Johnny Depp joined good friend Ryan Adams onstage Thursday night during a show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London. Depp played guitar on two songs, “Kim” from Adams’ eponymous album released Sept. 9, and a blues-tinged cover of “Mother,” the Danzig metal classic. READ FULL STORY
If the mere mention of Panic! at the Disco conjures flashbacks of an angsty adolescence—shunning your parents, stewing in self pity and fawning over boy bands in eyeliner, tight pants and top hats—then here’s your chance to reacquaint yourself with a decidedly grownup Panic! The band performed a truly awesome rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody” on their Gospel Tour with Fall Out Boy and Linkin Park. (Okay, so maybe they haven’t changed that much).
It may be the third week of September, but the Summer of Butts swelters on. Last month, Jennifer Lopez released a remix of her song “Booty,” featuring Iggy Azalea—and now they’ve put out an ass-tastic video to accompany the audio.
The video isn’t as colorful or absurd as Nicki Minaj’s recent ass masterpiece. In fact, Iggy leaves Nicki out of the derrière dialogue completely, claiming “the last time the world seen a booty this good it was on Jenny from the Block.” READ FULL STORY
Aussie DJ/artist Anna Lunoe is releasing her first EP, All Out, next week on Ultra Music on Monday, Sept. 22 (available for preorder here). The album caps off an explosive year for Lunoe—she dotted the major festival scene with sets at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Electric Forest, and Splash House while also supporting The Weeknd on tour. She released “Bass Drum Dealer (B.D.D.)” on Skrillex’s Nest imprint in early summer as well as popular dance track “Feels Like” with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs on his Nice Age Label.
Lunoe is becoming known for interesting collaborations, and “Heartbreak in Motion” features a partnership with Jesse Boykins III. Jesse is on lead vocals, Anna plays back-up, and the interplay between the two is incredibly dynamic. Co-written with fellow Aussie Stylaz Fuego, it pays homage to old school house music without feeling dated. READ FULL STORY
Like serialized television and comic-book movies, R&B is in the midst of a golden age. As ambivalent as I am about Beyoncé’s work, her influence cannot be overstated, and her sequined coattails have been long enough to support an incredible wave of exceptionally provocative albums from next-in-line voices both female (Jhené Aiko, FKA Twigs, Tinashe) and male (Frank Ocean, Miguel, the Weeknd).
The roots of this form of modern R&B can be traced back to Janet Jackson’s landmark album Rhythm Nation 1814, which turns 25 years old today. Though it’s a quarter century old, Rhythm Nation has barely aged—it sounds as rich and vital as it did when it was first released, and stylistically as contemporary as anything on the Billboard charts. READ FULL STORY
The threat of Jack U music has loomed large this summer: Skrillex becoming increasingly present on the MDBP tour, a stint at Hard Summer, sets at Burning Man, a (scheduled but canceled due to weather) set at Electric Zoo, and the live performance recording of “Take U There.”
Finally, we have a studio recording.
“Take U There” by Jack U featuring Kiesza is out this week, streaming on BBC Radio here, and will likely be unavoidable on dance floors everywhere for the foreseeable future. Following the song is a quick interview with Diplo and Skrillex, discussing the track’s genesis. (Spoiler alert: It was on a whim in Ibiza.) The track is also available for purchase on iTunes. READ FULL STORY
When GWAR founder and frontman David Brockie, known as Oderus Urungus, died this past March the sci-fi metal band took a break and didn’t try to regroup for months. But now, GWAR is getting back on their feet and even have added another voice to the group: Vulvatron, according to Wondering Sound.
Vulvatron, who joins fellow vocalist Beefcake the Mighty, is the first female to join since 2000. The singer, whose non-stage name is Kim Dylla, joined the band onstage for the first time at Chicago’s Riot Fest Sept. 12 wearing a spiky, purple, butt-baring get-up. READ FULL STORY
Iconic nerdcore rapper MC Frontalot returned last month with his sixth album, Question Bedtime, a collection of twisted retellings of classic fairy tales. Now he’s put out the record’s first music video, for “Gold Locks,” and it’s awesomely weird.
The video and song recast the story of the three bears as a cautionary tale, with Frontalot rapping about the ways furry creatures can remain safe from the blond-haired human menace. In this case, that blond mop sits atop a zombie head with bloodshot eyes and a red jawline. Frontalot sports a Boy Scout uniform as he addresses Cub Scouts (get it?) with wisdom like “People don’t have feelings like bears, honey / They’re supernatural creatures who eat without cease / And they bound books full of us recipes.” Yeah, the MC has done it again.
The cut features a verse from Jean Grae, just one of Bedtime‘s many collaborators, including Kyle Kinane, Paul F. Tompkins, and Parry Gripp.
Check out the whole video below: READ FULL STORY
Glasgow-born producer Russell Whyte, a.k.a. Rustie, is one of a generation of electronic musicians who came up in the wake of dubstep’s emergence out of the U.K. dance-music underground and subsequent adoption by legions of American frat boys—a situation they responded to by adopting an aesthetic philosophy that disregards genre conventions and encourages a mix-and-match approach to styles. It’s a way of working that encourages creative ambition, and Whyte’s proven himself to be remarkably ambitious even by the scene’s heightened standards, blending old-school rave techno, contemporary American hip-hop, and knotty prog rock into a seamless whole.
Whyte’s exotic mix of styles has proven to be more popular than you might expect proggy rap-techno to be. Since the release of his 2012 album Glass Swords he’s found an audience in the mainstream EDM world that’s just as passionate as the one he has in the underground, thanks to tracks like “After Light,” which features vocals by Aluna Francis of the British R&B duo AlunaGeorge and big, ravey synths capable of filling the sports arenas that EDM festivals have made their home.
Famed British singer Marianne Faithfull has announced the U.S. release of her 20th studio album, Give My Love to London. The record, which also honors her career’s 50th anniversary, is due out in the States on Nov. 11 via Easy Sound.
The record features collaborators including Brian Eno, Adrian Utley (Portishead), Nick Cave, Roger Waters, Steve Earle, and Anna Calvi.
Faithfull began her career in 1964 and first came to prominence with the song “As Tears Go By,” which was co-written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Andrew Loog Oldham. In an era before social media, Faithfull had a famously high-profile relationship with Jagger; she has long been rumored to have inspired Stones classics including “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and “Wild Horses.” READ FULL STORY
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