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The Grateful Dead’s Farewell Shows Are Being Scalped At $10k A Ticket

Tickets for the Grateful Dead's three-night reunion at Soldier Field in Chicago are (surprise, surprise) being scalped for inordinate prices. Mashable reports that single night tickets are mostly going for well over $1,000 on Stubhub, and tickets for all three days are averaging around $10,000, with the highest going up to as much… More »

By: James Rettig / March 1, 2015

Watch Jay Pharoah As Kanye West Rap An Apology Song On SNL

With Kanye in the news so much over the past month, it makes sense that Saturday Night Live would find an excuse for Jay Pharoah to bring out his impression. And indeed they did! Last night, Pharoah-as-West appeared on Weekend Update, mocking Kanye's public apology to Beck via Twitter and rapping what he called… More »

By: James Rettig / March 1, 2015

James Blake’s Radio Silence Reportedly Out Next Month

James Blake has been teasing his Overgrown followup for what feels like forever. So far, we know that it's called Radio Silence, that it could feature collaborations with Kanye West and Justin Vernon, and that it's scheduled to come out in the first half of this year. French radio station FranceMore »

By: James Rettig / March 1, 2015

Watch Kanye West Take “Only One” To Jonathan Ross

Kanye's been making the press rounds hardcore over the past few weeks -- almost like maybe he has a new album dropping soon or something! -- and his latest stop was in the UK for The Jonathan Ross Show. He gave another stellar, emotional performance of "Only One" inside a box similar to the one… More »

By: James Rettig / February 28, 2015

Ab-Soul – “47 Bars”

Ab-Soul has shared a new track called "47 Bars," and it seems like he may not be entirely happy with his status as second fiddle over at Top Dawg Entertainment. "So don't ask me about Kendrick and Q, Jay Rock, Zaywop, and SZA's sexy ass too," he raps at the end of the track. "'Cause… More »

By: James Rettig / February 28, 2015

Taking Back Sunday/Brand New Beef Is Still Hot After 15 Years

For anyone familiar with the early '00s emo scene, the bad blood between Taking Back Sunday and Brand New was (and still is) the beef to end all beefs. It started, most appropriately, over a girl, and has taken on a mythic quality since the inciting incident over a decade ago. More »

By: James Rettig / February 28, 2015

Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell “Silent” Listening Parties Begin Tomorrow In NYC; Here Are The Album Lyrics

In the lead-up to the release of Carrie & Lowell, Asthmatic Kitty will be holding "silent" listening parties worldwide for the new Sufjan Steven album. They are being dubbed the "Sufjan Stevens Indies Only Silent Listening Party," and the first one will take place at Other Music in New York City tomorrow (2/28). More »

By: James Rettig / February 27, 2015

Watch Pussy Riot Act And Perform Le Tigre Collaboration In House Of Cards Season 3

The new season of House Of Cards descended upon us today and, as previously reported, Pussy Riot make an appearance in one of the episodes. Nadezhda "Nadya" Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, the two most public members of the Russian protest group, play themselves as characters who speak out against a fictional Russian president who… More »

By: James Rettig / February 27, 2015

Kid Rock Doesn’t Get Beyoncé: Where’s Her “Sweet Home Alabama”?

Oh, Kid Rock. In a new Rolling Stone profile terrifyingly called "The Killer Inside Kid Rock," our favorite love-to-hate glass dildo recipient spews his stereotypical red-state, misogynistic bullshit. Stuff like "I bought it when Obummer came into office, because I'm thinking, 'What if he fuckin' bans guns?" and "'Hey, what do all women want… More »

By: James Rettig / February 27, 2015

Super Furry Animals Announce First Tour In 6 Years

Super Furry Animals are back! Well, kind of. There's no mention of any new material on the way (yet) but, as teased, the band will be regrouping for a series of shows in the UK to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their fourth album, Mwng, which is their only full-length performed entirely i… More »

By: James Rettig / February 27, 2015

Watch Tobias Jesso Jr.’s TV Debut With The Roots On Fallon

L.A. singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr. made his late-night television debut last night with an appearance on Jimmy Fallon. He performed "How Could You Babe" with a little bit of help from the Roots and some backup singers, who help to put a fuller spin on the Goon track. "I heard this song on the… More »

By: James Rettig / February 27, 2015

Jack Ü Release Surprise Album Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü

Skrillex and Diplo have just released their debut album as Jack Ü. Their new production team-up got their start last year, and made waves with their Kiesza-featuring lead single "Take Ü There," which recently got an awesome remix from Missy Elliott. All day on Thursday, the two of them DJed on More »

By: James Rettig / February 27, 2015

Kanye West Publicly Apologizes To Beck (And Bruno Mars)

Kanye West has officially told Beck that's he's sorry: "I would like to publicly apologize to Beck, I'm sorry Beck," he tweeted earlier today. Does this mean it's over? Please? After Kanye called Beck out on his so-called "artistry" following his win over Beyonce for the Album Of The Year Grammy, he's spent the… More »

By: James Rettig / February 26, 2015

Watch Soundgarden Play “Kyle Petty (Son Of Richard)” In Concert For The First Time

Soundgarden have been pulling out some rarities during their Australian tour over the past week. Just a few nights ago, they played their Singles soundtrack contribution "Birth Ritual" for the first time in 23 years. And last night, during a show at Big Top Luna Park in Sydney, they debuted "Kyle Petty, Son Of… More »

By: James Rettig / February 26, 2015

Will Butler – “Madonna Can’t Save Me Now”

Will Butler's song-a-day project for The Guardian marches on. So far, he's taken inspiration from newspaper articles about the Greek debt criss, the Soviet Union, and water scarcity in Brazil. Today's track is called "Madonna Can't Save Me Now," and it's about the scientific discovery of a black hole that's 12… More »

By: James Rettig / February 26, 2015

TULA – “River” (Stereogum Premiere)

Despite being around for almost five years, Berlin-via-Sweden quintet TULA only have a handful of tracks to their name, including a "Wicked Game" cover that picked up some well-deserved attention last year. It's easy to imagine the long time period between their formation and now as a series of meetings with different producers, working… More »

By: James Rettig / February 26, 2015

Football, etc. – “Open” (Stereogum Premiere)

Football etc.'s music is as emotionally potent as it comes, and the Houston band doesn't exactly need to reinvent the wheel to get their point across. But they manage to find nuance in familiarity, treading the well-worn ground of treacly Midwestern rock with particular panache. "Open" -- the closer to their upcoming Disappear EP --… More »

By: James Rettig / February 26, 2015

Watch Dipset Kick Off Their Reunion Tour In NYC

The four core members of the Diplomats crew kicked off their reunion tour in New York City last night. Cam'ron, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones, and Freaky Zekey all took the stage at the B.B. King Blues Club -- just a few dozen blocks from their old stomping grounds in Harlem -- after a long DJ… More »

By: James Rettig / February 25, 2015

Fred Thomas – “Cops Don’t Care, Pt. II”

Like "Bad Blood" before it, Saturday Looks Good To Me leader Fred Thomas' latest solo track, "Cops Don't Care Pt. II," is a wordy, weighty reflection. But unlike that track, which is caustic and filled with contempt at a relationship gone sour, this takes a more laid back approach for a significantly heavier topic,… More »

By: James Rettig / February 25, 2015

Stream Pile You’re Better Than This

There are many reasons why Pile elicit such a cult-live fervor among their following, and all of those reasons on on display throughout You're Better Than This, the latest full-length from the legendary Boston heroes. And there's a reason people (like me) use words like "legendary" and "heroes" to describe a band that falls just… More »

By: James Rettig / February 25, 2015

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