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Listen: Future and André 3000 together on Benz Friends (Whatchutola)
Apr 17, 2014 2:41pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Over the weekend, Future made an appearance during Outkast’s reunion performance at Coachella, teaming with André 3000 to debut a new song entitled “Benz Friends (Whatchutola)”. However, when Future’s sophomore album Honest began streaming this past Tuesday, the song was nowhere to be found. (Similarly, the Drake collaboration “Never Satisfied” made available was just an abridged version of the song.)

Today, however, “Benz Friends” emerges online, and boy oh boy was it worth the wait. Production alone, the beat, this highly infectious groove of rattling drums and old soul harmonies pitch-shifted to oblivion, is a perfect balance of André’s off-kilter aesthetic and Future’s more R&B-inspired style. It’s what they do lyrically, though, that cements this track as a true album standout. While Future kicks more straight-forward lines (including a vicious parallel between gold diggers and grave diggers), Mr. Three Stacks manages to curse about 5,723 times and still make references to the Christopher Reeve-era Superman. Dungeon Family, indeed.

Listen in below (via Miss Info):

The star-studded Honest hits stores on April 22nd via Epic Records.

Stoic Violence released 'Chained,' touring after New York's Alright (dates & LP stream)
Apr 17, 2014 2:26pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Wyatt Marshall

California's furious hardcore punk band Stoic Violence just released Chained via Deranged Records, a relentlessly punishing 12" that revels in bleakness. The album is here just in time for New York's Alright, the multi-venue punk festival that they play, along with Hank Wood, La Misma, Anasazi and many more. Give it a listen below.

New York's Alright begins tonight (4/17) and continues through Sunday (4/20). Stoic Violence's set happens at Le Poisson Rouge on Saturday (4/19) with Infernoh, Crazy Spirit, Gas Rag, Wiccans and Murderer. Tickets for that show are still available.

As mentioned, Stoic Violence also kick off a tour after NY's Alright. When we last spoke, those dates were still TBA but have now been announced, including another NYC show happening on May 1 at Lulu's with Survival and Pleasure Industry.

Check out the full New York's Alright schedule HERE. All Stoic Violence dates are listed, along with their album stream, below...

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4Knots Fest returning to Seaport for 2014
Apr 17, 2014 2:18pm | Brooklyn Vegan

4Knots 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The Village Voice's free 4Knots Festival will return to South Street Seaport on July 12 though the location will be slightly different. The old location, Pier 17 (home of The Seaport Music Festival) is being redeveloped so the main stage for the 2014 4Knots will happen one slot over at Pier 16 (right next to the Peking ship) and the second stage will be at the See / Change space at Fulton and Front (near where Sound Bites happened last year). There will also be an afterparty at Webster Hall that night. Line-ups and schedule are still TBA.

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Aretha Franklin Denies Brawl With Patti LaBelle And Is Suing The Satirical Blog That Reported It
Apr 17, 2014 1:58pm | StereoGum

Soul legend Aretha Franklin has got herself into a bit of an embarrassing mess. Franklin is suing satirical news site News Nerds for $10 million because of a story they ran about a fictional brawl between Franklin and fellow soul songstress Patti LaBelle.


Future Benz Friends (Watchuola) (Feat. André 3000)
Apr 17, 2014 1:56pm | StereoGum

Honest, the much-anticipated new album from Future, started streaming online a couple of days ago, but that stream had a couple of big omissions. “Never Satisfied,” Future’s Drake collab, is on the stream, but it’s only an abridged version of the song. And more frustratingly, “Benz Friends (Watchuola),” Future’s track with the mercurial OutKast enigma André 3000, was not on the stream at all. Future did perform it with OutKast at Coachella last weekend, so we knew for sure that it existed. And today, the track finally made its way to the internet, and on first listen, it sounds awesome. Check it out below.


Watch Lykke Li Perform Gunshot Acoustic For H&M
Apr 17, 2014 1:55pm | StereoGum

This week we heard Lykke Li’s new single, “Gunshot,” which, as Tom pointed out, is a hell of a power ballad. Now you can hear the Swedish singer perform it in an entirely different way. H&M has produced a video featuring an acoustic version of the song. All the grand instrumentation of the original is retained, though, so it makes for a pretty thrilling video. Watch below.


Coachella 2014: Day 3
Apr 17, 2014 1:50pm | CMJ

On Friday during Bastille’s set there were hoards of girls screaming which might have made them the next big boy band of the festival. That was until The 1975 hit the stage on Sunday. Girls were practically crying as they sang along to the lyrics of these Manchester musicians. One of the flailing females in the front row had actually been at the Bastille show two days earlier wearing the exact same outfit as Friday but with 1975 logo across her black tank instead of a Bastille logo.

The most fun show before sunset by far was Rudimental with their high energy electronic funk, featuring Deejay Locksmith, aka Leon Rolle, acting as the most playful hype man in the history of hype men. As vocalists Piers Agget and
Kesi Dryden took turns taking center stage, Locksmith would make silly faces as the women danced with him, intermittently bringing each instrumental soloists front and center—all the while making sure no one wasn’t smiling and dancing the entire show. Definitely a live act to see if ever given the opportunity.

While Rudimental was keeping it funky, indie rock mainstays Superchunk was keeping it sweaty, proving that the Replacements aren’t the only old guard punks at Coachella who can still rock like they’re in their 20s. Sadly, the Naked and Famous did not have the same energy as the previous two bands. The New Zealand group played their songs technically well and kept smiles on their faces, but lacked any emoti...

More Wu-Tang Drama: Raekwon Blasts RZAs Mediocre Shit, Goes On Strike
Apr 17, 2014 1:43pm | StereoGum

As a rap crew, the Wu-Tang Clan has always been a notoriously chaotic and fractured entity, and no Wu-Tang member has been quicker to criticize crew mastermind RZA than Raekwon. When Wu-Tang released their last studio effort, 2007′s deeply underrated and commercially disappointing 8 Diagrams, Rae was the first person in the group to call out RZA’s psych-rap weirdo decision-making. In the meantime, RZA has gone public with how difficult it’s been to put together the new group album A Better Tomorrow, singling out Rae for being unwilling to contribute. And now Rae says that he’s going “on strike” from the group.


Legendary industrial label Wax Trax! to relaunch
Apr 17, 2014 1:42pm | Fact Magazine

The Chicago label shuttered in 2001.

Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher’s Wax Trax! Records was initially an offshoot of their Chicago record store, with limited edition pressings (like Brian Eno’s ‘Lion Sleeps Tonite’ 7″) giving way to records by industrial and EBM heavyweights Ministry, KMFDM, Front 242, Coil, Revolting Cocks, and My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. The label was active throughout the 1980s before bankruptcy resulted in the label being sold to TVT, which shut it down in 2001.

While Nash died in 1995 and Flesher died in 2010, former Wax Trax employees have worked to keep the spirit of the label alive with WTII Records. Now, Julia Nash (Jim’s daughter) has announced plans to relaunch Wax Trax! with a new single by Cocksure, the duo of Ministry’s Chris Connelly and Jason Novak. ‘TKO Mindfuck’ will be available mid-June on 12″ and digital formats.

As for the future of Wax Trax, Nash writes that the focus will “likely focus primarily on limited vinyl pressings and special projects from new as well as established artists within the Wax Trax! family,” adding that “this has to be a labor of love, and if we dont feel a connection with the project, it isnt going to happen.”

Nash also updates fans on the status of he long-promised Wax Trax! documentary: “We are really getting mighty close to the end of our filming and then ...

France drops hate speech charges against Bob Dylan
Apr 17, 2014 1:25pm | Cosequence Of Sound

There’s now legal precedent that Bob Dylan is not a racist. Well, not intentionally, at least.

Last year, French authorities charged the folk legend with a hate crime after the Council of Croats filed a complaint about remarks he made to Rolling Stone. Commenting on the state of race relations in the U.S., Dylan suggested that African Americans can “sense” if a person has “slave master or Klan” in their blood. “That stuff lingers to this day,” he continued. “Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood.” 

After five months of inquiry into the accusations, French magistrate Marion Potier found that Dylan never gave permission for those comments to be published in the French edition of Rolling Stone. To clarify, Potier did not determine whether or not Dylan’s comments violated France’s strict anti-discrimination laws, just that the singer didn’t intend to make the parallel in France. Either way, prosecutors have dropped the case against him without prejudice (via The Wall Street Journal).

Still, the story isn’t exactly over yet; Rolling Stones French publisher, Michel Birnbaum, will stand trial for violating those same anti-hate speech laws. If found guilty, Birnbaum could face up to a year in prison and a f...

Listen: Lil B Scouts Report
Apr 17, 2014 1:12pm | CMJ

Lil B – Photo by Generation Bass

The realest rapper in the universe, Lil B, is getting ready to release a mixtape, Hoop Life, which will feature themes like basketball and how good Lil B is at basketball. We’ve already seen the Rocky-style motivational video for Gotta Make The NBA, and today Lil B leaked a new one, Scouts Report. It’s a mellow ride with a sparkling, glammed-out beat and lots o’ sports talk. Listen below.

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Listen: Four Tet (as Percussions) shares two new songs Ascii Bot and Sext
Apr 17, 2014 1:10pm | Cosequence Of Sound

After a brief hiatus away from pummeling the Internet with an endless stream of new and unreleased music, Kieran Hebden, a.k.a. Four Tet, is back to his old ways. On Tuesday, he announced plans to release two 12-inches under his Percusions moniker, unveiling one of the four new tracks with the satiny smooth “Blatant Water Cannon”. Today, he’s upped his efforts by releasing two more tracks.

“Ascii Bot” blends dance-pop vocals with glitchy strings, resulting in an anthemic ballad brimming with equal parts pageantry and pure heart. Meanwhile, “Sext” melds rhythmic elements of drum and bass and bossa nova; like a sultry chiptune song, it’d be the perfect soundtrack if they ever developed Grand Theft Auto: Rio de Janeiro.

Listen to both tracks below:

“KHLHI” b/w “Sext” and “Ascii Bot” b/w “Blatant Water Cannon” could be available as early as April 28th via Hebden’s Text imprint. 

'Kitsune AMERICA 3' comp coming in June (stream a track); Lawrence Rothman opening for Little Dragon (dates)
Apr 17, 2014 1:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Kitsuné has been been putting out compilations since 2002 with a wide range of international dancepop artists. Recently they began doing Kitsuné AMERICA comps as well, and the third of those will be out June 3 featuring new cuts from Brenmar, Kelela, Lawrence Rothman, Son Lux, Jerome LOL, Heartsrevolution and more. We've got the premiere of Kitsuné AMERCIA 3's ethereal closing track, "Speak" by Seattle duo NAVVI. You can stream it below.

For those in Los Angeles and at Coachella, Maison Kitsuné has taken over the iconic Roosevelt Hotel with a pop-up store that's open through April 21. Additionaly, Kitsuné has events this weekend at clubs on Hollywood Blvd. Jupiter, Prince Language and Kindness play the Kitsuné Club Night @ Teddy's on Friday (4/18) and then there's a Kitsuné Pool Party @ Tropicana Pool on Sunday afternoon with a DJ set from Kilo Kish, a performance by Eli & Fur and another "Very Special Guest." You can RSVP for those.

Meanwhile, Lawrence Rothman will open for Little Dragon on ten dates of their North American tour, including both shows at NYC's Terminal 5 on June 20 & 21. Tickets for 6/20 are sold out, but you can still get tickets for the 6/21 show. Rothman will be doing something a little diffe...

Courtney Love: 'People expect more from me than Queens Of The Stone Age'
Apr 17, 2014 12:58pm | NME
The former Hole frontwoman said that the bar has been set higher for her songwriting

Foo Fighters new album is almost halfway done
Apr 17, 2014 12:55pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Now that Nirvana’s mini-reunion is out on the way, what’s next on Dave Grohl’s docket? A new Foo Fighters album.

Grohl has teased the album’s one-of-a-kind recording process for months now, leading to rumors that the band is recording in studios all across the country. In a new interview with Kerrang (via NME), producer Butch Vig confirmed as much, saying, “We’ve been recording at some different locations, but we’re almost halfway done with the recording and it’s going well. It sounds different we’ve thrown a few things into the mix, in the recording process, that are going to give the record a different sound and a different feel. It’s been a challenge, but its also been exciting.”

In recent months, the band has been spotted at Washington D.C.s Inner Ear Studios, Chicagos Electrical Audio Studios with Steve Albini, and Los Angeles 606 Studios with Vig.

The as-yet-unannounced LP serves as the follow-up to 2011′s Wasting Light.

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