Review: Lil Yachty a Better Crooner Than Rapper on ‘Lil Boat 2’
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Lil Yachty’s 2016 debut and New Atlanta classic Lil Boat gave rise to a cherubic pop gamine with Twizzler-colored hair beads and a candy-coated Auto-Tune voice. But on its lesser sequel, the kid whose otherworldly Eeyore-ish melodies sparked hit appearances with Billboard champs like Calvin Harris and D.R.A.M. is mostly absent. Instead, Lil Yachty wants to rap. “Got a white bitch but I call her Coco,” he boasts on “Talk to Me Nice.” “Canary yellow diamonds in my mouth like...

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Neil Young Preps Soundtrack to Daryl Hannah-Directed Movie ‘Paradox’
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Neil Young and his backing band, Promise of the Real, will release the soundtrack to their upcoming Western film, Paradox on March 23rd via Reprise Records.  The album features Young performing in several configurations: with Promise of the Real, with an orchestra recorded on the MGM Soundstage, solo on electric guitar and in a line-up featuring drummer Jim Keltner and bassist Paul Bushnell. (A press release also cites the contribution of “Joe Yankee,” presumably the pseudonym of Young, who has often...

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Watch Rae Sremmurd’s Parking Garage Joyride in New ‘Powerglide’ Video
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Rae Sremmurd‘s opulent new video for “Powerglide,” featuring Juicy J, shows the Mississippi brothers joyriding through a parking garage and preening on a rooftop flanked by models. The whole production is over-the-top. A helicopter even shines a spotlight on the rappers like a blockbuster action movie.  The song will appear on the duo’s upcoming third LP, SR3MM, alongside lead single “T’d Up.” Rae Sremmurd’s Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee also released individual singles, “Brxnks Truck”...

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Juelz Santana Arrested After Bringing Loaded Gun to Airport
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Juelz Santana was arrested on drug and weapon charges Monday, two days after the rapper fled a Newark airport after TSA discovered a loaded gun in his carry-on bag. Santana surrendered to police following the incident. The Dipset rapper faces unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a controlled dangerous substance as well as an unspecified federal warrant, TMZ reports. NJ.com added that Santana was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a...

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Arctic Monkeys Plot North American Summer Tour
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Arctic Monkeys announced a North American summer tour. The brief trek launches May 5th with a date at Los Angeles’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery. After a series of European shows, the indie rockers will perform a headlining slot at Delaware’s Firefly Festival, followed by nine more concerts in the U.S. and Canada. Tickets for the new North American shows go on sale Friday, March 16th at 10 a.m. Additional information is available at the band’s website. The quartet last performed in...

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The Mystery of Van Morrison’s ‘Astral Weeks’
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Rob Sheffield weighs in on Ryan H. Walsh’s excellent new book ‘Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968,’ which explores Van Morrison’s classic album. Dick Iacovello/Courtesy of MONTUSE In the summer of 1968, Van Morrison was a rock & roll refugee, an Irish blues poet on the run from his homeland after a bitter fling with pop stardom. He wound up down and out in Boston, where he wrote the songs that became one of rock’s most beloved masterworks, Astral...

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Alice Cooper Announces North American Paranormal Evening Tour
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Alice Cooper announced a headlining North American tour behind his 27th studio album, 2017’s Paranormal. The summer trek, dubbed “A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper,” launches August 3rd at the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis, Wisconsin and wraps September 7th at the York Fair in York, Pennsylvania. Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley will join as a special guest for two shows: August 10th in Las Vegas and August 12th in Los Angeles. Further information including ticket sale dates and...

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Watch Belly’s First New Music Video Since 1995 for ‘Shiny One’
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Belly unveiled a vibrant music video for “Shiny One” from Dove, their first new album since 1995. Drummer Chris Gorman co-directed the video and features recently reunited alt-rockers performing with dove masks. “I purchased a crow mask for a Halloween party that had an ‘enchanted forest’ theme,” Gorman said in a statement. “I’m a lazy and dull human being so I just wore the mask and street clothes. In the party photos everyone looked magical and ‘enchanted,’ but I...

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Alice in Chains Extend North American Tour
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Alice in Chains extended their headlining tour with new North American dates. The new leg launches August 22nd in Vancouver and concludes September 15th in Phoenix. The alt-metal band previously announced a worldwide live run – including stops throughout North America and Europe – that kicks off April 28th in Boston. Ticket information is available at the group’s website. According to a statement about the trek, Alice in Chains are currently “putting finishing touches” on their sixth studio album with...

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Mali, Niger and Algeria Are Producing Some of the Planet’s Most Vital Rock Music
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Sidi Touré, Toubalbero | ★★★ 1/2BKO, Mali Foli Coura | ★★★ 1/2Tal National, Tantabara | ★★★★Imarhan, Temet | ★★★ With American rock bands looking to forward-thinking EDM and elsewhere for genre rejuvenation, African electric guitars and traditional instruments alike are once again yawping, screaming and blurting with new intensity after something of a genre hiatus. Over there, the romantic scenario of picking up chops down at the crossroads has...

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Beyonce, Jay-Z Unite for Joint OTR II Stadium Tour
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Following a series of rumors and retracted concert listings, Beyoncé and Jay-Z officially announced the OTR II stadium tour – a follow-up to their massive joint On the Run trek from 2014, which promoted the singer’s self-titled LP and the rapper’s Magna Carta Holy Grail. Following a 15-date European leg in June, OTR II comes to North America beginning July 25th with a Cleveland concert. The 21-show North American leg concludes October 2nd in Vancouver. Tickets for the trek go on...

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Paul Simon Plots Final Leg of Farewell Tour
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Paul Simon extended his farewell tour with additional North American dates. The Homeward Bound trek now includes concerts throughout September, concluding with a trio of New York City shows. Tickets for eight of the 11 shows go on sale Friday, March 16th at 10 a.m. local time. The Newark, New Jersey concert goes on sale on the 16th at 9 a.m. The New Orleans date follows Saturday, March 17th at 10 a.m., with the Washington D.C. show available Saturday, March...

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Watch Taylor Swift Dance in Hotels, Ballrooms, Subways in ‘Delicate’ Video
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Taylor Swift has debuted a meta video for her new single “Delicate,” her fourth clip from her 2017 album Reputation. Joseph Kahn reunited with Swift to direct the video. In it, the pop star deals with the bells and whistles of being a celebrity, including red carpet interviews surrounded by paparazzi and an army of fans and security guards as soon as she enters her hotel. She discovers a magical note that suddenly makes her invisible and gives her the...

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