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Tame Impala Share Infectious ''Cause I'm a Man' From New LP 'Currents'

Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala will follow up their acclaimed 2012 LP Lonerism with a new album titled Currents, the band announced today. After unleashing the eight-minute epic “Let It Happen” in early March, Tame Impala also shared Currents‘ trippy cover art and official first single, the smooth, instantly infectious “‘Cause I’m a Man.”

Although revered for their psychedelic stylings and major riffs – Lonerism brazenly boasted a bonus track titled “Led Zeppelin” – the band’s mastermind Kevin Parker is not shy about tackling different genres, from his recent collaborations with Mark Ronson on Uptown Special to Parker’s open obsession with Britney Spears’ music. “‘Cause I’m a Man” is one such tonal shift as Tame Impala unleash a slow-burning, moody single that’s just as delectable and unique as Lonerism standouts “Apocalypse Dreams” and “Music to Walk Home To.”

“Sketched out in planes, cars, hotels and homes since the completion of Tame Impala’s worldwide critically acclaimed Lonerism in 2012, ”Cause I’m a Man’ and ‘Let It Happen’ were written, performed, recorded, produced and mixed by Kevin Parker in Fremantle, Western Australia,” the band wrote in a press release. So far, no release date for Currents, the band’s first album for Interscope, has been announced, but “‘Cause I’m a Man” will be available to purchase digitally starting April 7th.

In addition to their new album, Tame Impala have also booked a two-month-long tour that kicks off April 8th and features stops at both Coachella weekends, the Sasquatch and Outside Lands fests and Governors Ball.

April 8 – Pomona, California @ The Fox Theatre
April 10 & 17 – Indio, California @ Coachella
May 8 – Austin, Texas @ Austin Psych Fest
May 9 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre
May 10 – Atlanta, Georgia @ Shaky Knees Music Festival
May 11 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
May 13 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
May 14 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theatre
May 15 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
May 16 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
May 18 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
May 19 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
May 20 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
May 22 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
May 25 – Quincy, WA @ Sasquatch Festival
May 26 – Vancouver, BC @ Malkin Bowl
May 27 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Ballroom
May 29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
May 30 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
May 31 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
June 1 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
June 3 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
June 4 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
June 5 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Music Festival
June 6 – Washington, D.C. @ Echostage
June 7 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball
August 8 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands

Rihanna Debuts 'American Oxygen,' Slams RFRA at March Madness Fest

Rihanna’s still-unreleased “American Oxygen” has been a staple in commercials promoting this year’s NCAA basketball tournament the past two months, and with the Final Four rolling into Indianapolis Saturday night, the singer finally debuted the entire “American Oxygen” during her headlining set at the March Madness Music Fest at the city’s White River State Park.

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“Breathe out, breathe in / This American oxygen / Every breath I breathe / Chasing this American dream / Respect for a nickel and dime / Turn it into an empire,” Rihanna sings in the atmospheric opening of the inspiring potential new album track. Along with “American Oxygen,” Rihanna also performed her recent singles “FourFiveSeconds” and “Bitch Better Have My Money” as well as hits “Rock Star 101,” “Stay,” “We Found Love” and set closer “Diamonds.”

Rihanna also used her headlining performance to slam Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Although the bill was amended to make it less discriminatory toward the LGBT community, Rihanna still unloaded on the RFRA in an expletive-laden tirade (via ONTD) prior to performing T.I.’s “Live Your Life.”

“Who’s feeling these new bullshit laws that they’re trying to pass over here? I say fuck that shit,” Rihanna told the crowd, inciting chants of “Fuck that shit.” “We’re just living our motherfucking lives. Indiana!” Although Rihanna’s March Madness performance was live-streamed, her Indiana comments were heavily censored upon broadcast.

Rihanna wasn’t the only March Madness fest performer to criticize the state for passing the RFRA: According to the Indianapolis Star, Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff also shared his “low opinion” of Indiana Governor Mike Pence, the same politician Miley Cyrus called an “asshole,” and onstage wore a shirt that read “Protect LGBTQ Hoosiers.” Antonoff also encouraged the crowd to donate to Freedom Indiana, a coalition fighting against the discriminatory nature of the RFRA.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Drummer Bob Burns Dead at 64

Robert “Bob” Burns, the former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer who appeared on the band’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Gimme Three Steps” and “Free Bird,” died Friday night in a single-car accident in Cartersville, Georgia, the Cartersville Patch reports. He was 64. Burns was among the founding members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame southern rock group and appeared on the band’s first two albums, 1973’s (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd) and 1974’s Second Helping.

A Georgia State Patrol spokesperson told the Cartersville Patch that Burns was driving toward a right turn when the vehicle left the road and Burns “struck a mailbox and a tree with the front of the vehicle.” Burns was the only occupant of the car and was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Police were attempting to determine whether weather played a role in the accident.

Burns performed alongside singer Ronnie Van Zant, bassist Larry Junstrom and guitarists Gary Rossington and Allen Collins in the Noble Five and One Percent before the band settled on the name Lynyrd Skynyrd, a nod to the Jacksonville, Florida teens’ physical education teacher. Burns was behind the kit on the band’s earliest demo recordings along with (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd) and Second Helping, which spawned many of the group’s most enduring hits like “Free Bird,” “Simple Man,” “Gimme Three Steps” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”

Burns left Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1974 after growing weary of touring; Artimus Pyle subsequently replaced him as drummer for 1975’s Nuthin’ Fancy. However, after more than three decades away, Burns rejoined Lynyrd Skynyrd onstage at the band’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony performance in 2006, where the drummer was enshrined alongside his former band mates.

Frank Zappa's Final Album 'Dance Me This' Plots Release Date

The last album that guitarist Frank Zappa worked on prior to his death in December 1993 will finally be released this June. Titled Dance Me This, the LP is considered the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s 100th and final official release, ending a legacy that began with the Mothers of Invention’s landmark 1966 album Freak Out! According to a pre-order page on the Zappa official site, Dance Me This is due out June 1st.

In talking to Guitar Magazine prior to his death at the age of 52, Zappa described his final LP as “a Synclavier album called Dance Me This, which is designed to be used by modern dance groups. It’s probably not going to come out until next year,” the Guardian reports. The album was ultimately shelved indefinitely, and while a steady stream of posthumous releases and reissues have satisfied Zappa fans in the following decades, Dance Me This was all but forgotten until Zappa’s widow Gail Zappa began hinting at the final album’s eventual arrival in 2011.

According to the Zappa Family Trust, Dance Me This is “the last title FZ finished in 1993 along with Trance-Fusion; the last chapter in his Master Work, Civilization Phaze III.” “This is it. #100. The LAST album by Frank Zappa. Tap your foot algorithmically to this, ” the estate adds. The album’s title track reportedly features a recording of Tuvan “throat singers,” members of a northern China tribe that Zappa accompanied with a Synclavier composition.

One of Rolling Stone‘s 100 Greatest Guitarist of All Time, Zappa switched to the Synclavier as his main compositional tool in 1984 with a pair of albums, Francesco Zappa and Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger. Zappa continued to experiment with the pioneering electronic music device even as he battled terminal prostate cancer, resulting in both Dance Me This and 1994’s Civilization Phaze III.

Judas Priest Commemorate 'British Steel' Album With Coffee

Two of metal’s most enduring themes are strength and darkness, and now metal innovators Judas Priest are making something else that’s strong and dark: their own coffee. To commemorate the 35th anniversary of their cherished British Steel album, the self-proclaimed Metal Gods teamed with Chicago’s Dark Matter Coffee to make their own limited-edition “British Steel” blend.

Right now the coffee, which is made from two different beans imported directly from El Salvador to the store, is available for preorder. The store’s site specifies that the default setting is “whole bean” and that people who want ground coffee would need to say so. But, on a humorous note, they’re also including a cassingle of the British Steel track “Grinder,” backed with their recent song “Snakebite,” which appeared on the bonus disc to their recent Redeemer of Souls LP. The coffee is also available at Dark Matter’s Windy City stores, when it officially comes out on April 14th.

Dark Matter also makes a “Dream Cuts” blend inspired by former Slits member Viv Albertine. The store’s site says that blend has notes of apple, lemon and toffee and describes it as “a crisp, light and sweet coffee with enough body and vigor to warrant repeated ‘listens’ all day long.”

Judas Priest, who recently reissued their 1984 LP Defenders of the Faith in a deluxe edition, aren’t the first hard-rock or metal artist to venture into coffee making. In recent years, members of Aerosmith, Megadeth, Anthrax, Queensrÿche and Kiss have all sold their own brands of coffee, as well as solo artists Rob Zombie and Zakk Wylde. Kiss singer-guitarist Paul Stanley even made a commercial for Folger’s, though it didn’t surface until late last year.

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