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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Beyonce at Made In America 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Beyonce

Beyoncé just dropped "Formation," the first new song she's released since the 2014 expanded edition of her great 2013 album Beyoncé. It's got a beat by Mike WiLL Made-It, an appearance by Big Freedia, and it was co-written by Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd. If you liked her sorta-trap songs "***Flawless" and "7/11," you're gonna love this too. Oh and also, she says "I slay" about 90 times. As if we thought otherwise.

The video also pays a massive tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement. According to The FADER, it was directed by Melina Matsoukas who also did the "Pretty Hurts" video. Watch it below and pick up a free download at beyonce.tidal.com. According to SPIN, she'll give the song its live debut Sunday night (2/7) at Super Bowl 50. The main act is Coldplay. Bruno Mars is promised too and Rihanna and Justin Timberlake are rumored. Lady Gaga will sing the National Anthem.

Continue reading "Beyonce just dropped a new song "Formation" ahead of Super Bowl performance (free download)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Grimes at M for Montreal 2015 (more by Bruno Destombes)
Grimes

Back in 2013, Grimes posted a list of her favorite songs of all time to tumblr. Today, she shared and discussed five albums that changed her life via TIDAL. Here's the list:

OutKast - Stankonia
Tool - Aenima
Beyoncé - Beyoncé
Panda Bear - Person Pitch
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever To Tell
In some ways, you could say Art Angels sounds like a mix of those five albums, right? She discusses each one too, and you can read everything she has to say here.

OutKast, Tool, Beyonce, and Animal Collective all also appear on her song list.

by Andrew Sacher

DRAM

Virginia rapper D.R.A.M.'s song "Cha Cha" went viral after Beyonce instagrammed herself dancing to it, and then it got even more popular when Drake based "Hotline Bling" on it. But as summed up perfectly in the title of Pitchfork's new piece on him, "Going Beyond Viral," he's already got a promising career aside from that song. He appeared on Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment's much-loved Surf album, then toured with Social Experiment member Chance the Rapper, and eventually released his own nine-song EP GahDamn!, which features Donnie Trumpet. It also features TDE R&B singer SZA on the song "Caretaker," which just got the video treatment (dir. Nathan R. Smith). You can watch that and stream the whole EP below.

D.R.A.M. also just announced a short tour with support from Atlanta avant-R&B singer Abra, who released the very solid album Rose earlier this year on Awful Records (the label best known for in-house producer Father, with whom Abra has collaborated). That tour hits NYC on January 15 at Santos Party House. Tickets should be on sale soon.

D.R.A.M. will also play the first event in the new TIDAL Theater at Barclays Center on December 18 with deadmau5, Pusha T, Justine Skye, The Cold Seas and Slonk Donkerson. Tickets go on sale to the general public Tuesday (12/8) at 10 AM. They're on sale now for TIDAL members.

All dates are listed, with a stream of Rose and the D.R.A.M. streams, below...

Continue reading "D.R.A.M. made a video for SZA collab "Caretaker," touring with Abra (dates)"

Coldplay

Three years after Beyonce played the Super Bowl halftime show, her collaborators Coldplay will do the same, the Wall Street Journal reports. The article points out that Bey is actually in talks to make a guest appearance, "according to people familiar with the matter." Bruno Mars is appearing too. Super Bowl 50 happens February 7 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

Coldplay's new album A Head Full of Dreams will be out at midnight (it won't be on Spotify though), and it features the Beyonce collab "Hymn for the Weekend." Listen to that below. Other guests include Noel Gallagher (guitar), Tove Lo (vocals), Gywneth Paltrow (vocals), Barack Obama (sample of a speech), Avicii (programming) and Stargate (production).

Continue reading "Coldplay playing the Super Bowl halftime show, Beyonce may appear too (listen to their new collaborative song)"

photos by Tim Griffin

TVOTR / A$AP Rocky / Father John Misty / Drake & Future (via)
ACL Festival - Weekend 1, Day 2 - 10/3/2015
ACL Festival - Weekend 1, Day 2 - 10/3/2015
ACL Festival - Weekend 1, Day 2 - 10/3/2015
Drake and Future

Is Drake the new Kanye?

Explosive pyrotechnics. Mad energy. The "6 God" backdrop and the whole field on his team. Drake hit the stage like he owned the world. When the backdrop flashed "If You're Reading This We Made It" I felt it in my body the way I do when I see 'Ye live. I seriously thought, "Wow, Drake has done it." Kanye is tabloid fodder and bad fashion and Drake is totally running the game. Drake's the new Kanye. And in that moment I really wanted it for him. That feeling stuck for a good portion of the set. Weirdly, the thing that undid it was when he brought out Future. We knew it was going to happen next week but tonight was a surprise. With the new collab album out it was an obvious choice and the crowd went wild and I actually liked the tracks they did. But Yeezy would never have done that and, more importantly, he'd never have to. He'd keep his 90 minutes all to himself and be completely riveting the whole time. [Deborah Sengupta Stith for Austin 360]

The 2015 Austin City Limits Festival kicked off on Friday and continued on Saturday (10/3) with Drake, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Alabama Shakes, Jose Gonzalez, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Sturgill Simpson, Shakey Graves, Father John Misty, Vince Staples and plenty more. Pictures of the second day of ACL are in this post.

As the above review points out, Drake brought out Future during his set to play three songs off DS2 including the Drake collab "Where Ya At," and then the duo made the live debut of "Jumpman" and "Big Rings" off their collaborative album What A Time To Be Alive. Videos below. Drake also released another Beyonce collab over the weekend, "Can I." He debuted on his Apple Music Beats 1 show, OVO Sound Radio, and you can listen below.

ACL fest's first weekend wraps up Sunday (10/4) and if you're not there you can stream it live (via Red Bull TV) below. ACL does it again this coming weekend (10/9 - 10/11) too. UPDATE: Day 3 happened and pics are up.

Continue reading "2015 ACL Fest day 2 pics & videos: Drake & Future, TVOTR, A$AP Rocky, Father John Misty, UMO, Sturgill Simpson, more"

OCTOBER 20th at BARCLAYS CENTER

One hundred percent of ticket proceeds will benefit nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing positive community relations and effecting systemic change for the development and sustainability of just societies, this inaugural event's philanthropic focus.

All funds collected from ticket proceeds and donations will be administered by New World Foundation on behalf of TIDAL.

LINUEP:
BEYONCÉ · JAY Z · PRINCE
USHER · LIL WAYNE · NICKI MINAJ
T.I. · DAMIAN MARLEY · INDOCHINE
THOMAS RHETT · FABOLOUS
PLUS MANY MORE
DJ CIPHA SOUNDS · DJ REFLEX
FEATURING TIDAL RISING ACTS: ALESSIA CARA · BAS
BENJAMIN BOOKER · FLATBUSH ZOMBIES · JUSTINE SKYE

TIDAL users can purchase tickets starting at 12pm EST by logging into their TIDAL account, through the TIDAL.com, the desktop or mobile app. General on sale for the public is Friday, October 2, 2015.

photo: Pearl Jam at ACL Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Pearl Jam

Last week, it was hinted that Pearl Jam might be playing NYC's Global Citizen Festival on September 26 in Central Park, and today that's been confirmed. The festival, curated by Chris Martin, also features his band Coldplay and Beyonce, as well as the previously announced Ed Sheeran.

Free tickets are available at the festival's website, for anyone who pledges to take an "Action Journey" -- "which include making phone calls, volunteering or participating in another effort to encourage the U.S. State Department to dedicate 50% of its foreign aid budget to the world's poorest countries" (via Billboard). You can also buy VIY tickets on Ticketmaster, starting Friday (7/10) at 10 AM.

Speaking of festivals in Central Park, Gang of Four and more were announced for Modern Sky Festival today.

Trailer video for Global Citizen Festival, below...

Continue reading "Pearl Jam, Beyonce & Coldplay confirmed for Global Citizen Festival in Central Park"

Amy Schumer

Madonna's upcoming tour lands in NYC on September 16 & 17 at MSG and 9/19 at Barclays Center, and those three shows just got a pretty sweet opener. The very funny comedian Amy Schumer, who played NYC on her trainwreck tour earlier this week, will support Madonna at the shows. Tickets for all three are available.

Naturally, Amy (whose movie Trainwreck is out in July) has footage of her childhood self singing "Like A Prayer." Watch that, with Amy's recent hilarious "Celebrity Interview" clip from her Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer, below.

Madonna also just put out a new video. It's for her song "Bitch, I'm Madonna" (ft. Nicki Minaj, prod. Diplo & SOPHIE), and it features both Nicki and Diplo, as well as Kanye West, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Chris Rock and more. Watch below.

Continue reading "Amy Schumer opening for Madonna (who put out a video ft. Kanye West, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj & more)"

photo: A$AP Ferg in Queens in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Ferg

Late last year, A$AP Ferg returned with the new mixtape Ferg Forever, a nice tide-over while we wait for the followup to his excellent Trap Lord. In the past week, he's dropped videos for two of that mixtape's tracks. The first was for "Doe-Active," directed by Spike Jordan and featuring a cameo from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, and the second was for "Dope Walk," directed by Matt Starr and featuring appearances by Kanye West, Beyonce, A$AP Rocky, Big Sean, Haim, Rihanna and Justin Bieber. Watch both below.

In related news, this Sunday (3/1) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, A$AP Nast and A$AP Twelvyy will play a free show presented by DXC/Dunkxchange. At the show, you can buy, sell and trade sneakers and apparel. There will also be performances by GRZLXMODE and GI Dara, and music by DJ Mpure and DJ Rob Cast. Unlike most BKNB shows this one is ticketed ($15 advance, $20 at the door) and the flyer is below.

Ferg also has shows coming up, mostly in Australia and New Zealand, but also a couple US festivals including Pitchfork. All dates are listed below.

A$AP Rocky's also on board for US festival BUKU Music + Art Project happening in New Orleans on March 13 & 14 with Passion Pit, TV on the Radio, Run the Jewels, BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah, DJ Windows 98, Die Antwoord, Flosstradamus, RL Grime, Portugal. The Man, Hudson Mohawke, iLoveMakonnen, XXYYXX, Raury, Big Freedia and more. Full lineup here. Tickets are on sale.

Continue reading "A$AP Ferg made two star-studded videos; A$AP Mob mems playing NYC show on Sunday; Rocky playing Buku Fest"

Prince on Wall Street (photo by Alex Dejoie)
Prince

Paul McCartney, Kanye West, and Drake / Nas weren't the only surprise shows that happened in NYC during this very eventful weekend that had SNL 40, NBA All-Star Weekend and Fashion Week all happening at the same time. Prince, who put out two new albums last year, made his first live appearance in NYC since he was a guest at City Winery in 2013 and played his first full set since MSG in 2011.

He took over 23 Wall Street for a show in honor of the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's Nike Jordan Brand. His 25-song set included some of the new stuff, and also tons of classics like "When Doves Cry," "Little Red Corvette," "1999," "I Would Die 4 U," and "Sign O the Times," a cover of Sly & the Family Stone's "Thank You" and more. Tons of stars were in attendance, including Michael Jordan himself, New York Knick Carmelo Anthony, Beyonce, Jay Z, Queen Latifah, Chris Rock and more. An "insider" told Us Weekly that "Beyonce and Jay Z were rocking out! Dancing like crazy. Very cute for Valentine's Day."

Full setlist and a few video clips below...

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Kanye
Kanye

Though Kanye West said the Grammy thing was a joke ("like the Grammys themselves") and Beck was excited about it and thinks he is a genius, some Beck fans are still none too happy. As Gothamist points out, a few of those fans whose office building happens to be right outside the location in NYC that Kanye played last night took the opportunity to get their message across. Gothamist writes:

A company called PNYC, located around the corner from the stage, welcomed the rapper by putting up large letters in their windows that spelled out "BECK." This was, of course, a nod to Kanye interrupting the musician as he was about to accept his Grammy award this past weekend.

Matt and Jason from PNYC told us this morning, "We are an agency actively researching the effects of Out of Home (OOH) advertising. We found out Kanye was playing outside of our building and we wanted to make a point about being in the right place at the right time with the right message and how that can be amplified through digital channels. And... don't fuck with Beck."

Photographic proof is above.

In related news, some kind soul took the time to put together a Beck/Beyonce mashup, because obviously that was going to happen. Listen to Beckyonce's "Single Loser (Put a Beck on It)" below...

Continue reading "some Beck fans really gave it to Kanye at his show last night"

Beck

Though Kanye stopped himself during the Grammys (much to Jay-Z and everyone's amusement), he let his opinions be known right afterwards, live on TV with Kim Kardashian by his side. Watch the E! afterparty interview below...

Continue reading "Kanye waited until after the Grammys to say Beck should have given his Grammy to Beyonce (watch)"

Lil B says 'Eat Your Veggies'
Lil B

I wanted to give a big welcome to Little Choc Apothecary, "the first fully vegan crêperie in NYC" located at 141 Havemeyer St. Can't wait to try one of the many crepes on the menu.

In other exciting NYC vegan food news, popular Manhattan restaurant Dirt Candy reopened in a new and bigger spot. Check them out now at 86 Allen Street (corner of Broome and Allen). Reservations are a must.

Meanwhile, Beyonce, who you might remember "went vegan for a bit" in 2013 with husband Jay-Z, is now a spokesperson for the vegan diet program she tried, and its new home delivery service:

The home delivery service was born out of a demand from Borges' friends, colleagues and clients who enjoyed his delicious meals that were naturally low in fat, sugar and salt and filled with flavor from whole-foods such as vegetables, beans, grains, herbs and spices. The home delivery program takes away all the guesswork and makes it easy to adopt the plan.

"I am so grateful that I took the challenge and credit Marco with leading by example," says Beyonce. "He is the most energetic person I know and it's all because of his decision to live a healthy lifestyle. He came up with a great program to get people motivated to make better nutritional choices. All you have to do is try. If I can do it, anyone can. I am excited to partner with him."

The longtime fitness expert, who has been a leader in the field for over 20 years, says it's really not about asking everyone to become a vegan but rather to make simple healthier food choices so they can live a more energetic and productive life.

"I am humbled by this incredible partnership and excited to share the many benefits of a whole-foods plant-based diet," says Borges.

Lil B also recently teamed up with a vegan food company. As Fader reports:
Friend to humans and animals alike, Lil B, has met his match in the food world, a vegan company whose name is Follow Your Heart. Their first order of business together? Creating an emoji app, of course. (Because you can never have too many Lil B emoji apps.) The Based God's latest, dubbed vegEMOJI, consists of animal-friendly takes on Lil B sayings--like "Plant Based 4 Life," "Cool People Are Kind to Animals"--and a locator where you can find your local Follow Your Heart carrier.
Grab the LIL B VEGANAISE app at iTunes.

Catch Lil B live at Coachella this year.

Paul McKanye Rihanna

You probably know by now that Kanye West and Paul McCartney have teamed up not only once but twice this year, most recently for the Rihanna collaboration, "FourFiveSeconds" (also featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Dirty Projectors frontman Dave Longstreth). They've now given that song a video, directed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and you can check it out below.

It's also been announced that Paul, Kanye and Rihanna will all perform together at the Grammy Awards Ceremony this Sunday. Other performers include Madonna, AC/DC, John Legend & Common, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Gwen Stefani & Adam Levine, Pharrell, Usher, maybe Beyonce and definitely not Taylor Swift.

Kanye and Paul will also be on SNL 40 the following Sunday. "FourFiveSeconds" video below...

Continue reading "Paul McCartney, Kanye West & Rihanna share video, playing the Grammys (like Madonna, AC/DC & more)"

Kim Fowley

Rolling Stone reports the sad news:

Runaways producer and notorious L.A. music legend Kim Fowley has died. In recent months, he had been undergoing cancer treatments, though no cause of death has been announced. He was 75.

Charismatic and eccentric, Fowley is best remembered as the record producer for the all-female rock group the Runaways. He introduced Joan Jett, who was 15 at the time, to teenage drummer Sandy West and helped them find frontwoman Cherie Currie, lead guitarist Lita Ford and bassist Jackie Fox. He produced the band's 1976 self-titled debut and co-wrote the band's biggest hit, the punkish "Cherry Bomb," with Jett. He also co-produced the following year's Queens of Noise and helmed the same year's Waitin' for the Night.

It's been 40 years since the Runaways formed and Fowley never stopped creating, as you can see on his Wikipedia page, at his official website and the Rolling Stone obituary.

Maybe you listened to his SiriusXM show on Underground Garage, noticed him in Beyonce's 2014 video for "Haunted", or read the beginning of his autobiography series. Keep an eye out for the final chapter to still be released.

Rest in Peace Kim.

Watch and listen to a selection of videos and songs below...

Continue reading "Kim Fowley, RIP"

pazz + jp
pazz + jp
pazz + jp

The Village Voice's annual Pazz + Jop music critics poll is out. While the poll comes out a lot earlier than it used to when Robert Christgau helmed it, it's still late enough to give every album released in 2014 a chance. Hence, D'Angelo's Black Messiah -- which didn't make most other lists due to being released on December 15 -- claiming the top spot. Here's the Top 10 albums:

1 D'Angelo, Black Messiah
2 Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels 2
3 The War on Drugs, Lost in the Dream
4 St. Vincent, St. Vincent
5 FKA Twigs, Lp1
6 Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
7 Taylor Swift, 1989
8 Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire for No Witness
9 Spoon, They Want My Soul
10 Against Me!, Transgender Dysphoria Blues
On the singles front, Future Island's ubiquitous "Seasons," which was a full 15 points ahead of its closest competition, took the top spot. Here's the Top 10, though note there's a two-way tie for 9th:
1 Future Islands, "Seasons (Waiting on You)"
2 FKA Twigs, "Two Weeks"
3 Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"
4 Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
5 Kendrick Lamar, "I"
6 ILoveMakonnen (ft. Drake), "Tuesday"
7 Sia, "Chandelier"
8 Charli XCX, "Boom Clap"
9 Beyoncé (ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie), "***Flawless"
9 DJ Snake (ft. Lil Jon), "Turn Down for What"
Over 600 music writers' ballots were tabulated for the 2014 Pazz + Jop poll. You can peruse individual writers' ballots and read through their quippy comments. You can also click on an album or single and see who all voted for it. There are also a few think-pieces, including one on the importance of nostalgia, and "The Comfort of Being Sad."

The Queen of Rap, slayin' with Queen Bey
Queen Bey & Queen of Rap

Look, I don't have the polling data handy, but I'm willing to bet that over the past 12 months, there has been a noticeable increase in the amount of young women who call themselves feminists, and that this is almost entirely due to Beyoncé. And no, contrary to popular belief, this was not because of some viral-era voodoo that took place when everybody reblogged that image of Beyoncé standing in front of the word FEMINIST at the VMAs; it was because of her ingenious idea to include in the original version of "***Flawless" a clear, concise, and marvelously demystifying definition of that too-often-misunderstood word. Thanks to Beyoncé, somewhere in America, a seventh-grader is right now being asked what the word feminist means, and instead of saying "an angry woman who hates men," she is answering in a memorized intonation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's words: "a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes."
The above quote is from Lindsay Zoladz's review of Beyoncé: Platinum Edition over at her new-ish pop-music column for Vulture. As it points out, feminism has seen a huge rise in post-Beyoncé American culture, and this has especially happened in pop music. Other articles on this have been published throughout the year, like Lindsay's 2014: The Year That All-Female Collaborations Ruled the Radio for the same Vulture column, or Molly Beauchemin's FKA twigs, Lorde, and the New Feminist (Dance) Movement for Pitchfork, but now that the year is coming to a close it seems like everyone is getting in thinkpiece mode declaring 2014: The Year of Feminist Pop. Here are some good reads:

Ann Powers for NPR: In 2014, Pop Followed Beyonce's Lead

Kat George for Noisey: 2014: The Year Feminism Reclaimed Pop

Rachel Brodsky for SPIN: Feminism in 2014: More Than a Trend

Lindsay Zoladz for Slate: A Salute to the Bad Feminists of Pop

Hillary Crosley for Jezebel: My Anaconda Don't: Nicki Minaj's Ass And Feminism

Chumped singer Anika Pyle for Vulture: 2014: The Year Women Took Over Punk Music

Kelley Dunlap for Buzzfeed: 17 Of The Most Feminist Songs Of 2014

And not unrelated: Molly Beauchemin's piece for Pitchfork, 2014: The Year We Reached Peak Ass

Also Madonna releasing a song called "Bitch I'm Madonna" featuring Nicki Minaj is kind of a feminist thinkpiece on its own, isn't it?

Continue reading "2014: The Year of Feminist Pop"

Grouper
Photo: Grouper @ the Guggenheim in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Tiny Mix Tapes posted their Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2014, and as TMT lists usually are, it's a pretty eccentric one with a lot of stuff that wasn't making everyone's list this year. Sure you've got Grouper, Andy Stott, Sun Kil Moon, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Arca, Pharmakon, Perfume Genius, Ariel Pink, Swans and FKA twigs, but you've also got Ninos Du Brasil, Gem Jones, James Ferraro, Call Super, C L E A N E R S, Kevin Drumm & Jason Lescalleet and more.

Read their entertaining intro and commentary on the albums here, and browse their full list below...

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SF
Photo: Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)

Don Giovanni Records had yet another good year, with solid 2014 releases from Nude Beach, Priests, Peter Stampfel, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard and more, and they've already got big plans for 2015 with new ones from Screaming Females, California X, Downtown Boys and more on the way.

Ahead of the label's annual Brooklyn showcases, label co-founders Joe Steinhardt (also of Modern Hut) and Zach Gajewski (also of Nuclear Santa Claust), and several DG bands including Screaming Females, California X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, Brick Mower and Mal Blum have given us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. You can check out those lists below.

The 2015 showcases happen on February 6, 7 and 28 at Knitting Factory with Nude Beach, Shellshag, Crow Bait and more on night 1; Cali X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers and more on night 2; and Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation at the final show. Tickets are still available.

DG year-end lists below...

Continue reading "Don Giovanni bands list their favorite LPs of 2014 (Screaming Females, Cali X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, more)"

Pitchfork

Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.

Check out the full list below...

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Grammy

This year, the 2015 Grammy nominations are being revealed gradually on CBS This Morning. A few categories have already been announced, with a lot more on the way, and we'll have to wait for tonight's A Very Grammy Christmas special to find out the Album of the Year nominees. Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beck, Black Keys, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beyonce (now the most Grammy-nominated woman), Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Drake, Eminem, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Basement Jaxx, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon, Royksopp & Robyn, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon, Motorhead, Alt-J, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sam Smith, Haim, Sia, Coldplay, Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, Jhene Aiko, Tom Petty, U2 and more have already been announced. Stay tuned for more announcements and check out the list so far, below.

UPDATE: Full list of nominations (except Album of the Year) now up at GRAMMY.com. Several of the categories are also listed below.

UPDATE 2: Album of the Year nominees announced. See below.

The awards ceremony happens February 8, 2015.

Continue reading "2015 Grammy Awards nominations (Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye, Jack White, Beck, Disclosure, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon & more)"

Cymbals Eat Guitars at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by PSquared)
CEG

Cymbals Eat Guitars put out their great third record, LOSE, earlier this year, which is starting to land on year-end lists like Jeff Rosenstock's. The band also gave us their own list of their favorite albums of 2014, which includes Foxing (who joined them on their tour with Brand New), Joyce Manor (who also toured with Brand New this year), Alex G (who's opening CEG's upcoming tour), Beyonce's late 2013 release and more. Check out their whole list, with commentary, below.

That Cymbals Eat Guitars/Alex G tour begins next week, coming to NYC on December 12 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

CEG have also reissued their 2009 debut, Why There Are Mountains, which was initially self-released, on their current home of Barsuk Records. You can pick that up on vinyl here for the holiday sale price of $12.80, and they'll also have copies on their December tour.

CEG's year-end list and list of dates below...

Continue reading "Cymbals Eat Guitars told us their favorite albums of 2014; tour with Alex G starts soon (updated dates)"

Bey & Tay
Bey & Tay

Beyonce was seen just kind of chillin with Jay-Z at Monday night's Nets game at Barclays Center (where Taylor Swift is not playing) (that was a heads up for Stereogum). Maybe she was thinking about how she is the highest paid woman in music this year according to a new Forbes list which also includes Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, and Taylor Swift, who just made headlines for pulling all her music off Spotify (to make more money?), and who Kendrick Lamar covered, sort of:

Continue reading "Beyonce can do what she wants at a Nets game, made more money than Taylor Swift who pulled her music from Spotify"

P4k

It's not just you: Over the last five years, there's been a seismic shift in the way we engage with music. We tweet, tumbl, stream, and share our favorite songs; we scour dead links and navigate obtrusive pop-ups for the newest mixtapes; we watch our music videos on Youtube and Vevo. We watched the explosion of EDM, the birth of drill, the rise and fall of chillwave. We debated how to pronounce FKA twigs, whether the album was dead, and where Bobby Shmurda's hat went. We met Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Grimes, Jessie Ware, Disclosure, Miguel, and Charli XCX. We saw LCD Soundsystem break up, Neutral Milk Hotel reunite, and My Bloody Valentine release a new album--a shooting star if there ever was one. [Pitchfork]
By the end of this year it will be halfway through the current decade, and to mark that, Pitchfork is posting lists of the best tracks, albums, and videos of the decade so far, this week. Today, they put out their list of the top 200 tracks. Like most of Pitchfork's 'top tracks' lists, it ranges from big names to underdogs in indie, electronic, hip hop and more, plus a few huge radio-pop songs sprinkled in. Can you guess what made #1?

Check out the full list HERE and browse the top 20, below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork's Top 200 Tracks of the Decade So Far (2010-2014)"

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