Daily Archives May 16, 2017

Ticket Vendor Tablelist Sues Fyre Festival Organizers for $3.5 Million

May 16, 2017 Music

The ticketing vendor Tablelist has filed the latest lawsuit against the organizers of Fyre Festival, Billboard reports. The Boston-based start-up is seeking $3.5 million to refund its customers, claiming the promoters of the disastrous event in the Bahamas have yet to repay "a penny" to clients.

The suit was filed in Suffolk County Superior Court in Boston and names Fyre organizers Billy McFarland and Jeffrey "Ja Rule" Atkins, marketing director Grant Margolin and financial backer Carola Jain as defendants. They are accused of breach of contract and fraudulently deceiving Tablelist and ticket purchasers.

"We filed suit only after it became apparent to us that those behind Fyre Festival weren’t being square with us or our customers," Tableist CEO Julian Jung

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Ticket Vendor Tablelist Sues Fyre Fest for $3.5 Million

May 16, 2017 Music

The ticketing vendor Tablelist has filed the latest lawsuit against the organizers of Fyre Festival, Billboard reports. The Boston-based start-up is seeking $3.5 million to refund its customers, claiming the promoters of the disastrous event in the Bahamas have yet to repay "a penny" to clients.

The suit was filed in Suffolk County Superior Court in Boston and names Fyre organizers Billy McFarland and Jeffrey "Ja Rule" Atkins, marketing director Grant Margolin and financial backer Carola Jain as defendants. They are accused of breach of contract and fraudulently deceiving Tablelist and ticket purchasers.

"We filed suit only after it became apparent to us that those behind Fyre Festival weren’t being square with us or our customers," Tableist CEO Julian Jung

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Watch Royal Blood’s Furious New ‘Hook, Line and Sinker’ Video

May 16, 2017 Music

British hard rock duo Royal Blood bash out their bruising new track, "Hook, Line and Sinker," in the video for the latest offering off their upcoming LP, How Did we Get So Dark?

Ben Lowe directed the frenetic clip, which captures Royal Blood's riveting live show as it jumps between shots of the band raging onstage to their rapturous, head-banging audience. "Hook, Line and Sinker" finds bassist/singer Mike Kerr matching his vocal melodies to an array of maddening, blues-tinged riffs while drummer Ben Thatcher kicks out a stomping beat.

"Hook, Line and Sinker" follows Royal Blood's previously released single, "Lights Out." How Did We Get So Dark? follows Royal Blood's 2014 self-titled debut and is set to arrive June 16th. The duo began recording the LP in

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Tom Morello, Thurston Moore Contribute to Chelsea Manning Benefit Comp

May 16, 2017 Music

Tom Morello, Thurston Moore, Graham Nash, Against Me! and more contributed songs to a new benefit compilation, Hugs for Chelsea, celebrating Chelsea Manning's release from prison. Manning's friend and activist Evan Greer organized the compilation, with proceeds going directly to Manning to help her cover basic living expenses as she returns to the free world Wednesday after seven years of incarceration.

Hugs for Chelsea also includes contributions from Amanda Palmer, Anti-Flag, Downtown Boys, Priests, Kimya Dawson and Sammus. While the majority of the comp comprises previously released material, it also includes unreleased tracks from Ted Leo, Screaming Females and Mirah. Greer also plans to keep adding songs to Hugs for Chelsea.

Several songs on

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Watch Miley Cyrus’ Stripped-Down ‘Malibu’ Performance

May 16, 2017 Music

Miley Cyrus performed a moving acoustic rendition of her new single "Malibu" on Elvis Duran and the Morning Show Tuesday.

Cyrus easily flipped the breezy pop-rock track into an unplugged gem featuring the twangy interplay of two acoustic guitars. But Cyrus' vocals remained at the forefront as she delivered the smoky verses and choruses of "Malibu" and paraded about an array of impressive vocal runs.

Cyrus also spoke with host Elvis Duran about her new single, noting the song's lovestruck lyrics aren't necessarily about a relationship, but rather self-care. "It can so easily be generalized into a love song," Cyrus said. "I had to really heal myself individually, and then this song – about finding a new love with an old love, maybe you're finding a new freedom – is

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Hear Rancid Honor Berkeley Activism on Electrifying ‘Telegraph Avenue’

May 16, 2017 Music

Rancid honor the rebellious spirit of their hometown, Berkeley, California, on their new track, "Telegraph Avenue." The song will appear on the punk outfit's upcoming album, Trouble Maker, out June 9th. 

Like the video for their first Trouble Maker offering, "Ghost of a Chance," Rancid tear through "Telegraph Avenue" in a simple basement setting. Singer/guitarist Tim Armstrong opens the song with recollections of his teenage years hanging out and playing music on the titular street, which runs from Downtown Oakland to the edge of the University of California, Berkeley campus. In the second and third verses, Armstrong sings about the Free Speech Movement and anti-Vietnam War protests that gripped the school and city in the Sixties, referencing

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Thundercat Plots Lengthy World Tour

May 16, 2017 Music

After finishing a tour that took him around North America and Europe this spring, Thundercat announced a slew of new headlining dates on Tuesday. The singer and accomplished bass player is performing in support of his recently released Drunk album, which featured contributions from Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell and Michael McDonald.

Thundercat's latest schedule of gigs is dizzying. He starts the run on May 29th at the Movement Festival in Detroit, where he will be an outlier on a bill dominated by techno innovators. He then heads across the Atlantic for several shows in June, visits the West Coast of the U.S. in July and skips back overseas to London and Japan before returning to America for a traditional loop around the country in August, September and October. He

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Hear Courtney Barnett’s New Deadpan Rocker ‘How to Boil an Egg’

May 16, 2017 Music

Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett unveiled a jangly new deadpan rocker, "How to Boil an Egg." The stand-alone track is available digitally and will be released physically via the Split Singles Club, a collaboration between Barnett and Jen Cloher's Milk! Records and another Australian indie label, Bedroom Suck. A limited number of subscriptions for the Club are still available.

"How to Boil an Egg" is an old track that Barnett reworked and recorded as part of a studio experiment in which she played every instrument. The musician imbues her gritty guitar tone with an extra bit of twang and swing to match the shuffle-and-stomp percussion, while her vocals remain weary and her lyrics self-conscious and darkly clever. "Pull yourself together, pick myself apart,"

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See Weezer’s Breezy ‘Feels Like Summer’ on ‘Fallon’

May 16, 2017 Music

Rivers Cuomo's outfit Weezer performed their cheerful new single "Feels Like Summer" on The Tonight Show on Monday. The track, which precedes an as-yet-untitled new album, is full of jolly "nah-nahs," touches of reggae lilt and gleeful jumps into falsetto. 

That falsetto was front and center when the band visited Jimmy Fallon: Cuomo sang the chorus unaccompanied, focusing his voice into a thin, keening beam of sound. His band mostly stripped away the studio embellishments on the recorded version, reorienting the track around distorted power chords and an unfussy beat. Before the final, crashing hook, bassist Scott Shriner whistled the track's jaunty melody, reinforcing the carefree atmosphere.

"Feels Like Summer" is the first taste of a new Weezer album due out

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Watch Lorde Talk ‘Emotional Renaissance,’ Life as ‘Baby Adult’

May 16, 2017 Music

Back in April, Lorde and Rolling Stone contributing editor Alex Morris sat down at a helipad in L.A. for a candid conversation about the 20-year-old pop star's post-Pure Heroine hiatus and the creation of her forthcoming sophomore album Melodrama. The singer is featured on the cover of the latest Rolling Stone.

As a helicopter hovers above them, Lorde and Morris discuss the Grammy winner's "emotional renaissance" after her blockbuster debut album and the end of her adolescence – a period that included a break-up (with longtime boyfriend James Lowe) and reconnecting with old friends in her native New Zealand after years touring around the world. 

"Becoming an adult, you all of a sudden access all these different emotions but also

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