Hear Julian Casablancas’ Brooding New Voidz Song ‘Pointlessness’
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The Voidz, the outfit of Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, unveiled a brooding new song, “Pointlessness,” set to appear on their upcoming album, Virtue, out March 30th via Cult and RCA Records. “Pointlessness” finds Casablancas singing in a warbled croon over a morass of synths that builds and morphs in captivating ways. Nearly halfway through, heavy drums help anchor “Pointlessness” into a steady groove, allowing the song to grow to a bombastic peak packed with ragged guitars before it recedes into...

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Peter Gabriel Strips Down ‘Here Comes the Flood’ in 1979
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It’s not easy being a Peter Gabriel fan in 2018. He hasn’t released an album of original tunes since 2002’s Up, even if he’s supposedly been picking away at a follow-up called I/O since 2005. He refuses to put his music on Spotify and surely plays no small roll in keeping the 1974 Genesis double LP masterpiece The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway off there, too. He pops his head to the surface every couple of years for a brief...

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Smashing Pumpkins: 7 Questions We Still Have About ‘Reunion’ Tour
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The Smashing Pumpkins are reportedly days away from announcing a reunion tour – minus the band’s reclusive founding bassist, D’arcy Wretzky. The band said in a recent statement that Wretzky declined numerous invitations to join the tour. “James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin and William Corgan haven’t played a show with D’arcy Wretzky for over 18 years,” the band said. “But it’s not for a lack of trying … Ms. Wretzky has repeatedly been invited out to play with the group, participate...

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Code Orange: Metal’s Rising Stars on Their Grammy Nod, Breakthrough Year
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Two weeks before the Grammys, Code Orange drummer-vocalist Jami Morgan is admiring the outfit he’ll be wearing on the red carpet: a bespoke black fur coat. He never thought he’d possess something like this, let alone sport it during such a high-stakes occasion. “After we announced the nomination, I got a message on Twitter,” recounts Morgan in his band’s three-bedroom home in Pittsburgh, less than a mile away from where the members grew up together. He pulls up a photo...

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Pearls Before Swine Band Mastermind Tom Rapp Dead at 70
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Tom Rapp, the leader of the beloved psych rock outfit Pearls Before Swine and a longtime civil rights lawyer, died in hospice at his home in Melbourne, Florida. He was 70. A representative for the record label Drag City, reissued Pearls Before Swine’s debut One Nation Underground last year, confirmed the musician’s death. Rapp was born in North Dakota and grew up in the upper midwest. He received his first guitar at age six. He took to the instrument immediately and in...

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Review: Kendrick Lamar Goes Superhero-Producer on ‘Black Panther’ Soundtrack
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It’s not every day that the marketing machinations of a multibillion-dollar Walt Disney subsidiary align with the utopian imagination of the black artistic and intellectual vanguard. But we live in strange times. Thus Black Panther, the latest entry in the Marvel superhero movie universe, which arrives amid Star Wars-level hype. The Black Panther soundtrack album has been This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Review: Kendrick Lamar Goes Superhero-Producer on ‘Black Panther’...

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Superchunk on Finding Hope in Trump Resistance
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Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan can vividly recall what he felt the moment he learned that Donald Trump had been elected president: “horror, depression, sadness.” Rather than bottle up those feelings, which escalated in the weeks to come as he saw the alt-right gain newfound confidence, he began work on what would become the indie-rock group’s 11th studio album, What a Time to Be Alive, written entirely between November 2016 and February 2017. The title is sardonic. “It seemed it would...

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Joan Jett, Styx Plot Expansive North American Tour
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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Styx will co-headline a North American tour this summer with heavy metal outfit Tesla serving as support. The trek kicks off May 30th at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, California and includes stops in Denver, Dallas, Atlanta, Boston, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago and Pittsburgh. The tour wraps July 15th at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. Tickets for most shows will go on sale February 16th at 10 a.m. local time via...

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See Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready Record New Song With Foster Kids
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Last fall, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready welcomed five young men who lived in foster care as children into his band’s studio with the intention of making a song. The thing was, recording in a professional studio was a new experience for everyone except McCready. “This was a bunch of guys that had never met each other, so you never know how that’s going to go,” McCready tells Rolling Stone. Together, they created “Try So Hard,” a mellow, uplifting song...

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Mark E. Smith’s Family Confirms Singer’s Cause of Death
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Mark E. Smith’s sisters Barbara, Suzanne and Caroline confirmed that singer died from lung and kidney cancer in a short statement posted on The Fall’s website on Monday. Smith’s sisters remembered his perseverance while fighting a terminal cancer diagnosis. Smith died on January 24th at age 60. “Mark fought a long and hard battle,” they wrote. “He took every treatment going, which could be brutal at times and left Mark with some horrible side effects. Mark was such a strong man and...

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Hear Lucy Dacus Find Inner Peace on Galvanic New Song ‘Next of Kin’
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Lucy Dacus contemplates death and self-forgiveness on her new single, “Next of Kin.” The 22-year-old singer’s supple contralto provides calm over snapping guitar and bass. It’s a smart combination Dacus returns to on her forthcoming album, Historian, out March 2nd. She released the record’s first song, “Night Shift,” in December.  Dacus tells Rolling Stone that “Kin” lyrics like “I used to be too deep inside my head/ Now I’m too far out of my skin,”...

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Watch MO Perform Intimate Version of Diplo Collaboration ‘Get It Right’
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Danish singer-songwriter MØ performed intimate versions of three electro-pop tunes – “When I Was Young,” “Run Away” and Diplo collaboration “Get It Right” – during a mini-set for Rolling Stone‘s “Take One Performance” series. The singer showcased her smoky vocal tone, closing her eyes in a trance-like state. On Diplo’s “Get It Right,” her three-piece backing band anchored the main hook with sampled piano and pitch-shifted backing vocals, minimalist bass...

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Smashing Pumpkins Explain D’arcy Absence Ahead of Rumored Reunion
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Two days before the Smashing Pumpkins are rumored to announce the long-awaited reunion of three-quarters of their classic lineup, the band issued a statement explaining why the fourth key member won’t be taking part. “In reuniting The Smashing Pumpkins, the band’s dedication remains to its fans and its music. To that, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, and William Corgan haven’t played a show with D’arcy Wretzky for over 18 years. But it’s not for a lack of trying,” the band said...

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