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Watch Mark Ronson Perform With Bruno Mars & Mystikal On SNL
Nov 23, 2014 9:45am | StereoGum

Mark Ronson was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live last night and he brought out Bruno Mars and Mystikal to perform their respective songs from his upcoming new album, Uptown Special. Mars sang their lead single “Uptown Funk” in his first SNL appearance since 2012 (when he performed “Locked Out Of Heaven,” which Ronson co-produced), and Mystikal came out in a surprise appearance to rap over “Feel Right” while Mars was relegated to background singing. Ronson’s staging had an impressive retro-funk feel, complete with bright lights, backup singers, and a horn section. Watch below.


James Blake to release new album in 2015, likely to feature Kanye West collaboration
Nov 23, 2014 9:23am | Cosequence Of Sound

A new James Blake album is on the way, and if the UK crooner gets his wish, it’ll feature a collaboration with Kanye West.

In an interview with Miami New Times, Blake revealed that he’s “seventy percent done” with his third studio album, adding that the record should be release “in about five months.”

One thing he’s still waiting for is some time in the studio with Kanye. “I have a lot of respect for [Kanye], for what he has been releasing for years. We haven’t done a great deal of work in the same room yet, but we’ve done a few things, kind of helped each other with our own music. In terms of the actual collaboration for this record, it looks like we should be able to get something done. I know that there’s a specific song I would like him to be on, and if he can do that by the time my record comes out, that would be fantastic.” In the past, Blake also revealed intentions to collaborate with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and an undisclosed third collaborator hes really excited about.

Discussing the album as a whole, Blake said, “I should hope that [the new album] will be a step on, as much as the second one was to the first. I guess I’ve taken a focus on the songwriting again, even more closely, and I’m dabbling in some different production techniques, things I’ve developed.”

“I’m currently single, so that’s changed,” h...

Le Guess Who? 2014: Day 3
Nov 23, 2014 7:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
The third day of the Netherlands' festival with Savages, Bo Ningen, Mac DeMarco and King Tuff by Gaëlle Beri.>

What's going on Sunday? (Jonah Matranga & J. Robbins, Nots, Couch Slut, Hess is More, Ed Askew & more)
Nov 22, 2014 11:05pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Jonah Matranga in NYC in 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Frank Bell, Jonah Matranga, J. Robbins, Doris Cellar (of Freelance Whales) @ Mercury Lounge
Having spent time fronting Far and Jawbox respectively (plus like a ton of other bands), Jonah Matranga and J. Robbins are two of the greats of '90s post-hardcore and this year they joined forces for the collaborative band Moral Mazes which sounds straight out of their prime era. Tonight they play separate solo sets, but maybe we'll get some collaborations too?

Ballroom, Nots, Degreaser, Cyanide Tooth @ Palisades
If your idea of punk is more of the '70s Detroit variety (or what's going on in Melbourne, Australia these days), you'll dig this lineup featuring Memphis quartet Nots whose terrific new album is just out on Goner.

Rhyton, Fadensonnen, Key Of Shame @ Trans-Pecos
Rhyton put out a new record on Thrill Jockey this week which has them taking lengthy instrumental trips through Middle Eastern melodies and psychedelic rock. See them bring those jams to life tonight.

Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Bryce Dessner of The National (co-curator), Richard Reed Parry (co-curator) @ BAM
In addition to The National's Bryce Dessner and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry being members of two of the biggest indie bands around, they're also regulars...

METZ, Protomartyr, Nots, and Sleepies were the "top secret" bands at Death by Audio's second-to-last night (pics, video); no hints for tonight's last-ever DbA show
Nov 22, 2014 2:40pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

METZ @ DbA 11/21/2014 (photos by @jon_yi and @qbertplaya)

Protomartyr @ DbA 11/21/2014

It is cliche and hyperbole to say a band destroyed a place, but it's a very apt word for what Toronto's METZ did to Death by Audio last night as the venue's "Top Secret!" headliners for the penultimate show at the DIY venue. At one point, vocalist/guitarist Alex Edkins pulled down one of the ratty tiles from the drop ceiling and flung it at the crowd. "Think about where you are right now. Think about where you'll be next week," Edkins told the crowd. "Make it count." The crowd and the band (who played their first NYC show at DbA) were amped and sweaty and a lot of shoes were in the air, mostly still attached to feet. They also dropped a killer cover of The Damned's "Neat Neat Neat." A crazy, amazing set -- video from it is below.

Another band that drove a long way just for DbA's next-to-last show were Detroit's Protomartyr, who's first NYC show was also at DbA (opening at Parquet Courts' Light Up Gold release party.) Sardonic as always, frontman Joe Casey greeted the crowd with "This place is great. I predict a long future." Showbooker, soundman and all-around sweet guy Edan Wilbur (who was wearing a homemade "NO HINTS LET'S PARTY" shirt) asked then band to play some deep cuts from early 7"s (like "Baseball Bat" from their Colpi Proibiti...

Charli XCX premieres new song Breaking Up listen
Nov 22, 2014 2:15pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Charli XCX continues to channel ferocious pop-punk energy with “Breaking Up”, a new track from her upcoming sophomore album, Sucker. Its definitely got the big, poppy hooks of “Boom Clap” and “Break the Rules”, and exudes the same kind of firecracker wit and attitude as “London Queen” and “Gold Coins”. The UK pop singer also leaves room for a few other influences, mixing some great New Wave grooves with sugar-coated bits of pseudo-noise rock. As far as break-up anthems go, its the sonic equivalent of simultaneously blowing a kiss and flipping the bird. Listen in below.

Sucker is due out December 16th via Asylum/Atlantic/Neon Gold.

Sucker Tracklist:
01. Sucker
02. Break the Rules
03. London Queen
04. Breaking Up
05. Gold Coins
06. Boom Clap
07. Doing It
08. Body of My Own
09. Famous
10. Hanging Around
11. Die Tonight
12. Caught in the Middle
13. Need Your Love

Amy Adams confirmed to star in Janis Joplin biopic
Nov 22, 2014 2:00pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Academy Award nominated actress Amy Adams will portray rock legend Janis Joplin in an upcoming biopic called Get It While You Can, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Adams’ name was first rumored to play Joplin in 2010, but the film has been stuck in development hell ever since. In 2012, it was reported that Adams had dropped out of the project and replaced by Tony Award winner Nina Arianda.

With lead casting finally settled, producers are now in hunt for a director and have reportedly zeroed in on Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, Wild). Filming is expected to begin in the second half of 2015.

The next few years are shaping up to feature an impressive slate of music biopics, including Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams and Paul Dano as Brian Wilson, in addition to films about N.W.A. and a Guns N’ Roses.

Charli XCX Breaking Up
Nov 22, 2014 1:27pm | StereoGum

Another new Charli XCX song has surfaced from her upcoming sophomore album Sucker. “Breaking Up” is another punk-inspired more in the vein of the recently released (and pretty great) “Gold Coins” rather than the sugary sweetness of her solo hit “Boom Clap.” The chorus is pretty damn great: “You say you love me/ Okay, let’s rock.” Listen below.


Watch Peter Gabriel Debut New Song What Lies Ahead In Italy
Nov 22, 2014 12:47pm | StereoGum

Recent Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Peter Gabriel debuted a new song at a show in Torino, Italy on Thursday night. It’s apparently called “What Lies Ahead” and it opened the acoustic portion of his Back To Front tour. This is Gabriel’s first original song since the Oscar-nominated WALLE theme “Down To Earth” in 2008, though he has released many covers in that time. Watch the performance below.


Kurt Vile And The Violators @ First Unitarian Church, LA 11/21/14
Nov 22, 2014 12:37pm | StereoGum

All through November, Red Bull Sound Select is running the event 30 Days In LA, during which they schedule a show a night, always at a different venue, bundling some of their own RBSS artists with artists like Run The Jewels, Phosphorescent, Cut Copy, and a bunch of others. Last night, it was Air Review, Little Tybee, and Kurt Vile & the Violators at the First Unitarian Church in LA’s Silver Lake neighborhood. It was a unique setting for these kinds of things — this is actually a functioning church, with a courtyard between the main building and a large meeting room that served as a bar. Inside, the vibe was more intimate than your typical club show, with seating and chandeliers and the bands playing on a low, small stage. A Red Bull logo hung behind them, while #30DaysInLA was projected onto the walls on either side of the stage.


Pingus dad was an angry junglist
Nov 22, 2014 12:11pm | Fact Magazine

Childhood memories are always better with a little added jungle.

Children favourite Pingu may no longer be on TV but his legacy lives on.

Pingu’s dad had one of the most distinctive voices in children’s TV, a fact that clearly didn’t go unnoticed to the person who decided that it would be a perfect fit for some slammin’ jungle action.

Thanks to Rinse FM’s Facebook for unearthing this gem from the internet ether.

Hear New Jon Hopkins Track In His BBC Essential Mix
Nov 22, 2014 12:06pm | StereoGum

Jon Hopkins did a BBC Essential mix last night featuring music from Dan Deacon, Panda Bear, Joy Orbison, and an unreleased track of his own. The track is called “Interlude” and shows up a few minutes into the mix. “It feels amazing to be part of a mix series that has been going for 20 years, and to join a line up that has included so many people whose music i admire,” he wrote. “I put a lot of work into this, trying to showcase the tracks that have influenced my recent album and live shows, and trying to build a real musical structure and journey over the 2 hours. I really hope everyone enjoys it.” You can listen to the whole mix here — the unreleased track comes in around the 9 minute mark.


Watch TV On The Radio Perform Happy Idiot on Letterman
Nov 22, 2014 11:54am | StereoGum

TV On The Radio just put out their new album Seeds — which we think is pretty good — and they stopped by Letterman to perform “Happy Idiot” for the show. Tunde Adebimpe looks stylish in what appears to be a one-piece jumpsuit and the rockers give it their all for the performance. Letterman seems pretty impressed with them. Watch below.


Watch Metallica Finish Their Week-Long Residency On Ferguson
Nov 22, 2014 11:32am | StereoGum

Metallica rounded out their residency on Ferguson with a performance of “Sad But True” from their 1991 self-titled record. The band has been on the show all week and have played some of their best songs, including “Hit The Lights,”" Fuel,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” and “Enter The Sandman.” After all these years, Metallica are still pretty badass. Watch below.


Download Eminems 66-track Shady Classics mixtape
Nov 22, 2014 11:20am | Cosequence Of Sound

On November 24th, Eminem will release Shady XV, a two-disc compilation celebrating the 15th anniversary of the rappers titular imprint. To tide fans over in the meantime, the Detroit MC has teamed with DJ Whoo Kid to for a new mixtape dubbed Shady Classics.

As its name might imply, the massive, 66-track effort compiles material from throughout Shady Records’ rich 15-year history. The tracklist include a bevy of 50 Cent songs; few classic Eminem skits and freestyles, like his appearance at BET Awards 2009; several D12 collaborations; the Dr. Dre-Eminem team-up “Say What You Say”; and Eminem deep cuts “American Psycho”, “We’re Back”, and “Invasion”. The tape also includes two of Ems new tracks from Shady XV: the Sia collaboration “Guts Over Fear” and the posse cut “Detroit Vs. Everybody” featuring Royce da 5’9″, Big Sean, Danny Brown, DeJ Loaf, and Trick Trick. Stream and/or download the entire mixtape below.

Disc one of Shady XV features new material from the likes of Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf, D-12, and Bad Meets Evil. Meanwhile, disc two will be a selection of greatest hits from the Shady Records roster. The full tracklist is below.

Shady XV Tracklist:
Disc 1 (Disc X)
01. Eminem ShadyXV
02. Slaughterh...

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