The drunk driving crash that left four people dead and almost two dozen injured at this year’s South By Southwest is now being brought to court. The Associated Press reports that seven lawsuits have been filed against the organizations who put together the festival, accusing them of serious safety lapses that led to Rashad Owens crashing through a barricade the night of March 13th after fleeing from police officers following a traffic stop. Owens has been in jail since the crash on capital murder charges.
Next month Snoop Dogg will star in a five-part series about Bishop Gorman High School’s football team entitled Snoop & Son: A Dad’s Dream. Snoop’s son, Cordell Broadus, is the hot-shot receiver at the Nevada school and is in the process of being recruited by some big-time college football programs. Football aside, the best part of this trailer is when Snoop talks about doing dishes after a long day on the road. “It makes me feel back down on the earth again,” he says. Watch below.
If you haven’t listened to The Pinkprint yet… go listen to it. Nicki Minaj starred on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live last night to “dish” and gossip with host Andy Cohen. Minaj plays coy but it’s kind of obvious she’s miffed when Cohen asks, “Who has the biggest dick in the music industry?” She responds, “I’ve never seen anybody’s penis in the industry actually. I saw one penis for 10 years and that’s all I’ll say about that.” Minaj “pleads the fifth” and refuses to answer Cohen’s follow up, “Who is the biggest dick in the industry?” You can watch her answer call-in questions about collaborating with Beyoncé on “Feelin’ Myself,” and hang out with Phaedra of Real Housewives Of Atlanta below.
The last time the Go! Team made an album was back in 2011 when the band released its third full-length, Rolling Blackouts. Since then, they’ve been pretty quiet, but today they share a teaser for a new album. The title has yet to be announced, but it will be out at some point next year. The teaser is a manic collection of found footage soundtracked by bits of quite a few songs from the forthcoming record. Watch below.
TV On The Radio released their fifth studio album Seeds earlier this year, and today the band premiered a video for the album’s song “Lazerray.” Directed by photographer Atiba Jefferson, the video includes a host of well-known pro-skaters including Eric Koston, Lance Mountain, Sean Malto, and Andrew Reynolds. TV On The Radio perform their song as we witness a day at the skate park. You can watch it on Complex.
I don’t speak Italian, but it appears a resident of the northern Italian city Cesena is putting together a 1,000-person Foo Fighters cover band in an effort to attract Dave Grohl’s band to their city. At least that’s what the Reddit user who posted the clip has sussed out. A rough translation of his movement’s website seems to confirm that, yes, all this effort is really just to bring the Foo Fighters to Italy’s Romagna region:
Here’s some news that will have ’00s indie-heads all atwitter: Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle is producing the next Band Of Horses album. It makes a lot of sense, as both acts originated from the Pacific Northwest and put their own expansive modern spin on indie and folk-rock sounds. Band Of Horses announced the news on SoundCloud, where they also posted a collaborative Christmas song they recorded with Lytle called “Hang An Ornament.” Here’s the full dispatch:
Two weeks ago we looked at the year’s biggest pop songs; now let’s run down the best ones. There will be a lot of overlap, of course, partly because sometimes great songs get popular and partly because sometimes popular songs that initially strike you as insufferable end up wearing you down through sheer persistence. (“Bang Bang,” though it didn’t crack this list, earned a begrudging place in my heart that way.) This list, like this column, deals with “pop” as a cultural center point — the vaguely defined “mainstream,” if you will, or songs that are aiming to be part of it — even if pop as a concept “went on hiatus” this year, and a variety of radio formats means there are actually many mainstreams. Let’s think of it as songs you might hear on the radio, songs everybody knows, or songs that seem designed to be hits even if they didn’t quite make it. (There’s still hope for you, Jessie Ware! Look at “Latch”!)