• Aaliyah Zendaya Lifetime Biopic Family

    Aaliyah's Family Not Happy About Lifetime Biopic Starring Disney Teen

    On a scale from Chris Brown to BANKS of posthumous Aaliyah projects, the new Lifetime made-for-TV biopic about the late R&B great might not place on the spectrum at all. That's if the singer's relatives have it their way. As TMZ reports, Aaliyah Dana Haughton's uncle and former manager, Barry Hankerson, says the family is outraged the network never contacted them about the film set to star 17-year-old Disney actress Zendaya in the lead role.Hankerson said Aaliyah's estate will deny any request to use her music, and has hired a lawyer to try to block the as-yet untitled film's release all together. While a movie about the "Are You That Somebody" icon's tragically short life has been rumored for some time, one can't help but feel a Lifetime special probably isn't what fans have been hoping for.Also, Zendaya's casting has been met with criticism.

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    Hear the Growlers' Ominous Psych-Rock Shanty 'Big Toe'

    The Growlers' Chinese Fountain won't be out until fall, but the laid-back SoCal surf punks have let loose the album's first single just in time for summer. On "Big Toe," the band picks up where their nine-song Gilded Pleasures EP left off in November, delivering another trademark nugget of salt-water psychedelia, entrancing listeners with a compelling groove as singer Brooks Nielsen croons atop with slacker swagger. Not all's peachy, though. There's an ominous tone here, as he slanders his subject in a narrator's voice, telling listeners, "She's a lost cause, so count your losses."Chatting with Nielsen last month, SPIN learned the new album was created in typical break-neck fashion. But for the first time that's stuck (as opposed to that long lost Dan Auerbach session), the band recorded with "nice equipment" in a modern studio.

  • Amnesty International Iggy Pop Justin Bieber

    Iggy Pop Praises Justin Bieber (Under Torture) in Amnesty Ad

    "Torture a man and he will tell you anything."That's tag line of a new Belgian Amnesty International ad campaign led by an image of a battered and bruised Iggy Pop, effectively admitting defeat and betraying his legacy with praise of the Biebz: "The future of rock 'n' roll, it's Justin Bieber," he says in a caption under his gnarly mug.It's a lie, of course. The explanation follows in French, translating to: "In addition to being inhumane, torture is ineffective. Let's stop it." The Belgium-based wing of Amnesty's "Stop Torture" campaign also includes the Dalai Lama and fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld, each looking significantly roughed up and making similarly damning, oxymoronical remarks under pressure.Amnesty International, of course, is no stranger to aligning itself with pop-culture icons. Earlier this year, the organization hosted a show with Pussy Riot, Flaming Lips, Ms.

  • John Lennon Yoko Ono Licenses Global Agent Epic Rights

    Yoko Ono Unveils Plans to Licence John Lennon's Legacy

    Surely, we'll never get over John Lennon. Whether it's news of a deaf woman hearing his "Imagine" as the first listening experience of her entire life, or a continued infatuation over the Beatles' split that has us listening to the visionary songwriter and wife Yoko Ono speaking on the subject 40 years later ... well, as far as ongoing cultural significance the guy maybe wasn't so far off when he compared himself to Jesus. And just as Mr. Christ continues to indirectly rake in the cash, so too will Mr. Lennon. Ono has now entered into a new contract for global branding and rights management with Epic Rights — the new global licensing agent for her late husband's legacy. Some of the company's other clients include KISS, Aerosmith, Woodstock, Jefferson Airplane, Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard, Billy Idol, and others.

  • elliott smith heaven adores you documentary teaser

    Watch the First Four Minutes of Elliott Smith's 'Heaven Adores You' Doc

    The first four minutes have been released of the Elliott Smith documentary that took three years to piece together. Watch above, thanks to the AFI DOCS international documentary festival in Washington, D.C. The film, Heaven Adores You, began with a Kickstarter campaign in 2011 and trailers have trickled out since then, the most recent of which arrived in April to align with the premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival.The new clip, fittingly titled "Heaven Adores You: The First Few Minutes," begins with Smith in a 1998 interview speaking on his newfound success following the Oscar nomination for his song "Miss Misery," famously included in the soundtrack for Good Will Hunting. "I mostly only know things are different because people ask me different questions," he says, "but I don't feel like things are very changed. I do the same things that I did before.

  • Morrissey Guitarist Slams Kristeen Young

    Morrissey Guitarist on Kristeen Young: 'Good Riddance to False Friends'

    Looks like indie rock's got an old-fashioned mystery on its hands. Either that or a case of petty finger-pointing. And it's all over who got Morrissey sick.After canceling the remaining dates of his U.S. tour due to a respiratory infection, Moz blamed opening act Kristeen Young for his illness. Young then spoke up in her own defense, posting on Facebook she only had allergies and was not responsible for getting the old man ill. And now auxiliary bandmates and producers are getting into the mix on this (ridiculous) whodunnit caper.It seems that producer Tony Visconti "liked" Young's defensive Facebook post, as Pitchfork points out, which then gave Moz guitarist Jesse Tobias the motivation to speak up.

  • Souls of Mischief Announce There is Only Now

    Souls of Mischief's New Concept Album to Feature Busta Rhymes, Ali Shaheed Muhammed

    After looking back last year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Souls of Mischief's legendary 93 'Til Infinity, the iconic Bay Area hip-hop quartet has announced a new record out August 26 called There Is Only Now. For the Hieroglyphcs group's first release in five years, A-Plus, Phesto, Opio, and Tajai teamed with producer Adrian Younge (Jay-Z, Ghostface Killah, Delfonics) and a handful of notable guests to weave a musical crime saga based on a near-fatal accident early in the four Souls members' careers.The cinematically blessed 19 tracks are narrated by A Tribe Called Quest member Ali Shaheed Muhammed, who plays the DJ for fictional Oakland radio station K-NOW and unfolds the story through his all-seeing eye.

  • conan o'brien jack white interns miming

    See Conan's Interns Attempt to Rock Like Jack White

    As Jack White's been touring the country supporting his new album Lazaretto, he's also been hitting the late night talk show circuit. This week alone he joined Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show and then sat down with Conan O'Brien to talk all things from cell phones to the transcontinental success of "Seven Nation Army," plus perform a couple of songs off his new disc. But the Third Man Records' boss has a busy schedule and can't spend his time on camera rehearsals before each of these shows, so in the case of Coco's, they had interns sit in for White and his band as the production team got all its shots right for the real deal.Despite White's recent suggestions that his brand of bluesy rock'n'roll has been ripped off by the Black Keys and soundalikes (for which he later apologized), it turns out mimicking the guy's moves is not all that easy.

  • LEtterman First Aid Kit Video my silver lining

    See First Aid Kit Wow Letterman With 'My Silver Lining'

    You've gotta hand it to those Söderberg sisters of First Aid Kit, they know how to impress an audience. SPIN gave their new LP, Stay Gold, an 8 of 10 earlier this week and Thursday night David Letterman joined the fan club with a grandfatherly congratulations and an offer to be their errand boy. Following the duo's absorbing performance of the traveling-song standout "My Silver Lining," the Late Show host got up from behind his desk to wish the girls congratulations. Having announced his impending retirement next year, Letterman told Johanna and Klara Söderberg, "I don’t know if you know this but I'm moving to Stockholm and I'd be happy to run errands.""Good to know," responded Klara after a few chuckles. The guy could definitely do worse for himself.

  • The Growlers

    The Growlers Clean Up for Spit-Shined New Album 'Chinese Fountain'

    For the Growlers, putting a record together in anything but a rush sounds like a nightmare.It's a winning formula for the SoCal surf punks, says singer Brooks Nielsen. Since 2008, the group has released four LPs, five EPs, a couple of 7" singles, a collection of demos, and soon — having recently finished what Nielsen calls their best record yet — the confident Chinese Fountain, out this fall on Everloving Records. Writing and recording at a relentless pace, "It works well that way," he says simply. "I don't know how the fuck we do it but Matt [Taylor, lead guitarist] and I just buckle down and put the songs together...

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