Monthly Archives December 2015

Kanye West Blasts Nike on New Song, ‘Facts’

December 31, 2015 Music

Kanye West knows how to pick his moments. The rapper-producer surprise-released the minimalist new song, "Facts" on Thursday, New Year's Eve. The news was first unveiled by wife Kim Kardashian, who tweeted, "YEEZY YEEZY YEEZY NEW SONG ABOUT TO DROP #FACTS."



Kanye West Surprise-Releases Two New Remixes


West blends current events with clever punchlines on the Metro Boomin- and Southside-produced track. In between ripping Nike and rhyming, "Does anybody feel bad for Bill Cosby?", the rapper drops deft lines like, "I stick to my Roots like I'm Jimmy Fallon."


It's unclear if "Facts" will appear on West's upcoming album, Swish, which has yet to have a release date. West alludes to the wait on the song, rhyming, "I ain't drop the album/But my shoes went

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Eric Church to Play College Footall Championship Tailgate

December 31, 2015 Music

Later today, two finalists for the College Football Championship will be decided when Alabama plays Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl and Clemson plays Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. When the winners square off January 11th at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, Eric Church will be on hand to warm up the crowds.



40 Best Country Albums of 2015


Church, whose fifth album Mr. Misunderstood was a surprise release in early November, will headline the Championship Tailgate entertainment festivities on game day. The event — which is free to all Championship ticketholders — takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MT on the Capital One Quicksilver Music Stage and includes an opening performance by Nashville-based band Moon

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Eric Church to Play College Footall Championship Tailgate

December 31, 2015 Music

Later today, two finalists for the College Football Championship will be decided when Alabama plays Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl and Clemson plays Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. When the winners square off January 11th at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, Eric Church will be on hand to warm up the crowds.



40 Best Country Albums of 2015


Church, whose fifth album Mr. Misunderstood was a surprise release in early November, will headline the Championship Tailgate entertainment festivities on game day. The event — which is free to all Championship ticketholders — takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MT on the Capital One Quicksilver Music Stage and includes an opening performance by Nashville-based band Moon

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2015: The Year Music Documentaries Brought Back the Dead

December 31, 2015 Music

Nothing fits the music documentary format quite so compellingly as a life cut tragically short. In addition to the ready-made dramatic arc, a subject who leaves this mortal coil before their time usually also leaves a certain amount of mystery in their wake, providing ample grist for filmmakers (and the folks they interview) to chew on.



'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' Floors Sundance at Premiere


Even when the hows and whys of an artist's tragic exit are a matter of uncontroversial record, questions of "What might have been?" inevitably linger over their prematurely truncated discography — in itself a far easier thing for a film-maker to deal with (and make sense of) in the context of a 90- to 120-minute span than an artist with several decades worth

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2015: The Year Music Documentaries Brought Back the Dead

December 31, 2015 Music

Nothing fits the music documentary format quite so compellingly as a life cut tragically short. In addition to the ready-made dramatic arc, a subject who leaves this mortal coil before their time usually also leaves a certain amount of mystery in their wake, providing ample grist for filmmakers (and the folks they interview) to chew on.



'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' Floors Sundance at Premiere


Even when the hows and whys of an artist's tragic exit are a matter of uncontroversial record, questions of "What might have been?" inevitably linger over their prematurely truncated discography — in itself a far easier thing for a film-maker to deal with (and make sense of) in the context of a 90- to 120-minute span than an artist with several decades worth

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Old Crow Medicine Show to Stream Annual New Year’s Show

December 31, 2015 Music

Old Crow Medicine Show's New Year's Eve concerts at the Ryman Auditorium have become a Nashville tradition — every December 31st (save for one) since 2009, Ketch Secor and his old time string band have rung in the new year with their high energy brand of acoustic music. Following Old Crow's barrage of crowd-pleasing originals and covers, balloons cascade from the Ryman rafters and the group performs "Auld Lang Syne" with reverence.



25 Best Country Songs of 2015


Despite expanding to a two-day engagement, Old Crow's 2015 shows December 30th and 31st with Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear both sold out. Those not fortunate enough to have tickets or be in town can still enjoy the group performing "Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer," "I Hear Them All"

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Old Crow Medicine Show to Stream Annual New Year’s Show

December 31, 2015 Music

Old Crow Medicine Show's New Year's Eve concerts at the Ryman Auditorium have become a Nashville tradition — every December 31st (save for one) since 2009, Ketch Secor and his old time string band have rung in the new year with their high energy brand of acoustic music. Following Old Crow's barrage of crowd-pleasing originals and covers, balloons cascade from the Ryman rafters and the group performs "Auld Lang Syne" with reverence.



25 Best Country Songs of 2015


Despite expanding to a two-day engagement, Old Crow's 2015 shows December 30th and 31st with Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear both sold out. Those not fortunate enough to have tickets or be in town can still enjoy the group performing "Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer," "I Hear Them All"

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Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan Ring in 2016: The Ram Report

December 31, 2015 Music

Country music is well-represented at New Year's Eve celebrations from New York City to Nashville tonight. 



Ram Report: Cam, Eric Church Lead Best Country Songs of 2015


Carrie Underwood headlines ABC's annual telecast of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest. The Storyteller superstar will perform a medley of her hits in New York's Times Square, setting up the annual midnight ball drop. According to Billboard — spoiler alert — Underwood will sing "Smoke Break," new single "Heartbeat" and her 2006 radio staple "Before He Cheats." Luke Bryan is also set to perform, turning in his own medley that includes "That's My Kind of Night."


In Nashville, hometown rockers Kings of Leon, who are in the nascent stages of recording

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LCD Soundsystem to Reunite at Coachella

December 30, 2015 Music

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is known for coaxing surprising and highly-anticipated reunions and its 2016 installment is no exception. As the New York Times reports, LCD Soundsystem will return to the stage during the festival.



LCD Soundsystem Release First New Song in Five Years


Rumors began swirling online last fall about a possible 2016 comeback, but they were shot down by DFA Records label manager Kris Peterson in October. "Hey idiots, LCD Soundsystem isn't reuniting," DFA Records label manager Petersen tweeted. "They're dead, along with your good looks and cultural relevance." DFA cofounder Jonathan Galkin also denied the rumors to Pitchfork. The band's return was first reported by Consequence of Sound, who cited anonymous "multiple

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Lupe Fiasco Announces Early 2016 Tour Dates

December 30, 2015 Music

The coming year looks to be a prolific one for Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco, with a tour and several albums on the way. First up, he's ushering in 2016 with a 17-date U.S. tour. The "2016 Tour For The Fans" as he put it on Twitter, kicks off in Seattle, WA, at The Neptune Theatre on January 13th and culminates on February 13th at Vogue Theatre in Indianapolis, IN.



Read Lupe Fiasco's Passionate Letter to White Supremacy


"I've dedicated this tour to my fans who have stood by me as I work on new material for 2016," he told HipHopDX of the tour and revealed the openers. "I know they'll also enjoy Billy Blue, The Boy Illinois and Zverse who will be joining me on the road."


Earlier this month, Lupe took to Twitter to also reveal his upcoming album

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