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    Last year, Titus Andronicus debuted a new track called "Fatal Flaw," which was supposed to be the first taste of the band's follow-up to 2012's Local Business. According to frontman Patrick Stickles, the Brooklyn-based, Jersey-bred group's next LP would be a massive, 30-something-song rock opera about manic depression, inspired in part by his own experiences with the condition. While that album has yet to materialize, Titus are back with a new track, "Stranded (On My Own)," which leads off a new series of 7-inch singles.

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    Earlier this week, the New York Post reported that the Tupac Shakur musical Holler if Ya Hear Me is closing this week following poor ticket sales and mixed reviews.

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    Glastonbury Attendee Dies After Reported Ketamine Dose

    After yesterday's news that a 26-year-old Glastonbury attendee was fighting for his life after allegedly having a negative reaction to ketamine, NME reports that he died earlier today.Glastonbury police confirmed the news via Twitter, writing, "Unfortunately the man taken ill after a suspected reaction to ketamine has died this morning. His family are aware and being supported.""This is another tragic reminder of the risks of experimenting with drugs," a police spokesperson told The Guardian while the man was being treated at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. This marks the second death at the famed U.K. festival, after a 67-year-old woman died in her sleep from apparently natural causes on Wednesday, June 25.Glastonbury runs through Sunday, June 29, and will feature performances by Arcade Fire, Metallica, Jack White, Lana Del Rey, Skrillex, Dolly Parton, and many more.

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    Rapper Ra Diggs Convicted of Three Murders After His Videos Are Used as Evidence

    Brooklyn rapper Ra Diggs was found guilty on 21 federal charges, including three murders, on Thursday, June 26. The 32-year-old, born Ronald Herron, was also convicted of dealing drugs and racketeering in a case where his music videos were used as evidence against him, as the New York Times reports. He faces life in prison and will be sentenced on October 1.Prosecuters alleged that Herron was a leader in the Bloods gang and ran a drug operation in the Gowanus Houses projects. They also used several of his songs and music videos, some of which featured Waka Flocka Flame, as evidence, saying his rhymes were literal recountings of his crimes. The defense, meanwhile, argued that the tracks were just fictional accounts of his life in Brooklyn.Herron is convicted of killing three men with ties to drugs: Richard Russo, Victor Zapata, and Frederick Brooks.

  • Lil Wayne 'Krazy' Song 'Tha Carter V'

    Lil Wayne Owns His Brand of 'Krazy' on Latest 'Carter V' Song

    It's no secret that Lil Wayne isn't the most normal of dudes. Just recently, he got high (not a surprise) and talked about releasing not only Tha Carter V, but eight other albums between now and 2015. Whether that's his amazing work ethic or the weed talking, we don't know, but Weezy has shared yet another new song from the next Carter LP. Dubbed "Krazy," the Infamous-produced track features a sparse beat and Weezy rapping about "money, drugs, bitches, guns," and all the other things he knows a lot about.

  • Spoon

    Watch Spoon Blast Through 'Rent I Pay' and 'Rainy Taxi' on 'Kimmel'

    The build-up to Spoon's They Want My Soul continues, with the Austin band dropping by the Jimmy Kimmel Live! outdoor stage in Los Angeles to play two of the new album's cuts. First up was an energetic rendition of "Rent I Pay," which has already received an unofficial video and was previously stripped down for an acoustic live performance at NXNE. Then came the intense "Rainy Taxi," which the indie-rock lifers originally unleashed at Primavera Sound, in all its noisy glory. Following that festival and Governors Ball, the Kimmel gig proves that Spoon is already very comfortable with their new material, so fans should be even more pumped for their upcoming festival dates. Find "Rent I Pay" above, hail "Rainy Taxi" below, and look out for They Want My Soul — it's out August 5 via Loma Vista.  

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    One listen to good kid, m.A.A.d city and you can tell that Kendrick Lamar is an extremely introspective man. But that side of him runs deeper than fans might know, as a recent New York Times interview proves. Writer Lizzy Goodman accompanied Lamar for a time during his stint as the opener for Kanye West's Yeezus tour, often hanging out in his dressing room and on his tour bus as his entourage protected him from unfamiliar hangers-on. It's in the middle of one of those crowds that Lamar says, "As a kid, I used to stutter. I think that's why I put my energy into making music. That's how I get my thoughts out, instead of being crazy all the time."Speaking of his childhood, the 27-year-old also opens up about his upbringing in Compton, where his parents moved to from Chicago.

  • Vic Mensa 'Major Payne' song stream

    Hear Vic Mensa Shout Out Damon Wayans, Threesomes on 'Major Payne'

    Longtime fans of Vic Mensa might have been surprised when he set his rhyming skills to Disclosure's "When a Fire Starts to Burn," and they'll probably be even more jolted by his latest track, "Major Payne." Shying away from the sunnier vibes of "Lovely Day" and "Time Is Money," the Chicago rapper utilizies a menacing electronic beat for the new single, which is all about his sexual prowess and many conquests. "Three is company, that's enough for me / If she fucks with me, she in love with me / I can't say the same / Damon Wayans, that's Major Payne," he says in the chorus, one of the few lyrics we can share without blushing. For those unfamiliar, Major Payne was a middling 1995 comedy starring Damon Wayans as the titular character, a hard-ass Marine who ends up working with a group of unruly kids.

  • Hurray for the Riff Raff Letterman Body Electric

    Watch Hurray for the Riff Raff's Smoldering Take on 'The Body Electric' for 'Letterman'

    Hurray for the Riff Raff's Small Town Heroes LP recently landed on our list of the 50 Best Albums of 2014... So Far. If that's not proof enough that this New Orleans-bred folk-blues band deserves your attention, then consult the group's June 25 performance of "The Body Electric" on the Late Show With David Letterman. Decked out in a flowing white gown, singer Alynda Lee Segarra led the rootsy outfit in a rendition that starts out quiet and builds to a gorgeous swell of strings and cymbal flourishes. Watch the clip above, check out our interview with Segarra, and catch Hurray for the Riff on tour as they support Small Town Heroes through the fall.

  • Beyonc Jay Z 'On the Run' Tour Video Miami 'Bonnie and Clyde' 'Crazy in Love'

    Watch Beyonce and Jay Z Play ''03 Bonnie and Clyde' for 'On the Run' Kick-Off

    After teasing their "On the Run" tour with a star-studded action flick, Beyoncé and Jay Z kicked off the trek with a massive performance at Miami's Sun Life Stadium on Wednesday night. As you might expect, there are tons of low-quality, fan-shot videos popping up online, but the one above, which features the first three songs of the concert, defies expectations. After a short intro, the Carters start playing "'03 Bonnie and Clyde" and emerge from a cloud of smoke, with Beyoncé donning a see-through sparkly mask. Following that, they pause to bask in the applause before Jay yells, "Yeah, B, talk that shit!" prompting Bey to launch into "Upgrade U." Naturally, the screams get even louder when they start "Crazy in Love." One can only imagine how the crowd, which included LeBron James and Kelly Rowland, could keep up the energy for the 40 songs or so they performed.

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