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  • Lil Wayne

    Lil Wayne Reportedly In and Out of Hospital for Another Seizure

    Lil Wayne has been hospitalized for another seizure, according to TMZ. Sources told the gossip website that Wayne's bodyguards took him to L.A. hospital Cedars-Sinai late last night. The sources reportedly said Wayne only had one seizure and was cleared to leave the hospital this morning.Wayne was hospitalized earlier this year for a series of seizures he said almost killed him. Wayne told a radio interviewer he's an epileptic and has suffered from seizures for years. He also, it should be noted, criticized TMZ, which had initially reported then that he was being prepared for his last rites.Earlier today, Wayne issued a statement acknowledging that one of his recent lyrics hurt the family of Emmett Till, whose lynching as a 14-year-old boy in '50s Mississippi helped galvanize the civil rights movement.

  • Beastie Boys, MCA

    Brooklyn's 'MCA Day' Will Celebrate Beastie Boy's Legacy This Weekend

    No sleep till Saturday, Brooklyn. That marks the one-year anniversary of Beastie Boys rapper Adam "MCA" Yauch's death on May 4, 2012, after suffering from cancer. In MCA's honor, a free "MCA Day" event will be taking place at Brooklyn's Littlefield performance and art space from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. As AllHipHop reports, the second annual MCA Day will be centered around visual installations. Rare pre-fame photographs of MCA, Michael "Mike D" Diamond, and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz by Glen E. Friedman will be on display, along with photos by Sunny Bak, who snapped the famous shot of the Beastes in front of the World's Fair Globe in Queens.Also on hand will be artwork from Michael McLeer, co-creator of the Jam Master Jay Foundation for Music's "Jam Awards," along with artwork from Beasties fans worldwide, via the Keep It On and On project.

  • Lil Wayne

    Lil Wayne's Unwise Emmett Till Lyric Spawns Rap's Latest Pseudo-Apology

    Lil Wayne has publicly backed away from a lyric that turned a key moment in the Civil Rights Movement into a cheap sexual punchline. Epic Records already apologized for the offending line, which appeared on a remix of Future's F.B.G.: The Movie track "Karate Chop," and took down online versions of the song. Now Wayne has issued a statement disavowing the lyric, which referred to a tragic 14-year-old lynching victim in '50s Mississippi by saying, "Beat the pussy up like Emmett Till."As posted by Miss Info, the statement never uses words like "apologize," "sorry," or "forgive," but it does express an attempt to "acknowledge" the pain of Till's family ("as well as the letter you sent to me via your attorneys"). In the statement, Wayne promises not to allude to Till or the family in his music.

  • Phoenix, 'Live on Letterman,' interview

    Watch Phoenix's Full, No-Nonsense 'Live on Letterman' Set and Interview

    Phoenix are a band for all stages. At Coachella, the French band headlined for more than 70,000 festival-goers. Though their "Live on Letterman" performance last night was streaming live for the Internet, they played to a room of fewer than 700 people at New York City's Hudson Theatre. The forceful set spanned the band's early material up to their very good new album Bankrupt!.Phoenix also sat down for a "Live on Letterman" interview, which you can watch below (only after reading our cover story on the band, of course). Plus, coming off stops at Jimmy Kimmel Live!and Saturday Night Live, Phoenix were the on-air musical guests for Late Show With David Letterman, as well, performing a medley of Bankrupt!'s "Trying to Be Cool" and "Drakkar Noir," which you can watch at the bottom here.

  • Beck

    Beck Confirms 'Acoustic Record' to Coincide With Unplugged Tour Dates

    Beck's upcoming dates are in support of a new record, after all. The shape-shifting alt hero recently announced a handful of unplugged and full-band gigs, including one with Bob Dylan and Wilco near New York City. Now, Beck has confirmed he's working on an "acoustic record," too.According to the musician's reps, Beck's three acoustic shows this spring and summer will unveil "never before heard material from an upcoming acoustic record." An announcement adds that "the record can best be described as self-contained work, one that came in the form of a burst of inspiration following the completion" of 2012's Song Reader sheet-music album. The sets will also include stripped-down renditions of familiar Beck classics.

  • Daft Punk

    Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' Closer 'Contact' Allegedly Emerges in Early Form

    Last month, Daft Punk revealed they had sworn off samples for their upcoming album Random Access Memories (out May 21). But there was an exception. They told Rolling Stone the closing track, "Contact," would begin with a slice of, in the French electronic duo's words, "an Australian rock record." Well, as FACT points out, a recording has surfaced online of a Daft Punk-related track including just that. Ladies and gentlemen, we may have just made contact with "Contact."Check out Techno Logic: Daft Punk's 19 Savviest SamplesIn 2002, Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter DJed at Amsterdam's Paradiso with fellow French electronic musicians Cassius and DJ Falcon.

  • Kim Deal,

    Kim Deal's Second 'Solo Series' Single, Out Now, Explores Wider Range

    Kim Deal released her second "Solo Series" 7-inch single this week. The white-label vinyl release is limited to 1,000 copies through Deal's website, or it's available digitally via iTunes, Amazon, and others. Deal, an indie-rock luminary you might know from Pixies, the Breeders, and the Amps, kicked off her singles series earlier this year; the fine first installment contains death-haunted loper "Walking With a Killer," along with scuzz-funk instrumental "Dirty Hessians." Her latest release stretches out farther, with the instantly appealing bedroom-rock anthem "Hot Shot" on one side and, on the other, the brief acoustic lullaby "Likkle More," which shares its title with Jamaican slang for goodbye. Both are well worth hearing, but you'll have to part with a buck apiece for the pleasure.

  • Wampire

    Wampire Share Easygoing, Romantically Disillusioned 'Trains'

    Wampire's debut album, Curiosity, doesn't arrive until May 14 via Polyvinyl, but the Portland duo has already shared two previous songs from the record: groove-based space-out "Spirit Forest" and spazzy horrow show "The Hearse." Now comes their most laid-back song yet, "Trains," which Wampire's Eric Phipps came up with at an age when he was "overly idealistic about love" (via Rolling Stone). The delicately arranged, grainy, and off-kilter psych-pop leaves no mistaking its producer, Unknown Mortal Orchestra bassist Jake Portrait. If UMO are "So Good at Being in Trouble," this winning tune about being kept waiting in romantic purgatory reiterates that Wampire have skills of their own.Download "Trains" over at RS.

  • Pet Shop Boys,

    Pet Shop Boys Preview 'Pretty Banging' LP 'Electric' With Rave-y 'Axis' Video

    Stuart Price, who produced Pet Shop Boys' upcoming album, told SPIN recently the effort was going to be "a dance record," and "every track is going to have that euphoric, fresh feel to it." The London synth-pop gurus have now announced they'll release Electric, their second album in less than a year, on July 15 via their new x2 imprint through Kobalt Label Services. The duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe describes the album as "pretty banging," and the track list, containing eight new songs plus a Bruce Springsteen cover, is below. British singer/rapper Example guests on one track.Pet Shop Boys have also shared the first song from the new record, "Axis," in the form of a hallucinatory music video.

  • MGMT

    Watch MGMT Unfurl Swirling New Song 'Mystery Disease' Live

    MGMT returned to the stage over the weekend for the first time since holing up to record their upcoming, Aphex Twin-influenced third album, the follow-up to 2010's Congratulations. Performing at Penn State University, the psych-rockers debuted a new song evidently titled "Mystery Disease," as Consequence of Sound notes. With whirring drums and heady organs, the song is no retreat to the radio-ready glam-pop of 2008's Oracular Spectacular, but it's less of a departure than their interview mentions of house music might've indicated. Then again, it's in keeping with the twitchy space-rock of the band's recent cassette-only Record Store Day single, "Alien Days," which is set to appear on the new album.

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