Daily Archives May 11, 2017

Review: Harry Styles Is a True Rock Star on Superb Solo Debut

May 11, 2017 Music

Harry Styles doesn't just want to be a rock star – he wants to be the rock star. And on his superb solo debut, the One Direction heartthrob claims his turf as a true rock & roll prince, a sunshine superman, a cosmic dancer in touch with his introspective acoustic side as well as his glam flash. He avoids the celebrity-guest debutante ball he could have thrown himself – instead, he goes for a intimately emotional Seventies soft-rock vibe. No club-hopping or bottles popping – it's the after-hours balladry of a 23-year-old star wondering why he spends so much time in lonely hotel rooms staring at his phone. Harry digs so deep into classic California mellow gold, you might suspect his enigmatic new tattoos that say

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Desert Trip Will Not Return in 2017

May 11, 2017 Music

The classic rock festival Desert Trip – which featured Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, The Who, Neil Young and Roger Waters in its inaugural weekends last year –will not take place in 2017, Billboard reports.

"We're not doing Desert Trip this year," concert promoter Goldenvoice CEO Paul Tollett told Billboard.

Goldenvoice also produces Coachella and Stagecoach, which are both held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, where Desert Trip took place. FYF, Firefly, Hangout Music Fest and Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival, are among its other festivals.

Tollett did not disclose the reasoning behind skipping Desert Trip this year, but he left the door open for a similar event at a later date. "We loved 2016 Desert Trip – that was a special moment in

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Hear Justin Bieber Rap on Diplo’s Rubbery New Song ‘Bankroll’

May 11, 2017 Music

Diplo brought in Justin Bieber, Young Thug and Rich the Kid to rap on his bouncy new trap song, "Bankroll." Boaz and King Henry co-produced the track with Diplo.

Atop a squeaky beat, all three take turns serving up boastful, nimble bars, with singer Bieber making a rare performance as a rapper on the first verse. Young Thug takes lead on the catchy, Auto-Tuned chorus.

In recent years, Dipli has taken a break from releasing singles and focused on other collaborations with his group Major Lazer or with Skrillex's Jack Ü project. This year, Major Lazer will release their fourth album, Music Is the Weapon, which will include Diplo's last Bieber collaboration, "Cold Water." The EDM trio debuted the fiery "Run Up" featuring Nicki Minaj and

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Offspring’s Dexter Holland Finishes Ph.D, Thesis on HIV Research

May 11, 2017 Music

The Offspring's Dexter Holland has finally finished the Ph.D program in molecular biology he put on hold years ago to focus on rock & roll. Amidst years of touring and recording, the singer-guitarist chipped away at his degree, conducting research and eventually publishing a 175-page dissertation on the molecular dynamics of HIV and general virus/host interactions. Holland graduated from the University of Southern California Thursday – and will return to the stage with the Offspring May 13th.

Holland's dissertation boasts the interminably scientific title Discovery of Mature MicroRNA Sequences within the Protein-Coding Regions of Global HIV-1 Genomes: Predictions of Novel Mechanisms for Viral Infection and Pathogenicity. It's available to read in full via

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The Cars Plot Expanded ‘Candy-O,’ ‘Panorama’ Reissues

May 11, 2017 Music

The Cars will reissue their second and third albums, Candy-O and Panorama, with a slew of rare and unreleased recordings July 28th via Rhino. The records will be available digitally, as well as on CD and double-LP vinyl.

The Cars released Candy-O in 1979, just one year after their hugely successful self-titled debut. Reuniting with producer Roy Thomas Baker, Candy-O peaked at Number Three on the Billboard album chart and boasted the hit "Let's Go," which became the band's first single to reach the Top 15 of the Hot 100 (The Cars classics like "Just What I Needed" and "My Best Friend's Girl" never cracked the Top 20).

The expanded edition of Candy-O will feature the original album, plus seven bonus tracks including a previously

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Universal Accuses Prince Estate of Fraud, Requests Deal Be Canceled

May 11, 2017 Music

Universal Music Group is asking a court to cancel and refund their $31 million deal with Prince's estate over the late musician's recorded catalog, Billboard reports. UMG is accusing the estate's former entertainment advisor, L. Londell McMillan, of misleading them over the terms of the deal, according to a letter sent to the Carver County District Court in Minnesota on behalf of the estate's current administrator, Comerica Bank.

In February, Universal struck a deal with Prince's estate to obtain the rights to distribute the music he recorded after leaving Warner Bros. in 1996, as well as the classic albums he released on Warner between 1979 and 1995 and unreleased music from throughout his career. UMG expected it would be able to start re-releasing Prince's pre-1996

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Hear Danny Brown’s Eccentric New Song ‘Kool-Aid’

May 11, 2017 Music

A new Danny Brown single will cap off the next episode of HBO's tech-industry comedy Silicon Valley. "Kool-Aid" is Brown's first new song since releasing the album Atrocity Exhibition last fall.

The manic single has Brown nimbly rapping over a jittery beat. On the catchy chorus, the rapper slows down to let his Midwestern accent deliver "my Kool-Aid, my Kool-Aid" repeatedly. 

Mike Judge's HBO series based off his own experiences as a tech engineer in the Eighties has featured other strong hip-hop songs, both new and old. Previously, it featured the Nas and DJ Shadow collaboration "Systematic." 

Brown released Atrocity Exhibition last September and has continued releasing new singles from it into the new year. Recently, he debuted the

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Review: Todd Rundgren’s All-Star LP ‘White Knight’ Is Predictably Odd

May 11, 2017 Music

Todd Rundgren's latest fuses his pop-wizard side and his studio-contrarian side more than usual, pulling an impressively odd array of stars into his vortex – from Trent Reznor (the android-apocalypse "Deaf Ears") to soulstress Betty Lavette (the bleary electro-hustle "Naked & Afraid") to Robyn (the Eighties tearjerker "That Could’ve Been Me"). Inconsistency is like a muse here, but he seems to work best with Seventies peers like Joe Walsh, Daryl Hall and Donald Fagen, whose smooth Donald Trump parody "Tin Foil Hat" is a timely highlight. 

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Rolling Stone at 50: When the Editors Took on the Eagles in Softball

May 11, 2017 Music

It began with a single sentence in the September 8th, 1977, issue of Rolling Stone. Tucked into a Random Notes item about Joe Walsh's new solo album was this line by writer Charles M. Young: "The rest of the Eagles, on their first vacation in three years, seem more interested in finding a softball team they can beat – having lost in recent weeks to teams fielded by Andrew Gold, Jimmy Buffett, employees of several San Francisco radio stations and their own road crew."

Singer-guitarist Glenn Frey fired off a response in the magazine. "What you have failed to mention is that the Eagles won two out of three games against Jimmy Buffett," he wrote. "Anytime you pencil-pushing desk jockeys want to put on your spikes, we'll kick your ass, too." The challenge was accepted

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Review: Pwr Bttm’s ‘Pageant’ Is Wild-Hearted Glam-Punk Subversion

May 11, 2017 Music

A glammy punk duo from upstate New York, Pwr Bttm mix Bowie-esque gender/genre subversion with wild-hearted vulnerability: "When you are queer you are always 19," Ben Howard sings against operatic backing vocals and slamming guitars on "LOL." He rips Eddie Van Halen peals on the haplessly romantic "Silly," while drummer Liv Bruce wrings shout-along comedy out of modern-dating insecurity on "Answer My Text." The corker is "Big Beautiful Day," an anthem for oppressed queer kids that bursts with rage and empathy. 

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