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Grimes and Azealia Banks subpoenaed in Elon Musk lawsuit

Musicians ordered to preserve evidence related to a tweet by Musk that shareholder plaintiffs claim caused financial losses to TeslaThe US district court of northern California has granted a motion to subpoena the musicians Grimes (AKA Claire Boucher) and Azealia Banks in the ongoing lawsuit against Tesla founder Elon Musk brought by a group of the company’s shareholders.Additional subpoenas will be served against the publications Business Insider, the New York Times and tech website Gizmodo. Th...
Tags: Business, Music, Elon Musk, Technology, Media, Celebrity, California, US, Social Media, Tesla, Life and style, World news, Regulators, US news, Stock Markets, Culture


Friday US briefing: Trump escalates feud with Pelosi amid shutdown

How the president’s two years in power have changed key US policies ... North Korean envoy to meet Pompeo ... Democrat takes charge of Flint water crisis investigationGood morning, I’m Tim Walker with today’s essential stories. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, North Korea, US, World news, US news, Culture, Asia Pacific, US politics, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Frank Sinatra, Trump, Flint, Flint Water Crisis, Pelosi, Tim Walker


Daste: Sober

Fusing lo-fi funk with wavy alternative, Daste’s “Sober” is an ode to giving someone your undivided attention. The Australian trio (signed to Mammal Sounds) may not be referencing drugs or alcohol, but rather the millions of other distractions that invade intimate situations. “I know you’re feeling like I’m in my head all the time / Cause when you tell me about your day-to-day I don’t …
Tags: Music, Design, Culture, Alternative, Australian, Listenup, Funk, New Music, Lo-fi, Mammal Sounds, Daste


‘No one cared because we were black girls’: is time finally up for R Kelly?

Women have accused the singer of sexual abuse for decades. So why are they only being listened to now? Blame misogyny and racism – but also the potency of his music“Yo, Pac!” You can almost feel the spittle as Gary Oldman launches into his soliloquy. It is 2012, and he is on Jimmy Kimmel’s US talkshow, reciting from R Kelly’s autobiography with the plummy majesty he later brought to the role of Churchill. “What up, baby?” he utters as the audience collapses in giggles. The joke is twofold: Eng...
Tags: Music, Television, Jimmy Kimmel, Documentary, US, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, R&B, Gary Oldman, Churchill, R Kelly, Kelly, Kimmel, Conchords, Rape and sexual assault


Lorna Doom, bassist with cult Los Angeles punk band Germs, dies

Born Teresa Ryan, Doom was a key part of the band who helped shape the sound of hardcore punkLorna Doom, the bassist with cult Los Angeles punk band Germs, has died. Born Teresa Ryan, her age and cause of death is unknown, her death made public when the band’s drummer Don Bolles posted on Facebook: “She left this mortal coil today [Wednesday] around 1.”Tributes have been paid by punk musician Laura Jane Grace, who tweeted: “I can still see the ‘Germs burn’ on my wrist from when I was 14 years ol...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Los Angeles, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Punk, Germs, Laura Jane Grace, Katy Goodman, Vivian Girls, Don Bolles, Lorna Doom, Teresa Ryan, Teresa Ryan Doom


Loyle Carner feat. Rebel Kleff + Kiko Bun: You Don’t Know

Loyle Carner (aka Benjamin Coyle-Larner) moonlights as an observant server, bartender, security guard and cab driver in the video for “You Don’t Know.” Watching over his mother (played by his real-life mom) as she goes on a few dates—some good and some not so. Throughout, Carner raps about his own dating fears—particularly losing trust and love as time goes on. It’s a clever and sweet …
Tags: Design, London, Culture, Hip-hop, British, Listenup, Loyle Carner, Carner, Kleff Kiko Bun, Benjamin Coyle Larner


Fighting Fyre with Fyre: the story of two warring festival documentaries

The failed music festival has inspired two new documentaries and a war off-screen over the morality of the film-makers involvedScandal sells, or so it’s said, but few have captured the zeitgeist with quite the velocity as the rise and fall, in April 2017, of Fyre. The luxury music festival – a Bahamas-set Coachella with villas and supermodels, it promised – collapsed into financial fraud and memes of drunk twentysomethings scrambling for Fema tents and styrofoam tray meals, all direct to our scr...
Tags: Music, Film, Netflix, Culture, Fema, Festivals, Coachella, Hulu, Bahamas, Documentary films


John Berger was a Lifelong Cultural Agitator with a Valuable Point of View

None At first glance, titling the first intellectual biography of John Berger A Writer of Our Time appears to be a simple homage to Berger's 1958 novel, A Painter of Our Time. Joshua Sperling instead sets out the title as an argument, providing powerful evidence that Berger was indeed a writer of our time. Had Sperling set out to tell the story of 20th century art through Berger's work, the project would likely have been smothered in artifice. Yet by carefully laying out the path of Berger's a...
Tags: Music, Politics, England, London, America, Bbc, Culture, Biography, Noel Gallagher, Richard Ford, Jarvis Cocker, Berger, Raymond Carver, Black Panthers, McConnell, John Berger


Panda Bear: Token

The last few years have seen the 10th anniversary celebrations of two milestone Panda Bear (aka Noah Lennox) albums—first, his acclaimed solo work Person Pitch (2007) and then the Animal Collective commercial darling Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009). Now Lennox is gearing up for a new solo release, Buoys, and both the debut single and the latest release “Token” continue to stoke excitement. Directed by, and featuring …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Culture, Listenup, New Music, Panda Bear, Animal Collective, Lennox, Noah Lennox


The Who confirm first new studio album in 13 years

The group will also undertake what Roger Daltrey has said could be their last tourThe Who have confirmed that they are working on their first album of new material in 13 years. Lead guitarist Pete Townshend said in a statement that fans could expect “dark ballads, heavy rock stuff, experimental electronica, sampled stuff and Who-ish tunes that began with a guitar that goes yanga-dang”.The album is due later this year. It follows the band’s 11th studio album, Endless Wire, released in 2006, which...
Tags: Music, The Who, Culture, Pop and rock, Pete Townshend, Alexis Petridis, Roger Daltrey


Amaal: Not What I Thought

Setting a break-up ballad against the bleak, beautiful landscapes of Iceland always seems to yield success. Toronto-based Amaal does so in “Not What I Thought,” to striking result. Director Sean Brown casts intimate close-ups against shots of sheer alienation. A mood is built through the visuals that complements Amaal’s vocal grace. The track is the recording artist’s first from a forthcoming EP.
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Toronto, Culture, Iceland, Listenup, New Music, Sean Brown, Amaal


Kevin Fret, gay Latin trap rapper, shot dead in Puerto Rico

The rising star was killed while riding a motorbike in San Juan, aged 24Kevin Fret, a Puerto Rican musician who was one of the island’s only openly gay rappers, has been shot dead in the capital, San Juan, aged 24.Fret was shot at eight times as he rode a motorbike, and declared dead after being taken to a nearby hospital. His death means there have been an average of more than two murders a day in Puerto Rico so far this year. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Americas, World news, US news, Rap, Culture, Pop and rock, US crime, Puerto Rico, San Juan, Kevin Fret


Bristol grime artist Solo 45 on trial for 22 rapes

Andy Anokye, 31, from the collective Boy Better Know, denies imprisoning and raping four women A grime artist imprisoned and repeatedly raped four women, a jury has been told.Andy Anokye, 31, who performs under the stage name Solo 45, denies 31 charges including 22 counts of rape and five counts of false imprisonment. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, UK News, Rap, Culture, Bristol, Grime, Better Know, Andy Anokye


Nick Waterhouse: Song For Winners

With the same energy and growl he’s become known for, Nick Waterhouse returns with “Song For Winners.” Accompanying the track is the announcement of a self-titled LP coming 8 March on Innovative Leisure and a US tour. This tune in particular—with crackling drums and frustrated vocals—is accentuated by its ending: almost a full minute breakdown featuring drums, saxophone and electric guitar.
Tags: Music, Design, US, Rock, Soul, Culture, NICK, Horns, Listenup, New Music, Nick Waterhouse


Fresh abuse investigations launched after R Kelly documentary

Prosecutors in Chicago and Atlanta appeal for new information after allegations of abuse are made in documentary about R&B star, who has long denied wrongdoingFresh investigations have been launched into allegations of sexual and physical abuse against R Kelly by prosecutors in Chicago and Atlanta, after the airing of Surviving R Kelly, a documentary that contained claims of abuse by the R&B singer.Chicago prosecutor Kimberly Foxx urged any potential victims of Kelly to come forward, saying: “Th...
Tags: Music, Television, Documentary, Atlanta, US news, Chicago, Culture, Television & radio, R&B, Factual TV, R Kelly, Kelly, Rape and sexual assault, Gerald Griggs, Kimberly Foxx, Kelly Continue


Cochemea: All My Relations

Born from collective writing sessions and improvisation, Cochemea Gastelum’s “All My Relations” delivers nothing short of a transcendent jazz experience. Blended with indigenous-influenced rhythms, the track acts as a beautiful meditation on Gastelum’s Yaqui and Mescalero Apache Indian ancestry. A saxophonist with the Dap Kings, Gastelum crafted the track—and others on the album—during the last year of the iconic band’s tour with Sharon Jones. This album, also called All My …
Tags: Music, Design, Culture, Listenup, New Music, Sharon Jones, Gastelum, Daptone Records, Yaqui, The Dap-Kings, Cochemea, Cochemea Gastelum


Fall of the iCurtain: Apple brings iTunes to Samsung smart TVs

Surprise move signals wider opening up of Apple ecosystem as tech firm seeks new revenueApple has announced that iTunes films will be available on Samsung smart TVs, ending the company’s insistence that users buy an Apple TV to watch their purchases on a big screen.Fifteen years after Steve Jobs launched iTunes for Windows, quipping that he was “giving a glass of ice water to somebody in hell”, the move signals a wider opening up of the Apple ecosystem, with TV manufacturers including Sony, LG a...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ipad, Business, Music, Technology, Television, Media, Steve Jobs, Samsung, Smartphones, Apple TV, Software, Itunes, Mobile Phones, Culture


Lizzo: Juice

Once again Lizzo has blended various genres for an effortlessly perfect pop song that celebrates self-love. With elements of funk and soul, the track has a distinctly retro vibe—spurred on by its ’80s-inflected music video. Directed by Quinn Wilson, the clip pays homage to everything from the Soul Glo commercials in Coming to America to workout tapes, talk shows and infomercials.
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, America, Pop, Culture, Hip-hop, Listenup, New Music, Lizzo, Listen Up, Quinn Wilson


Drake kisses 17-year-old fan on stage in unearthed video clip

The Canadian rapper shouted, ‘I can’t go to jail yet, man!’ when the girl revealed her ageVideo has surfaced of Drake kissing a 17-year-old girl in Denver, Colorado in May 2010. In the clip, the Canadian rapper invites the girl on stage during his performance at the Ogden Theater, dances with her, kisses her neck, comments on her shampoo, then pulls her shirt down at the back of the neck to kiss her again.After reaching both hands across her chest while standing behind her, he picks up the micro...
Tags: Music, Rap, Culture, Pop and rock, Hip-hop, Chris Brown, Drake, Denver Colorado, Ogden Theater


'This is going to get ugly': Azealia Banks ramps up public feud with Elon Musk

Rapper has become embroiled in the fallout over the CEO’s controversial tweet about taking Tesla private It’s back on.The fierce and very public feud between Elon Musk and the rapper Azealia Banks was reignited on Friday after the tech billionaire’s lawyers attacked the rappers’ credibility in a filing in a shareholder lawsuit.
Tags: Music, Elon Musk, Technology, Tesla, US news, Culture, Azealia Banks, Silicon Valley


Nirvana sue designer Marc Jacobs over alleged copyright breach

Representatives of the band are suing the brand over a logo in its Redux Grunge collectionNirvana are suing designer Marc Jacobs for copyright infringement. The brand’s recent Redux Grunge collection features several items that resemble the Seattle grunge band’s black-and-yellow iconography, Forbes reports.Representatives for the group, which split in 1994 following the death of frontman Kurt Cobain, claim that Marc Jacobs’ unauthorised use of “Nirvana’s copyrighted image on and to promote its p...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Culture, Seattle, Nirvana, Marc Jacobs, Kurt Cobain, Forbes


Beyoncé and Jay-Z help Louvre museum break visitor record in 2018

More than 10m visited Paris museum, with interest boosted by music video filmed thereThe Louvre, the world’s most visited museum, broke all ticket office records last year with more than 10 million people viewing its Paris collection of fine arts and antiquities, boosted by foreign tourists and the interest in Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s music video filmed there.The 10.2 million people who came to the museum in 2018 marked a 25% rise in visitors, beating the previous record of 9.7 million visitors in 20...
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, New York, Beyonce, Jay-z, France, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Paris, Exhibitions, Louvre


Daryl Dragon, singer and pianist from the Captain and Tennille, dies aged 76

Former wife and other half of the easy listening duo, Toni Tennille, was by his side when he died of kidney failure in ArizonaDaryl Dragon, the cap-wearing “Captain” of easy listening duo the Captain and Tennille, died Wednesday at age 76.The singer and pianist died on Wednesday of kidney failure in Prescott, Arizona, publicist Harlan Boll said in a statement. Toni Tennille, his partner in music and wife for nearly 40 years, was by his side. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Los Angeles, World news, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Arizona, Prescott Arizona, Tennille, Daryl Dragon, Toni Tennille, Harlan Boll


A new start: Esi Edugyan on meeting her grandmother on her only trip to Ghana

The Canadian author visited her parents’ homeland thinking she would find her home. She left feeling less Ghanaian than everI was 27 years old when I took my first and only trip to Ghana. My grandmother was old – rumoured to be 103 – and in fact she died the following year. I visited the noisy markets of Accra and the clean, palm-treed avenues of the national university; I visited the slave forts of Cape Coast and Elmina, desolate with their old horrors; I visited my mother’s birth city of Kumas...
Tags: Books, Music, Fiction, Africa, Americas, Life and style, World news, Culture, Canada, Ghana, Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast, ELMINA, Esi Edugyan, Man Booker Prize 2018


Man dies and two others taken to hospital from NSW music festival

Man and a woman in stable condition after ingesting unknown substance at Lost Paradise Music festivalA man has died and two people are in hospital after suspected drug use at a music festival on the New South Wales central coast.The 22-year-old Queensland man was taken to Gosford hospital about 8pm on Saturday but died a short time later, police said. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Drugs, Society, Australia news, Culture, Queensland, Festivals, New South Wales, Music Festivals, Gosford


Tunisian techno, Xitsongan rap and Satanic doo-wop: the best new music of 2019

From cheeky rappers to explosive hardcore punks, we introduce 50 artists sure to make an impact in the coming yearShe has already sung backing vocals for Chance the Rapper, guested on Sam Smith’s last album and steals the show on Mark Ronson’s forthcoming LP of “sad bangers” – all because of a truly remarkable voice that marks her out as the coming year’s Adele. Here’s hoping her superhuman vocal control will be put to service on equally strong songs. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Metal, Rap, Soul, Culture, Pop and rock, Hip-hop, Punk, Psychedelia, Sam Smith, World Music, Indie, Dance music, Jazz, Mark Ronson, Electronic Music


Fame and fortune rising for female pop stars

Five of most popular pop acts on the Top 40 chart this year were all femaleFemale pop stars have seen their popularity rocket in comparison with their male counterparts, according to analysis of time spent in the UK Top 40 chart this year.Data analysis by the Press Association found that five of the top 10 most popular acts of 2018 were all female; they racked up a total of 310 weeks on the chart versus the 328 weeks achieved by men. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, UK, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Drake, Press Association, Calvin Harris, Cardi B, Dua Lipa


Naomi Banks’ Farewell to 2018 Playlist For COOL HUNTING

The London-based singer selects songs by SAFIA, Kehlani, Blossom and more Fusing genres, London-based Naomi Banks released her debut EP Deja Vu last month and it’s a lush, immersive soundscape blending jazz, electronic, neo-soul and more. Emotive and tender, powerful and soaring, Banks’ songs strike a heartstring. “I think people listen to music and lyrics so differently, which makes it difficult to create something that will be …
Tags: Spotify, Music, Design, London, Culture, Playlists, Kehlani, Singers, New Music, Safia, Naomi Banks, SAFIA Kehlani Blossom


The Raconteurs: Now That You’re Gone

Back with their first transmission in 10 years, The Raconteurs—a band comprised of Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler—have released a pair of singles that will appear on their currently untitled 2019 album. Their reunion was announced earlier this year, but the singles—”Sunday Driver” and “Now That You’re Gone”—are proof the plan is still in motion. The latter of the two—both of which …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Rock, Culture, Jack White, Listenup, New Music, Third Man Records, Raconteurs, Brendan Benson, Patrick Keeler, The Raconteurs, Jack White Brendan Benson Jack Lawrence


2018 Welcomed a New Fleet of Internet Pop Stars

Forget the pop stars of years past, because 2018’s class of chart-toppers is more diverse, based in subculture and digitally inclined than ever before. Partly because of the new rules on streams counting in chart calculations, many newer musical artists are being born from internet followings and Soundcloud pages. Not only that, but the sound of pop is changing—using more and more elements from various …
Tags: Music, Design, Pop, Culture, Streaming, Linkaboutit, Pop Music, Music Charts



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