Monthly Archives March 2016

Kanye West’s ‘The Life of Pablo’ to be Made Available Outside Tidal

March 31, 2016 Music

Kanye West may have tweeted last month that "My album will never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale… You can only get it on Tidal," a service for which the rapper is part owner, but his label, Def Jam, is saying otherwise. As the New York Times reports, The Life of Pablo will soon see a wider release.



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The album's songs have taken on several iterations since West first premiered it on Tidal in February, from tweaks to "Wolves" to a new version of "Famous." So far, 12 songs on his seventh album have undergone significant changes, which is in line with West's contention that the album is a "living breathing changing creative expression" of contemporary

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Action Bronson Removed from Concert Lineup, Apologizes in Open Letter

March 31, 2016 Music

Action Bronson has been removed from George Washington University's annual Spring Fling concert lineup, which takes place on Saturday, following students' complaints that claim the rapper's lyrics are misogynistic and that he's had "a history of public transphobia," as XXL reports. On Thursday, Bronson apologized in an open letter.



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On Tuesday, the school's student newspaper, The GW Hatchet, published an editorial calling for the rapper's removal from the concert's lineup. "Bronson has a history of public transphobia, and has mocked transgendered people on Instagram," opinions editor Sarah Blugis wrote. "He's also been widely criticized for the song 'Consensual Rape,' in

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Flashback: Jennifer Lopez Pays Tribute to Slain Singer Selena

March 31, 2016 Music

Today marks the 21st anniversary of the tragic death of Tejano pop star Selena Quintanilla. As many remember, Jennifer Lopez played the singer in Selena, the 1997 biopic, a role that first made her famous. Last year, she revisited the music during a poignant tribute at the Billboard Latin Music Awards.



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Within the seven-minute medley, Lopez sang bits of "Como La Flor," "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom," "Amor Prohibido," "I Could Fall in Love" and "No Me Queda Mas." Not shy about showing off her voluptuous frame, the current American Idol judge donned a variety of costumes reminiscent of Selena's sparkly, flamboyant stage fashion, and she also mimicked some of the late star's moves. She ended her

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Bowie Tribute Organizer Responds to Roots Dropping Off Benefit

March 31, 2016 Music

City Winery founder and organizer of two upcoming David Bowie tribute concerts Michael Dorf said he hopes the Roots will still perform after the group, alongside Bilal and Kimbra, dropped out following a dispute over shared equipment.



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Drummer Questlove broke the news on Instagram Wednesday night that the group would not play the shows scheduled for tonight and Friday at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, respectively. While the drummer did not name who else was involved in the argument, Dorf clarified some details in a statement.


"There was a miscommunication about the use of the Holy Holy's drum kit last night on the tight City Winery stage for the rehearsal

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How Johnny Gill’s Latest Hit Revived New Edition

March 31, 2016 Music

Not many artists are still landing hits on radio three decades after their initial encounter with success, but Johnny Gill — who first scaled the charts in the early Eighties — is one notable exception. "This One's for Me and You" is his third straight Top 10 hit on the Adult R&B chart, and one of his most successful solo singles since the Nineties.



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Throughout Gill's 30-year career, his volcanic voice has always been balanced by an interest in being a team player. He recorded duets with Stacey Lattisaw, joined the group New Edition after the departure of Bobby Brown, and later put out a pair of albums with Gerald Levert and Keith Sweat in LSG. 


Gill's influence is

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Krist Novoselic Addresses Buzz Osborne’s ‘Montage of Heck’ Criticism

March 31, 2016 Music

Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne made a number of comments bashing the Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck when it came out last summer, claiming that source material was taken out of context, targeting Courtney Love's role in the film and calling it "90 percent ... bullshit." Now, close to a year later, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic – who appeared as a talking head in the film and contributed archival audio and footage to it – has weighed in.



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"That's just Buzz," he tells Rolling Stone, shrugging off the criticisms. "He's always been like that, but we love him so we just accept him for that. He's always had these opinions. Like, 'Oh, there goes Buzz again.' You never know what he's gonna say, but he means

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Hear Hayes Carll’s Introspective New Album ‘Lovers and Leavers’

March 31, 2016 Music

Hayes Carll is sitting poolside in Port Aransas, Texas, a mellow beach town on a peninsula across the Corpus Christi Bay. Carll is no stranger to the Gulf of Mexico — it's where he got his start as a young songwriter, strumming tunes at the Old Quarter Café in Galveston, about four hours or so up the coast. This is supposed to be a vacation — minus the annoyance of a few phone interviews, made more palatable when taken in swim trunks with a beverage in hand — after a rigorous South by Southwest schedule in his home base of Austin and before another round of touring in support of Lovers and Leavers, his fifth studio album that's been five years in the making. The album hits stores on April 8th, but is streaming exclusively on Rolling Stone Country

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Watch Father John Misty’s Steamy Cover of Rihanna’s ‘Kiss It Better’

March 31, 2016 Music

Father John Misty delivered a sultry cover of Rihanna's "Kiss It Better" at the first show of his latest tour behind 2015's I Love You, Honeybear, Pitchfork notes.



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The Anti ballad is a fitting choice for Father John Misty — the nom de plume of Josh Tillman — who harbors his own penchant for hyper-sensual tunes befitting the bedroom (or in some cases, a cemetery).  A fan-shot video from his show at the Observatory in Santa Ana, California Wednesday found him going all out on "Kiss It Better," delivering a faithful, rousing rendition of the track while grinding and dancing around the stage.


With Father John Misty's cover of "Kiss It

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Flashback: The Smashing Pumpkins Briefly Reunite Classic Lineup in 1999

March 31, 2016 Music

In the spring of 1999, the Smashing Pumpkins world seemed to briefly be in harmony. After two years on the road with replacement drummers, founding member Jimmy Chamberlin was welcomed back into the group after receiving extensive treatment for his heroin addiction. He left the band midway through 1996 Infinite Sadness tour - right at the peak of the group's popularity - and they struggled to fill the void while he was gone.



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To celebrate the reunion of the classic lineup, the group launched the nine-city Arising! tour on April 10th at St. Andrew's Hall in Detroit, Michigan. They were between albums at the time, so the setlist was able to focus on deep cuts like "Pug," "La Dolly Vita" and "Soma." They

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Hear the Weeknd’s Bold Remix of Bryson Tiller’s ‘Rambo’

March 31, 2016 Music

The Weeknd remixed "Rambo" by R&B's latest rising star, Bryson Tiller. The "Earned It" singer dropped his version on SoundCloud Wednesday night.



For the remix, the Weeknd remains faithful to the piano-driven trap beat, adding a lengthy new verse in between Tiller's original hook. The Grammy-winning singer is bold and dark on his verse, referencing his performance at the Victoria's Secret runway show and chart-topping success. "Had to kill the pop game so they know what's up/Now I'm poppin' back swift, had to shake it off," he sings. Later, he makes references to Gene Simmons — "Gene Simmons tongue but I ain't down for the kissing" — and Heath Ledger — "I'm a motherfuckin' villain in my town/Heath ledger, 'bout to O.D."



Bryson

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