Parquet Courts Detail New Danger Mouse-Produced LP ‘Wide Awake!’
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Indie rock outfit Parquet Courts unveiled a two-part garage rock song, “Almost Had to Start a Fight/In And Out of Patience.” It comes from their upcoming Danger Mouse-produced album, Wide Awake!, out May 18th via Rough Trade. Over fast drums and guitars, singer Andrew Savage and the rest of Parquet Courts begin a call-and-response interrogation of everything from mass transit to existential nightmares: “The MTA/ Took the first of it/ Twenty minute delay/ Wasn’t the worst of it/ Saw it...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018
Why Are Albums So Long Right Now?
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With 24 tracks, clocking in at one hour and 46 minutes, Migos’ Culture II lasts long enough to listen to all of Pink Floyd’s The Wall and still make it more than halfway through The Dark Side of the Moon. Its Number One debut on the Billboard album chart is the latest twist in streaming’s reshaping of music consumption: the rise of mega albums. On Spotify, the duration of the top five streamed albums rose almost 10 minutes over the...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018
Hear Flatbush Zombies’ Vicious Origin Story on New Song ‘Headstone’
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Brooklyn rap trio Flatbush Zombies unveiled a vicious new single, “Headstone,” from their upcoming album, Vacation in Hell, out April 6th. It also released a black-and-white video for the track directed by Luke Monaghan and filmed in the group’s native Flatbush, Brooklyn neighborhood. One of the group’s three MCs, Erick “Arc” Elliott, produced “Headstone,” crafting a meaning beat from piano and drums. Meechy Darko opens the track with a limber hook setting the dismal tone: “Been thugging...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018
Janelle Monae Previews Third LP ‘Dirty Computer’ With Two New Songs
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Janelle Monáe unveiled two new songs “Make Me Feel” and “Django Jane,” set to appear on her upcoming album, Dirty Computer, out April 27th. Both tracks arrived with music videos. Alan Ferguson directed the “Make Me Feel” clip and Andrew Donoho, Chuck Lighting and Lacey Duke co-directed “Django Jane.” With “Make Me Feel,” Monáe unleashes another electric dance floor gem, blending snappy percussion, rumbling bass synths and a euphoric, Prince-inspired guitar line. The...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018
Latin Trap Artist Bad Bunny Tapped by Apple Debuts New Song
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The Puerto Rican artist Bad Bunny, who has scored numerous hits as part of the rising Latin trap movement, will be Apple’s latest Up Next artist. The singer-rapper debuted his new single, “Dime Si Te Acuerdas,” via Apple Music on Thursday. “Bad Bunny is one of the most exciting artists in the world,” Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe told Rolling Stone. “Bad Bunny is connecting with fans like no other artist we’ve ever seen,” added Jerry Pulles, Apple Music’s head...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018
Hear Breeders’ Dark New Song ‘Nervous Mary,’ From First LP in 10 Years
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The Breeders unveiled a bristling new song, “Nervous Mary,” set to appear on the alt-rock outfit’s upcoming album, All Nerve, out March 2nd. Kim Deal sings with a low, candid edge, that’s balanced with the occasional harmony, making lines like “Run for your life, they’re coming up on us,” sound sweet and ominous simultaneously.  “Nervous Mary” follows the band’s previously released All Nerve songs, “Wait In the Car,” and the album’s title track. All Nerve marks...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018
Guitar Virtuoso Sandy Bull Gets Reissue of Last LP ‘Steel Tears’
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Omnivore Recordings will reissue Sandy Bull’s final album, Steel Tears, along with four previously unreleased tracks on April 13th.  Bull, an influential psych-folk musician who influenced Patti Smith, Bob Dylan and more, recorded several albums that attracted a cult following in the 1960s. His work incorporated folk, blues, psychedelia and classical influences next to music from India, Brazil and the Middle East. But after 1972’s Demolition Derby, Bull recorded only three albums before his death in 2001. Steel Tears was...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018
Madonna’s ‘Ray of Light’: 6 Things You Didn’t Know
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Madonna’s collaborators on ‘Ray of Light’ delve into the making of the star’s pivotal 1998 LP. Photofest Twenty years ago, Madonna was at a crossroads. After launching her Maverick entertainment company in 1992 with her widely but not wisely panned Erotica album and Sex book, the star entered a period of relative caution. The exuberant queerness of those works gave way to muted ballads, followed by Evita, which made her feminism palatable to Middle America. After the birth of her daughter...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018
Inside the Panoptic Studio, the Dome That Could Give Robots Super-Senses
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In a chilly basement room at Carnegie Mellon University sits a giant dome that looks like part physics experiment, part that chamber Darth Vader kicks back in. Wires and electronic boxes stud the walls, which curve nearly 14 feet in the air. But this space wasn’t built for subatomic particles, and it wasn’t built for space villains. It was built for the betterment of robots. This is the so-called Panoptic Studio. The wires and electronics are actually an elaborate system...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018
See Liam Gallagher Sing Yoko Ono-Inspired ‘I’ve All I Need’ on ‘Corden’
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Liam Gallagher had an air of casual charisma during his performance of “I’ve All I Need” on The Late Late Show on Wednesday. The song originally appeared last October as part of As You Were, the former Oasis singer’s solo debut. On The Late Late Show, Gallagher’s drummer beat out a square, imposing rhythm over the lead guitarist’s melody. Gallagher barreled through short, rhyming verses with his hands at his pockets. He frequently stepped away from the microphone and stared...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018
Radiohead’s ‘Pablo Honey’: 10 Things You Didn’t Know
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The first major step in Radiohead‘s lengthy journey from Oxford club mainstays to globally lauded architects of contemporary art rock took the form of Pablo Honey, their debut LP, issued on February 22nd, 1993. While the album lacks the musical daring that characterized their later works, it finds the band wearing their influences openly, with a refreshing absence of self-consciousness. Glimmers of U2, the Cure, the Smiths and even the Who shine through, signs of Thom Yorke & Co. struggling...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018
See Foo Fighters Perform ‘The Sky Is a Neighborhood’ at Brit Awards
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Foo Fighters, who have won five BRIT awards over the course of their career, performed at the ceremony for the first time on Wednesday. They also took home the International Group award for the fourth time, having won the category previously in 2008, 2012 and 2015. The band was also the recipient of 2008’s Brit award for International Album. For their performance, Foo Fighters appeared on the top of a roof of a makeshift house, mirroring the official video for...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018
Brit Awards: Dua Lipa Performs ‘New Rules,’ Talks Women’s Empowerment
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Dua Lipa performed an empowering “New Rules” during Wednesday’s Brit Awards in London. The singer, who was nominated for five Brits, won the British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Artist awards. Performing between her two wins, Lipa took the stage flanked by a large flamingo statue and a bevy of all-female dancers in a summery-styled setting. She and her dancers strutted around palm trees, beach chairs and a side stage resembling a pool while she sang her hit about...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018
Brit Awards: Liam Gallagher Performs ‘Live Forever’ for Manchester Tribute
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Liam Gallagher performed an intimate version of Oasis‘ 1994 single “Live Forever” at the 2018 Brit Awards on Wednesday. The performance served as a tribute to the victims of the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing. The singer stood in his trademark stance: stationary, leaning to the side, hands stuffed in his jacket pockets, as he belted over an acoustic guitar and cello. Gallagher made a surprise guest spot during Coldplay’s set at last year’s “One Love Manchester” benefit, where he sang...

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Nicole Atkins Announces Spring Tour, Drops ‘Brokedown Luck’ Video
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Nicole Atkins will embark on a tour of the eastern United States this spring in support of her latest LP, Goodnight Rhonda Lee. Following a pair of March dates, the trek kicks off in proper with an April 18th gig at Birmingham, Alabama’s Saturn and concludes May 5th at Woodstock, New York’s Bearsville. In addition to the tour dates, Atkins also shared her new video for the Dap-Kings-assisted track “Brokedown Luck,” starring the now-sober singer navigating her way through a zany...

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Producer Boi-1da on the Road to Drake’s Number One Smash ‘God’s Plan’
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Boi-1da has been a crucial part of Drake‘s braintrust ever since he helped craft the rapper’s first hit, 2009’s “Best I Ever Had.” In 2014, Boi-1da co-produced “0 to 100,” the first SoundCloud loosie to garner a Grammy nomination; in 2015, he oversaw Drake’s turn towards belligerent and brawling as executive producer on If You’re Reading This It’s too Late; in 2016, he soothed Drake’s transition into dancehall, producing the Number One Rihanna collaboration...

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018
See John Mayer Play Jazzy ‘I’m Gonna Find Another You’ With Wynton Marsalis
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In June 2006, John Mayer showed off his jazzy side in a guest appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s annual fundraising gala. The singer-guitarist teamed with trumpeter and JALC artistic director Wynton Marsalis, and other members of the organization’s house band, for a heartfelt version of “I’m Gonna Find Another You,” a lovelorn, downtempo track that would see release on his Continuum LP that same year. Audio of the performance, which you can watch in full above, appears on United...

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Dave Navarro Recruits Courtney Love, Billy Idol for Mental Health Charity Show
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Guitarists Dave Navarro and Billy Morrison are recruiting Billy Idol, Courtney Love, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Eagles of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes for a mental health charity concert. The event will take place April 16th at Los Angeles’ Belasco Theatre. The Above Ground event will benefit the Recording Academy’s Musicares Foundation. It will feature the all-star lineup covering two classic records: the Velvet Underground’s 1967 album, The Velvet Underground & Nico and Adam and the...

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Toto Plan Career-Spanning Limited Edition Box Set ‘All In’
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Toto will rerelease and remaster the majority of their catalog for the limited edition box set All In, a massive 13-CD, 17-LP collection that includes two discs of unreleased material. All In, available to preorder now through April 10th ahead of its fall release, will include the band’s first 10 studio albums – This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Toto Plan Career-Spanning Limited Edition Box Set ‘All...

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Is the Smashing Pumpkins Reunion Really a Reunion?
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D’arcy Wretzky hasn’t been seen holding a bass guitar in public since Bill Clinton was president.  But as rumors surfaced that Billy Corgan was planning to reunite the original line-up of This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Is the Smashing Pumpkins Reunion Really a...

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