Peter Murphy Postpones Residency Due to Vocal Cords Issue

April 26, 2017 Music

Peter Murphy's residency at The Chapel in San Francisco has been postponed due to "a serious issue to his vocal cords," according to a statement. Originally scheduled for June and July, the rescheduled run will take place next year in January and February.

Doctors discovered nodules on Murphy's vocal cords, according to a statement. The former Bauhaus frontman will undergo treatment and recovery time before he can use his voice again. In a video posted to YouTube, Murphy turned pages to avoid speaking to convey his current situation.

"As you can see, I am not allowed to sing or speak for a while. Doctors orders," Murphy wrote on pages he flipped in the video. "I must rest my vocal cords." He then wrote "See you soon" above the already-written words "when this over."

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Bruce Springsteen on Jonathan Demme: ‘He Was an Inspiration for Me’

April 26, 2017 Music

Bruce Springsteen has penned a touching tribute to filmmaker Jonathan Demme, who died on Wednesday of complications from esophageal cancer.

"Over here on E Street, we're deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Jonathan Demme," Springsteen wrote on his official website. "He was an inspiration for me, a beautiful filmmaker and a great spirit. Always smiling, always involved with the world and always pushing you to go for your best. He'll be deeply missed."

Springsteen won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Streets of Philadelphia," which was featured in the Demme-directed film Philadelphia that stars Tom Hanks. Demme also directed the music video for the song.

Fellow E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt also honored the director. "Oh no. Jonathan

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See Replacements Fan Tim Kaine Jam With Tommy Stinson

April 26, 2017 Music

Virginia Senator and Hillary Clinton's former VP running mate Tim Kaine jammed with a co-founding member of one of his favorite bands over the weekend, as Consequence of Sound notes, via Pitchfork. The Replacements' original bassist Tommy Stinson and Senator Kaine's private gathering took place in Richmond, VA, where they performed bluegrass staple "My Dear Old Southern Home."

"The first album of theirs I heard was Hootenanny, and I got every album after that," Kaine told Rolling Stone while discussing the Replacements, one of his Top 5 favorite artists. "I love the combination of really good songwriting and their endearing, amateurish quality to the way they did stuff."

A longtime harmonica player, Kaine played the instrument during his

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Haim, Katy Perry Plot ‘SNL’ Musical Performances

April 26, 2017 Music

Haim and Katy Perry will serve as musical guests on Saturday Night Live's ongoing 42nd season. The Haim sisters will perform on the May 13th episode hosted by Melissa McCarthy, and Perry will follow on the May 20th episode with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Saturday Night Live announced the bookings Wednesday with a Twitter photo featuring the show's line-up on a cork board. The image also confirms the May 6th episode, featuring LCD Soundsystem (in their SNL debut) alongside host Chris Pine.

Though they've yet to confirm a release date, Haim have cryptically promoted a follow-up to their 2013 debut LP, Days Are Gone, throughout April. Earlier this week, the indie-pop trio teased the album with the second of two trailer clips – including a snippet

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Snoop Dogg, Rae Sremmurd, DJ Snake Headline Hard Summer Music Fest

April 26, 2017 Music

Snoop Dogg will perform his iconic debut LP, 1993's Doggystyle, at the 2017 Hard Summer Music Festival. The event's 10-year anniversary edition – scheduled for Saturday August 5th and Sunday, August 6th – will also feature Rae Sremmurd, DJ Snake, Justice, Zeds Dead, Bassnectar, Migos, Ty Dolla $ign, Skepta and Charli XCX.

Hit producer Mike Will Made It will make his debut festival appearance at the EDM/hip-hop event, which takes place at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Other performers include Mobb Deep, JME, Yehme2, Doctor P, Anna Lunoe, Kayzo, Brodinski, Jaiwolf and Snakehips. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 28th via the Hard Summer website.

Since its inaugural New Years Eve event in 2007, Hard Summer has hosted a diverse group of artists, including

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Watch Afghan Whigs’ Disturbing, NSFW ‘Oriole’ Video

April 26, 2017 Music

The Afghan Whigs invite fans into a nightmarish, sexually charged witch coven with their "Oriole" video. Director Amy Hood stars in the clip, arriving at a massive house filled with hallucinogenic scenes.

Upon entering, the protagonist is swarmed by women dressed in white and hypnotized by the kiss of their leader, wearing black. Hood weaves in nude fire dances, human sacrifice and haunted flashbacks, presented like a vintage horror B-movie, as Whigs singer Greg Dulli matches the eerie mood with occult-like imagery ("Light the candle, lock the door too/ Draw the circle").

In a statement about the video, Hood said Dulli reached out about the project after discovering her work – including 2016 book Cult Classic – and realizing she could grasp the song's dark

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Can Drake Break Grime in America?

April 26, 2017 Music

Not to say that Drake has moved to rarified level of fame, but the streaming numbers for "One Dance" alone look more like the GDP of a small country. With scale comes power – his co-signs are already partially responsible for breaking the Weeknd, Migos and PartyNextDoor, among others – and he's certainly utilizing it in 2017. His recent project, More Life, is not an album or a mixtape, but a 22-track "playlist" optimized for the streaming service generation. He debuted it on his Beats 1 OVO Sound show and overnight made massive new fan bases for the U.K. acts who guest on the project: Skepta, Giggs, Jorja Smith and Sampha. Drake's love of U.K. underground music is long-standing, and every time he spreads the love it's huge for the MCs he namechecks. But will America finally sit

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Watch Warpaint Perform Seductive New Song ‘Whiteout’ on ‘Ellen’

April 26, 2017 Music

Indie rock band Warpaint added a seductive darkness to the Ellen stage on Tuesday, performing recent single "Whiteout."

The quartet recreated the song's vivid art rock groove, highlighted by Stella Mozgawa's intricate drumming and Theresa Wayman's atmospheric guitar solo. Ellen DeGeneres offered the band a warm introduction – including a nod to a celebrity game she plays on her show: "When I heard that this rock band named their latest album Heads Up, I knew I loved them even more than I already did."

Warpaint recently kicked off a headlining tour with their pair of spots at Coachella, the latter of which Rolling Stone included on our list of 15 Best Things from the festival's second weekend. The band will perform next at Atlanta's Shaky Knees

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Melvins Plot Three-Month Tour of North America

April 26, 2017 Music

The Melvins announced a 12-week summer tour of North America on Wednesday. The tour kicks off in San Diego July 5th and wraps up October 3rd in Flagstaff, AZ. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 28th at 10 a.m. local time.

The band's live dates coincide with the release of a new double album, A Walk With Love and Death, the follow-up to last year's Basses Loaded. Half of the project is a score to a short film directed by Jesse Nieminen, while the other is a traditional LP. "This was a huge undertaking," guitarist Buzz Osborne said in a statement earlier this month. "All three things – the album, the soundtrack and the film – are benchmarks for us."

"A Walk With Love and Death is one giant, dark, moody, psychotic head trip!" added drummer Dale Crover.

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Hear Chuck Berry’s Rollicking Song ‘Wonderful Woman’ From Final Album

April 26, 2017 Music

Chuck Berry fuses boogie woogie and classic blues on "Wonderful Woman," the lead track from Chuck, an upcoming collection of songs recorded between 1991 and 2014. Chuck marks the first Berry album to be released since the rock and roll icon's death in March at age 90 and his first LP of new studio material since 1979.

Berry built "Wonderful Woman" using the formula he perfected in the late 1950s. A single, propulsive guitar line and a rhythm section give the song an irresistible drive. Other instruments add satisfying embellishments – lead guitar, harmonica and jolts of pounding piano – while Berry sings about romantic whiplash. "It done blew my mind when she smiled and said hello/ Well it broke my heart when she told me it's time to go."

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