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New York City is getting its first country musical festival

A little bit of country is coming to the city when FarmBorough, New York City’s first country musical festival, arrives next year.

Set to take place June 26 – 28 on Randall’s Island, FarmBorough will be headlined by Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, and Brad Paisley with a lineup featuring a range of country artists including Dwight Yoakam, The Cadillac Three, Kip Moore, Brandy Clark, Ashley Monroe, and more. According to Rolling Stone, the festival will also feature a showcase of up-and-coming talent on a “Next from Nashville” stage.

Three-day passes start at $225 for general admission and run up to $999 for the “empire VIP” package. Passes to FarmBorough 2015 are set to go on-sale on Thursday, Nov. 6 at FarmBorough.com.

 

Lil Wayne drops 'Gotti,' announces 'Tha Carter V' release date

Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V didn’t come out Oct. 28 as planned because there was a slight problem: He recorded too many songs.

In a P.S.A. released yesterday, the rapper first blames the delayed release on skateboarding too much before revealing the truth, that he recorded a bunch of songs and doesn’t want to cheat his fans by only giving them a small sampling. “I worked on way too much to give y’all just half of it,” he says in the P.S.A. “I refused to cheat my fans. I refused to cheat myself.”
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T-Pain's Auto-Tune-free Tiny Desk Concert will blow your mind

T-Pain

On the surface, T-Pain may seem like an exceedingly odd choice for one of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, not only because the series usually focuses on rootsy singer-songwriters and indie rockers, but because his Auto-Tune-drenched signature sound seems wildly incompatible with the type of stripped-down intimacy the whole premise is founded on. But two things a lot of people don’t realize about T-Pain are that 1. behind the top hats and stripper lyrics he’s actually an incredibly talented musician, and 2. perhaps even more surprisingly, behind all that Auto-Tune he’s a phenomenally talented singer. READ FULL STORY

FKA Twigs gets severely creepy in her 'Video Girl' video

FKA-Twigs

Last week, avant-R&B cosmonaut FKA Twigs released a video she directed for Google Glass that used a reworked version of “Video Girl” from her recent, EW-beloved LP1 as the soundtrack (along with the song “Glass & Patron”) for a hallucinatory dance-off between multiples Twigses. It served as a showcase for both her impressive dance moves and her equally refined sense of the surreal, but that wasn’t the end of the song’s video presence.

Wednesday morning, Twigs released the official “Video Girl” video, and it’s a whole world apart from the comparably conventional Google Glass clip and its white-room choreography. Directed by Kahlil Joseph, it trades in the lush, color-drenched psychedelia of her “Two Weeks” visual for harsh black-and-white, with the singer playing some kind of otherworldly presence haunting a prison and a man who’s being executed there. It’s an unsettling viewing experience that combines the most disturbing aspects of J-horror and Mulholland Drive, and it climaxes with Twigs straddling a dying man strapped down to a table with a tube of poison running into his arm. All in all, it delivers about 10 times as much creepiness as any horror movie this year in just a fraction of the time.

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Taylor Swift's 'Welcome to New York' proceeds are going NYC public schools

No matter whether you think Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York” is a good representation of the city, she is using it to genuinely help her newly adopted home. Newly appointed New York City “welcome ambassador” Swift announced on The View, that all of the proceeds from sales of the song will go to public schools in the city.

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'The Goonies' meets 'The X-Files' in Rich Aucoin's 'Want to Believe' video

Halifax indie-pop auteur Rich Aucoin‘s second album, Ephemeral, was heavily inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, and was in fact written specifically to sync up with the novella’s 1979 claymation film adaptation. For the video for the song “Want to Believe,” though, he seems to be tapping into a couple other beloved entertainment properties, pairing a ragtag gang of BMX-riding, adventure-seeking misfits with a burnt-out guy in a rumpled suit who has an obsession with exploring the unknown and a very familiar UFO poster on the wall. The wacky hijinks the group gets up to go nicely with the song’s fist-pumping, Andrew-W.K.-meets-The-Arcade-Fire positivity.

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Here's what happens when Taylor Swift's 'Out of the Woods' meets Beyonce's 'XO'

Beyoncé and Taylor Swift are likely the world’s two most zeitgeist-y and powerful pop stars right now. So, naturally, someone saw an opportunity. READ FULL STORY

Study: Taylor Swift can unite the country

If there’s one thing Democrats and Republicans can see eye to eye on, it’s Taylor Swift.  READ FULL STORY

Watch Neil Diamond perform 'Solitary Man' at his old high school

Even before Rick Rubin took him back to basics on 2005’s 12 Songs, Neil Diamond had cachet with music snobs, who knew that the man had written a ton of timeless singer-songwriter classics before veering into more adult-contempo stuff in the ’80s and ’90s. (The 1974 collection His 12 Greatest Hits is pretty much bulletproof.) Diamond played some of those classics last month during what was—shockingly—his first performance in his hometown of Brooklyn. READ FULL STORY

Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' gets the lullaby treatment

Eminem might not be who first comes to mind when you think “good lullaby music,” but Rockabye Baby’s latest album will change your mind.

Rockabye Baby specializes in turning popular songs into baby-appropriate lullabies, and they delved into Eminem’s profanity-filled catalog for their latest album. The profanity doesn’t matter though: The tracks are purely instrumental, replacing angry F-bombs with pretty xylophones. READ FULL STORY

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