Watch New Short Doc Exploring Career of Hip-Hop Alchemist Rammellzee
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The remarkable hip-hop alchemy of Rammellzee is explored in a new short documentary, Rammellzee: It’s Not Who But What, from director Oscar Boyson. The Safdie brothers helped produce the film, which was released by Red Bull Arts New York and closed the Red Bull Music This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Watch New Short Doc Exploring Career of Hip-Hop Alchemist...

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Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special to Hit Movie Theaters This Summer
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Elvis Presley‘s legendary television special Elvis, better known as the “’68 Comeback Special,” will be screened in movie theaters this summer to mark the 50th anniversary of its airing. The screenings will take place on Presley’s birthday, August 16th, and again on August 20th. The owner of This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special to Hit Movie Theaters This...

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Hear the Record Company’s Easygoing New ‘Movie Song’
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As they prepare to release their second album, the Record Company came out swinging with the first single, the scorching rocker “Life to Fix.” For round two, the Angelenos bring a softer touch with the boozy sing-along “The Movie Song.” Having drawn frequent comparisons to blues-rock duos the White Stripes and Black Keys for their debut, 2016’s Give It Back to You, “The Movie This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Hear the Record Company’s Easygoing New ‘Movie...

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Shawn Mendes on Drinking, Kanye and Playing Governors Ball This Weekend
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“I’m still really young in terms of being a musician,” saysShawn Mendes, 19. How young is he? Mendes speaks of Justin Bieber as one of hisearliest musical heroes and talks about Kings of Leon like they’re aclassic-rock band. But the pop heartthrob – who broke through five years ago onthe defunct social media app Vine – has released three major-label albums,scoring radio hits like This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Shawn Mendes on Drinking, Kanye and Playing Governors Ball This...

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The 1975 Preview New Album With Thrilling ‘Give Yourself a Try’
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The 1975 unveiled the new song “Give Yourself a Try,” which is the first offering from their upcoming album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. “Give Yourself a Try” is centered around a twisting guitar riff. Singer Matt Healy’s serene voice This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: The 1975 Preview New Album With Thrilling ‘Give Yourself a...

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Hear Jim James Skewer Social Media on New Song ‘Throwback’
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Jim James pairs scorching guitars with musings on social media and nostalgia on his new track “Throwback.” The song will appear on the My Morning Jacket frontman’s upcoming solo album, Uniform Distortion, out June This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Hear Jim James Skewer Social Media on New Song...

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Heart’s Ann Wilson Covers Dead Rockers on New Album ‘Immortal’
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Heart‘s Ann Wilson will release a new solo album, Immortal, filled with covers that honor late musicians such as David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Tom Petty. The record arrives September 14th via BMG. The Immortal This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Heart’s Ann Wilson Covers Dead Rockers on New Album...

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Pusha-T to Drake: ‘You Are Silent on All Black Issues’
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Pusha-T said Drake‘s explanation of his blackface photo “doesn’t change my view at all,” during an interview with Los Angeles’ Real 92.3 This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Pusha-T to Drake: ‘You Are Silent on All Black...

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Thursday, 31 May 2018
Recording Academy President Neil Portnow Will Step Down
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Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy, the organization that oversees the Grammy Awards, announced that he will step down at the end of his contract next summer. Portnow did not give a specific reason for stepping down. In a statement released by the organization, Portnow, who has led the group for 16 years, said, “When I had the honor of being selected to lead this This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Recording Academy President Neil Portnow Will...

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Gorillaz Tap Jack Black for Vibrant New ‘Humility’ Video
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Gorillaz take over Venice Beach with Jack Black in the video for “Humility,” one of two new offerings from the animated outfit’s upcoming album The Now Now, out June 29th via Warner Bros. Gorillaz co-founder Jamie Hewlett directed the “Humility” clip, which finds animated singer 2D roller This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Gorillaz Tap Jack Black for Vibrant New ‘Humility’...

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5 Tips From Questlove on How to Be More Creative
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“I like to think of myself more like a student,” says Questlove, who nevertheless takes on the role of teacher in his excellent new book, Creative Quest, which combines concrete creative strategies with anecdotes from his own musical life and those of his heroes and collaborators. The Roots’ co-leader joined host Brian Hiatt on a recent Rolling Stone Music Now podcast and shared some of This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: 5 Tips From Questlove on How to Be More...

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Hear TV’s ‘Survivorman’ Les Stroud’s Earth Conscious Joni Mitchell Cover
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As the host of the Discovery Channel’s Survivorman, Les Stroud entertained viewers with his immersive approach to the wilderness – as in, he’d drop himself into a remote locale with only a few tools and challenge himself to make it out unscathed. But the Canadian-born Stroud also spreads his nature-first message via music, releasing his own albums of guitar and harmonica-based blues, This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Hear TV’s ‘Survivorman’ Les Stroud’s Earth Conscious Joni...

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10 Best Rap Releases of the Month: May 2018
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Rap Release of the Month: Pusha-T, Daytona“I predict snow/Al Roker,” raps Pusha-T on this seven-track project’s “If You Know You Know.” But Daytona is more than just drug tales from a rapper who has specialized in coke rap since the dawn of the Aughts. As a master of metaphor and punchlines, he uses the trappings of rap life to This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: 10 Best Rap Releases of the Month: May...

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Hear Gospel-Blues Duo the War and Treaty’s Celebratory New Song ‘Healing Tide’
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Last fall, the War and Treaty – the duo of Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount-Trotter – turned in an intense performance at Nashville‘s Cannery Ballroom that was a highlight of the annual AmericanaFest. The pair has taken that same approach with their forthcoming debut LP, Healing Tide, set for an August 10th release on Strong World/Thirty This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Hear Gospel-Blues Duo the War and Treaty’s Celebratory New Song ‘Healing...

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Samantha Bee Slams Ivanka Trump’s Tone-Deaf Photo Amid Migrant Crisis
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Samantha Bee slammed President Trump’s immigration policies on Wednesday’s Full Frontal, criticizing the administration over two major issues: separating migrant children from their parents and the Office of Refugee This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Samantha Bee Slams Ivanka Trump’s Tone-Deaf Photo Amid Migrant...

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Watch Kesha Celebrate DACA Dreamers in Moving ‘Hymn’ Video
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Kesha‘s music on new album Rainbow celebrates dreamers of all kinds, but her new video for “Hymn” goes out to a one particularly besieged subset – DACA This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Watch Kesha Celebrate DACA Dreamers in Moving ‘Hymn’...

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Top 40 Radio Has a Rap Problem
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“If you’re an artist and you’re signed to a major label, you want to be on the radio, especially if you’re popular,” Kanye West told Power 105.1’s Charlamagne tha God in May. West has enjoyed the support of mainstream R&B/hip-hop radio for most of his 15-year recording career: “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Top 40 Radio Has a Rap...

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See Belly, the Weeknd Roam Through Prison Yard in ‘What You Want’ Video
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Belly and the Weeknd explore a futuristic pyramid and roam around a deserted prison yard in the mysterious “What You Want” video. The clip vacillates between playful and plain surreal. The rapper and singer dance and take a sports car joyride; several scenes later, a model licks a machete while seated next to a birthday This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: See Belly, the Weeknd Roam Through Prison Yard in ‘What You Want’...

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Watch Hayley Kiyoko, Kehlani Run Away Together in ‘What I Need’ Video
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Hayley Kiyoko and Kehlani escape with each other in the video for collaboration “What I Need.” The track appears on Kiyoko’s debut album Expectations. Kiyoko directed the video, which is structured like a short film. It opens with Kehlani’s character fighting with her aunt as she packs her stuff to leave the house for good. The aunt is concerned about the nature of her This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Watch Hayley Kiyoko, Kehlani Run Away Together in ‘What I...

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How Songwriter Gary P. Nunn Influenced Outlaw Country and the Austin Music Scene
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Picture Austin, Texas, in the Seventies and its most enduring image may not be so obvious: an armadillo. Those hard-shelled, four-legged desert critters were the unofficial mascot of Outlaw country, and immortalized in song by one of the era’s unsung heroes, Gary P. Nunn, who penned the 1973 cult classic “London Homesick Blues.” “It seemed to be earthy. Its nose was supposed to be close This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: How Songwriter Gary P. Nunn Influenced Outlaw Country and...

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