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  • Lostprophets, Ian Watkins

    Lostprophets Singer Goes to Trial in June on Horrifying Child Sex Charges

    The most horrifying music-related news from late last year is now on track to create the most horrifying music-related court case of 2013. According to the Guardian, Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins is set to stand trial in June on accusations of conspiring to rape a one-year-old girl, among other charges. In a statement, the U.K. nu-metal frontman's lawyer says he "furiously denies" all charges. Two women, one 20 and the other 24, are also charged alongside Watkins.Lostprophets saw some U.S. success, including domestic sales of more than a half-million copies of 2004's Say Something, but they're a bigger deal across the pond, where 2012's Weapons topped the U.K. rock album chart. Everyone's innocent until proven guilty, but we'd rather not have favorable thoughts about Gary Glitter unless we're talking about glam-rock — and maybe not even then.

  • Hyetal

    Hyetal Previews True Panther Debut With Synthy, Swoony 'Northwest Passage'

    Hyetal is changing labels and working more collaboratively. The U.K. producer will release Modern Worship, his second album overall and first for True Panther Sounds, on May 21. He just revealed the first track from the new LP, titled "Northwest Passage," and it pairs him with Gwilym Gold, a British singer and soundmaker who co-writes a total of three songs on the album, the follow-up to 2011's Broadcast. Past collaborator Alison Garner of shoegaze band the Fauns also contributed to two tracks. "This one felt more like a view of that city from the surrounding desert obscured by a red fog, with some day trips to the coast line," Hyetal said of the album in a statement. With dream-pop synths, rumbling percussion, and Gold's disembodied vocals, "Northwest Passage" might be one of those coastal trips, but it's still plenty foggy.

  • Justin Timberlake,

    Was Justin Timberlake's 'SNL' Hosting Gig Scripted by Manatees?

    Seth MacFarlane, as host of this year's Academy Awards, wore a tuxedo. Justin Timberlake's unfortunate shtick right now is a tuxedo. A suit and tie, as he likes to call it. South Park, in its 2006 two-part ethering of Family Guy, suggests MacFarlane's animated show is actually written by manatees that push around "idea balls"; that's the only explanation for jokes that rely on random cultural references rather than, like, fully developed characters or plots.Justin Timberlake did double-duty as Saturday Night Live's host and musical guest Saturday night, and as his track record of previous SNL appearances would predict, he was pretty good at both. Especially by recent SNL standards: It isn't really saying much that Timberlake has more personality than Adam Levine and makes savvier musical decisions than Karmin.

  • Scott Weiland

    Watch Scott Weiland Threaten to Fight Obnoxious Heckler

    Don't mess with Scott Weiland. In a solo show at New York City's Irving Plaza on Saturday night, the allegedly fired Stone Temple Pilots singer fired some devastating verbal bombs at a heckler, as Grunge Report notes. Weiland might've been on his suit-and-tie shit, but that was not going to stop the singer, currently on his Purple at the Core tour, from threatening to beat the offending audience member black and blue. In fact, Weiland went so far as to challenge the heckler to fight him mano-a-mano. "So you’re fuckin' pulling that fuckin' like gun shit off on me?" Weiland began. We're not sure what that meant, but bear with us, because he continued: "Then come up and meet me one on one, man.

  • Morrissey

    Morrissey Now Has Pneumonia in Both Lungs But Plans to Perform This Week

    Stop us if you think you've heard this one before: That joke isn't funny anymore. In recent weeks, Morrissey was trying to turn Los Angeles' Staples Center meatless, and ducking out on late-night TV hosts over something called Duck Dynasty. Earlier, though, the former Smiths singer's extra-musical headlines were of a less-amusing variety, as he repeatedly canceled shows citing health problems. Now the medical concerns are back, and though on the surface they sound more serious than ever, Morrissey plans to return to the stage as early as Thursday.

  • Azealia Banks,

    Azealia Banks Blasts Off on House-Rap Screamer 'Yung Rapunxel'

    Azealia Banks joined the Prodigy onstage this weekend to perform their U.S. breakthrough "Firestarter" at Australia's Future Music Festival. Video isn't online yet, but what she called "the HIGHLIGHT" of her trip Down Under makes all the more sense in light of the finally unveiled first single from the hot-shit New York shit-talker's upcoming debut album. Banks has covered "Firestarter" before, and she sampled an earlier Prodigy track on last summer's Fantasea mixtape.

  • Mirror Universe, 'Whatever It Is You're Doing Now'

    Hear Mirror Universe's 19-Band, Two-Cassette 'Whatever It Is You're Doing Now'

    Charleston, South Carolina-based cassette label Mirror Universe Tapes has been ahead of the game with releases by Washed Out, Toro Y Moi, Active Child, Yuck, the War on Drugs, and more. "It's basically a lemonade stand," co-founder Ben Ellenburg told me of his label three years ago, and that hand-crafted sensibility still remains. In mid-March, Mirror Universe will start shipping pre-order copies of Whatever It Is You're Doing Now, a limited-edition compilation containing 100 minutes — and two cassettes — of mostly unreleased music by 19 bands from their backyard and beyond. Previously unheard material by Lust for Youth, Xander Harris, Headaches, and Slasher Film Festival Strategy shares time with already-previewed tracks by Southern Femisphere, Boring Portals, M. Sage, and more.

  • Apple

    Apple Reportedly Wants to Pay Lower Royalties Than Pandora, Whose CEO Just Left

    And around and around the online music-streaming business goes.Earlier this week, Reuters reported that Apple was in talks with the upcoming, Trent Reznor-affiliated music subscription service planned by Beats Electronics. Yesterday, the New York Post reported that Apple has been discussing its own music-streaming service with record labels. The catch, sources reportedly said, is that Apple was offering a royalty rate of a mere 0.06 cents per play.For context, that's about half the rate rival music streaming service Pandora currently pays, which is about 0.12 cents per play, the sources said. The Library of Congress' Copyright Royalty Board sets a roughly 0.21 cents -per-play royalty rate for webcasters. Broadcast-affiliated online radio services such as iHeart radio reportedly pay roughly 0.22 cents per play.

  • Laura Marling, 'Once I Was an Eagle,' album cover art

    Laura Marling Previews May LP With Stripped-Down Romp 'Where Can I Go'

    Laura Marling has shown growing confidence on each of the English singer and songwriter's albums, most recently 2011's A Creature I Don't Know, which brought her into dialogue with lions of '70s folk (Cohen, Mitchell, Sandy Denny). "Where Can I Go?," the first single from upcoming follow-up Once I Was an Eagle — due out on May 28 via Ribbon Music — is her most assured yet. Little more than acoustic guitars, weeping organ, and gentle percussion, it's a brisk and rawly communicative song that puts Marling's increasingly rich vocals in the foreground. With her longtime producer Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon), she addresses the perennial battle of the sexes with a simplicity that's as old as Bob Dylan or Nick Drake, but an entrancing presence all her own.Once I Was an Eagle track list:1. "Take the Night Off"2. "I Was an Eagle"3. "You Know"4. "Breathe"5.

  • D'Angelo, Carnegie Hall, Roots, Prince, Maya Rudolph

    Here's One Minute of D'Angelo Covering Prince With the Roots at Carnegie Hall

    The Roots, Elvis Costello, Bilal, and many other performers saluted the music of Prince last night in a tribute concert at New York City's Carnegie Hall. D'Angelo, who gave an unannounced duo performance with the Roots' ?uestlove on Monday night in Brooklyn, was also among the artists honoring the Purple One.

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