Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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Prince's secretive Paisley Park estate outside Minneapolis will be turned into a museum according to the late musicians sister. The estate will feature guided tours were visitors will see his living quarters, recording studio, wardrobe and other personal items. Tours begin in October.

Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Marcus Miller have formed a super group called Mega Nova. The group are set to make their live debut on August 24 at the Hollywood Bowl.

Speaking to Q magazine, Pixies Frank Black said when the band broke up in the mid 90s it was because they needed a vacation. He said: "Kim and I just didn’t get along well after a time. She always had her own ambitions and became comfortable in a leadership role in her other band. It must have been hard for her to be in a band where some other guy was always pulling at the reins. We would have survived if we could have just stopped the train and taken a fucking vacation. The people around us who were older should have seen that.”

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong also spoke to Q about the band's forthcoming Revolution Radio album and said that the massacre's in Paris and Orlando inspired  the song "Troubled Times." The singer said: "I don’t think anything like terrorism hit home right in our backyard the way it did that night. At first, I wrote it and thought ‘I don’t know if I want this on the album.’ It’s really heavy to write about and I didn’t want it to be trite or maudlin.” The band eventually put it on the record which will come out this fall.

Kings of Leon's Caleb Followill also spoke to Q, apparently everyone did this week, and said that their new album, We Are Like Love Songs, was inspired by his wife, supermodel Lily Aldridge and his battle with booze. The record was announced yesterday and is expected this fall.

Taking to social media, Flying Lotus confirmed that he will be putting out the new George Clinton record that he and Thundercat have been working on via his label Brainfeeder. He said that details are coming soon.

For the first time in 17 years, Letters to Cleo will release new music. The band will release the New EP next month. Take a look at the tracklisting, below:
Hitch a Ride
Back to Nebraska
Can’t Say
4 Leaf Clover
Good Right Here

Rare J. Dilla Mixtape Unearthed

Boiler Room has posted a rare J Dilla mixtape called Back to the Crib on their Soundcloud page. The tape was crafted somewhere between 1999 and 2000 in his Detroit home. Take a listen!

Blood Orange on 'Conan'

Watch Blood Orange perform "Augustine / Thank You" on Conan.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Live Review: CRX at The Rose Bar

Inside the swanky Rose Bar of the Gramercy Park Hotel, CRX, the new band featuring Nick Valensi of The Strokes, Ralph Alexander of The Dose, Richie Follin of Guards, Darian Zahedi and Jon Safley of The Reflections, made their Manhattan debut.

In their third show ever, the band performed to an invite only crowd of taste makers, models, celebs and industry personnel. CRX made their debut last week in Los Angeles at the tiny Hi Hat, on Saturday they headed to Brooklyn for a gig at Rough Trade and before a sold-out show at Mercury Lounge Wednesday, they performed inside the intimate hotel bar. In a room that had less than 300 people crammed inside, they showed off their chops and what they were worth.

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In a 30-minute set, they delivered what their sound was all about. In many ways it was Strokes-esque in terms of style but it was harder in terms of sonic quality. Think The Strokes meets Queens of the Stone Age. Even with a handful of technical problems that plagued the set, they still managed to entertain the crowd.

While no word of an album or EP has been said, they are headed back to Los Angeles for gig on Friday at Satellite. It is a band that has potential for sure and as the seasoned vets fine tune their sound, what is to come will be interesting.
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American Football Announce 1st Album in 17 Years

For the first time in 17 years, emo heroes American Football will release a new album. Like their 1999 debut, this forthcoming record is self titled and will arrive in October.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the first single, "I've Been So Lost For So Long."

01 Where Are We Now?
02 My Instincts Are the Enemy
03 Home Is Where the Haunt Is
04 Born to Lose
05 I've Been So Lost for So Long
06 Give Me the Gun
07 I Need a Drink (or Two or Three)
08 Desire Gets in the Way
09 Everyone Is Dressed Up

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In his first interview in 3 years, Liam Gallagher said he would love to reunite Oasis. Speaking to Q magazine, the former frontman said: "I believe Oasis will sail again and it'll be glorious. If it's really about the fans, Noel, let's do it - because they want it. One year. Tour for a year. We'd smash it. My bags are still packed from my last tour, so I'm ready." The singer said he has been working on new music, however, he made it unclear if he will release a solo album since he broke up Beady Eye in 2014.

Green Day has said that their new song, "Revolution Radio" has been influenced by the Black Lives Matter movement. Singer Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone: "I was in a car coming from Brooklyn to Manhattan and there was these protesters for Ferguson holding up traffic all the way back across the bridge. I got to where I was staying at and I could see on 8th avenue there was all the protesters out there and I was just looking out and I wrote about it the day after. I walked out and marched with people a little bit but I was mostly kind of observing and seeing what was happening. It's a trip to watch people just completely rebel against the old order or whatever you want to call it and get to something that's more pure. There was this controlled chaos that was going on and it was happening all over the country. People don't want to feel obsolete."

In an interview with Spin, Big Boi has said he and Killer Mike are working on an joint EP together. He said: "We’ve been entertaining the idea for a long time and finally got enough songs to where we just said the other night that we’re gonna do it." No other word or info was given.

Ingrid Michaelson on 'Corden'

Watch Ingrid Michaelson perform "Hell No" on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

VINTAGE CLIP: The Tragically Hip at Woodstock '99

Canada's Tragically Hip bid farewell over the weekend with their final concert. To celebrate the legacy of the band, we look to this VINTAGE CLIP Of The Hip performing at Woodstock '99. Take a look at their full set.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Empire of the Sun Details New Album

Empire of the Sun will release their new album, Two Vines, in October. 

The Australian duo's latest was recorded in L.A. and Hawaii and features Fleetwood Mac's Lindsay Buckingham, The Revolution's Wendy Melovin and David Bowie's backing members Henry Hey and Tim Lefbvre.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below:

01 Before
02 High and Low
03 Two Vines
04 Friends
05 There’s No Need
06 Way to Go
07 Ride
08 Digital Life
09 First Crush
10 ZZZ
11 To Her Door
12 Keystone
13 Lend Me Some Light
14 Welcome to My Life
15 Walking on a Dream

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Jimmy Eat World have confirmed that they will be releasing a new album this fall. The Arizona emo outfit have not given any other details aside from the fact that fans can expect a new record in the coming months.

After singer Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer this year, The Tragically Hip performed their final concert on Saturday night in Canada and longtime fan, Prime Minster Justin Trudeau paid tribute to the band following their Kingston, Ontario swansong. He took to Twitter to say:

Kings of Leon have confirmed that their new album, We Are Like Love Songs, will be released later this year. They released a teaser via Facebook for the album, featuring a snippet of a song called "Walls Come Down."

Feist has confirmed that she will appear on the upcoming Broken Social Scene album. While news of the reunion between the band and the singer have been sparse, the group have said they are working on new music earlier this year.

Dirty Orange have released the cover to their upcoming EP, The Short Story About the Lady of the Night.  Take a look, below: