Maynard James Keenan Offers Encouraging Update on New Tool Album
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Maynard James Keenan offered an encouraging update on the long-awaited Tool album on Twitter, alerting the alt-metal band’s fans that he has finished composing – but hasn’t yet recorded – his contributions to the follow-up to 2006’s 10,000 Days. “Started getting music files from the boys w the word FINAL in the title a few months ago after 11 years of begging. That in theory means the tracks wont change out from under me while I’m trying to write stories...

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Saturday, 17 February 2018
Solange Chosen as Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year
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Solange was honored with the 2018 Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year distinction. Past winners have included Salma Hayek, Eva Longoria, Queen Latifah, Viola Davis, Shakira, John Legend and Jackie Chan. Each year, the Artist of the Year selection is voted on by students and faculty of the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations. According to its website, the foundation aims to “improve relations among racial and ethnic groups within the University and to enhance the quality of our...

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Friday, 16 February 2018
Smashing Pumpkins’ Band Drama: The Complete History
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After nearly two decades of drama, Smashing Pumpkins have reunited their classic lineup – sort of – for a summer tour. Billy Corgan, guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin will be playing together without the aid of D’arcy Wretzky, the band’s bassist from 1988 through 1999. “Some 30 years ago, as ‘The Smashing Pumpkins,’ James Iha and I began a musical journey in the cramped rear bedroom of my father’s house,” Corgan said of the reunion in a statement....

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Friday, 16 February 2018
A$AP Rocky, Gucci Mane, 21 Savage Team Up in New ‘Cocky’ Video
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A$AP Rocky, Gucci Mane and 21 Savage unite on “Cocky,” a collaborative single featured in the upcoming basketball comedy film Uncle Drew, out June 29th. The rappers exchange verses over producer London on Da Track’s minimalist synth lines. “I’m too cold for these suckers; they ain’t got more money than me,” Gucci Mane boasts. “I wear my mink in the summer when its 103.” A$AP Rocky works in some hoops-themed rhymes in his section, rapping, “Make a cheerleader cream; so what,...

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Friday, 16 February 2018
10 New Albums to Stream Now: Brandi Carlile, Belle and Sebastian and More Rolling Stone Editors’ Picks
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Brandi Carlile, By the Way, I Forgive YouLong beloved by champions of songcraft – as evidenced by last year’s tribute album featuring the likes of Adele, Pearl Jam and Dolly Parton – this troubadour has released “a moving and righteous piece of Americana-infused pop,” writes Brittany Spanos. Carlile “belts with gusto, whether offering nostalgic, harmonized forgiveness … or a shoulder to cry on.”Read Our Review: Brandi Carlile’s By the Way, I Forgive You Is Righteous...

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Friday, 16 February 2018
Review: Brandi Carlile’s ‘By the Way, I Forgive You’ Is Righteous Americana
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Cozy up to the year’s early standout: On her sixth LP, veteran songwriter Brandi Carlile teams up with co-producers Shooter Jennings and Dave Cobb for a moving and righteous piece of Americana-infused pop. Across the 10-track LP, the folk-tinged singer belts with gusto, whether offering nostalgic, harmonized forgiveness on album opener “Everytime I Hear That Song” or a shoulder to cry on with anthemic ballad “The Joke.” She flexes her country roots on the quaint “Fulton County Jane Doe,” which...

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Friday, 16 February 2018
Watch Drake’s Million-Dollar Donation Spree in ‘God’s Plan’ Video
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Drake embarks on a million-dollar spree of benevolence through Miami in his poignant “God’s Plan” video. The clip opens with a caption reading, “The budget for this video was $996,631.90. We gave it all away. Don’t tell the label.” During his tour of good deeds, the rapper pays for strangers’ groceries, presents teenagers with new cars, hands over stacks of cash to struggling families, takes people shopping, surprises kids with toys and donates to institutions like the University of Miami’s...

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Friday, 16 February 2018
Hear David Byrne Team With Oneohtrix Point Never on ‘This Is That’
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David Byrne teams with producer Oneohtrix Point Never for the new song “This Is That,” the latest offering from the former Talking Heads singer’s upcoming LP, American Utopia. Over sparse beats manipulated pianos and icy synths, Byrne sings, “That’s when I got your message / That’s when I sing this song / That’s when he says it’s over / That’s when my life is in your hands now / That’s when I call you up / That’s when my river overflows...

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Friday, 16 February 2018
Hear Albert Hammond Jr.’s Romantic New Song ‘Far Away Truths’
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Albert Hammond Jr. released a new single, “Far Away Truths,” from his upcoming fourth solo LP, Francis Trouble, out March 9th. The Strokes guitarist belts power-pop hooks anchored by distorted riffs and a driving rhythm section. “Far Away Truths” is Hammond Jr.’s second sample from the new album, following “Muted Beatings.” The songwriter paired that track with a romantic video starring himself and actress Portia Doubleday. Francis Trouble, the guitarist’s first solo record since 2015’s...

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Friday, 16 February 2018
Recording Academy Counters Recent Study Showing Gender Disparity at Grammys
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The Recording Academy sent a letter to its members this week to counter recent reports that the Grammys have traditionally favorited men over women. Shortly before the awards show last month, a study by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative reported that only 9.3 percent of Grammy nominees from 2013 to 2018 were female and that a mere 6.1 percent of Album of the Year nominees were women. “When we read the headlines, ‘Only 9 percent of Grammy nominees are women,’...

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Friday, 16 February 2018
See Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future Scale the Heights in ‘King’s Dead’ Video
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Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and Future scale the heights, literally and figuratively, in the new video for “King’s Dead.” The song, which also features James Blake, appears on the recently released Black Panther: The Album, which Lamar helmed alongside Top Dawg Entertainment’s Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith. Directed by Dave Free and Jack Begert, the new clip finds the rappers chilling out in tall palm trees and also rapping on top of skyscrapers. In between their views from above, they take a...

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Friday, 16 February 2018
Dita Von Teese Gets Seductive on New Duet ‘Porcelaine’
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Dita Von Teese, the burlesque dancer/model/fashion designer-turned-singer, released a gauzy new duet, “Porcelaine,” featuring Sébastien Tellier. The track will appear on Von Teese’s upcoming self-titled debut, out February 16th. “Porcelaine” is a sultry, mid-tempo tune that captures a distinctly vintage aesthetic with its airy drums and gooey synthesizers. Von Teese and Tellier share vocal duties, their voices capturing a mixture of passion and cheeky intimacy. “When I understood that Sébastien...

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Thursday, 15 February 2018
Hear Dr. Octagon’s First Song in 22 Years ‘Octagon Octagon’
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Dr. Octagon, the alien time-traveling gynecologist persona of rapper Kool Keith, unveiled his first new song in 22 years, “Octagon Octagon.” The track will appear on Dr. Octagon’s new album, Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation, out April 6th via Bulk Recordings. “Octagon Octagon” fittingly opens with tabloid-ready headlines proclaiming Doc Oc’s return, after which Kool Keith unleashes a dizzying list of Octagon’s outrageous branding ventures over dusty drums and ominous choral...

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Thursday, 15 February 2018
Review: Superchunk, Purple-State Punks, Take It to Trump on Their Best Album in Years
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When Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016, something snapped inside the members of Superchunk. As they watched “deplorables” take cabinet positions and alt-right Nazis align, the veteran indie-rockers had a visceral reaction. The band members, four liberal-minded musicians who have called purple-state North Carolina their home since they formed in 1989, wrote all of the record’s songs in a frenzied rush between the election and February 2017 and they ultimately struck on a perfect half-hour of punky, poppy vitriol....

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Thursday, 15 February 2018
Why Is Everyone Picking on Justin Timberlake? Inside the Backlash
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It’s a weird time to be Justin Timberlake. On the hand, his just-released album, Man of the Woods, hit number one, and he played music’s most coveted gig at the Super Bowl – without incident, this time. He’s about to go on what will no doubt be a highly successful arena tour. But a very vocal online contingent has simply had enough of him: they mocked every second of his album roll-out, beginning with its trailer, which raised accusations of “pivoting...

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Thursday, 15 February 2018
Q&A: Matt Bellamy on Muse’s Rousing, Political New Song ‘Thought Contagion’
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Muse is nowhere near finished recording their eighth album, but today they gave a preview of what’s to come by releasing “Thought Contagion.” The politically charged rock song is the second single from their as-yet-untitled LP after “Dig Down,” which came out last year.  Dropping singles piecemeal like that is a radical departure from the group’s standard practice of holding back any music until the album is complete. But nearly a quarter-century into their career, the trio are shaking up the...

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Thursday, 15 February 2018
Run the Jewels Named 2018 Record Store Day Ambassadors
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Run the Jewels are the official ambassadors for Record Store Day 2018, which set to take place on April 21st at independent record stores around the world. The rap duo, El-P and Killer Mike, announced the news and spoke about the importance of record stores in a short video. The bizarre clip picks up where Run the Jewels’ video for “Call Ticketron” left off, with a comical RTJ3 news report coming in the middle of an alien invasion. Despite the chaos,...

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Thursday, 15 February 2018
Review: Belle and Sebastian Deliver Bright Pop Throwbacks, a Few Left-Field Moves
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Belle and Sebastian might not be able to solve all our problems (as the title of their latest implies), but they can handle the ones that involve a lack of witty, tuneful indie-pop. This 15-track set offers a tasting menu of the Scottish band’s strengths. Would you like a bittersweet ballad about that autumn feeling? They’ve got you (“Fickle Season”). A glammed-up strut about faith and doubt? Sure thing (“Show Me the Sun”). An enchanting Motown throwback about pining for...

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Thursday, 15 February 2018
Watch Brazilian Girls Tour Argentina in New ‘Pirates’ Video
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Brazilian Girls unveiled an uplifting new video for “Pirates.” The track is the band’s first single from their upcoming album, Let’s Make Love, out April 13th.  Juan Gonzs directed the video, shot in Buenos Aires while the band toured Argentina. The clip blends footage of Brazilian Girls backstage at a giant festival, running through the halls and vacuuming the walls of their hotel, posing for a photoshoot and performing on stage for a rambunctious crowd. “Since we all live in...

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Thursday, 15 February 2018
Diplo, Tiesto, Zedd Lead Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas Lineup
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Diplo, Zedd, Tiësto and Kaskade are among the acts that lead 2018’s Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas lineup. In its 22nd year, EDC Las Vegas will take place May 18th through May 20th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Armin Van Buuren, Afrojack and Marshmello will also take top billing. This year, 250 acts will appear across eight stages, performing a variety of dance music subgenres, including trap, trance, techno, bass, house and bounce. More than 25 back-to-back performances are planned, including...

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