• Drake Duets With Brian McKnight, Beefs With Blake Griffin at the 2014 ESPYs

    Drake Duets With Brian McKnight, Beefs With Blake Griffin at the 2014 ESPYs

    Based on his versatile entertainment career, love of sports, and willingness to make fun of himself, we knew that Drake would be a terrific ESPYs host. Still, that didn't prepare us for some of the hilarity that ensued at Los Angeles' Nokia Theater on Wednesday night — who expected the rapper to engage in an ever-escalating faux-feud with Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin? Summarizing all of the jokes would ruin the fun, but we'll grudgingly admit that the cameo by Chris Brown made us laugh. (Breezy later calling himself "America's sweetheart"? Not so much.) Elsewhere in the night, Drake made some well-intentioned, but risqué, jokes in his monologue, paid tribute to sports mistresses in a duet with Brian McKnight called "Side Pieces," read poems to WNBA star Skylar Diggins, and sang the song "Honorable Mention" for all the losers in the building.

  • Johnny Winter Guitarist Dead Obituary Dies Died

    Johnny Winter, Iconic Blues Guitarist, Dead at 70

    Blues legend Johnny Winter, a revered guitarist who collaborated with Muddy Waters on several albums, died Wednesday, July 16 in a Zurich, Switzerland hotel room while he was on tour, the Associated Press reports. A cause of death for the 70-year-old has not yet been reveald.Winter and his younger brother Edgar, who would later have hits with "Free Ride" and "Franknenstein," grew up playing the blues in Beaumont, Texas. Johnny's career got a huge boost in 1968 when he played with fellow guitarist Mike Bloomfield at New York's Fillmore East, gaining the attention of a Columbia Records executive, which eventually led to a contract with a $600,000 advance.

  • Chris Grier TLASILA dead Andrew WK Thurston Moore

    Guitarist Chris Grier, of To Live and Shave in L.A., Has Died

    UPDATE: According to TLASILA's Tom Smith, "Chris Grier died of a pulmonary embolism — clot in left leg."Guitarist Chris Grier, whose prolific career included collaborations with To Live and Shave in L.A., Thurston Moore, Andrew W.K., and Gibby Haynes, among many others, died on Thursday, July 10. The sad news came from TLASILA co-founder Tom Smith, who posted a photo of Grier on Facebook with the details:"Chris Grier, a brother-in-arms with To Live and Shave in L.A. from 2003 through 2007, died last night. He suffered a cardiac arrest, had the presence of mind to call 911, but when paramedics arrived they found him unresponsive. Chris was pronounced dead at Brooklyn Hospital. Damn, damn."As Wondering Sound reports, Grier was a part of the experimental colletive during the period when W.K. and Moore were among the many members, contributing to 2006's Noon and Eternity album.

  • Blood Orange Dev Hynes Sia 'Chandelier' Remix

    Blood Orange Sings Over Remix of Sia's 'Chandelier'

    After giving a TED Talk, scoring Gia Coppola's Palo Alto, and releasing his own music videos, Blood Orange's Devonté Hynes somehow found the time to not only remix Sia's "Chandelier," but to write and record his own verses for the 1000 Forms of Fear single. The austere, anxious vibe matches that of his Cupid Deluxe LP, adding lots of reverb and a metallic edge to the Aussie hitmaker's vocals. He takes Sia's powerful chorus and subtly buries it in the mix, making the in-your-face original sound more like the singer was screaming at you from the next room over. Stream it below, courtesy of Spotify.

  • Austra Duran Duran 'American Science' cover Making Patterns Rhyme

    Austra Release Sparse, Synth-Heavy Cover of Duran Duran's 'American Science'

    The Duran Duran tribute album Making Patterns Rhyme is due out July 15 and as yet another preview, following Warpaint's sooty interpretation of "The Chauffer" and Beliefs' shoegaze take on "Sound of Thunder," you can now hear Austra's cover of the '86 Notorious cut "American Science." The Toronto trio strip away the horn-heavy pomp of the original in favor of sparse synths and twitchy percussion, leaving the focus on Katie Stelmanis' vocals. It's a similar sound to their recently released single "Habitat," which comes from the EP of the same name. Meanwhile, you can pick up Making Patterns Rhymefrom Manimal Records, who will donate all proceeds to Amnesty International.

  • Foo Fighters Dave Grohl HBO Documentary Panel TCAs

    Dave Grohl Drops F-Bombs, Praises 'Shithole' Studios While Promoting HBO Show

    Although Dave Grohl directed a documentary and has a few acting credits, he's still somewhat of an outsider when it comes to the Hollywood industry. The Foo Fighters frontman appeared a bit out of place when he took the stage at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills to talk about his upcoming HBO series, Sonic Highways, which documents the band's multi-city recording of their upcoming eighth album.As the Associated Press reports, Grohl's phone rang in the midde of his talk, his clip-on microphone fell off his jacket, and he peppered the usually staid convention with a good dose of F-bombs.

  • Neko Case Kelly Hogan 'These Aren't the Droids' Video 2776 compilation Ellie Kemper

    'Office' Star Ellie Kemper Marries a Stormtrooper in Neko Case and Kelly Hogan's Video

    Last month, Neko Case and frequent collaborator Kelly Hogan released the song "These Aren't the Droids," which envisions a universe ruled by women, not teen boys with their love of "three-boobed aliens on stripper poles." It's a terrific sendup of both fanboy culture and the prevalance of misogyny in society, with some poignant lessons about treating women thrown in, such as, "A cougar is an animal.

  • Young Thug 'Lifestyle' 1017 Thug 2

    Young Thug Shouts Out John Dillinger in Out-There 'Lifestyle'

    After recently appearing alongside Rich Homie Quan on Rich Gang's "Lifestyle," Young Thug apparently felt the need to express his way of living with his own track of the same name. The Altanta MC warbles his way through some Auto-Tune, repeating the phrase "get along, little doggy, get along" and shouting "John Dillinger!" a whole bunch, as well as big-upping 1017 Brick Squad. This "Lifestyle" will appear on his upcoming 1017 Thug 2 mixtape, which hopefully lives up his past work. After all, we did name him one of "The REAL 10 Hottest MCs in the Game." The tape is due out tomorrow. 

  • Kim Deal Morgan Nagler 'Range on Castle' Video 'The Terror' Jack Nicholson

    Kim Deal and Morgan Nadler Scare Up Jack Nicholson for 'Range on Castle' Video

    Back in March, Kim Deal told SPIN about the bizarre origins of her single with Morgan Nagler, "Range on Castle," saying, "I found myself on a date, going to a gun range on Castle Road, here in Huber Heights, Ohio." Now the duo has come up with a suitably strange video for the ambing track by using clips from Roger Corman's 1963 horror film The Terror, starring Boris Karloff and a very young Jack Nicholson. Thanks to the fact that the movie is in the public domain, Nagler's brother chopped up the footage to focus on Nicholson, playing a young French soldier, and a ghostly baroness. The result is a trippy, truncated romance that doesn't have the happiest of endings. It's both eerie and funny watching Nicholson's all-business acting set against Deal and Nagler's playful falsetto vocals.

  • Varg Vikernes Guilty Inciting Racial Hatred Burzum trial

    Burzum's Varg Vikernes Found Guilty of 'Inciting Racial Hatred'

    Almost a year to the day after he was arrested on suspicion of plotting a massacre, notorious black metal singer Varg Vikernes has been found guilty of inciting racial hatred. According to Norway's The Local, a French court gave the Burzum frontman a six-month suspended sentence and ordered him to pay a €8,000 ($10,888 USD) fine.Vikernes originally drew the attention of French authorities after receiving the manifesto of Anders Breivik, the Norwegian man who killed 77 people in a bombing and shooting rampage in 2011. Vikernes wrote a blog post about how he agreed with much of Breivik's views, but suspected that the mass murderer was actually working on behalf of a vast Jewish conspiracy.

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