Chvrches appear to tease new music with creepy “video diary” clip

Now, Chvrches have shared a grainy video of frontwoman Mayberry applying makeup in a mirror. The singer, now sporting blonde hair, screams in split-second shots before smudging lipstick across her face.

The clip is soundtracked by distressed, filtered audio that sounds like it’s being played backwards. “Video Diary 001: I feel like I’m losing my mind,” the post’s caption reads. Watch below.

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Mayberry offered fans some hints at what to expect from Chvrches’ next record, which will follow 2018’s ‘Love Is Dead’, back in December of last year.

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She said the new album had “definitely got the Chvrches DNA” but that the songs featured on it couldn’t “slot into any of the first three records”.

Last September, the singer explained that the band would be following a “theme” on their next full-length. “For me, it’s been interesting to look at the records and see the progression of the storytelling, for lack of a less wanky word,” she said.

“I feel like it’s about the marriage between the stuff that’s purely personal, and the stuff that’s more imagery, and narrative [based]. We have a pretty specific theme in mind for the whole thing, so yeah, I feel like it’ll be a marriage of those things.”

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Arlo Parks and Headie One to perform at The BRIT Awards 2021

“thank you 2 everyone who’s allowed me n my tunes to grow roots in their lives!! THIS IS SO EXCITING IM NERVOUS BUT I CANNOT WAIT.”

The singer-songwriter is up for three BRIT Awards: Female Solo Artist, Breakthrough Artist and Mastercard Album Of The Year for her debut record ‘Collapsed In Sunbeams’, which came out in January.

I’m performing at the @BRITs!!!! Can’t wait to spread sunlight and flower power at the 02 Arena ✨ thank you 2 everyone who’s allowed me n my tunes to grow roots in their lives!! THIS IS SO EXCITING IM NERVOUS BUT I CANNOT WAIT. pic.twitter.com/fbzIBXI1Gh

— Arlo Parks (@arloparks) April 15, 2021

Headie One, meanwhile, shared the news of his upcoming BRITs performance by posting images of himself standing inside and outside of The O2 Arena. “It’s my first live performance in 18 months, couldn’t think of a better place to do it,” he said.

The London rapper is in the running for Male Solo Artist, with two other nods in the British Single category (‘Ain’t It Different’ featuring AJ Tracey & Stormzy and Young T & Bugsey’s ‘Don’t Rush’ on which he appears).

Catch me performing @BRITs on the 11th may 2021 🌪 pic.twitter.com/Az5jF3qZuH

— One (@HeadieOne) April 15, 2021

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Speaking upon the nominations being announced last month, Parks said: “All I know is that I wouldn’t be here without my team, my family, every single person who’s played my tunes in their cars, bedrooms, kitchens & living rooms.

“I take none of this for granted I hope you know that. What a moment…all words are escaping me right now except for thank you. From sketchy demos on my £30 mic in my basement to the BRITs – dreams come true.”

The BRIT Awards ceremony was pushed back from its traditional February date due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and will see Jack Whitehall take on presenting duties for the fourth consecutive year.

“We want to make sure that The BRITs delivers the outstanding production levels, superstar performances and live excitement that make it the biggest night in music,” said BPI & BRIT Awards Chief Executive Geoff Taylor.

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The National, Julien Baker and more to auction off items to fight climate change

Lil Dicky, meanwhile, is giving fans the chance “to see the impacts of climate change firsthand” with a “trip to an exotic location”.

“Climate change is only going to be solved with sustained attention and pressure from all of us, and we see this campaign as a way to help energize the movement,” Propeller founder Brandon Deroche said.

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He explained that the organisation aims to allow musicians, influencers and fans “get involved and use their platform for good” from Earth Day (April 22) and throughout 2021.

You can find further details on Propeller’s official website.

Earlier this week, the likes of ColdplayAnna CalviGlass Animals curated new playlists for the climate change campaign Playlists For Earth a new initiative by non-profit ClientEarth.

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“We should be talking about the climate crisis now more than ever, and taking action to protect the planet we love,” Calvi said. “We need to see a massive cultural change and an immediate government response.”

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Questlove to publish new book ‘Music Is History’

Music Is History is published on October 12 via Abrams Image. It’s the musician and DJ’s sixth book, and follows 2019’s cookbook Mixtape Potluck.

In February, Questlove announced he is already working on a follow-up feature, a documentary about musician and producer Sly Stone. He is reportedly bringing Common on board as executive producer.

The as-yet-untitled documentary film will capture the rise of Stone as a forerunner of funk as the vocalist of Sly and the Family Stone, to his legacy as a fashion icon.

The film was announced just a few weeks after his Sundance win for his directorial debut, Summer of Soul,

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Announced in 2019, Questlove’s Summer of Soul (Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) documents the events of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, which welcomed the likes of Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone and The Staple Singers for a musical celebration of African-American culture.

 

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Here’s a teaser of Wolf Alice’s next single ‘Smile’, out next week

We also see a glimpse at the official ‘Smile’ video, which appears to be set in a rowdy pub where the band are performing live. “New music incoming!” Wolf Alice wrote as the video’s caption.

New music incoming!
Smile premieres on @anniemacmanus this tuesday on @BBCR1 at 6PM BSThttps://t.co/g35yCTE6xV pic.twitter.com/FtC0rJ0SGJ

— Wolf Alice (@wolfalicemusic) April 15, 2021

Earlier this week, the band shared an official live performance of their previous single ‘The Last Man On Earth’.

Wolf Alice will take ‘Blue Weekend’ out on the road next January, when they’ll perform in Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, London and other cities over the course of the month.

“I can’t wait to play these new songs live they are gonna sound so gooooood,” the band said in a statement. “Joff’s pedal board literally sounds like an orchestra at the moment and you have no idea how sweet Theo’s falsetto is rn.”

Speaking in a recent cover interview with NMEWolf Alice frontwoman Ellie Rowsell explained the story behind the title of the band’s upcoming new album. She had suggested to drummer Joel Amey that the band should head to a nearby forest for a day out “on the next blue weekend”.

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“Blue is a nice colour, but it also means sad,” Rowsell told NME. “And I often think the weekend is so fun, but lots of drama takes place then so sometimes it’s the catalyst for your downfall.”

‘Blue Weekend’ is released on June 11 via Dirty Hit

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The Coral share hypnotic new psych-pop single ‘Vacancy’

The group announced ‘Coral Island’ in January with the single ‘Faceless Angel’, which came with visuals directed by Edwin Burdis, the man behind Arctic Monkeys‘ ‘Four Stars Out Of Five’ video.

It was followed by ‘Lover Undiscovered’ last month. “I had the chord for ‘Lover Undiscovered’ for years, but could never finish it,” Skelly told NME as they announced the single. “But that first line, ‘She wakes up‘, is like the island waking up.

“It’s meant to be the beginning of something – a lover undiscovered. When you have those moments, don’t feel guilty about them.”

In February, The Coral revealed to NME that the grandfather of frontman and drummer James and Ian Skelly has joined the band as a guest vocalist on the album.

Ian Murray, 85, was recruited to perform as ‘The Great Muriarty’ on the record – a tour guide narrating in between songs about the stories behind the album’s Coral Island concept.

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Listen to Pendulum’s riff-heavy new single ‘Come Alive’

Lyrics in the chorus include: “Cause I come alive when you’re around/ You’ve got nothing to fear“.

An official video for the group’s latest single will premiere on YouTube tomorrow (April 16) at 12pm BST – you can tune in here.

Further information on a potential new Pendulum album, which would follow 2010’s ‘Immersion’, has not yet been announced.

Speaking to NME last September, the band suggested that they could be set to release an EP or “an onslaught of tracks” in the near future. “It’s pretty open right now, which is one of the benefits of the pandemic,” said frontman Rob Swire.

Discussing their approach to writing songs following a lengthy hiatus, Swire said: “You don’t want to come back full-pop and have everyone like, ‘What the fuck happened?’ It’s just about remembering what your own sound is.”

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The group are scheduled to bring their Pendulum: Trinity show to The Drumsheds in London on August 13, before taking to the stage at Creamfields on the Bank Holiday Weekend.

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Rob Delaney joins David Bowie TV reboot of ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’

Previously announced cast members include Clarke Peters [The Wire] and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia star Jimmi Simpson.

Filming on Showtime’s forthcoming drama series will start in London this spring and is set to premiere next year.

The TV adaptation was first announced in 2019 with showrunners Alex Kurtzman who has previously worked on Star Trek and Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married), confirming that the series will explore “the next chapter” of the story from the novel and film.

“Some strings will connect to both the novel and the film but if you haven’t seen the film or haven’t read the novel, it’s fine,” Kurtzman said at the time. “You’ll get to have an experience that’s entirely singular. If you have, you’ll have the benefit of understanding the history of the world that both of those things set up.”

“We loved the emotional moments in the book and we loved the visual spectacle of the movie,” Lumet added. “We’re taking it forward.”

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Commenting on the forthcoming series recently, NME writer Matt Charlton said the makers should “tread carefully around Bowie’s legacy”.

He added: “Remaking something that is much loved is a minefield, particularly with a cluster of hardcore fans at the centre, rebuking anything that dare come within a ten-mile radius of their hero’s work. What I’m saying, I guess, is… good luck, lads.”

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More than 60 US venues to be retrofitted for livestreaming

Consequence Of Sound reports that venues that are part of the early rollout include both The Fillmore in both San Francisco and Philadelphia, Chicago and New Orleans’ House of Blues, the Bay Area’s Shoreline Amphitheater and Washington’s The Gorge.

The 10-show launch series will see performances by Freddie Gibbs, Young Thug, Young M.A, Breland, JP Saxe, LANY, Waterparks, Lucky Daye, Eyedress, and Chase Atlantic.

Virtual tickets are priced at $15 and are available to buy via The Wiltern’s website.

See the 2021 Wiltern livestreamed gig schedule below:

MAY
07 – Breland
14 – JP Saxe
21 – Young Thug
28 – LANY

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JUNE
04 – Waterparks
11 – Lucky Daye
18 – Young M.A.
25 – Eyedress

JULY
02 – Freddie Gibbs
09 – Chase Atlantic

Joel Madden said of the partnership with Live Nation: “Amongst artists, it’s often said that the one side of our careers that truly belongs to us is touring. To help an entirely new touring vertical become readily available to artists is such a huge win for our community and we couldn’t be happier. It’s the exact type of thing that shows what our partnership with Live Nation can really mean for artists.

“Now, with the flip of a switch, every artist playing in these venues can make their show a global event. We’ve already seen how livestream shows drive engagement across every other area of an artist’s business and the added ticket revenue will allow them to re-invest in their art and make what they’re offering their fans even better. It’s a real dream come true for us at Veeps and our mission to help empower artists in their careers.”

Read NME‘s deep-dive into the rise of virtual gigs during the coronavirus crisis here.

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2 Chainz announced for 4/20 virtual reality livestream with Tidal and Oculus

In other news, 2 Chainz teased a new song on Monday (April 12) which appears to be called ‘Inner City Hoodlum’, and is produced by Mark Byrd.

“INNER CITY HOODLUM,” the rapper captioned a since-deleted post [via HipHopDX]. “Prod by @iammarkbyrd ITS FRESH off the grill !!!! ON my Soufside Skreet Shit with dis one !!!!This also my 2nd song of the nite , folks be thinking im funny which is cool, but truth of the matter is my wordplay be going over some of yal head.”

Last month, the rapper competed in charity basketball game with Lil Baby, Quavo and Jack Harlow. The winning team received a cash donation to their chosen Historically Black College or University

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Radiohead dig out Thom Yorke’s rare 2005 ‘From The Basement’ solo piano set

It comes as Radiohead continue to add more archival videos to their YouTube channel. On Friday (April 9) they live-streamed their 2008 impromptu performance at London’s 93 Feet East, which you can rewatch. Details on remaining editions of live-streamed archival content have not been revealed.

Announcing the seven-week run of releases earlier this month, bassist Colin Greenwood wrote: “We rummaged in the Radiohead Public Library and found a few more concerts from a life we all yearn to return to. Thanks to science and the vaccines, we are a step closer to that.”

The band dug into the archives and aired various classic concerts last year in a bid to entertain fans during the first coronavirus lockdown, releasing performances on a weekly basis “until either the restrictions resulting from [the] current situation are eased, or we run out of shows”.

To recognise the hard work of crew everywhere who make live shows happen, we have re-made some @stanleydonwood designed crew T-shirts, proceeds of which will go to various crew support charities – buy here: https://t.co/z1I3BgLVpS pic.twitter.com/GIPcfGzlnZ

— Radiohead (@radiohead) April 6, 2021

Radiohead recently unveiled a new series of T-shirts, with proceeds benefitting stage and crew organisations supported by #WeMakeEvents.

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Guitarist Ed O’Brien also appeared on a new podcast yesterday (April 13) that shines light on music’s fight against climate crisis. Read more about Sounds Like A Plan here.

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Watch Twenty One Pilots’ behind-the-scenes look at their ‘Shy Away’ video

The eight-minute clip sees the duo shoot the performance scenes on set, with the aforementioned directors and crew appearing masked in line with COVID-19 restrictions. Viewers are later talked through various camera angles and scene set-ups.

“Some people probably feel like our job’s pretty easy but it’s really hard,” the band joke at one point, adding that the process of shooting a video “is easily the hardest part of what we do”.

Joseph goes on to speak down a fake public telephone. “Sorry, do you have a microphone that works?” he says. “We’ve been happy to just pretend for this whole video shoot, and I think it’s because the microphone is just on a cable that goes nowhere.”

‘Scaled And Icy’ was written and largely produced by Joseph over the course of the past year at his home studio while he was in isolation, with Dun engineering the drums remotely from across the country.

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To mark the release of the ‘Trench’ follow-up, Twenty One Pilots will perform an “immersive” live-streamed show that will be broadcast globally on May 21. Tickets and further information can be found here.

In a four-star review of Twenty One Pilots’ previous album, NME wrote: “‘Trench’ is the sound of a band ratcheting up the ambition without ever being pulled down by an undertow of pretentiousness. It’s more low-key than ‘Blurryface’, but ultimately more rewarding.”

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Cardi B announces new ’90s-inspired Reebok clothing line

Speaking to Rolling Stone about the venture, Cardi explained: “I’m so happy to be releasing my first collection with Reebok. I drew a lot of my inspiration from growing up in New York in the ’90s – I used those moments as inspiration to make beautiful clothes for women today.”

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The rapper also highlighted the importance of creating size-inclusive items, with each piece of the spring/summer 2021 line being offered in sizes 2XS-4X. “This collection gives every woman the product they need to feel sexy and confident,” Cardi said.

You can watch a behind-the-scenes promo video for the new Cardi B x Reebok line above. Visit here for further information and pricing.

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Cardi announced her first range of Reebok sneakers last October to mark her 28th birthday (October 11).

Last week Cardi B explained that she was planning to “go away for a very long time” in order to complete work on her new album, the anticipated follow-up to her 2018 debut ‘Invasion Of Privacy’.

“Last year I was like, ‘I gotta put out my album this year,’” she said. “But, then I just stopped working on my album out of nowhere because I feel like the whole COVID thing discouraged me to put out my album. Because I want to put out an album, and I want to tour.”

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Capital XTRA to face no action over pay-to-play DJ

Global, the parent company of Capital and Capital XTRA, told Ofcom that the matter had then been investigated by its legal team, which found that no one else at the station had been “involved in, or aware of, the presenter’s activity”.

“In this instance, the presenter had gained financially from soliciting payment for playing specific music tracks on Capital Xtra,” the regulator wrote in its decision.

“However, Ofcom recognises that broadcasters can only minimise the risk of an employee or agent forming with a third party a commercial arrangement that may influence the selection or rotation of music for broadcast.”

Global noted that DJ Tiiny’s contract had specifically forbidden pay-for-play deals. It added that he had completed training from Capital Xtra that would have “reinforced his obligations” to adhere to the broadcasting code.

Record producer J Beatz Music accused DJ Tiiny of requesting payment in January when he shared a screenshot of an email response from the radio host.

“If you wish for [your] track to be premiered on my Friday night radio show, there would be a charge of £200 for one track,” the email read.

So I did a mail out of my new track coming out and look at what this DJ is telling me!

Pay to play you know smh!

This DJ is on a big station and is asking for money to play songs what kinda Selecta is this?!?!? pic.twitter.com/f0lqIM3srI

— J Beatz (@jbeatzmusic) January 28, 2021

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“This would also include keeping the track within my radio playlist for 2 weeks.”

DJ Tinny apologised in February after his firing, writing on Twitter that he takes “full responsibility” for his actions.

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— DJTiiNY (@DJTiiNY) February 1, 2021

“I was given an incredible opportunity within radio and carelessly and irresponsibly took advantage of my position.

“I am very sorry to everyone this has affected and to those I have let down”.

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Bob Dylan’s guitar from ‘Blonde On Blonde’ sessions goes up for auction

There is a minimum bid of $215,000 (£156,000), with the auction due to last for the next nine days at the time of writing (April 14).

The 12-string electric guitar was given to Dylan by Fender to use on ‘Highway 61 Revisited’ (1965) and for the early sessions of its follow-up ‘Blonde On Blonde’ at New York’s Columbia 30th Street Studio.

An official listing describes the instrument as “an incredibly rare specimen”, which comes with “a signed letter of provenance from Bob Dylan’s management confirming that this is the very guitar that he owned and used during the ‘Blonde On Blonde’ sessions” as well as a letter of authenticity.

The description reads: “[The guitar] features a combination of the classic Fender sunburst finish with the original pearloid pick-guard and amplifier style knobs. Only a handful of these specific instruments were ever produced due to the pickguard being changed to the common tortoise-shell pickguard.

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“This guitar was designed in 1965 with folk and rock artists in mind. Naturally, one was given to Dylan. Offered here is that very same guitar.”

Meanwhile, Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday is set to be marked with a special outdoor concert by Patti Smith. Smith will perform in Tivoli, New York alongside her longtime bandmate Tony Shanahan on May 22 – two days before Dylan turns 80 (on May 24).

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Iron Maiden reschedule European ‘Legacy Of The Beast’ tour to 2022

Tickets for Maiden’s rescheduled shows remain valid. Some venues have changed – get all the information here.

‘The Legacy Of The Beast’ European tour 2022:

JUNE
04 – Finland, Hyvinkää Rockfest
11 – UK, Donington, Download Festival
13 – Northern Ireland, Belfast, Ormeau Park Belsonic Festival
16 – Belgium, Dessel Graspop
18 – Denmark, Copenhagen, Copenhell
20 – Czech Republic, Prague Sinobo Stadium
23 – Norway, Oslo, Tons Of Rock
26 – France, Paris, La Defense Arena
27 – Netherlands, Arnhem Gelredome
30 – Switzerland, Zurich Hallenstadion

JULY
02 – Germany, Cologne Rhein-Energie-Stadium
04 – Germany, Berlin Waldbühne
07 – Italy, Bologna Sonic Park
09 – Germany, Stuttgart Cannstatter Wasen
10 – Austria, Wiener Neustadt Stadium Open-Air
20 – Germany, Bremen Bürgerweide
22 – Sweden, Gothenburg Ullevi Stadium
24 – Poland, Warsaw, PGE Narodowy
26 – Germany, Frankfurt Deutsche Bank Park
29 – Spain, Barcelona, Olympic Stadium
31 – Portugal, Lisbon, Estadio Nacional

Earlier this month, Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith said they have some “very, very exciting” things in the pipeline for their fans to enjoy. He said they’ve been working on something that will leave fans “delighted” when it’s revealed.

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Smith told SiriusXM’s Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk: “I think it’ll be worth the wait, put it like that, as far as the Maiden thing goes. There are some very, very exciting things in the pipeline. So that’s all I can say, really … But I think the fans are gonna be delighted.”

Iron Maiden’s last album was 2015’s ‘The Book Of Souls‘.

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Mark Ronson docuseries ‘Watch the Sound’ to launch on Apple TV+

In each episode, Ronson will uncover untold stories in music creation and is set to explore the lengths producers and artists go to in order to find the perfect sound.

The show will look at the intersection between artistry and technology in music, and will feature interviews with Paul McCartney, Questlove, King Princess, Dave Grohl, Ad-Rock and Mike D from the Beastie Boys, Charli XCX and more.

Ronson will create a unique piece of original music at the end of every episode, using technology and techniques which include reverb, synth, autotune, drum machines, sampling and distortion.

Last year, Mark Ronson released a previously unheard demo of “the Bond song that never was”.

The musician shared the track on the new Good Music 2020 volume two compilation, which was released on Bandcamp for one day only.

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The album was listed as “Various Artists Working To Avert The Collapse Of American Democracy”. Other acts featured on it include David ByrnePearl JamPhoenixYoko Ono’s Plastic Ono BandArcade FireYeah Yeah Yeahs and more.

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Taylor Swift on creating “the same but better” version of ‘Fearless’

During a recent conversation with People, Swift explained of recreating ‘Fearless’ (2008): “In terms of production, I really wanted to stay very loyal to the initial melodies that I had thought of for these songs.

“And so we really did go in and try to create a ‘the same but better’ version. We kept all the same parts that I initially dreamed up for these songs. But if there was any way that we could improve upon the sonic quality, we did.”

Swift once again teamed up with her collaborators Jack Antonoff and The National’s Aaron Dessner – who both worked on last year’s ‘Folklore’ and ‘Evermore’ – for the project, while also bringing in the musicians involved in the original ‘Fearless’ as well as her touring band.

“But yeah, I did go in line by line and listen to every single vocal and think, you know, what are my inflections here,” Swift continued. “If I can improve upon it, I did. But I really did want this to be very true to what I initially thought of and what I had initially written. But better. Obviously.”

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In a four-star review of ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’, NME wrote: “Swift never cringes away from her younger self. Instead, she revisits the songs with kindness and affection, celebrating the success of her teenage releases.”

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Vegas strip club denies Usher paid dancers fake money with his face on

“He and his crew converted thousands of real dollars to tip the girls dancing on the stage,” Wilson explained, adding that the artist also “left a generous tip for the staff”.

He said the misunderstanding came about after Usher’s team left the fake cash around the club in a bid to promote the singer’s forthcoming Las Vegas residency, which is due to kick-off this summer.

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The faux one-dollar bill includes the text “Usher: The Las Vegas Residency” written above an image of the star and beneath the event’s official web address (usherworld.com). ‘Pisces’ later re-shared the image on her public account, writing “The Shade Room knows Usher ain’t right”.

In turn, the singer faced a backlash online – with some claiming that he had “scammed hard working girls”. “Strippers, sex workers, IT’S ALL REAL WORK,” one person wrote. “Ur net worth is 180 million. They gave u a service, pay them.”

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Earlier this month (April 3), Usher shared images of himself with a suitcase full of what appear to be the same notes snapped by ‘Pisces’ – you can see both Instagram posts above.

Usher’s Las Vegas residency, which will be held at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, begins on July 16, 2021.

According to a press release, the Live Nation and Caesars Entertainment show “will be packed with an impressive repertoire of smash hits spanning Usher’s 20-year career” where he will also debut new music.

“I have missed performing for my fans live and I am so excited to see them in Las Vegas,” Usher explained. “My residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace will be full of surprises and an Usher experience like they’ve never seen or heard before!”

Back in January, Usher was tipped by Drake as a potential VERZUZ opponent for Justin Timberlake.

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Laura Jane Grace releases vibrant new video for ‘Supernatural Posession’

“I had never ironed a green screen prior. I have some leftover head shots of me in front of said green screen if anyone wants to have fun with”

The most stressful part of making this video was getting all the wrinkles & creases out of the green screen. I had never ironed a green screen prior. I have some leftover head shots of me in front of said green screen if anyone wants to have fun with https://t.co/3jP3deA3jz

— Laura Jane Grace (@LauraJaneGrace) April 13, 2021

‘Stay Alive’ was surprise-released in October 2020, featuring Grace performing solo on guitar and drum machine. The album was recorded with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago, Illinois.

“I just want to put this out because it makes me feel alive and it’s giving me something better than sitting here losing my mind while the world falls apart,” Grace said in a statement about the album. “It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks about what you do. Just stay alive.”

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In an interview with NME, Grace said the album concerns “themes of isolation, of watching the days burn away and being unable to stop that. Watching changes happen.

“But also of how illusionary those actually are and how just because something has changed, doesn’t mean it’s finished changing or that it’s in its final form.”

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Watch Wolf Alice’s magical live performance of ‘The Last Man On Earth’

The gothic clip sees Wolf Alice play ‘The Last Man On Earth’ among red draped material and candles, with frontwoman Ellie Rowsell performing on a grand piano. A three-piece string section is introduced mid-way through as the full band joins in.

“This performance is mesmerising,” wrote one fan in the comments section. Another said: “Oh my god this version just hits different, doesn’t it?”

Wolf Alice, meanwhile, have announced a UK and Ireland tour for January 2022. The group will kick off the run of shows at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom before visiting Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, London and other cities throughout the month.

“I can’t wait to play these new songs live they are gonna sound so gooooood,” the band said in a statement. “Joff’s pedal board literally sounds like an orchestra at the moment and you have no idea how sweet Theo’s falsetto is rn.”

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Speaking in a recent cover interview with NMEWolf Alice explained the story behind the title of their upcoming new album. Ellie Rowsell suggested to drummer Joel Amey that the band should head to a nearby forest for a day out “on the next blue weekend”.

“Blue is a nice colour, but it also means sad,” she said. “And I often think the weekend is so fun, but lots of drama takes place then so sometimes it’s the catalyst for your downfall.”

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Lucy Dacus announces third album ‘Home Video’ with new single ‘Hot & Heavy’

You can watch the nostalgic video for ‘Hot & Heavy’ above, which features Dacus exploring a vintage movie theatre with a video camera, and incorporates home footage of the musician during her childhood.

On the use of home video footage, Dacus said: “I wanted to visualize the moment when you first reflect on your childhood, which I think can also be the moment that childhood is over. ”

‘Home Video’ will be released on June 25, with two songs set to feature backing vocals from Dacus’ boygenius bandmates Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker.

The tracklist for ‘Home Video’ is as follows:

01. Hot & Heavy
02. Christine
03. First Time
04. VBS
05. Cartwheel
06. Thumbs
07. Going Going Gone
08. Partner In Crime
09. Brando
10. Please Stay
11. Triple Dog Dare

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As well as ‘Hot & Heavy’, the album features Dacus’ recent single ‘Thumbs’, which was released last month originally via VHS tapes mailed to a selection of fans.

The track has long been a favourite of Dacus’ live shows, having first featured in the singer-songwriter’s sets in 2018.

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Olivia Rodrigo reveals tracklist and artwork for debut album ‘Sour’

‘Sour’ includes the songs ‘Brutal’, ‘Good 4 U’, ‘Happier’, ‘Jealousy, Jealousy’ and ‘Favourite Crime’. You can see the announcement post and full tracklist below.

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1. ‘Brutal’
2. ‘Traitor’
3. ‘Drivers License’
4. ‘1 Step Forward. 3 Steps Back’
5. ‘Deja Vu’
6. ‘Good 4 U’
7. ‘Enough For You’
8. ‘Happier’
9. ‘Jealousy, Jealousy’
10. ‘Favorite Crime;
11. ‘Hope Ur OK’

A pre-order page previously presented the upcoming album’s working title of ‘*O*R’, with the promise that further details would be revealed soon.

Speaking to NME earlier this year, 17-year-old Rodrigo reflected on the huge success of ‘Drivers License’, and discussed how the song smashed the records of her heroes and those she listened to growing up.

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“I mean, that is just everything,” she explained. “All the recognition the song has got is beyond my wildest dreams. Taylor Swift – who is my songwriting idol and I wouldn’t be half of the woman and a songwriter I am today without her – reached out and was so supportive of the song.”

Earlier this week, Olivia Rodrigo joked about getting her first parking ticket. “damn this driving shit isn’t all fun and games,” she wrote on Instagram Stories. The singer had previously admitted that it took her four attempts to get her driving licence.

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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis release new seven-inch single ‘Grief’

“I have experienced the death of my father, my sister, and my first love in the past few years and feel that I have some communication with them, mostly through dreams,” she wrote in October 2018. “They are helping me.”

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Referring to the death of Cave’s teenage son in 2015, she continued: “Are you and Susie feeling that your son Arthur is with you and communicating in some way?”

In a new statement, Cave said: “My reply was the first time I was able to articulate my own contradictory feelings of grief. Letters like Cynthia’s have helped bring me and many other back to the world.”

The two tracks were recorded in November 2020 at Soundtree Studios in London. “They are beautiful pieces and I hope you like them,” Cave continued.

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Cave and longterm collaborator and Bad Seeds bandmate Ellis surprised fans with the release of their first studio album as a duo when ‘Carnage’ arrived to critical acclaim last month.

Last month Cave revealed that he and Ellis have recorded a live film featuring songs from the record alongside 2019 Bad Seeds album ‘Ghosteen‘ – directed by Andrew Dominik, who made the documentary One More Time With Feeling about the making of 2016 record ‘Skeleton Tree’.

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The Black Keys announce new blues covers album ‘Delta Kream’

Auerbach and Carney’s interpretation of John Lee Hooker’s ‘Crawling Kingsnake’ (1949) is now available to stream by signing up to The Black Keys’ online fan club here. Teasing their new project, the pair tweeted a link to the old version of the song last week – see that below.

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— The Black Keys (@theblackkeys) April 8, 2021

You can pre-order ‘Delta Kream’ from this Thursday (April 15) and see its full tracklisting below.

1 ‘Crawling Kingsnake’ (John Lee Hooker Cover)
2 ‘Louise’ (Mississippi Fred McDowell Cover)
3 ‘Poor Boy A Long Way From Home’ (R. L. Burnside Cover)
4 ‘Stay All Night’ (Junior Kimbrough Cover)
5 ‘Going Down South’ (R. L. Burnside Cover)
6 ‘Coal Black Mattie’ (Ranie Burnette Cover)
7 ‘Do the Romp’ (Junior Kimbrough Cover)
8 ‘Sad Days, Lonely Nights’ (Junior Kimbrough Cover)
9 ‘Walk with Me’ (Junior Kimbrough Cover)
10 ‘Mellow Peaches’ (Big Joe Williams Cover)
11 ‘Come On And Go With Me’ (Junior Kimbrough Cover)

The announcement comes after The Black Keys marked the 10th anniversary of their acclaimed sixth album ‘Brothers’ with a special deluxe edition in January. Originally released in 2010, the LP contains the songs ‘Next Girl’, ‘Howlin’ For You’, ‘Everlasting Light’ and ‘Tighten Up’.

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Earlier this month, the band’s Patrick Carney stepped in as the in-stadium drummer for the baseball team the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Listen to Easy Life’s energetic new single ‘Skeletons’

“Falling head over heels with somebody who may be bad news, we’ve all been there.”

Easy Life are due to perform ‘Skeletons’ while making their debut US TV appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this evening, providing a glimpse of what to expect from the band’s UK and European headline tour for 2022.

The five-piece will hit the road in November next year, with stop-offs scheduled for Bristol, Birmingham, Leicester, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and more cities throughout the month. A second night at Brixton Academy in London was recently added after the first sold out.

‘Life’s A Beach’, due to arrive June 4, was previously described by Matravers as “a record that wishes it was anywhere else but here, yet at the same time fixates on a dreary middle England existence.”

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You can see the full tracklisting below.

1. ‘a message to myself’
2. ‘have a great day’
3. ‘ocean view’
4. ‘skeletons’
5. ‘daydreams’
6. ‘life’s a beach (interlude)’
7. ‘living strange’
8. ‘compliments’
9. ‘lifeboat’
10. ‘nightmares’
11. ‘homesickness’
12. ‘music to walk home to’

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Watch Lamb Of God cover Bad Brains with Fever 333’s Jason Aalon Butler

​“Mark [Morton, guitar] and I were sitting in the back of our buddy’s Jeep ripping through the mountains, Bad Brains was cranking on the stereo, and I was singing along to that particular song. Mark looked over at me and said, ​’We should cover that tune.’

He added: “I saw FEVER 333 for the first time at the Sonic Temple fest – I had never listened to them, but I was blown away by their live show. I remember thinking, ​‘Man, these dudes are wild; their energy reminds me of the punk shows I saw in the ​’80s and I’ve been friends with those dudes from that day.

“I even texted Darryl from Bad Brains that afternoon to tell him to check them out. It was only natural to ask Jason to join us and bring that energy to this song by the almighty Bad Brains, my favourite band of all time.”

Of the cover, Butler added: “It is truly an honour to be a part of this one as I have the utmost respect for Randy and the boys since becoming homies after having my mind blown when I looked over at the side of the stage at Sonic Temple Fest and saw him watching us play.

“It’s been a pleasure getting to know him and an honour to rock LoG celebrating one of the most important punk rock/musical acts of all time, Bad Brains. From legends to legends to the student. All love.”

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Jason Aalon Butler is the latest artist to take part in NME‘s In Conversation series. In the interview, which you can watch in full above, Butler discusses, among other things, the rock and metal scene’s “performative” efforts towards supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

“People talk so loudly about wanting to change, how they saw the wrong that they were perpetuating for fucking decades,” he said. “They talked about it, they acknowledged it, then when it came to putting in the work and coming to the table with solutions, a lot of these people are nowhere to be found.”

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Yeehaw! Someone’s made a country cover of Fall Out Boy’s ‘Sugar, We’re Goin Down’

The video’s description reads: “Join me in my unfinished upstairs bathroom for a down south version of Fall Out Boy’s smash hit Sugar We’re Goin’ Down played on the amazing Acoustasonic Tele! Shout out to Aaron Dethrage for mastering this for me.”

Listen to Melton’s reworking of the Fall Out Boy track below:

Earlier this year, Fall Out Boy played ‘Centuries’ as part of a special pre-inauguration concert for US president-elect Joe Biden.

The Chicago band were joined by James Taylor, Carole King and more at the We The People event, which was co-hosted by Keegan-Michael Key and Debra Messing.

It was also announced that Fall Out Boy are getting their very own Funko Pop! figures.

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Three figures of Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump were teased ahead of Funko Fair, which took place in January.

Meanwhile, Lana Del Rey has revealed that she’s recorded a cover album full of country songs.

Speaking to MOJO (print edition), the singer said that in addition to the country covers album she’s got another collection of “other folk songs” waiting to be released.

Del Rey also insisted there has always been a country tone running through her music. “I went back and listened to ‘Ride’ and ‘Video Games’ and thought, you know they’re kind of country,” she said (via ContactMusic). “I mean, they’re definitely not pop.”

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Watch Bruce Springsteen and Barack Obama’s podcast parodied on ‘SNL’

In the sketch, the duo discuss the rapport they have with one another and explaining why they felt it was important to do a podcast about “the big stuff”.

“Yeah, it goes down easy,” explained Bennett’s Springsteen. “Just two friends having a conversation.” Watch the full sketch below.

You can listen to all eight episodes of Renegades: Born In USA on Spotify here.

In a trailer for the podcast, which was shared on the day the series launched, Obama said: “On the surface, Bruce and I don’t have a lot in common. He’s a white guy from a small town in Jersey. I’m a black guy of mixed race, born in Hawaii. He’s a rock ‘n’ roll icon. I’m… not as cool.

“Over the course of a few days, all just a few miles from where he grew up, we talked,” he added. “What we discovered in these conversations is that we still share a fundamental belief in the American ideal. Not as an act of nostalgia, but as a compass.”

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Elsewhere on Saturday’s SNL episode, Kid Cudi paid homage to Kurt Cobain by performing ‘Tequila Shots’ and ‘Sad People’ while donning a green cardigan and floral dress.

The episode was hosted by Carey Mulligan, and during her customary opening monologue, her husband, Mumford & Sons vocalist Marcus Mumford, gatecrashed proceedings.

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Check out Brockhampton’s rescheduled UK tour dates for 2022

The new dates, which are set around a full European run of dates, take place in early 2022, beginning with a Glasgow show on January 27 and ending with two gigs at London’s Brixton Academy the following month.

The tour also includes a new show, seeing the band head to the O2 Academy in Sheffield on January 28.

See Brockhampton’s rescheduled 2022 UK tour dates below:

JANUARY 2022
Thursday 27 – Glasgow, O2 Academy
Friday 28 – Sheffield, O2 Academy
Sunday 30 – Dublin, Olympia Theatre

FEBRUARY 2022
Tuesday 1 – Belfast, Ulster Hall
Thursday 3 – Bristol, O2 Academy
Friday 4 – Manchester, O2 Apollo
Saturday 5 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
Monday 7 – London, Brixton Academy
Tuesday 8 – London, Brixton Academy

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Brockhampton released new album ‘Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine’ last week (April 9). In a three-star review of the album, NME wrote: “No longer a boyband freewheeling around south Los Angeles with the world at their feet, Brockhampton now represents something entirely different, whether or not they’re entering their last year as a band, as they say.

“While ‘Roadrunner’ doesn’t provide party-starting hits tailor-made for when the clubs re-open, Brockhampton remains a vehicle for its sprawling cast of members to interrogate and overcome their darkest thoughts as one, and it’s a welcome reminder that you can tackle anything if you do it together.”

The band’s leader Kevin Abstract recently said in an interview that ‘Roadrunner’ is the first of two albums they will release in 2021, which will also be their “last”, hinting at an imminent breakup.

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