• Frank Ocean Isley Brothers Cover At Your Best Stream

    Frank Ocean Covers the Isley Brothers 'At Your Best' For Aaliyah's Birthday

    In a quiet post to his Tumblr, Frank Ocean used his Friday to pay tribute to one of his fallen forerunners Aaliyah by covering the Isley Brothers' "At Your Best (You Are Love)." The R&B legend also covered the track on her debut LP Age Ain't Nothing But a Number, and it Ocean's hands it transforms into a familiarly silky ballad. But given the context of its release—on what would have been Aaliyah's 36th birthday—you can't help but take the lyrics about inspiration and being a "positive motivating force" as heartbreakingly directed toward the tragically passed singer. You can stream the cover below via the NME or over at Ocean's Tumblr, so do that and be sure to pay attention to the moment when the former SPIN cover star's otherworldly falsetto drops away in favor of some virtuosic vocalizations in his usual range.

  • Bjork New York Tour Dates Vulnicura Governors Ball Moma Retrospective

    Bjork Announces New York Tour Dates Surrounding MoMA Retrospective

    Earlier this week, Björk finally officially announced the March release of her new album Vulnicura, but that's not all that the Icelandic art-popper has up her sleeve in March. In addition to her previously announced retrospective at New York City's Museum of Modern Art, the Biophilia auteur will also perform a handful of rare shows at Carnegie Hall and City Center, starting the day that her art show opens on March 7. In a note posted to her Facebook page, Björk noted that she'll take the stage at the former venue on March 7 and 14 and the latter on March 25 28, April 1 and 4. Tickets will go on sale for these sets starting on January 19 for a fan pre-sale and to the general public on the 24. According to Björk's Twitter, Vulnicura's co-producer Arca will open all of the matinee shows on March 28 and April 4.

  • Tyler the Creator Talking Dog Black Dynamite Police Brutality Musical Video

    Watch Tyler, the Creator Voice a Talking Poodle in 'Black Dynamite''s Police Brutality Musical

    On Friday, Tyler, the Creator made an appearance on the surreal Adult Swim talk show The Eric André Show, but he's already showed up again in another guest star spot on the channel during the season finale of Black Dynamite. In the hourlong episode, which has been billed as a musical about police brutality, Tyler stars as a talking poodle named Broto who accompanies the show's title character when he starts hallucinating a take on the Wizard of Oz after being hit in the head with a brick. In Black Dynamite's version of the musical, the fairy godmother is replaced by a hallucinatory James Brown ("the fairy godfather of soul") and the Wicked Witch of the West is supplanted by the "Wicked Bitch of the West Side" (an overzealous police officer). Erykah Badu, as previously announced, also makes an appearance.

  • Foo Fighters Birthday Show Kiss Tenacious D David Lee Roth Perry Farrell Video Stream

    Foo Fighters Enlist Members of KISS, Van Halen For Dave Grohl's Star-Studded Birthday Show

    Foo Fighters let slip last week that they were planning a "surprise" birthday show for frontman Dave Grohl, so you might have expected that the Saturday night set at Los Angeles' forum wouldn't be a usual set from the band. Still, even though the band's shows in the wake of Sonic Highways have been family affairs, nothing could have quite prepared fans for the caliber of stars that showed up to aid Grohl and co.

  • Spoon Austin City Limits Full Set Video

    Spoon Return to 'Austin City Limits' For Buttoned-Up, Melancholic Set

    The 40th season of the concert TV show Austin City Limits has already pulled out a lot of stops in the guests over the last couple of months with appearances by Nine Inch Nails and Beck, but more recent another indie rock icon made a stop at the show on Saturday night. Britt Daniel and Spoon, supporting their 2014 album They Want My Soul (one of SPIN's 50 best of 2014), returned to the show's Austin, TX studios with a handful of tracks from that record. It's a shorter performance than you're used to seeing on the show, but the stormy atmosphere that the band conjures, and the effortless cool that marks their performances is more than enough to make up for their abbreviated set. Fellow Austinites White Denim also appear for a performance.

  • Tyler the Creator Eric Andre Show Father Health Video

    Tyler, the Creator Shows Up on 'The Eric Andre Show' to See His 'Dad' and Cry

    Late night talk show deconstructionist Eric Andre's string of notable musical guests during the third season of his Adult Swim show continued Friday night with the appearance of the similarly minded Odd Future absurdist Tyler, the Creator and the Los Angeles art-punks in HEALTH. Tyler showed up in the early part of the show for an interview segment with Andre wherein he met his estranged "father" (who was actually a creepy looking man crouching in the rafters) and began to weep uncontrollably while the host mooned the crowd. It was a bit that's just about as absurd as everything else that goes on on the how, but if you were a fan of the Mac DeMarco torture scene a few weeks ago, you might want to catch this up above. Tyler will return to Adult Swim later this week for a "police brutality musical," which also seems like can't miss programming.

  • St. Vincent Deluxe Self Titled Album Reissue Bonus Tracks

    St. Vincent Plans Deluxe Reissue of Self-Titled LP With Five Bonus Tracks

    Just a year after the release of St. Vincent, her fourth stunning collection of abstract guitar pop, St. Vincent is plotting a deluxe reissue of that record with a handful of bonus tracks that weren't initially included. As Consequence of Sound reports, the new edition will include "Pieta" and "Sparrow" from a recent 7-inch, an unreleased track called "Bad Believer," a Japanese bonus cut called "Del Rio," and a Darkside remix of the single "Digital Witness."The reissue is due out on February 10 on Loma Vista, but unfortunately it won't be getting a physical release in the U.S., so if you're desperate to get your hands on it you'll have to import from the U.K. Hot off the release of that, the former SPIN cover star will head out on tour, including stops at Coachella and Governors Ball. You can check out the whole slate of dates over at her website.

  • Nick Cave Leonard Cohen Avalanche Michael Bay

    Hear Nick Cave's Spare, Harrowing Cover of Leonard Cohen's 'Avalanche'

    The Michael Bay-produced pirate drama Black Sails is about to kick off its second season and in a brilliant soundtrack move, they've enlisted the similarly scummy singer-songwriter Nick Cave to provide a track for the trailer and end credits of this season. Though it's not a new track per se, the Push the Sky Away auteur has offered up a new version of his classic cover of Leonard Cohen's "Avalanche," which he first took on nearly three decades ago on From Her to Eternity. This rendition stays a little bit truer to Cohen's Songs of Love and Hate original, ditching the clangorous atmosphere of his first cover in favor of something a little more spare, all while still retaining the harrowing atmosphere. It's a pretty stellar cover (almost as good as PJ Harvey's recent cover of a Nick Cave song) and you can listen to it now over at Entertainment Weekly.

  • Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper Worldwide Radio Premiere Stream Sequential Circuits

    Hear Panda Bear's Lightheaded Experimental Pop Gem 'Sequential Circuits'

    Animal Collective founder Panda Bear's fifth solo album Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper doesn't hit stores until next week, over the course of the next couple of days he's rolling out all of the as-yet-unheard tracks on radio stations across the globe. That campaign started in the wee hours of the morning (at least on Eastern Standard Time) on Mary Anne Hobbs' BBC Radio 6 show with the stormy album opener "Sequential Circuits." Opening with the mechanical burble of a droning synth part, the track ends up taking the form of a distended choir round, but with Noah Lennox handling all of the different vocal parts. It doesn't quite follow the explosive route of the rest of the tracks released thus far ("Mr. Noah," "Boys Latin"), but it definitely feels of a piece with the rest of his hazy canon.

  • Run the Jewels NFL Promo Instrumental ESPN Football Playoffs

    Run the Jewels' Self-Titled Track Appears in an NFL Playoffs Commercial

    With talking head appearances on major news networks and op-ed's in papers across the country, not to mention their world-slaying second LP Run the Jewels 2, Killer Mike and El-P managed to be just about everywhere in 2014. Now as we kick off a new year, it seems that isn't ending anytime soon, as "Run the Jewels," from their debut album Run the Jewels, has been soundtracking one of ESPN's recent commercials for the NFL playoffs. Though it's just a brief section of the instrumental, it's easy to see how the duo's menacing, yet bombastic, production might be a fit for the gridiron. Fall Out Boy, strangely, seems to be the band that's most ready to take over the jock jams mantle, but we certainly wouldn't mind if our favorite fiery rappers (and makers of SPIN's  third best album of 2014) passed them by. You can watch a rip of the promo spot up above, via Deadspin.  

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