The Indie Rock Hero: Jay Som on Blurring Genre Lines
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More often than not, descriptors of Jay Som’s indie rock balladry evoke a sleepy feel: dream pop, bedroom pop, chillwave, shoegaze. But in performance, Jay Som – the alias of 24-year-old Melina Duterte – has a way of transforming her intimate, home-recorded sweet nothings into a swinging party fit for hundreds of strangers. On a summer night last year, Brooklyn venue Rough Trade was well over This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: The Indie Rock Hero: Jay Som on Blurring...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018
Watch Billie Eilish, Khalid Brave Rain, Ice in ‘Lovely’ Video
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Billie Eilish and Khalid brave an onslaught of rain, ice and solitude in the simple yet striking video for their new duet, “Lovely.” This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Watch Billie Eilish, Khalid Brave Rain, Ice in ‘Lovely’...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018
Why Oneohtrix Point Never Wrote ‘Nightmare Ballads’ in an Egg-Shaped House for ‘Age Of’
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Brooklyn’s Oneohtrix Point Never, the acclaimed sound sculptor born Daniel Lopatin, has spent the past few years combining his visceral, mutated electronic noise with a small cadre of boundary-pushing auteurs: David Byrne, FKA Twigs, Anohni, footwork producer DJ Earl and – most notably – directors Josh and Benny Safdie for the soundtrack to Good Time. “I can take an average This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Why Oneohtrix Point Never Wrote ‘Nightmare Ballads’ in an Egg-Shaped House for...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018
Watch Kylie Minogue Flaunt Country Pop Hit ‘Dancing’ on ‘Seth Meyers’
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Following the April 6th release of her daring country pop album, Golden, Australian pop queen Kylie Minogue paid a quick visit to New York on Wednesday night, performing on ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers.’  Donning a golden floor-length dress, the singer performed her lead single, the honky-tonk disco gem “Dancing,” with a live band. She also performed a stripped-down version This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Watch Kylie Minogue Flaunt Country Pop Hit ‘Dancing’ on ‘Seth...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018
Review: Keith Urban’s ‘Graffiti U’ Is the Work of an Eclectic, Enlightened Man
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Keith Urban has spent the past several years cementing his role as one of country music’s most genre-flexible veterans, teaming up with everyone from Pitbull to Kanye producer Jeff Bhasker on his 2016 smash Ripcord. Urban searches for crossover magic once again on Graffiti U, collaborating with a battalion of pop powerhouses including Ed Sheeran, Julia Michaels, Nate Ruess and This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Review: Keith Urban’s ‘Graffiti U’ Is the Work of an Eclectic, Enlightened...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018
Avicii Died From Apparent Suicide
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Tim Bergling, the Swedish DJ-producer who performed as Avicii, died of an apparent suicide. Bergling’s family shared a statement about the musician’s death, saying, “He really struggled with thoughts about meaning, life, happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Avicii Died From Apparent...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018
Why Kanye West’s Pro-Trump Tweets Are a Real Threat
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When Kanye West was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2010, Elon Musk, who wrote the blurb about the rapper-producer-designer, noted that he “fought for his place in the cultural pantheon with a purpose.” Of all his varied talents, arguably West’s most useful one has been his ability to This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Why Kanye West’s Pro-Trump Tweets Are a Real...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018
Watch Run the Jewels Perform ‘Thursday in the Danger Room’ on ‘Colbert’
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Run the Jewels performed their poignant track “Thursday in the Danger Room” on Wednesday’s Late Show. After El-P dedicated the song “to anyone who lost their life too soon,” he and Killer Mike unfurled dizzying This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Watch Run the Jewels Perform ‘Thursday in the Danger Room’ on...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018
Journey Keyboardist Jonathan Cain’s New Memoir: 10 Things We Learned
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Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain first got the idea for his book Don’t Stop Believin’: The Man, the Band, and the Song That Inspired Generations (in stores May 1st) while traveling This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Journey Keyboardist Jonathan Cain’s New Memoir: 10 Things We...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018
Janelle Monáe Frees Herself
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Janelle Monáe is crying in her spacesuit. It’s early April in Atlanta, and she’s in one of the basement studios of her Wondaland Records headquarters, surrounded by computer monitors and TV screens, one of them running a screensaver that displays images of her heroes: Prince, Martin Luther King Jr., Pam Grier, Tina Turner, Lupita Nyong’o, David Bowie. She’s about to reveal, for the first time, This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Janelle Monáe Frees...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018
Booker T. Jones’ New Memoir to Be Released This Fall
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Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Booker T. Jones will be releasing his long-awaited memoir this fall. The leader of the Stax Records house band and Memphis soul legend’s as-yet-untitled tome is projected for release this fall via Little, Brown and Company. An audiobook version This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Booker T. Jones’ New Memoir to Be Released This...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018
Meek Mill: ‘I Don’t Feel Free’ After Release from Prison on Bail
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Two weeks after Meek Mill spoke with Lester Holt from prison, he returned to NBC Nightly News for a second interview. Only this time, he was a free man: On Tuesday, the This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Meek Mill: ‘I Don’t Feel Free’ After Release from Prison on...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018
House of Representatives Unanimously Passes Music Modernization Act
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On Wednesday, 415 members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass the Music Modernization Act, a mega bill that aims to radically improve and streamline the system through which music creators are paid. As passed in the House, the MMA – which has garnered wide support from the music industry – would update a decades-old system of mechanical licensing, set a This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: House of Representatives Unanimously Passes Music Modernization...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Crazy Horse: Nils Lofgren In, ‘Poncho’ Sampedro Out as Neil Young Plots New Gigs
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Neil Young and Crazy Horse are returning after a four-year absence for a pair of shows at the Warnors Theater in Fresno, California on May 1st and May 2nd, but they’ll be playing without guitarist Frank “Poncho” Sampedro for the first time since he joined the band in 1975. E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren, This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Crazy Horse: Nils Lofgren In, ‘Poncho’ Sampedro Out as Neil Young Plots New...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Kim Gordon Joins Stephen Malkmus on Nashville-Inspired New Song ‘Refute’
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Stephen Malkmus returns to range life in the Jicks’ wry new Western ballad, “Refute.” With vocal assist from Kim Gordon, the song is the third single off the band’s upcoming record, Sparkle Hard, out May 18th on Matador. Riding the same wheat-chewing wave as the album’s lead single, “Middle America,” This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Kim Gordon Joins Stephen Malkmus on Nashville-Inspired New Song...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Kali Uchis Dances Through Afterlife in ‘Get Up’ Video
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Kali Uchis celebrates the afterlife in her surreal “Get Up” video, which combines her songs “Gotta Get Up” and “Body Language.” The self-directed clip opens with the R&B singer attending her own funeral. Her eyes glow after glancing at her lifeless body in a coffin. Suddenly, she beams into a realm filled with swimming pools, rain-dancing and roses. Both tracks highlight This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Kali Uchis Dances Through Afterlife in ‘Get Up’...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018
The Dreamer: Shamir Is Carving Out His Own Musical Independence
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Shamir Bailey has come far from where he was both musically and mentally just one year ago.  Last spring, the 23-year-old Philly resident was ready to leave his recording career behind after a few years of feeling trapped in a major label deal that left him creatively stifled. While his manager and the label executives wanted more of the electro-pop direction of his This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: The Dreamer: Shamir Is Carving Out His Own Musical...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018
The Last Poets, Rap Forefathers, Talk Black Lives Matter, Playing Basketball With Wu-Tang
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Emerging from the Black Power era of the late Sixties and early Seventies, experimenting with street poetry and percussive sound, the music of Harlem’s Last Poets helped lay the groundwork for hip-hop. The intense Black Nationalist fare of their 1970 self-titled debut was not only politically explosive – it’s most famous tracks include “When the Revolution Comes” and “Niggers Are Scared of This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: The Last Poets, Rap Forefathers, Talk Black Lives Matter,...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Russell Simmons: $5 Million Sexual Assault Lawsuit Dismissed
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A $5 million lawsuit that accused Russell Simmons of sexual assault was dismissed Wednesday. The lawsuit was initially filed in January by filmmaker Jennifer Jarosik, This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Russell Simmons: $5 Million Sexual Assault Lawsuit...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Dave Matthews Band Prep First LP in Six Years, ‘Come Tomorrow’
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Dave Matthews Band will release their ninth studio album, Come Tomorrow, on June 8th via RCA Records. The group has yet to detail a tracklist for the LP, which follows their chart-topping 2012 set, This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Dave Matthews Band Prep First LP in Six Years, ‘Come...

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