The Foo Fighters promotional tour for Sonic Highways never seems to end: after a week-long residency on Letterman, an 8-episode HBO series, and appearances on Ellen, Howard Stern, and 60 Minutes, the band still thought it was necessary to make an appearance on Jimmy Fallon, which they did last night. They performed “I Am A River,” and you can watch below.
Last night, Stephen Colbert ended his incredible nine-year run as host of The Colbert Report, airing his final episode. In the show’s last-ever segment, Colbert brought a vast and head-spinning array of celebrity guests to the stage, and they all teamed up to sing the 1939 standard “We’ll Meet Again.” (It’s the same song that ended another work of great American satire, Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove.) There were plenty of musical figures up there with Jon Stewart and Big Bird and Tom Brokaw and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Eliot Spitzer: Michael Stipe, Jeff Tweedy, Randy Newman, Willie Nelson, Cyndi Lauper, Ric Ocasek, Peter Frampton, Barry Manilow, Pussy Riot, Toby Keith. But “We’ll Meet Again” wasn’t the show’s final moment.
In early 2012, when he was still just a promising major-label R&B prospect with one album to his credit, Miguel released his Art Dealer Chic EP series. Those three EPs established Miguel as a powerful, strange, masterful songwriting force and set him apart from his peers. Not long afterward, he released his woozy, psychedelic, sexed-out breakout Kaleidoscope Dream, which turned him into a major star. And now he’s gone back to that EP well. Last night, with no advance warning, Miguel dropped three brand-new songs on Soundcloud, and they’re all pretty incredible. The EP doesn’t have a title, at least not one that Miguel’s announced yet, though the words Art Dealer Chic are written in the background of that very suggestive cover art. But its three songs still hang together as a cohesive work. Opening track “NWA” features the veteran L.A. rapper Kurupt, and it’s a slick, funky slow-burner with some spaghetti-western guitar. “HollywoodDreams” is a mellow, instinctive soul-rocker with a serious hook to it. Miguel teased the closing track “Coffee” on Instagram a couple of months ago, and it’s a conversational, easy, devastating slow jam. Taken together, all three songs make Miguel sound like a 2014 version of prime-era Prince. This is a small piece of work, just under 10 minutes of new music, but it’s a deeply impressive one, and I really hope it’s indicative of whatever Miguel’s got in the works for the next album. Listen to all three below.
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.