Review: Justin Townes Earle Refracts Roots Music on ‘Kids in the Street’

May 26, 2017 Music

Forming a trilogy with 2014's Single Mothers and 2015's Absent Fathers, J.T. Earle's latest teams him with Omaha indie-rock don Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes) for his rangiest set yet. "What's She Crying For" is a moaning honky-tonk weeper with pedal steel and roadhouse piano, "What's Goin' Wrong" is clarinet-spiked Texas swing impressionism, "15-25" is vintage New Orleans R&B gumbo in the Professor Longhair spirit, and "Same Old Stagolee" revives American folk music's original gangsta to an unlikely vibraphone melody. Yet it always feels organic, never mannered. See the title track, acoustic guitar slicing through a pedal steel reverb-haze, Earle waxing nostalgic for a childhood in the 1990s with a timelessness that

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Liam Gallagher Details First Solo Song, Manchester Benefit Concert

May 26, 2017 Music

Liam Gallagher announced the impending arrival of his new single "Wall of Glass." It will be the Oasis singer's first song as a solo artist. Gallagher also announced that his first solo gig in the U.K. will take place May 30th in his hometown of Manchester, with the concert benefiting the British Red Cross, the Manchester Evening News reports.

"I want to try and help pick people up. People like me, doing what we do, it’s our duty to give people a good time," Gallagher told the Manchester Evening News. "It's outrageous. Just so sad. What can you do? It's just fucking out of order. There are kids and people dying all over the world. And for what?"

"In total shock and absolutely devastated about what's gone down in Manchester, sending Love and Light

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Glenn Danzig on Dark New LP, Misfits Plans, Why He Hates Recent Presidents

May 26, 2017 Music

Glenn Danzig has been angrier than usual lately. "There's so much craziness in the world," he says with an ominous laugh. "People always go, 'How could World War II have happened?' and you're seeing people bow down to fascism without even asking questions. They're glad to do it, and I'm just saying, 'Really? Are you that fucking dumb?'"

Danzig's antipathy for what he sees as people's ignorance in recent years was the main fuel for his band's gloomy new album, Black Laden Crown – not that you'd know it from the lyrics. The majority of the record's electric, funereal dirges, from gothy opener "Black Laden Crown" to moody closer "Pull the Sun," contain Danzig's signature oblique lyrics about all manner of unnamed dread. With its overdriven riffs and doom-saying, it makes for

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Hear Carly Rae Jepsen’s Assertive, Unearthed Song ‘Cut to the Feeling’

May 26, 2017 Music

Another lost track from Carly Rae Jepsen's Emotion sessions came out. The anthemic power-pop tune "Cut to the Feeling" will be featured on the soundtrack for the forthcoming animated film Leap!, out in August.

Jepsen goes for her full Eighties pop power on the vibrant song, with massive synths, generous harmonies and a big, arena-worthy chorus. "I wanna cut through the clouds, break the ceiling," she sings. "I wanna dance on the roof, you and me alone/ I wanna cut to the feeling, oh yeah."

Jepsen released Emotion in 2015 and followed the album up with Emotion Side B last year, an EP with previously unreleased tracks recorded during her sessions for Emotion. Jepsen will voice a ballerina named Odette in Leap!, which was

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Review: The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ Anniversary Editions Reveal Wonders

May 26, 2017 Music

In 2006, the Beatles coaxed producer George Martin out of retirement to remix and rearrange several of their iconic songs for Cirque du Soleil's Las Vegas stage production Love. Martin, though, had a worry: At age 80 his hearing had turned difficult, and so he brought in a collaborator: his son Giles. The younger Martin had produced classical music, as well as recordings by Kula Shaker, Jeff Beck, Elvis Costello and Kate Bush. "He's my ears," George Martin said. What ears they turned out to be: Giles recombined parts of many of the Beatles' songs= into a mash-up of the band's audio history, sometimes encapsulating much of it in a single song. "Get Back" opened with George Harrison's memorable thrum from "A Hard Day's Night" and Ringo Starr's drum prologue from "The End," caught

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Watch Dua Lipa, Miguel Soar Over Los Angeles in ‘Lost in Your Light’ Video

May 26, 2017 Music

Dua Lipa and Miguel fly over Los Angeles rooftops in their minimalist "Lost in Your Light" video.

The clip opens with Lipa strutting down the street, soundtracked by the synth-pop single, as passersby join in spasmodic choreography. The singer then levitates and lands on a building, where Miguel croons his guest verse, and the duo float away together as the sky turns overcast. After the song's detour into a hip-hop bridge, Lipa rejoins the backing dancers for some climactic dancing.

"Lost in Your Eyes" highlights Lipa's upcoming, self-titled debut LP, out June 2nd. The album also features the burgeoning vocalist's Chris Martin team-up, "Homesick," along with previously issued singles "Be the One," "Blow Your Mind (Mwah)" and "Hotter Than Hell."

Lipa appeared

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Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’ at 50: How Paul McCartney’s Dad Inspired ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’

May 26, 2017 Music

The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which Rolling Stone named as the best album of all time, turns 50 on June 1st. In honor of the anniversary, and coinciding with a new deluxe reissue of Sgt. Pepper, we present a series of in-depth pieces – one for each of the album's tracks, excluding the brief "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" reprise on Side Two – that explore the background of this revolutionary and beloved record. Today's installment tells the story of how Paul McCartney's father's musical past inspired the "rooty-tooty variety style" of "When I'm Sixty-Four."

Alongside Elvis Presley, Little Richard and Buddy Holly, it's important to cite Jim Mac's Jazz Band among Paul McCartney's

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Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme Scores Cannes Movie ‘In the Fade’

May 26, 2017 Music

Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme wrote the score for In the Fade, a German film that's currently in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Fatin Akin-directed film focuses on a German woman, played by Diane Kruger in her first German-language role, who seeks revenge against the Neo-Nazi group that murdered her husband and son. In an interview with Variety, Akin discussed why he recruited Homme for the project.

"When I was writing this, I was listening to a lot of music by Queens of the Stone Age. I had the feeling that this could be the music that the character was listening to, It has a self-destructive attitude and somehow the film is about self-destruction," Akin said.

"I sent him a very early version of the film. He immediately

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Watch Camila Cabello’s Plaintive ‘I Have Questions’ Lyric Video

May 25, 2017 Music

Camila Cabello has unveiled the new lyric video for "I Have Questions." The song follows her first solo single, "Crying in the Club," which features an intro that incorporates the opening lines and music from "I Have Questions."

In the new clip from the former Fifth Harmony member, the imagery mirrors the plaintive lyrics, with black, white and red animation of barren trees, birds and words on a page comprising the visuals.

Over a cello line, she queries, "Why did you leave me to burn? I'm way too young to be this hurt." Themes of abandonment and the acknowledgement that a former object of affection wasn't who they appeared to be pervade the lyrics, which she sings with raw emotion.

As the song title implies, she has many queries for the song's subject. "Why don't

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Noel Gallagher on Manchester Attack: Atrocity, Aimed at Young Music Fans

May 25, 2017 Music

Noel Gallagher conveyed his dismay about Monday's Manchester, England terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, which killed 22 people, in a new radio interview. Speaking with U.K.'s Radio X, the Oasis co-founder said that when he heard the news on the radio Tuesday morning, he was "speechless."

A native of Manchester, Gallagher spoke of the victims. "Having played that arena and all that and stood in that foyer, and being from Manchester, as it's dawning on you that it's aimed at young music fans… I say there are no words, there are words. Unfortunately you can't broadcast those words," he said.

He also empathized with Grande. "I suppose Manchester Arena will open again, and yeah, you've gotta keep going, you know? I mean, I don't know what

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