Ought will release new album Sun Coming Down on September 18, via Constellation. Today, they've shared a second track from the record. It's called "Men For Miles" and you can hear it above. To support the album, they've also announced a North American tour starting in September. See their full dates below.
08-01 Binic, France - Binic Festival
08-03 Udine, Italy - Aug Cas'Aupa
08-04 Sibenik, Croatia - SuperUho Festival
08-06 Vienna, Austria - Chelsea
08-07 Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival
08-09 Prague, Czech Republic - Klub 007 Strahov
08-11 Aarhus, Denmark- Radar Festival
08-12 Stavanger, Norway - Folken
08-13 Bergen, Norway - Landmark
08-14 Oslo, Norway - Oya Nights at Revolver
08-15 Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival
08-18 Hollerich, Luxembourg - Rotondes
08-19 Zurich, Switzerland - Bogen F
08-20 Lausanne-Pully, Switzerland - For Noise Festival
08-21 Kiewit-Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop Festival
08-22 Hamburg, Germany - MS Dockville Festival
08-23 Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - Lowlands Festival
08-24 Groningen, Netherlands - Noorderzon at Vera
08-27 Portoferro, Italy - Barretto
08-28 Fordongianus, Italy - Frames
08-29 Brugnera, Italy - Soundpark Festival
09-01 London, England - Village Underground *
09-02 Manchester, England - The Deaf Institute *
09-03 Birmingham, England - Hare and Hounds * ^
09-04 Dorset, England - End of the Road at Larmer Tree Gardens
09-06 Vlieland, Netherlands - Into the Great Wide Open Festival
09-17 Montreal, Quebec - Ukrainian Federation (Pop Montreal)
09-30 Boston, MA - Great Scott
10-01 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
10-02 Brooklyn, NY - The Silent Barn
10-03 Washington DC - Comet Ping Pong
10-05 Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
10-08 Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
10-09 Winnipeg, Manitoba - The Good Will
10-10 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Amigos Cantina
10-11 Edmonton, Alberta - Up + Downtown Music Festival
10-12 Calgary, Alberta - The Palomino Smokehouse & Social Club
10-14 Vancouver, Calgary - Red Gate
10-15 Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
10-16 Portland, OR - Bunk Bar
10-18 San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival
10-19 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
10-20 San Diego, CA - The Hideout
10-22 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
10-23 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
10-25 St. Louis, MO - The Demo
10-26 Detroit, MI - Majestic Café
10-27 Chicago, IL - the Beat Kitchen
10-29 Toronto, Ontario - Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
* with Shopping
^ with Health and Efficiency
Watch Ought perform at Pitchfork Music Festival Paris:
"Way Out Weather":
Back in June, Miguel shared Wildheart Chapter 1: Find What You Love And Let It Kill You, an extended video for Wildheart cuts "...goingtohell", "Coffee", and "NWA". Today, he shared the "NWA" portion as a standalone clip. It features Miguel walking through the streets, as Kurupt (who guests on the song) shows up to rap from a car. Check it out below, via The Fader.
Read our interview with Miguel.
Watch Miguel play "Adorn" at a Warm Up event at MoMA PS1:
Photo by Natalie Kardos
The N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton comes out August 14. In a new interview with Philadelphia radio station Power 99 (pointed out by Consequence of Sound), Ice Cube said that Dr. Dre is dropping a new album inspired by the film this Saturday, August 1.
"It’s mega, you know, it’s Dr. Dre, it’s what everybody been waiting for," Ice Cube said. “It’s definitely a dope record, and he’s dropping it all on the same day. It's crazy."
Earlier this month, director F. Gary Gary told MTV that Dre had enlisted Kendrick Lamar and Eminem for the film's soundtrack. It's unclear if the soundtrack and the Dre album are the same release.
In the Power 99 interview, Cube also talked about the rumored N.W.A. reunion tour. "Yeah, there's a possibility for sure," he said. "We've definitely been talking about it. It's just really about promotors coming to the table and we put together something that works for everybody. It's definitely, definitely possible.
Watch the Ice Cube interview below, along with the film's trailer. In the interview, his comments about the tour and album start at the 10-minute mark.
Photo via Alessia Cara's Instagram
Alessia Cara has announced her debut EP. Four Pink Walls is out August 28, ahead of a full-length debut later this year on Def Jam. That's the cover and tracklist below. It includes her breakout single "Here."
Catch Cara performing "Here" on tonight's "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon".
Read "Antisocial Optimist", our Rising feature on Cara.
Four Pink Walls:
04 I'm Yours
05 Four Pink Walls
The Chills—the Dunedin, New Zealand-based band whose early records were released by Flying Nun—haven't put out a full-length since 1996's Sunburnt. (In 2004, they put out a mini-album, Stand By, and in 2014, a single and a tour EP.) Their next LP, Silver Bullets, arrives on October 30 via Fire. Listen to "America Says Hello" above.
The album also features "Molten Gold", which was released two years ago.
For this album, Chills main man Martin Phillipps is joined by James Dickson, Todd Knudson, Erica Stichbury, and Oli Wilson. While Phillipps is set to play solo shows later this year, a full band tour is in the works for next year. The album was recorded at Albany Street Studios in Dunedin.
01 Father Time
02 Warm Waveform
03 Silver Bullets
04 Underwater Wasteland
05 America Says Hello
06 Liquid Situation
07 Pyramid Moon
08 Aurora Corona
09 I Can't Help You
11 Molten Gold
Photo by Jessica Lehrman
As ABC 5 Cleveland reports, attendees of a Black Lives Matter conference at Cleveland State University confronted transit authority police arresting a 14-year-old for allegedly being intoxicated on a bus. After the crowd blocked the street so that the police cruiser couldn't leave, the police responded by using pepper spray.
The police released a statement saying the 14-year old was treated by an EMS unit and later released to the custody of his mother, according to ABC 5 Cleveland.
In June, Kendrick performed "Alright" at the BET Awards while standing on a vandalized cop car. After Fox News pundits claimed the performance "incites violence", Kendrick responded, "How can you take a song that's about hope and turn it into hatred?"
Read "On Kendrick Lamar and Black Humanity" at the Pitch.
Watch the video for "Alright":
Unknown Mortal Orchestra have shared the video for "Ur Life One Night", taken from this year's album Multi-Love. Directed by Manoj Leonel Jahson, the fantastical video uses the romantic misadventures of a goddess as inspiration for an elaborate, lightning-struck tapestry. Watch it below via Rolling Stone.
"The visual language naturally led to borrowing heavily from Traditional Asian Art, including miniature paintings from the Mughal period to create multiple dreamscapes, and ended up being a sexually charged riot with a fair dose of humor and symbolism," Jahson told Rolling Stone, "
Read "Love Is Strange", our feature telling the story behind Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Multi-Love.
Earlier this month, Neil Young said he intended to remove his music from streaming services. "I don't need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution," he wrote. As of today, it appears that Young has made good on his promises, as Variety reports (via Rolling Stone). The majority of his albums and songs have disappeared from streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and Rdio.
There are some exceptions. The albums that Young produced in the 1980s for Geffen Records—1982's Trans, 1983's Everybody's Rockin', 1985's Old Ways, 1986's Landing on Water and 1987's Life—are still available. Young was famously embroiled in a legal dispute with Geffen over the release of these albums, which the label said weren't "musically characteristic" of his sound. But for the most part, his music is gone—a big bummer if you were looking for a "Harvest Moon" fix to get through the day.
Previously, Young indicated that he'd reconsider the decision to remove his music should the audio quality improve. "When the quality is back, I'll give it another look," he wrote. "Never say never." For now, Young enthusiasts might want to think about embracing Pono.
Photo via Grimes' Instagram
Grimes has penned a love letter to the Star Wars film franchise in the new issue of LOVE magazine. In the text (reproduced by NME), Claire Boucher praises the series' visual innovations ("they smeared peanut butter on lenses to make the cars look like they were floating"), costuming ("Chewie definitely seems like an actor in a suit, which I find less jarring than a CGI character"), casting ("Gwendolyn Christie and Lupita Nyong’o are two of my favourite actresses, and neither made her name doing something overtly feminine or sexualised"), and droid characters: "C-3PO has always been a personal favourite of mine. I really relate to his fear of death."
Of the droids, she adds:
Rewatching the movies as an adult, C-3PO’s stuttering humanity is a great foil for the violence and intensity of the films. Almost any scary or violent scene is mitigated by a worried awkward robot complaining about safety. And, as with Artoo, you are never really sure of C-3PO is male or female – and with programming he or she could really be any age. There’s a lot of room for the audience to project onto either droid, which is probably another reason why the films have such broad appeal.
Watch Grimes perform "Genesis" at the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival:
Yoko Ono Collaborates With Death Cab for Cutie, tUnE-yArDs, Sparks, More on <i>Yes, I'm a Witch Too</i>
In 2007, Yoko Ono released an album called Yes, I'm a Witch, on which artists such as Cat Power, Spiritualized, Le Tigre, Antony, and more remixed and covered tracks from Ono's back catalog. On January 22, 2016, she'll release the sequel via Manimal. Yes, I'm a Witch Too will feature collaborations and remixes from Death Cab for Cutie, tUnE-yArDs, Cibo Matto, Sparks, Sean Lennon, Peter Bjorn and John, Miike Snow, Portugal the Man, and others. Find the tracklist below.
Read our interview with Ono about the first Yes, I'm a Witch.
Yes, I'm a Witch Too:
01 Ono with Death Cab for Cutie: "Forgive Me My Love"
02 Ono with Peter, Bjorn and John: "Mrs. Lennon"
03 Ono with Jack Douglas: "Move on Fast"
04 Ono with Sparks: "Give Me Something"
05 Ono with Penguin Prison: "She Gets Down on Her Knees"
06 Ono with Portugal the Man: "She Got Out of the Box"
07 Ono with Sean Ono Lennon: "Dogtown"
08 Ono with tUnE-yArDs: "Warrior Woman"
09 Ono with Miike Snow: "Catman"
10 Ono with Cibo Matto: "Yes, I'm Your Angel"
11 Ono with Dave Aude: "Wouldnit"
12 Ono with Johnny Palumbo: "I Have a Woman Inside My Soul"
13 Ono with Ebony Bones: "No Bed for Beatle John"
14 Ono with Automatique: "Coffin Car"
15 Ono with Danny Tenaglia: "Walking on Thin Ice"
16 Ono with Blow Up: "Approximately Infinite Universe"
Listen to Yoko Ono and Cat Power's "Revelations" from Yes I'm a Witch:
Foals are lining up their new album What Went Down, the follow-up to 2013's Holy Fire. Today, they've shared a video for "Mountain at My Gates". Directed by longtime collaborator Nabil, it's the first music video to be filmed using GoPro's new Spherical virtual reality technology. Viewers using Google Chrome or the YouTube phone app can interact with the content using a mouse or the A/W/S/D keys. Check it out below.
What Went Down is out August 28.
Photo by Pooneh Ghana
On Saturday's installment of "OVO Sound Radio", Drake premiered "Charged Up", his response to Meek Mill's claim Drake used a ghostwriter for his verse on "R.I.C.O." from Meek's new album Dreams Worth More Than Money. Today, following a screamed 15-second response from Meek yesterday, Drake has shared another diss track via Twitter, called "Back to Back Freestyle".
Referring to Meek's current spot on Nicki Minaj's "Pinkprint Tour", Drake raps, “You love her then you gotta get a world tour/ Is that a world tour or your girl’s tour?/ I know that you gotta be a thug for her/ This ain’t what she meant when she told you to open up more.” Hear the full track above.
The song came accompanied by a photo of Toronto Blue Jay Joe Carter's series-winning home run in the 1993 World Series. The team they beat? The Philadelphia Phillies. (Meek is from Philly.)
Watch Drake's "Energy" video:
Today, Twin Shadow shared a gift to his fans—a mixtape collecting some of his demos between 2010 and 2014. It's called Night Rally, and it's available both as a free download and as a tour-only cassette. Download it here and find the tracklist below.
Ezra Green's Bed Demo
Tear Me Up
Discover Me Demo
Crazy Love (DR 10)
Heart Belongs (Heaven and Hell)
What You Doin
Major Moon (Demo Instrumental)
Time in the Dark
Watch Twin Shadow perform "Golden Light":
Siblings Sean and Sara Watkins are in Nickel Creek, but they also host a monthly residency called the Watkins Family Hour. This summer, they released a self-titled album featuring Fiona Apple. Apple and the band played a show in Newport on Thursday to kick off the Newport Folk Festival, and as Stereogum points out, video from that set has surfaced. Watch them cover "When I Get Low, I Get High"—a song popularized by Ella Fitzgerald—below.
Photo by Erez Avissar
Kanye West performed during the closing ceremony of the Pan American Games in Toronto. Following the set, a few news stories were published claiming that he "stormed off" and "abruptly cut his performance short" due to his frustration with technical difficulties. Pan Am have released a statement to clarify that West didn't cut his performance short or, in their opinion, behave unprofessionally.
Here's the statement from Pan Am representative Neala Barton:
"As this was a live broadcast, Kanye West was always scheduled to perform for 13 minutes. He fulfilled this commitment in great style and while there was technical difficulty at the end due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, he rolled with it the way great artists do. To imply that he abruptly cut short his performance or that he was anything less than professional is incorrect. We could not have been more thrilled."
So yes, West threw the mic in the air and walked off stage following some technical difficulties, but apparently, that performance was already over. Watch footage of the incident below via Jezebel.July 27, 2015
Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Grimes is on the cover of the latest issue of Fader. In the cover story, Claire Boucher discusses the creation of her new album (which she has said will arrive in October) and some of the ideas that informed its songs. She also clarifies that whole "Grimes scraps album" narrative.
The entire feature is well worth a read. In it, she discusses the creation and aftermath of Visions, her at-home dynamic with James Brooks, life in Los Angeles, her experience writing for other artists, the exhaustion that comes with extensive touring, and the music industry's intrinsic sexism.
Boucher says the new album comes from a different emotional place from her previous work.
“They’re not all diss tracks, but there’s a lot of diss tracks. ... I think all my other albums were, like, sad. And this time it’s more happy and angry. I live in my own house that I pay for. I bought all this equipment myself. I control my own life now. No one has any say over what I do or where I go or when I do it.”
Here's what we know about the album:
- There's a song called "Flesh Without Blood".
- She wrote a "diss track about male producers," which is "about a guy who acts like he knows everything and then comes back crawling on his knees, which has happened to me so many times."
- One song is about being "too scary to be objectified" and will feature three female MCs.
- She learned to play and self-recorded guitar, drums, keys, ukulele, and violin.
- She tracked most of the album at home, though for vocals, she shared a studio with Blood Diamonds (who was working on his own music).
Boucher also says she's planning on adopting additional alter egos aside from Grimes. One of them is "Screechy Bat"—the "metal one".
She clarifies that she didn't scrap an entire finished album and dispels the myth that she from scratch after fans reacted negatively to "Go". "There were just hundreds of songs," she said. "On this album that I’m making now, there’s at least a hundred songs that won’t make it onto this. I think all musicians have songs that don’t make it onto records."
Watch Grimes perform "Genesis" at the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival:
Photo via Instagram
After being forced to cancel a string of shows, Mastodon are getting back on the road. Their just-announced fall tour includes shows with British metal giants Judas Priest. They're also set to play dates with Clutch and Corrosion of Conformity. There are a few festival stops, too. Find the full itinerary below.
09-25 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Rock in Rio Festival
09-27 Sao Paulo, Brazil - Anhembi
09-28 Santiago, Chile - Comes Louder Festival
10-16 Paso Robles, CA - Vina Robles Amphitheatre *
10-17 Las Vegas, NV - The Pearl *
10-18 Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
10-20 San Francisco,CA - The Warfield *
10-21 San Jose, CA - City National Civic *
10-22 Chico, CA - Senator Theatre *
10-24 San Bernardino, CA - KnotFest
10-26 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater *
10-28 Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall ^#
10-29 Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Live ^#
10-30 Houston, TX - Bayou Music Center ^#
10-31 New Orleans, LA - Civic Theater #
11-01 Birmingham, AL - Iron City #
11-03 Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center Theatre *
11-06 Huntington, NJ - The Paramount *
11-07 Newark, NJ - Prudential Center *
11-10 Halifax, Nova Scotia - Scotiabank Centre *
11-12 Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre *
12-05 Reykjavik, Iceland - Rokkjotnar Festival
* with Judas Priest
^ with Clutch
# with Corrosion of Conformity
Watch Mastodon's "The Motherload" video and read our interview with the band's Brann Dailor about it.
Watch Judas Priest's "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" video: