On Tuesday night, Kendrick Lamar became the last musical guest to ever perform on The Colbert Report.
Trip-hop pioneer Tricky’s best known for his kinky beats and raspy croak of a voice, but he’s also got a pretty serious reputation for scouting talent, especially when it comes to recruiting female singers. For his past two albums he’s made use of London singer Francesca Belmonte, who’s got a voice that’s both ethereal and earthy, with a surfeit of the eroticism that Tricky requires from a vocal partner.
Belmonte’s stepping out with her debut solo album on Tricky’s False Idols label sometime next year, and if the advance single “Stole” is any indication, it’s worth looking out for. It’s an intriguingly glitchy contemporary update of the slow-burning trip-hop sound that Tricky’s made his trademark, and now it has a video that plays up Belmonte’s sonic resemblance to the dance-music-loving soul divas of the ’80s and ’90s with moody lighting, a range of fashionable costume choices, and a camera that can’t seem to take its eye off her.
For music fans, both amateur and professional, the final quarter of the year is pretty much devoted to talking over–or arguing about–the music that we listened to, but there’s never much discussion about how we moved to it. Maybe it’s because dance styles often evolve independently of music trends, or because a lot of people who love talking about music are terrified of talking about dance (or dancing, for that matter). READ FULL STORY
On Friday, Billboard held its 10th annual Women In Music event to honor the industry’s top female performers. It bestowed its top honor—Woman of the Year—on Taylor Swift. To honor the pop star, singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson performed a solo piano cover of “Clean,” a somber cut from Swift’s recent album 1989.
Watch Michaelson’s rendition below.
The O’My’s occupy an interesting place in Chicago music. They’re deep into the city’s thriving soul scene, but they’re also tightly woven into its hip-hop community, where the chilly electronics of the drill sound have started to give way to a warmer, more organic live-band approach championed by local hero Chance the Rapper, one of several MCs with whom the group has collaborated.
Last year, the O’My’s suffered a serious trauma when their tour van flipped. Fortunately, all of the members survived, and they’ve channeled the experience into their upcoming album Keeping the Faith, due out in February, which seems likely to find the group an enthusiastic audience outside of Cook county. Its lead single “Rise Up Singing (A Beautiful Thing)” reflects the group’s irrepressibly optimistic philosophy in a funky psychedelic groove reminiscent of Sly’s There’s a Riot Goin’ On. If you need a song to help ease you into listening to other music after binging on the new D’Angelo record, here it is.
Last week Modest Mouse began hinting at new music and over the weekend their new single and album title leaked. The band has now shared the artwork (that’s it above) and pre-order options for Strangers to Ourselves, a 15-song double LP slated to drop March 3.
Learn more about the Strangers to Ourselves here and listen to the “Lampshades On Fire”—the fresh track that sounds a lot like the band’s more recent records—below.
After four years without putting out new music, Oregon-bred The Decemberists are back: They just released a lyric video for new track “The Wrong Year” that looks like something straight out of Portlandia—birds included.
“The Wrong Year” is the third song released off their upcoming album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World. Previously released tracks include “Lake Song” and “Make You Better,” a song with a music video featuring Parks and Recreation‘s Nick Offerman. READ FULL STORY
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