Daily Archives May 9, 2017

Hear Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross’ Chilling Piano Piece for Banksy’s Hotel

May 9, 2017 Music

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross contributed a foreboding new piano composition, "Green Lines," to Banksy's Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem in the West Bank. The project is both an actual functioning hotel as well as an immersive art piece located near the wall that separates Israel and the Palestinian territories.

The Walled Off Hotel features nine rooms, an art gallery, a museum and a colonial-themed piano bar with an automated player piano that features original pieces from Reznor and Ross, Massive Attack's 3D, Flea and Hans Zimmer. Reznor and Ross' contribution, "Green Lines" – ostensibly named for the demarcation line established after the 1949 Armistice Agreement – captures the fragile tensions of the region with a portentous bass part and skittish top melody that play

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Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei on Being Cyberbullied: People Called Me the ‘N-Word’

May 9, 2017 Music

For her Monday, May 8th appearance on Dancing With the Stars, Fifth Harmony's Normani Kordei used the trauma of being cyberbullied with vicious, racist attacks to motivate her emotional performance. The 20-year-old singer opened up about her experience in footage from her rehearsals with pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy.

Kordei detailed a moment in her life when she felt "helpless and desperate," recalling the brutal backlash after a recent interview she gave had been taken out of context. "People were calling me the N word," she revealed in a conversation with Chmerkovskiy. "It was really ugly."

During a confessional interview, Kordei dug deeper into the type of abuse she suffered online, noting that racially motivated hate led to photoshopped images of her being

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Watch Perfume Genius’ Elegant ‘Die 4 You’ Video

May 9, 2017 Music

Perfume Genius unveiled an enthralling new video for "Die 4 You," from his new album, No Shape.

The Floria Sigismondi-directed clip finds Perfume Genius mastermind Mike Hadreas moving slowly around a stage littered with chairs while the camera cuts between him and what looks like a mass of flesh. As "Die 4 You" morphs from an atmospheric ballad into a flute-laden slow jam reminiscent of Sade, Hadreas' moves become deliberate and elegant.

The "Die 4 You" clip follows the theatrical video for No Shape's lead single, "Slip Away." No Shape marks Perfume Genius' fourth album and follows 2014's Too Bright. Hadreas recorded the album in Los Angeles with producer Blake Mills.

Perfume Genius will kick off a North American tour in support of

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‘Rolling Stone Music Now’ Podcast: Legendary John Lennon Interview

May 9, 2017 Music

The latest episode of the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast is now available. Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify or check it out below.

In December 1970, Rolling Stone founder and publisher Jann Wenner sat down with John Lennon in New York City as the ex-Beatle prepared to release his solo debut. It became one of the most legendary rock interviews ever, thanks to Lennon's brutally honest thoughts on the Beatles' then-recent breakup and much, much more. The first part of the interview was published in issue 74 on January 21st, 1971. This is part one of the audio, presented in celebration of Rolling Stone's 50th anniversary.

Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Spotify and tune in Fridays at 1 p.m. ET to hear the show

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Daddy Yankee Talks ‘Despacito’ Success, Radiohead Meme

May 9, 2017 Music

By the time Justin Bieber hopped on a remix of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's sexy, catchy "Despacito," the song was already well en route to becoming the song of the summer. In the 97 days following its release, it became the second fastest YouTube video to reach a billion views, beat only by Adele's "Hello." In the wake of Bieber's magic touch, the Spanglish hit cracked the Billboard Hot 100's Top 10 after months of dominating the Latin charts, becoming the first mostly Spanish song to achieve that feat since "Macarena" in 1996. As of this week, the song has already risen to Number Three. 

"It's such a blessing," Daddy Yankee tells Rolling Stone via phone from his home of Puerto Rico. Last year, fellow Puerto Rico native Fonsi had reached out with his

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Watch Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Heavy ‘Goodbye Angels’ Video

May 9, 2017 Music

The Red Hot Chili Peppers soundtrack a young woman's epic high and brutal comedown in the new video for "Goodbye Angels." The track appears on the Chili Peppers' 2016 record, The Getaway.

The clip opens with a blend of shots of the girl partying with friends in an empty parking lot and the Red Hot Chili Peppers performing the slow-building hard rocker onstage. Eventually, the girl outruns a security guard, steals a bike and pedals to the arena where the band is performing.

At the show, the woman swipes someone's beer, sneaks backstage – where she shares a momentary glance with Anthony Kiedis – then swaps spit and pills with a random woman in a bathroom. While the concert and the closing bass blitz of "Goodbye Angels" elicits plenty of euphoria, the woman soon finds

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Watch Iggy Pop Narrate Alt-J’s Gruesome ‘In Cold Blood’ Video

May 9, 2017 Music

Iggy Pop is like a punk rock David Attenborough in the grisly new video for Alt-J's "In Cold Blood." The song will appear on the British outfit's upcoming third LP, Relaxer, out June 2nd.

Pop opens the Casper Balsley-directed video with a bit of narration about the wood mouse, a primarily nocturnal creature that feasts on seeds. "The mouse compensates for its poor eyesight, relying on its sense of smell to locate food and to avoid predators," Pop growls as the camera zooms in on a wood mouse. "It must be cautious. Enemies are everywhere."

The clip continues to follow the wood mouse as it scurries about the forest, searching for food and avoiding snakes and foxes. But instead of confronting its enemies, the mouse unexpectedly stumbles upon the bloody aftermath

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How Pearl Jam, Obama and Others Helped Brandi Carlile Reinvent ‘The Story’

May 9, 2017 Music

For Brandi Carlile, 2007's The Story is the record that launched her career. Though it was actually her second full-length, a heart-wrenching placement of the title track on Grey's Anatomy catapulted the singer-songwriter to a new level of mainstream fame.

At the time Carlile penned the The Story, she was only 17, getting over a broken heart and failing at school. But the now-36-year-old artist says that her view of the album has evolved as she's grown up. "I got on the road and started seeing the rest of the world – the rest of the country – and I was influenced by injustice, poverty and a longing for feeling like I belonged somewhere again," she tells Rolling Stone. "Then it changed right into my love life when I got married and had a child.

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Watch Harry Styles Unveil Plucky New Song ‘Carolina’ on ‘Today’

May 9, 2017 Music

Harry Styles debuted a stomping new rocker, "Carolina," during a performance on Today Tuesday. The track will appear on his forthcoming solo debut, Harry Styles, which arrives May 12th.

The Beatles-esque track boasts a rumbling rhythm section, steady acoustic guitar vamp, a blues-y lead riff and plenty of pristine harmonies to back up Styles' smoldering vocals. "There's not a drink that I think could sink her," Styles sings. "How would I tell her that she's all I think about/ Well I guess she just found out."

"Carolina" follows previously released Harry Styles tracks "Sweet Creature," "Ever Since New York" and "Sign of the Times." During his Today appearance, Styles also performed the slow-burning ballad "Sign of the Times," as well as

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Hear Steven Van Zandt Revive 1977 Song Written With Bruce Springsteen

May 9, 2017 Music

E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt revived 1977 orchestral rocker "Love On the Wrong Side of Town" that he co-wrote with Bruce Springsteen for Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. The song first appeared on Southside Johnny's LP This Time It's for Real. Van Zandt's new version will appear on Soulfire, his first solo LP under the Little Steven moniker in nearly two decades.

Van Zandt captures the original marching band stomp of "Love On the Wrong Side of Town" with plenty of blazing brass and sweeping strings. He also pushes the arrangement into arena territory with soulful backing vocals, the steady vamp of his guitar and a wailing solo. "Bye bye baby," Van Zandt belts, "Our love is tumbling down/ I can't be hanging around/ Love on the wrong side

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