Daily Archives May 5, 2017

Fyre Festival Organizers Hit With Two More Lawsuits

May 5, 2017 Music

The organizers of the disastrous Fyre Festival are facing a pair of new lawsuits, bringing the total number of lawsuits against Ja Rule and Billy McFarland to five.

This week, festivalgoers filed three class action lawsuits against the "luxury" music festival, with the first backed by celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos. Two new lawsuits – filed on behalf of a New Jersey festivalgoer and a event management company – have now joined the fray.

According to Pitchfork, the Pennsylvania-based National Event Services (NES), who were hired by Fyre organizers to provide medical services for the festival, filed their lawsuit Thursday in Philadelphia, with NES claiming they suffered damages of $250,000 from the debacle.

The lawsuit – which alleges breach of contract, fraud, and

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Hear TLC’s Bubbly, Empowering New Song, ‘Haters’

May 5, 2017 Music

TLC released the catchy R&B song "Haters," the second single from the duo's upcoming self-titled album. Over a bubbly beat and synths, T-Boz and Chili trade verses and harmonize on the chorus: "People gon' say what they say/ We don't care about that anyway."

TLC will be their first release since 2002's 3D. That album was recorded before Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes' death and released months after the tragedy. After 2002, Chili and T-Boz took a hiatus before pursuing a reality competition called R U the Girl, which gave the show's winner a chance to record a song with the duo. 

In 2015, the singers made their official return touring with New Kids on the Block. That year, they also launched the successful Kickstarter campaign that

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Watch Future’s Chaotic ‘Mask Off’ Video With Amber Rose

May 5, 2017 Music

Future and Amber Rose cruise through an anarchic parallel world in the rapper's new video for "Mask Off," the single from his recent self-titled LP.

The Colin Tilley-directed visual combines elements of Mad Max, Suicide Squad and The Purge series as a group of masked marauders rob convenience stores, engage in shootouts and start fires in lawless city streets. Future and Rose drive around surveying the scene, with the femme fatale doing her best to distract the rapper as he navigates the chaos.

The video concludes a fiery confrontation between rioters and S.W.A.T. in the streets as Future performed "Mask Off" from the roof of a Checks Cashed establishment. The "Mask Off" video arrives just one day after the rapper performed the Future track on

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Fans to the Front: How Internet Fandoms Are Gaming the Music Industry

May 5, 2017 Music

In her Fans to the Front column, Brittany Spanos dives into what's happening in fan culture on the Internet.

Given the deluge of music soaring at us from all platforms, sometimes artists have to get inventive to reach Number One on the charts. Of course, it's easy for household names like Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift who have mastered the formula and have the universal appeal to boot. For still-rising acts, viral memes have helped songs like Rae Sremmurd's "Black Beatles" or Baauer's "Harlem Shake" to capture the zeitgeist.

Internet-based fandoms are still figuring out the formula, and many are trying to take matters into their own hands, creating grassroots promotional campaigns. Fan accounts that aren't affiliated officially with the artist

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Carly Simon Plays ‘Lost Verse’ from ‘You’re So Vain’ for First Time

May 5, 2017 Music

While the subject of Carly Simon's scathing "You're So Vain" remains one of music's greatest mysteries, the singer has revealed her never-before-heard fourth verse to the 1972 single that could shine more light on the unknown target.

During an interview with BBC, Simon premiered the "lost" verse, which the singer had wrote while composing the song but ultimately omitted from the final version. "This is a verse that I haven't ever sung," Simon said. "I wrote it a while ago on a pad, but it never made it into the song."

"A friend of yours revealed to me that you'd loved me all the time / Kept it secret from your wives / You believed it was no crime," Simon sang, pausing at moments to recall the forgotten verse.

"You called me once to ask me things / I couldn't quite

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Bob Weir on Dead & Company’s Summer Tour, Legendary 1977 Shows

May 5, 2017 Music

Bob Weir's busy spring is turning into a busy summer. Fresh from a solo tour (which included jamming on Lady Gaga's "Million Reasons" with Phish's Trey Anastasio), the founding Grateful Dead guitarist is preparing for his third extended run with Dead & Company. Featuring Dead drummers Billy Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, the band once again features John Mayer in the role of late lead guitarist Jerry Garcia. When Rolling Stone reaches Weir – who appeared in April with Mayer and Dave Chapelle at their Controlled Danger tour at San Francisco's Fillmore – he is getting ready for a casual evening of jamming with Phil Lesh at the Dead bassist's San Rafael hangout, Terrapin Crossroads. He's set to begin tech rehearsals the following day with Dead drummers Billy Kreutzmann and Mickey

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Hear Skrillex’s Smooth, Breathless New Song, ‘Chicken Soup’

May 5, 2017 Music

Skrillex and Habstrakt aim for zooming propulsion on "Chicken Soup," their contribution to HOWSLA, which is a new, house music-themed compilation released by Skrillex's OWSLA label.

The two producers set up a lithe, syncopated rhythm immediately on "Chicken Soup." This is the song's engine; the lyrics are simple and intensify the track's breathless momentum. Since Skrillex became famous for making tracks with massive drops, "Chicken Soup" moves adeptly between the forward march of house music and the type of build-and-release progressions: long, buzzing climbs followed by vicious nosedives. 

Though Skrillex was initially known for the shuddering power of his productions, his palette has become increasingly wide in recent years – most notably, he

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Watch Black Lips’ Quirky New ‘Can’t Hold On’ Video

May 5, 2017 Music

Black Lips released the wild new video for "Can't Hold On," the first single from the group's new Sean Lennon-produced album, Satan's Graffiti or God's Art?

"Can't Hold On" features a rapid montage of quirky images, all transmitted in glorious VHS-quality. Cole Alexander and company perform the song in a variety of different outfits, from rhinestone cowboy suits to leather-wearing rockers, as well as shots of a woman breastfeeding, a car on fire and a white husky.

The Atlanta garage rockers also previously dropped the song "Occidental Front," featuring the wordless moans of Lennon's mother, Yoko Ono.

Satan's Graffiti or God's Art?, Black Lips' first LP since 2014's Underneath the Rainbow and their first album with former guitarist Jack

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Chris Stapleton, Logic, Blondie and 23 Other Albums to Stream Right Now

May 5, 2017 Music

Rolling Stone Recommends:

Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Vol. 1The country troubadour's follow-up to the world-beating Traveller is "a taut, nine-song LP geared mainly toward spotlighting those remarkable pipes, with scant pandering to mainstream country radio. ... Songs smolder rather than blaze, amble instead of bolt, and generally keep the volume reined in," writes Will Hermes in a four-star review. Read Our Review: Chris Stapleton's Second Album Is Equal Parts Otis and WaylonHear: Amazon Music Unlimited / Apple Music / Spotify / Tidal

Logic, EverybodyOn his third album, Maryland rap phenomenon Logic extends his sing-song speed-game rhymes for a wide, inclusive view of our imploding country — if

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See Linkin Park, Pusha T, Stormzy on Stark Basketball Court in New Video

May 5, 2017 Music

Linkin Park enlisted Pusha T, the English grime MC Stormzy and former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for their new "Good Goodbye" clip. In the video, Abdul-Jabbar directs a supernatural dunk contest, where some contestants have flaming heads and exceptional jumping abilities.

"Good Goodbye" is the kind of rap-rock mixture that's come storming back on the airwaves. Power chords and arena-friendly hooks mingle with brusque, staccato raps. All the MCs set a dismissive tone, starting with Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda: "I've been here killing it/ Longer than you've been alive, you idiot."

The video takes place in a gloomy warehouse, empty except for a shoddy basketball hoop. As the song pounds and writhes, the dunk contest becomes increasingly acrobatic, with players executing

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