Daily Archives May 17, 2017

Student’s Kendrick Lamar Portrait to Hang at U.S. Capitol

May 17, 2017 Music

A painting of Kendrick Lamar will soon be on display at the U.S. Capitol. As XXL reports, high school student Tiona Cordova's Lamar portrait is among the winners of the 2017 Congressional Arts Competition. As a reward, her artwork will hang at the Capitol for a year.

To be considered for the competition, students submit entries to their representative's office and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Cordova's representative Scott Tipton unveiled Cordova's First Place Lamar painting, which Cordova titled Utmost Appreciation, via Instagram. Cordova attends Centennial High School in Pueblo, Colorado.

Congratulations to the 1st and 2nd place winners of the 2017 3rd District Congressional Art Competition! The 1st place honor went to Tiona Cordova,

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See Pharrell Talk Gender Equality, Education at NYU’s Commencement

May 17, 2017 Music

On Wednesday, Pharrell Williams received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from NYU and delivered the school's commencement speech at Yankee Stadium. The former artist in residence at Tisch School of the Arts stressed the importance of gender equality and education during his inspiring speech.

Calling himself "forever a student," he thanked the school, its students and faculty before paying respects to his mother. "I'm very grateful," he said. "My mom is a lifelong educator, so this is gonna be a really good look for me."

Later in his speech he emphasized the importance of gender equality and how the generation in attendance are in an historic position. "As you find ways to serve humanity, it gives me great comfort knowing this generation is the first that understands

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Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff Turns Childhood Room Into Touring Art Exhibit

May 17, 2017 Music

Bleachers' Jack Antonoff is taking his childhood bedroom on tour as a traveling art instillation. The space – part of the musician's former New Jersey home where he lived until age 27 – will accompany Bleachers via trailer on their May and June tour dates, offering fans an immersive space to absorb Antonoff's upcoming second LP, Gone Now.

In a statement detailing the unorthodox project, the 32-year-old Antonoff explained that "every lyric and note ever written" has originated in the room – from his formative songs at age 12 to "recording and having band practice" at 13 to his varied musical projects as an adult.

"Started touring and would come home to this room," he said. "Wrote all the Steel Train songs in there, started Bleachers in this room while fun. was

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Watch Body Count’s Violent New ‘The Ski Mask Way’ Video

May 17, 2017 Music

A masked kingpin steals, robs and kills his way to fortune in Ice-T and Body Count's graphic, video game-inspired video for "The Ski Mask Way," a track off the heavy metal outfit's new LP, Bloodlust.

The Tommy the Animator-created video was inspired by realistic and violent crime video games like the Grand Theft Auto series. The video follows the ski mask-wearing hoodlum and his gang as they empty the pockets of drug dealers, crime lords and anyone who's flashy about their wealth on social media.

"You can't escape me, if I want what you got/ You can't evade me, no chance to call the cops/ I'm doing my job, this is just what I do/ You make money, I come and visit you," Ice-T warns on the track. "I gotta get paid/ The Ski Mask Way."

"The Ski Mask Way"

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Solange Knowles Pens Letter to Teenage Self

May 17, 2017 Music

Solange Knowles is featured on the cover of the latest Teen Vogue, and instead of an interview, the singer wrote an open letter to her teenage self. This summer, Knowles will embark on a series of dates at museums and festivals around the world.

In the touching, funny letter, the now 30-year-old singer looks back on her many phases — which included being a superfan of artists like Fiona Apple, Nas and Incubus' Brandon Boyd — while offering advice on believing in herself and creating art.

"Sometimes you push these phases to the max, and when you go out into the world feeling confident in who you are and what you reflect, young folks will call you names and grown folks will call you names," she writes of her identity exploration during her youth. "It's ok. One day,

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Solange Knowles Pens Letter to Teenage Self

May 17, 2017 Music

Solange Knowles is featured on the cover of the latest Teen Vogue, and instead of an interview, the singer wrote an open letter to her teenage self. This summer, Knowles will embark on a series of dates at museums and festivals around the world.

In the touching, funny letter, the now 30-year-old singer looks back on her many phases — which included being a superfan of artists like Fiona Apple, Nas and Incubus' Brandon Boyd — while offering advice on believing in herself and creating art.

"Sometimes you push these phases to the max, and when you go out into the world feeling confident in who you are and what you reflect, young folks will call you names and grown folks will call you names," she writes of her identity exploration during her youth. "It's ok. One day,

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Hear Grizzly Bear’s Frenetic New Song ‘Mourning Sound,’ First Tour in Four Years

May 17, 2017 Music

Grizzly Bear released a new song from their forthcoming fifth album, Painted Ruins. The upbeat pop-rock song "Mourning Sound" has the steady bass build of a U2 song and singer Ed Droste's voice in the first verses sounds eerily (and wonderfully) Bono-esque. 

Grizzly Bear also announced their first tour in four years. The 26-date fall trek, which spans North American and Europe, launches October 5th in Dublin and concludes December 13th in L.A., Pitchfork reports.The indie-rock band last toured behind their fourth LP, 2012's Shields, though they did perform in 2016 at a rally supporting Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.

In April 2015, Droste told Rolling Stone that the band was "feeling more adventurous with the sonic

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Grizzly Bear Preview New LP ‘Painted Ruins’ With Frenetic ‘Mourning Sound’

May 17, 2017 Music

Grizzly Bear released a new song from their forthcoming fifth album, Painted Ruins. The upbeat pop-rock song "Mourning Sound" has the steady bass build of a U2 song and singer Ed Droste's voice in the first verses sounds eerily (and wonderfully) Bono-esque. 

The Chris Taylor-produced Painted Ruins is set for release on August 18th. 

Grizzly Bear also announced their first tour in four years. The 26-date fall trek, which spans North American and Europe, launches October 5th in Dublin and concludes December 13th in L.A., Pitchfork reports.The indie-rock band last toured behind their fourth LP, 2012's Shields, though they did perform in 2016 at a rally supporting Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.

In April

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Watch Chuck Berry’s First-Ever Music Video ‘Big Boys’

May 17, 2017 Music

Two months after Chuck Berry's death, the rock legend's first-ever music video – for "Big Boys," a track off his forthcoming final album Chuck – has arrived.

The video conjures up a Fifties sock hop feeling as teenagers – and one gutsy kid – take to the dance floor to twist along with the Berry tune while a Berry-like rocker performs onstage. The video also blends fad dance moves of that era – like hand dancing and the duck walk – with contemporary hip-hop choreography.

As directors Matt Bizer and Curtis Wayne Millard told NPR, who premiered the "Big Boys" video, Berry was still alive as production on the video was underway, but died on March 17th during post-production.

"Chuck Berry tunes are a good time and they tell stories that everyone can relate

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See Jesus and Mary Chain, Sky Ferreira Play ‘The Two of Us’ on ‘Colbert’

May 17, 2017 Music

The Jesus and Mary Chain recruited indie-rock singer Sky Ferreira to perform "The Two of Us," a joyous duet from the Scottish alt-rock band's recently issued LP, Damage and Joy, on Tuesday's Late Show.

Frontman Jim Reid tackled the wide-eyed love lyrics with Ferreira, alternating verses and crooning in unison on the chorus, over waves of the band's signature distortion. "The two of us are getting high," they belted over the din. "We don't need drugs 'cause we know how to fly."

Despite her natural charm on the track, Ferreira actually appears on a different song from Damage and Joy, the penultimate "Black and Blues." Singer-songwriter (and former Belle & Sebastian member) Isobel Campbell appears on the studio version of "The Two of

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