• Nicky Da B's Family Needs Help Paying for His Funeral

    Nicky Da B's Family Needs Help Paying for His Funeral

    Following Nicky Da B's shocking death at age 24, the New Orleans artist's DJ and manager Rusty Lazer is calling on his fans and friends to help pay for the bounce rapper's funeral. "Times are tough. If you have a little bit to spare, nickydab's mom is accepting donations for funeral expenses on Paypal. Send it as a gift to toney293@aol.com. Please reblog this as well," Lazer wrote on Tumblr. "Thank you all for the massive amount of love and support. It's really sustaining all of us right now."Nicky, a Louisiana native who collaborated with Diplo on "Express Yourself," died after a brief illness, but the specific ailment hasn't been disclosed, according to The Times-Picayune.

  • CBGB Festival 2014 Lineup: Janes Addiction, Devo

    CBGB Festival Brings Jane's Addiction, Devo, and Billy Idol to New York

    Following the announcement of the 2014 CBGB Music and Film Festival, organizers have revealed that performers will include such big-name acts as Jane's Addiction, Devo, Billy Idol, Surfer Blood, We Are Scientists, Duff McKagan, Dirty South, Macy Gray, and Robert DeLong, among dozens of other diverse artists.On the film side, Devo will see the world premiere of their documentary Hardcore Devo Live!, which shows them performing the experimental songs they wrote in their Akron, Ohio garages and basements before they had any success. Other films include a 30th anniversary screening of This Is Spinal Tap, Like Sunday Like Rain, which stars Leighton Meester and Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, and The Winding Stream, a documentary about the Carter and Cash families.The festival runs October 8 through 12, with events taking place all over New York City.

  • Iceage 'Forever' Video 'Plowing Into the Fields of Love' Album cover release date

    Iceage Announce 'Plowing Into Fields Love' LP With Dark 'Forever' Video

    Following their rockabilly-flavored single "The Lord's Favorite," Iceage are back with news of their third album and a dark tune called "Forever." The Danish punk quartet will release Plowing Into the Field of Love on October 7 via Matador, and to announce the occasion, the band enters semi-Joy Division mode in their new video, jamming in a dark room with an old man who contributes violin and trumpet. It's all brooding and anger from frontman Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, but what else would you expect after 2013's excellent You're Nothing? Watch the video above and check out the album's violence-hinting cover below.

  • Jack White Blogotheque Acoustic French palace Château de Fontainebleau

    Jack White Performs Unplugged Set at Famed French Palace

    Before getting his haircut and attending a slew of baseball games, Jack White taped a special performance in France for La Blogotheque's "Take Away" series at the royal Palace of Fontainebleau outside of Paris. Minus the camera crew, it's a completely unplugged two-song set at the chateau, which makes perfect sense given that White is a bit of a Luddite and loves all things vintage. He begins with the White Stripes' White Blood Cells cut "The Same Boy You've Always Known," wandering through the palace halls until he comes across his three backing musicians. Once they finish, he pauses, then silently leaves the spacious room.

  • Sam Smith 'Fast Car' Tracy Chapman Cover BBC Live Lounge

    Sam Smith Slows Down Tracy Chapman's 'Fast Car' for BBC Live Lounge

    If Sam Smith is upset after being called a "chubby fuck factory" by RiFF RAFF, the British singer isn't letting it affect his performance. He recently stopped by the BBC's Live Lounge for a session that featured renditions of "I'm Not the Only One" and Tracy Chapman's 1988 hit "Fast Car." Much like his take on Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know," Smith's version is slower and sparer with almost all the focus on his signature delicate crooning. After all, the man knows his strengths. Watch it above, listen to his Live Lounge version of "I'm Not the Only One" below, and catch Sam on tour in the U.S. and Europe through November. 

  • Nick Cave Bad Seeds 'Give Us a Kiss'

    Nick Cave Offers Previously Unreleased 'Give Us a Kiss' From New Documentary

    Nick Cave has never been one to do things the traditional way, so it's fitting that a new film about the rock icon wouldn't be your average music doc. Instead, 20,000 Days on Earth focuses on the 56-year-old singer-songwriter's life and career through live footage, interviews, and surreal scripted scenes that, yep, celebrate his 20,000 days spent alive (that caveat implies that the doc was supposedly filmed 290 days after his 54th birthday, but we're not sure if he factored in leap years).To celebrate the Sundance award-winning movie's upcoming release, Cave and longtime band the Bad Seeds released the chillingly beautiful "Give Us a Kiss," an outtake from 2013's Push the Sky Away. As a bonus, that new song comes backed by a live performance of 2013 single "Jubilee Street," recorded live at the Sydney Opera House.

  • New Pornographers 'Brill Bruisers' 'Letterman'

    New Pornographers Bounce Through 'Brill Bruisers' on 'Letterman'

    The New Pornographers' excellent sixth album, Brill Bruisers, takes its cues from the famous Brill Building sound of '50s and '60s pop, revs them up, adds plenty of electric crunch, and turns them into a fresh, modern sound. The Canadian supergroup proved that the material translates extremely well to the stage with a performance of the LP's title track last night on Letterman, with Carl Newman and Neko Case leading the band through the tune's exultant six-part harmony. The album is out now via Matador and the New Porns will be on tour in the U.S. through November.

  • Patrick Carney 'BoJack Horseman' Theme Song netflix

    The Black Keys' Patrick Carney Wrote the 'BoJack Horseman' Theme Song

    It seems the music press has been sleeping on Patrick Carney's Twitter feed as of late, because it seems today is the day most of us got clued into the fact that the Black Keys drummer composed the theme song to the new Netflix cartoon BoJack Horseman, which premiered on the streaming service a week ago. We'll just chalk that up to end-of-summer malaise, pretend it's a new thing, and move on, okay?So, yep, up above you can watch the opening credits to the show, which stars Will Arnett as a washed-up sitcom star who also happens to be a horse, and hear Carney and his uncle Ralph Carney's mix of funky synths and smooth-as-hell saxophone stylings.

  • Aphex Twin 'Syro' Listening Parties

    Aphex Twin Will Hold 'SYRO' Listening Parties for Lucky Fans

    Aphex Twin's rollout for SYRO, his first album in 13 years, has been fairly unconventional, what with the blimp teaser, deep web announcement, and barely legible autobiography. But now the "fartist" born Richard D. James is giving some lucky fans the chance to hear the new songs in a more traditional matter. Starting September 5 in London and Paris, with subsequent events in the U.S., Canada, and other European countries, SYRO will be played in its entirety at listening parties, with tickets available to the public via a lottery. According to Warp, the contest "begins on Sunday, August 31 at 4AM PST / 7AM EST / 12PM GMT / 1PM CET and closes Tuesday, September 2 at midnight in each time zone." There's no other information given about the events, so we'll just assume they're going to feature some surprises (a la Karen O).

  • Miley Cyrus' VMA Date Jesse Helt Arrested Oregon Surrenders

    Miley Cyrus' VMA Date Jesse Helt Arrested on Probation Violation

    After becoming an instant celebrity by accepting Miley Cyrus' MTV VMA for Video of the Year, homeless runaway and aspiring model Jesse Helt surrendered to Oregon police yesterday for a probation violation following a 2010 arrest. According to The Oregonian, the 22-year-old was booked into the Polk County Jail on Thursday and was later released on $2,500 bail.  Helt had previously been charged with criminal mischief, criminal trespass, and burglary after he broke into the house of a man who he suspected of selling bad marijuana. After pleading down to misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief and criminal trespass, Helt spent 30 days in jail and was sentenced to probation. In 2011, a warrant was put out for the overnight celebrity's arrest after he repeatedly failed to show up for meetings with his probation officer, breaking the terms of the deal.

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