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Archers Of Loaf – “Talking Over Talk”

Reunited North Carolina indie rock heroes Archers Of Loaf may not be touring this year after all thanks to COVID-19, but they're continuing to roll out their first new songs in 22 years. So far we've heard "Raleigh Days" and a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man," … More »
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Thurston Moore – “Strawberry Moon”

Thurston Moore's Bandcamp page has been filling up with sundry outtakes and rarities lately, and now he's posted something new. On Twitter, the former Sonic Youth co-leader describes "Strawberry Moon" as "a new piece for new peace." He elaborates, slightly, "a celebration of the strawberry ( full … More »
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Bruce Springsteen Dedicates Radio Show To George Floyd Protests

Bruce Springsteen took over his E Street Radio SiriusXM station on Wednesday for the latest edition of his From His Home To Yours DJ broadcast series, which he started a couple months ago during the pandemic. He dedicated this week's show to George Floyd. Springsteen played songs inspired by the protests and talked … More »
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Warner Music Group Pledges $100 Million To Support Social Justice Groups

The fund comes amid backlash against entertainment companies that have shared messages of support for the Black Lives Matter movement on social media, without putting actions behind their words. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Music, Black Lives Matter, Warner Music Group, 06.03.20


Phoebe Bridgers – “First Day Of My Life” (Bright Eyes Cover)

Phoebe Bridgers is a close friend and collaborator of Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst. When they went on tour last year in support of their Better Oblivion Community Center album, they played each other's songs onstage together. And now, a couple of months after covering Oberst's "Mamah Borthwick (A Sketch)" and a … More »
Tags: Music, Conor Oberst, Phoebe Bridgers, Oberst, Bright Eyes, Mamah Borthwick, Better Oblivion Community Center


Bob Mould – “American Crisis”

Bob Mould has shared a new song, "American Crisis." It's the lead single from his new album Blue Hearts, the follow-up to 2017's Sunshine Rock, that'll be out in the fall. The song's a fired-up ripper with lines like "Here's the latest American crisis / Thanks to evangelical ISIS" and "Silence was death/ … More »
Tags: Music, Isis, Bob Mould, Sunshine Rock


KTLA Reporter Apologizes To Cardi B For Saying She Promoted Violence At Protests

On Monday, Los Angeles news station KTLA aired a segment about celebrities' responses to the protests over George Floyd's murder. The channel included a clip from a video Cardi B posted, with reporter Doug Kolk commenting, "rapper Cardi B used her massive platform to promote the violence." … More »
Tags: Music, News, Los Angeles, Cardi B, Cardi, KTLA, George Floyd, Doug Kolk


Author Jim Ruland’s ‘Do What You Want’ offers all-access look at punk band Bad Religion

Author Jim Ruland is fascinated by the history of punk rock in Southern California. The area is the birthplace of noteworthy acts including X, Minutemen, Descendents, Social Distortion, Adolescents, The Germs, The Vandals, Black Flag, Circle Jerks and Bad Religion. “The story of Southern California punk rock and the way that it took hold here in ways that it maybe didn’t in other places like New York or London that have more infamous scenes … it’s interesting,” Ruland said during a recent phone ...
Tags: Books, Music, New York, London, Navy, California, La, Virginia, Spain, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, Bentley, Los Angeles Times, Southern California


Stream Run The Jewels’ New Album RTJ4

Run The Jewels have released their new album, RTJ4, a couple days early. (It was scheduled to come out on Friday.) "Fuck it, why wait," the duo wrote in a statement alongside a link directing to a free download of the album. "The world is infested with bullshit so here's something raw to … More »
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Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist Make A Soothing Soundtrack For The End Times

It's beautiful out. That's one of the fucked up things. From all available evidence, we've been blessed with a nationwide wave of sunny spring-into-summer weather. At this point, I've seen dozens of videos of police beating and manhandling and pepper-spraying and tear-gassing demonstrators while wispy clouds drift lazily across clear blue skies. I wasn't out … More »
Tags: Music, Yg, Kamasi Washington, Freddie Gibbs, Status Ain't Hood, The Alchemist, Conway, Denzel Curry, Terrace Martin, End Times, Daylyt, G Perico, ZillaKami, Nascar Aloe, Teejayx6


5 Minutes That Will Make You Love the Cello

We asked Yo-Yo Ma, John Williams, Andrew Lloyd Webber and others to pick the music that moves them. Listen to their choices.
Tags: Music, News, Classical Music, Cellos, Yo Yo Ma John Williams Andrew Lloyd Webber


NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Invokes John Lennon’s “Imagine” To Dismiss The Idea Of Defunding Police

Amidst countless reports of New York police brutalizing and escalating confrontations with protesters over the past week, including the incident where police rammed vans into crowds of demonstrators, NYC mayor Bill De Blasio has tirelessly praised and defended the NYPD. The NYPD has long been hostile to De Blasio, supposed progressive and More »
Tags: Music, New York, News, John Lennon, Bill De Blasio, De Blasio, Bill De Blasio Invokes John Lennon


Don Henley Urges Congress To Pass More Punitive Piracy Laws, Calling Takedown Practice “A Relic Of A MySpace Era In A TikTok World”

Yesterday, Eagles frontman Don Henley spoke to Congress about a truly important issue currently affecting the world: People putting videos of Eagles songs up on YouTube. As the Associated Press reports, Henley, speaking from his home in California, testified remotely before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, arguing for changes in the Digital Millennium Copyright … More »
Tags: Music, News, Congress, California, Don Henley, Henley, Senate Judiciary Subcommittee, Yesterday Eagles, YouTube As the Associated Press


Jay-Z Takes Out Full-Page Ads Dedicated To George Floyd

Jay-Z and Team Roc, the social justice arm of Jay-Z's Roc Nation management company, took out full-page advertisements in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribute, The Philadelphia Enquirer, and other newspapers around the US in dedication to George Floyd, as reports.
Tags: Music, News, Jay-z, US, Chicago, New York Times, Roc Nation, Philadelphia Enquirer, George Floyd, Jay Z and Team Roc


Iggy Pop Asks Florida Senators To Protect Big Cats

Iggy Pop is urging Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott to co-sponsor the Big Cat Public Safety Act, proposed federal legislation that would prohibit private ownership, direct public contact, and dangerous interactions like cub petting with tigers and other big cats. More »
Tags: Music, Florida, News, Marco Rubio, Iggy Pop, Rick Scott


Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – “Cameo”

Over the past couple months, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have been slowly building up to the release of their great new album, Sideways To New Italy. So far, we've heard a handful of singles, including "Cars In Space," "She's There," and "Falling Thunder." And now, with Sideways To New … More »
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Stream Rain Of Salvation’s In Times Of Desperation EP

The members of the straight-edge metallic hardcore band Rain Of Salvation come from up and down the East Coast -- Long Island, Delaware, Connecticut -- and they also play in groups like Typecaste and Atonement. Today, Rain Of Salvation have followed up their 2019 debut EP A War Outside And Within with a … More »
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Black Trauma: Diese Pandemie wird nie enden

Rodney King. Das ist der Name des ersten schwarzen Mannes, der der Polizei zum Opfer fiel. Besser gesagt ist es der erste Name, an den ich mich erinnern kann. Ich war drei Jahre alt, als er gewaltvoll von weißen Polizisten zusammengeschlagen wurde. Von diesem Zeitpunkt an war die Gefahr, wegen meiner Herkunft ermordet zu werden, etwas, das oft zuhause angesprochen wurde. Es wurde so regelmäßig thematisiert wie das Händewaschen vorm Essen oder die Ermahnung, dass meine großen Brüder und ich un...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Usa, New York, Minneapolis, Toronto, Madonna, Floyd, Bild, Luft, Tod, Mann, Wie, Das, Essen, Rolle


Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin talks about the band’s 40 years of punk rock

This was set to be a big year for Bad Religion. The San Fernando Valley-based punk rock band had plans to commemorate its 40th anniversary, but the coronavirus global pandemic forced the cancellation of its 2020 global jaunt. As well, this year marks anniversaries for three of Bad Religion’s biggest albums: Its 1990 album “Against the Grain” turns 30, 2000’s “The New America” turns 20 and 2010’s “The Dissent of Man” celebrates its 10th anniversary. “We’ve always done something important in the y...
Tags: Music, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Neil Young, Things To Do, Soccer, Jesus, Elvis Costello, Cornell University, Ucla, Epitaph Records, Concerts, Todd Rundgren, Peter, Greg


Model/Actriz – “Damocles”

Back in 2017, the Brooklyn quartet Model/Actriz released a debut EP called No. Then they went quiet for a while, going off to reimagine their sound a bit. Recently, they reemerged with a single called "Suntan," a roiling track that boasted a brooding aesthetic drawing equally from punk, dance, and noise. Now, the band is … More »
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Berlin’s First Post-Lockdown Opera Will Be ‘Rheingold’ On A Parking Deck

No, this isn’t some Regieoper conceit. This performance will take place on an actual parking deck — the one at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where, starting next Friday (June 12), music director Donald Runnicles will conduct Wagner’s Das Rheingold in the 90-minute chamber-opera arrangement by Jonathan Dove. – OperaWire
Tags: Art, Music, Berlin, Wagner, Donald Runnicles, 06.02.20


A “Window Concert” In A Hotel Courtyard Was Vienna’s First Taste Of Opera Since Lockdown

“Deserted by tourists, a hotel in Vienna gave itself a temporary one-night-only makeover, turning itself into an outdoor concert hall. The guest bedrooms, which have stood empty during the coronavirus lockdown, were transformed into opera boxes for an evening, and the hotel courtyard into a stage to create a rare moment of joy in the city of music on Saturday.” – Yahoo! (AFP)
Tags: Art, Music, Vienna, 06.02.20


The Number Ones: Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder’s “Ebony And Ivory”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present. More »
Tags: Music, Stevie Wonder, Paul Mccartney, The Number Ones


The Weeknd Challenges Labels And Streaming Services To Make Big Donations: “No One Profits Off Of Black Music More”

Yesterday was Blackout Tuesday, a day when the music industry took a pause. The idea was to recognize the importance of racial solidarity in the face of widespread police violence against black people and protesters. Labels and creators remained silent for a day, and much of the music press also took a pause. (Stereogum didn't … More »
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Krist Novoselic Commended Trump’s “Law And Order” Speech

Well, this is rough. In a speech on Monday, Donald Trump called himself "your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protesters." He also talked about making an overwhelming show of military force against protesters: "As we speak, I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and … More »
Tags: Music, News, Donald Trump, Nirvana, Krist Novoselic, George Floyd, Krist Novoselic Commended Trump


Sun Kil Moon – “The Johnny Cash Trail”

There's a new Sun Kil Moon album coming out, which means there's a long and diaristic new Mark Kozelek song. Last year, Kozelek teamed up with Chicago multi-instrumentalist Ben Boye and Dirty Three drummer Jim White to release the album I Also Want To Die In New Orleans, and he led it off with More »
Tags: Music, Chicago, New Orleans, Jim White, Sun Kil Moon, Mark Kozelek, Kozelek, Ben Boye


Nothing Release Session With Previously Unreleased “Sex And Candy” Cover To Benefit Community Bail Funds

The hard-as-hell Philadelphia shoegazers Nothing have just released a session that they recorded back in December for the LA radio show Part Time Punks. They've put it out as a four-song EP called GEORGE, named in honor of the police murder victim George Floyd. Nothing are offering the EP as a pay-what-you-want download on Bandcamp. More »
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Jashin-chan Dropkick Seeing Double

Jashin-chan Dropkick‘s second season hasn’t let up when it comes to comical situations and ludicrous scenarios, as the titular serpent god sees double before being buried up to her neck – singing and dancing also making an appearance in the episode. Omake:
Tags: Music, Comedy, Dancing, Anime, Nomad, Image Gallery, Monster Girls, Dropkick, Jashin-chan Dropkick, Dropkick Seeing Double


Music, Social Media, Go Dark On Blackout Tuesday

Instagram and Twitter accounts, from top record label to everyday people, were full of black squares posted in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. Most of the captions were blank, though some posted #TheShowMustBePaused, black heart emojis or encouraged people to vote Tuesday with seven states and the District of Columbia are hosting the largest slate of presidential primary elections in almost three months. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Music, District Of Columbia, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd Ahmaud Arbery, 06.02.20


Crowd-Based Opera Postpones Reopening

Crowds are essential to this moment — and, really, to opera as an art form. Choruses fill the stage; musicians cram into the orchestra pit; thousands of people sit shoulder to shoulder in the theater. The Metropolitan Opera, one of the world’s largest houses, seats an audience of nearly 4,000. And it would probably have been packed for the season’s opening night on Sept. 21, the premiere of a new “Aida” production. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, 06.02.20