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Richard Swift Dead at 41

Producer, multi-instrumentalist, and singer-songwriter Richard Swift died this morning in Tacoma, Washington, a representative confirmed to Pitchfork. He was 41 years old. A post on Swift's Facebook page read, “And all the angels sing 'Que Sera Sera.'” “Today the world lost one of the most talented …

Southern California

SZA says her voice is permanently injured

This is the worst news we’ve heard all year.<p>It hasn’t been a great week for SZA. After announcing that swollen vocal cords had forced her to take time off from TDE Championship Tour, the singer and i-D cover star’s health issues have intensified, and she now believes her voice is permanently …

Jay-Z Ordered To Testify In Federal Investigation Of Company That Bought The 'Roc'

Since its founding in 2008, Roc Nation — a business that encompasses artist and athlete management and development, film and television (the company launched a television production arm yesterday) — has been, outside of the booth, the nexus of Jay-Z's many business interests. Over the last decade, …

Photographer Spends 10 Years Tracking Down The Original Locations Of Vinyl Covers

Alex Bartsch is a photographer who is a true reggae fan. He was first introduced to Bob Marley when he was a child, and he got so inspired that he …

Cardi B Sued By Ex-Manager for $10 M I Discovered You and You Screwed Me Over!

<b>4/27 3:46 PM PT</b> -- Cardi's attorney, <b>Paul LiCalsi</b> at <b>Robins Kaplan LLP</b> tells us, "After a full investigation of the facts, we will be responding to …

'Jesus Christ Superstar' Brings Strong Voices To A Familiar Story

There is a fundamental audacity to <i>Jesus Christ Superstar</i>, which was staged as a live "concert" performance on NBC on Sunday night. First released as a concept album in 1970, the work by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice not only imagines a very human story behind the final days in the life of Jesus, …

5 pop songs you (probably) didn't know were about God

<b>According to a report in The Sun, Justin Bieber is recording a religious concept album.</b><p>The pop star is said to be on the lookout for songs with a Christian message after reconnecting with his faith through the Pentecostal megachurch Hillsong Church.<p>"There are key themes of love and redemption in …

Smiths Fans Are “Neurotic,” Björk Fans Are “Open,” Study Shows

Science has spoken: If you’re a fan of The Smiths, you're probably neurotic. If you're a Björk or Tom Waits fan, you're more likely to be open to new experiences. And if you're a Marilyn Manson fan, you're probably not very agreeable. This is all according to a 2015 study of Facebook "likes" …

Cambridge Analytica

Scarface: The Diary Album Review

There is the fact of rivers—how when water falls, they can only hold so much of their kin close to their bodies before they open their arms and let the waters run free into somewhere, anywhere. The San Jacinto River in Houston is no different. On October 15th, 1994, a series of unique …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Wrexham councillors back cuts to school music services

<b>Controversial cuts to music services and car parking charges for disabled blue badge holders have been backed by councillors in Wrexham.</b><p>The proposals, which could also see council tax rise by 3.9%, have been approved by the council's executive board.<p>The local authority needs to save £13m from its …

Radiohead deny suing Lana Del Rey

<b>Lana Del Rey made headlines when she said Radiohead were suing her for copyright infringement - but the story just got a little more complicated.</b><p>The band's publishers have disputed her claims, saying no legal action has been filed against the star.<p>However, they are seeking credit on Del Rey's song …

Bono Is Sad Men Have No Outlet For Their Anger Now That They Let Women Make Music

Bono, a musical artist so successful his band once forced one of their albums upon unsuspecting iTunes users unasked, graced the cover of <i>Rolling …

Music

Plex Launches Miniaturized Music App for Mac and Windows Called 'Plexamp'

This week Plex announced Plex Labs, a new internal section of the company that focuses on sharing in-depth Medium posts, community ideas, and passion projects created by Plex engineers. The first such project is called "Plexamp," a macOS and Windows app that pulls from your existing Plex music …

Stormzy is BBC Music's artist of the year

<b>Stormzy has been named artist of the year at the 2017 BBC Music Awards, capping a hugely successful year.</b><p>The south London MC, whose debut album Gang Signs & Prayer was the first grime record to reach number one, beat Ed Sheeran and Lorde to the prize.<p>He adds it to a collection that already includes …

Hip-Hop Fans Name the Producer Who Had the Best 2017 - XXL

Hip-hop has become the most dominant genre in the music this year, and it's due largely in part to the genre's producers. While the rappers bring the …

'Voice' Singer Melanie Martinez Accused Of Sexual Assault By Former Best Friend

Martinez says she is “horrified and saddened” by the statements.<p>“The Voice” alum Melanie Martinez’s former best friend says the singer sexually assaulted her.<p>Timothy Heller, who is also a musician, detailed the alleged incident on Twitter, writing Monday that Martinez “performed oral sex” and …

jamaican artist zuri marley is much more than her last name

She talks to i-D about her roots and working with Dev Hynes, and premieres her latest island-tinged single, “Beg for It.”<p>When Zuri Marley moved to New York four years ago, leaving behind the beaches and jerk chicken of Jamaica to attend NYU, she had a notebook full of songs — but was scared to …

What music do psychopaths like? More Bieber, less Bach.

Despite the film industry’s depiction of psychopaths, classical music is not their go-to soundtrack in the real world.<p>“In the movies, if you want to establish in one shot that a monster has a human side,” said Pascal Wallisch, a psychology professor at New York University, filmmakers play a certain …

alice glass alleges years of abuse by former crystal castles bandmate

In a harrowing statement, the musician details an alleged decade of psychological and physical mistreatment.<p>When Crystal Castles frontwoman Alice Glass spoke out two years ago about being abused, she didn't name names. But the announcement did happen to coincide with her departure from Crystal …

Björk Makes Her Miami Debut With a DJ Set During Art Basel 2017

The Tuesday of Art Basel, Björk will hold court at Mana Wynwood for a DJ set. The performance will mark the fifth installment of III Points' annual …

She bought 26 Lady Gaga tickets to celebrate beating cancer. She never made it to the concert.

Cancer, as everyone knows, is a beast.<p>Melissa Anne Dabas battled that monster — triple negative breast cancer, an onerous form of the disease. She had a double mastectomy and punishing rounds of chemo that smacked her with every side effect.<p>In February, the 42-year-old Virginia mother of two got …

Breast Cancer

What Comic Book Is in The Smashing Pumpkins' 'Today' Music Video?

In “The World Outside,” I examine comic books showing up in outside media, like TV shows, sports, novels and films.<p>Back in July, comic book writer …

Comic Books

10 Great, Old Concerts You Can (Legally) Stream in High Quality

In the internet era, a live music fan has to contend with an array of unreliable resources to get his or her fix: bandwidth-hogging torrents, sketchy file-sharing sites, low-bitrate mp3s, and fuzzy YouTube rips. For years, however, the Internet Archive has provided something of an online oasis.The …

Steve Wynn

SHAME deliver a tongue-in-cheek “ode” on ‘Visa Vulture’

SHAME have signed to new label Dead Oceans and to celebrate, they’ve only gone and made their track ‘Visa Vulture more widely available’!<p>Long-time …

UK Home Office

Toro Y Moi and More to Donate Bandcamp Sales to Hurricane Harvey Relief

They'll be joined by Cloud Nothings, Speedy Ortiz, and the rest of the Carpark Records roster.<p>On Wednesday, Carpark Records – home of Toro Y Moi, Speedy Ortiz, Cloud Nothings, and a host of other excellent musicians – announced that they'll be donating 100 percent of their digital sales today (31 …

Linkin Park plan memorial gig for Chester Bennington

<b>Linkin Park say they're planning a public memorial for Chester Bennington.</b><p>The frontman took his own life last month.<p>In a post on Facebook and Instagram, the band revealed the "special public event" would take place in Los Angeles, adding that more details would be announced later.<p>They also thanked …

How JAY-Z & Solange's Elevator Fight Essentially Inspired 3 Incredible Albums

New York, NY – Solange’s slap heard around the world, which was aimed at her brother-in-law JAY-Z for allegedly cheating on Beyoncé, went down at The …

Frank Ocean Brings Out Brad Pitt at 2017 FYF Fest - XXL

Earlier this year, Brad Pitt spoke to to <i>GQ</i> in an extensive interview about his personal and professional life. In the interview, he talked about how …

LCD Soundsystem synth player Gavin Russom comes out as transgender

<b>Gavin Russom, who plays synthesiser in the indie band LCD Soundsystem, has come out as transgender.</b><p>She says that in various points throughout her life, "there's been a time where I've tried to say, 'hey, I think I'm transgender!'"<p>Russom adds that she "could not imagine" continuing to live as a man …