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Top 10 Headliners at North American Festivals: Winter 2015 Power Rankings

Welcome to Festival Outlook, a supplemental column that provides more in-depth analysis for the rumors found on Consequence of Sound’s Festival Outlook. In this installment, our staff selects this year’s top 10 headliners at North American festivals. 

Nina Corcoran (NC): When we sat down to figure out this year’s winter power rankings for North American music festivals, much of the discussion revolved around lineup similarities, gender inequality, and the speed at which festival promoters rushed out the announcements. This is by far the earliest we’ve known about the festivals’ acts. Given the unanimity between each festival’s headliners, it seemed like the result of not having the usual oohs and ahs of unique big name surprises. Take a step back, though, and this year’s summer is shaping up to have some of the best headliners in recent years.

Björk has already had one hell of a year. Turning your heartbreak and recovery into musical form for an album is draining. Top that off with a surprise LP release, a MoMA retrospective, and another innovative tour? Things are looking pretty heavy. Iceland’s unofficial queen is holding her head up high as usual and handles it all with grace. Getting to see Vulnicura tracks live is...

No Rock And Roll Fun: This week just gone

The top ten search terms which brought people to No Rock over 2014, mostly:

1. Simon Bates 2. Arctic Monkeys Glyn Jones 3. Erica Lahn 4. Sam Butcher 5. No Rock & Roll Fun 6. Meg White net worth 7. ac entertainment fancorps 8. I hate Coldplay 9. Jaime Harding 10. lil' url generator

Bubbling under: "carla bruni is being mocked mercilessly across france after having recorded arguably the most dreadful david bowie cover of all time"; daddies sauce face; salt and vinegar crisps; what happened to Fred Durst; "share some of your bookmarks with the world, and keep" boyfriend acting distant; what movie won academy award for best picture in 1976

(That last one? Rocky.)

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Enter Shikari - The Mindsweep

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BC Camplight - How To Die In The North

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Belle & Sebastian - Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance

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The Decemberists...

No Rock And Roll Fun: This week just gone

The top ten search terms which brought people to No Rock over 2014, mostly:

1. Simon Bates 2. Arctic Monkeys Glyn Jones 3. Erica Lahn 4. Sam Butcher 5. No Rock & Roll Fun 6. Meg White net worth 7. ac entertainment fancorps 8. I hate Coldplay 9. Jaime Harding 10. lil' url generator

Bubbling under: "carla bruni is being mocked mercilessly across france after having recorded arguably the most dreadful david bowie cover of all time"; daddies sauce face; salt and vinegar crisps; what happened to Fred Durst; "share some of your bookmarks with the world, and keep" boyfriend acting distant; what movie won academy award for best picture in 1976

(That last one? Rocky.)

Sleater Kinney - No Cities To Love

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Menace Beach - Ratworld

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Scandal - Hello World

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Enter Shikari - The Mindsweep

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BC Camplight - How To Die In The North

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Belle & Sebastian - Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance

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The Decemberists...

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Six degrees of separation happens a lot in the music world; a producer will work on one album then go and work on a another band’s album who happens to hate the first band, and so on and so forth. So it isn’t that surprising to find out that Beck and Beyoncé have similar connections. What is surprising is that it isn’t only Kanye West the two share, it’s Beck’s father, David Campbell, and he helped Beyoncé win...

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So will we get a straight-up story or will it be something more akin to K. Michelle's disjointed Rebellious Soul musical? You can see what it's all about when you check into Couples Therapy when the film airs on BET on March 30th at 8 p.m. ET.

TAGS:  dave hollister", day 26, K. Michelle, leela james", syleena johnson, Willie Taylor

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We all know what its like to be too intimidated to start listening to a big name artist with an even bigger discography. Never fear, Allston Pudding is here with a bunch of jumping off points that might help you or a friend get well acquainted with what could be your next favorite artist. Click here for our other Beginner’s Guides. 

Upon the release of their newest track “Big Decisions,” a slew of headlining dates announced at just about every major American...

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In the 10 years since Robyn Rihanna Fenty burst onto the music-industry scene as the phenomenon known as Rihanna, she has had enormous success as a singer, fashion designer and actress. With a lengthy list of major achievements including record-breaking album sales, successful collaborations with major brands and roles in feature films, it’s hard to believe she was once just a talented 16-year-old Barbadian with a dream. At least until public-relations maven Jonathan Hay got ahold of her.

The year was...

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Sortir un album à la surprise générale semble être une tendance à la mode ces derniers temps de l’autre coté de l’Atlantique. Après Drake, Kendrick Lamar en début de semaine et son To Pimp A Butterfly, c’est au tour du membre des Odd Future, Earl Sweatshirt de suivre le mouvement. Son album surprise s’intitulera I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside et devrait normalement sortir le 23 mars prochain, bien que l’on ne soit désormais plus...

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Breaking Bad's Walt Jr. announces "Breaking Beats" DJ tour

DJ RJ Mitte raises the roof before you can even throw a pizza on it.

Breaking Bad may have wrapped up last year, but its legacy continues in a variety of different ways. On the bright side you have Vince Gilligan and Bob Odenkirk crafting a respectable spin-off with Better Call Saul, and on the slightly disappointing side you have Aaron Paul finding himself incapable of putting to rest his character’s catchphrase (BITCH!).

Then you have RJ Mitte aka Walt Jr. whose recent decision to become a DJ seemed like one of the oddest directions to go after leaving one of the most revered shows in history. Now Mitte has released a preview of his upcoming US “Breaking Beats” tour and it goes beyond any conventional sense of taste or respectability into the purely surreal. Reading his press release makes you question whether you’re dreaming.

The “Breaking Beats” tour will take place in April and promises quite a lot beyond Mitte’s “range of electronic genres, ranging from deep house to uplifting progressive house to explosive electro”. Attendees will be able to enjoy blue meth rock candy and a full breakfast buffet (it’s Walt Jr’s … sorry, we mean Flynn’s favorite meal)....

Accepting his first-ever Grammy, a Best Traditional R&B Performance trophy for "Please Come Home" in January 2014, Gary Clark Jr. was emotional and reflective: "Eve Monsees, I wouldn't be playing guitar, I wouldn't be playing music if it weren't for her," he announced from the podium. "She took me to my first gig and it all started from there."

Sidebar Gary Clark Jr.: The Chosen One »

Who is Eve Monsees? And how did Clark Jr. evolve into America's best young blues guitarist? We took...

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In occasione dei suoi 70 anni, è prevista la pubblicazione di una raccolta di successi del grande Eric Clapton. Reprise Records ha annunciato il rilascio di "Forever Man" il 28 aprile 2015 in vari formati, tra cui uno composto da 3 dischi, un pacchetto con doppio CD, un vinile 2-LP set e in versione digitale.

il formato di tre dischi include 51 tracce e materiale che abbraccia tre decenni, tra cui brani in studio su un disco, canzoni dal vivo su un...

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Pharrell Partners With United Nations for International Happy Day

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After years of high-profile musical collaborations, Pharrell Williams has partnered with the United Nations Foundation, fittingly, promote the organization's International Day of Happiness, held each year on March 20th.

Sidebar A Call to Arms: An Invitation to Demand Action on Climate Change »

Specifically, Pharrell will be using his post to further raise awareness of climate change issues ahead of the UN's conference on the subject in Paris this December. Compounding his duties as Creative Director of Live Earth, he'll be encouraging people to sign the eco group's petition urging global leaders to adopt a new climate accord, with the hopes of garnering 1 billion signatures before the conference.

Furthermore, the musician will spread the joy by inviting people to join a "Global Happy Party" by uploading pictures of themselves, which will then be combined into a massive animated .gif set to the musician's smash, "Happy."

"In a year where there is so much turmoil in the world, from social conflict to climate change, we need moments to stop and celebrate happiness," Pharrell said in a statement. "Protecting our planet is fundamental to the pursuit of human happiness and that is why we have chosen to support Live Earth’s movement to raise a billion voices for...

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Ticket demand for Kenny Chesney’s two-night stand in Nashville remains extremely high. That’s why Kenny and his team have opened up several hundred more seats for the sold-out Music City dates, coming up March 26 and 27. These shows mark the beginning of Kenny’s The Big Revival tour, and he’s very excited to see his fans grabbing up the concert tickets so fast.

Says Kenny, “To me, it’s about the passion the...

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21st century folkie Sam Amidon ends a tour tonight at the historic Club Passim in Harvard Square. He released his seventh full-length album, Lily-O, earlier this month and in a few weeks he’s headed for Europe. We’re psyched he found time amid all that to answer a few of our burning questions.

Allston Pudding: To someone who only knows you through your music, what’s a favorite album of yours they’d find surprising? 

Who were your favorite bands/artists in high school?

The...

Published 5 months ago

SXSW Day 3: ‘They Will Have to Kill Us First’ is a killer documentary

AUSTIN -- The best part of any film festival is stumbling across a discovery, finding a fresh directorial voice or a subject matter that has previously managed to escape the 24-hours news cycle. It can be difficult at a sprawling festival like South by Southwest where it’s sometimes the big names -- the new Melissa McCarthy (Spy), the new Kevin Hart (Get Hard), the new Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina), or a surprise sneak of the new Fast & Furious movie -- that suck up a lot of the conversational oxygen.

But Johanna Schwartz’s haunting and gorgeously shot They Will Have to Kill Us First, a documentary that made its premiere Sunday and Monday at SXSW documenting what happened to the musicians in the African nation of Mali when jihadists banned all music in the northern part of the country, is the kind of movie that makes the crowds and insanity of SXSW worthwhile.

In 2012, the musicians found themselves caught in a fight among the Malian government, the Tuareg tribes wanting independence, and Islamic hard-liners. For a time, the jihadists won in certain regions and cities like Gao and fabled Timbuktu fell under sharia law. Some musicians fled to the capital, Bamako, in...

We recently reported that UK maestro Squarepusher will be releasing a new album pretty soon, and that got us all kinds of excited.

Now, he's shared the first track from his new LP, 'Stor Eiglass.'

It's glitchy and progressive, with buzzing synths and frantic beats. All kinds of bright, completely twisted rhythms and musical layers intertwine, nourishing an intensely, increasingly complex video-game-world atmosphere. The kind of track you need to listen to three or four times to really grasp it all.

'Damogen Furies,'...

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Since the debut release of the ‘Vanish’ EP back in 2012, Manchester producer and multi-instrumentalist Matt Brewer, otherwise known as Frameworks, has been garnering something of a reputation for some deeply atmospheric compositions. A ten track debut album simply titled ‘Tides’ is out shortly via First Word Records which see’s Brewer’s trademark string-heavy, instrumental hip hop productions taking centre stage and expanding into beautifully constructed cinematic jazz, folk and soul music which references beatmakers and producers such as Aim,...

Published 6 days ago

Lenka's new single Blue Skies has dropped and we LOVE the official music video

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Talented Aussie musician Lenka has just released the official music video for her new single Blue Skies. If you haven’t heard her music before, now is the time to become a fan.

The video was actually shot around Lenka’s neighbourhood in Sydney and it’s ‘an ode to suburban daydreaming’, she explains. ‘Sometimes you look to the skies like a fortune-teller, and there you can see the future you’re dreaming of in the clouds…’

Her fourth full-length album is set to be released on June 16. Along with Lenka, some pretty awesome producers have worked on this album with her, including Chris Braide (Sia, Lana Del Rey), Tim ‘One Love’ Sommers (B.o.B., Eminem), and Dan Romer (Ingrid Michaelson, Greg Laswell). Combine the fantastic work of these producers with Lenka’s soulful voice and you’ve got yourself one magical record!

Lenka will also be making her way down to the SXSW festival in Austin on March 20 and then across to California’s Live In The Vineyard to showcase her music. Don’t miss her!

We need to stop talking about Iggy Azalea. Not forever, but for right now. We don’t need to stop talking about her because she’s a poseur—though she is and there should always, always be conversations about poseurs in the public sphere. We don’t need to stop talking about her because she’s white. But we need to stop talking about her because her whiteness has granted her a privileged position in a conversation about race that we've been having all year, and...

Published 3 months ago

Kaleb Gubernick Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly TDE: 2015

During the last minutes of “King Kunta” there’s a familiar chant: “We want the funk!” An unsure voice replies, “…but if I give you the funk, you gon’ take it?” Fair question. Well, will we take it? Are we ready? When “I” dropped, the overwhelming feeling was that we didn’t want the funk. People fronted on the happy-go-luckiness, the retread Isley Brothers sample, the saccharine-tinted positivity. It was a...

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Flashes of Quincy

Nobody can touch Quincy's ear. Illustration by Brad Beatson. View high-resolution here.

Quincy Jones doesn’t need more deification, but he deserves it. Don’t ask me for references. I’m not a more reliable source than Miles Davis, who once said about his long-time friend and collaborator: “Certain paperboys can go in any yard with any dog and they won't get bit. [Quincy] just has it.”

Bono claimed Quincy Jones is the coolest person he ever met. Oprah described him as “what love is.” If you ever wondered how she transformed from an obscure Windy City newswoman to a car-giving cultural tidal wave, it’s because he discovered her while channel surfing in a Chicago hotel room. In real life, Quincy ushered Will Smith from West Philadelphia to that house in Bel-Air when he executive-produced, The Fresh Prince. The guy could go into a pound blind-folded and pick out Air Bud.

Have you seen Ray? Remember the scene where Quincy Jones refuses to tour the Jim Crow south out of principle? Since he was young, Jones has balanced that sort of social conscience with elegant compositions and stereoscopic vision. He was the first black person to be nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Original...

Liphemra’s feature from Issue #3 — copies are still available, get yours here. Photgraphed by Cheryl Georgette Arent. Interview by Shea Garner. 

Overcoming the crippling pain and hopelessness associated with heartbreak can be daunting for anyone, let alone an artist isolated amongst the overwhelming urban sprawl of modern Los Angeles. But Liphemra, an electronic producer raised in the city’s growing DIY scene, harnesses that unrelenting sense of despair and turns it into her creative output. While most of her...

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The brainchild of founder Tosin Abasi from Washington DC, the all instrumental jazz-fusion meets djent project ANIMALS AS LEADERS is more or less his baby although the band tours and presents itself as a full-fledged musical collaboration. This creative outlet began with Abasi's involvement as the guitarist in the tech metal core band Reflux. After the band ceased to be, Abasi was approached by the metal record label Prosthetic Records who were majorly impressed with his chops and wanted him to...

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Eros Ramazzotti, Alla fine del mondo

Eros Ramazzotti ha annunciato il titolo del suo nuovo singolo. Alla fine del mondo anticiperà l'album di inediti del cantante, Perfetto, in uscita il 12 maggio 2015.

A partire dal 27 marzo 2015 sarà in rotazione radiofonica e disponibile negli stores digitali il primo estratto. A partire da settembre, poi, prenderà il via l'atteso Eros World Tour:

12 settembre 2015 Rimini – 105 Stadium (Anteprima) 16 settembre 2015 Verona – Arena 18 settembre 2015 Verona - Arena 22 settembre 2015 Lubiana (Slovenia) -Velika Divorana Stozice 24 settembre 2015 Belgrado (Serbia) - Beograd Arena 26 settembre 2015 Sofia (Bulgaria) - Armeec Arena 29 settembre 2015 Cracovia (Polonia) – Arena

5 ottobre 2015 Zurigo (Svizzera) - Hallenstadion 7 ottobre 2015 Milano...

It’s probably been a good six or seven years since I’ve been fully engrossed by a Lupe Fiasco album or project of any kind. This is coming from a Chi-Town native who immediately identified with the emcee when he emerged on the scene skateboarding, dropping anime references, and somersaulting through verses like a young Mary Lou Retton. Sadly, that connection with Young Lu has been offline for years, until I got wind of his latest drop, Tetsuo & Youth, a few...

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UK singer,songwriter and producer Ego Ella May drops a brand new joint titled How Far.

She paved the way for her success with the acclaimed debut EP The Tree and the following year she confirms her status of great performer with the project Breathing Underwater (counting on the support of producers IAMNOBODI and Mini D) and compelling collaborations with Barney Artist (Bespoke) and Warren Xclnce (Nymphophonic).

How Far is an eargasmic sonic experience that rotates around experimental future soul vibrations perfectly...

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SYLOSIS – Europa Co-Headliner Tour!

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SYLOSIS – kündigen Europa Co-Headliner Tour an!

16.03.2015 - Die britischen Modern-Thrash-Heroes SYLOSIS haben ihr neues Studioalbum »Dormant Heart« am 16. Januar 2015 via Nuclear Blast veröffentlichen. Nun kündigt die Band für Mai eine gemeinsame Co-Headliner Europatour mit WOVENWAR an.

Dazu Sänger & Gitarrist Josh Middleton: “Wir freuen uns total, endlich mit unserem neuen Album »Dormant Heart« in Europa zu touren. Diese Tour ist nur der Anfang. Schon bei den Proben hatten wir so viel Spaß an den neuen Songs und wir können es kaum erwarten, sie live zu spielen. Das wichtigste ist allerdings, dass wir endlich wieder vor unseren Fans auftreten wollen. Die Tatsache, dass wir gemeinsam mit den Jungs von WOVENWAR unterwegs sein werden, macht die Sache noch spannender. Wir sind mit der Band gut befreundet und waren auch in der Vergangenheit schon zusammen auf Tour.”

Holt Euch die Scheibe direkt im Nuclear Blast Shop:

Verknüpfte Bands SYLOSIS
Datum Ort Land 25.05.2015 Köln (Underground) DE 24.05.2015 Hamburg (Logo) DE 23.05.2015 Berlin (Magnet) DE 22.05.2015 Nürnberg (Rockfarbik) DE 21.05.2015 Wien (Szene) AT 20.05.2015 Milano (Factory) IT 19.05.2015 Aarau (Kiff) CH 17.05.2015 München (Strom) DE 16.05.2015 Karlsruhe (Stadtmitte) DE 15.05.2015 Aschaffenburg (Colos Saal) DE 14.05.2015 Vosselaar (Biebob) BE 13.05.2015 Haarlem (Patronaat) NL 12.05.2015 Paris (O’Sullivans) FR

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16.01.2015 11:20 - Das neue Album der britischen Modern-Thrash-Heroes SYLOSIS »Dormant Heart« ist ab heute im Handel erhältlich. ...

David Coverdale has explained how plans for a reunion with Deep Purple colleague Ritchie Blackmore led to the creation of Whitesnake’s upcoming Purple Album.

The tribute work is released on May 18, and it’s the first Whitesnake album to feature guitarist Joel Hoekstra in place of Doug Aldrich.

Coverdale exclusively told Classic Rock how late Purple keyboardist Jon Lord had wanted the Mark III version of the band to reunite, and discussions took place after his death.

Now...

Published 9 days ago

Here To Help You Out, 'Stillness'

Info: It was last July when Here To Help You Out first featured on the blog, and the Dublin band have returned with a lovely new track, 'Stillness' (above). Singer Louise O'Hanlon's soothing voice beckons you to a stream of calm, belying the less than placid lyrics; 'So crack my sternum while you pump my lungs, or simply hold me until the night-time comes, it's all closing in, the water turns from black to blue to...

Published 10 days ago

New Music Tuesday: 3/17/15 – Kawehi, Gowe, Jasmine V, Z.Woods, Flowsik, Lyrics Born

It’s Tuesday. You know what that means… new music! And thankfully we’ve got a fair amount for you today. After taking a quick listen through this batch, I gotta be completely honest with you – pretty much everything is worth a listen. There’s an album available and a bunch of singles for you to check out. Some are streaming only but most are available for purchase as well.

[Album] Kawehi – EVOLUTION Get It: Bandcamp

[Single] Gowe x HeeSun Lee x Sarah Lee – “Take Me Home” Hip-Hop Notes: From the upcoming album, Music Beautiful, due March 30th Stream It: Youtube

[Single] Jasmine V x Jeremih x Problem – “One Night” Stream It: Youtube

[Single] Z.Woods – “Vem Tänker Du På” R&B Notes: A Swedish single, get your Rosetta Stone flow on Get It: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes

[Single] Flowsik – “The Calling” Hip-Hop Get It: iTunes Stream It: Spotify

[Single] Lyrics Born – “Real People” Hip-Hop Notes: Off the upcoming album, Real People, due May 5th Get It: Amazon, iTunes Stream It: Spotify

Adam Lambert has one of the most gifted physiques among today’s pop artists but it appears that the “Never Close Our Eyes” singer has been bulking up lately after seriously getting to the gym and his workout regimen.

Coming on the heels of his successful UK and European tour concert with the classic rock band Queen in the last week of February, the American singer, songwriter, and stage actor has returned to LA and a few days later has started going to...

Published 11 days ago

Far East Movement, the most popular Asian-American hip-hop band, is making a lot of noise in Los Angeles.

Individually they are Kev Nish, Prohgress, J-Spliff and DJ Virman. Collectively they are known as Far East Movement, an American hip-hop group based in Los Angeles. After their most recent concert at Universal Studios, Hollywood, they could not help but praise one of their wildest crowds.

When the Far East Movement formed eleven years ago, the notion that four Asian-American rappers could sign a...

Published 7 months ago

New Music Tuesday: 3/17/15 – Kawehi, Gowe, Jasmine V, Z.Woods, Flowsik, Lyrics Born

It’s Tuesday. You know what that means… new music! And thankfully we’ve got a fair amount for you today. After taking a quick listen through this batch, I gotta be completely honest with you – pretty much everything is worth a listen. There’s an album available and a bunch of singles for you to check out. Some are streaming only but most are available for purchase as well.

[Album] Kawehi – EVOLUTION Get It: Bandcamp

[Single] Gowe x HeeSun Lee x Sarah Lee – “Take Me Home” Hip-Hop Notes: From the upcoming album, Music Beautiful, due March 30th Stream It: Youtube

[Single] Jasmine V x Jeremih x Problem – “One Night” Stream It: Youtube

[Single] Z.Woods – “Vem Tänker Du På” R&B Notes: A Swedish single, get your Rosetta Stone flow on Get It: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes

[Single] Flowsik – “The Calling” Hip-Hop Get It: iTunes Stream It: Spotify

[Single] Lyrics Born – “Real People” Hip-Hop Notes: Off the upcoming album, Real People, due May 5th Get It: Amazon, iTunes Stream It: Spotify

Katie & Jamie? Dr. Kanye West, Kat Von Moron

Puppies are SO exhausted from their first day at home [Buzzfeed] • So wait … are Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx really a thing? [PopSugar] • Royals don’t get a Spring Break [LaineyGossip] • Shailene Woodley dosen’t like “labels” so she foolishly doesn’t like to be called a feminist [Celebuzz] • The Hottest Men to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with [Socialite Life] • Do you know Years & Years? [MuuMuse] • ...

Published 6 days ago

Paula Patton And Robin Thicke Officially Divorced

Robin Thicke is having a rough couple of weeks. Right on the heels of being ordered to pay Marvin Gaye’s estate $7.3 million over his 2013 hit Blurred Lines, the news has also come that his union with wife of nearly 10 years (and partner for nearly 22) is officially over. Via TMZ:

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton have settled their divorce case … TMZ has learned.

Paula filed legal docs Tuesday declaring...

Published 7 days ago

We Need to Stop Talking About Iggy Azalea

We need to stop talking about Iggy Azalea. Not forever, but for right now. We don’t need to stop talking about her because she’s a poseur—though she is and there should always, always be conversations about poseurs in the public sphere. We don’t need to stop talking about her because she’s white. But we need to stop talking about her because her whiteness has granted her a privileged position in a conversation about race that we've been having all year, and in all that talking, we’ve learned nothing and changed nothing. And now, as the year closes, we are still talking about her when she shouldn’t be the story at all; when talking about her comes at the expense of Azealia Banks, and what Azealia Banks has to say about the music industry and the world we live in is way more important that anything Iggy Azalea has ever said.

That Macklemore album wasn’t better than the Drake record. That Iggy Azalea shit is not better than any fucking black girl that’s rapping today. And when they give those awards out—’cause the Grammys are supposed to be accolades for artistic excellence—Iggy Azalea is not excellent. —Azealia Banks

Despite releasing her long-delayed debut album, 

Interview with Years & Years

Interview by Cheryl Dunn

Years & Years are having an incredible year. The band consisting of Olly, Mikey and Emre have been touring non-stop, opening for Sam Smith during his sold-out UK tour, headlining dates and playing the US all while releasing EPs and writing a new record. The band is heading to SXSW this week and I caught up with lead singer Olly Alexander to ask him about getting discovered while singing in the shower, their East...

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Detroit’s Movement Electronic Music Festival has revealed the second phase of its 2015 lineup.

As has been the case throughout the festival’s 10-year run, Movement celebrates techno, house, and hip-hop with a diverse lineup featuring genre trailblazers, cult favorites, and talented up-and-comers. Genre-pushing producer Squarepusher, house music legend Kerri Chandler, Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man, dance-punk act !!!, and techno pioneer Juan Atkins (performing as Model 500) join a lineup that already included Disclosure, Richie Hawtin, Skrillex and Boys Noize’s Dog Blood, and Snoop Dogg,...

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Man injured in Grandview shooting: I thought I was going to die

Police said they have identified a person of interest in the shooting of an employee at a Grandview auto lot last month.

Michael Mitchell, 24, had just started a new job at Pride Auto Sales when a man came into the business.

"The only skin I could see was from here up," Mitchell said. "He had a scarf around his mouth, so I couldn't see much."

He said the customer started shooting and advanced on his boss. Mitchell ran, but was shot in the chest near his heart and lungs.

"It just felt like a warm piece of steel entering and exiting my body," Mitchell said.

He said when he was at the hospital, he thought he was going to die. He said he handed his phone to a chaplain.

"I just get my sister's contact information up and I just hand it to him and said, 'I just want you to call one person for me and just make sure that she gets here,'" Mitchell said.

He said that somehow, he stayed alive and kept going.

A crowdfunding campaign is underway to help Michael Mitchell with his medical expenses. In an interview last month, his sister said he did not have health insurance and was...

We were looking no further into the future then our next cup of coffee, but just as we approached what passes for the door into the cafe of Readers Bookstore, it locked. The store on San Francisco Bay is run by the friends of that city’s public library. It’s in one of the restored military barracks at Fort Mason, the base from which much of the materiel to fight World War II was shipped.

A staff member suggested we try a...

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The young indie band Life In Film have a handful of recent accomplishments under their belt. These accomplishments include an opening support slot for The Rolling Stone, airplay on BBC Radio 1 and recording their most recent album with Producer Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur, Kaiser Chiefs). Check out their first official single Get Closer, streaming below.

Life In Film also recently took the time to answer a few quick question for us. Below is the dialog.

How long have you been...

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New Music From Chic

Lawd ham mercy YASSSS!!!

This is a reworking of Sister Sledge's 1979 single "Love Somebody Today". Nile used a recently found outtake as the basis for the new song "I'll Be There". The new song features CHIC's current vocalists Kimberly Davis and Folami along with Luci Martin, Alfa Anderson, and Fonzi Thornton from the '70s/'80s crew. This photo was taken late 2014 in the recording studio.

Here is a pic of all of them with Nile in the stuido

The photo was taken late 2014 in the recording studio

Im here for this, I love Chic, the track is groovy baby


Albums still matter. Like books and black lives, they still matter- Prince

There is a particularly touching story on Nile Rodgers' blog where he recounts the first morning after receiving his cancer diagnosis. He calls it “Waking up on Planet C”. It begins with Nile deciding to go on a solitary walk to his local diner where he has been going for the past 20 years. When he eventually arrives, 'We Are Family' by Sister Sledge comes on the stereo. It's one of Nile's most famous compositions yet the regulars in cafe didn't...

Published 10 days ago

Legendary funk act Chic featuring Nile Rodgers have confirmed they will play both the Iveagh Gardens and the Marquee in Cork this summer.

Rodgers and Chic will play the Iveagh Gardens on Thursday, July 9th, other acts announced to play the outdoor Dublin venue this summer included the Frames, Paloma Faith and St. Vincent.

The group will then quickly follow that show with an appearance at this year’s Marquee in Cork festival playing on Friday, July 10th. Other acts playing the Marquee this July...

Published 7 days ago