Charlie Walk Fired from ‘The Four,’ Placed on Leave at Republic
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Republic Records executive Charlie Walk has been fired from the singing-competition TV series The Four: Battle for Stardom and placed on leave at Republic, following accusations of sexual misconduct. Walk’s final episode of The Four, which was pre-taped, will air this week. But it will not appear on the following installment, according to Deadline. Fox is reportedly still deciding how it will address Walk’s departure on air and how it will replace him on the panel. Walk was a judge...

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Flatbush Zombies Prep New LP, Behind-the-Scenes Documentary
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Brooklyn rap trio Flatbush Zombies announced release dates for three new projects including their second LP, Vacation in Hell, out on April 6th.  Vacation in Hell follows the group’s acclaimed debut LP, 2016’s 3001: A Laced Odyssey, which debuted at Number 10 on the Billboard 200. The trio toured heavily behind the album, including festival slots at Panorama, Bonnaroo and Reading and Leeds.  Frequent creative collaborator Ellington Hammond documents that busy two-year period in the upcoming documentary, out April 2nd,...

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Watch They Might Be Giants’ ‘The Greatest’ Video Starring Nick Offerman
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They Might Be Giants make actor Nick Offerman the victim of a voodoo doll in the creepy new video for “The Greatest,” a song from the duo’s latest album I Like Fun. In the video, a weird old man – for reasons unknown – has formed an Offerman obsession with the former Parks and Recreation star’s photo collaged around the man’s room. The old man tirelessly mans a sewing machine, creating what later is revealed to be a voodoo doll in...

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Watch Roy Orbison’s Hologram Sing ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’
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Three months before a Roy Orbison hologram takes the stage for a series of “concerts,” the production company behind the spectacle released a preview of the performance. In the clip, the Orbison hologram, backed by an orchestra, plays the legendary singer’s 1964 hit “Oh, Pretty Woman.” In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert, which has already booked April dates in the United Kingdom, features the estate-approved Orbison hologram backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The production is expected to head to...

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018
The Last Word: Chuck D on Why Rap Could Be ‘the Blues of This Century’
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Illustration by Mark Summers Chuck D has never been shy about sharing his opinions. From the earliest days of Public Enemy, the rapper spoke out about everything from police brutality to what he saw as systematic racism in American society. In the past year, he’s had a new platform for expressing his views in Prophets of Rage, a supergroup he formed with B-Real of Cypress Hill and 3/4th of Rage Against The Machine. They are heading to New Zealand and...

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018
Stone Temple Pilots Preview New LP With Roaring ‘Roll Me Under’
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Stone Temple Pilots have released “Roll Me Under,” their latest single with new singer Jeff Gutt. The crunchy, hard-hitting track will appear on the band’s upcoming LP, Stone Temple Pilots, out March 18th.  “Roll Me Under” is the second track to feature Gutt that the band has unveiled so far, following “Meadow,” which came out in November. Singing over ringing guitars from Dean DeLeo and clobbering drums from Eric Kretz, Gutt strikes a defiant pose. “Roll me under/I’ll pull...

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018
Inside the Stunning Resurrection of Michael Nesmith’s First National Band
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Michael Nesmith couldn’t believe what he was seeing when he walked onstage at the San Bernardino, California, club Pappy & Harriet’s Palace earlier this month. It was his first gig with his early-Seventies country-rock group the First National Band since they split 46 years ago amid raging public disinterest, yet here was a capacity crowd euphorically singing along to songs drawn from a trio of albums that never went higher than Number 143 on the Billboard album chart. “This is...

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018
Flashback: Michael Jackson Reclaims His Pop Throne at Super Bowl XXVII
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The halftime show for Super Bowl XXVI, in 1992, was legendarily awful – and not just because of the grotesque, striped sweater Olympic figure skater Brian Boitano wore while declaring, with Dorothy Hamill at his side, “It’s winter magic!” Kids in MC Hammer pants rapped about Frosty the Snowman; a dude on stilts was inexplicably given seven of television’s most valuable seconds to wave to the camera. You could practically hear viewers changing channels to Fox’ In Living Color halftime...

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018
See Megadeth’s Mascot Go on Cemetery Rampage in New ‘Lying in State’ Video
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Megadeth‘s skull-faced mascot Vic Rattlehead, katana sword in hand, combs a cemetery in search of a captive boy in the band’s new video for “Lying in State,” an especially bleak cut off their 2016 album Dystopia. The song’s lyrics seem to be politically charged, with Dave Mustaine singing, “What we are witnessing is the decline of Western civilization,” but the clip itself is pure fantasy: The band performs in a ruined tomb next to burning trash cans, Vic’s sword has...

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018
Lorde Handwrites Note on Grammys: ‘Thank You for Believing in Female Musicians’
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After the 2018 Grammy Awards, Lorde took out a full-page advertisement in Tuesday’s New Zealand Herald, which she hand wrote. “Last night I saw a lot of crazy & wonderful things,” wrote the singer, the only female Album of the Year nominee. “I just wanted to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for loving & embracing Melodrama the way you did. My nomination belongs to you. Thank you, also, for believing in female musicians. You set a beautiful precedent!”...

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018
DJ Khaled on Being a ‘Hip-Hop Dad,’ Plans to Work With Kendrick Lamar
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“You’re gettin’ all kinds of stuff out of me,” says DJ Khaled backstage at the Grammy Awards. He’s bluffing. The boisterous hip-hop producer hasn’t given away all that much about his imminent new album, the follow up to 2017’s Grateful, but he hints that it will involve Kendrick Lamar. “We’ve been talking about it,” the 42-year-old producer says of the Grammy-winning rapper. “I know when I do get my opportunity to present something with Khaled and Kendrick, I want it...

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Radio DJ Accused of Groping Taylor Swift Lands Mississippi Radio Job
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David Mueller, the radio DJ accused of groping Taylor Swift, received a new job co-hosting a morning show in Mississippi, the Daily News reports. Mueller, who previously went by the pseudonym “Jackson,” will now appear on-air as “Stonewall Jackson” and co-host “Jackson and Jonbob” on 92.7 KIX. Mueller’s new boss, Delta Radio CEO Larry Fuss, defended his decision to hire the disgraced DJ in an interview with the Daily News saying, “I sat down with him face-to-face in Minneapolis before I...

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018
Quincy Jones Talks Taylor Swift, His 22 Girlfriends and Donald Glover
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No topic was off-limits in a new, wide-ranging interview with Quincy Jones, one of music’s most prolific producers, artists, entrepreneurs and all-around multi-hyphenates. Jones, who will turn 85 this March, told GQ that he has no plans of slowing down despite his advanced age; if anything, he’s looking forward to living until he’s 110, thanks to some treatments he’s been undergoing at an exclusive hospital in Stockholm, Sweden, six days each year. “I feel like a child, man,” he said....

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Grammys 2018: Artists Sound Off on Sexism, Equality, Power of White Rose
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When the Grammys rolled into New York City Sunday night, it appeared the only #MeToo moment would be Kesha’s rousing, star-studded performance of “Praying” preceded by Janelle Monae’s impassioned call to arms. But earlier in the week, a group of 16 women in the music industry, drawing inspiration from the Time’s Up initiative that asked women to wear black to the Golden Globes, formed the organization Voices in Entertainment and led a charge for people to wear white roses to...

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Paul Simon Details ‘Farewell’ Show in London
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Paul Simon has scheduled a farewell performance for July 15th at London’s Hyde Park. The gig is the only concert Simon has scheduled for 2018 so far. It is unclear if the show is meant to be an official retirement send-off.  The concert, officially billed as Homeward Bound: The Farewell Performance, will also feature James Taylor and his All-Star Band and Bonnie Raitt. Additional performers will be announced at a later date. Tickets go on sale February 2nd, while a...

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Inside Car Seat Headrest’s New-Old ‘Fantasy’
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It’s a small room. More of a closet really. Toward the back, there’s an upright piano; on the left, a large Marshall guitar amplifier, a box of Pop-Tarts and an electric heater. On the floor, a backpack and a flimsy mattress where Car Seat Headrest mastermind Will Toledo has been sleeping for the past two weeks. For all intents and purposes, this is home: Decade Music Studios, on the fourth floor of a nondescript commercial building on the North Side...

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Flashback: Paul Simon Reunites With Garfunkel for 1993 Farewell Shows
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On July 15th, Paul Simon will play a massive gig in London’s Hyde Park billed as Homeward Bound: The Farewell Performance. It’s unclear at the moment if he intends for this to be the final gig he ever plays, the last time he plays in London or simply the beginning of a farewell tour. It is consistent with statements he made to the New York Times in 2016 about his desire to pack it up. “Showbiz doesn’t hold any interest...

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Broken Social Scene Plot North American Tour
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Canadian indie rock veterans Broken Social Scene will embark on a North American tour this spring in support of their latest album, Hug of Thunder. The trek kicks off March 23rd at Stubbs in Austin, Texas and includes stops in New Orleans, Orlando, Charlotte, North Carolina and Baltimore. The tour wraps April 8th at the Wellmont in Montclair, New Jersey. Tickets go on sale February 2nd and February 3rd at 10 a.m. local time, with complete information available on the Broken...

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The Sound and the Fury of Meat Loaf: ‘I Am Not a Rock Star’
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Dan Winters for Rolling Stone As it turns out, in the hill country west of Austin, in a big-ass house in a big-ass gated community, the singer known as Meat Loaf is hanging in there. He’s 70. His hair is thinning, his hands are unsteady, his back is such a mess he can’t get into bed at night without help from Deborah, his wife of 10 years, much less put on his socks and shoes. To get to the easy...

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The Velvet Underground’s ‘White Light/White Heat’: 10 Things You Didn’t Know
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Of all of the Velvet Underground‘s officially released studio and live albums, White Light/White Heat is by far the noisiest and most difficult. “No one listened to it,” said Lou Reed of the LP in 2013, just a few months before his death. “But there it is forever – the quintessence of articulated punk. And no one goes near it.” Recorded in a short flurry of studio sessions in September 1967, and released on January 30th, 1968, White Light/White Heat –...

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