Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Since we first heard the unique sound of Tuelo and Her Cousins last summer, we have been hooked. When we finally were able to catch them live, it was a love affair brought to a whole other level. The band, based in New York City, features South African native Tuelo Minah, a woman whose voice is as powerful as her spirit. Their live performances are an emotional roller coaster for all in attendance and makes you leave only wanting more. As they prep their new EP, Zero, which is slated for an August release, we spoke to Tuelo to find out about her past, her transition from her country to America and their new music. Take a look at our interview, below: 

When did you decide to make the move from South Africa to New York? 

I moved to Connecticut in 2004 not originally for music, but for life. I didn’t even think I could sing. Then I moved to New York City in 2010. 

Why did you choose NYC over London, LA, Paris or any other city for that matter? 

The truth is New York chose me and I am so glad it did. It's strange but I feel as though South Africa was enough Europe for me.  LA might not be bad at all… 

Your music reflects on your roots both personally and politically -- songs are about your mother, family, Apartheid. You have given a voice to those in South Africa whose stories are not heard. Performing these songs, is it a cathartic experience for you? 

It is the ultimate cathartic experience for me. I have always really loved people, my surroundings, the interactions and relationships we hold, and how we conduct ourselves within them. I feel it is the joy of life. Growing up at the end of apartheid makes me highly attuned and sensitive to the society we live in, the issues, the stories of struggle and disenfranchised people makes me want to contribute positively in whichever way I can. There is so much story to tell and issues to highlight, even in subtle ways through a song. My wish is that I give a voice to many more people, that I become a vessel, and that this is only the beginning. 

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What has NYC taught you? Has it changed you? 

New York teaches me constantly how my ingrained sense of humbleness might be a short coming. New York teaches me to fight for myself constantly. I grew up Motswana in S.A. and in my culture and my families culture no one necessarily celebrates victories - you are expected to do well and even better. Enjoying and flaunting(promoting) yourself and being flamboyant or celebrating opulently in public is frivolous, obnoxious, insipid and can be looked down upon. Years of refined humbleness, confidence and hardwork are revered and considered classy. I am learning to say Thank You when given a compliment ha! New York is the license to be myself and as bold and daring as I feel inside.

This city has allowed me to create my own path in life. To eat, dress, live, surround myself with whomever makes me blossom and inspires me. Ultimately, to make the music the best way I know how embracing all of my influences, just like the city does. 

How did you link up with The Cousins? 

Divine intervention I guess. You will excuse my very existential and spiritual talk but it was really a higher power.  I have always said that if I ever made music I would want good people around me. I didn’t meet them all at the same time. Once I had made my intentions clear to myself it became easier to make connections, and over the course of my taking music more seriously I met other good people who introduced me to my cousins, individually and over time. I suppose I am the seed -the core is Kevin (keys) and Daniel (bass), and the other relatives are fruit, ha! 

The essence of your voice sounds so natural. It doesn't sound as if you had a vocal coach or training -- is this true and where you always singing? 

I was never a “singer” until I came to the US. In South Africa everyone sings really well. Even the not very good singers still hold a note and harmony pretty well. Singing is a part of culture, of spirituality, of politics, and I felt average because in normal life I was essentially one of those people in the background, not even trying, and simply contributing to the harmony in a song, but never to stand out. I am also shy in many ways. Finding my voice was really amazing. I discovered, taught myself and practiced the way in which my voice sounds and resounds and then I came to terms with the fact that it's best when I allow it to be wild. Of course, the story is longer and I had many people who exposed me to the unseen to get to my voice. For the first time in life I had confidence, I had carved my own weapon to protect myself with. That being said, I am still terrified of my voice sometimes and I have to remind myself that the only way I can sing is to let it go to wherever it wants to. It knows. 

Have you had the opportunity to go back to South Africa and perform?  

No. We really want to enjoy our base in New York and hit the American market first, since it’s essentially New York music! Soon we'll get to S.A. I can’t say much about it but I’m both terrified and excited. 

While I am not from your country, I did study there. I have always carried it with me and made it apart of who I am. That being said, your music makes me connect with a place that means so much to me. Do you find you get the same experience with someone who has never been to your country? 

It’s so special that you’ve spent a significant amount of time in SA! So you get the nuances of what I am trying to do with my music, particularly because our music blends so many elements together. That South Africanness is what I love about my voice, and the subtleties that are in the rock songs, or soul songs are rooted in my culture. It’s great that you hear that! South African culture, and particularly Tswana culture, is where I start off writing music from.

I find that our music strips away ignorant ideas of what “Afrika” is about. Many people don’t even know where to place me or the music because it is so broad and interesting I guess. I essentially want to make people have a greater experience, something they can relate to, something they can sit back and watch and learn and enjoy, rather than just the feeling of being transported to the African jungle. So many people walk away from our shows feeling like they related and were a part of the music experience. They walk away understanding, appreciative of exposure to new culture, connecting and moved because they identified with the experience and music in some way. 

What does your family think of your ambition? 

They are supportive. I was never a singer at home so it’s also a bit strange to them. My mum often asks me how I write songs - where I get them from. She is shocked, really. My sister has seen me perform and she went back and told them that I am doing something new. My parents are supportive but are still waiting for a doctorate degree someday, and a published book because African parents are relentless and unforgiving in that manner. They want us to be perfect. I can’t blame them really. 

You are currently working on your new album. What can fans expect? 

The full album is next year but the E.P album will be released in August, and it has four songs that sound amazing. You can expect a very New York group of songs: a love song called ON AIR, a song about a love in a new world on Mars called ZERO, a song about facing fear called RUN, and my introduction to songwriting with a letter to my mother called SAINT MARGARET.  Warm-Dark songs but a bright and pretty sound. 

How have you grown as an artists since beginning this wild ride with your 'Cousins?' 

I am happy to have their input in music that I write - it’s exciting - so we’ve always had that established. My growth well...

1. Expressing myself is the battlefield for me. I have a vision for the music, and expressing my musicality to people who didn’t grow up with polyrhythmic and strange harmonies has been a long road. It’s difficult not feeling like my advice is hurting musicians who I feel are better technical musicians than I am. I've also gained confidence in our music and the direction I want it to head in.

2. Believing in my voice - not feeling like I’m loud. Haha! 

3. These days I am trying to overcome years of shyness. It is my biggest battle yet as a performer and I feel like I would have broken through a wall because I know what's on the other side. 

What has been your favorite moment of this journey? 

Actually 'musicing' - playing shows is by far the full experience. The opportunity helps us carve out a place for our music in the world. On stage I really appreciate moments where I can chat a little about songs and not just move on to another. The feeling and chemistry of singing is healing to me, it is an experience like no other. Singing to me has broken down many of my defenses and I am grateful that others let me detoxify in their presence. By far the best part is finding out after a show that a person standing at the back heard every lyric, the music, the short stories, the rhythms and connected at a deep, healing and affirming level. Then I feel like I did my job - I go home and sleep like a baby. 

If you could collaborate with one artist who would it be and why? 

This is tough. Living artist? If not it would be Freddie Mercury because of his brilliance, but also the fact that he came from a different culture, tradition and language to break through a market in such an iconic way. 

Living artist is tough. I always want to be on stages with bands like Arctic Monkeys, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, Micheal Kiwanuka, Lauryn Hill, Eminem, Sade, Aretha Franklin, Gillian Welch, Andrew Bird  and so many. I don't know about a collaboration, it could be anyone with the right song and vibe.  

What can you share about your experience to someone around the world who wants to do exactly what you did but may not have the courage nor support to do so? 

I really shouldn't be giving out advice, but I would say trust your instinct, and don't worry about where you will get support from. It will come. You will learn along the way. Don't take those lessons for granted they will serve to propel you and save you from trouble. And be grateful whenever you aren't crying and sometimes when you are crying and lost - be grateful. I didn't have support. I am from the countryside of South Africa and I am a black South African girl who felt the effects of apartheid, who has found family and music with mostly white people, so far away from home. If you can only let go of your fear, miracles will happen each moment of your journey.
**Photo by Candice McNeil**

Quick News

Sad news to report: Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete, 27, has passed away after a long battle with cancer. On his GoFundMe page, his wife, Jessica, wrote: "Our sweet Thomas passed on last night, peacefully in his sleep, holding my hand. With one last sigh, he let go of the burden of pain and suffering that he has been bravely carrying for so long. I am full of comfort knowing that he is now free, and long for the day I get to be with him again." His bandmates took to Facebook to post a touching eulogy:

Paul McCartney told Q magazine that what led to Oasis' downfall in popularity for a period was when Noel Gallagher said his band was bigger than The Beatles in 1998. Macca told Q magazine:
“I thought the biggest mistake they made was when they said ‘We’re going to be bigger than The Beatles’. I thought ‘So many people have said that, and it’s the kiss of death.’ Be bigger than The Beatles, but don’t say it. The minute you say it, everything you do from then on is going to be looked at in the light of that statement.”

Speaking to Metal Forces, Lars Ulrich says he hopes the new Metallica record will be done this summer. He said: "If the record doesn't come out this year, then it won't be because it's not done. It will be because there's some sort of cosmic reason that it would be smarter to hold onto it until next year. But the record will be done this summer."

El-P took to Instagram to announce that he and Killer Mike are halfway done with Run the Jewels 3 and shared a new teaser. 

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Former Titus Andronicus member Amy Klein will release her solo debut, Fire, next month. Take a look at the cover, below:

Monday, May 30, 2016

Bono Joins Springsteen in Dublin

During a concert in Dublin, Ireland's Croke Park on Sunday, U2's Bono joined Bruce Springsteen for "Because the Night." Take a look!

Quick News

As fans patiently wait for new music from Robyn, the Swedish singer has invited nine artists to remix her songs that span her career. The series will be released next month. Take a look at the tracklisting, below:
Axel Boman: “Hang With Me”
Cassius: “Dancing On My Own”
Harry “Choo Choo” Romero: "Love Kills”
Joakim: “With Every Heartbeat”
Mr. Tophat: “Main Thing”
The Black Madonna: “Indestructible”
The Mekanism: “Don’t Fucking Tell Me What To Do”
Wolfgang Voigt: “Who Do You Love?” [ft. Robyn] 
Zhala & Heal the World: “Stars 4 Ever”

If you attend a Modern Baseball concert this summer and see some shit go down, please call a hotline. The band have set up a help hotline in effort to keep fans safe at concerts. Take a look at the promo video, below:

The Strokes will release their new EP, Future Past Present in physical formats next week. The band surprised released the EP on streaming services on Friday.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Sheer Mag on 'Meyers'

Watch Sheer Mag make their TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


James BlakeThe Colour in Anything
Earlier this month, the newly crowned “King of Pain” released his surprise third album. Sonically, it picks up where Overgrown left off, however, lyrically, it is Blake at his best. With a slew of guests including Bon Iver, Frank Ocean and help from Rick Rubin, Blake is maturing before our eyes and revealing more of his mysterious deck of cards with every release.

RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
Emotive, vigilant, indulgent, creative, pragmatic, these are all words to describe Radiohead, they are also words to describe their surprise new album. The record, which contains songs that they have been kicking around live for years plus a hand full of new tracks is not the strongest Radiohead release but it is not the worst. This band doesn’t have the strength nor the audacity to release a bad record, however, A Moon Shaped Pool is one like Amnesiac and Hail to the Thief that takes a few listens and time to grow on the listener.

The beautiful debut from singer Gallant features as much soul and sexy finesse as a Prince release. It is not only impressive it is a sign of things to come.

Pantha Du PrinceThe Triad
For his first solo record in six years, German producer Pantha Du Prince takes listeners to a further space of musical darkness and ambience. This is the soundtrack to astronauts floating in space.

The Leeds, England band returns but this time much more melodic and fascinating than the post-punk noise rock they delivered on their debut. An impressive step forward into what could be a sharp new direction.

Catfish & The BottlemenThe Ride
The Welsh band returns with more catchy hooks, driving riffs and earnest songwriting. It picks up where their impressive debut left off and is here to save radio rock and roll.

Aloha Little Windows Cut Right Through
After six years away, the Ohio indie rockers return recharged and refurbished after their hiatus and bring with them a brilliant melodic and catchy comeback album.

So So Glos Kamikaze
The So So Glos came about in the wrong era but these New York punks make their DIY aesthetic dangerous, creative and fun. Kamikaze is their way to bring rawness back to a musical world so polished.

Modern Baseball Holy Ghost
Philly’s emo punk revivalists come alive on their third record. Holy Ghost takes listeners back a decade to a sound that dominated college rock radio and then faded as fast as it came. This band holds onto what the scene was about and brings a new energy for all fans to come together and enjoy.

Twin Peaks Down to Heaven
The Chicago slacker punks return with a new album of the raw energy that has made them heroes from the Midwest and beyond.

Aesop Rock The Impossible Kid
The lyrical wordsmith that is Aesop Rock returns with his latest offering of microphone destruction. While his tongue is the weapon that engages listeners the album falls a bit flat on the production end.

Holy FuckCongrats
The electronic duo returns with new sounds to make the summertime relaxation come into full effect.

Vinnie CaruanaSurvivors Guilt
The I Am The Avalanche and MoveLife frontman is back again with another solo offering that hears him tearing another layer of his soul out and putting it on wax for fans to endure.

Mudcrutch – 2
Tom Petty has reactivated his first band for a throwback rock and roll fest for the ages.

Richard AshcroftThese People
Since going solo, the former Verve frontman’s records are hit or miss – These People unfortunately misses. Many of the songs are just far too long for their own good and don’t go anywhere. Lyrics are still the singer’s strong point, which saves the album from being a total disappointment, but after five years ago, fans would have expected something far greater and poignant

The surprise release from Toronto’s most obnoxious son (Rest in Peace Rob Ford), is just another record of him showing off what he has and what you don’t. It is a record, like his others, where his best songs are when he is singing and his worst is when he attempts to be a rapper that has something to say.

A$AP FergAlways Strive and Prosper
Three years after his impressive debut which laid the foundation for trap to come into the mainstream, Ferg returns. This time, instead of pushing the boundaries of the genre he helped create, he falls victim of it. His latest is uninspiring and complacent, which is upsetting since his debut was fresh and invigorating.

Last Shadow Puppets on 'Jools Holland'

Watch The Last Shadow Puppets perform "Sweet Dreams, TN" on Later... With Jools Holland.

Dinosaur Jr. on 'Jools Holland'

Watch Dinosaur Jr. play "Tiny" on Later... with Jools Holland.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Henry Rollins Helps Announce New Dinosaur Jr. LP

In a video, Henry Rollins helped introduce Dinosaur Jr.'s 11th album, Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not, which is due August 11. 

Take a look at the cover, above, and video and tracklisting below. 

01 Goin Down
02 Tiny
03 Be A Part
04 I Told Everyone
05 Love Is...
06 Good To Know
07 I Walk For Miles
08 Lost All Day
09 Knocked Around
10 Mirror
11 Left/Right

Quick News

Sad news to report: Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The band broke the news on their website Tuesday morning and plan on touring. They wrote: "Since [his diagnosis], obviously, he’s endured a lot of difficult times, and he has been fighting hard. In privacy along with his family, and through all of this, we've been standing by him. So after 30-some years together as the Tragically Hip, thousands of shows, and hundreds of tours … We've decided to do another one. This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us."

In an interview with BBC4 for their Mastertapes series, Paul McCartney admitted that he was "depressed" after The Beatles split in 1970. He said: "You would be too if it happened to you.' You were breaking from your lifelong friends. We used to liken it to the army where you'd been army buddies for a few years, and now you weren't going to see them again."

Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones  will release his autobiography, Lonely Boy, in January.

Well, any chance of an Oasis reunion has been thrown out the window thanks to a Twitter rant from Liam Gallagher. The former frontman went on a rampage, tweeting:

Frightened Rabbit on 'Corden'

Watch Frightened Rabbit perform "Get Out" on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Richard Ashcroft Covers Prince For BBC

During a recent appearance on BBC Radio 2, Richard Ashcroft covered Prince's "Little Red Corvette." Take a look!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Adult Swim Announces 2016 Single Series

Each Wednesday this summer, the folks at Adult Swim will give away a free song from a feature artists for their "Singles Series." 

The roster of artists has been announced and we have so much to look forward to!

Against Me!
Blanck Mass
Die Antwoord
DJ Paypal
Earl Sweatshirt / KNX
Elysia Crampton
Flying Lotus
Jenny Hval
Metro Boomin
Mica Levi
Mike WiLL Made-It
Rae Sremmurd
Run the Jewels
Ryan Hemsworth
Thelonius Martin [ft. Joey Purp]
Tim Hecker
Vince Staples

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The 1975's Matt Healy has told Billboard that new music could come sooner rather than later. The frontman said: "I’m always making an album. I'm always confused by the language of bands who are 'going to make a record' or not being able to write on tour. I think that's just something you do – whenever, wherever."

Despite boycotts from many artists like Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and Pearl Jam, among others -- Dave Matthews Band will still perform in the Tarheel State on Friday even with the controversial "Bathroom Bill" in effect.  DMB however, will donate proceeds from the ticket sales to equality groups in the state.

In July, the 40th anniversary of the Ramones self-titled debut will be reissued as a Deluxe Edition via Rhino. The three-disc / 1 LP reissue will feature the original mono release, outtakes, live recordings, B-Sides and demos.

In an upcoming BBC4 documentary on David Bowie, a plethora of new music is set to be heard for the first time in the film like demos and covers. A BBC spokeswoman told NME: "The programme is still being made, but we can confirm that there will be some rare and special Bowie material in it."

The Veils Detail El-P Produced New LP

The Veils will release their new album, Total Depravity in August. The album was co-produced by El-P, Adam “Atom” Greenspan and frontman Finn Andrews.

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

01 Axolotl
02 A Bit on the Side
03 Low Lays the Devil
04 King of Chrome
05 Swimming With the Crocodiles
06 Here Come the Dead
07 In the Blood
08 Iodine & Iron
09 House of Spirits
10 Do Your Bones Glow at Night?
11 In the Nightfall
12 Total Depravity

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Florence Welch Sings For Fan in Hospice

Florence Welch paid a visit to Hospice Austin's Christopher House to see a fan who was unable to attend a recent Florence & the Machine concert due to illness. Welch and members of The Machine to perform a few songs by her bedside. Take a look!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Quick News

For the first time since 2009, Jarvis Cocker will release new music. The former Pulp frontman will release Music From Likely Stories, an EP of songs from the British TV series Likely Stories. Take a look at the tracklisting, below:
01 Theme From “Likely Stories”
02 Foraging
03 Looking for the Girl
04 Poor Babe in the Woods

Former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft has hinted in the past he would work with Noel Gallagher. Noel himself has claimed he would like to work with Ashcroft. Now, in a new interview with BBC 5 Radio, Ashcroft said he could not work with Noel because it would "upset" former Oasis frontman and Noel's brother, Liam. "[Brotherly love] is like a mafia thing, do you think I would [get in between] those two with a Noel/Ashcroft album and think of Liam festering, listening to it on the radio. I don't think so. I'd be really excited helping Liam… I think he should do his first solo album," Ashcroft said.

De La Soul will release their new album, ...and The Anonymous Nobody, in August. Take a look at the tracklisting, below:
01 Genesis (Intro) [ft. Jill Scott]
02 Royalty Capes
03 Pain [ft. Snoop Dogg]
04 Property of Spitkicker.com [ft. Roc Marciano]
05 Memory of... (US) [ft. Estelle and Pete Rock]
06 Cbgbs
07 Lord Intended [ft. Justin Hawkins]
08 Snoopies [ft. David Byrne]
09 Greyhounds [ft. Usher]
10 Sexy Bitch
11 Trainwreck
12 Drawn [ft. Little Dragon]
13 Whoodeeni [ft. 2 Chainz]
14 Nosed Up
15 You Go Dave (A Goldblatt Presentation)
16 Here in After [ft. Damon Albarn]
17 Exodus (Outro)

Following last year's covers with Howard the Duck and Deadpool doing the Run the Jewels gun and fist logo -- Black Panther will now feature a comic doing the same. The issue is out next moth, take a look:

Joanna Newsom on 'Kimmel'

Watch Joanna Newsom perform "Sapokanikan” and “Anecdotes" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Wolf Parade on 'Colbert'

Watch Wolf Parade perform "“C'est La Vie Way” and “Floating World" on The Late Show.

Flatbush Zombies on 'Fallon'

Watch Flatbush Zombies perform on The Tonight Show!

Thursday, May 19, 2016


May's Playlist is Here! Take a listen to our 27-song list of musical musings on Spotify!

Quick News

Sad news to report, John Berry, a founding member of Beastie Boys and the man who came out with the then-punk band's name has passed away. Berry, 52, suffered from frontal lobe dementia, which had worsened in recent months, according to his father in a statement to Rolling Stone. Our thoughts are with Berry and his family and friends.

It is being reported that the Rage Against the Machine countdown that has many people thinking it could be a reunion and tour with Public Enemy is in fact a supergroup called Prophets of Rage. The group will feature everyone from RATM but Zach de la Rocha, instead will include Public Enemy's Chuck D and B-Real from Cypress Hill.

Liam Gallagher may be making a jump back into music following the breakup of Beady Eye in 2014. Gallagher tweeted: 

Gallagher never confirmed the news but did go on to release a series of strange videos on his Twitter account.

Clams Casino will release his new album, 32 Levels, in July. Take a look at the cover, below:

Band of Horses on 'Colbert'

Watch Band of Horses perform "A Drawer" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. 

Hear Our Essential Band of Horses Playlist on Spotify!

Broods on 'Corden'

Watch Broods perform "Free" on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Okkervil River Announces New Album

Okkervil River will release their new album, Away, in September. 

In a statement, Will Sheff discussed the making of the album: "2013-2015 had been a strange time for me. I lost some connections in a music industry that was visibly falling apart. Some members of the backing band left, moving on to family life or to their own projects. I spent a good deal of time in hospice sitting with my grandfather, who was my idol, while he died. I felt like I didn’t know where I belonged. When there was trouble at home, a friend offered me her empty house in the Catskills where I could go and clear my head. New songs were coming fast up there, so I set myself the challenge of trying to write enough to make a whole record. I didn’t really think about what the record was going to be or if I’d even release it—the idea was just to write quickly and directly. Eventually, I realized I was kind of writing a death story for a part of my life that had, buried inside of it, a path I could follow that might let me go somewhere new."

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the first single "Okkervil River R.I.P."

01 Okkervil River R.I.P.
02 Call Yourself Renee
03 The Industry
04 Comes Indiana Through The Smoke
05 Judey On A Street
06 She Would Look For Me
07 Mary On A Wave
08 Frontman In Heaven
09 Days Spent Floating (In The Halfbetween)

Living On Soul Trailer

This year, the story of the brilliant Daptone Records will be told in the documentary Living on Soul. Daptone, the home of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Charles Bradley and others, spent three nights at the Apollo Theater in New York a few years back and those performances will be included in the film. For more information, check out the trailer, above, and head over to their Kickstarter page.

Quick News

During a Q&A with fans via Periscope, MIA has said her new album will arrive in July. She did not comment further nor give deep details.

Robin Pecknold said to fans via Instagram that he is working on new Fleet Foxes music. He said: "different vibe from both [the early material] and 2008-2011 FF." No word on a release.

Interpol's Paul Banks and Wu-Tang Clan's RZA have teamed up to form Banks and Steelz. The duo have made a record together and are teasing music across billboards and posters in New York City and Los Angeles. On Thursday, the duo plan an announcement.

Are Rage Against the Machine and Public Enemy collaborating on something together? Using the website ProphetsofRage.com, a mysterious clock appeared counting down to June 1. The site has been taken down. However, a poster, below, also appeared using the hastag #TakeThePowerBack (a Rage song) and Prophets of Rage (a P.E. track). However, a source close to the band has revealed that it is not a RATM reunion to Rolling Stone. The source said: "This is not a Rage-specific reunion. There's a lot more to it. There are a lot of moving parts, a lot of exciting news to be revealed." RATM have no played live together for five years.

EL VY Performs on 'Live at 9:30'

EL VY performed on the new public access show Live at 9:30, which showcases artists performing inside D.C.'s iconic 9:30 Club. Take a look at the band performing "Return to the Moon."

Coldplay on 'Colbert'

Watch Coldplay perform "Up&Up" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Catfish & The Bottlemen on 'Corden'

Watch Catfish & The Bottlemen perform "Soundcheck" on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Iggy Pop on 'Jools Holland'

Watch Iggy Pop perform "Lust For Life" and "Sunday" on Later... With Jools Holland!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry Announce New Joint LP

Earlier this year, musicians Billy Bragg and Joe Henry took a railway trip from Chicago to Los Angels and made a record in the process. 

The album, Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railway, will be out in September. 

In a press release, Bragg said: "Railroad songs provided the bedrock of American popular music, from Jimmie Rodgers, the Singing Brakeman, to Lead Belly, whose repertoire provided several of the songs for this project. In my country, Lonnie Donegan’s 1956 hit ‘Rock Island Line’ sparked the skiffle craze, inspiring a generation of British teens to pick up guitars and form the groups that invaded America in the 60s, from the Beatles to Led Zeppelin. Growing up in the UK, I’d always been aware of this tradition but when I traveled to the US, I was surprised to find how few people look to the railroad as a means of transport. With this project, we wanted to explore the transformative power that the coming of the railroad had on the lives of ordinary people by taking these songs back to the places that inspired their creation. Traveling on the train and recording the songs as we went allowed us to both visit places that were important 125 years ago when the lines were laid, but to also explore the viability of the railroad as a means of transport in the 21st century."

The songs, all covers, were recorded live at the stations.

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

1. Rock Island Line – Traditional (Recorded by Lead Belly, Lonnie Donegan)
2. The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore – Jean Ritchie
3. The Midnight Special – Traditional (Lead Belly)
4. Railroad Bill – Traditional (Riley Puckett)
5. Lonesome Whistle – Hank Williams
6. KC Moan – Traditional (The Memphis Jug Band)
7. Waiting For A Train – Jimmie Rodgers
8. In The Pines – Traditional (Lead Belly, The Louvin Brothers)
9. Gentle On My Mind – John Hartford (Glen Campbell, Aretha Franklin)
10. Hobo’s Lullaby – Goebel Reeves (Woody Guthrie)
11. Railroading On The Great Divide – Sara Carter (The Carter Family)
12. John Henry – Traditional (Doc Watson)
13. Early Morning Rain – Gordon Lightfoot

BADBADNOTGOOD Announce New Album

The brilliant Canadian neo-jazz ensemble BADBADNOTGOOD will release their new album, IV, in July.

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

01 And That, Too
02 Speaking Gently
03 Time Moves Slow [ft. Sam Herring]
04 Confessions Pt. II [ft. Colin Stetson]
05 Lavender [ft. Kaytranada]
06 Chompy's Paradise
07 IV
08 Hyssop of Love [ft. Mick Jenkins]
09 Structure No. 3
10 In Your Eyes [ft. Charlotte Day Wilson]
11 Cashmere

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Could Jawbreaker be reuniting? Speaking at a gallery in L.A., drummer Adam Pfhaler said, according to FACT: "We’ve totally talked about it, and everyone is excited." The drummer also admitted that the band did rehearse a few years ago, saying: We played a couple of songs just to see if we could still do it,” he said. “We weren’t sure if we could still do it. We could still do it.” He added: "That's part of the reason we got together in New York. We were testing the waters, [like,] 'Can we hang out together? Could it be cool? Could it sound good?' ... A couple of years back it got real close, but there was a bigger band, they were waiting on an answer to headline one of the festivals. And then sure enough they did it, they took their slot, and it relegated us to the following year. And the timing wasn't right the following year."

Speaking of reunions, Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only spoke to Rolling Stone about the upcoming Misfits reunion taking place later this summer at Riot Fest. Danzig said: "We'll see how it goes. It may lead to some other work, but who knows how it's going to turn out? I mean, I don't think it's going to be a disaster; I think it's going to be incredible." Only added: "You know when something's going to work. That's the feeling I got when we agreed to this. I wouldn't have done it unless I thought Glenn was really about it." The classic Misfits line-up have not played together in 33 years.

Next month, YG will release his new album, Still Krazy.

At a concert in North Carolina over the weekend, Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace burned her birth certificate in protest of the state's "Bathroom Bill" where they are not allowing transgender Americans to use public bathrooms. Grace, the transgender singer, showed the Tarheel state what she was made of.

The soundtrack to the upcoming TRON RUN/r videogame will be done by Giorgio Moroder and will arrive next month. Take a look at the tracklisting, below:
01 Run Program
02 Run Program [Bibio remix]
03 Recursion
04 Invalid Path
05 Invalid Path [Darkstar remix]
06 Delta Antliae [Nicholls remix]
07 Delta Antliae [Patten remix]
08 611 Time Out
09 611 Time Out [Autechre remix]
10 Decrypted
11 Memory String
12 Memory String [Plaid remix]
13 Parity Error
14 Parity Error [Rusko remix]

MSTRKRFT will release their new album, Operator, in July.

The upcoming Oasis documentary, Supersonic, will be released in October. The team behind the Oscar-winning Amy and award winning Senna crafted the film on the brothers Gallagher. Since news of the film broke, Noel Gallagher spoke to The Daily Star about the idea of a reunion. He said: "For 20 million quid, one gig – that is good money isn’t it? But I have never had that offer from anyone yet.” He then added: "There might come a day one day where it might seem like a good idea, but I have so much I want to do. I have so much to do on my own that I don’t really see it to be honest.” While we wait on the reunion, take a look at the film's poster, below:

Live Pix: 2016 BNB Bowl

On Saturday, the annual BNB Bowl took place at Webster Hall with headliners American Nightmare, Adolescents, Madball, Billy Club Sandwhich, Hazen Street and more.

Our very own RICH D SMOOV was on hand to capture the action. Take a look!

Billy Club Sandwhich

 Hazen Street
 American Nightmare

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The Kills on 'Fallon'

Watch The Kills perform on The Tonight Show.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Great Soundtracks: 'Shaft'

During the "Golden Age of Cinema" of the 1970s, one film exploded onto the scene that brought the noise and funk to the masses -- Shaft. The 1971 picture has been hailed by the Library of Congress as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." While the film helped bring blaxplotation to the mainstream, the soundtrack made R&B hitmaker Isaac Hayes a legend. The double album and score to the film is widely regarded as one of the best albums of that decade and one of the greatest soundtracks of all time.

The soundtrack became the first double R&B album released by an artist and it's theme song, "Theme from Shaft," spent 14 weeks on the charts. The soundtrack, just as gritty and funky as the film it accompanies, helped break down racial barriers in a dominant white Hollywood. Over 40 years later, the sad state is the same fight is currently taking place.

Recommended Reading: Detroit Rock City

Detroit may be Motown but it is also a rock and roll city. Immortalized in the KISS song "Detroit Rock City," the Motor City has been one of America's loudest, fastest, grittiest and hard hitting cities. In recent times, Eminem's hometown has been a town in crisis but the once flourishing car making city has a deep root in rock and roll that has always shown the dark side of Detroit. In Steve Miller's 2013 book, Detroit Rock City, the author chronicles the city's music that matched its grit. From the sounds of Iggy Pop and The Stooges, The MC5, Bob Seger, Alice Cooper to the modern era of The White Stripes, The Romantics, Negative Approach, Detroit has been a town that likes its music as fast as its cars.

Listen To Our Essential Iggy Pop Playlist on Spotify

The book also demonstrates the rise and fall of rock and roll within the town and how it ties into the economy. Featuring interesting interviews with members of The Stooges, Jack White, Andrew W.K., they give further insight into the importance of the Motor City. Miller also looks at the influential venues like Grande Ballroom, Bookies Club 870, City Club, Gold Dollar and Magic Stick that gave a platform for their artists to play. What Please Kill Me is to New York, Detroit Rock City is to Detroit.

VINTAGE CLIP: Stone Roses 1st TV Appearance in 1989

With the excitement of the Stone Roses first song in over 20 years, "All For One," we look back at their very first TV appearance on the BBC program The Late Show. The episode became infamous when the power was cut and the Manchester legends set wasn't full broadcast. Take a look.

2Square Announce Debut

Erasure's Vince Clarke and Orbital's Paul Hartnoll have joined forces to create 2Square. The digital supergroup will release their debut next month. 

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and watch the first video for "Better Have A Drink to Think."

01 Better Have a Drink to Think
02 Zombie Blip
03 The Echoes
04 Do-A-Bong
05 The Shortcut
06 Single Function
07 All Out
08 Underwater

Friday, May 13, 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Quick News

For the first time in 33 years, Glenn Danzig has rejoined Misfits with the original line-up of Jerry Only and Doyle. The horror punk icons will perform at Riot Fest in Denver and Chicago in September.

Slowdive have confirmed that they are recording their first album in 20 years. No word as to when the record will arrive. 

 Speaking to Beats 1's Zane Lowe, Coldplay's Chris Martin gave insight into the future of the band. The singer said: "We’re comfortable with being who we are at the moment. I think when we let go of the idea we had to try and win everyone over I think that was really liberating. I’d be surprised if there was another conventional Coldplay album. I just feel like we’re right where we’re supposed to be right now. I meant what I said to you a couple of years ago I feel like this is a closing chapter of something. I stand by that I’m afraid."

The Flaming Lips will appear in an upcoming issue of X-Men '92, take a look at the cover, below:

Gallant on 'Fallon'

Watch Gallant perform on The Tonight Show!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Dead & Company on 'Kimmel'

Watch Dead and Company perform "Not Fade Away" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Charles Bradley on 'Conan'

Watch Charles Bradley perform "Ain't It a Sin" on Conan.

Tegan and Sara on 'Fallon'

Watch Tegan and Sara perform their awesome new single "Boyfriend" on The Tonight Show.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The National Cover The Grateful Dead on 'Colbert'

Watch The National cover The Grateful Dead's "Morning Dew" from Day of the Dead, the tribute record they curated, on The Late Show.

Monday, May 9, 2016

VINTAGE CLIP: Radiohead on 'Conan' in 1995

As Radiohead celebrate the release of their new album, A Moon Shaped Pool, we look at a VINTAGE CLIP of the iconic British alternative band on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 1995 performing "Fake Plastic Trees."

Sunday, May 8, 2016

RiFF RaFF Announces New Album

The wildly entertaining and off the wall rapper RiFF RaFF have revealed his new album, Peach Panther, will arrive next month. 

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the new single "4 Million."

01 Peach Panther (Freestyle)
02 Carlos Slim
03 Only in America
04 4 Million
05 Chris Paul
06 Syrup Sippin' Assassin
07 All I Ever Wanted [ft. Dolla Bill Gates]
08 I Drive By [ft. Gucci Mane and Danny Brown]
09 Mercedez [ft. G-Eazy and J. Doe]
10 I Don't Like to Think [ft. Problem]
11 Shout Out to the Bay [ft. King Chip]
12 Betcha' Didn't Know [ft. Lil Durk]

Quick News

Sad news to report -- John Stabb of influential punk and hardcore band Government Issue has passed away from stomach cancer. The band took to Facebook to break the news on Saturday: "It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce that at 7:43 p.m 5/7/16 our comrade John Stabb Schroeder lost his hard fought battle with stomach cancer. Our hearts go out to his wife Mina. Rest in Power, brother, there will never be another." Our thoughts go out to his family, friend and bandmates.

Blondie are currently working on their new record and Chris Stein spoke to Charli XCX on her Beats 1 show to reveal Sia, Johnny Marr, Albert Hammond Jr and Charli XCX are all working on the record with the iconic NYC punks. Stein also revealed that they are trying to get Kanye West and Ludacris to contribute to the album as well. No release date or further details were given.

Madlib and Freddie Gibbs are teaming up again for their sophomore effort, Bandana. The duo said at Red Bull Music Academy that it will be out later this year.

Courtney Love took to Instagram to tease a Hole reunion featuring the original line-up. 
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New Radiohead Has Arrived!

Radiohead have given details of their new album, A Moon Shaped Pool, which has finally arrived. 

The English band's ninth record is available to purchase on their website in both physical and digital formats. It is also available on iTunes to download.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below. Also, watch the videos for "Burn the Witch" and "Daydreaming."

01 Burn the Witch
02 Daydreaming
03 Decks Dark
04 Desert Island Disk
05 Ful Stop
06 Glass Eyes
07 Identikit
08 The Numbers
09 Present Tense
10 Tinker Tailor Soldier Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief
11 True Love Waits