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Watch Ty Dolla $ign's Surprisingly Tragic 'Side Effects' Video

Ty Dolla $ign pairs an upbeat R&B-pop tune with a surprisingly tragic story in the new video for “Side Effects.” The song appears on the rap star’s latest album, Beach House 3.

The Ryan Hope-directed clip opens with several sequences of pure joy: A young man falls in love, creates music with his friends and eventually witnesses the birth of his child. The clip turns dark as the couple’s relationship sours and writer’s block hits. In the video’s unexpected final sequence, the young man walks out on his partner and gets caught trying to rob a house.

Ty Dolla $ign released Beach House 3 in October. The album follows his 2015 album, Free TC, as well as a 2016 mixtape, Campaign. The singer has a handful of live dates scheduled for December, though he’ll embark on a full North American tour next year, starting February 17th at the Elliott Hall of Music in West Lafayette, Indiana.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Ty Dolla $ign spoke about growing as a singer and trying to revive R&B with Beach House 3. “Remember when R&B used to be on the Hot 100? It just stopped,” he said. “I felt like I had to dumb myself down a lot. I know a lot of people feel like that. There’s a lot of people out there that can really sing, but you don’t really hear them… With this project, I sung my ass off. But it’s still gonna be a mainstream vibe. That’s all I’m trying to do: Make a lane for the singers.”

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Watch Screaming Females' Exquisite 'Deeply' Video

New Jersey DIY heroes Screaming Females unveiled a striking live video for their latest song “Deeply,” which features singer/guitarist Marissa Paternoster performing a stripped-down version of the song alongside singer-songwriter Laura Veirs.

Recorded at the home studio of Thermals frontman Hutch Harris, the pair turn the stomping ballad into an aching folk-tinged number. Paternoster unspools crackling electric guitar lines over Veirs’ acoustic strumming, and during the song’s simple, affecting refrain – “And I fall/ So deeply and I fall” – Veirs’ soft vocals rise sweetly in harmony with Paternoster’s rich croon.

“Deeply” will appear on Screaming Females’ forthcoming album, All At Once, which arrives February 23rd via Don Giovanni. The record marks the trio’s seventh album and follows 2015’s Rose Mountain. In October, Screaming Females shared album cut, “Glass House.”

Screaming Females recorded All At Once at Seattle’s London Bridge Studio and Red Room with producer Matt Bayles. The record will notably find the trio fleshing out their barebones rock aesthetic with synthesizers, Wurlitzers and xylophones. Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty also guests on album cut, “Soft Domination.”

Screaming Females will kick off a North American tour in support of All At Once next year, starting with a three-night stand at Monty Hall in Jersey City, New Jersey February 22nd, 23rd and 24th.

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G-Eazy Plots 'Beautiful and Damned' Tour

G-Eazy will embark on a North American tour next year in support of his forthcoming album, The Beautiful and Damned.

The trek begins February 15th at the Smart Financial Centre in Houston and wraps March 20th at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The trek includes stops in Oakland, Seattle, Chicago and Washington D.C., plus a three-night stand at the Wiltern in Los Angeles and two nights at the Rebel in Toronto.

G-Eazy will receive support throughout the trek from Trippie Redd, Phora and Anthony Russo. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting December 15th. Complete information is available on G-Eazy’s website.

The Beautiful and Damned marks G-Eazy’s fifth album and follows his 2015 release, When It’s Dark Out. The Oakland rapper has shared several songs including the album’s title track, which features Zoe Nash, “No Limit” with Cardi B and A$AP Rocky and “Him and I,” featuring Halsey. The album will also feature collaborations with Charlie Puth, Kehlani, E-40, SG Lewis and more.

G-Eazy Tour Dates

February 15 – Houston, TX @ Smart Financial Centre
February 17 – Dallas, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
February 20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
February 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
February 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
February 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Shrine
February 25 – Las Vegas, NV @ Park Theater
February 28 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
March 1 – Oakland, CA @ The Fox Theater
March 3 – Seattle, WA @ ShoWare Center
March 6 – Denver, CO @ 1STBANK Center
March 8 – Minneapolis, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium at St. Paul RiverCentre
March 9 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
March 13 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel
March 14 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel
March 16 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Event Center
March 17 – Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
March 18 – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
March 20 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall

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Hear Paul McCartney's Long-Lost Experimental Christmas Mixtape for Fellow Beatles

For Christmas 1965, Paul McCartney presented his bandmates with a unique gift: a homemade record produced just for them, consisting of sampled songs, original sketches and avant-garde loops. “Something crazy, something left field, just for the other Beatles, a fun thing which they could play late in the evening,” he later said. With only three copies made, the discs are among the most rare Beatle-related collectibles. While these acetate pressings have almost certainly since worn out, an 18-minute segment of Unforgettable has recently surfaced, providing a glimpse of this experimental private mixtape from the Beatles’ most creatively fertile period. 

For decades, all that was known about the recording were sketchy details provided by McCartney himself. “It was called Unforgettable and it started with Nat ‘King’ Cole singing ‘Unforgettable,'” he explained to historian Mark Lewisohn in 1995. “Then I came in over the top as the announcer: ‘Yes, unforgettable, that’s what you are! And today in Unforgettable …‘ It was like a magazine program: full of weird interviews, experimental music, tape loops, some tracks I knew the others hadn’t heard. It was just a compilation of odd things.” The unearthed portion includes an inventive selection of songs by the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, and Martha and the Vandellas, with McCartney assuming the role of a fast-talking New York DJ – perhaps a nod to the so-called “Fifth Beatle,” Murray the K.

At the time McCartney was living a central London townhouse belonging to the family of his girlfriend, Jane Asher. His tiny garret on the top floor, already crammed with gold records, instruments and other evidence of his global superstardom, now bore traces of his newfound fascination with tape loops. “I used to have a couple of Brenell tape recorders,” he told author Barry Miles, a friend from the period. “I used to experiment with them when I had an afternoon off, which was quite often. [The Beatles would] be playing in the evening … and there was often quite a bit of time when I was just in the house on my own so I had a lot of time for this. I wasn’t in a routine. I could stay up till three in the morning, sleep through till two in the afternoon, and often did. It was a very free, formless time for me. Formative yet formless. I didn’t have to be up for the baby, at that time there was none of that. So I would sit around all day, creating little tapes.”

“It was a very free, formless time for me. … So I would sit around all day, creating little tapes.”

In the room next door lived Jane’s elder brother, Peter Asher, whose pop pedigree as one half of the hit-making harmony duo Peter & Gordon belied an intense interest in avant-garde art. He provided McCartney an entree into London’s underground music scene, exposing him to work by composers like Luciano Berio, John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen. “People were starting to lose their pure-pop mentality and mingle with artists,” McCartney recalled in the Beatles’ Anthology documentary. “A kind of cross-fertilization was starting to happen.”

McCartney would dub his own sound collages onto Philips cassettes – a new innovation – and play them at parties for particularly hip friends. “It was really a kind of stoned thing,” he told Miles. “You knew you’d be round someone’s house later that evening and if you had an interesting piece of music, it would be quite a blast, whether it be Ravi Shankar or Beethoven or Albert Ayler.” The process was so enjoyable that he toyed with the idea of releasing them as a solo album under the memorable title Paul McCartney Goes Too Far. Despite strong encouragement from John Lennon, Unforgettable would be the closest he ever came to such a full-length project in the Sixties.

Though the Beatles’ latest album, Rubber Soul, had only been released a few weeks prior on December 3rd, McCartney’s gift was likely intended to point the band towards new musical horizons for their next work. “It was a peculiar overall sound,” George Harrison once said of Unforgettable. “John, Ringo and I played it and realized Paul was on to something new. Paul has done a lot in making us realize that there are a lot of electronic sounds to investigate.” When they reconvened in the studio the following April to begin sessions for what would become Revolver, the first song they worked on was “Tomorrow Never Knows,” built on a bed McCartney’s tape loops. 

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Watch Alex Karpovsky in MGMT's Macabre New Video For 'When You Die'

A hapless magician watches his life rewind before his eyes in the new video for MGMT‘s “When You Die.” The track marks the group’s latest offering from their next album, Little Dark Age, set to arrive in 2018.

Mike Burakoff and Hallie Cooper-Novack directed the video, which stars Girls actor Alex Karpovsky as an amateur magician. His final performance ends in tragedy after he fails to impress a crowd and a stage light falls from the ceiling and kills him. 

As MGMT pluck the song’s strange pop melody, Karpovsky’s character goes into a psychedelic purgatory. Patterns and textures retell his final moments, which he’s forced to relive for eternity. The surreal effect was created with Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) Style Transfer technology that imposed images onto video footage. 

Prior to “When You Die,” MGMT shared the title-track for Little Dark Age. An exact release date for the album has yet to be announced. Little Dark Age follows MGMT’s 2013 self-titled effort, and the duo recorded the new record with producers Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift, Kelela) and Dave Fridmann – who also produced their debut Oracular Spectacular – during sessions in New York and Los Angeles.

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Shoom: An Oral History of the London Club That Kicked Off Rave Culture

In September 1987, four London club and pirate-radio DJs – Nicky Holloway, Paul Oakenfold, Danny Rampling and Johnny Walker – spent a week on the Balearic island of Ibiza, a place where, legend had it, as journalist Chris Heath wrote in 1990, “it was even possible to get drugs on room service.” The British quartet was visiting Trevor Fung and Ian St. Paul, with whom Oakenfold had thrown parties. Eventually, the group wound up at Amnesia, a large open-air space run by DJ Alfredo. 

Suddenly, this knot of MDMA-fueled English soul boys with few musical interests outside black American imports like go-go, funk, hip-hop and jazz-funk were suddenly grooving like mad to indie guitar bands and pop songs – and especially to the minimalist house records coming from Chicago and bleep-y techno from Detroit, which didn’t hew to pop-song structure but spoke fluently to bodies in motion. “I could see their minds, their brains ticking overtime,” St. Paul said in 2001. “It was like Wacky Races – who could get back quick enough to get it sorted.”

Though Oakenfold threw Balearic-style parties both before and after the 1987 Ibiza trip – he and St. Paul would start Future shortly after returning – it was Rampling’s Shoom that effectively kicked off the acid-house craze in London. Rampling’s weekly began on December 5th, 1987, running on Saturdays in the basement of the Fitness Centre in Southwark, before moving first to a larger YMCA basement on Tottenham Court Road, and finally to Busby’s in Charing Cross Road. Rampling shut Shoom down in early 1990.

These were small venues: Rampling’s then-wife, Jenni, guarded the door, picking and choosing the crowd with an iron will. She needed to, because thousands of punters were trying to get into a gym basement that held 300. Shoom was the crucial model for what would become the entire global rave scene, and therefore EDM culture as we know it. “It wasn’t just me, and my energy as a DJ, it was the enthusiasm from the crowd,” Rampling tells Rolling Stone, looking back on the party’s impact. “Whether it be the Cavern [Club] with the Beatles or the Paradise Garage or the Warehouse in Chicago, it’s a combination of the crowd and the music and the room and the vibe and the spirit of that room.”

Rampling, along with Oakenfold and fellow London DJs Carl Cox (who played Shoom’s opening night) and Terry Farley (a second-room resident at Shoom’s YMCA location) spoke with RS about the wild, pivotal days of Shoom.

I. Prehistory

Carl Cox: Danny Rampling was basically playing funk, soul and disco music at the time. I used to go and see him play at the local wine bars and pubs and certain funk and soul parties in the area.

Danny Rampling: I was DJ’ing at parties and on pirate radio with Kiss FM – a late-night slot, which was a real fortunate break. I worked with Nicky Holloway as his assistant. He was an established, leading club promoter in London. He did one-off events. I learned the business of promotion and how to set up an event. 

Terry Farley: In that time in London, if you looked at what was being played, musically, it was a real mishmash. DJs would play a Pharaoh Sanders record next to Run-D.M.C., and then a New York club record like “D” Train. The DJs were black music enthusiasts. We wouldn’t play any records by white artists. The idea of a whole night of just house music being mixed wasn’t in the scheme of things in London: “Why would you want to do that? That means you can’t play jazz records. It means you can’t play hip-hop records.”

Paul Oakenfold: I remember spending my money on an import Isley Brothers album and then having to dodge the landlord because I didn’t have enough money to pay rent. 

Carl Cox: When I heard the first tune by Chip E. called “Time to Jack,” I was in. We never had a scene for that type of music in the UK. We had to create that scene. 

Paul Oakenfold: At that time I was dealing with Public Enemy, L.L. Cool J, Beastie Boys. I was always a fan of house music because I was playing it as a DJ. So I started to get more involved in that side of things. I was looking after DJ International and Trax Records, signing a lot of it to Champion. Steve “Silk” Hurley – I promoted that record [“Jack Your Body,” a U.K. Number One in January 1987] for London Records. It surprised everyone. Those records were bubbling under – you knew one would break through, and that was the record.

II. Ibiza

Danny Rampling:
I’d been living in America for a year. I ended up in Florida. Toward the end of that trip a friend visited me from London. We had an accident on the wet roads of southern Florida. If it hadn’t been for one of the roadside safety barriers, we both would have been dead. It really changed my outlook on life. I came back to England and Paul Oakenfold was having a birthday party in Ibiza. Nicky Holloway said, “Would you like to come along as well?” I said great, because I’d read about Amnesia, this after-hours club that goes at 3:30 or 4 in the morning, out in the open air, in The Face magazine.

Terry Farley: The general idea people had of MDMA [was what] a famous pop star told me: “It’s brilliant, but you can’t dance on it. It just makes your legs wobbly. All it does is make you want to sit down and hug people.”

Paul Oakenfold: I knew of [DJ Alfredo] because I’d been there the year before and the year before that. The reason we got to know him personally is because I was promoting records. I would turn up with a bundle of records under my arm. One time, prior to that, I climbed over the wall with my buddy because we were desperate to get in. That was ’87. That was before I had the promos in my hand. I used to sleep on the floor. I had half a loaf of bread everyday – that was it. I had no money.

Danny Rampling: Alfredo was a complete alchemist. He’d start with funky stuff – hip-hop, Latin, pop, all sorts of music and genres – and then as people came into the club, he’d pick it up and start to move into house and techno. Really, that was a complete revelation. We went there every night, and we all came back and decided to start our respective clubs.

Terry Farley: It was only when people when to Ibiza [that anyone] said, “There’s hundreds of people and the energy they’re getting off of each other fed back to all of the people, even the ones who didn’t want to take drugs.” You just needed to be standing near people who were taking ecstasy, because you could still catch the vibe.

III. Shoom

Danny Rampling: I opened Shoom with my wife at the time, Jenni, at the Fitness Centre, which was a gymnasium during the week. I had played there at a private event three or four years before that. I had a strong inclination that I would be coming back to that room. The management remembered me and said, “Yeah, you can host a night here. It’s going to be 300 pounds.” It was every Saturday night from 11 till 5 in the morning.

Carl Cox: Shoom was in a financial area. It’s quite dead at night. So there was nobody complaining at all. 

Terry Farley: At that time, we all went to West End clubs. South of the river – it was like someone dragging you from Manhattan to Queens to go to a nightclub. A lot of cabs didn’t even want to go south of the river in London at that time. The streets were empty.

Danny Rampling: The first guest was Carl Cox, who had a very good sound system. He came and did the opening night. He was giving me a bit of guidance. Certainly, I wasn’t as skilled at mixing as he was at the time.

Carl Cox: The first night of the doors opening at Shoom, half the crowd was there to hear funk and soul and disco music. Half the crowd turned up wearing disco gear – Afro wigs, platform shoes, flares. They came down to boogie. They didn’t come down to rage. So half the crowd was looking at the DJ going, “What’s this music?” And the others were in dungarees and Day-Glo. It did take people a little while to adjust to the fact that that down-tempo music, that funk and soul, was behind us.

Danny Rampling: The gym equipment was pushed to one side of the room, and then [covered by] a banner drape with Day-Glo paint and paintings of yellow smiley faces and “Shoom” painted onto it. The DJ console was set up in front of that banner. It did transpire years later that people were disappearing behind that bannered area and having, um, all kinds of fun – a lot of intimate fun [laughs], unbeknown to me. The first official party was on December 5th.

Terry Farley: You had two or three years of Chicago house music that had largely been ignored, that was there to be used. Suddenly, you could hear about 20 amazing records. Once you heard these records in the right way, suddenly it was a magical spark. Shoom definitely was for many the club that lit that spark. 

Carl Cox: You’d be there for the long-haul journey of it all. It wasn’t about the big records; it was about the journey of the night and where it took you. 

Danny Rampling: I used to open with Barry White, “Ecstasy” [“It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me”], a very slow record. That would be the call to the dance floor. I would start at 95, 100 BPM, and then step it up to 105 BPM, 110, 115, and then into 115 to 120, the house sounds. Phuture’s “Acid Tracks” – the seminal acid track: that was rotated weekly. The signature tune for Shoom at the Fitness Centre was definitely the Nightwriters’ “Let the Music Use You,” produced by Frankie Knuckles.

Terry Farley: There were very small windows – more like an air vent than an actual window – onto the street. The smoke was coming out of the windows on the street, filling the street, which was lit up by these strobes. I remember pulling up in a taxi, and the whole street was looking like it was from a film set. So before I even got to the door of the club, we knew something exciting and different was happening.

Carl Cox: There was a toilet, there was a bar – end of story. 

Terry Farley: Within two minutes, you knew every person at that club as friends. When you went out in London before, the vast majority of people in the club, you didn’t converse with. That wall completely went down with Shoom.

The first time I got taken to Shoom was by a guy called Gary Haisman. He was the man behind D-Mob. He had a big pop hit with a record called “We Call It Acieeed.” He was standing there screaming “Acieeed!” really loudly, which was quite frightening at first. It was very intense. I remember really liking the vibe. And then at the end they played the U2 record “With or Without You.” Now, I hate U2. I fucking hate Bono with a vengeance. But it sounded absolutely amazing. Suddenly, my mind was opened: “These records are brilliant!” 

I knew straightaway that this was completely different, and this was completely going to blow up massively. In fact, a lot of people were saying, “Don’t tell your friends. This is our thing. Keep it to yourself.” And the first thing we did, of course, was tell everyone we knew.

IV. The Beginning of the End

Danny Rampling: The whole scene exploded within a matter of three or four months. Word had got out. People cottoned on that there was something pretty amazing and revolutionary happening. The first night there was 100 people. Within two months, there was 300 people. And within month four there was about 1,000, 2,000, 3,000 people queuing to get into a small basement space. 

One of the figureheads in the rave movement, Tony Colston-Hayter, came down to the club – he was a professional gambler at the time, one of these eighties characters who had a brick-type mobile phone, good suits from Savile Row, public-school accent. Tony was greatly inspired by Shoom. He said to me, “How about you come in as a partner? We’re going to take this massive. You can make millions of pounds.” I said, “Well, I don’t really want to make millions of pounds, because what I’ve got in this club here is worth more than anything that money can buy to me.” 

Paul Oakenfold: He popped up about a year into it. He wanted to start doing the big raves. They were all the same – without nitpicking and going, “This stage is bigger” or “He had bigger lights,” a rave’s a rave. 

Danny Rampling: The rave scene was huge. They adopted the smiley face symbol at a lot of raves. But the raves got very dark. They completely bastardized it, ruined it. They took it the other way and it became very dark. 

After a year, we decided to move to a bigger venue. We moved to the Raw club, in the basement of a YMCA on Tottenham Court Road. It was a huge space. It held about 1,200 people. We moved there to a Thursday night. It was quite difficult logistically getting equipment in and out of the building. There was no lift; it’s five flights of stairs down to this basement. Still, it was a good run. 

We moved from there to Busby’s in Charing Cross Road, just across the block, which was adjacent to the Astoria Theatre, where all the bands play. The Astoria is also where Nicky Holloway [threw] the Trip. We had Busby’s on a Wednesday night. It became very, very popular. That held about 1,100. 

Terry Farley: By the time Shoom had decided to bail out, there was a million nights in London copying that Ibiza book of rules. 

Danny Rampling: We closed Shoom because the rave scene had really deteriorated and become very dark and criminal gangs were running a lot of these events. It just became too much. Probably a bit like the Sixties – people were losing their way, not looking after themselves. It was getting very messy. And I was being offered more work overseas. The rave scene helped that as well. London exploded – not just London, but other cities around the U.K. exploded. There was something going on every night. People wanted to go out en masse, and they did, and it changed youth culture.

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Lucy Dacus Previews 'Historian' LP With Rugged New Song 'Night Shift'

Lucy Dacus battles through the initial phase of a breakup in her new track, “Night Shift.” The song will appear on the singer’s upcoming Historian album, due March 2nd. 

Dacus opens “Night Shift” with a pair of vivid couplets. “The first time I tasted somebody else’s spit/ I had a coughing fit,” she sings. “I mistakenly called them by your name/ I was let down, it wasn’t the same.” She oscillates between pushing past the breakup and fixating on her ex, sometimes seesawing back and forth in the same line: “I’m doing fine trying to derail my one-track mind, regaining my self-worth in record time/ But I can’t help think of your other in the bed that was mine.” Similarly, the song alternates between blistering distorted guitars and lullaby-like strumming.

“Night Shift” will open Historian, which Dacus recorded last March in Nashville. “[The album] starts out dark and ends hopeful, but it gets darker in between; it goes to the deepest, darkest, place and then breaks,” Dacus noted in a statement. “What I’m trying to say throughout the album is that hope survives, even in the face of the worst stuff.”

“This is the album I needed to make,” she added. “Everything after this is a bonus.”

Following Historian‘s release, Dacus will tour the U.S. and Europe throughout March, April and May.

Historian Track List:

1. “Night Shift”
2. “Addictions”
3. “The Shell”
4. “Nonbeliever”
5. “Yours & Mine”
6. “Body To Flame”
7. “Timefighter”
8. “Next Of Kin”
9. “Pillar Of Truth”
10. “Historians”

Lucy Dacus Tour Dates:

March 2nd – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
March 7th – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern
March 8th – Charleston, SC @ Pour House
March 9th – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
March 10th – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
March 19th – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
March 20th – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
March 21st – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
March 22nd – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
March 23rd – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place
March 24th – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
March 26th – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
March 27th – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
March 28th – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
March 30th – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
March 31st – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
April 2nd – Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge
April 4th – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
April 5th – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
April 6th – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
April 7th – Indianapolis, IN @ The HI-FI
April 8th – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
April 9th – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
April 11th – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
April 13th – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
April 14th – Washington DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
April 19th – Leeds, UK @ Belgrave Music Hall
April 20th – Glasgow, UK @ The Hug and Pint
April 21st – Manchester, UK @ Gullivers
April 22nd – Birmingham, UK @ Hare and Hounds 2
April 24th – Bristol, UK @ Louisiana
April 25th – London, UK @ Omeara
April 26th – Brighton, UK @ The Hope and Ruin
April 27th – Paris, FR @ Espace B
April 30th – Copenhagen, DE @ Stengade
May 1st – Hamburg, GE @ Prinzenbar
May 3rd – Cologne, GE @ Blue Shell
May 4th – Amsterdam, NE @ Sugar Factory

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Watch Jack White's Surreal New Musical Collage, Video

Jack White unveiled a strange new musical collage, “Servings and Portions From My Boarding House Reach.” The track is available to stream alongside a surreal music video.

White has been working on a new solo album, and “Servings and Portions” is packed with snippets of ostensibly new music. There are bursts of hip-hop percussion, jazzy piano and White offering a schmaltzy rendition of Elvis Costello’s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding.” It also includes a biting acoustic tune about “a kitten with a mouse in its mouth” featuring a wash of futuristic synths, a piano ballad and – naturally – a blistering guitar solo.

The “Servings and Portions” music video is packed with quick shots of White’s bandmates in the studio. Random images emerge that range from abstract flourishes of light and static to clocks, speakers and toy blocks that spell out “Kale” and “Leak.”

It’s unclear what, if any, connection “Servings and Portions From My Boarding House Reach” has to a potential new album. In November, during a speech in Detroit, White said his next album was “practically done.” “It’s a bizarre one. I’ve just got to let it settle. I need to listen to it by myself. I haven’t been able to listen to it by myself for awhile.”

White released his last solo album, Lazaretto, in 2014. In 2015, his band, the Dead Weather, released Dodge and BurnLast year, White released the collection, Acoustic Recordings 1998 – 2016. In April, White released a new instrumental song, “Battle Cry,” which soundtracked a promotional film for the rocker’s baseball bat company. Over the summer, he teamed with several Third Man Records artists for a new song, “Strike Out,” which was available only at a Detroit Tigers game.

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See Big Sean, Metro Boomin's Raucous 'Double or Nothing' on 'Fallon'

Big Sean and producer Metro Boomin tore through two songs from their new collaborative album, Double or Nothing, on The Tonight Show Monday.

“Who’s Stopping Me” and “Savage Time” highlighted Metro’s ability to craft beats that dabble in different styles and Big Sean’s ability to flow comfortably over anything. “Who’s Stopping Me” featured a skittering groove of trap percussion and lithe Latin guitar. Metro intermittently cut off so Big Sean could spit partial a cappella bars like, “I had a dream I rode with Rosa Parks in the back of the ‘Bach/ And we was blowing a blunt and she was packing a strap/ Like damn, it do feel good to be black in the back.”

Big Sean unspooled politically charged verses on “Savage Time” over a menacing beat that mixed crisp drums, dark synths and the disconcerting tumble of a light synth loop. “You couldn’t hold me down even if I was in federal,” Big Sean rapped. “You couldn’t stop these plays even if I was ineligible/ Kneeling like Colin Kaepernick if that shit unethical.”

Double or Nothing marks Big Seans’ second album of 2017, following his solo record I Decided. Metro Boomin has also had a busy year, recently collaborating with 21 Savage and Migos’ Offset on another LP, Without Warning. Metro also scored two massive hits this year, producing Post Malone’s “Congratulations” and Future’s “Mask Off.”

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Moby Announces New Album 'Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt'

Moby has announced his upcoming album Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt, his 15th studio LP.

The new album follows a pair of LPs that Moby recorded with the Void Pacific Choir, 2016’s These Systems Are Failing and 2017’s controversy-stirring More Fast Songs About the Apocalypse. According to Moby, Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt is a return to the gospel and trip-hop style of his earlier works.

The shift is evident on the album’s first single “Like a Motherless Child,” a reworking of the traditional slavery-era song “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.” Moby’s rendition features guest vocalist Raquel Rodriguez.

Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt, due out March 2 on Mute, is available to preorder now. In addition, Moby has constructed Spotify and YouTube playlists featuring artists and songs that inspired his new LP; tracks from the new album will also be uploaded onto the playlists as the release date approaches.

Moby plans on touring in support of his new album in 2018.

Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt Tracklist
1. “Mere Anarchy”
2. “The Waste of Suns”
3. “Like a Motherless Child”
4. “The Last of Goodbyes”
5. “The Ceremony of Innocence”
6. “The Tired and The Hurt”
7. “Welcome to Hard Times”
8. “The Sorrow Tree”
9. “Falling Rain and Light”
10. “The Middle is Gone”
11. “This Wild Darkness”
12. “A Dark Cloud is Coming”

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