The Boston Calling Festival started last year, and this year’s edition, which comes to the city next month, boasts one of the most vanilla festival lineups we’re likely to see this year (which is some kind of achievement). But the festival is apparently successful enough that its organizers have added a second weekend later in the summer; it’ll come back to Boston’s City Hall Plaza 9/5-7. And this time around, the lineup is significantly more interesting. This bill won’t cause anyone to keel over with surprise or anything, but there’s a lot to like from top to bottom. The headliners are the National, Lorde, and the reunited Replacements. And there are lots of good bands further down the bill: Nas with the Roots, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Girl Talk, Volcano Choir, the War On Drugs, the Hold Steady, Future Islands, Sky Ferreira, White Denim, and S. Carey among them. Even in terms of the standard festival fare, the bill has some nice things happening; I’d take Childish Gambino and the 1975, say, over Edward Sharpe and Bastille any day. Check out the details on both festival weekends here.
Drake is taking his position of “global ambassador” for the Toronto Raptors seriously, especially now that the Raptors are in the NBA playoffs and not doing terribly. (The Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets last night, tying up their playoff series at 1-1.) Drake has been courtside for both of the Toronto playoff games, taking fondue-related shots at former Nets minority owner Jay Z during game one and, last night, vigorously grooming his pants while there was a game going on directly in front of him. During the game’s first quarter, TV cameras caught Drake lint-rolling his pants, causing an instant explosion of Twitter jokes. (“Started from the bottom” is your obvious go-to pun there.) Drake even posted a screencap on Instagram before the game was over, using the caption “Lint Rollers on deck.” Observe:
Here’s the video for the new Lily Allen song we heard earlier today, the title track (and opener) from her forthcoming third album Sheezus. Apparently this is not one of the rubbish songs that have been serviced to radio, but the singer’s preferred choice for a single. She talked to Rolling Stone about its provocative lyrics earlier this month:
Next month, Robyn and Röyksopp will release their collaborative EP Do It Again in support of their upcoming European and North American tour. So far we’ve only heard a short preview but two of the songs have already surfaced. “Every Little Thing” sounds like a drawn out ’N Sync song (in the best way possible) and “Do It Again” taps into the same gratifying self-empowerment vein that made Robyn such a success on her Body Talk series. Listen to both of the songs via Pop On And On here.
Caroline Polachek took a break last year from her synth-pop band Chairlift to work on her solo project, Ramona Lisa, and record an album. Arcadia was crafted solely on a laptop by Polachek, manipulating MIDI samples and singing directly into the laptop’s mic. Though the recording may have been cloistered and intimate, the result is a pastoral, loose, and sunny collection of songs. Listen to the entire thing below.
Black Lips recently released the album Underneath The Rainbow, and now have a video for the track “Funny.” Starring the band playing on stage while puppeteers make marionettes dance around them, it’s an easygoing and silly video that must have been a good time to make. At least it’s definitely a relief from the last time we had a puppet-themed video in these parts. Watch below.
Today marks the release of Food, the sleek, stylish retro-futuristic soul platter from R&B adventurer Kelis and producer Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio. In honor of the occasion, we’re giving away a UE BOOM 360-degree wireless bluetooth speaker with a recorded greeting from Kelis — a $199 value — plus a copy of the album on vinyl. Tasty enough for ya?
Earlier today, the producer known as BOOTS released “A Day In The Life Of Jordan Asher,” the opening track on his forthcoming mixtape, and now, he’s released its closing track: “Dreams,” which features guest vocals from none other than Beyoncé. He’s releasing the song with the intention of benefiting the charity Day One. In a Facebook status update, the producer had the following to say about the track and his intentions: