• Azealia Banks Heavy Metal and Reflective stream

    Hear Azealia Banks' Brooding Return 'Heavy Metal and Reflective'

    In the wake of her departure from her longtime label Interscope, New York rapper and provocateur Azealia Banks has shared a dusky new track called "Heavy Metal and Reflective." On Twitter, the former SPIN cover star claimed that the track leaked, but she still directed her fans to it because they "need that new new anyway."Whether or not this track will appear on her long-gestating debut LP Broke With Expensive Taste remains unclear at this point, but the track's brooding and subdued atmosphere is a good look for the notoriously keyed-up performer. References to Tamagotchis, sake, and Michael Jackson's "Bille Jean" abound, and at just two-and-a-half minutes, Banks nimbly refuses to overstay her welcome. Listen to the track below. The recording will reportedly hit iTunes on Monday via Azealia Banks Records

  • School of Doodle Courtney Love Kim Gordon Yoko Ono Kickstarter

    Courtney Love, Kim Gordon, Yoko Ono Help Kickstart Online School for Girls

    All-girls schools run by the Catholic Church are all too familiar, but can you imagine one that's supported by forward-thinking art figures like Courtney Love, Kim Gordon, and Yoko Ono? Last week, as MTV points out, a Kickstarter was launched for School of Doodle a new online high school for girls that seeks to "[activate] girls’ imaginations through entertainment, education and community." All of the above musicians, as well as Sia, Cat Power, Pussy Riot, visual artist Jenny Holzer, and actress Natasha Lyonne among others, have been enlisted to help.The campaign seeks to raise $75,000 and will do so in part with a collection of doodles and drawings by those musicians and a handful of other prominent feminist artists and thinkers.

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    Rapping Shaquille O'Neal Petitions Pharrell for Inclusion on Video Game Soundtrack

    Though a sketchy Future remix from last year purported otherwise, former Los Angeles Laker Shaquille O'Neal hasn't really had much of music career since the release of his platinum-selling debut album Shaq Diesel. But in a new promo clip for the latest installment of 2K Games' annual basketball title, via XXL, the Kazaam star says he wants to make his way back to the rap game and petitions Pharrell Williams, the soundtrack's executive producer, for inclusion.Naturally, the whole thing goes down in sputtering verse, with some sketchy beatboxing backing it up.

  • Kasey Anderson Fraud Arcade Fire Charity Album

    Musician Cons Investors Out of $600,000 With Fake LP Featuring Arcade Fire, Pearl Jam

    A Portland-born musician named Kasey Anderson has been sentenced to almost four years in prison after defrauding 30 investors out of nearly $600,000 between 2009 and 2011. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, via Stereogum, the singer-songwriter told investors that the money was going toward a charity album called Trapped Like a Ghost featuring the likes of believably political acts like Arcade Fire, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, and R.E.M. He was instead pouring the money into his own musical career.The compilation was set to benefit the West Memphis Three Legal Defense Fund. It seems that Anderson went to drastic steps to convince investors of its authenticity, including: impersonating a Seattle tour manager (as well as an entertainment attorney), forging an email from a family member of one of the West Memphis Three defendants.

  • Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence Remixes

    Hear Three Dancey, Distant Remixes of Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence'

    A month after the release of her sophomore album, Lana Del Rey has returned with some deliriously dancey remixes of that records title track. Courtesy of the Penelopes, Sonic Matta, and PBR Streetgang, these three tunes manage to upend the swooning balladry of the original in favor of driving kickdrums and neon synthesizers, all without sacrificing the dead-eyed distance of Del Rey's vocal takes.Ever since the singer's brief dustup with Frances Bean Cobain over comments she made about wanting to die, she's remained relatively reserved for the rest of her Ultraviolence press cycle. A recent interview with Rolling Stone turned up some interesting bits about lyrics that disappointed her parents (just guess which one), and her musical affinity for former SPIN profile subject Father John Misty, but she's shied away from the sort of inflammatory remarks that she favored in early interviews.

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    Canada's Bass Coast Festival Bans Native American Headdresses

    Native American headdresses have long been a troubling mainstay of music fest attire, but a Canadian EDM festival has taken a surprisingly progressive stand against the trend. In a message posted to their Facebook page last week, via Jezebel, Bass Coast Festival informed concertgoers that they are "banning feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them, onsite.""We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets," the post continued. "They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance cannot be separated. Bass Coast Festival takes place on indigenous land and we respect the dignity of aboriginal people. We have consulted with aboriginal people in British Columbia on this issue and we feel our policy aligns with their views and wishes regarding the subject.

  • Jack White Baseball First Pitch Baseball

    Noted Baseball Fan Jack White To Throw First Pitch at Detroit Tigers Game

    When the Chicago White Sox head up to Detroit next week to kick off a three game series with the Tigers on July 29, it looks like a notoriously crabby fan will be on hand. According to a tweet from Third Man Records, via Pitchfork, Detroit native Jack White will toss out the game's ceremonial first pitch. His label's famous rolling record store will also be on hand to serve the Motor City crowd's vinyl needs in advance of their copious consumption of peanuts and cracker jacks.But the most pressing questions still remain. Can White's first pitch top Eddie Vedder's? Will it even beat out 50 Cent's laughable effort? Will he look as pissed as he did at that Cubs game last week? All this and more will be answered when the Lazaretto singer makes his way to Comerica Park on Tuesday.

  • DZ Deathrays Less Out Of Sync Black Rat Video

    DZ Deathrays Shred for Evil Tweens in 'Less Out of Sync' Video

    After sharing the agitated punk gem "Gina Works at Hearts" back in February, long-haired Aussie duo DZ Deathrays return with yet another gloriously grungy track from their next album, Black Rat — and a dizzying magically realist visual to accompany it. The blown out guitars and strained vocalizations are accompanied first by some fairly straightforward freakouts from a couple of troubled tweens, but after the song's brief breakdown the clip spirals into the surreal and supernatural, aided by a gratuitous helping of digital video distortion. You can watch the video above, and catch Black Rat in full on August 18 via Infectious Music. No Jägermeister (that we can see) was hurt in the making of this video.

  • Sbtrkt Ezra Koenig New Dorp New York Stream Wonder Where We Land

    SBTRKT and Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig Combine on 'New Dorp, New York'

    In the time since his 2011 debut as SBTRKT, London-based producer Aaron Jerome has largely focused his musical efforts on a number of short-form releases that he called Transitions, but today it appears that interstitial period is over. With a creepy teaser video and a twitchy, Ezra Koenig-featuring lead single called "New Dorp, New York," Jerome announces the release of his sophomore LP, Wonder Where We Land.The new single, the title of which ostensibly references a small neighborhood in New York's most distant borough, largely abandons the highwire electro-pop tactics of SBTRKT in favor of something far stranger and more nefarious. Listen to the new track below via Details of My Life (it's a BBC radio rip, so enjoy it while it lasts) and watch an equally creepy teaser clip above which pulls from the album art.

  • Saul Williams: Tupac Musical Failed Because Iggy Azalea's Winning

    Saul Williams: Tupac Musical Failed Because Iggy Azalea's Winning

    Though Tupac Shakur musical Holler If Ya Hear Me outlasted initial reports of its demise, the Saul Williams-starring show was forced to close on Sunday (July 20) after only one month and 55 performances. Producer Eric Gold blamed the "financial burdens of Broadway" for the musical's early closing, but the show's lead thinks there might be a broader sociological reason at play — namely the cultural ascension of a certain caucasian female Australian rapper."There is no disconnect between this and Iggy Azalea, an Australian girl rapping with a southern accent, being number one on the charts," said Williams in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

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