Out with the old, in with the new. That seems to be Grimes’ mantra the last couple of months, considering her new Space X boyfriend and her new name. It also means she’s been steadily working on new material, and today we’ve got a sneak peak at what it sounds like all thanks to… Apple?
Grimes appears in a short Apple ad dubbed “Behind the Mac”, in which she talks about using her laptop to make music. She says working with a Mac while on her floor versus a professional setup is her preferred creative method and results in “way weirder things.” One of those things apparently is an all-new song called “that’s what the drugs are for”, which soundtracks the last 20 seconds of the commercial.
Check it out below.
Earlier this year, Marilyn Manson joined X Japan during their Coachella set, and together they performed a cover of the Eurythmics classic “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This”. Of course, the shock rocker is no stranger to the track, as he famously released his own interpretation of it way back in the ’90s. Today, Manson is covering another classic, this time taking on “Cry Little Sister”, which Gerard McMahon originally recorded for the iconic Lost Boys soundtrack.
The 1987 version was eerie on its own, but in Manson’s hands it’s downright frightening, especially when his voice rises to an echoing howl. According to Blabbermouth, the Manson cover is expected to appear in the upcoming X-Men spinoff film The New Mutants, which arrives next year. For those who’ve seen Manson in recent months, “Cry Little Sister” might sound familiar as it’s popped up on many of his setlists.
Check it out below, followed by footage of his live version.
If you’re lucky, Manson just may perform the cover on his upcoming summer tour with Rob Zombie, which is one of the hottest of the season (minus the urine that is). The trek is in continued support of his 2017 album, Heaven Upside Down. Manson is also due to appear on X Japan’s first album...
Two years after Montreal art pop group Majical Cloudz announced their split, frontman Devon Welsh is kick starting his solo career. He returned in May with the powerful and sparse “I’ll Be Your Ladder”, and now he’s back with another single and video, “Vampires”.
With production from Austin Tufts of BRAIDS, “Vampires” is certainly fuller than “Ladder”, with ping-ponging guitar notes building over the synth drones that form the song’s base. As with so much of Welsh’s stirring music, there’s an inescapable sense of yearning, almost like a nostalgia for something that hasn’t yet been achieved. “This is our shot, let’s not blow it with stage fright,” Welsh sings during the song’s climax. “This time we need to say good bye/ ‘Cause we’re moving on.” Take a listen via the track’s Christopher Honeywell-directed video below.
Welsh has also announced a small run of intimate tour dates set for later this summer. Backed by a full band, he’ll hit Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Montreal, and Toronto. The short itinerary is below.
Devon Welsh 2018 Tour Dates:
06/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Park Church Co-Op
06/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Getty Center
07/02 – Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola
07/08 – Toronto, ON @ The Baby G
Alessia Cara released her debut album, Know It All, back in 2015. In the three years since, she’s not only ascended to the top of the charts with “Scars to Your Beautiful” and “Here”, but also a Grammy for Best New Artist (beating out the likes of Khalid, SZA, and Lil Uzi Vert). The Canadian indie pop songwriter is now teasing her follow-up record with a new single titled, “Growing Pains”.
Here, the Ontario-born artist proves that fame and fortune can’t buy happiness, especially when you’re still young — she turns 22 next month — and settling into yourself. “And I guess the bad can get better, gotta be wrong before it’s right,” Cara sings over a bubbly beat, later adding, that “the growing pains, growing pains, they’re keeping me up at night.” For what it’s worth, they keep me up at night, too, and I’m no longer in my 20s. Hang in there, Alessia.
Take a listen below via its official lyric video.
Cara recently contributed to Revamp, a pop-oriented tribute album to Elton John which also features Florence and the Machine, Sam Smith, and Coldplay.
“Growing Pains” Artwork:
For so many Americans living during the post-war days, when what we now know as the Baby Boomers were taking root, there was the life you dreamt about having and the one you actually had. The latter was the one we know from so many pop cultural hallmarks in this day and age: the man in the gray flannel suit going off to his office job in a reputable industry, his patient wife maintaining the home and waiting dutifully for him to return, the precocious children raised in obedience to God and nation. You paid your taxes, you kept your nose clean, you prospered and yielded fruit for the sustenance of this great nation. Whatever ideas you had beyond that, well, you kept them to yourself.
Nothing repressed ever remains in that state forever, though. The secrets and urges we bury always manifest in reality in one form or another, and the new CBS All Access series Strange Angel tells an utterly unbelievable true story to get this point across in abundance. Based on the real-life exploits of Jack Parsons, a 20th century rocket engineer, the series follows Parsons (Jack Reynor) through the early years of his work, when he was simply a working-class man with a dream. (At least in part — an early episode introduces Hope Davis as Jack’s well-off mother, and the dichotomy between the tedious grind of his daily efforts and the comfort of her opulent home appears to be a matter...
Filmography returns to take a comprehensive dive into one of filmmaking’s most venerated bodies of work: Stanley Kubrick, whose 13 feature-length films made invaluable contributions to the medium while also reinventing it as they went along. From the raw intimacy of personal conflict to the mysteries at the edges of the known universe, Kubrick’s work spanned eras, territories, and styles unlike any other filmmaker.
For the season premiere, “Human Deceit,” Film Editor Dominick Suzanne-Mayer is joined by CoS senior writer Blake Goble and The Film Stage Show host Michael Snydel to consider Kubrick’s formative years, the historical landscape in which his career began, and how his early work suggested the elite filmmaker yet to develop.
This week’s discussion is focused around the following features:
Last week, GoldLink dropped a few guest bars on Christina Aguilera’s new “Like I Do” single, which was produced by Anderson .Paak and Mark Ronson. Now, the Grammy-nominated rapper has released a song of his own and has called on R&B singer Miguel for assistance.
Their collaboration is called “Got Friends” and sees the two acts doing their respective things — GoldLink with his chilled flow, Miguel with his velvet croon — over a snaking production. Take a listen below.
In July, GoldLink will play a trio of special shows in his hometown of Washington, DC. Dubbed “Three Nights on U Street”, the event will take place at the city’s iconic U Street Music Hall and feature performances of each of his three albums. GoldLink also has festival dates lined up for Lollapalooza, Summerfest in Milwaukee, Reykjavik’s Secret Solstice, and Outside Lands in San Francisco. He recently appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series.
As for Miguel, his last full-length came in the form of 2017’s War & Leisure. He’s also due to perform at festivals such as Made in America in Philadelphia, AfroPunk in Brooklyn, and Las Vegas’ Life is Beautiful.
The Lowdown: Kanye West and Kid Cudi convene as the super duo Kids See Ghosts on their 23-minute album of the same name. The first collaborative album from the pair, Kids See Ghosts is an exploration of instability. Kanye suggests he has transcended mental illness in the ways that it typically debilitates mortal men. By leaning into persistent mania, it has allegedly become advantageous to his creative output and self-perception instead of making quick work of his sanity. Detailing his own illness and delving into the price of fame on “Reborn”, Kanye openly embraces a bipolar diagnosis. He declares himself immune to the societal stigma it carries and subsequently empowered (by that declaration) to unlock his best self.
The Good: The rappers’ artistic partnership imbues Kanye with a noticeable vigor, lyrical presence, and effectiveness – even in the realm of minimalist, brooding bedroom raps – that suggest conscience, lucidity, and active, critical thought. Statements that find balance within spacious arrangements and evoke a higher power through prismatic synthesizer chords and the interplay of staid percussive statements that mimic the beat of the heart.
Avengers: Infinity War is officially the fourth highest-grossing film of all time after surpassing $2 billion at the worldwide box office. Meanwhile, DC Films is trying to make two different Joker movies while figuring out how to make a film not named Wonder Woman that grosses over $750 million. Well, the guys behind Infinity War (and all three Captain America films), Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have some tips on how the folks over at WB might be able to right the ship.
Appearing on Kevin Smith’s Fatman on Batman podcast, the writing duo was asked about a scenario in which WB “offered you a ton of money and swayed you to the dark side and said, ‘Fix these fucking movies,’ how would you fix the DC Universe?” McFeely suggested DC Films should take their own advice: “My familiarity with the DC universe is not that great but I can just say, strategically, ‘Make one,'” he said. “To quote Justice League, ‘Save one person.’”
Markus agreed, but said that one person should not be one of the Big Three, Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. “I mean, I would look at what Marvel did out of necessity, in that they didn’t have their A-list characters,” he said. “They didn’t have Spider-Man. They didn’t have the X-Men. They went down a line and found a, I mean, he’s pretty fucking famous, he’s Iron Man, but he wasn’t there, and they made a...
Popular podcaster and TV host Chris Hardwick has been accused of psychological and sexual abuse by his former girlfriend, actress Chloe Dykstra. In a post published to medium on Friday, the 29-year-old Dykstra detailed her three-plus year relationship with Hardwick during which time she was constantly “snapped/yelled at” and sexually assaulted. As a result of his abuse, Dykstra said she suffered from extreme anorexia and was hospitalized due to an ectopic pregnancy. She also said she contemplated suicide.
In a statement released late Friday night, Hardwick denied the allegations. “Our three year relationship was not perfect — we were ultimately not a good match and argued — even shouted at each other — but I loved her, and did my best to uplift and support her as a partner and companion in any way and at no time did I sexually assault her,” Hardwick said.
He went on to accuse Dykstra of infidelity, saying, “When we were living together, I found out that Chloe cheated on me, and I ended the relationship. For several weeks after we broke up, she asked me to get back together with me and even told me she wanted to have kids with me, ‘build a life’ with me and told me that I was ‘the one,’ but I did not want to be with someone who was unfaithful.
“I’m devastated to read that she is now accusing me of conduct that did not occur,” Hardwick said to conclude his statement. “I was blindsided by...
Ahead of their “Cold and Black and Infinite” tour this fall, Nine Inch Nails are playing a smattering of headlining dates and festivals across the US and Europe this summer. The first of these shows took place in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.
The 19-song set kicked off with a cover of Gary Numan’s “Metal”, the band’s first such performance of the track in nine years. “I Do Not Want This”, from The Downward Spiral, also resurfaced on the band’s setlist for the first time in nearly a decade. Other notable performances included the live debut of “God Break Down the Door”, from NIN’s forthcoming album Bad Witch, along with David Bowie’s “I’m Afraid of Americans” (Trent Reznor contributed to Bowie’s original version in 1997).
Watch fan-shot footage and check out the full setlist below.
Metal (Gary Numan cover) (first performance since 2009)
Me, I’m Not
The Beginning of the End
March of the Pigs
Find My Way
God Break Down the Door (live debut)
I Do Not Want This (first performance since 2009)
I’m Afraid of Americans (David Bowie cover)
Came Back Haunted
Head Like a Hole
2 Chainz is making a play for collaborator of the year with the amount of tracks he’s showing up on. He hopped on the Black Panther soundtrack with ScHoolBoy Q and Saudi, hooked up with Migos on their Culture II track “Too Playa”, popped up on Royce da 5’9″ and DJ Premier’s PRhyme II album, and even appears on Christina Aguilera’s new Liberation record alongside Ty Dolla $ign. On new track “Bigger Than You”, though, it’s 2 Chainz who’s calling in the featured artists.
The braggadocios bumper features both Drake and Migos’ Quavo. Most of the song is filled with bars talking about how much bigger than everyone else the trio are — “Chain so big, should have came with a kick stand/ Fuck with me, I got a retain on a hit man,” spits Chainz, while Drake talks about his stacks, saying, “Half a million out in Vegas, it ain’t no blackjack, nigga, naw.” Still, the MCs take time to shout out their forbearers and contemporaries, with Drake giving a subtle nod to Logic on his verse and 2 Chainz going out with some throwback praise to Juvenile: “When I was in juvie, I made ’em back out (back that ass up)/ It was 400 degrees, you would have passed out.”
Take a listen below.
Originating in the 1990s, footwork has been one of the premiere dance and DJ movement to come out of Chicago. Founded in the early aughts by the late DJ Rashad, the legendary Teklife crew has been at the forefront of the entire genre. This July, the members of the group will take part in an in depth discussion about “the past, present, and future of the world’s premiere footwork crew” as part of a special presentation from Red Bull Radio’s Peak Time.
Red Bull Music Presents: Peak Time with Teklife is set to take place on July 19th at Chicago’s The Promontory. Hosted by Peak Time’s Vivian Host, the event will see DJ Spinn, DJ Taye, DJ Gant-Man, and DJ Manny provide an oral history of footwork and how the genre grew into a cultural movement. The entire discussion will air live on Red Bull Radio and will be followed by a thumping afterparty featuring more Teklife members including DJ Paypal, RP Boo, Traxman, DJ Tre, Heavee, DJ Phil, and more.
Alice Glass announced her split from Crystal Castles in 2014, and last year revealed the reasons behind that split in a statement that accused former bandmate Ethan Kath of years of sexual, emotional, and physical abuse. That experience informed “CEASE AND DESIST”, a track released in January that she called “a call to arms for all survivors.”
Survival continues to be a theme of her work of late, if “Mine” in any indication. It’s a haunting track, a perfect backdrop for Glass’s lilting, almost otherworldly voice, and the video is similarly affecting. Through a press release, Glass addressed its origins, its resonances, and the concepts it explores (per Pitchfork):
“‘Mine’ is about someone who hurts themselves in an attempt to regain control of of their own life and experiences. It’s a form of self-sacrifice and also an act of personal freedom for someone who feels completely out of control. I do not condone self-harm, but like a lot of my music ‘Mine’ is about my struggle with coming out of an intensely abusive relationship. In the ritual of hurting myself or taking something from myself I am at the very least in control of that act, when in so many other aspects of my life I felt hopeless.”
Check out the clip, featuring drag performer Violet Chachki (a former winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race) below.
A year after releasing RELAXER, alt-J has shared a new version of one of the album’s standout tracks, “In Cold Blood”. For the reworking, the UK indie rockers recruited two unlikely bedfellows in Pusha-T and Twin Shadow. Both artists were on hand as alt-J debuted the track on Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday night.
This new version of “In Cold Blood” is sparser and spookier than the RELAXER original, utilizing haunting electronics and a fair amount of space to darken the tones. The buoyant horns have been stripped away, replaced by Twin Shadow’s pointed guitar notes. Pusha-T’s verse comes in like a remix, backed by eerie, childlike repetitions of his lyrics (some of which, it seems, he mixed up during the Colbert performance.) Check out the live premiere of “In Cold Blood” V. 2.0 below.
You can also stream “In Cold Blood”, which puts Pusha’s verse at the start and doubles down on the electronic vocalizations, via Spotify and Apple Music below.
alt-J recently sat down with Kyle Meredith to discuss their love of Radiohead and why they consider themselves a folk band. Pusha, meanwhile, dropped his latest album, the Kanye-produced DAYTONA, last month. Twin Shadow returned after his scary 2015 bus crash with April’s Caer.
Chloe Dykstra has accused her longtime boyfriend, Chris Hardwick, of emotional and sexual abuse.
In a post to medium, the 29-year-old actress detailed her three-plus year relationship with Hardwick during which time she was constantly “snapped/yelled at” and sexually assaulted. As a result of his abuse, Dykstra said she suffered from extreme anorexia and was hospitalized due to an ectopic pregnancy. She also said she contemplated suicide.
Almost immediately after they began dating, Dykstra said Hardwick, who was 20 years her senior, imposed a series of rules. She said she was prohibited from going out at night; from speaking in public places; and from taking a photograph of the couple together. While attending a Comic-Con together, Dykstra said Hardwick prohibited her from leaving their hotel room. He also allegedly forced her to work for his production company.
Dykstra also accused Hardwick of sexual abuse. One night when she told him she was too ill to have sex, Hardwick allegedly responded by saying, “I just want to remind you, the reason my last relationship didn’t work out was because of the lack of sex.”
“Every night, I laid there for him, occasionally in tears. He called it ‘starfishing.’ He thought the whole idea was funny,” she recounted.
Later, after Dykstra was hospitalized for an ectopic pregnancy, Hardwick allegedly asked her doctor, “When do you think I can have sex with her again?”
Once their relationship ended, Dykstra said she was blacklisted from the entertainment industry. “He made calls to several...
It’s been more than 25 years since we last got an album from the funk legends of Nile Rodgers and Chic. Forgive the pun (or don’t), it’s about time for It’s About Time, the group’s new record which was officially announced this week after numerous delays. The album arrives September 7th, and the band gave us our first taste this week during an appearance on Later… with Jools Holland.
Rodgers and Chic performed a track called “Boogie All Night” alongside collaborators NAO and Mura Masa. The grooving song is evidence that Rodgers is still a master at bringing the funk, especially when working with modern artists. “I’ve had the great privilege of producing some of the greatest artists in the world so when it came time to collaborating for my own record the barometer was shall we say pretty high,” Rodgers told Rolling Stone of the song. “Nao, Mura Masa and Cosha were important to me and to be able to debut the songs we wrote live with them on Later… With Jools [Holland] before we’ve even put out recorded versions makes it even more special.”
Check out the premiere of “Boogie All Night” below.
Mura Masa and Cosha also feature on what will be the first official single from It’s About Time, a track called “Till the World Falls”, which also boasts Anderson .Paak and
Earlier this month, RiFF RAFF was accused of raping a 19-year-old Australian woman in 2013. After the rapper’s planned tour of Australia and New Zealand was subsequently canceled by booking agency Audipaxx, a second woman came forward to Jezebel accusing him of inappropriately groping her when she was only 17. RiFF RAFF called the initial allegations “lies” in an Instagram post from June 4th, and now he’s posted a video denial to the same account.
In the clip, RiFF RAFF is filmed with an entertainment lawyer and film director Sarah B. Downey. “Never once have I forced a girl to have sex. Never once have I forced a girl to do any type of drugs. I don’t want to have a girl drunk and sleepy,” he says. In speaking of the allegations, the lawyer adds that “the so-called victims are becoming the bullies.”
According to the post’s caption, the clip comes from a 13-minute film called “Trial by Media.” The post continues, saying the film is “ABOUT HOW FALSE ALLEGATiONS ARE THE NEW EASY WAVE FOR PEOPLE TO LiE AND QUiCKLY GET THEiR NAME iN THE MEDiA BY USiNG BLOOD THiRSTY COPY & PASTE LAZY JOURNALiST AT THE EXPENSE OF ACTUAL ARTiSTS, ATHLETES & HiGH PROFiLE EASY TARGET PARTY MOGULS.”
It adds, “DONT EVER BE AFRAiD TO STAND UP FOR YOURSELF AGAiNST LiES. FULL 13 MiNUTE iNTERViEW WiTH MULTi-MiLLiON DOLLAR MOViE DiRECTOR & ENTERTAiNMENT LAWYER COMiNG SOON WORLD WiDE !!!”
Stranger Things is a golden goose for Netflix.
Like Stars Wars, or Alien, or any of the major franchises the show nods to, it’s become a lifestyle brand for the streaming giant. That’s why the series has several licensing deals with Target, Funko Pop, Eggo, Random House, et al. Hell, this writer is literally typing this article from underneath a Stranger Things blanket.
Well, now we can add gaming to the evolving repertoire, as Telltale Games will soon take their users to Hawkins, Indiana and the Upside Down beyond. Today, amid all the ruckus coming out of E3, the company confirmed via Twitter that they’re already working on a Stranger Things title to add to their sprawling collection of hot brands:Separately, we're thrilled to confirm that Telltale is developing a game based on Stranger Things that we'll publish to consoles and computers at a later date. (2/3) — Telltale Games @ E3 (@telltalegames) June 13, 2018
Those familiar with Telltale Games should know that this isn’t your average video game. The company has carved a niche for themselves with their narrative-focused experiences that rely more on intellectual wit than, say, mashing a bunch of buttons. Gamers are essentially tasked with pushing the story along one beat at a time.
In the past, the company has released games for franchises ranging from Back to the Future and Batman to Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. What’s intriguing about the TV titles is that they tend to be canonical...
Pearl Jam is a class act. Listen to any number of bootlegs from the Seattle rockers and you’ll see that Eddie Vedder and the gang have their hearts in the right place. Well, traditions die hard, and last night, the band came out in a state of love and trust for their European tour kick off at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam with a few dedications.
“We dedicate this to Anthony [Bourdain], my friend David [Spade], his brother Andrew [Spade],” Vedder said, the latter two being the brother-in-law and husband, respectively, of designer Kate Spade. “They are deep in our hearts tonight and we thank you.”
From there, he went into Merkinball B-side, “Long Road”. It’s the type of ultra deep cut that not only is emblematic of the outfit’s trademark knack for carving out unpredictable setlists, but their uncanny talent to make a moment that much more special.
For those unfamiliar with the song, the chorus is rather fitting, as it goes, “I have wished for so long/ How I wish for you today/ Will I walk the long road? (the long road)/ Cannot stay (the long road)/ There’s no need to say goodbye (to say goodbye).” Catch the performance below and consult the full setlist shortly after.
Rest assured, we’re in for another epic tour.
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