• Nicki Minaj Pinkprint Short Film Crying Game Grand Piano I Lied

    Watch Nicki Minaj's Music Video Melodrama 'The Pinkprint Movie'

    A week after the release of her startlingly bare new record The Pinkprint, after teasing it on Twitter earlier in the day, Nicki Minaj released a short film to accompany a handful of the more dramatic tracks on the record, entitled The Pinkprint Movie. Featuring "The Crying Game," "Grand Piano," and "I Lied," three of the swooning tracks from that record's second half, the nocturnal film paints a stark portrait of romantic dissolution over the course of its 16-minute narrative. Music video superstar Nabil helped executive produce the film, along with Lil Wayne and Birdman, but it was directed by Taylor Cohen and Francesco Carrozzini. Watch Nicki's starring role up above in full.

  • Smith Westerns Break Up Final Show

    Smith Westerns Have Broken Up

    Seven years after Smith Westerns formed while its principal members were still in high school, the Chicago-based garage rock band has decided to call it quits permanently. Frontman Cullen Omori announced on Twitter earlier this month that the band would be going on an indefinite hiatus following a late December show, but now in an interview with the Chicago Reader, they've announced that their breakup is a little bit more official."The band just didn't work, both creatively and personally," Omori explained. "There's no plans to reignite Smith Westerns. It's broken up."Omori and his brother Cameron say that the decision to break up came once their guitarist and songwriting partner Max Kakacek said he was leaving the band earlier this year.

  • Chance the Rapper Lucki Ecks Stevie Wonder Stream

    Chance the Rapper Helps Lucki Eck$ Pay Hazy Tribute to 'Stevie Wonder'

    Chicago rapper and "outstanding youth" Chance the Rapper has spent most of his time lately prepping Surf, his first LP with his band the Social Experiment. But given the affinity that he has for his city, it's no surprise that he found some time to lend a hand to a track put together by fellow Chicagoans Lucki Eck$ and Young Chop. On "Stevie Wonder," which is a homage to the legendary songwriter more in name than in sound, the Acid Rapper launches into a one of his familiar psychedelically minded verses to kick off the track, before ceding control to the capable hands of Lucki Eck$ for another fiery set of bars. The track's hazy, post-cloud rap production was also aided by producer Pluto Nash, and you can catch the whole thing below.

  • Modest Mouse Strangers to Ourselves Lampshades on Fire New Album March

    Modest Mouse Announce March Release For New LP 'Strangers to Ourselves'

    Last week, Modest Mouse announced that they'd end their period of prolonged reclusiveness in early 2015, but today, thanks to the fan website Interstate 8 (via Pitchfork), we have a little bit more news about the album they have planned. According to a note posted to Twitter by a fan who obtained a test pressing of the previously announced single "Lampshades on Fire," the band's first release since 2009 will be called Strangers to Ourselves and will hit stores on March 3.We've already heard a bit of that new single thanks to an Instagram teaser, but it seems we'll get our first full taste of the new material this week.

  • Charli XCX Saturday Night Live Break the Rules Video

    Watch Charli XCX 'Break the Rules' on 'Saturday Night Live'

    Charli XCX's latest stunning collection of nü-New Wave cuts, Sucker, finally hits stores next week, so she celebrated this weekend in a couple of the best ways you could imagine. After swinging by New York City's star-studded Jingle Ball on Friday night, she stopped by 30 Rockefeller Plaza for a couple of brief performances on a Martin Freeman-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live. The "Fancy" architect busted out a couple of her recent soaring hits "Boom Clap" and "Break the Rules," backed by suited backing band. Charli apparently told MTV before the performance that she "might vomit," but she held it together for a solid little set. You can catch "Boom Clap" above and "Break the Rules" below

  • Dangelo Black Messiah Red Bull Sugah Daddy Stream Download

    D'Angelo Has Finally Returned With the Silky 'Sugah Daddy'

    D'Angelo's follow-up to his 2000 soul classic Voodoo has become an almost mythical record at this point, but after last week's news that we'll be hearing it at some point, he's shared the record's first single. As part of Red Bull's 20Before15 program, the first Black Messiah track "Sugah Daddy" saw the light of day in the middle of the night on Sunday. Built around a slinking piano figure, it's a silky, falsetto-laden affair. Though it's a relatively low key reemergence for one of the most celebrated singers of this century, it portends pretty good things for the album as a whole. You can listen to it in at the Red Bull site. D'Angelo was also offering 1,000 free downloads of the track on their site, but it appears that those are already gone.The whole record will debut at a Red Bull and Afropunk-presented listening session in New York City later today.

  • Cat Stevens You Are My Sunshine Tonight Show Jimmy Fallon Video

    Yusuf / Cat Stevens Returns to 'Fallon' For a Bluesy 'You Are My Sunshine'

    Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, was initially set to celebrate the release of his new Rick Rubin-produced album Tell 'Em I'm Gone in New York City last week. But after NYC authorities thwarted his paperless ticket plan, Yusuf cancelled that gig, but he still stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a bluesy rendition of the 1939 standard "You Are My Sunshine." Like during his recent Tiny Desk Concert, Yusuf's voice during the performance still seems on top form after all these years. For more about the new album, read his collaborator Will Oldham's recent interview with the man himself.

  • Michael Stipe REM CBS This Morning Interview

    Michael Stipe Says He 'Will Sing Again,' Won't Reunite R.E.M.

    Since R.E.M. broke up back in 2011, lead singer Michael Stipe hasn't been up to much musically, but in an interview with CBS This Morning, via Stereogum, he revealed that his reclusiveness won't be permanent. When prodded about his plans for the future he said that he "will sing again," but "not soon." That said, when he returns it won't be with his iconic band."I love those guys very much and I respect them hugely as musicians and as songwriters and everything," he said. "But I just don’t want to do that thing that people do. I despise nostalgia."Even so, Stipe spent the rest of the five-minute segment looking back on his years in the band, in order to celebrate their new DVD box set of television appearances, REMTV. You can catch the whole interview up above.

  • Bob Dylan Surreal Show Audience One Alone

    Watch Bob Dylan's Surreal Show For an Audience of One

    In November, it was announced that Bob Dylan had played a pretty unique show in Philadelphia. Prior to his main gig later that night, Experiment Ensam enlisted the legendary songwriter to play a set for a lone superfan, Fredrik Wikingsson, and today the full episode is here. The series takes a single person and subjects them to an event that would usually feature a large crowd, and in the case of this Bob Dylan concert, the resulting experience seems like it was pretty emotional.Wilkingsson had already seen Dylan play 20 times before this show, but after experiencing his idol through Buddy Holly's "Heartbeat" and Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill," among a couple of others tracks for him alone, he said he experienced a "flood of emotions" and "wasn't far from crying."You can watch the video above, and seeing the surreal set unfold, it's easy to see why he might "feel like a kid."

  • Jeremih Arrested Boarding Flight Newark

    Jeremih Reportedly Arrested For Trying to Sneak Onto a Plane

    Tally up all of the vibrant successes of his recorded work, as well as the bizarre legal problems he's faced and its clear that Chicago R&B artist Jeremih has had something of a strange year. Though he's not facing further Fuddruckers-related troubles, Friday night prompted yet another strange tussle with law enforcement at a Newark, New Jersey airport.According to reports from NJ.com, the "Don't Tell 'Em" singer and members of his crew were booked on a US Airways flight to Phoenix and were on their way to Fresno, California for the B95 Fresno Holiday Jam. Things didn't quite go as planned. After arriving late to the flight, Jeremih attempted to board the plane anyway, despite warnings that the the plane was boarded and ready for departure.

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