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Tonight, Kendrick Lamar threw the first pitch at the Los Angeles Dodgers' game against the San Francisco Giants. Compared to Jack White's pitch at the Tigers game last summer (and 50 Cent's pathetic attempt at one), Kendrick did a pretty well! Watch it below.
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Watch a mini-documentary on Kendrick Lamar at Pitchfork Music Festival:
There's creepy, and then there's Death From Above 1979's "Virgins" video. In the Eva Michon-directed video, a bunch of Amish kids eat mushrooms, bang their heads, snort the ashes of the dead, lick each other's eyeballs, and get sprayed with projectile goat milk straight from an udder. So yeah, "creepy" is an understatement. Watch it below via MuchMusic.
The band themselves star in the video as cops. They shared this statement on the video: "The video takes cues from the lyrics of the song which are a meditation on innocence and coming of age. That very precarious time in life when sex is elusive, maybe even frightening but always compelling.”
"Virgins" appears on their last album The Physical World.
Michon, who's married to the band's Sebastien Grainger, also directed the recent documentary on the band, Life After Death From Above 1979.
The Oakland-based singer/songwriter/dancer Kehlani has a new album coming out tomorrow called You Should Be Here. The album includes "The Way", a Jahaan Sweet-produced single featuring Chance the Rapper. That's it above.April 27, 2015
Chance is headlining this year's Pitchfork Music Festival on July 19 at Chicago's Union Park.
Back in February, Nile Rodgers said Daft Punk had made a "touching film" in honor of Chic's new album. Now, you can watch the video, a cute clip in which the Daft Punk robots send Rodgers a message from space. Check it out below, via Consequence of Sound. It's a part of Nile Rodgers: From Disco to Daft Punk, a documentary about Rodgers' lengthy career, which you can watch over at Arte. The documentary is primarily in French, but several interviews are shot in English.
The first new Chic album since 1992's Chic-Ism is called It's About Time. (Rodgers explains in a press release, "The album's title is: It's About Time... because it's about time.") It includes the recently shared single "I'll Be There", which is a collaboration with the Martinez Brothers.
Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan has taken a role with TNA Wrestling, a professional wrestling company based in Nashville, Tennessee, that airs "Impact Wrestling", a weekly show on Destination America. According to a press release, his title is Senior Producer, Creative and Talent Development. He'll be writing characters and storylines for "Impact Wrestling".
Corgan released a statement about his involvement:
Saying I'm humbled and honored by this opportunity to be part of TNA, a world-class wrestling organization, is an understatement and a dream come true. What's great is the entire TNA organization stands in full support of my music life with the Smashing Pumpkins. In return, I'm fully committed to using my 30 years of entertainment experience, along with my deep-rooted passion for pro wrestling, to take on the thrilling challenge of creatively contributing to IMPACT WRESTLING, finding and developing new talent, and working eye-to-eye with the best-of-the-best. For as cultures currently evolve at great speed, so must pro wrestling meet and supersede such expectations to thrive.
He also said his involvement with TNA will be full-time:
And to counter a press report I've already seen, my participation with @IMPACTWRESTLING will be a full-time endeavor.— Billy Corgan (@Billy) April 27, 2015
Anyone who knows me knows that I don't do ANYTHING half way. And to @IMPACTWRESTLING's credit they brought me in to make things happen— Billy Corgan (@Billy) April 27, 2015
Corgan's affinity for pro wrestling is well established. A few years ago, he helped launch Resistance Pro, a pro wrestling company based out of his hometown Chicago. At one point, an AMC reality show about the promotion was even in the works, but he ended up leaving the company back in November.
He's also worked with TNA before. Witness this amazing commercial filmed for a TNA pay-per-view:
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Our Cover Story "Station to Station: The Past, Present, and Future of Streaming Music" was a Webby Award Honoree for Websites: Best User Interface. Additionally, our sister site The Dissolve was nominated in the field of Websites: Blog — Cultural.
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Jamie xx has shared the video for "Gosh", the opening track from his forthcoming album In Colour (arriving June 1 via Young Turks). Directed by Erik Wernquist, the video explores the surface of a planet from space. Watch it below.
He's also expanded his upcoming tour, which includes a set at Pitchfork Music Festival. Check out those dates below, too.
05-16 Lyon, France - Nuits Sonores
05-23 Liverpool, England - The Bombed Out Church (Young Turks Showcase)
05-30 Dublin, Ireland - Forbidden Fruit
06-05 London, England - St. John's Church
06-06 Manchester, England - Parklife Festival
06-07 Brighton, England - Wildlife Festival
06-12 Toronto, Ontario - Bestival Toronto
06-13 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06-19 Barcelona, Spain - Sónar
07-04 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Pitch Festival
07-04 Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07-09 Montreux, Switzerland - Montreux Jazz Festival
07-17 Berlin, Germany - Melt Festival
07-19 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07-21 Denver, CO - The 1up
07-22 Calgary, Alberta - HiFi
07-23 Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
07-25 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
07-27 San Francisco, CA - Bimbo's 365 Club
07-29 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
07-31 Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
08-01 Austin, TX - The Mohawk
08-02 Pomona, CA - HARD Summer Music Festival
08-05 Detroit, MI - Majestic Theater
08-08 New York, NY - Terminal 5
08-09 Boston, MA - Royale
08-21 Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop
08-22 Brecon Beacon, Wales - Green Man Festival
08-28 Leeds, England - Leeds Festival
08-29 Paris, France - Rock En Seine
08-30 Reading, England - Reading Festival
09-10 Isle of Wight, England - Bestival
10-15 London, England - O2 Brixton Academy
10-16 Manchester, England - Albert Hall
10-17 Glasgow, Scotland - The Arches
10-19 Cologne, Germany - Gloria
10-20 Luxembourg, Luxembourg - den Atelier
10-22 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
10-23 Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
10-24 Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefährlich
10-29 Helsinki, Finland - Ääniwalli
10-30 Moscow, Russia - Yotaspace
10-31 St. Petersburg, Russia - Glavclub
Watch the xx perform on Pitchfork.tv:
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The Vanguard is composed of Jesse Johnson (guitar), Isaiah Sharkey (guitar), Pino Palladino (bass), Chris "Daddy" Dave (drums), Cleo "Pookie" Sample (keyboards), and singers Kendra Foster, Charlie "Red" Middleton and Jermain Holmes.
D'Angelo and the Vanguard:
06-07 Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
06-08 Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
06-10 Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
06-11 Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
06-13 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
06-14 Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
06-16 Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory
06-17 Houston, TX - The Warehouse
06-20 Norfolk, VA -Norva
06-21 Forest Hills, NY - Forest Hills Stadium
06-23 Philadelphia, PA - The Keswick
06-25 Washington, DC - The Fillmore
06-27 Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
06-28 Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
07-03 Gdynia, Poland - Open’er Festival
07-06 Rome, Italy - Parco della Musica
07-07 Milan, Italy - Estathe Market Sound
07-08 Montreux, Switzerland - Montreux Jazz Festival - Stravinsky Hall
07-10 Rotterdam, Netherlands - North Sea Jazz Festival
07-12 Liege, Belgium - Les Ardentes
07-13 London, England - Roundhouse
07-15 Grimstad, Norway - Skral Festival
07-16 Oslo, Norway - Fjord Festival
07-17 Molde, Norway - Molde International Jazz Festival
08-07 San Francisco, CA - Golden Gate Park Outside Lands
Listen to "Really Love":
Photo by Laura Crapo
Earlier this year, the Unicorns' Alden Penner teamed up with actor Michael Cera for a track titled "Meditate". A new mix of that track appears on Penner's Canada in Space EP, out June 29 via City Slang. Listen to the new song "Breathe to Burn: Part II" above.
Upon the EP's release, Penner will embark on a European tour, with Cera as a member of his band. Cera will also play some of his own music on the tour. Find all dates below.
In a press release, Penner said:
There are more Canadians than any other nationality represented in the planned Mars colony. The Canada in Space EP is an imagining of the dreams, reveries, phantasms, hallucinations, psycho-spiritual projections, naïve mythologies, actions, visions and experiences of an abandoned crew before, during and after its permanent journey to Mars; the compression of time; dispersion, fragmentation of states and generations in space; ultimate detachment & wormholes.
06-23 London, England - 100 Club
06-24 Bristol, England - Exchange
06-25 Manchester, England - Gullivers
06-26 Leeds, England - Belgrave Music Hall
06-27 Edinburgh, England - Midnight Circus
06-28 Birmingham, England - The Rainbow
06-29 Brighton, England - Komedia
06-30 Dublin, Ireland - Workmans Club
07-02 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso Upstairs
07-03 Paris, France - Le Badaboum
07-06 Berlin, Germany - Privatclub
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Twice, it seemed that it was all over for Refused. The Swedish hardcore band originally broke up following the release of their excellent 1998 album The Shape of Punk to Come. Then, after their 2012 reunion tour, they announced that it was decisively over.
But after all that, earlier this year, Refused announced a world tour. And now, they're putting out a new album. "Refused Are Fucking Alive", they have announced in a new press release.
The album was produced by Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Kate Bush, Nick Cave). "Elektra" and "366" were produced and co-written by Shellback, the Swedish pop superproducer who has worked on countless massive hits by Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Pink, and others. Freedom will get a limited edition CD release featuring a 28-page hardbound book with a poster and gold foil stamping on the album cover.
"It’s not a reunion anymore," said frontman Dennis Lyxzén in a statement. "This is one of the most radical things we’ve ever done, both musically and lyrically."
"Nobody wanted us to fuck with the image of the band who makes a great album and splits up," said drummer David Sandström. "Nobody wanted us to dilute it. That actually provoked us."
Refused are heading out on tour this year, as well, including dates with Faith No More. Find their schedule below.
02 Old Friends / New War
03 Dawkins Christ
05 Thought Is Blood
06 War on the Palaces
07 Destroy the Man
09 Servants of Death
10 Useless Europeans
05-02 Meerhout, Belgium - Groezrock
05-22 Hünxe, Germany - Ruhrpott Rodeo Open Air Festival
05-24 Las Vegas, NV - Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival
05-25 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
05-26 Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy Theatre
05-28 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
05-29 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
05-30 Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
05-31 Chicago, IL - Double Door
06-01 Boston, MA - The Sinclair
06-03 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
06-04 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
06-05 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
06-20 Montebello, Quebec - Amnesia Rockfest
06-27 Seinäjoki, Finland - Provinssi
07-02 Gdynia, Poland - Open'er Festival
07-11 Collalbo, Italy - Rock am Ring
07-16 Viveiro, Spain - Resurrection Fest
07-17 Tønsberg, Norway - Slottsfjell
07-18 Tromso, Norway - Bukta Tromso Open Air Festival
07-30 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade Music Park *
08-01 Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center *
08-02 Columbia, MA - Merriweather Post Pavilion *
08-04 Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion *
08-05 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden *
08-07 Toronto, Ontario - Ricoh Coliseum *
08-28 Leeds, England - Leeds Festival
08-29 Gräfenhainichen, Germany - Pure & Crafted Festival
08-30 Reading, England - Reading Festival
* with Faith No More
Photo by Ken Estep
Sun Kil Moon and Jesu are releasing a collaborative album together, according to the latter band's mastermind, Justin K. Broadrick. He announced the news via Twitter this morning, but offered no additional details regarding a title or release date. FACT originally reported the news.
The new LP is the latest product of the long-standing collaborative relationship between Mark Kozelek and the Godflesh frontman. Jesu's 2009 album Opiate Sun came out through Kozelek's Caldo Verde label (Broadrick later interviewed Kozelek for the Caldo Verde website). In 2013, Kozelek covered Godflesh's song "Like Rats" (listen below), and the following year he referenced the musician by name in his track "The Possum".
Here's Broadrick's tweet:
A lot of questions about a new Jesu record, I've been working on it for some time, it's a collaboration LP between Sun Kil Moon and Jesu.— Justin K Broadrick (@JKBroadrick) April 27, 2015
Photo by Tonje Thilesen
Hot Chip's new album Why Make Sense? is out May 18 in Europe and May 19 in the U.S. via Domino. They've already shared two singles, "Huarache Lights" and "Need You Now" – and now, they've let go of "Burning Up", a non-album cut which appears on the pre-order-exclusive Separate EP. Check out a lyric video for the track below.
Watch Hot Chip do "How Do You Do?" at Pitchfork Music Festival: