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DJ Premier and Torii Wolf Team Up for New Song “1st”: Listen

DJ Premier and Torii Wolf Team Up for New Song "1st": Listen

Singer-songwriter Torii Wolf‘s upcoming debut album Flow Riiot will be produced entirely by iconic hip-hop producer DJ Premier. The first offering from the project, fittingly, is “1st.” Stream it and see the artwork below. “Torii has such a weird, wicked style,” Premier said in a press release. “It’s just very left field—reminiscent of a Björk or something like that. She is so unique and versatile; she writes, sings, and is an accomplished guitarist and drummer. But image-wise, there is no comparison. Subject-wise, Torii is in a whole different place.”


Nite Jewel, Zoë Kravitz, Samantha Urbani Cover Rexy’s “Don’t Turn Me Away”: Listen

Nite Jewel, Zoë Kravitz, Samantha Urbani Cover Rexy's "Don't Turn Me Away": Listen

Earlier this year, Samantha Urbani (Blood Orange collaborator, formerly of Friends) and her new URU label teamed up with Lucky Number to reissue British pop duo Rexy’s 1981 album Running Out of Time. Upon announcing the reissue, Urbani covered Rexy’s “Alien” from the album. Now, she’s teamed up with Nite Jewel and actress Zoë Kravitz (of Lolawolf) to cover Rexy’s “Don’t Turn Me Away,” another track from Running Out of Time. Hear their cover and Rexy’s original below.

Revisit the video for Nite Jewel’s “Stay a Little Longer”:



DJ Shadow Shares “The Mountain Will Fall” Video: Watch

DJ Shadow Shares "The Mountain Will Fall" Video: Watch

On June 24, DJ Shadow will release his next album, The Mountain Will Fall. He’s already shared the title track, “Nobody Speak” (with Run the Jewels), and the iTunes bonus track “Swerve.” Today, he’s released the video for the album’s title track. Directed by Territory Studios’ Marti Romances, the clip depicts an astronaut floating through space and across beautiful planets, slowly approaching an intense white light. The cosmic traveller crosses to the other side and is set alight, becoming a shooting star of sorts. As the camera zooms out, the astral objects form a constellation resembling the artwork for DJ Shadow’s upcoming LP. Watch below.

Here’s what Romances had to say about the video in a press release:

As huge fans, it’s been a pleasure to collaborate with DJ Shadow on the graphics.  We’re really excited by the project and look forward to an amazing come back. The peaceful and long momentum of the song inspired us to create something very unanimated and mysterious. The part we like the most is where we see the astronaut being shot into hyperspace and then we see that being part of that cosmic constellation at the end.

Read our interview with DJ Shadow about the upcoming album here, and check out his upcoming tour dates below.

DJ Shadow:

06-24 Strasbourg, France – Artefact Festival
07-01 Montreux, Switzerland – Montreux Jazz Festival
07-02 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Pitch Festival
07-08 Liege, Belgium – Les Ardentes
07-14 Sesimbra, Portugal – Super Bock, Super Rock
07-17 Benicassim, Spain – Benicassim
07-21 Bristol, England – Motion
07-22 Cheshire, England – Blue Dot Festival
07-27 London, England – Electric Brixton
07-28 Sibenik, Croatia – Island of Obonjam
08-20 Monterrey, Mexico – Hellow Festival


Beyoncé Speaks Out Against Anti-LGBTQ North Carolina Law

Beyoncé Speaks Out Against Anti-LGBTQ North Carolina Law

Last night, Beyoncé played Raleigh, North Carolina’s Carter-Finley Stadium, as part of her Formation World Tour, behind the recently released Lemonade. In a note on her website, she has now spoken out against the state’s House Bill 2—the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act—which bars transgender people from using bathrooms and locker rooms that do not match the “biological sex” listed on their birth certificate. In it, she writes, “it is important for us to bring attention to those who are committed to being good and carrying on the message of equality in this core of controversy.” Beyoncé has also directed fans toward Equality NC, “a local organization dedicated to securing equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) North Carolinians.” Read her full post below, and see a photo of her in an Equality NC t-shirt here.

Bruce SpringsteenRingo Starr and Pearl Jam have cancelled concerts in response to the legislation. Beyoncé now joins Father John MistyAgainst Me!, Cyndi Lauper, Duran Duran, and Mumford & Sons, who have all performed as scheduled in order to raise awareness about the law and donate to local LGBTQ rights organizations.

Read “Op-Ed: North Carolina’s Transgender Fight Needs Musicians to Show Up,” as well as the complete breakdown of Beyoncé’s first Formation show on the Pitch.

Beyoncé’s statement:

North Carolina has been drawing the attention of the masses for new legislation that blocks cities and local governments from passing anti-discrimination measures that could protect gay and transgender people.

It all began earlier this year when Charlotte passed a decree expanding North Carolina’s anti-discrimination laws allowing LGBT people protection in places of public accommodation. The ordinance, which was set to go into effect on April 1st, would allow transgender people to use the bathrooms of the gender they identify as, amongst other progressive rights.

Rather than accepting the progression in LGBT rights, that same night, legislators returned to the state house to overrule the ordinance that would ban discrimination against LGBT people. At a special session, North Carolina’s General Assembly proposed and passed the House Bill 2 (HB2) — what has now come to be known as the “Bathroom Bill.”

As The Formation World Tour makes its stop in the Tar Heel state in the midst of such a controversial time, we think it is important for us to bring attention to those who are committed to being good and carrying on the message of equality in this core of controversy.

Among the many organizations doing the good work to get this bill overturned, there is Equality NC, a local organization dedicated to securing equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) North Carolinians.

To accomplish these goals, Equality NC tirelessly lobbies the North Carolina General Assembly, executive branch, and local governments, broadcast LGBT news, stories and content, and mobilize our communities on issues that matter, including marriage equality, parental rights, inclusive anti-bullying policies, employment discrimination, hate violence, privacy rights, sexuality education, adoption, domestic partnerships, and HIV/AIDS.

Learn more about how you can support Equality NC by donating, volunteering, becoming an ambassador, attending an event, or simply spreading the word!

Learn more about Equality NC on their website, Facebook or Twitter and shop their merch here.


Joe Manganiello Making Smiths Movie Shoplifters of the World, With Morrissey’s Approval

Joe Manganiello Making Smiths Movie Shoplifters of the World, With Morrissey's Approval

Joe Manganiello, the actor best known for his roles in Magic Mike, Sabotage, and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, is working on a movie about the the Smiths, with Morrissey‘s approval. It’s titled Shoplifters of the World and takes as its inspiration an apocryphal incident from the late ’80s (that has since been mostly debunked) in which a disturbed Smiths fan in Denver held a radio station’s staff hostage at gunpoint and demanded they play Smiths songs on repeat. According to a Showbiz411 report (via Morrissey-Solo), the film is being set on the date in 1987 that the Smiths’ breakup was announced. (The same Denver incident is alleged to have inspired the 1994 Adam Sandler/Steve Buscemi/Brendan Fraser movie Airheads.) It’s being written and directed by Stephen Kijak, who has made documentaries about Scott Walker, the Rolling Stones, and the Backstreet Boys. Manganiello’s production company 359 Inc., which he runs with his brother Nick, is producing.

Reports about Shoplifters of the World have been circling for a few years. Back in 2012, Deadline reported that Jessica Brown Findlay, Zosia Mamet, Skylar Astin, Jeremy Allen White, and Thomas Brodie Sangster were among the cast members. Showbiz411’s report says that Manganiello will star in the film as the radio station DJ. That remains unconfirmed, though Manganiello didn’t deny it when tweeting a response to the Showbiz411 story. He instead took issue with Showbiz411’s description of the Smiths as a punk band:

Manganiello has said that Morrissey gave his permission for the Smiths’ catalog to be licensed for the film. Speaking to Collider in 2014, he explained:

It’s written by this writer/director named Stephen Kijak. He had a previous relationship with Morrissey, and Morrissey agreed to give us the catalogue for a nice, affordable fee. Well, it’s not cheap, by any stretch of the imagination, but we have Morrissey’s blessing to move forward with a the Smiths project. I’m a huge the Smiths fan. It’s just really great to be afforded the opportunity to go out and tell stories that I’m really excited and passionate about, like that one.


Watch Run the Jewels’ Virtual Reality “Crown” Video

Watch Run the Jewels' Virtual Reality "Crown" Video

Back in March, Run the Jewels shared a virtual reality music video for their Run the Jewels 2 single “Crown.” The 360° clip, which marked the launch of the Killer Mike and El-P’s virtual reality platform VRTJ, was previously exclusive to the New York Times‘ NYT VR smartphone app. Now, the duo have uploaded the full visual to YouTube, complete with the original’s 360° framing and varied cast of characters (and crowns). Watch the “Crown” video below, along with Run the Jewels’ recent behind-the-scenes look at the VR visual.

Read our feature on Run the Jewels, Last Rappers Standing. Listen to our podcast with RTJ.

Watch Killer Mike and El-P on’s “Over/Under”:


Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Apologizes for Cancelled Shows in Message From South Africa: Listen

Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Apologizes for Cancelled Shows in Message From South Africa: Listen

Earlier this year, Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) was charged with using a false passport and travel document while attempting to leave South Africa. He was also charged with illegally helping his family stay in the country. Though he’s out on bail, Bey has been unable to tour internationally. He was supposed to play shows in Sweden and Denmark on May 5 and 6, respectively, but has had to cancel them as he will not have a hearing about his case until May 12. Bey has now shared an audio message from Cape Town, apologizing to his fans in Scandinavia for the cancellations, as Okayplayer points out. He does not give any updates about his status except to say that he is “looking to reschedule these dates later this fall.” He adds that he is “hopeful,” “grateful,” and “very, very blessed.” Hear his apology below.

On March 8, prosecutors asked for a postponement of Bey’s case to finish their investigation. It was rescheduled for March 24, but Bey’s side then requested another postponement. One of his lawyers called the case “complicated but simple at the same time,” given that it involves U.S. and other authorities.

After news came out about his arrest, Bey released a freestyle and message on Kanye West’s website telling his side of the story. Among other things, he announced his retirement from music and said his final album will be released this year. 


Soul Clap Share Prince Mix From Coachella 2016: Listen

Soul Clap Share Prince Mix From Coachella 2016: Listen

During their second weekend set at Coachella, Boston DJ/production duo Soul Clap dedicated their entire set to the late Prince. (That same weekend, LCD Soundsystem, Sufjan Stevens, and several others paid homage to Prince.) Today, they’ve shared the entire mix—listen below, and find the track list as well.

Soul Clap discussed their Prince mix in a statement:

News of Prince’s passing came smack dab in the middle of our first ever Coachella experience.   We were of course shocked and knew immediately that a tribute of some sort was in order… But HOW could we POSSIBLY pick one song or two to represent our gratitude for The Purple One’s immeasurable musical contributions? We wondered, what songs would other artists be playing? Should it be a slow intro or a peak moment? After hours of deliberation we realized that we had to dedicate our ENTIRE 2nd weekend performance to one of our greatest musical heroes. Partially planned but mostly improvised, we took the crowd, ourselves and each other on a journey through some of our favorite Prince hits. By the end the Yuma Tent was full of tears and love and dancing bodies, all celebrating the life and music of Prince Rogers Nelson. It was a truly humbling experience, thank you for joining us.

Soul Clap’s Prince Tribute:

Let’s Go Crazy (LP Version)
Hot Thing (Extended Remix)
Gazeebo – Luv Fest (Sax Edit)
Get Off (House Style)
Cream (Jack Priest Edit)
Controversy (LP Version)
Let’s Work (Dark Dancer Remix)
Dirty Mind (LP Version)
Navid Izadi – Feelin Purple (Soul Clap Remix)
Nothing Compares 2 U (LP Version)
Dimitri From Stoke On Trent – I Wanna Be Your Lobster
Die For You (Rayko Edit)
Erotic City (LP Version)
Ural 13 Diktators – Disko Kings
When Doves Cry (LP Version)
Purple Rain (LP Version)


Grizzly Bear to Start Recording New Album in June

Grizzly Bear to Start Recording New Album in June

Last month, Grizzly Bear announced they would soon start recording their first new album since 2012’s Shields. The band’s Ed Droste has now taken to Instagram to clarify that they will start “to officially record” their new album on June 1. See his announcement, which comes with a “sick selfie,” below.

Following Grizzly Bear’s recording announcement in April, the band played a Bernie Sanders rally in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. At the rally, they performed “While You Wait for the Others,” “Two Weeks,” and “Knife,” during which they changed the words “can’t you feel the knife” to “can’t you feel the Bern.” Previously, Droste went to college campuses for Sanders and explained his endorsement of the Vermont senator.

Sick selfie —cool news tho! Starting to officially record new album June 1st! 😘❤️

A photo posted by Ed Droste (@edroste) on


Watch Mac DeMarco Cover Prince’s “It’s Gonna Be Lonely”

Watch Mac DeMarco Cover Prince's "It's Gonna Be Lonely"

Many artists have paid tribute to late icon Prince in recent weeks by covering his songs. Last month, Mac DeMarco teased a cover of “It’s Gonna Be Lonely” from Prince’s self-titled 1979 album. Now, he’s sharing the cover via Shot and directed by Jim Larson, DeMarco performs the song with his bandmate Jon Lent. In the clip, he performs by the water while a dude in a leather mask gestures behind him. “We lost a true hero of mine the other day,” he wrote on Instagram at the time. “Although it’s sad, I’m sure he’s ripping a hot solo right now in the next dimension. RIP.” Watch it happen below.

Read our cover story on DeMarco, “Mannish Boy.”

Watch him perform “Blue Boy” at Pitchfork Music Festival: