or maybe even a hologram tour, of Mac Miller is created to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his debut LP, Blue Slide Park.

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-Too preoccupied by being obsessed with his wife, Chance the Rapper quietly retires from music.


-Ariana Grande dates a minimum of two high-profile, tattooed, skinny white men before tying the knot.


-Snail Mail and Soccer Mommy form a duo, Soccer Snail, and release an album together. They still get mistaken for each other.


-Facebook launches a music streaming platform.


-100 gecs headline a major music festival.


-Billboard starts factoring in TikTok plays to calculate songs' positions on the charts.


-Lil Nas X—already known to be a hit with kids—pens a Wild West-themed children's book, and a coinciding G-rated soundtrack.


-Post Malone opens a tattoo studio in New York City, further pushing the popularity of facial script tattoos.


-Drake makes a cameo in Euphoria, commencing his full return to acting.


-Following the Dixie Chicks' highly-successful comeback, they collaborate with Kacey Musgraves.


-It is revealed that Vampire Weekend frontman, Ezra Koenig, and his longtime partner, Parks and Recreation star Rashida Jones, secretly got married years ago during an intimate ceremony at Columbia University's Butler Library.


-The Postal Service—the band with Ben Gibbard, not the government agency—reunite for a 20th anniversary performance of their sole album, Give Up.


-My Chemical Romance are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (they'll be eligible in 2027).


-Feeling inspired by his Sunday Service performance at Joel Osteen's megachurch, Kanye West opens his own megachurch near his home in Wyoming. Tourism in Wyoming reaches record highs as a result.


-Billie Eilish surpasses Van Halen in record sales.


-In the wake of the the climate crisis, an allegiance of major artists will cease touring to minimize their carbon footprint.


-Speaking of climate, Greta Thunberg launches her singer-songwriter career. Her breakout hit is a cover of Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi," the original environmentalist anthem. It becomes a No. 1 hit, and Thunberg donates all the proceeds to various environmental groups.

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Albums That Made You Want to Join a Cult in 2019

From the self-care cult of Lizzo to Lingua Ignota's cult of vengeful women.

2019 saw a lot of fabulous releases, but which ones will stand the test of time?

While some albums are critically acclaimed but then rapidly fade into obscurity, others are so good that they could easily inspire cults. The albums on this list may not have been the year's most highly acclaimed, but they are the most likely to inspire (if they haven't already) massive cultural shifts and changes that will persist long into the 1920s.

1. Lingua Ignota — Caligula

Lingua Ignota's raging, heavy, monstrous Caligula mixes harsh noise with effects and lyrics that blend liturgical services with murderous impulses. It's a howl of rage that damns all abusers to eternal hell and suffering; and, at a time when women are getting tired of the inaction that accompanied #MeToo, Caligula could easily inspire a cult of women to take to the streets and take back what was taken from them.

LINGUA IGNOTA - DO YOU DOUBT ME TRAITOR (official audio) www.youtube.com

2. Lizzo — Cuz I Love You

The cult of Lizzo is already in full swing, and it looks like it's only going to continue to grow. Lizzo already has tremendous sway, and her lyrics are ubiquitous in Instagram captions and in politicians' Twitter feeds. As many of us resolve to get over self-hate and turn over a new leaf in 2020, Lizzo will certainly only gain notoriety and acclaim. It's easy to imagine a massive group of Twerking, face mask-using, body-positive Lizzo fans and imitators snapping selfies, going viral, and starting the defining cult of the next decade.

Lizzo - Cuz I Love You (Official Video) www.youtube.com

3. 100 gecs — 1000 gecs

100 gecs didn't mean for their album to go viral, but their absurd, chaotic collection of angsty electronica has sparked a revival movement for ex-scene kids who moved out of their small towns into big cities and immediately gravitated to the local noise venue. Like the best memes, the duo's meme-inspired album toes the line between hyper-seriousness and total parody, and ultimately it hits the perfect level of absurdity for what's going to be a very chaotic decade.

100 gecs - money machine (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

4. Tyler, the Creator — Igor

The Igor wigs were one of this Halloween's most popular costumes, and it's likely that Tyler, the Creator and his Igor alter-ego aren't going away anytime soon. Tyler, the Creator was already powerful enough to inspire Frank Ocean to start his music career, and Igor was a master-class in the art of transformation—and really, who wouldn't follow him to the edges of the Earth?

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5. BTS — Map of the Soul, Persona

The BTS ARMY is already a kind of cult, and the group's powers are continuing to escalate. They're even going to ring in 2020 as special guests on New Years' Rockin' Eve in Times Square. If BTS asked their fans to do anything or cancel anyone, there's no real doubt of what would result, and in the 2020s as algorithms become the center of warfare, the ability to instantly get something trending is a unique and formidable superpower.

BTS (방탄소년단) 'DNA' Official MV www.youtube.com

6. Kanye West — Jesus Is King

This one is contestable, because cult experts have reviewed Kanye West's Sunday Services movement and have determined that it doesn't really have the signs of an actual cult. It's just really, really born-again Christian. Whether you think Christianity itself is a cult is another discussion (but also, it is).

Kanye West - Jesus is King - Sunday Service Experience (The Forum - 11.03.19) www.youtube.com

7. Better Oblivion Community Center — Better Oblivion Community Center

Earlier this year, Phoebe Bridgers (emo-folk queen of the late 2010s) and Conor Oberst (emo-folk king of the 2000s) came together to create a cult-inspired emo-folk band about apathy, drunk nights out, and togetherness. They're definitely trying to recruit you, though it's not clear if BOCC practices any specific ideology or if they're just real sad about everything but still excited to hang out.

Better Oblivion Community Center - Dylan Thomas www.youtube.com

What artists or albums would you follow all the way to Jonestown?