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photo: Alice Cooper at Beacon Theatre in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
We already learned that Lady Gaga is doing a Bowie tribute at the Grammys this year, and the other rock legend who recently passed away, Lemmy, will get one too. This one includes some people who were a little closer to Lemmy than Gaga was to Bowie. It's by Alice Cooper and his band the Hollywood Vampires, which includes Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan, and Johnny Depp, among others. Alice said to Rolling Stone:
"He was always funny," he continues. "I'm a 'healed' alcoholic and I haven't had anything to drink in 35 years. A lot of people that drink always feel a little bit like they owe an explanation to me. A couple weeks before his death, Lemmy came up to me and said, 'Alice, I've quit drinking.' And he's got a glass in his hand. And I go, 'Really?' And he says, 'Yeah, I don't drink whiskey anymore. I drink vodka.'" Cooper laughs. "And I went, 'Lemmy, do you think your liver has any idea what color the alcohol is?' He said, well it's a step down from whiskey.' And I went, 'OK. Any step's a good step.'" He laughs.The Hollywood Vampires will also make the live debut of their song "As Bad As I Am" at the Grammys. It will be released as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of their 2015 debut that comes out three days before the performance.
Other recently-added Grammys performers include Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Adele, Rihanna, the cast of Hamilton, and a BB King tribute by Chris Stapleton, Gary Clark Jr and Bonnie Raitt.
Alice Cooper is also touring this spring. Listen to the Hollywood Vampires song "My Dead Drunk Friends" below...
by Andrew Sacher
The insanely prolific (and great) rapper Future put out one full length of 2016 so far, Purple Reign, and he's already promising a new one
for this Friday (2/5). It's supposed to premiere on DJ Khaled's Apple Music show. While we wait for that, Future just put out another new track called "In Abundance." The artwork is the Purple Reign artwork, so maybe it's a leftover from those sessions. Either way, it's predictably great and you can hear it below.
He also tweeted "Midight Eastern" about an hour ago. UPDATE: Now he clarifies that the pre-order goes live at midnight for his new album, titled EVOL. He also mentions he has a new deal with Apple Music.
Future and Young Thug, whose new mixtape Slime Season 3 is also due out this Friday, have been taking shots at each other on Twitter. Thug pulled a Kanye and at the last minute changed the title to IM-UP:
I'm on my #yeezy shit, fuck ss3.....— Young Thug ひ (@youngthug) February 3, 2016
It's now ""IM-UP"" tweet up
UPDATE: The pre-order is live now, and it's actually due out Saturday (2/6). It includes The Weeknd collaboration "Low Life," which came out on Christmas. It doesn't include "In Abundance." Check out the full tracklist below.
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today announced that they would now include streaming sales in the calculation of Gold and Platinum albums. Here's how it breaks down:
After a comprehensive analysis of a variety of factors - including streaming and download consumption patterns and historical impact on the program - and also consultation with a myriad of industry colleagues, the RIAA set the new Album Award formula of 1,500 on-demand audio and/or video song streams = 10 track sales = 1 album sale. Also effective today, RIAA's Digital Single Award ratio will be updated from 100 on-demand streams = 1 download to 150 on-demand streams = 1 download to reflect streaming's enormous growth in the two plus years since that ratio was set.Seventeen albums were certified gold (500,000) or platinum (1 million) with the news, including Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, Big Sean's Dark Sky Paradise, and Coldplay's Ghost Stories (all of which were all declared platinum). The entire list of albums is below...
by Andrew Sacher
Earlier this week, Rihanna tweeted that she was listening to her much-delayed new album ANTI, implying its release was imminent. Billboard then said it'd be out this week, and earlier tonight a TIDAL user noticed that it was (probably accidentally) uploaded to the streaming service. It was quickly taken down, but not before TIDAL users were able to leak it.
The leak reveals a few interesting things about this record. It doesn't feature any of last year's singles, including the great "Bitch Better Have My Money" (or "FourFiveSeconds" or "American Oxygen"). It does include the Drake collaboration "Work" that came out today (not her first Drake collab, of course) and that explains why she called it ANTI's lead single earlier. Also,
unless a really good Rihanna impostor threw this in the leak, it includes a cover of Tame Impala's "New Person, Same Old Mistakes" (retitled "Same Ol' Mistakes"), the last track on last year's Currents. This means RiRi turned down a Grimes song but would've happily taken a Tame Impala song.
The only credited guest aside from Drake is SZA on opening track "Consideration," though The Weeknd, The-Dream and Travi$ Scott all worked on "Woo." Producers include DJ Mustard ("Needed Me"), Timbaland ("Yeah, I Said It"), No I.D. ("Higher"), Boi-1da ("Work"), and more. As reported last year, the album was executive produced by Kanye West (whose own new album has quite the saga surrounding it this week as well).
Listen to rips of "Work" and the Tame Impala cover, with the tracklist, below. Update: Streams removed.
UPDATE: Now that it leaked, the album is officially out. You can listen here if you have TIDAL (and otherwise you can hear samples). And that Tame Impala cover is in fact real.
UPDATE 2: It's now a free download for a limited time only, using the code ANTI.
UPDATE 3 (1/28): The deluxe edition is out now with three bonus tracks: "Goodnight Gotham," "Pose," and "Sex With Me." "Goodnight Gotham" is a remix of Florence + the Machine's song "Only If For A Night."
This probably won't be a surprise, but early listens reveal that much of it is in the vein of atmospheric R&B that's dominated both pop and indie for a few years now. And more so than her other recent releases, it feels built to be an "album album," as superstar albums in the post-Yeezus/The 20/20 Experience/BEYONCÉ world often are. (Her last, 2012's Unapologetic, came out before those three did.) It's pretty good stuff to these ears. What do you think?
Nominations for the 88th Academy Awards were just announced, with Golden Globe winner The Revenant leading the pack with 12 nominations, and Mad Max: Fury Road following closely behind with 10 nominations. In the Best Song category, J. Ralph and Antony Hegarty's "Manta Ray" from Racing Extinction was nominated, as was The Weeknd's "Earned It" from 50 Shades of Grey, Lady Gaga's "Til it Happens to You" from The Hunting Ground, David Lang's "Simple Song #3" from Youth, and Sam Smith's "The Writing's On the Wall" from Spectre (which won the Golden Globe). You can listen to all five Best Song nominees below.
For Best Score, Ennio Morricone's Golden Globe-winning score for The Hateful Eight was nominated, as were Carter Burwell for Carol, Jóhann Jóhannsson for Sicario, John Williams for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Thomas Newman for Bridge of Spies. Also: Nina Simone doc What Happened, Miss Simone? and Amy Winehouse documentary Amy are up for Best Documentary Feature.
The Oscars will be handed out Sunday, February 28 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood. Chris Rock is hosting this year. A full list of all 2016 Oscar nominees is below...
The Village Voice's annual Pazz+Jop issue has just been published. Polling nearly 500 music critics, you may not be too surprised, at this point, to learn that Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly topped their 2015 albums list. (It was our #1 too.) Here's the Top 10:
1 Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a ButterflyOn the singles side, Drake's unstoppable "Hotline Bling" was the critics' #1 consensus and here's the Top 10 (well Top 9, there was a tie):
2 Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
3 Carly Rae Jepsen, Emotion
4 Grimes, Art Angels
5 Sleater-Kinney, No Cities to Love
6 Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell
7 Vince Staples, Summertime '06
8 Kamasi Washington, The Epic
9 Jamie xx, In Colour
10 Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear
1 Drake, Hotline BlingThe Pazz & Jop lists go all the way to albums and tracks with single votes, and you can look at individual critics ballots too, plus read a bunch of year-summarizing essays.
2 Kendrick Lamar, King Kunta
3 The Weeknd, Can't Feel My Face
4 Kendrick Lamar, Alright
5 Courtney Barnett, Pedestrian at Best
6 Missy Elliott (ft. Pharrell Williams), WTF (Where They From)
7 Fetty Wap, Trap Queen
8 Mark Ronson (ft. Bruno Mars), Uptown Funk
9 (tie) Adele, Hello
9 (tie) Jamie xx (ft. Young Thug & Popcaan), I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)
2015 was one of the greatest years for new music in a while. Even if you're obsessive, you probably still have some catching up to do. We can try to help. Within the first two episodes of BrooklynVegan's new Spotify show (here and here), you'll hear some of our favorite music of the year. You'll find even more in our Favorite Albums of 2015 list, and browse our Best of 2015 tag for even more lists.
Probably not too surprisingly, BrooklynVegan lists didn't include any Ed Sheeran or Maroon 5, but also probably not surprising that those were two of the five most listened-to artists on Spotify in 2015. The other three were Kanye West, The Weeknd and Drake (the latter of which made our favorite albums list). That data and much more like it is what you'll find at Spotify Year in Music.
The Spotify Year In Music recap also pointed out that the year had some big comebacks. Missy Elliott was popular after guest starring at Katy Perry's Superbowl halftime show and finally releasing a new single. Streams of Amy Winehouse's music spiked 70% after the release of Amy. And people were glad to finally have D'Angelo back too.
Rap was extremely popular on Spotify this year, with all five of the top five albums and seven of the top ten coming from rappers. That's consistent with our recent suggestion that major label rap hit a massive peak in 2015. The most loyal fans of the year though, according to Spotify's data, were metal fans.
To see all of the Spotify Year In Music, or to get your own Year in Music based on your profile, visit the site here. Interested in finding out how popular a specific artist was? They have a page for that too.
Don't have a premium Spotify account yet? We've also got a giveaway package from Spotify, that includes a one-year premium subscription, one pair of Bose in-ear headphones, one Soundwave Canvas, and one $50 TicketMaster gift card. Head below to enter for a chance to win. Winners must be 18 years or older and live in the U.S..
photo: LCD Soundsystem at MSG in 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The holidays are over and we're fully back in action here at BrooklynVegan. We hope you're having a great new year so far, and in case you missed some of the big news that came over the past couple weeks, here's a roundup of some reminders:
Guns N' Roses will play Coachella too. Still no word on their exact lineup, but it's been reported that Axl and Slash will both be involved.
Another surprise song came on Christmas Day from Radiohead, who released "Spectre," an unreleased theme they had written for the James Bond movie of the same name. (As you probably know, Sam Smith's theme was used instead.)
Last year we got a new track from Kanye West on New Year's Day, and this time we got one on New Year's Eve called "Facts." It's more a freestyle that riffs on Drake & Future's "Jumpman" than a big new Kanye song (and Future collaborators Metro Boomin & Southside produced it), but it's new Kanye nonetheless. Listen here.
photo: Kendrick Lamar at Day For Night Festival (more by Tim Griffin)
We also got a new 7-minute video from Kendrick Lamar on New Year's Eve called God Is Gangsta. The video is for two songs off 2015's To Pimp A Butterfly, "u" and "For Sale?". Watch below. To Pimp A Butterfly topped our 50 favorite albums of 2015 list, which we put out on New Year's Eve.
As of Christmas Eve, The Beatles began streaming their entire discography on streaming services.
We also got a new song from Aphex Twin, a surprise EP from Krallice (following their surprise album from July), an unreleased Grimes song ("probably pre-Halifaxa"), three new songs from The Weeknd (a Travi$ Scott collab, a Future collab, and a remix of Jeremih's "Pass Dat"), a song on New Year's Eve from Big Sean called "What A Year" ft. Pharrell & Detail, a Christmas song from Miley Cyrus & The Flaming Lips, a stream of the new Hinds album (which they celebrate in NYC this week), and a new Timbaland mixtape. Listen to that one here and the rest below.
Like last year, The FADER have listed their favorite tracks of the year. They picked 107, "because 100 just wasn't enough." It's got two Drake songs in the top 10, and a Skepta song cracks it too (grime in general is pretty well-represented). A certain former bubblegum pop singer who's becoming a popular choice for #1 is #1 here too. Mixed into the mostly rap/R&B/electronic pop list is Adele, some country representation from Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves, lo-fi DIY from Sheer Mag and Girlpool, and a few other outliers. Check out the whole list, and a Spotify playlist of it, below.
Please: Do everything you possibly can in one lifetime.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) September 23, 2015
Twitter released their '2015 YEAR ON TWITTER' today. No real surprises as far as THE MOST POPULAR MUSICIANS go, and that includes Kendrick "11 Grammy Nominations" Lamar. Nothing very "indie" about this list either, but for those who love music industry data, you can peruse all the music-related stuff, below.
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards nominees have been announced. Album of the Year nominees include Alabama Shakes for Sound & Color, Kendrick Lamar for To Pimp A Butterfly, Chris Stapleton for Traveller, Taylor Swift for 1989 and The Weeknd for Beauty Behind The Madness. Record of the Year also includes Taylor ("Blank Space") and The Weeknd ("Can't Feel My Face"), plus D'Angelo ("Really Love"), Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars ("Uptown Funk") and Ed Sheeran ("Thinking Out Loud"). Song of the Year has those same Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran songs against Kendrick's "Alright," Little Big Town's "Girl Crush," and Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth's "See You Again."
Alabama Shakes' album is also up for Best Alternative Music Album, along with Bjork, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala and Wilco. Kendrick's album is also up for Best Rap Album, along with J. Cole, Dr. Dre, Drake and Nicki Minaj.
Other nominees include Courtney Barnett (up for Best New Artist), Florence + the Machine, Bob Dylan, The Chemical Brothers, Flying Lotus, Skrillex & Diplo, Caribou, Disclosure, Jamie xx, Bill Frisell, Ghost, Death Cab For Cutie (Best Rock Album), Jeremih, Jazmine Sullivan, Miguel, The Internet, Kehlani, Leon Bridges, Fetty Wap, Kanye West, Big Sean, Common, Jidenna, Kacey Musgraves, Robert Glasper, Punch Brothers, Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Jason Isbell, Buddy Guy, Bettye LaVette, Glen Hansard, Patti Smith, Amy Poehler, Wyatt Cenac, Louis C.K., the Hamilton soundtrack, David Bowie, Snoop Dogg, Elvis Presley, Father John Misty, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, The Decemberists, Joni Mitchell, The Bird and The Bee, Blake Mills (Producer of The Year for Alabama Shakes' Sound & Color), A$AP Rocky, The Dead Weather, Pharrell Williams, Amy Winehouse doc Amy, and many more.
Kendrick Lamar picked up 11 total nominations, and The Weeknd picked up seven. The ceremony will happen February 15 at the Staples Center in LA, and air live on CBS.
Check out a fuller list of nominees below and the whole thing here.
Illustration by Ryan Casey
We already saw Rolling Stone's top 50 albums of 2015, and now they unveiled their top 50 songs too. It's got a lot of the songs you couldn't avoid this year even if you wanted to: "Hello," "Hotline Bling," "Trap Queen," plenty of The Weeknd, one appearance by Justin Bieber. There's also indie rock anthems like Titus Andronicus' "Dimed Out," "Kurt Vile's "Pretty Pimpin," Courtney Barnett's "Pedestrian at Best"and Tame Impala's "Let It Happen," a nod towards raw DIY with Sheer Mag's "Fan the Flames," and a lot more. Check the whole thing out below.
It's the season for year-end lists, and they just keep rolling in. Now longrunning (and now free) UK weekly NME has joined the party, going with Grimes' Art Angels at #1 on their top 50 albums of 2015 list (she also topped Gorilla vs. Bear' and SPIN's lists). Kendrick Lamar comes in at #2, and those two records are really topping a lot of lists this year. Elsewhere on the list, you can find indie stalwarts like Bjork, Sufjan Stevens, Joanna Newsom, Deerhunter, and Sleater-Kinney, pop nods like Future, Lana Del Rey, Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen and Miley Cyrus And Her Dead Petz, and an emphasis on British acts like Foals, The Maccabees, Coldplay, Sleaford Mods, Bill Ryder-Jones, Laura Marling, The Cribs, and of course Blur. For good measure, Ryan Adams comes in at #50 with his Taylor Swift covers album.
Check out the full list below...
Rolling Stone has published their list of the Top 50 Albums of 2015. As always, it has older artists who don't seem to pop up on many other lists (Madonna, Darlene Love, Mark Knopfler, Boz Scaggs, Keith Richards, James Taylor, Don Henley) (did you even know Don Henley released an album this year?). There's also two major rap albums in the top 3 (with Adele sandwiched in between), a good amount of country (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Ashley Monroe), smaller indie rock bands (Hop Along, Car Seat Headrest), mainstream pop (Selena Gomez, Carly Rae Jepsen), alt-rock giants (Muse, Marilyn Manson), and a lot more. And they're counting D'Angelo's December 2014 release for this list (it cracks the top 5).
Read their commentary here and check out the whole list below...
Like their sister magazine Q, the folks at MOJO are fans of Julia Holter's Have You in My Wilderness, naming it 2015's Album of the Year. (It is a fine, fine choice.) For a magazine that usually has a Beatle on the cover twice a year, MOJO's albums list feels pretty contemporary, with Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Sleaford Mods, Sufjan Stevens and Bill Ryder-Jones all making the Top 10. Don't worry, there's room for Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Paul Weller, Boz Scaggs and and other classic artists on the list, too. Check out MOJO's whole Top 50 Albums of 2015 list, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Weeknd at MSG (via The Weeknd Instagram)
The Weeknd has come a long way since his early days as a "mysterious" artist making hazy mixtapes. Now he's got two #1 hits off his new album ("Can't Feel My Face" and "The Hills") and he's in the midst of a three-night run of arena shows in NYC. (Four if you count the nearby Prudential Center show he played last week.) This week's run kicked off on Monday (11/16) at MSG, and Noisey's review of the show talks about his ascent to fame:
Part of the reason that Tesfaye's been able to make the leap into superstardom while holding onto his indie cred is that while he's made adaptations in order to up his pop appeal, he hasn't compromised his core identity-"that nigga with the hair / singing bout popping pills, fucking bitches, living life so trill," as he puts it on Madness's "Tell Your Friends." That includes ballsy moves like making his big, Max Martin-assisted pop number that represented a real make-or-break moment in his career into a catchy song about cocaine addiction, or getting the line "When I'm fucked up, that's the real me" on the Billboard Top Ten, or releasing a special edition PAX vaporizer as a tour souvenir.That career-spanning set included everything from "High For This" (the first song many of us heard from him) through his cover of Michael Jackson's "Dirty Diana" through "Wicked Games" through of course "Can't Feel My Face" and "The Hills," and many more. Check out the full setlist and a view videos below.
...But even Tesfaye's newer and much more mainstream fans seem totally happy to let him be himself. They don't need him to learn complicated choreography or bring along a bunch of backup dancers or tamp down his pyrotechnics-loving headbanger side. If anything, he's bringing them to his own eccentric level. Partway through his set last night he brought out a rendition of "House of Balloons / Glass Table Girls" from his debut mixtape House of Balloons, and on the choruses he had an entire sold-out arena singing along with unrestrained joy to the Siouxsie and the Banshees song it samples. From where I was sitting, it felt like we were all winning.
The run continues at Barclays Center tonight (11/18) and Thursday (11/19). Like at MSG, Travi$ Scott (whose recent debut album features The Weeknd on "Pray 4 Love") and Banks will open. Tickets for both are still available.
He also plays a few of the mostly-lame Jingle Ball fests around the country, including Z100's in NYC at MSG on 12/11 with Fetty Wap and more (sold out). And he plays New Year's Eve on Miami Beach. Updated dates are listed below.
The 2016 lineup for the Alabama's Hangout Music Festival has been released. It features The Weeknd, Florence + The Machine, Alabama Shakes, Haim, Grimes, Jason Isbell, Leon Bridges, Run the Jewels, Kurt Vile, Courtney Barnett, Bully and of course many others. The festival takes place in Gulf Shores from May 20-22, and tickets go on sale Thursday (11/19) at 10 AM CST.
Check out the full lineup below.
H. Jon Benjamin, of Bob's Burgers/Archer voice fame, was added to the Sub Pop/Hardly Art CMJ showcase at Knitting Factory happening on October 15 with Protomartyr, Strange Wilds, The Gotobeds, S (Carissa's Wierd singer Jenn Ghetto), and Mass Gothic. Tickets are still available.
RJD2 is playing at Brooklyn Bowl on January 12 & 13. Tickets are currently on sale.
The Weeknd is among the mostly-lame lineup for Z100's Jingle Ball happening December 11 at MSG. Tickets are on Capitol One cardholder presale now. General on-sale begins 10/12 at 10 AM. The Weeknd's tour also hits MSG once and Barclays Center twice in November.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Last night (9/30) on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Questlove and Kirk Douglas of house band The Roots reprised their role as "Black Simon & Garfunkel" to sing The Weeknd's huge hit "Can't Feel My Face." It would've been great either way, but it got even better when they were joined by... the actual Art Garfunkel.
photo: The Weeknd at Lollapalooza 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
The Weeknd recently announced a massive tour in support of Beauty Behind the Madness which already included three NYC-area dates -- 11/11 at Prudential Center, 11/16 at MSG and 11/18 at Barclays Center -- and now a fourth was added. He'll also play Barclays Center on November 19. Tickets for that show are on VIP/Citi presales now. Artist presale starts Wednesday (9/9) at 10 AM, Facebook presale starts Thursday (9/10) at 10 AM, and the general on-sale starts Saturday (9/12) at 10 AM. His other NYC-area dates are on sale now (same link).
Updated dates are listed below...
Kanye collaborator Travi$ Scott recently said his album Rodeo will finally come out on September 4, and that now appears double confirmed as iTunes has it up for pre-order for that date. We also learn from iTunes that the album will feature 14 songs, including "3500" and "Antidote," which are streaming below.
Travi$ has tour dates coming up, and will play a record release show in NYC on September 9 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/28) at 10 AM with Live Nation/Music Geeks presales starting Wednesday (8/26) at 10 AM.
After that, he's set to open The Weeknd's tour, including all three NYC-area shows: Prudential Center on 11/1, MSG on 11/16 and Barclays Center on 11/18. All three of those include Banks too. Tickets are on Citi/fan presales now (anyone know the password?). Live Nation presale starts Wednesday at 10 AM (password: MADNESS) and general on-sale starts Friday at 10 AM.
All dates are listed below...
photo: The Weeknd at Lollapalooza 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
The Weeknd will be in the NYC-area this, uh, weekend, for the Billboard Hot 100 Festival at Jones Beach (tickets), and he'll be back here on a just-announced fall tour that includes three massive shows in the area.
Abel Tesfaye will play Newark's Prudential Center on November 11, NYC's Madison Square Garden on November 16, and Brooklyn's Barclays Center on November 18. Tickets for the whole tour go on sale August 28 with a presale starting August 26 at 10 AM (password: MADNESS). All dates are listed below.
The Weeknd's second official album, Beauty Behind the Madness, is due out August 28 via XO/Republic. It features the massive hit "Can't Feel My Face" (co-written and co-produced by Max Martin and others) and more. Video for that song, with the list of dates, below...
Lollapalooza 2015 just got underway in Chicago's Grant Park and will be there all weekend with headliners Metallica, Paul McCartney Sam Smith, The Weeknd, and Florence + the Machine. (BrooklynVegan will be there too, in the Toyota Tent.) If you can't make it, Lollapalooza will be broadcasting live each day starting at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern) across three different channels and you can watch it right here.
Sunday's streaming schedule includes Florence + the Machine, Of Monsters and Men, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Lord Huron and more. The whole weekend's stream schedule is listed, along with the Lollapalooza video player, below...
photos by James Richards IV
The Weeknd / The War on Drugs / First Aid Kit @ Lollapalooza 7/31/2015
Nobody saw this coming. Backed by a drummer and a multi-instrumentalist, First Aid Kit pulls off a true surprise and lays into Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" with the heaviness in tact. Well before it's over, any illusion of the charming duo using the cover as a novelty-minded attention grab fades away. Indeed, while First Aid Kit could easily rely on the adorability factor, the Swedish sisters don't need it. They're a rare example of an artist that played the opening time slot at a prior Lollapalooza, seized the moment with a breakout set and graduated to a bigger platform. And compared to their 2012 performance here, Johanna and Klara Soderberg display more poise, confidence and maturity. Not to mention a more diversified palette. Each sister possesses a snow-pure voice capable of whipporwill deliveries. But when they connect on harmonies, they hit gorgeous emotional peaks. - [Chicago Tribune]The 2015 edition of Lollapalooza got underway Friday (7/31) in Chicago's Grant Park with sets from Paul McCartney (who brought out Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard to sing and play guitar on "Get Back"), The Weeknd, The War on Drugs, First Aid Kit, Hot Chip, alt-J, Father John Misty, SZA, Sylvan Esso and more. Pictures from Lollapalooza Day 1 are in this post.
Saturday's Lollapalooza lineup includes Metallica, Death from Above, and Django Django -- all of which you can watch live via Lollapalooza's streaming player which is in this post. Live streaming begins at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern), but they're rebroadcasting Friday's sets as well. Watch below.
If you're going to Lollapalooza, be sure to stop by the Toyota Tent today (8/1) where BrooklynVegan will be hosting performances by Chicago's own Twin Peaks (5 PM Central) and Pell (5:30). We'll have pics from the rest of the weekend too. Meanwhile, check out lots more pics from Lollapalooza Day 1 below.
We already knew some of the collaborators on Disclosure's upcoming sophomore album, Caracal (due 9/25 via PMR/Island), and now they've revealed the full list, including some big names. Miguel, The Weeknd, Lorde and past collaborator Sam Smith are among them. Check out the full tracklist below.
Sam Smith, who was the lead singer on the unstoppable "Latch," sings on new single "Omen." Do you think it lives up to its predecessor? Listen below.
Disclosure's only two upcoming US shows are at NYC's Madison Square Garden and LA's Memorial Sports Arena.