The 2014 Coachella will be memorialized as the year of the cameo. If Saturday elicited surprise appearances from the likes of Jay Z, Puff Daddy, Beyonce, Gwen Stefani, Sunday’s guest list attempted to up the ante—with a no-RSVP-needed guest list that included Mary J. Blige, Justin Bieber, Drake, and Deborah Harry from Blondie. By the time nightfall descended on the Polo Grounds in Indio, A-list musicians were practically popping up out of the Port-A-Potties. READ FULL STORY
Ben Watt may always be known best as The Boy in dreamy alt-pop duo Everything But the Girl, but the 51-year-old Londoner has been garnering some of the best notices of his career for the new album Hendra, his first solo release in more than three decades.
What’s black and blue and new all over?
The Black Keys’ “Turn Blue” — the title track to their upcoming eighth album, debuted today on drummer Patrick Carney’s SiriusXM show “Serious Boredom.” Hear it here: READ FULL STORY
Lana Del Rey unveiled her new single “West Coast,” at Coachella last weekend — and in case you weren’t part of the desert masses this year, you can check it out below. The bluesy summer tune is off of her upcoming album Ultraviolence, which drops May 1st.
There’s a heavy influence from producer Dan Auerbach, The Black Keys frontman who has been working with her on the album. Can you catch the threads of The Beatles’ “And I Love Her“?
By Saturday night, the Coachella Valley Music festival starts to feel like being favorably trapped inside a Choose Your Own Adventure book. Most options led to auspicious surprises, if you could withstand the cyclone winds choking the Polo Fields. At midnight, Nas performed the entirety of his seminal ’90s album Illmatic, accompanied by former nemesis-turned-ally Jay Z. Puff Daddy even bopped out to perform “Hate Me Now.” READ FULL STORY
Have you found yourself wondering “What’s that song?” while watching your favorite TV shows? If so, we’re here to tell you. Check out our Spotify playlist below and see why these music picks clicked. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!) READ FULL STORY
“I know it’s kind of weird… 20 years later.” Andre 3000’s last words from OutKast’s 90-minute performance summarized the nostalgia, bizarre ambivalence, adrenal brilliance, and unadulterated joy that surrounded the duo’s much-trumpeted reunion at the 2014 Coachella Music Festival.
You didn’t need to guess at the level of anticipation; you merely had to listen to the squeals on the Indio field. From the smoke machines and fog to the humid red lights and scarred American flag backdrop, to their magnetic charisma and take-it-or-leave-it attitude, the moment felt closer to a big-tent revival than a reunion.
If you wanted the greatest-hits set, you got it: from first song ”B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)” to the finale, an aloof rendition of “Hey Ya.” There were guest spots from Janelle Monae, Future, and long-time Dungeon Family hook guru, Sleepy Brown (even if the majority of the young Indio crowd inevitably mistook him for the late Isaac Hayes). But if you expected the OutKast Super Fun-Fun Happy Hour, you might have been gravely disappointed. READ FULL STORY
She’s still only 23, but it’s been a slow burn for Iggy Azalea. Born Amethyst Kelly, she left her home nation of Australia when she was 16 years old to pursue her hip-hop dreams. She’s been on the mix tape radar since 2011′s Ignorant Art, and has already teamed up with the likes of T.I., B.o.B, Mac Miller, Diplo, and Sean Paul.
Her proper debut album The New Classic has been in limbo for a while, but it’s finally hitting store shelves on April 18. Last week, EW caught up with Azalea in Manhattan Peruvian chicken emporium Pio Pio for a talk about art, nipples, and Katy Perry.
On the scene at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony: Nirvana, Kiss, chaos, and... Lorde?
At one point during his speech at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt referenced the fact that being inducted meant he was joining his heroes who had already been made immortal.
But for all its power, rock music is still made by human beings, and this year’s crop of inductees—E Street, Nirvana, Kiss, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, Brian Epstein, and Andrew Loog-Oldham—and the presentations honoring their contributions to the pop world were defined by the various absences spread across the five hour show (which will be edited and presented on HBO on May 31). READ FULL STORY
Next Saturday, April 19, is Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent music retailers and the glory of vinyl.
One of the 400 exclusive special releases belongs to breakout Brit Jake Bugg, who is releasing the EP Live at Silver Platters. It’s a four-track collection of unplugged tunes performed at Seattle’s Silver Platters, including an acoustic rendition of his hit “Lightning Bolt.” Listen here:
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