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Ian MacKaye (Fugazi, Minor Threat) Tells Tour Stories to Savages’ Jehnny Beth: Listen

Legendary punk musician Ian MacKaye had a conversation with Savages’ Jehnny Beth on her Beats 1 radio show “Start Making Sense.” The Fugazi/Minor Threat/Evens frontman and co-founder of Dischord Records told stories about his life—how he fell in love with music, the discipline and meditation of …

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President Obama Grants Grateful Dead Fan Clemency From Life Imprisonment

Today, President Barack Obama granted sentence commutations to 111 federal prisoners. The White House describes the individuals whose sentences were shortened as people serving “unduly harsh sentences under outdated laws for committing largely nonviolent drug crimes.” One of the individuals granted …

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FKA Twigs Performs at Pitchfork Music Festival 2016 | Full Set

Michael Mayer Announces New Album &, Shares New Track With Barnt: Listen

Electronic artist and Kompakt co-head Michael Mayer has announced a new album called <i>&,</i> a follow-up to 2012’s <i>Mantasy</i>. It’s out October 28 via !K7 Records. Every track on the album is a collaboration. It features Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard, Friendly Fires’ Ed Macfarlane, Roman Flügel, Prins Thomas, and …

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Nas, Kehlani Playing Lauryn Hill’s “MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling!” Tour | Pitchfork

Earlier this month, Lauryn Hill announced the “MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling!” tour, which features “artists throughout the African diaspora.” It kicked off this week in Philadelphia. The event’s performers will include Nas (Queens), Kehlani (Oakland), Little Simz (London), Noname (Chicago), and …

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Frank Ocean’s Keyboardist Talks Making of New Albums Blonde and Endless

Buddy Ross has been Frank Ocean’s touring keyboardist since 2012, the same year he backed up Ocean on “Saturday Night Live.” When Ocean recently released his <i>Endless</i> visual album, Ross was credited for synths on four tracks (“Commes Des Garcons,” “Slide on Me,” “Sideways,” and“Florida”). Ross is …

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Iman Shumpert Samples Yeah Yeah Yeahs on New Song “Glory”: Listen

During this weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West debuted his new “Fade” video. It starred GOOD Music artist Teyana Taylor and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert. Now, Shumpert has capitalized on the attention by releasing a new song. It’s called “Glory,” and it samples the Yeah Yeah …

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Chris Brown Arrested for Assault With a Deadly Weapon

Chris Brown has been arrested for assault with a deadly weapon following a long standoff with police at his Los Angeles home, TMZ reports. Last night, a woman named Baylee Curran called 911, alleging that Brown threatened her with a gun during a gathering at Brown's house that also included Ray J. …

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Midlake Announce The Trials of Van Occupanther Reissue

Midlake have announced a 10th anniversary reissue of their sophomore album <i>The Trials of Van Occupanther.</i> It will be released on 180-gram gold vinyl along with a bonus 7" containing two unreleased songs: “The Fairest Way” and “Festival.” The set will be released on October 28 via Bella Union; it …

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Jay Pharoah (“Saturday Night Live”) Preps New Mixtape

“Saturday Night Live” alumnus Jay Pharoah plans to release a mixtape. The tape, which may be called <i>Phornication</i>, is produced by Myles Williams and Roc, he told <i>Billboard</i> on the VMAs white carpet. He raps and sings on the project: “I go in. No holds barred.” Watch the interview below.<p>Pharoah has …

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Teyana Taylor Discusses Making Kanye’s “Fade” Video

During this weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West debuted his new music video for “Fade.” The video starred GOOD Music artist Teyana Taylor and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert. In an interview with <i>Vogue</i>, Taylor opened up about working on the video. She discussed everything from …

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“Blurred Lines” Appeal Gets Support From More Than 200 Musicians

Following a jury’s decision that “Blurred Lines” had infringed on Marvin Gaye’s "Got to Give It Up,” several musicians spoke up about the potential legal ramifications of that decision. Today, 212 musicians came together to file an amicus brief in support of Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and …

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Hodgy Drops New Mixtape, Dukkha: Listen

Hodgy, the Odd Future MC formerly known as Hodgy Beats who makes music as one half of MellowHype, is back with a new mixtape. <i>Dukkha</i> is seven tracks long and features production from Thelonious Martin and the Beat Brigade. According to Hodgy, it serves as the prelude to his upcoming studio album. …

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Tyler, the Creator is Getting His Own Viceland Show

Vice Media’s television channel Viceland has announced that they are currently developing a new show with Tyler, the Creator, based off of a show from Tyler’s Golf Media app. Recently, Tyler changed his infamous @fucktyler Twitter handle to @tylerthecreator, citing business reasons. “My stock just …

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Chicago Proposal Aims to Clear Up What “Music” Means, Save Small Venues

New legislation proposed today seeks to clear up the debate in Chicago over whether rock, rap, and electronic music count as “music” when it comes to tax laws. Cook County, the municipality that includes Chicago, has been seeking about $200,000 apiece in back taxes from two small venues in the …

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DJ Premier Samples “South Park” on Desiigner “Tiimmy Turner” Remix: Listen

DJ Premier has shared his remix of Desiigner’s song “Tiimmy Turner.” Listen to it below. The original song is Desiigner’s latest, and is based off his viral XXL freestyle. Before that, Desiigner’s most recent release was his debut EP <i>New English</i>. Earlier this year, DJ Premier remixed Kanye West’s “I …

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CMJ CEO Promises Festival Still Happening, Asks for “Patience”

Yesterday, several sources in the music industry told Pitchfork that the annual CMJ Music Marathon would not be taking place as usual this year. The CMJ website and social media accounts have not been updated since June. When asked for a comment at the time, CMJ CEO Adam Klein said, “CMJ will …

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Mysterious Drake and Rihanna Website Is Fake

Earlier today, it appeared that Drake and Rihanna were up to something. A mysterious new website, drakeandrihanna.com, had been launched, featuring Drake’s 6 God logo (as seen on the cover of <i>If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late</i>), as well as a countdown clock. According to the clock, something will …

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Pixies, Courtney Barnett, J Dilla, More Releasing Tapes for Cassette Store Day

The fourth annual Cassette Store Day—the cassette tape alternative to Record Store Day—will take place on October 8 at venues and record shops in the United States, UK, Germany, Japan, and more. The first releases from this year’s event have been announced, with different territories getting …

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The Strokes’ Nick Valensi Announces Debut CRX Album Produced by Josh Homme

Earlier this month, the Strokes’ Nick Valensi started a new band called CRX. The band includes Ralph Alexander (The Dose), Richie James Follin (Guards), Darian Zahedi, and Jon Safley (The Reflections). Today, they’ve announced their debut album, <i>New Skin</i> (out October 28 via Columbia). It’s produced …

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Watch Nathan Fielder Get Weird With Mac DeMarco, on Stage at FYF Fest

Mac DeMarco was one of the many artists who played at Los Angeles’ FYF Fest this past weekend. For his set, he brought Nathan Fielder (of “Nathan for You” fame) on stage, as Consequence of Sound points out. Below, watch Fielder play <i>2</i>’s “Still Together” and “Cooking Up Something Good,” and <i>Another …

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Damon Dash Developing “Brutally Honest” TV Series About Roc-A-Fella’s Rise and Fall

Music industry executive and Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash is pairing with television producer Lemuel Plummer to create a TV series about the rise (and fall) of Roc-A-Fella (via Deadline). The two compare the new series to shows like (the recently cancelled) “Vinyl” or “The People vs. …

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Watch FKA twigs’ Full Set from Pitchfork Music Festival

FKA twigs headlined the final night of Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago’s Union Park this year. The multi-hyphenate performer did a set spanning her career to date, including “Water Me,” “Pendulum,” “Glass & Patron,” “Two Weeks,” and more. She also played new songs. Catch the full set below, …

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Jimmy Eat World Announce New Album Title, Share New Song “Sure and Certain”: Listen

Jimmy Eat World have shared a new song, “Sure and Certain.” Check out the lyric video below. The band have also revealed the title of their new album; <i>Integrity Blues</i> arrives October 21 via RCA. It was produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen, whose previous credits include M83 and Paramore. Jimmy Eat …

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Slint’s David Pajo Announces New Papa M Album, Shares New Song: Listen

Slint’s David Pajo has announced a new solo album as Papa M. It’s his first solo album since 2009’s <i>Scream With Me</i> (as Pajo), and his first Papa M album since the 2004 compilation <i>Hole of Burning Alms</i>. The new album is called <i>Highway Songs</i>, and it is out on November 11 via Drag City. Listen to the …

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Watch Stephen Colbert Parody Beyoncé’s VMA Performance

Beyoncé was present at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, performing tracks off her latest album <i>Lemonade</i> in addition to breaking the record for all-time VMA wins and winning the Video of the Year award for the “Formation” video. Last night on “The Late Show,” host Stephen Colbert parodied …

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Nicolas Jaar Launches Mysterious Radio Network

Nicolas Jaar has launched a mysterious radio network. It’s a “mutation” of his subscription-based “serial label” Other People, which launched in 2013. In a statement, he writes that the label will no longer service weekly releases, and instead “concentrate on a much smaller batch of yearly releases …

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Lightning Strikes Berghain

Lightning struck legendary Berlin nightclub Berghain over the weekend, triggering a series of technical failures, according to various reports (via Resident Advisor). Barker, whose duo Barker & Baumecker is signed to Berghain’s in-house label Ostgut Ton, tweeted that “blinding bright emergency …

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London Mayor Urges Local Council to Save Fabric Nightclub

London mayor Sadiq Khan has responded to a petition rallying support for London nightclub fabric, as Mixmag points out. The club closed voluntarily this month after two 18-year-old attendees died of drug overdoses in the space of nine weeks. Its license was then suspended and put up for review. The …

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Angel Olsen Performs “Shut Up Kiss Me” on “Colbert”: Watch

Angel Olsen was the musical guest on last night’s “Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” She performed her single “Shut Up Kiss Me” from her new album <i>My Woman</i> (out Friday via Jagjaguwar). Her backing band wore matching suits and bolo ties. Watch her performance below.<p>Stephen also welcomed Riz MC—star of …

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