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Soulection’s 400th Episode

Soulection (Soundcloud sensation turned Beats 1 radio show) is hosting a ticketed recording of their 400th episode in Los Angeles on Saturday, 23 March. Joe Kay, the show’s co-founder and head A&R, recorded the first episode in January of 2011 and has since amassed over five weeks’ worth of recorded audio—that’s not even including his live shows and DJ sets, which he does almost nightly—and …
Tags: Design, Los Angeles, Live, Radio, Culture, Hip-hop, Beats 1, Linkaboutit, Concerts, Live Performances, Soulection, Joe Kay, Radio Shows


Flume: Hi This Is Flume (Mixtape Visualizer)

For his first release since 2017, electronic artist Flume taps fellow Aussie Jonathan Zawada for a 42+ minute visual for Hi This Is Flume. Though the release is available to stream on all platforms, it’s most powerful when experienced alongside the Zawada-directed video. Complete with lucid digital renderings and eclectic live-action scenes, the cuts accentuate the insanity of Flume’s music—it’s frantic and enveloping, but when the …
Tags: Video, Music, Design, Music Videos, Culture, Electronic Music, Australian, Listenup, Electronic, Flume, Jonathan Zawada, Zawada, Mixtape Visualizer


'We are modern slaves': Mdou Moctar, the Hendrix of the Sahara

His first guitar was made from wood and bicycle parts and his first songs were shared via Bluetooth in the desert. But the Niger musician has become international – and is taking aim at FranceHow do you even dream of making music when your family and religious leaders disapprove, when you live at the edge of the Sahara desert, and you cannot afford an instrument?It helps that the Tuareg musician Mdou Moctar, from Niger, is not easily discouraged. Unable to acquire a guitar, he made one out of a ...
Tags: Music, Africa, US, Culture, World Music, Niger, Sahara, Mdou Moctar, Mdou Moctar the Hendrix


Emily Wells: Come on Doom, Let’s Party

Backed by clips of climate crisis, protest and dance, Emily Wells appears front and center in the video for her newest single, “Come on Doom, Let’s Party.” Surrounded by strings, echoed synths and drums, Wells sings with forlorn longing. “My movements are actions of love, mimicry, isolated protest. My movements illustrate willful blindness. My movements illustrate a willingness to see. My movements illustrate a fury …
Tags: Music, Design, Climate Change, Culture, Music Video, Party, Listenup, New Music, Emily Wells, Wells, Strings, Singer Songwriter


Parties and passion in Burkina Faso by Ibrahima Sanlé Sory – in pictures

Vibrant youth culture and a flourishing music scene leap out of the west African photographer’s Peuple de la Nuit, featuring the musicians, dancers and lovers who graced his hometown’s hottest venues Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Photography, Music, Africa, Society, World news, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Young People, Burkina Faso, Clubbing, Art and design books, Ibrahima Sanlé Sory, Peuple de la Nuit


Lizzo + Missy Elliott: Tempo

Lizzo and Missy Elliott have teamed up for an absolute banger with “Tempo.” With a beat that’s reminiscent of an early 2000s hip-hop club anthem, it’s a celebration of thick women: “Slow songs, they for skinny hoes / Can’t move all of this here to one of those / I’m a thick bitch, I need tempo.” The third track from Lizzo‘s Cuz I Love You, …
Tags: Music, Design, Culture, Hip-hop, Listenup, New Music, Lizzo, Missy Elliott, Lizzo Missy Elliott


Louis Cole: Doing The Things (Short Song)

Instantly recognizable as a Louis Cole bop, the delightful “Doing The Things (Short Song)” has just been released—and is also a teaser for the upcoming Live Sesh and Xtra Songs EP, which is due out on 5 April. Melting together funk, pop and so much more, the track is off-kilter in the best possible way. The LA-based singer/songwriter/producer and multi-instrumentalist is also heading out on tour—from …
Tags: Music, Design, La, Music Videos, Pop, Culture, Listenup, Funk, New Music, XTRA, Louis Cole


Farewell to Andre Williams, R&B Singer and Godfather of Rap

Singer, songwriter and arguably the inventor of rap Zephire “Andre” Williams—singer/songwriter and arguably the inventor of rap—has passed away in Chicago at 82 years old. Nicknamed Mr Rhythm, Williams worked in the music industry in various positions since the 1950s, from procuring and developing new talent to songwriting and producing. He co-wrote “Shake Your Tail Feather,” produced for Parliament-Funkadelic, teamed up with the Dirtbombs—his desire …
Tags: Music, Design, Rap, Chicago, Culture, Rip, Blues, Rb, Songwriters, Singers, Parliament Funkadelic, Andre Williams, Zephire Andre Williams, Rhythm Williams


New York Public Library’s Lou Reed Archive

Before NYC rock icon Lou Reed passed away in 2013, he did not give instructions on how to handle the large collection of recordings, photographs, notes and other artifacts from his prolific career. His wife, Laurie Anderson, decided to donate the collection to an institution that would display it for the public—and to “present raw material and let people make up their own minds.” Two …
Tags: Music, Design, Rock, Culture, Museums, Lincoln Center, Lou Reed, New York Public Library, Velvet Underground, Linkaboutit, Laurie Anderson, New York Public Library 's Lou Reed Archive


Dick Dale, godfather of surf guitar, dies aged 81

Pioneering musician was known for 1962 hit Misirlou, the theme from Pulp Fiction• Dick Dale: the surf guitar king whose wave kept on rollingThe guitarist Dick Dale, the pioneer of surf rock known for his 1962 hit Misirlou, has died age 81.He died on Saturday night, Dale’s live bassist, Sam Bolle, confirmed to the Guardian. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, World news, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino, Dick Dale, Dale, Sam Bolle


Mountain maestros: the Alpine retreat that stages world-class concerts

At Schloss Elmau in southern Germany top classical musicians ‘play to stay’, so guests can enjoy performances between spa sessions, yoga and amazing views We were halfway to the spa when something stopped us. We’d been padding along in slippers and pastel-coloured towelling robes, staring idly at the snowy mountains outside. And then we heard it. The sound of a violin: a few snatched phrases, soaring, uplifting, broken up by short periods of silence. Somebody with considerable skill was practisi...
Tags: Travel, Music, Germany, Life and style, Culture, Classical Music, Istanbul, Spa Breaks, Europe Holidays, Alps Holidays, Germany Holidays, Schubert, Schloss Elmau, Brahms Schumann


“The Little Things”: A Collection Of Brilliant Illustrations By Tomasz Majewski

Tomasz Majewski is an independent illustrator and graphic designer based in Warsaw, Poland. He has graduated from university with a Fine Arts M.A. degree. His favorite field of art is illustration: both digital and traditional. He also works for a publishing house, where he designs book covers and prepares them to print. More: Behance... Source
Tags: Design, Book, Pop, Covers, Culture, Illustrations, Inspirations, Warsaw Poland, Tomasz Majewski


Culture’s race war: 'Blackness is something to consume but not engage with'

From Dave to Green Book, artists and the art they create are too often critiqued for being ‘too black’ or ‘not black enough’Last month, the UK rapper Dave released his latest single, Black. Sparse but affecting, and largely threaded around a few minor piano chords and a drum beat, it saw the south Londoner dissect facets of black identity through lines such as “Black is my Ghanaian brother reading into scriptures / Doing research on his lineage, finding out that he’s Egyptian” and “Black ain’t j...
Tags: Music, UK, England, Mac, Film, Mahershala Ali, BBC News, Rap, Dave, Culture, Raheem Sterling, Viggo Mortensen, Robbie Williams, Moonlight, Black Panther, Annie Mac


Michael Jackson fan groups to sue accusers for 'sullying his memory'

Robson Wade and James Safechuck, who in HBO documentary accuse Jackson of child sex abuse, face legal action in FranceThree Michael Jackson fan groups are suing his alleged victims in France for “sullying his memory” by taking part in the Leaving Neverland documentary, the fans’ lawyer told Agence France-Presse on Friday.The Michael Jackson Community – which claims to be the “official fan club forum” – and the MJ Street and On The Line groups accuse Robson Wade and James Safechuck of “lynching” ...
Tags: Europe, Music, Hbo, France, World news, Culture, Jackson, Michael Jackson, Agence France Presse, James Safechuck, Leaving Neverland, Robson Wade, Michael Jackson Community


Glastonbury 2019: Killers and the Cure announced as final headliners

US rockers and goth indie heroes take main-stage honours alongside Stormzy, while Janet Jackson confirms first UK show in yearsThe Killers and the Cure have been announced as the final headliners of the 2019 Glastonbury festival. Brandon Flowers’ Vegas band will headline on the Saturday, and Robert Smith and co on the Sunday. They join the previously announced headliner Stormzy, who will close the Pyramid stage on Friday night.It is the Cure’s fourth time headlining Glastonbury, following slots ...
Tags: Music, UK, US, Rap, Tame Impala, Culture, Pop and rock, Hip-hop, Festivals, Indie, The Cure, Jazz, Liam Gallagher, Glastonbury festival, Music Festivals, Coldplay


'Day timers': the club events that brought young British Asians together

A new exhibition showcases Bradford’s underground music scene, which offered a cultural haven and spawned a generation of DJs Related: From blaring bhangra to the new grime: 30 years of brilliant British Asian broadcasting For the influx of South Asian immigrants to Bradford in the 1950s and 1960s, a sense of home would have been difficult to come by. Asian cafe jukeboxes and Bollywood movies may have provided some cultural connection, but it was not until the late 1980s that this British Asia...
Tags: Music, UK News, Culture, Bradford


The 20 greatest breakup songs ever – ranked!

On the 40th anniversary of Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive topping the charts – and as the UK blunders towards its own acrimonious divorce – here’s the definitive list of tear-stained stonkersHip-hop isn’t big on romantic heartbreak, but this is a particularly fine example. There’s a lot of bragging from Guru about how he’s so inundated with offers since his ex packed him in that she’s probably jealous. But somehow, you get the sense he’s protesting too much: “Went home to see my mom and I saw yo...
Tags: Music, UK, Relationships, Life and style, Rap, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Culture, Pop and rock, Bob Dylan, Hip-hop, Indie, R&B, Carly Simon, Elvis Costello, Folk Music, Kelly Clarkson


'I was stupid': K-pop scandal engulfs third star who admits watching secret sex video

Yong Jun-hyung leaves boy band Highlight and says his behaviour was ‘extremely unethical’The scandal within the K-pop industry has widened, with a third high-profile star quitting his band after admitting to viewing a secretly filmed sex video.Yong Jun-hyung, 29, announced on Thursday that he would leave the boy band Highlight after he recanted his previous denials of receiving such videos. Continue reading...
Tags: South Korea, Music, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Pop and rock, K-pop, Yong Jun


K-pop scandal widens as singer admits sharing secretly filmed sex videos

Jung Joon-young apologises and says he will retire, one day after singer Seungri was charged with running a prostitution ringA sex scandal swirling around South Korea’s K-pop industry has deepened after a singer and TV celebrity admitted he had secretly filmed himself having sex with women and sharing the footage online without their consent.Jung Joon-young, who rose to fame after coming second in a TV talent show, said he would retire from show business and admitted he had shared footage of sev...
Tags: South Korea, Music, Culture, Asia Pacific, Pop and rock, K-pop, Seungri, Jung Joon


Dijon: Bad Luck

Slow-burning and ethereal, Dijon‘s “Bad Luck” changes form several times over its brief runtime. From the LA-based artist’s just-released debut EP Sci Fi 1, the song is minimal and melancholy—making way for handclaps and then an equally otherworldly outro. Sweet, tender and a bit of an enigma, this is precisely what we enjoy about Dijon.
Tags: Music, Design, La, Music Videos, Culture, Listenup, New Music, Neo-soul


COOL HUNTING’s Josh Rubin, A$AP Rocky and Gorden Wagener at SXSW

At SXSW, our founder and EIC Josh Rubin moderated a conversation between Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler AG’s chief design officer Gorden Wagener and hip-hop artist and fashion designer A$AP Rocky—who also has worked with MB. The three discussed cars, music, branding, culture and more—all through the lens of design. Referencing his most recent album, Testing, Rocky said, “People such as myself and other artists are …
Tags: Music, Design, Culture, Mercedes Benz, Conferences, Asap Rocky, EIC, Sxsw, Workshops, Daimler AG, AP Rocky, Gorden Wagener, Josh Rubin, Panel Discussions


'K-pop’s Great Gatsby': Seungri charged over prostitution ring

Big Bang singer Seungri retires to clear his name, saying ‘scandal is too big’Seungri’s taste for the high life earned him the nickname the Great Gatsby of Korea. But now the singer, a member of one of South Korea’s biggest K-pop bands, is facing charges that he procured prostitutes for businessmen in some of Seoul’s most fashionable nightclubs.The youngest member of Big Bang has announced he will retire to fight the charges and to spare his management agency, YG Entertainment, and fellow band m...
Tags: South Korea, Music, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Pop and rock, Korea, Seoul, Yonhap, K-pop, Seungri


K-pop’s 'Great Gatsby' charged over South Korean prostitution ring

Big Bang singer Seungri retires to clear his name, saying ‘scandal is too big’Seungri’s taste for the high life earned him the nickname the Great Gatsby of Korea. But now the singer, a member of one of South Korea’s biggest K-pop bands, is facing charges that he procured prostitutes for businessmen in some of Seoul’s most fashionable nightclubs.The youngest member of Big Bang has announced he will retire to fight the charges and to spare his management agency, YG Entertainment, and fellow band m...
Tags: South Korea, Music, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Pop and rock, Korea, Seoul, Yonhap, K-pop, Seungri


K-pop scandal: South Korea’s 'Great Gatsby' charged over prostitution ring

Big Bang singer Seungri retires to clear his name, saying ‘this scandal is too big’Seungri’s taste for the high life earned him the nickname the Great Gatsby of Korea. But now the singer, a member of one of South Korea’s biggest K-pop bands, is facing charges that he procured prostitutes for businessmen in some of Seoul’s most fashionable nightclubs.The youngest member of Big Bang has announced he will retire to fight the charges and to spare his management agency, YG Entertainment, and fellow b...
Tags: South Korea, Music, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Pop and rock, Korea, Seoul, Yonhap, K-pop, Seungri


Hal Blaine, drummer who dominated mid-century pop, dies aged 90

Drummer behind iconic Be My Baby rhythm as well as hits by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Simon & Garfunkel described as ‘greatest ever’ by Brian WilsonHal Blaine, one of pop music’s most prolific and brilliant drummers, who played with Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys and more, has died aged 90.The news was announced on his Facebook page, where he was described as a loving father and grandfather, “and inspiration to countless friends, fans and musicians … May he rest forever on 2 ...
Tags: Music, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Phil Spector, Hal, Blaine, Simon Garfunkel, Andy Johnson, Frank Sinatra Elvis Presley, Hal Blaine, Brian WilsonHal Blaine, Elvis Presley Frank Sinatra the Beach Boys


K-pop scandal: South Korea’s 'Great Gatsby' charged over illegal prostitution ring

Seungri, from the group Big Bang, retires to clear his name, saying ‘this scandal is too big’A member of one of South Korea’s biggest K-pop boy bands has announced his retirement after being charged over alleged involvement in a prostitution ring, in the latest scandal to hit the country’s entertainment industry.Seungri, part of the globally popular Big Bang, said he would retire to fight the charges and to spare his management agency and fellow band members further embarrassment, according to ...
Tags: South Korea, Music, Japan, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Pop and rock, Bang, Yonhap, K-pop, Seungri


Shura: BKLYNLDN

Shura (aka Alexandra Lilah Denton) follows up her 2016 LP Nothing’s Real with “BKLYNLDN,” a warm but melancholy tune of yearning. A little more R&B-inflected than her previous offerings, the song is rich, slow-burning and a tad sultry. The British singer/songwriter/producer also announced two shows—in Brooklyn and London, of course—for later in the year.
Tags: Music, Design, London, Music Videos, Culture, Brooklyn, Listenup, New Music, Shura, Synthpop, BKLYNLDN, Alexandra Lilah Denton


R Kelly: tape 'showing sexual abuse' handed to law enforcement

Gloria Allred client ‘disgusted and horrified’ by findSinger is facing 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse A Pennsylvania man was cleaning out an old videotape collection when he found what he thought was a recording of R&B singer R Kelly in concert, but instead turned out to show a man who appeared to be Kelly sexually abusing girls, he and his attorney said on Sunday. Related: R Kelly and the art of the male meltdown | Arwa Mahdawi Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pennsylvania, Gloria Allred, Sexual Harassment, R Kelly, Kelly, Arwa Mahdawi


R Kelly: attorney hands tape 'showing sexual abuse' to authorities

Tape appears to feature R&B singer sexually abusing girlsSinger is facing 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse The attorney Gloria Allred says a client has turned a tape over to law enforcement that appears to feature R&B singer R Kelly sexually abusing girls. Related: R Kelly and the art of the male meltdown | Arwa Mahdawi Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Culture, Gloria Allred, Sexual Harassment, R Kelly, Kelly, Arwa Mahdawi


America faces soul-searching over Michael Jackson

Jackson is accused of sexually abusing boys, prompting fresh soul-searching in what could be a national reckoning In 1993, Oprah Winfrey visited Michael Jackson at his Neverland ranch for a television special – Jackson’s first interview in 14 years, watched by more than 90 million people worldwide. Related: Michael Jackson’s trick was to groom an entire culture | Emma Brockes Continue reading...
Tags: Music, America, World news, US news, Culture, Television & radio, Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jackson, Emma Brockes, Neverland, Leaving Neverland



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