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  • Le1f 'Boom' Stream Terrible Records Hey EP

    Le1f Announces Record Deal With a 'Boom'

    SPIN favorite Le1f has signed with XL Recordings in a joint venture with Terrible Records, the label co-run by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor. A proper album is in the works, but first we'll be treated to the Hey EP, which will include a re-recorded version of the man's beloved breakout "Wut" (the one with the video starring those Pikachu studs), along with four brand new songs. The first of those, "Boom," can be heard below in all of its left-field "Southern Hospitality"-recalling excellence. Dubbel Dutch lends his production prowess to the darkly popping cut, while beats for the rest of the March 11 digital release (May 6 for vinyl) come from Matrixxman, Harry B, and Boody (remember "Soda"?). To date, the man born Khalif Diouf has released three praise-worthy mixtapes: Dark York, Fly Zone, and Tree House. In a statement, Le1f called working with XL "my teenage dream." Hey track list:1.

  • Lily Allen Sheezus New Album Title Kanye West

    Lily Allen, Devoted SPIN Reader, Names New Album 'Sheezus'

    We never really had Lily Allen pegged for a loyal SPIN reader, but clearly she's a big fan of "Sheezus Talks," our 2013 all-female critical roundtable convened to discuss Kanye West's Yeezus, which wound up being our album of the year. As Glamour reports, the recently resurrected pop-skewering British star has announced the name of her forthcoming return LP, and it's name shall be Sheezus. "It's a confident title choice, and a little nod to Kanye West," she told the host of BBC's The Graham Norton Show before performing her latest single, "Air Balloon." In the music video for that song, she winds up finding Jesus ... hurtling through space on a gigantic cross.

  • Questlove SVU Dead Body Law & Order Fantasy

    Questlove Will Die on 'Law & Order: SVU'

    Dreams do come true. In November, ?uestlove made a list of "25 Things You Might Not Know About Me" for Us Weekly, and No. 7 read thusly: "It's my fantasy to play a dead body on Law & Order." Fantasy achieved. On Friday, February 21, SVU star Ice T tweeted the above photo, which depicts the Roots drummer and Tonight Show band boss on the coroner's slab, signature afro pick still in place despite what appears to be a bullet hole in his forehead."SVU Behind The Scenes: This corpse looks strangely familiar..." wrote Ice T, whose Twitter handle is, of course, @FINALLEVEL.

  • Pussy Riot Chicken Voina Airport Protest Putin Youth

    Pro-Putin Youth Mock Pussy Riot With Raw Chicken

    In early February, the freed members of Pussy Riot gave an interview in which Maria "Masha" Alyokhina claimed, "We live the same way other people do in Russia. We take the metro, we walk around. In terms of our everyday life, it's no different than it was before. Although we do get recognized occasionally." One of those occasions was Thursday, February 20, as she and Nadezhda "Nadia" Tolokonnikova arrived at a Moscow airport from Sochi.As The Hollywood Reporter notes, around a dozen pro-Putin youth showed up wearing chicken costumes, waving American flags, and singing their own mocking version of the song Pussy Riot released earlier in the week, "Putin Will Teach You How to Love." The video for that protest-punk anthem captured footage of Russian Cossacks whipping and pepper-spraying the women and their crew.

  • DZ Deathrays 'Gina Works at Hearts' Stream Single

    DZ Deathrays Go Brutal and Ecstatic on 'Gina Works at Hearts'

    Last we heard from Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley's DZ Deathrays, they delivered the quieter, but bursting, "Northern Lights." Now the two-man Aussie posse are back with "Gina Works at Hearts," an itchy punk missive that plays like the aural equivalent of an awful/incredible night out on the town. With brutal riffs cribbed from metal, vocals that'd fit right in on a Fugazi classic, and ecstatically warped melodies that recall Hot Hot Heat, these two plant a firm flag for their summer album, Black Rat.

  • Luvstep

    Luvstep DJs Bring the 'Sunset' With Sweaty 69-Minute Mix

    Joey Massarueh and Michael Lasday are known as Dirty South Joe and Flufftronix respectively, but with their powers combined, they become Luvstep. That Philadelphia-based two-headed beast was born on a Valentine's Day back in 2010, and emerges from whatever velvet-lined cave it calls home in February every year to unleash a new mix. The latest is Luvstep V: Sunrise / Sunset, a two-parter whose first hour, "Sunrise," recently premiered on the "Diplo & Friends" BBC Radio 1Xtra show. "Sunset" makes up the second half, and the mix's final 69 minutes (yes, "69" minutes) can be heard right here, right now. The track list below reveals plenty of highlights from folks as diverse as Sam Smith, Active Child, KOAN Sound & Asa, and Grizzly Bear (Diplo's incredible "Will Calls" remix). Stream it below:Luvstep V Part 2: Sunset track list:1. Natalia2. MJ Cole - "39 Step" [Prolific Recordings]3.

  • Forest Swords 'The Weight of Gold' Video Engravings

    Forest Swords Visits Israel for Gorgeous 'The Weight of Gold' Video

    The music of Forest Swords is inspiring in strange ways. Last year's bewitching Engravings album seems just as apt to encourage long bouts of zonked headphone listening as convulsive solo dance sessions apt to cause injury. Thankfully, there are professionals who can handle the last bit while the rest of us get stoned and stare. Above you'll find the stunning video for "The Weight of Gold," a dubbed out beat excursion that here scores the engrossing moves of dancer Billy Barry as he moves through a series of remarkable landscapes in Israel.

  • Usher Stepson Death Verdict Homicide Jet Ski

    Man Charged for Homicide of Usher's Stepson

    Jeffrey Hubbard will be held responsible for the death of Kile Glover, the stepson of musician Usher Raymond IV. Tragedy struck the family in July of 2012 when the 11-year-old boy, son of the artist's ex-wife Tameka Foster, was hit by a jet ski while being towed behind a boat in an inner-tube on Georgia's Lake Lanier. TMZ reports Hubbard has been convicted of five counts, including homicide by vessel, reckless operation, and unlawful operation of a personal watercraft.Usher was not present at the time of the incident — Kile was vacationing with his father Ryan Glover when Hubbard hit him. The boy was hospitalized immediately following the accident, but quickly declared brain dead and removed from life support on July 21.Just over a year later, Usher's 5-year-old son Usher V was hospitalized after his arm got stuck in a swimming-pool drain, trapping him underwater.

  • Katy Perry Juicy J 'Dark Horse' Video Prism Egyptian

    Katy Perry Is a Man-Zapping Cleopatra in Superpowered 'Dark Horse' Video

    Katy Perry borrowed Cleopatra's look for her performance at the BRIT Awards on Wednesday night, and now we know why: The official video for her trap-minded Juicy J team-up "Dark Horse" takes place in "Memphis, Egypt, a crazy long time ago." So says the title card at the start of the colorful new clip, but the theme is more than apparent in the elaborate stagecraft and costume, the dancing cat gods and the weird genie dudes, and also that gigantic CG pyramid that our heroine climbs toward the end. As for narrative, Perry plays a living goddess who's brought various fineries by would-be suitors — diamonds, gold, Hot Cheetos... you get the idea."Dark Horse," which hails from Prism, no doubt looks to extend its four-week run on the top of the Hot 100.

  • Chris Brown Bodyguard Washington DC Hotel Assault

    Chris Brown and Scary Bodyguard Sued for $3 Million

    It's pretty much a full-time job being Chris Brown, defendant. A week ago in Los Angeles, a man sued the R&B star for allegedly beating him up over a basketball foul. That news came shortly after a judge ruled Brown could continue his live-in anger rehab stint instead of going to jail because, according to the Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney, "he continues to pose an increasingly violent danger to society." Now he and his bodyguard are being sued for $3 million.Today's legal action stems from an event that Brown rubberneckers should be familiar with by now. The singer and his hulking bodyguard Christopher Hollosy stand accused of beating up a male fan outside of the W Hotel in downtown Washington D.C. last October. The details of the event are hazy but alternately have involved Parker Isaac Adams, the plaintiff, either photo-bombing Brown, or trying to get onto the tour bus.

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