Dirty Projectors are the latest group to perform a set as part of NPR’s “Tiny Desk (Home) Concert” series. With Felicia Douglass and Maia Friedman singing, Mike Johnson playing knickknacks, Kristin Slipp on keytar, and Dave Longstreth on various other instruments. Watch them perform “Lose Your Love,” “Overlord,” “Inner World,” and “Search for Life” below.
Dave Chappelle threw a socially-distanced music festival in his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio during the July 4 weekend, as Spin and Cincinnati’s CityBeat point out. Guest performers included Erykah Badu, Common, Questlove, Talib Kweli, Michelle Wolf, Tiffany Haddish, Michael Che, Jon Hamm, and Chappelle himself. According to Spin, Chappelle covered Radiohead’s “Creep,” Badu did
On Tuesday, June 30, Pop Smoke’s estate revealed the initial artwork for the late rapper’s posthumous album Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon. The original cover, designed by Virgil Abloh, was met with immediate backlash from fans on social media, which led Steven Victor, head of Pop Smoke’s record label, to announce that
Elton John has been honored with his very own official UK coin. The Royal Mint announced the accolade, marking the second installment of their “Music Legends” collection (the first coin was minted in honor of Queen). “It really is a fabulous honour to be recognised in this way,” Elton John said in a press release.
Today (July 3), Bandcamp is once again waiving its share of revenue and giving all proceeds to artists and labels. To celebrate the occasion, a wide variety of independent labels and artists have announced new music, special merch, and other releases. Among the participating labels are Merge, Sub Pop, Father/Daughter, No Quarter, Fat Possum, and
Ian Isiah has shared a video for the new song “Loose Truth,” from his upcoming Chromeo-produced project AUNTIE. The video was directed by Thuan Tran and follows Isiah interacting with “essential workers, first responders, business owners, activists, artists, friends and family members” throughout Brooklyn. Check it out below, and scroll down for Isiah’s statement on
ML Buch has released her debut album, Skinned. The Danish singer, producer, and composer of baroque synth symphonies and dream-pop nuggets announced the album early last year, before quietly delaying its release and receding from the public eye. Now, as suddenly as she vanished, Buch is back: the 10-track LP is now streaming on Bandcamp,
In 2018, Jason Isbell contributed the song “Maybe It’s Time” to the soundtrack of A Star Is Born, where it was performed by Bradley Cooper. The song earned Cooper his first solo Billboard chart placement and was later covered by Eddie Vedder. Now, Isbell has shared his own demo of the track. It’s out on
Chicago singer and multi-instrumentalist NNAMADÏ has released a new album. KRAZY KARL follows his previous 2020 releases: April’s full-length BRAT and June’s Black Plight EP. In a press release, NNAMADÏ describes the sound of the record as “untethered,” “deranged modern compositions,” and “when your brain tries to leave your skull, but you keep mashing it
David Gilmour has released “Yes, I Have Ghosts,” the Pink Floyd guitarist’s first new music in five years. The song is a collaboration with his daughter, harpist Romany Gilmour, and his wife, the author and lyricist Polly Samson. The song was previously part of the audiobook version of Samson’s latest novel, A Theatre for Dreamers.
Andrew Bird was the musical guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. From his home, he performed “Manifest,” from 2019’s My Finest Work Yet, accompanied by members of his family. “Got the Bird Family Band together,” he wrote on Twitter. Check out their performance below. Following the release of My Finest Work Yet, Andrew
With so much good music being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new releases available on streaming services. This week’s batch includes new albums from Pop Smoke, Willie Nelson, Westside Gunn, Boris, patten, and Greg Foat. Subscribe to
JAY-Z’s Team Roc published an open letter in today’s issue of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel calling for Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm to prosecute and fire Wauwatosa Police Department officer Joseph Mensah. In the five years he’s held his job, Mensah reportedly shot and killed Alvin Cole, Antonio Gonzales, and Jay Anderson, firing 19
New York black metal artist Liturgy and avant-garde pop duo LEYA have shared a new collaborative track. It’s called “Antigone.” The single was originally shared in an interview the artists did with Paper magazine. Listen to “Antigone” below, and read the full interview here. “Antigone” marks the first new release from Liturgy since Hunter Hunt-Hendrix
boygenius have announced that they’ll share some demos from their 2018 EP as a one-day fundraiser for social justice causes. The tracks—voice-memo recordings of “Stay Down,” “Me & My Dog,” and “Bite the Hand”—will be available just for the duration of Bandcamp’s next fee-free sales day for artists on Friday (July 3). The demos will
JAY-Z’s annual Made in America Festival in Philadelphia will not take place this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Roc Nation said in a statement that the festival will return in 2021. It was scheduled for Labor Day weekend, September 5-6, at Benjamin Franklin Parkway. “2020 is a year like no other,” the statement reads.
Comedian Scott Aukerman (Comedy Bang Bang) and actor Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) have worked up a new podcast about the Red Hot Chili Peppers. According to Aukerman, it’s “the comprehensive and encyclopedic compendium of all things Red Hot Chili Peppers.” Check out the first episode, which is about the band’s self-titled debut and 1985’s
NTS Radio has announced a slate of resident DJs, enlisting Yaeji, Moor Mother, black midi, Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Haruomi Hosono, and others to host shows on the online station. The announcement comes as the independent station launches a new subscription option. Listeners who pay £2.99 a month or more will get perks including merch discounts
The late John Prine, who died earlier this year of COVID-19, has received an unprecedented posthumous honor. He’s the first person to be named Illinois’ honorary poet laureate. “John Prine leaves behind an unparalleled musical legacy and was beloved by family and millions of fans who hope that in Heaven he finds Paradise waitin’ just
Ringo Starr has announced a livestream benefit in celebration of his 80th birthday on Tuesday, July 7. The event will feature new at-home performances alongside previously taped concert footage, with Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, Sheila E., and others slated to participate. Proceeds will be split between the Black Lives Matter Global Network, MusiCares,
Caribou has been sharing a series of remixes of songs from his new album Suddenly. The latest remixes come courtesy of Floating Points. Listen to Sam Shepherd’s reworks of “Never Come Back” and “Sister,” which will get released on a 12″ vinyl single in July, below. Previously, Four Tet offered his remix of “Never Come
Pop Smoke’s posthumous new album is coming out this Friday, July 3. Today, Steven Victor—head of the Victor Victor label imprint who worked closely with Pop Smoke—has revealed the still-untitled new album’s artwork. The cover and its accompanying limited edition shirt were designed by Virgil Abloh. Victor said it was Pop Smoke’s specific request to
Summer Walker has announced a new EP: Life on Earth is out July 10 via LVRN/Interscope. Check out the EP cover below. At last night’s BET Awards, Summer Walker performed “Session 32” and “Come Thru” with Usher, who stayed socially distant. Walker was also nominated for Best Female R&B/Pop and Best New Artist at the
The Dalai Lama has released a new song called “One of My Favorite Prayers.” It’s the second offering from His Holiness’ first-ever album of teachings and mantras, Inner World, which arrives July 6 via Hitco Entertainment/Khandro Music. Listen to the Dalai Lama’s “One of My Favorite Prayers” below. Inner World was the brainchild of co-executive
Marc Orleans, the prolific guitarist and pedal steel player who was a member of the long-running experimental Boston collective Sunburned Hand of the Man, has died. Tom Carter, the Charalambides guitarist who made music with Orleans in the group Eleven Twenty-Nine, confirmed the news in a statement. Some of Orleans’ earliest recording came as a
Beyoncé has announced a new visual album called Black Is King. The project is written, directed, and executive produced by Beyoncé. It’s set to premiere on Disney+ on July 31. Watch the teaser trailer at Beyoncé’s website. The singer-songwriter previously worked with the entertainment conglomerate on the “live-action” CGI remake of The Lion King, for
Björk has announced a new series of orchestra livestreams. On August 9, 15, and 23, she will perform shows at Harpa Hall in Reykjavík to a live audience. For the first show, she’ll be accompanied by the Hamrahlíð Choir. The second and third shows will feature players from the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra; strings on the
Black Power Live is a new virtual music festival presented by FORM and Jammcard, happening this Saturday, June 27, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern. The event is hosted by Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, with a musical lineup that features Miguel, Devonté Hynes (aka Blood Orange), Doja Cat, Kamasi Washington, Vagabon, Denzel Curry, Robert
James Blake is performing a set on Instagram Live today (June 27). Tune in via his official account. During his improvisational piano concert, viewers will have the option to donate to Rachel Cargle’s Loveland Foundation, which provides opportunity, access, and therapy for Black women and girls. James Blake’s most recent studio album Assume Form came
Big Boi and longtime collaborator/Dungeon Family member Sleepy Brown have linked up for a new collaboration. It’s called “Can’t Sleep,” and you can watch the music video below. The new joint single is the latest taste of The Big Sleepover, a collaborative LP from the duo that was first teased last year, following the release