Hear the Weeknd’s Riveting New Song ‘False Alarm’

September 29, 2016 Music

The Weeknd pairs his brooding after-hours aesthetic with pulsating dance-punk on his new song, "False Alarm."

While "False Alarm" still finds the Weeknd crooning lines like "Bathroom stalls for the powdered nose" and "You love her but you'll never be the one," the production is grittier than the slick grooves of "I Can't Feel My Face" or "In the Night." The percussion is tight and relentless, while the spacey synths and guitars build to a blaring chorus, which the Weeknd introduces with a scathing scream.

"False Alarm" fittingly follows the Weeknd's video for "Starboy" — his recent single with Daft Punk — in which the R&B star kidnaps and disposes of his

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Lady Gaga to Headline Super Bowl 51 Halftime Show

September 29, 2016 Music

The NFL has announced that Lady Gaga will headline the Super Bowl 51 halftime show, set for Houston's NRG Stadium on February 5th.

After much speculation, the NFL and Pepsi made the announcement prior to Thursday's Miami Dolphins - Cincinnati Bengals game.

"It's not an illusion," the singer tweeted. "The rumors are true. This year the SUPER BOWL goes GAGA!" 

The 2017 halftime show, which comes three months after the release of Gaga's new LP Joanne, marks Lady Gaga's second consecutive Super Bowl appearance as she sang a stunning rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to Super Bowl 50 at Santa Clara, California's Levi's Stadium.

"I just thought about the lyrics

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Hear Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane’s Pleading Collaboration ‘Oh Lord’

September 29, 2016 Music

Lil Wayne and Gucci Mane team up for the cutting, pleading new track "Oh Lord." Their collaboration will appear on the soundtrack for Birth of a Nation, Nate Parker's upcoming film about Nat Turner's slave rebellion.

For his verse, Gucci Mane pleads for God to hear his prayer, making references to the slavery and segregation that mark black American history. Wayne comes in for an auto-tuned verse that references the rapper's long-running feud with Cash Money and former mentor Birdman. "I had to leave the family," he raps. "I had to cut off CMB, I'm an amputee."

The soundtrack for Birth of a Nation will be released on Friday and will feature contributions from 2 Chainz, Meek Mill and Pusha T. The film

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Kate Bush Preps Live Album of 2014 London Residency

September 29, 2016 Music

Kate Bush will release a new live album, Before the Dawn, which captures the titular three-act show she performed during her 22-day residency at London's Hammersmith Apollo in 2014. The LP arrives November 25th via Concord/Fish People.

Before the Dawn is split into three discs, one for each set of the live show. The first boasts seven hits from throughout Bush's career, the second centers around Bush's seminal 1985 LP, Hounds of Love, while the third features selections from her 2005 double album, Aerial, and includes an unreleased song, "Tawny Moon." 

Bush has also released her performance of Aerial's sprawling "Prologue," which slowly builds from a delicate piano ode into an

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Roy Orbison’s Estate Authorizes New Biopic ‘The Big O’

September 29, 2016 Music

Roy Orbison's estate has signed on to co-produce a forthcoming biopic, giving filmmakers unprecedented access to the late singer's catalog, according to Deadline. The Big O: Roy Orbison will be the first authorized biopic about the late singer. 

"My dad's story is a fantastic journey," Alex Orbison, son of the late singer, said. "He was so inspiring as a person because, after everything he had been through, good and bad, he still had a positive outlook on life, and was kind and wonderful. The movie will mirror a Roy Orbison song: having triumph and tragedy, sometimes losing the girl and sometimes getting the girl, and ending on a high note."

Ray Gideon and Bruce Evans, the screenwriting duo behind the

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SiriusXM Adds ‘Rolling Stone Music Now’ Show

September 29, 2016 Music

SiriusXM announced that Rolling Stone Music Now, the magazine's weekly music podcast, will be featured on the broadcasting company's new 24/7 music talk channel Volume. The show, hosted by executive editor Nathan Brackett, will take place live in SiriusXM's studios and will continue to feature a panel of the magazine's writers, editors and contributors alongside new interviews with veteran and up-and-coming acts.

Volume is set to debut on October 17th at 7 a.m., with Rolling Stone Music Now set to be a weekly feature. Brackett and his team will analyze current news and include the audience in the show to discuss new music. The podcast, which debuted earlier this year and has featured interviews with everyone from Florence Welch to

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Kesha Blasts Donald Trump Over Alicia Machado Comments

September 29, 2016 Music

Kesha expressed solidarity with former Miss Universe Alicia Machado after Donald Trump allegedly made derogatory comments about the pageant winner's weight. The pop singer addressed Machado on Instagram, writing: "You did not deserve to be shamed by this monster. Your body is NO ONE else's business."

The GOP candidate's comments toward Machado were raised by Hillary Clinton during Monday's first presidential debate. Clinton said Trump criticized Machado's eating habits by calling her "Miss Piggy." He also referred to her as "Miss Housekeeping" because of her Venezuelan background, said Clinton. Trump denied making those specific comments the following day on Fox and Friends. He said

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Hear Opeth’s Progressive, Lovelorn New Album ‘Sorceress’

September 29, 2016 Music

Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt jokingly described his band's trajectory as Bob Dylan in reverse in an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this year – because of the way they moved away from forbidding death metal to softer, occasionally acoustic prog-rock sounds in recent years – and they revel in that notion on their latest record, Sorceress

The record, which officially comes out Friday but is streaming a day early here, favors light over shadow as Åkerfeldt and Co. indulge folk balladeering ("Will o the Wisp," "Sorceress 2"), ELP-like carnival organ ("Chrysalis" and "The Wilde Flowers") and orchestral, faux–Middle Eastern melodies à la Led Zeppelin's

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Review: Regina Spektor’s ‘Remember Us to Life’ Has Brilliant Underdog Songs

September 29, 2016 Music

Since Regina Spektor's 2012 LP, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats, she has released the rocking theme song to Orange Is the New Black ("You've Got Time") and an impeccably phrased cover of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" – two moves that might suggest an eccentric artist pushing toward the mainstream. Her fifth album, full of brilliant songcraft per usual, performs a similar balancing act between the familiar and the far-out.

Spektor's skill at storytelling compression remains stunning. "Grand Hotel" hilariously reimagines Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest as a W-franchised portal to hell, and "Bleeding Heart" seems like an amiably

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Review: Pixies’ ‘Head Carrier’ Features New Bassist, Old Sound

September 29, 2016 Music

The Pixies' 2014 comeback, Indie Cindy, imagined what might've happened if the band hadn't split up before Nineties alt-rock made its sound huge. The follow-up is looser and less burdened by the past. Joey Santiago's guitar is as melodic and muscular as ever, while Black Francis showcases his throaty assault on "Baal's Back." New bassist Paz Lenchantin's low-end thump owes plenty to Kim Deal, the co-founder she replaced, but her bright harmonies bring a fresh wrinkle, perking up the thrashy "Um Chagga Lagga" and adding poignance to "All I Think About Now," an expression of gratitude to her beloved predecessor. 

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