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R.I.P. Maurice White
Feb 4, 2016 7:06pm | StereoGum
Maurice WhiteMaurice White, founder and leader of iconic funk act Earth, Wind & Fire, has died. TMZ reports that he passed away in his sleep overnight following a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was 74 years old. White's younger brother and bandmate Verdine has issued the following statement via Facebook in response to … More »










This musician turns cassette tapes into strange instruments
Feb 4, 2016 6:25pm | Fact Magazine

Watch a demo of them all in action below.

Alexis Malbert, aka Tapetronic, is a French musician with a collection of unique instruments at his disposal built primarily out of old cassette tapes. Working with cassettes since the 90s, Malbert cuts away unnecessary parts and adds pieces like mini-motors to make his gorgeous handheld inventions. They seem as fun to play as they are to watch in action. Take a look at some of them below and head to his website to see more.

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FOX teams with The Lonely Island for Mad TV sketch comedy follow-up
Feb 4, 2016 6:10pm | Cosequence Of Sound

In recent years, Saturday Night Live has struggled to recapture the magic of its glory days. To add to the challenge, producer Lorne Michaels and co. will soon have to contend with a new player in the late-night sketch comedy game. Next month, FOX will debut a rival to SNL, re-entering the world of late-night sketch for the first time since the network closed the curtain on Mad TV after 14 seasons in 2009.

FOX’s new sketch comedy show is called Party Over Here and will air on Saturday nights beginning March 12th at 11 p.m. Thats 30 minutes before SNL, in case youre keeping score. The show will be executive-produced by The Leagues Paul Scheer as well as Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer of the comedy trio The Lonely Island, all of whom appeared on SNL in prior seasons. When we first conceived this idea, we thought of it as a spin-off of Empire, The Lonely Island said in a light-hearted statement. We failed miserably now its much more of a sketch comedy show.

Comedians Nicole Byer, Jessica McKenna, and former SNL writer Alison Rich are attached to star in Party Over Here, with live tapings to take place at Hotel Alexandria in downtown Los Angeles.



Hear Stephen Malkmus Cover Nirvana At The Quiet Music Festival Of Portland
Feb 4, 2016 5:52pm | StereoGum
Hear Stephen Malkmus Cover Nirvana At The Quiet Music Festival Of PortlandOn April 7th, 2015, Stephen Malkmus had a revelation. More »









David Bowie Song Featured In Audi Super Bowl Commercial
Feb 4, 2016 5:24pm | StereoGum
Audi CommercialClearly, if you're a Super Bowl commercials person, then you might want to stay away from our Commercial Appeal section this week to avoid spoilers, but music and the Super Bowl are intersecting now more than ever. Janelle Monáe and Lil Wayne have already starred in their respective commercials, … More »









Billy Corgan is making a movie and he might want to film and perform in your house
Feb 4, 2016 5:24pm | Fact Magazine

The Smashing Pumpkins founder is making a movie and he needs your help.

In a new post on his website, Billy Corgan has written a lengthy open letter declaring he’s begun a cross country road trip with the intention of creating a “documentary about America” and to find inspiration for his next record (what happened to that doom metal album one can only guess). There isn’t a set plan or route, instead he’s asked fans to encourage him and his “mate Justin” on where to go.

“Though it may seem I’d be more interested in where the cool kids hang about, we’ll be much more taken with documenting the stories of an elderly class that can share impressions of the country as it once was; good, bad, or indifferent”, he explains, adding that, “in order to do so with integrity, I’ll need to be invited into old-fashioned parlors and the like to retain some sense memory of what’s come and gone.”

In exchange for this, Corgan will bring along an acoustic guitar and perform in your “old-fashioned parlor”, describing the trip as an unofficial tour before his acoustic In Plainsong tour kicks off in March. Read an excerpt from the letter below and head to Corgan’s website to send him a message.

“My mate Justin and I are set to head out and chart the beginnings of a new documentary I&...


Hawaii Five-0 Announces Coldplay-Themed Episode
Feb 4, 2016 5:08pm | StereoGum
Hawaii Five-0 Announces Coldplay-Themed EpisodeA Valentine's Day themed episode of Hawaii Five-0 airs on 2/12 and will feature music by Coldplay. A Head Full Of Dreams was released last year, and even though the songs Adventure Of A Lifetime, Amazing Day, Birds, and Everglow" have been out for two months, Hawaii Five-0 is still billing this as a … More »








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Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, RIP
Feb 4, 2016 5:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Maurice White

Earth, Wind & Fire founding member Maurice White has died at age 74. The group formed in 1969 and became one of the biggest bands of the '70s with hits such as "Shining Star," "September", "Boogie Wonderland," "After the Love Has Gone" and "Let's Groove." White had been battling Parkinson disease for more than 20 years and bowed out of touring in 1994. (The band remain active and are touring with Chicago later this year.) His brother, Verdine, posted on EW&F's Facebook:

My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep. While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.

Yours Truly,
Verdine White

Maurice, you will be missed. Revisit some of Earth Wind & Fire's biggest hits, below.

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Earth, Wind & Fires Maurice White dies at 74
Feb 4, 2016 4:59pm | Fact Magazine

‘September’ bandleader has died from as-yet-unknown causes.

Legendary soul and funk musician Maurice White has died at age 74, according to his brother. As bandleader and co-founder of the group Earth, Wind & Fire, White synthesized his Memphis, TN upbringing and life living in Chicago to create music that was deeply rooted in both influences. The band was inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

White also produced, songwrote and played as a session musician for artists like former Stax girl group the Emotions, Barbara Streisand and Barry Manilow, as well as 90s girl group Cleopatra. His credits as a songwriter are long and influential, including ‘You’re the Inspiration’ and ‘Bettie Davis Eyes’, as well as music from the Eddie Murphy movie Coming to America and the Broadway show Hot Feet.

[via AP]

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Keeps Let It Fall (Keeping Time)
Feb 4, 2016 4:58pm | StereoGum
Screen Shot 2016-02-04 at 5.03.17 PMPreceding the release of their upcoming album, Brief Spirit, Nashville duo Keeps' new track, "Let It Fall (Keeping Time)," is like getting hit by a dream-pop tidal wave. Not floaty enough to be dream pop, too upbeat to be considered solely shoegaze, this song has the kind of top 100 alt-rock structure that gets stuck … More »









Hit-Boy TD Celebration (Feat. Rich Tha Kid & Donnie Trumpet)
Feb 4, 2016 4:56pm | StereoGum
hit-boyHit-Boy came up off of some hard-hitting, negative-space beats that landed on some high-profile projects like Watch The Throne, but dude is hungry and has been looking to be taken seriously as a rapper for a few years now. He's been teasing his Zoomin 2 mixtape since last year, but ahead of that project comes … More »









Martin Shkreli Invokes Fifth Amendment Right Not To Discuss That Wu-Tang Clan Album
Feb 4, 2016 4:51pm | StereoGum
Martin Shkreli Invokes Fifth Amendment Right Not to Discuss Wu-Tang AlbumMartin Shkreli appeared in front of a House Congressional committee today to discuss drug prices, and repeatedly exercised his Fifth Amendment right to not testify in order to avoid self-incrimination. Among the many questions he chose not to answer was one concerning the Wu-Tang Clan album that he purchased for millions of dollars. More »









Martin Shkreli Invokes Fifth Amendment Right Not to Discuss Wu-Tang Album
Feb 4, 2016 4:51pm | StereoGum
Martin Shkreli Invokes Fifth Amendment Right Not to Discuss Wu-Tang AlbumMartin Shkreli appeared in front of a House Congressional committee today to discuss drug prices, and repeatedly exercised his Fifth Amendment right to not testify in order to avoid self-incrimination. Among the many questions he chose not to answer was one concerning the Wu-Tang Clan album that he purchased for millions of dollars. More »









R.I.P. Maurice White, Earth Wind & Fire founder dead at 74
Feb 4, 2016 4:48pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Earth, Wind & Fire co-founder Maurice White has died, according to The Associated Press. He was 74 years old.

White had been battling Parkinson’s disease for over 20 years.

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R.I.P. Maurice White, Earth, Wind & Fire founder dead at 74
Feb 4, 2016 4:48pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Maurice White, co-founder and mastermind of legendary R&B/funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, has died, according to The Associated Press. He was 74 years old.

White was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1992. The disease forced him to retire from touring, but he remained in control of the band’s creative and business decisions up until his death. According to TMZ, White’s Parkinson’s worsened in recent months, and he passed away in Los Angeles on Thursday.

In 1969, White teamed up with friends Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead to form a songwriting team called Salty Peppers. After recruiting several other musicians, including his brother Verdine, White evolved Salty Peppers into a full band under the name of Earth, Wind & Fire. Within a year, the band released their self-titled debut to critical acclaim. That album was quickly followed up a year later with The Need of Love.

In 1972, inner band turmoil led to White recruiting an entirely new lineup featuring vocalist Jessica Cleaves, Ronnie Laws on the flute and saxophone, rhythm guitarist Roland Bautista, keyboardist Larry Dunn, percussionist Ralph Johnson, and vocalist Philip Bailey. They quickly secured a record deal with CBS/Columbia Records and released Last Days and Time. The following year brought another album, Head to the Sky, along with the band’s first two hit singles in “Evil” and “K...

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