• Q&A: Run the Jewels on the Tragedy in Ferguson and Racist Idiots

    Q&A: Run the Jewels on the Tragedy in Ferguson and Racist Idiots

    It's been a hectic week for Run the Jewels. In the span of a few days, the duo of Killer Mike and El-P played a New York show, announced their second album (RTJ2), and released the single "Blockbuster Night Part 1," all while keeping close watch on the horrific events taking place in Ferguson, Missouri after the killing of Michael Brown. In fact, Mike also had time to write an open letter and op-ed about the tragedy, and appear on CNN to share his perspective on being a black man in America as well as the son of an Atlanta police officer. Due to a scheduling mix-up, our chat with Run the Jewels took place in two parts: First, with Mike on his own then with El-P jumping on the line a bit later. As expected, their talk of Ferguson, racism, America, and the police was equally intelligent, insightful, and entertaining.You appeared on CNN this week.

  • Beck Jenny Lewis 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy'? Rod Stewart

    See Beck and Jenny Lewis Get Hammy on 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy'? Cover

    Given their vocal talents, we'd expect Beck and Jenny Lewis to be good at karaoke, but what we didn't know is just how much of that hammy gusto they could bring to a cornball classic like Rod Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" On Wednesday night in Redmond, Washington, the pals busted out a cover of the 1978 disco smash, bouncing and struting around the stage with abandon. "We could go all night. Just me, you, and Jenny, and a couple of friends," Beck says in the middle in a borderline creepy voice, obviously relishing in the song's sleaze. It's certainly nowhere near as good as their last team-up on "Just One of the Guys," Lewis' Voyager cut that Beck produced, but it's definitely a lot of fun.

  • Arcade Fire Richard Reed Parry Ice Bucket Challenge ALS

    Arcade Fire Do the Ice Bucket Challenge Because of Les Claypool

    After raising over $50 million and clogging up your Facebook feed, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is still a thing that people are doing. We've seen dozens of musicians do it with vary degrees of success and hilarity, but it seems many are still getting hip to the viral charity fad. Just this week, Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry got doused by bandmate Will Butler as they walked offstage following a gig in Bangor, Maine. The multi-instrumentalist was called out by none other than Primus' Les Claypool, who also challenged Rush's Geddy Lee and the Police's Stewart Copeland. Claypool himself got soaked while wearing a pig mask and playing an upright bass, because of course.

  • Scott Weiland Imposter Arrested Jail TMZ

    Scott Weiland Is Not in Jail for Meth Possession, but a Weiland Impostor Is

    Well, this is a doozy. Sometime last night, TMZ reported that former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland had been locked up in a Los Angeles jail since July 26 for possession of meth. He'd allegedly been busted by Beverly Hills cops after shoplifting some razors from a Rite Aid, and the drugs were found after they searched him. He was locked up, with bail set at $95,000. The problem with the story is that Weiland was never arrested, and has been performing and recording with his new band, the Wildabouts. We know this because, after hearing about his purported incarceration, he posted a video on Facebook saying TMZ's report was a work of "fiction" and that they'd be hearing from his lawyers. The problem with any potential lawsuit against the gossip site is that they had a credible source — the Beverly Hills Police Department.

  • Amy Winehouse Statue London Camden Stables

    Amy Winehouse Honored With London Statue, Defying Local Tradition

    In the three years since Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning at age 27, her family — especially her father, Mitch — and friends have continued to honor her musical legacy and use her tragic passing as a means to help others who battle substance abuse.

  • Aphex Twin 'Syro' Album Cover Bio

    Aphex Twin Declares Self a 'Fartist' in 'SYRO' Album Bio

    First came a blimp, then a deep web announcement, and now the one-of-a-kind album rollout for Aphex Twin's SYRO continues with the official release of some weirdo cover art, a weirder track list, and a downright hilariously bizarre artist bio (at least this time he did it via a traditional label-sent press release). The much-anticipated return LP by the electronic musician also known as Richard D. James will feature songs with names that really roll off the tongue, like "fz pseudotimestretch+e+3 [138.85]" and "syro u473t8+e [141.98][piezoluminescence mix]."Then there's his new "fartist" bio, a screed so jumbled that it very well could have been written by a chimp in the midst of a mescaline binge.

  • T.I. 'New National Anthem' Skylar Grey

    T.I. Dissects America's Culture of Violence With Skylar Grey on 'New National Anthem'

    Two days after posting lengthy Instagram comments criticizing the looters and authorities in Ferguson, Missouri (as well as society at large), T.I. joined forces with Skylar Grey to expound on his thoughts with the song "New National Anthem." The Atlanta rapper goes off on the problems faced by black people in America and all the inherent fucked-upness of society and the government, delivering an impassioned speech in the middle that includes the following:"Let me ask you something. If the kids are the future, tell me why you can get more for being C.O., than you can for being a teacher. Tell me why it means more to the government to pay the people who got to watch over the prisoners, more than the people who got to keep the children from becoming prisoners. That make sense? Tell me why 9 ounces of crack will get you more time than a rape right now.

  • Lauryn Hill 'Black Rage (Sketch)' Ferguson Missouri

    Lauryn Hill Calls for Peace in Ferguson With 'Black Rage (Sketch)'

    As the tensions in Ferguson, Missouri show only modest signs of abating, Lauryn Hill has joined the conversation surrounding the police killing of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown via a previously unreleased song "Black Rage (Sketch)." Set to the tune of the Sound of Music classic "My Favorite Things," the track, according to her, was recorded in her living room, and details the political and social subjugation of black people. "When the dog bites / When the beatings / When I'm feeling sad / I simply remember all these kinds of things and then I don't feel sad," she sings in the refrain over a double-time rhythm. "An old sketch of Black Rage, done in my living room. Strange, the course of things. Peace for MO," she wrote by way of explanation, in addition to posting the lyrics on her website. Listen below.

  • Run the Jewels new album RTJ2 'Blockbuster Night Part 1' Killer Mike El-P

    Run the Jewels Preview Second Album 'RJT2' With 'Blockbuster Night Part 1'

    Killer Mike has been busy sharing his thoughts on the tragdy in Ferguson, Missouri with op-eds and a CNN appearance, but behind the scenes he and best bud El-P have been gearing up to release their second Run the Jewels album, RTJ2. Well in advace of that record's Oct. 28 release, they've shared a new track, "Blockbuster Night Part 1," which showcases their intricate-yet-playful wordplay and blend of humor, wit, and gravitas. The sequel to 2013's Run the Jewels will feature guest stars including Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha and Blink-182's Travis Barker, and based on El-P's tweet about their drug regimen during the sessions, it should be quite a ride: "incidentally, mike and i went through 2 ounces of sour, 1 ounce of shrooms and 4 grams of hash in 6 days while recording these.

  • J. Cole 'Be Free' Ferguson shooting Michael Brown

    J. Cole's Song for Ferguson's Slain Mike Brown Is Pained and Real

    As the fallout continues following the tragic death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown at the hands of a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, J. Cole now channels the combination of outrage, shock, and despair into a new song dubbed "Be Free." The North Carolina MC repeatedly croons "all we want to do is take the chains off" over a sparse electronic piano sample, with audio of Brown's friend Dorian Johnson recounting the fatal killing interspersed. To add to the impact, Cole used a photo of Brown's body as it lay uncovered in the street after his death (warning: if you don't want to see it, don't scroll past the play-button on the embedded player below).Cole explained his intentions behind the song and his feelings on the tragedy in a statement, saying:There was a time in my life when I gave a fuck. Every chance I got I was screaming about it. I was younger.

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