Daily Archives May 18, 2017

Perry Farrell: Chris Cornell Had ‘God-Given Talent’

May 18, 2017 Music

Perry Farrell paid tribute to his friend Chris Cornell, who died by suicide Wednesday night at the age of 52. The Jane's Addiction frontman unveiled personal stories about them spending time together on the road and beyond, in a touching interview with Variety.

Farrell said he and Cornell first met when Soundgarden played Lollapalooza for the first time in 1992. Calling Cornell "one of the most talented singers of my life," Farrell discussed Cornell's charm and charisma during shows. "He stood there and the girls' jaws would all be dropped, including my wife and the dancers we were traveling with," he recalled.

Farrell also relayed a sweet story about running into Cornell at a Toys "R" Us on Christmas Eve several years ago, where Cornell scored an in-demand

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Perry Farrell: Chris Cornell Had ‘God-Given Talent’

May 18, 2017 Music

Perry Farrell paid tribute to his friend Chris Cornell, who died by suicide Wednesday night at the age of 52. The Jane's Addiction frontman unveiled personal stories about them spending time together on the road and beyond, in a touching interview with Variety.

Farrell said he and Cornell first met when Soundgarden played Lollapalooza for the first time in 1992. Calling Cornell "one of the most talented singers of my life," Farrell discussed Cornell's charm and charisma during shows. "He stood there and the girls' jaws would all be dropped, including my wife and the dancers we were traveling with," he recalled.

Farrell also relayed a sweet story about running into Cornell at a Toys "R" Us on Christmas Eve several years ago, where Cornell scored an in-demand

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Hear Lil Yachty’s Roiling New Song ‘X Men’ With Evander Griiim

May 18, 2017 Music

Lil Yachty has unveiled another song from his upcoming debut studio album, Teenage Emotions. The rapper teams with Evander Griiim for new tune "X Men."

Following his release of the dark "Peek a Boo," upbeat "Harley," and the romantic "Bring it Back," "X Men" has a more roiling bent. The song's rumbling bass buoys Lil Yachty and Griiim's rhymes about cars, money, women and calling out detractors.

"You don't have a place in my heart, bro," Lil Yachty declares, and later warns, "You shouldn't want beef from the start/ Everywhere I drive leave marks." Meanwhile, Griiim is equally relentless on the chorus. "Ice out all my friends," he raps. "Call us X Men."

Lil Yachty's Teenage Emotions will be released on May 26th. The 20-track set includes several guests

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PWR BTTM Respond to Sexual Assault Accusations

May 18, 2017 Music

Rising rock duo PWR BTTM responded to and denied allegations of sexual assault leveled against member Ben Hopkins. The accusations first surfaced on a closed Facebook group for the Chicago DIY scene earlier this month, but quickly spread on social media. Shortly after, an anonymous woman described the alleged sexual assault in an interview with Jezebel. Following the outcry, PWR BTTM's tour was canceled, a touring member quit the band and their label Polyvinyl removed their second album, Pageant, from all streaming services. Father/Daughter Records, who released the band’s first album, Ugly Cherries, also cut ties with the band, pulling that record from streaming services as well.

In a lengthy statement, Hopkins wrote: "What has transpired over the

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Hear Phoenix’s Buoyant New Song ‘Ti Amo’

May 18, 2017 Music

Phoenix debuted "Ti Amo," the title track from their June 9th album, Ti Amo. It's the French band's sixth album and follow up to 2013's Bankrupt!

Following the glitchy, electro-pop single "J-Boy," on "Ti Amo," singer Thomas Mars professes his love in multiple languages above a pulsing, dance-y beat. 

The band is currently in the middle of a world tour that includes various festival dates, including Governors Ball in New York, Hangout Festival in Alabama and Glastonbury in England. 

The band has also provided new music for the forthcoming Sofia Coppola film, The Beguiled, starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell. Mars has been married to Coppola since 2011, and Phoenix's music has appeared on the soundtracks

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Tom Morello, Jimmy Page, Courtney Love Remember Chris Cornell

May 18, 2017 Music

Iconic rock vocalist Chris Cornell was found dead in his hotel bathroom early Thursday morning after taking his own life. A family friend discovered the 52-year-old unresponsive on the bathroom floor just hours after playing a Soundgarden show in Detroit. EMS workers pronounced Cornell dead at the scene.

Soundgarden had been the first band from Seattle's grunge scene to get signed to a major label and helped pave the way for bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains to become the new forebears of rock music. After Soundgarden broke up in the late Nineties, he pursued a solo career. Producer Rick Rubin ended up recruiting Cornell for the band Audioslave — a project pursued by the remaining members of Rage Against the Machine following the departure of singer Zack de

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Faith Evans on Her ‘Musical Movie’ About Life With the Notorious B.I.G.

May 18, 2017 Music

At the 1992 Grammy Awards, Natalie Cole took the stage at Radio City Music Hall to perform "Unforgettable," a tune popularized by her father, Nat "King" Cole. As a swanky band played behind her, the singer traded couplets from the standard with her long-deceased father, seen in black-and-white footage on a large video screen. The performance awed the Grammy committee – Cole won multiple awards, including Record of the Year and best Traditional Pop Performance. More recently, it also impressed the R&B singer Faith Evans: She cites the Cole segment as part of the inspiration behind The King & I, her new LP of duet-like recordings with her first husband, the Notorious B.I.G., who was shot and killed in 1997.

In the decades since Cole's appearance, these sorts of

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See Chance the Rapper, Francis and the Lights’ Quirky New Dance Video

May 18, 2017 Music

Chance the Rapper joins Francis and the Lights for some light footwork in the gorgeous video for their remix of "May I Have This Dance." The original track appears on Francis and the Lights' 2016 LP, Farewell, Starlite!

The Jake Schreier-directed clip for "May I Have This Dance" serves as a follow-up to his 2016 video for Francis and the Lights' "Friends," which featured Bon Iver and Kanye West. Both are set in a simple studio space and feature endearing and simple choreography. The entire "May I Have This Dance" video was filmed in a single shot.

The clip opens on Francis Farewell Starlite shimmying alongside Chance, though as the camera pulls back it's revealed they're standing in front of a mirror and that Chance is alone. The rapper bops and twists

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Vince Staples Previews New LP With Striking ‘Big Fish’ Video

May 18, 2017 Music

Vince Staples goes down fighting in the video for "Big Fish," the new single off the Long Beach MC's upcoming album, Big Fish Theory. The album arrives June 23rd via BlackSmith, ARTium and Def Jam.

The David Helman-directed clip finds Staples sitting on a sailboat that's slowly sinking into shark-infested waters. Despite the circumstances, Staples casually leans back and fires a few flares while he tears through the relentless "Big Fish," his voice bounding over an infectious beat of big drums, handclaps and gooey synths. Juicy J provides the song's hook. 

"It was funny I was going crazy not too long ago," Staples spits. "Women problems every morning like The Maury Show/ Swimming upstream while I'm tryna keep my bread/ From the sharks make we wanna

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Hear Shirley Manson’s Sinister ‘American Gods’ Song ‘Queen of the Bored’

May 18, 2017 Music

Garbage's Shirley Manson and composer Brian Reitzell unveiled a menacing new song, "Queen of the Bored," off the soundtrack to the new Starz series, American Gods. The soundtrack boasts Reitzell's score for the show, as well as contributions from Blondie's Debbie Harry and Mark Lanegan. It arrives digitally June 16th via Milan Records. 

"Queen of the Bored" is a swift, ruthless rocker that finds Manson sneering over snappy percussion and a buzzsaw guitar. "I fuck with the fates because it's so much fun," Manson boasts. "And I don't feel a thing cause I got so numb/ I lean in but then I check right out/ I don't flinch because it doesn't hurt."

"Queen of the Bored" follows previously released American Gods offerings, including Reitzell's "Main Title

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