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AFI Releases "White Offerings" Video

AFI has released a new video for “White Offerings”. Check it out right HERE.


Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine 'The Defiant Ones' Doc to Air on HBO

HBO has announced it will be airing a four-part documentary on Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, which chronicles their divergent roots and their unlikely partnership as well as addresses the moguls’ influence and impact on pop culture. Directed by Allen Hughes (Menace II Society), The Defiant Ones features in-depth interviews with Dre and Iovine along with many diverse artists.

The pair have worked together successfully for decades. Interscope Records, cofounded by Iovine, marketed and distributed Dre and Suge Knight’s Death Row Records in the early Nineties. By the end of that decade Iovine and Dre partnered for Dre’s own label, Aftermath. In 2006, Iovine and Dre teamed again to create Beats by Dre and they debuted their first product two years later. Apple purchased the company in 2014 for $3 billion.

The Defiant Ones has everything you expect in a great story – drama and humor, tragedy and triumph,” Casey Bloys, president of HBO Programming said in a statement, via Complex. “Allen Hughes takes you on a journey through some of the most important flash points of popular culture, and I’m delighted we can bring this unforgettable saga to our viewers.”

Hughes filmed Dre and Iovine over the course of three years. In addition to their candid interviews, the documentary houses interviews with Bono, Eminem, Nas, Ice Cube, Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg, Trent Reznor and others. It also features behind-the-scenes recording and writing sessions with Eazy-E, Stevie Nicks, N.W.A., Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and more footage that has not been previously seen.

The Defiant Ones will debut in 2017.

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Hear Nicki Minaj, Fetty Wap's New Tropical Pop Song 'Like a Star'

Nicki Minaj and Fetty Wap collaborated on the new tropical-tinged pop song “Like A Star.” The track’s bouncing synth line and trap groove underline Wap’s signature syrupy vocals. 

Minaj follows with a devastatingly dynamic verse. She coos the names of high-end fashion brands before delivering a sharp jab: “Who better than Nicki, man? I can’t effin’ tell/ Every time I drop, bitches like FML.” Minaj first hinted at “Like A Star” during an interview on radio program The Breakfast Club in October. It’s unclear whether the song is a standalone release or will appear on Fetty Wap’s upcoming album, King Zoo. Last November, the “Trap Queen” rapper released a new mixtape, Zoovier.

Minaj has released several one-off tracks including “Ain’t Gone Do It,” from her new mobile app game The Empire and a remix of Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” re-titled, “Black Barbies.” Minaj’s last album was 2014’s The Pinkprint.

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Oakland Mayor Pledges $1.7 Million for Art Spaces After Deadly Fire

Oakland, California Mayor Libby Schaaf pledged $1.7 million to create and sustain “affordable, safe spaces” for local artists and arts organizations following the warehouse fire that killed at least 36 people last Friday. The Ghost Ship art collective warehouse was a home and performance space in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood. 

“The arts are at the center of vibrant and diverse communities, and are critical to neighborhood health and well-being, yet artists and cultural organizations are increasingly vulnerable to instability and displacement,” said Mayor Schaaf. 

The city’s investment will fund a new initiative called Keeping Space – Oakland to provide technical and financial assistance to organizations facing displacement due to gentrification and increasing real estate costs. Keeping Space will also offer grants up to $75,000 to help at-risk organizations acquire real estate to serve as permanent art spaces. According to the Oakland Planning and Building Department, the warehouse’s landlord Derick Almena, did not request any permits for Ghost Ship that may have prevented the deadly fire.

Prior to the announcement, local nonprofit organizations set up massive funds to help victims and families cover costs of memorial services, medical bills and donations for victims’ families. Gray Area Foundation for the Arts has raised close to a half a million dollars since Saturday through its YouCaring fund. The Golden State Warriors also contributed a total of $125,000 to the Oakland Fire Relief Fund through the YouCaring website. 

Unity City Council, a Fruitvale-based nonprofit located two blocks away from the Ghost Ship building is using its donations to staff and extend hours for its nearby senior center for first responders, family members, mourners and victims, according to senior development manager, Dana Kleinhesselink. “We want it to be a place to get out of the cold, to eat and rest and get any supplies they may need,” she said to Rolling Stone.

The Ghost Ship fire has caused a ripple effect in cities like Los Angeles and Baltimore, where police and city officials have already begun evicting people who live in similar spaces with safety code violations. 

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Hear Lil Wayne, YG Rap About Making Trillions in 2017 on 'Trill'

YG and Lil Wayne unite on upbeat new song “Trill.” The track is the first release of Red Bull’s “20 Before 17 series,” which celebrates the company’s musical endeavors of 2016 in a countdown to the new year. 

“Trill” was produced by Boi-1da, who worked on Drake’s “0 to 100” and the Rihanna’s “Work,” and producer T-Minus. The two producers concocted a streamlined sound upon which YG shares his financial designs for the new year. “What’s the plan? See the plan is to stack a hundred grand/ Turn that hundred grand to a million/ Turn that million to a billion/ Turn that billion to a trillion.” 

Lil Wayne and YG have worked together several times in the past. Wayne appeared on the remix to YG’s hit “My Nigga.” Wayne also showed up this year on “I Got A Question,” a track on YG’s Still Brazy album. In addition to “Trill,” “20 Before 17” involves a variety of lectures from producer Mike Will Made It, singer Erykah Badu, former Prince engineer Susan Rogers and Dizzee Rascal. 

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Jesus and Mary Chain Detail First Album in 18 Years, 'Damage and Joy'

UPDATE: The group unveiled new song “Amputation,” the first single off Damage and Joy. Listen below.

Scottish noise-pop pioneers the Jesus and Mary Chain will release their first album in 18 years, Damage and Joy, March 24th via ADA/Warner Music.

The record marks the group’s first since 1998’s Munki and was produced by Youth (Killing Joke co-founder Martin Glover), who also plays bass on the record. Damage and Joy will also feature contributions from the Jesus and Mary Chain’s touring drummer Brian Young and former Lush bassist Phil King.

“We started to – can you believe? – listen to each other a bit more,” singer Jim Reid said in a statement. “In the last couple of years, we’ve buried the hatchet to some degree, and thankfully not into each other. Most people who know us would say that we haven’t mellowed that much. I think it was to do with the fact, dare I say it, that wisdom comes with age. Let’s live and let live, and let’s take each other’s opinions into account.”

The first track from the album, “Amputation,” premiered Thursday on Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6 Music show. The group earlier had tweeted a 30-second trailer for the song, which featured a rapid-fire montage of images and a voice casually speaking over a melodic drone. The full song boasts streamlined electronic percussion, but otherwise bears all the classic Jesus and Mary Chain hallmarks from winding, reverb-drenched guitar lines to singer Jim Reid’s dulcet pop vocals and biting lyrics.

The Jesus and Mary Chain announced that they were working on a new album last year, after spending several months on the road celebrating the 30th anniversary of their seminal 1985 debut, Psychocandy. In a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, Reid said he and his brother, guitarist William Reid, had “fuck-loads of songs,” but, “We disagree about a lot of things to do with it, like how to record it, where to record it. Now we’re starting to come around to agreeing with each other, which is kind of strange territory for me and William. But we’re getting close. So look out for a new Mary Chain record sometime soon.”

Jesus and Mary Chain Damage and Joy Track List

1. “Amputation”
2. “War On Peace”
3. “All Things Pass”
4. “Always Sad”
5. “Song For A Secret”
6. “The Two Of Us”
7. “Los Feliz (Blues and Greens)”
8. “Mood Rider”
9. “Presidici (Et Chapaquiditch)”
10. “Get On Home”
11. “Facing Up To The Facts”
12. “Simian Split”
13. “Black And Blues”
14. “Can’t Stop The Rock”

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Sunless Rise Releases Video for "The Forgiven"

Sunless Rise releases new video for “The Forgiven”. Check it out right HERE.


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Blood Red Throne’s Meathook Describes One Messed Up Holiday Season

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