• Paul's Boutique Mural Beastie Boys Ludlow Rivington

    Beastie Boys' 'Paul's Boutique' Honored With Mural at Site of Original Store

    Back in January, a New York City community board rejected one hip-hop lover's proposal to rename an intersection Beasties Boys Square, right where the cover photo for their second album Paul's Boutique was shot. Thanks to some bureaucratic BS, the mastermind, LeRoy McCarthy, will have to wait another five years to get that honor for the iconic hip-hop trio, but he's cooked up a pretty cool consolation prize.In case you didn't realize it, today, July 25, marks the 25th anniversary of the LP's release, and as a birthday present, artist Danielle Mastrion will paint a mural of the cover shot at the intersection of Ludlow and Rivington on the Lower East Side. Beginning at 11 a.m. ET on July 26, Mastrion will begin work on the tribute on the side of Wolfnights restaurant, which sits at 99 Rivington, the site of the long-gone boutique.

  • Sleepify Vulfpeck Michelle Shocked Spotify hack money paid

    Silent Spotify Silent Album Earns $20,000 and Michelle Shocked Wants a Piece

    Remember Sleepify, the silent album funk band Vulfpeck created for the sole purpose of gaming the Spotify payout system to earn them some cash (and fund a non-silent tour)? Well, it turns out that, despite getting removed from the streaming service after about two months, the scam worked, earning Michigan-born crew in excess of $20,000. It's pretty much the best stupid idea since the Jump to Conclusions Mat.This week, keyboardist Jack Stratton revealed that Sleepify earned $19,655.56 in royalties, a colossal sum considernig they were only getting paid between $0.0030 to $0.0038 per stream, according to Billboard. On top of that, interest in the band led people to check out their other songs, the ones with actual music, bringing in another $1,100 or so.

  • Eddie Vedder Cubs Game First Pitch Wrigley 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame'

    Baseball-Loving Eddie Vedder Shows Up Jack White and 50 Cent

    When it comes to baseball, Eddie Vedder just plain gets it. A day at the park is a treat, a time to kick back, maybe grab a beer and a dog, cheer like crazy for home runs, strikeouts, and slick double plays, and, if you're lucky, catch a foul ball. Blunderbuss sourpuss Jack White didn't look too thrilled while taking in a recent stretch of games, though he almost cracked a full smile stopping for a photo with Vedder at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. The Pearl Jam singer's sportsman-like joy is contagious:Vedder, a diehard Cubs fan, returned to the stadium last night and lived it up. He got to throw out the first pitch (see below), a very solid effort that was a bit outside but came close to being a strike, unlike 50 Cent's masturbation-induced abomination.

  • Lil Wayne Sports Agent Cristiano Ronaldo

    Lil Wayne Becomes a Sports Agent, Signs Soccer's Cristiano Ronaldo

    Lil Wayne's plan to release Tha Carter V  and eight other albums between now and 2015 may have just hit a pretty big roadblock, and it has nothing to do with his penchant for getting stoned to the bejeezus-belt on a regular basis. Instead, Weezy is apparently following in Jay Z's footsteps and getting into the sports management game, founding his own company, TMZ Sports reports.

  • Tori Amos 'Wild Way' Conan Unrepentant Geraldines

    Tori Amos Locks Eyes With America in a 'Wild Way' on 'Conan'

    At 50 years old, Tori Amos shows no signs of losing the intensity that made her a breakout star in the early '90s. We witnessed that back in April when she performed a commanding set at Rough Trade NYC to celebrate the release of her 14th studio album, Unrepentant Geraldines. For more proof, look no further than her rendition of "Wild Way" on last night's episode of Conan. Alone at her piano, Amos glares directly into the camera, repeating the line "I hate you" with such conviction that it almost makes one feel as if she's directly talking to the viewer (sorry for whatever we did, Tori!). It's both delicate and intense, two of the main attributes that have made Amos such a lasting presence in the music world. Watch it above and catch her on tour this summer.

  • Nicki Minaj 'Anaconda' Single Cover  Instagram

    Nicki Minaj Ponders Why Her Ass-Tastic 'Anaconda' Cover Is 'Unacceptable'

    Yesterday, Nicki Minaj caused quite the stir when she unveiled the artwork for her next single "Anaconda," showing off her curvaceous posterior in the tiniest of undergarments. Despite the fact that Nicki has never been shy about her body, whether she's posting nearly nude selfies on Instagram or donning electrical tape on her nipples to skate by censors, people were shocked by this latest photo. The Huffington Post went with the headline "Nicki Minaj's NSFW 'Anaconda' Cover Will Make Your Jaw Drop" while The Guardian opted for "Nicki Minaj's Anaconda cover artwork: too racy for its own good?"Minaj got wind of this blowback, and responded with a very reasonable question: Why is it that supermodels like Kate Upton who appear on magazine covers, most notably the Sports Illustrated Swisuit Issue, don't get any blowback for doing the exact same thing?

  • Jeff Tweedy Fallon Tonight Show 'High as Hello' 'Summer Noon' Lucius

    Jeff Tweedy and Son Get Help From Lucius for 'High as Hello' on 'Fallon'

    As we remarked yesterday with the release of "Fake Fur Coat," Jeff Tweedy and son Spencer — a.k.a. the duo cleverly known as Tweedy — have been rather generous when it comes to revealing the songs off of their upcoming debut album, Sukierae. With  "I'll Sing It,"  "Summer Noon," and "Wait for Love" already out there for public consumption, the family band unveiled yet another track last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The cool-as-a-cucumber "High as Hello" came with the added bonus of backing vocals by Lucius' co-frontwomen Holly Laessig and Jess Wofle, who turned in one of our favorite sets at this year's Governors Ball. The Tweedy fellas then stuck around for a bubbling take on "Summer Noon," adding a little more pep than what's heard on the studio version.

  • Sharon Van Etten 'Every Time the Sun Comes Up' 'Letterman'

    Sharon Van Etten Dazzles 'Letterman' With 'Every Time the Sun Comes Up'

    Back in 2012, an admittedly nervous Sharon Van Etten made her late-night TV debut on Fallon, cruising through the Tramp cut "Serpents" with help from the National's Aaron Dessner. Two years and one album later, the Jersey native looks way more confident in front of the cameras, showing off a quiet power with "Every Time the Sun Comes Up" on The Late Show With David Letterman last night. Van Etten and Heather Woods-Broderick, who handles much of the harmonies on the former's latest LP Are We There (one of SPIN's Best Albums of 2014 So Far) are noticeably having a good time, despite the song's downer vibe. All in all, it proves that Sharon, with all her past successes, is still getting stronger as a performer. Check it out above.

  • Jeff Tweedy 'Fake Fur Coat' Sukierae

    Jeff Tweedy Lays Down Spare Americana on 'Fake Fur Coat'

    Wilco main man Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer, who together comprise the band Tweedy, are quite content to share a heaping helping of tracks from their debut album Sukierae well in advance of its release. Following the gritty "I'll Sing It," the languid "Summer Noon," and the gentle "Wait for Love" comes "Fake Fur Coat," a sweet slice of Americana featuring just the elder Tweedy on guitar and vocals, with background organ adding some fullness and warmth. It's much more like a solo song from the Wilco boss, which was the intention behind the album until Jeff decided to get Spencer involved as a drummer. Sukierae is out September 16 via Wilco's dBpm label.

  • Chance the Rapper 'I Am Very Very Lonely' Video

    Chance the Rapper's 'I Am Very Very Lonely' Video Features Artful Dry-Humping

    Back in April, Chance the Rapper showed off his sadder side on "I Am Very Very Lonely," crooning about hanging with only cockroaches, eating cold pizza, and trying to find something, anything, to watch on TV. It was an uncharacteristic downer from the Acid Rap MC, who was all smiles when we saw him at Governors Ball. Anyway, the song was released without any indication of whether or not it would appear on a mixtape or a new album, but thanks to a new teaser video for the track, we know that Chance is up to something.The minute-long clip features a couple silhouetted against a purple background, doing a bit of bump and grind with their clothes on. It ends with a cryptic message: "I'm coming over. August 3." According to the video's description, that's the same day that Chance will play Lollapalooza, a performance that can be streamed via Red Bull.

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