Hear Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Play Ripping Solo on New Michael Schenker Song
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Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett went toe-to-toe with one of his idols, former UFO and Scorpions guitar player Michael Schenker, on the latter’s new song. On “Heart and Soul,” which will appear on Schenker’s upcoming LP, Resurrection, the two musicians trade off both bluesy and angular phrases before singer Robin McAuley brings it all back to the chorus. Schenker recently told Revolver he recorded his solo at Hammett’s studio in Hawaii. “Kirk is a fan that’s well known, but he...

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Russell Simmons Sexual Assault Allegations: A Timeline
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Since November 2017, hip-hop icon and business mogul Russell Simmons has been accused of more than a dozen cases of sexual assault or sexual misconduct. Simmons has responded by admitting “inappropriate conduct” in some instances, “apologiz for the instances of thoughtlessness in my relationships with women,” stepping away from his business interests and converting his “studio for yogic science into a not-for-profit center of learning and healing.”  But at the same time, he has disputed the allegations...

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Hear Noah Cyrus’ Gloomy New Song With Mo, ‘We Are…’
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Noah Cyrus released her first new song of 2018, the catchy kiss-off “We Are…” featuring MØ. Cyrus is set to release her debut album NC-17 this year. Similar to a few of her past singles, Cyrus aims towards anthemic reflections on her generation. This single has a bit of a more melancholy twist: “These days we only follow/ These days we’re feeling hollow/ ‘Get paid’ the only motto/ We are fucked,” she sings on the sweeping chorus. Cyrus made her...

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10 New Albums to Stream Now: ‘Black Panther,’ MGMT and More Rolling Stone Editors’ Picks
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Various Artists, Black Panther: The AlbumThe Kendrick Lamar-helmed soundtrack to Marvel Studios’ latest blockbuster features K-Dot collaborations with SZA, Travis Scott and The Weeknd, as well as appearances by Khalid, 2 Chainz, Future and Top Dog Entertainment crew members Schoolboy Q and Jay Rock. “At first, was just going to do a few songs for the film, and then he came in and watched quite a bit of the movie, and the next thing I know, they were booking a...

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See Anderson Paak Talk Influences in ‘Word Is Bond’ Preview
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Rap music’s journey from the South Bronx to the top of the charts is the focus of Word Is Bond, an upcoming Showtime documentary that examines “the transformative power of lyrics in the world of hip-hop.” The Sacha Jenkins-directed film features interviews with rappers like Nas, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Jadakiss, Tech N9ne, Rapsody and Anderson Paak, who talks about his influences in a new clip from Word Is Bond. “I was one of two black kids at my high...

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Review: Dashboard Confessional, Emo Icon, Makes Stadium-Size Return
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So much has come to pass in the 15 years since Dashboard Confessional propelled his strummy perpetually wounded boyhood drama to its Gold-record apex. Emo is now the province of Soundcloud rappers, righteous girls, and Drake. Chris Carrabba made his name at the tail-end of the Nineties singing (and shrieking) about winning (and losing) a girl, and now he returns with Crooked Shadows, his first Dashboard Confessional album in more than eight years, with that same romantic fixation holding the...

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Brian Fallon on New Solo Album ‘Sleepwalkers,’ Gaslight Anthem Reunion
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When Brian Fallon answers the phone from his home in New Jersey to talk about his new solo album Sleepwalkers, the sound of young kids floods the background. “Sleepwalking is what you do all day long,” quips the father of two. “This isn’t even a record, it’s more of a parenting manual.” As the lead singer of New Jersey quartet the Gaslight Anthem, Fallon gave rock fans their own wake-up call by tearing a page straight from the Gospel of...

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Lovebug Starski, Rap Pioneer Who Popularized Term ‘Hip-Hop,’ Dead at 57
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Kevin Smith, the Bronx DJ and rapper known as Lovebug Starski who is often credited with coining the term “hip-hop,” died Thursday at 57 following a heart attack in Las Vegas. His daughter, Tiffany, confirmed Smith’s death to Rolling Stone. Smith was among a core group of DJ pioneers, including DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash and Grand Wizard Theodore, who shaped hip-hop’s parameters in the days before recorded rap in the 1970s. Known for peppering his sets with...

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10 Things We Learned From ‘Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars’ Doc
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Getty Images/Courtesy of SHOWTIME Lili Fini Zanuck’s documentary Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars follows the guitarist as he pursues a single-minded mission to raise the profile of the blues in popular culture. During the Sixties, he moved through bands at a reckless pace in search for the right combination of blues aficionados – he joined, scored major hits and then left and/or dissolved the Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith and Derek the Dominos in less...

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Review: MGMT Rediscover the Electric Feel for ‘Little Dark Age’
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You can never go home again, especially when home is your college dorm room. On their fourth LP, the studio scientists of MGMT do a great job evoking the fizzy, dizzy New Wave psychedelia of mid-00s hits like “Kids” and “Electric Feel,” songs the duo cooked up while still at school at Wesleyan University. With their mix of poker-faced irony, lightly exotic sonics and neo-hippie whimsy, those songs, from MGMT’s debut LP, 2007’s Oracular Spectacular, helped make indie-pop a brighter...

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L7 Announce Tour, Slam ‘Capitalist Motherf–kers’ on ‘Came Back to Bitch’
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L7 are thrashing into spring with new tour dates and a raucous single, “Came Back to Bitch.” Produced by Billy Bush, the menacing track is the second original by the newly reunited head-bangers after “Dispatch From Mar-a-Lago” was released in September, marking the band’s first original material in 18 years. The coarse production on “Came Back to Bitch” hearkens back to L7’s similarly raw 1988 debut. But here, Donita Sparks seethes with a pointed rage she just didn’t possess thirty...

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Watch Dan Auerbach’s Plucky ‘Stand By My Girl’ on ‘Austin City Limits’
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Dan Auerbach delivers a delightfully wicked rendition of “Stand By My Girl” in a preview clip from his upcoming appearance on Austin City Limits. “Stand By My Girl” appears on Auerbach’s latest solo album, Waiting On a Song, and finds the Black Keys frontman flipping some of the conventions of a traditional rock-and-soul devotional. On ACL, Auerbach partners with his guitarist for some soaring riffs and delivers the song’s cheeky hook – “I’m gonna stand by my girl/ Don’t think I...

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See Big K.R.I.T., T.I.’s Stop Motion-Fueled ‘Big Bank’ Video
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Big K.R.I.T. has unveiled the new video for “Big Bank,” which features T.I. The song hails from Big K.R.I.T’s 2017 double-album, 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time. Helmed by Motion Family, their stop-motion video approach to the visuals synchronizes fittingly with the high-energy bounce of the track and its fiery verses. Big K.R.I.T. and T.I. groove through a warehouse and take it out into the streets as the Southern rappers rhyme about earning and spending bank. Next month, Big K.R.I.T....

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Hear 2 Chainz’s Surprise New EP ‘The Play Don’t Care Who Makes It’
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2 Chainz released a surprise new EP called The Play Don’t Care Who Makes It. It’s the rapper’s first release of 2018 and follows his fourth studio album, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, which dropped last year. The rapper began teasing the album earlier in the week via social media. He teased a song snippet via Instagram along with the caption, “New shit in a few days.” The four-song set features YG and Offset on the T-Minus-produced “Proud” and other producers...

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