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Andre Benjamin on Jimi Hendrix, OutKast, and what's next

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The André Benjamin drought is over. After a long break from the spotlight, the man also known as Andre 3000 not only launched a headline-making reunion tour with his formative rap duo this ­summer but also stars in the excellent Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is by My Side, written and directed by Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley. Thoughtful and forthcoming, Benjamin, 39, spoke via phone from his home in Atlanta about the evolution of Jimi and what takes to be true to the parts he plays both on stage and off.

EW: You’ve been trying to play Jimi Hendrix for a while. What drew you into this script?
André Benjamin: The take that John Ridley devised. I’ve been kind of close to or attached to a few different Hendrix projects over the years. 15 years ago, I started hearing the Hendrix calls from different directors and producers. I’ve read about four or five different scripts—great scripts, at that—but for some reason or another they just didn’t get made. When John Ridley came with this take, years later I’m like, “Wow, I’m pretty old at this point, but if you still feel like it can work…” And John was really, really into it. The first thing he said was, “I’m going to make this movie, and I want you to be in it.” I was just going off of John’s energy. READ FULL STORY

Tune in: Ariana Grande talks to EW about 'SNL,' 'My Everything'

Ariana Grande has spent a busy week prepping for her performance on Saturday Night Live, but she’s taking time out of her rehearsal to speak with EW and her fans live from 30 Rock.

At 5 p.m. on Friday, Grande will speak live with EW‘s Tim Stack about performing for the show, her album My Everything, which is currently available for free on Google Play, and about “Problem” being considered one of the songs of the summer.

Tune into the Google Hangout at 5 p.m. to watch the talk, and also leave questions on the hangout page to be answered during the discussion. Grande will perform live while Chris Pratt hosts the 40th season premiere of Saturday Night Live on Sept. 27 at 11:30 p.m.

Hear Hudson Mohawke's new track 'King Kong Beaver'

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Scottish producer Hudson Mohawke’s 4-track EP Chimes is out Tuesday, Sept. 30 on Warp Records. Having previously worked with Kanye West, Drake, and Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis, as well as Antony Hegarty (lead singer of Antony and the Johnsons), it’s no surprise that his own collection would master a wide a variety of sounds. “Brainwave” is a synth-heavy, ethereal tune. “Chimes”—a previously unreleased but fan-favorite track—is a trappy dance tune that belongs at the sweatiest afterparty you can find. And now, the former TNGHT member is sharing “King Kong Beaver” with EW.

The track is a great example of Mohawke’s refusal of genre. Heavier and more desperate than “Brainwave” but also lighter, less rhythmic and, frankly, more fun than “Chimes,” “King Kong Beaver” is a testament to all the good that can come from blending of hip-hop and electronic music. Hear the exclusive premiere below. READ FULL STORY

Thom Yorke announces new LP is now available via BitTorrent

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has released a new LP, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, and yet again he’s challenging norms of the music industry. In a press release, Yorke and longtime collaborator Nigel Godrich explained, “As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record” as a method of “bypassing the self elected gate-keepers.”

Yorke and Godrich’s statement included some details about the BitTorrent technology:

The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files..
The files can be anything, but in this case is an ‘album’.
It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around …
If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work.
Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves.
Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers.
If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done.
The torrent mechanism does not require any server uploading or hosting costs or ‘cloud’ malarkey.
It’s a self-contained embeddable shop front…
The network not only carries the traffic, it also hosts the file. The file is in the network.

The announcement comes after a week of Yorke-related speculation, fueled by tweets of mysterious white records and news that Radiohead was back in the studioTomorrow’s Modern Boxes will be Yorke’s first new music since 2013’s AMOK, by his Flea-featuring supergroup Atoms for Peace. Radiohead hasn’t put out a new record since 2011’s The King of Limbs.

Yorke’s BitTorrent experiment is just his latest attempt to reclaim some independence for musicians. In 2007, Radiohead famously released In Rainbows on the Internet with a pay-what-you-want scheme—which for many translated to a free record. Last year, Yorke pulled AMOK, as well as his only solo album, 2006’s The Eraser, from Spotify. “The reason is that new artists get paid f–k all with this model,” Atoms for Peace said in explanation. “It’s an equation that just doesn’t work.”

Get your digital hands on Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes for $6 here.

Listen to Leo Justi's menacing new dance track, 'Devils Horns'

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Rio-based electronic producer Leo Justi is far from a household name, but his star is most assuredly on the rise. He’s a leading figure in a Rio-based style called “heavy baile” that builds off the foundation of Brazilian baile funk–aka funk carioca, aka favela funk, aka the stuff M.I.A. emulated on “Bucky Done Gun”–but manages to incorporate everything from drum ‘n’ bass to heavy metal. It could be the next regional style to blow up on the global EDM scene, with A-Trak a fan and M.I.A. flying Justi out to India to record.

The title of Justi’s latest track, “Devils Horns,” from his HVY BL NSS PRR EP for the Waxploitation label, may be a nod to heavy baile’s heavier influences, or it could refer to the menacing brass stabs scattered throughout the track, or maybe both. Either way, the song’s got intensity to spare–it sounds like just the type of thing to turn a dance party into a full-blown riot.

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This Week in Diplo: The last Block Party and a few Jack U adventures

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The 2014 Mad Decent Block Party Tour ended last weekend and went out the only way it could: with an insane amalgamation of live sets, after-parties, after-after parties and surprise sets. At one point, fans were swinging from the ceilings, and that is not a metaphor.

Berkeley, CA,

San Francisco after-parties,

Eugene, OR,

And then off to Canada for the final stop.

After which Diplo took a minute to thank his fans as it ended.

The MDBP started in 2008 as a one-off in Philadelphia as a literal block party, not a stadium tour. As you can see in this caption, as well as from the countless social media posts and media coverage throughout the summer, it has grown extraordinarily. Twenty-two stops (not counting after-parties or pop-ups), most of which were sold out and almost 170,000 attendees is no small feat—nor, I would imagine, is putting on a traveling festival of sorts.

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 4.34.54 PMFull disclosure, the tour isn’t exactly over. The first Mad Decent Boat Party sets sail from Miami through the Caribbean mid-November. This is either the most exciting or terrifying announcement I’ve received recently. (I’m leaning toward the former.)

2014_MDB_11_LineupGraphic_MarqueeYou might be tempted to think Diplo would, I don’t know, take a week off after the tour. Relax, even. While I see your thought process, I’m here to tell you, you would be wrong in such assumptions.

Diplo and Skrillex have been hard on the campaign trail for Jack U and their MSG New Year’s Eve show. They released a YouTube video. They tweeted and Instagrammed incessantly. They gave tickets away. They tweeted and Instagrammed more.

And then, presumably, once they realized everyone already wants to go, they went to shoot a music video for “Take U There” with Kiesza.

Release details on the video are still unreleased, but the excitement on social media from fans is palpable.

And, lest all the Jack U excitement distract us, let’s remember Diplo is also a formative member of Major Lazer, who also had a pretty sweet summer. They posted a highlight reel on their homepage of the season on Wednesday. If you have a high tolerance for FOMO and/or are comfortable dreaming of next year’s tour this early in the game, give it a watch.

Aside from that, Diplo went to a baseball game (with Skrillex because, obviously) and the dentist. Stars—they’re just like us… sort of.

 

 

Norah Jones closes George Harrison week on 'Conan'

Norah Jones closed out George Harrison week on Conan on Thursday night with a rendition of “Behind That Locked Door” from Harrison’s 1970 album, All Things Must Pass.

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Kanye West shows off new album at exclusive listening party in Paris

Rejoice: Kanye West may soon unleash his next album. According to rapper Theophilus London, ‘Ye unleashed his Yeezus follow-up last night three times for a small group of people in Paris.

On Thursday morning, London posted a picture to Instagram of him and Kanye, accompanied by the caption “Kanye playing his new album three times in a dark room of 20 people last night.” (The rapper also recalled “moshing drunk with mad babes” at the listening party, which took place at Paris Fashion Week.) London then took to Twitter to say that he’s featured on the record’s first single.

Back in July, Kanye told GQ his seventh studio album would “most likely” come out in September, though an October or November release could also be possible. The rapper (and designer and zipliner and religious prophet) hasn’t provided many details since, but if Yeezus‘ speedy 2013 release taught us anything, it’s that Kanye knows how to contain his projects and then push them out at a moment’s notice.

Death From Above 1979 documentary due out Oct. 7

Earlier this month, Canadian dance-punk duo Death From Above 1979 released The Physical World, their first new album since their 2004 debut, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine. That decade layover—and the turmoil between bassist Jesse Keeler and drummer Sebastien Grainger that caused it—is now the subject of a documentary, Life After Death From Above 1979, set for an Oct. 7 release on Vimeo On Demand.

In 2006, after a grueling tour supporting You’re a Woman, Keeler and Grainger abandoned their bombastic music, raucous shows, and strained relationship. The duo didn’t speak for five years, but stayed in music; Grainger performed under his own name, while Keeler founded the successful electronic duo MSTRKRFT. But fans continued to clamor for a Death From Above 1979 reunion, culminating in a high-profile set at 2011’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival.

The documentary, directed by Eva Michon, chronicles Death From Above 1979’s initial cult following and why the band fell apart. It also features interviews with members of Justice, The Strokes, Metric, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and more of the band’s peers.

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Taylor McFerrin's psych-soul single 'The Antidote' gets a trippy video

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Producer/composer/pianist Taylor McFerrin is the rare member of the Flying Lotus-led Brainfeeder collective to operate out of New York City rather than L.A., but the influence of vintage soul, psychedelic jazz, and Golden Age rap beats on his music is right in line with the crew’s aesthetic mission statement. His debut album, Early Riser, which came out on Brainfeeder earlier this summer, features a fascinating cast of special guests including Brainfeeder bass master Thundercat, pianist Robert Glasper, Brazilian jazz veteran Cesar Camargo Mariano, and McFerrin’s dad Bobby. For the lead single “The Antidote” he teamed up with Hiatus Kaiyote vocalist Nai Palm and created a psych-soul cut wrapped in the warm and captivatingly complex textures that he specializes in. Its trippy black-and-white animated video was made by director Simon Benjamin, who also drew Early Riser‘s cover.

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