Justin Timberlake Producer Danja Talks Making the Wild, Futuristic ‘Filthy’
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Last Friday, pop superstar Justin Timberlake returned with “Filthy,” a strutting single that’s a surprising pivot from the carefree, innocuous Trolls tune “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” In contrast, “Filthy” is full of grating synths and shrill screams. There’s a pair of stadium-funk breakdowns, all walloping drum fills and histrionic guitars. Although Timberlake has relied heavily on falsetto vocal displays in the past, this time he keeps his voice in the middle of mix, so the singer and the...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018
Lester Bangs Play ‘How to Be a Rock Critic’ Captures Writer’s Wild Spirit
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Critics aren’t the most obvious subjects for drama. But if anyone qualified for a theatrical presentation, it would be the late Lester Bangs, whose caffeinated, take-few-prisoners prose and rock & roll–animal image (accurate or not) made him nearly as iconic as the musicians he loved, dissected or trashed. Bangs, who died of a drug-related overdose in 1982 at 33, has been immortalized in two anthologies, a biography (Jim DeRogatis’ well-researched Let It Blurt), and a movie (Philip Seymour Hoffman played...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018
Hear Superchunk Preview New LP With Fierce, Melodic ‘Erasure’
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Superchunk released a compact new power-pop song titled “Erasure” on Tuesday. The track will appear next month on What a Time to Be Alive, out February 16th. “Erasure” is squarely within Superchunk tradition, centering around Laura Ballance’s chugging basslines and the rattling, hyperactive drumming of Jon Wurster. Mac McCaughan adds his nasal, keening vocals and Jim Wilbur contributes scraping guitar. Superchunk also enlisted Katie Crutchfield from Waxahatchee and Stephin Merritt from the Magnetic Fields to...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018
Hear Kendrick Lamar’s Ferocious New Song in ‘Black Panther’ Trailer
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Kendrick Lamar and Vince Staples rap over a ruthless electronic beat in the new trailer for Black Panther. Lamar oversaw the film’s soundtrack along with his label-head, TDE’s Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith. The new song is punctuates the onslaught of explosions and gunfire in the trailer. The Black Panther teaser opens with the actor Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) questioning the existence of the film’s hero: “You’re telling me that the king of a third-world country runs around in a bullet-proof cat...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018
First ‘Assassin’s Creed Origins’ Expansion Coming This Month
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The first expansion for Assassin’s Creed Origins, “The Hidden Ones,” is shipping sometime this month, developer-publisher Ubisoft recently announced (via Eurogamer). No specific release date has been given at this time.  The Hidden Ones picks up after the events of the main game’s campaign, once again putting players into the role of protagonist Bayek. The expansion, according to Ubisoft, will have a “vast” story, as well as a raised level cap to 45 and a new Roman-controlled region of Egypt. ...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018
Sugarland Plot 2018 Still the Same Tour
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Grammy-winning country duo Sugarland have revealed plans for their Still the Same 2018 Tour, which will mark the first time members Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush have been on the road together in more than five years. Set to kick off on May 4th in Durant, Oklahoma, and wrap up September 8th in Newark, New Jersey, the full-scale tour will visit 48 cities from coast to coast, including the famed Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018
Hear Breeders Preview First Album in 10 Years With Title Track ‘All Nerve’
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The Breeders unveiled a deceptively punishing new song, “All Nerve,” the title track from the group’s first album in 10 years, out March 2nd via 4AD. “All Nerve” opens with Kim Deal crooning wistful lyrics over a sparse tangle of shuffling drums and crackling guitars. But the song takes a delightfully heavy turn with a barrage of down beats as ragged riffs as Deal’s voice leaps to a wail. All Nerve follows the Breeders’ 2008 album Mountain Battles, but notably...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018
Car Seat Headrest Prep Re-Recorded Version of 2011 LP ‘Twin Fantasy’
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Car Seat Headrest will release a re-recorded, reimagined version of his 2011 Bandcamp LP, Twin Fantasy, on February 16th via Matador. In a statement about the project, singer-songwriter Will Toledo described the original, lo-fi album as “never a finished work,” adding, “It wasn’t until last year that I figured out how to finish it.” That process involved utilizing his current live band, a bigger budget and more scheduling flexibility. Toledo previewed the updated Twin Fantasy with a self-directed video for...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018
Greta Van Fleet’s Misty Mountain Revival
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The four members of the Michigan band Greta Van Fleet look, act and sound like they were grown in the lab of some classic-rock-loving mad scientist. How else to explain a group of kids who go around dropping references to Vanilla Fudge’s Carmine Appice and Free’s Paul Kossoff, who cover Fairport Convention and Howlin’ Wolf – and who, by the way, make huge, throwback, blues-riff-riding rock that often sounds preposterously, uncannily close to newly unearthed Led Zeppelin tracks? “We are...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018
James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt Plot 2018 U.S. Tour
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James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt will unite this summer for a joint tour. Each artist will perform full sets throughout the U.S. trek, which launches May 8th in Jacksonville, Florida; the jaunt spans May and June, including a pair of back-to-back shows at L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl, and concludes July 1st in Buffalo, New York. All tickets for all dates go on sale January 19th at 10 a.m. local time – except the St. Paul, Minnesota show, which will be available...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018
Watch Meryl Streep Fail Oscar Quiz About Herself on ‘Kimmel’
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Meryl Streep flopped a pop quiz about her Academy Awards track record on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday. Streep has been nominated for a whopping 20 Oscars and host Jimmy Kimmel wanted to see how many of those films the actress could name in 60 seconds. If she got them all, Kimmel promised, he’d give her a bonus Oscar. While Streep was able to rattle off several classics to start – The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Kramer Vs. Kramer, Silkwood and Sophie’s...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018
‘Black Mirror’: How ‘U.S.S. Callister’ Fails Both Video Games And Itself
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Are we supposed to feel at ease watching an episode of Black Mirror? Just recently I was entertained, titillated, utterly compelled and, above all else, comforted by an episode, “U.S.S. Callister,” that leapt off the back of video games to perform a cultural takedown of today’s most viral villain: the white, male, entitled asshole. I loved seeing this asshole taken to pieces. In a narrative arc that dually served as an homage to nostalgic fandom and a criticism of our...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018
Hear Black Eyed Peas Slam Racist Policy on ‘Street Livin”
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Black Eyed Peas take aim at police brutality, the criminal justice system and immigration policy on “Street Livin,'” a sobering new boom bap song the group shared on Monday.  The Black Eyed Peas became global superstars during the second half of the 2000s with a stream of turbocharged dance pop singles, but they abandon that sound on their latest track. Instead, the group returns to the sample-heavy, socially-conscious hip-hop they favored early in their career. The beat to “Street Livin'”...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018
Bonnaroo: Eminem, the Killers, Muse Headline 2018 Festival
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Eminem, the Killers and Muse will headline this year’s Bonnaroo, scheduled to return to “the Farm” in Manchester, Tennessee from June 7th – 10th. Future, Bassnectar, Sturgill Simpson, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Sheryl Crow, Paramore and Khalid are also on this year’s lineup, which also features Bon Iver performing “two unique sets.” In addition, the 17th annual festival will feature Mavis Staples, Alt-J, Broken Social Scene, Kaskade, Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals, Trombone Shorty & Orleans...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018
Watch Kendrick Lamar Perform ‘Damn.’ Medley at College Football Championship
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Kendrick Lamar staged the first halftime performance in College Football Playoffs history, performing a four-song set featuring three songs from the rapper’s acclaimed Damn. as well as new single “All the Stars.” 50 Best Albums of 2017 Taylor Swift clapped back, Kendrick Lamar got personal, Lorde threw a high-concept party and more The mini-concert took place outside near Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium; inside the stadium, Donald Trump watched as Alabama took on Georgia in the championship game. Despite the...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018
Watch Lana Del Rey Talk Potential Radiohead Lawsuit at Denver Concert
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Lana Del Rey warned fans that her potential lawsuit with Radiohead could result in the singer removing “Get Free” – the song accused of resembling the band’s “Creep” – from future editions of her latest LP Lust for Life. On Sunday night, hours after Del Rey confirmed that she might end up in court after failing to reach a compromise with Radiohead over the song’s publishing, the singer talked about the legal situation during her Denver concert (via Pitchfork). Prior...

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