• Jenny Lewis Ryan Adams Austin City Limits Video

    Jenny Lewis and Ryan Adams Bring Moody Country-Pop to 'Austin City Limits'

    The 40th season of the PBS' live music institution Austin City Limits rolled on for another impeccably booked episode on Saturday night featuring the occasional collaborators Jenny Lewis and Ryan Adams. The Voyager singer took the stage first performing a handful of tracks pulled from her solo record from last year, 2008's Acid Tongue, and even a pair of songs from her Rilo Kiley days "Moneymaker" and "Silver Lining." Adams also played a short set which drew an assortment of tracks spanning from 2002's Demolition to last year's self-titled LP, including a cut from his outstanding punk EP 1984. You can watch the whole show above, and for more be sure to check out SPIN's 2014 interview with Lewis where she talks about the process of working with Adams on The Voyager.

  • Blake Shelton SNL Performance Host Video Stream

    Blake Shelton Pays Tribute to the 'Boys 'Round Here' on 'Saturday Night Live'

    Country music superstar and current judge on NBC's latest singing show The Voice Blake Shelton stopped over at 30 Rock on Saturday night to put in work both as a musical performer and a host. As the first person to pull double duty on Saturday Night Live since Drake's dual threat performance a year ago, Shelton had a lot to live up to. But with performances of two singles from his 2013 LP Based on a True Story... as well as a heaping helping of capable acting work, the singer proved he at least has the charisma to match, even if he's working in a slightly different genre, to say the least. You can watch a performance of his ode to middle American men "Boys 'Round Here" above and "Neon Lights" below, alongside a sampling of the skits he appeared in.

  • Rihanna Paul McCartney Kanye West FourFiveSeconds Collaboration Stream

    Hear Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney's Singer-Songwriter Stunner 'FourFiveSeconds'

    When Kanye West and Paul McCartney released "Only One," the first of their melodramatic collaborations, word spread that the decade-spanning duo had a handful of other tracks in the works, including at least one with Rihanna. Today, that last bit was confirmed when the Unapologetic singer dropped her first new single in years "FourFiveSeconds" on her website. Paired with a black-and-white picture of the unlikely trio (up above, for reference), this new track is a largely stripped down affair for the dance-pop superstar. Macca is largely used to supply a lilting acoustic guitar figure, and Kanye offers a bit of mild-mannered crooning. Rather than following up any of the bangers that the Yeezy/Riri partnership has offered up in the past, we're treated to a classic singer-songwriter affair, replete with subdued organs and a gospel-esque outro.

  • Run the Jewels Meow the Jewels Preview Video Lil Bub

    Run the Jewels Preview 'Meow the Jewels' With Help From Lil Bub

    In case Meow the Jewels, the shot for shot remake of Run the Jewels 2 with cat noises, sounded too good to be true, we finally have our first taste of what the project may actually sound like thanks to a couple of Instagram videos from the El-P. The Brooklyn-based rapper/producer/general aesthete tweeted Friday night that he'd received a bank of sounds from our favorite feline celebrity Lil Bub, and shortly after he offered a few short previews of what the record might sound like. You can check out all three clips below, and for any that remain skeptical of the idea, hearing Bub mew the hook from "Jeopardy" should win you over.For more, read our 2014 interview with El-P and Killer Mike, and our story about Lil Bub and his owner.just got a library of sounds from the great @IAMLILBUB.

  • Lil Wayne Birdman Lawsuit Feud 8 million

    Lil Wayne Will Reportedly Sue Birdman for $8 Million

    Lil Wayne's long-running feud with Birdman and his label over the release of his new album seems to have hit a new boiling point this weekend. According to a report from TMZ, attempts at negotiating a settlement so that Lil Wayne will be able to release his new LP Tha Carter V have broken down and now Weezy plans to sue Birdman for $8 million that he claims he's owed. Wayne will also ask a judge to be released from his contract with Young Money Cash Money Records saying that the label had broken the terms by not releasing his album.Birdman supposedly claims that the album will be released in due time, but that hasn't stopped Wayne from continuing to put out music that takes shots at the label. For more, look at our recent breakdown of his Sorry 4 the Wait 2 mixtape.

  • Ryan Adams Mandy Moore Amicable Divorce Split

    Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore Are Getting Divorced

    After nearly six years of marriage, Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore have announced their divorce, according to US Weekly. A publicist told the magazine that the split "is a respectful, amicable parting of ways and both Mandy and Ryan are asking for media to respect their privacy at this time."Adams and Moore were married in March of 2009 after a month of engagement. Moore's vocal talents were featured on Adams' solo albums Ashes & Fire and Ryan Adams. The pair didn't often speak about their private affairs in public, which led Adams causing a bit of a dustup last year when he hung up during an Australian radio interview when the host kept asking about Moore.According to Adams' publicist, contrary to previous reports the pair filed papers for the split together in Los Angeles.

  • Future Islands Sam Smith Austin City Limits Video Stream

    Future Islands and Sam Smith Bring High-Wire Emotions to 'Austin City Limits'

    The 40th season of late night live music institution Austin City Limits rolled on Saturday night with another couple of performances from Future Islands and Sam Smith. Though the Baltimore synth-punks and the British crooner are pretty aesthetically dissimilar, the outsized emotions in both of their 2014 albums makes the pair a surprisingly great match. Smith offered up the expected songs from last year's In the Lonely Hour, "Money on My Mind" and "Stay With Me" as well as "Nirvana," a cover of Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know," and his Disclosure collab "Together." Future Islands for their part tore through six swooning songs from Singles, including the towering "Seasons (Waiting on You)." Watch both performances above (Future Islands' set starts at the 26:30 mark), then for more read SPIN's 2014 profile on Future Islands.

  • Sia Saturday Night Live NBC Chandelier Video

    Sia Performs "Chandelier" With a Veil and a Mime on 'Saturday Night Live'

    Sia has something of a reputation for a reticence to participate in the more public aspects of the pop star life. But since the release of her 2014 album, she's overcome that a little bit offering up late night television performances that have included tiny dancers and Lena Dunham, and this weekend on Saturday Night Live, the 1000 Forms of Fear singer offered up a couple of performances that were at least as strange as her others. While performing a heartbreaking rendition of "Chandelier" with no more instrumental accompaniment than a grand piano, a mime in a suit stood by and signed. Things were equally as weird during her performance of "Elastic Heart" where she wore some sort of strange shroud as two blonde-wigged dancers emoted around her. It's definitely worth a watch, both above and below.For more read SPIN's 2014 Artist of the Year essay about the enigmatic Sia Furler.

  • A$AP Yams Dead Rocky Ferg Age 26

    A$AP Yams, Founder of the A$AP Mob, Has Died at 26

    Steven Rodriguez, better known as A$AP Yams, the founder of the A$AP Mob, has reportedly died according to various reports on social media. No information has surfaced yet regarding the cause or time of his passing, but several members of the Mob, including A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg have confirmed his death on Instagram.Rodriguez started the A$AP Mob (which stands for "Always Strive and Prosper) back in 2007 with A$AP Bari and A$AP Illz, and would become something of a budding rap mogul in the coming years. After meeting A$AP Rocky in 2008, Rodriguez' passion project—his blog and the close knit group of rappers around him suddenly started taking off, even landing Rocky and Ferg on major label contracts.

  • Lil B Rescue Fire Apartment Teenage Neighbor

    Lil B Saved From Apartment Building Fire by Teenage Neighbor

    In early hours of Thursday morning, an electrical fire tore through Lil B's apartment building in Concord, California while the majority of the residents were sleeping. As The Fader points out, Lil B was one of seven people saved from the flames by 15-year-old Mateo Ysmael who ran from door to door, knocking on doors and waking occupants.In an interview with the Contra Costa Times, Lil B said that he was "grateful to be alive" and might not have been "if that kid didn't come knocking on [his] door." He reportedly lost some of his "costumes" and some of his music, but most of his property didn't suffer too much damage. Nevertheless, our favorite MIT lecturer and socially minded rapper put his Paypal address on Twitter for any fans who felt like they might want to help out in the wake of the fire.

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