• B.B. King & Big K.R.I.T. / King by Peter Wafzig/Getty

    The First King: B.B. King Will Be on Big K.R.I.T.'s New Single

    While down at SXSW this week, Mississippi and SPIN's Next Big Thing Big K.R.I.T. went on the air with Sway in the Morning on SiriusXM's Shade 45 and announced that the 86-year-old blues legend B.B. King would be making an appearance on his upcoming single, "Praying Man" (via Rap Radar). We've been waiting for K.R.I.T.'s debut studio album (from which "Praying" will presumably come) for roughly two years now, since his critically adored mixtape, 2010's K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, caught our ears; in the meantime, we've all suffered through the usual album delays that have pushed the Def Jam record, Live From the Underground, into 2012, but not without the help of three more mixtapes. The Mississippi rapper's most recent, 4evaNaDay was one of SPIN's two rap releases of the week this week.

  • Kyuss Lives! won't go down without a fight

    Kyuss Lives! Members Fire Back at Josh Homme Over Lawsuit

    Earlier this week, SPIN reported that former Kyuss guitarist (and current QOTSA frontman) Josh Homme and former bassist Scott Reeder had filed a lawsuit against their former bandmates, vocalist John Garcia and drummer Brant Bjork, for forming a sort-of-reunion act called, ridiculously, Kyuss Lives!, using the stoner-rock monolith's name without their blessing. Now, the defendants in that case, Garcia and Bjork, have issued an official statement in response to their ex-bandmates. According to them, the suit was unexpected, and just bums them out:  "We are both shocked and saddened that our friend and one time band mate has chosen to file a lawsuit against us, especially after having positive discussions since our reformation.

  • Fiona Apple / Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty

    Watch Fiona Apple Perform New Song 'Anything We Want' at SXSW

    A non-SXSW attendee following anyone on Twitter down in Austin this week could easily develop a case of FOMO (the Fear of Missing Out). Well, Fiona Apple's comeback set at NPR's showcase at Stubb's last night was so heavily tweeted, that it almost felt like you could be there even if you were in a cubicle.

  • The Hüsker Düdes plus superiorly mustachio'd Dü bassist Greg Norton / Photo: Hüsker Düdes' Facebook

    Watch: Husker Du's Greg Norton Joins Du Tribute Band on Stage!

    While Hüsker Dü guitarist Bob Mould was busy moving his long-running solo project to Merge Records last week, famously mustachio'd bassist Greg Norton was jamming with some of the late punk outfit's biggest fans: the "planet's only Hüsker Dü tribute band," Chicago's Hüsker Düdes, at Chicago's Quenchers Saloon on Saturday. The foray might've been a birthday celebration, considering the bassist-turned-restauranteur made it to 53 years yesterday. In the video evidence courtesy of blogger Slicing Up Eyeballs, Norton joined the Düdes onstage to play "From the Gut," "Target," and "Blah, Blah, Blah." However, does the young lineup's on-stage persona live up to the energetic performances the seminal trio gave back in the '80s?

  • Turntable.fm

    Turntable.fm's Major Label Licensing Deals: 5 Things Fans Should Consider

    The creators of social music listening platform Turntable.fm announced yesterday at their SXSW presentation that the service had finally secured legitimate licensing deals with all four major labels (Universal, Sony, EMI, and Warner). Called "Turntable.fm: The Future of Music is Social," the panel found creators Billy Chasen and Seth Goldstein discussing the site's future as a promotional vehicle — one, hopefully, without traditional ad space, according to Billboard's report. Instead, branding will play a big role (expect to see a few Pepsi and Intel-branded DJ rooms and battles), and labels will use the site to leverage new music with virtual prizes and more. But what does this actually mean for the service that you probably discovered back in July, used voraciously for a few weeks, then sort of got bored with?

  • Lil Wayne / Photo by Rebecca Smeyne

    Lil Wayne Joins Cavalcade of Rappers at SXSW '12

    Last week, we learned Lil Wayne was skating down to SXSW this year, but nobody would confirm whether he was playing a show. But in very unsurprisingly news, today his label announced YMCMB will host a "takeover" this Thursday night (March 15) in Austin. Weezy will headline, while Busta Rhymes, Mystikal, Lil Chuckee, Cory Gunz, and Cash Money CEO Birdman will also take the stage at Austin Music Hall. The announcement states the show will start 8 p.m., but getting in is going to be a trial. It's an official SXSW show, though, and a fest badge or a wristband will do the trick, provided you are willing to wait in line until the venue reaches capacity (4,000 salivating YMCMB fans).

  • Jack White

    Hear Jack White Wail About Jealousy on 'Sixteen Saltines'

    Yesterday the Foo Fighters delivered a stream wrapped in a cassette tape skin, and today their analog-loving brother Jack White has released a new song from his April 24 solo album, Blunderbuss, in a widget that spins like a record. "Sixteen Saltines" is the stompy tune White debuted on Saturday Night Live two weeks ago, a ferocious jam that recalls some of the White Stripes' most bone-rattling tracks (like "The Hardest Button to Button"). Lyrically, White seems to be wading into Teenage Dream territory, wailing about a girl with stickers on her locker with whom he had (or, eek, has?) a presumably complicated relationship. Listen while trying to imagine the gifted guitarist stuffing 16 saltine crackers into his mouth, an unwise feat, no matter who you are.

  • James Murphy / Photo by Kathryn Yu

    Why James Murphy Checked His E-Mail Just Before LCD Soundsystem's Final Gig

    You've already choked back tears watching the trailer for Shut Up and Play the Hits, the forthcoming SPIN alumnus-narrated documentary that captures LCD Soundsystem's final show last spring at Madison Square Garden. Get ready for some more "aww"-inspiring commentary from the filmmakers, who keep revealing endearing details about Murphy's behavior the night of the gig. In an interview with Grantland, filmmakers Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace share one of the bandleader's biggest regrets: He can't stand watching the part of the film that includes his onstage banter leading up to Arcade Fire's guest appearance. "James always cringes when he sees that," Southern says. "Because he hates it when people onstage go for the cheap cheer, instead of just going, 'Here's Arcade Fire!' he just started talking... he never [says their name], just starts rambling.

  • Billy Corgan

    Billy Corgan Calls New Artists 'Strippers' in SXSW Interview

    Billy Corgan has never been taken for a peaceful man (actually, we're reminded every few months or so he is, in fact, quite unsatisfied), so his harumphy, old-rock-guard appearances at SXSW Interactive yesterday were no surprise. In between throwing some mean names at the artists of this generation, the Smashing Pumpkins frontman made it clear that his Inner Corgan Jury was still decidedly out on "technology." First, in Samsung's Blogger Lounge, he touted the age-old argument that technology is a tool the music business hasn't quite figured out how to use yet, but has great potential to aid artists. Frequent tweeter Corgan argued social media is good for artists and claimed to have been one of the first to say so.

  • Santigold / Puscifer's Maynard James Keenan

    Bonnaroo Adds Santigold, Puscifer, Danzig to 2012 Lineup

    A month after announcing its initial lineup, Bonnaroo has added a handful of fresh acts to its bill (via Consequence of Sound). The caravan heading down to Tennessee June 7-10 will also include Maynard James Keenan-fronted Puscifer, the highly synchable fun., the highly mashuppable Santigold, the Temper Trap, and the Cave Singers. Glenn Danzig is also slated to perform a "legacy" set, which is supposed to include Misfits/Samhain/solo Danzig material, but after last year's Fun Fun Fun madness, we'll believe it when we see it. Maybe he sees 'Roo as a place of redemption — but only if the bands there tip their caps to the Misfits. This year's Bonnaroo will be headlined by Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, and Skrillex.

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