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Madame Tussauds Adjusts Its White Beyoncé

Madame Tussauds New York caught a lot of blowback this week for its new Beyoncé wax figure, which looks nothing like Beyoncé and more closely resembles any random caucasian woman. This whitewashed Queen Bey wasn't the first unrecognizable Beyoncé wax figure at Madame Tussauds location, but it was easily the worst. (Pictured above is a…

JAY-Z – “Kill Jay Z” Video

JAY-Z just debuted a video for the song "Kill Jay Z," off of his new album 4:44. If you're a Tidal subscriber, you can watch the video in full now; everyone else has to settle for the snippet below. Check it out …

Eddie Vedder To Celebrate David Letterman At Mark Twain Prize Event

David Letterman inducted Pearl Jam into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame earlier this year, and a few months from now Eddie Vedder will be there to celebrate a similar honor for the late-night TV icon. Letterman will become the 20th recipient of the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this October,…

Dream Ritual – “Noise”

Dream Ritual identify as "a band from the middle of nowhere." Actually, they're from Springfield, Missouri, and they play a version of hard rock you might describe as grunge. They play it well, too, with furious energy and keen melodic instinct. Dream Ritual released a 12" EP on 6131 Records, the label that helped launch…

Watch Foreigner’s Classic Lineup Reunite For The First Time In 37 Years

Foreigner have accomplished what their classic-rockin' peers Journey could not: They got their definitive lineup on stage to perform music together for the first time in decades. You may recall that original lead singer Steve Perry joined Journey for their Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction but did not perform with them. Last night…

Reasons To Be Missed: A Fan Remembers Chester Bennington

When I got news that Chester Bennington was dead, the last thing I had tweeted was a semi-serious theory that Linkin Park's song "Papercut" was about the Panopticon. His death would have been deeply tragic no matter the timing, but for it to take place at the apex of a summer I spent revisiting his…

Kiiara Shares Message To Chester Bennington

One of Linkin Park's final collaborators was Kiiara, the Midwestern rapper and singer who guested on "Heavy," a pop-minded single from this year's One More Light. She has now joined the many voices publicly mourning the death Chester Bennington, a list that includes his former bandmates from Linkin Park and Stone Temple Pilots. On Twitter,…

Gotye Apparently Turned Down Millions In YouTube Royalties

Australian musical artist Gotye had an inescapable #1 hit song in the early part of this decade, but now he's just somebody that you used to know. And according to news.com.au, Gotye is not even enjoying the spoils of his massive success. The site reports that Gotye, born Wally de Backer, opted against pre-roll ads…

Justin Bieber Banned From China

Justin Bieber has been banned from performing in China. According to the Beijing Municipal Buerau Of Culture, Bieber is too badly behaved to perform in the country. This news came to light when a Chinese Bieber fan contacted the Bureau to ask why the singer isn't taking his Purpose World Tour to her home country.

The Darkness – “All The Pretty Girls”

Taylor Swift and I have many things in common, but one of the quirkier items in the shared area of our Venn diagram is this: I love the Darkness and she loves the Darkness. Eerie? I guess, kinda, but like I said, for all practical purposes, we are basically the same person. THAT SAID: I…

Former Owl City Musician Pleads Guilty To Lewdness With Child

A Minneapolis man and former musician with the band Owl City has pleaded guilty in New Jersey to lewdness with a child.

Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – July 2017

Joe Fields died earlier this month, on 7/12. He was 88. You've probably never heard of him; I hadn't until the news of his death circulated, but he was a very important figure in jazz for decades. He wasn't a musician -- he was a label guy. He started in the record business in the…

Guns N’ Roses Play An Epic Set At The Apollo As Appetite For Destruction Turns 30

Appetite For Destruction turns 30 today. If you’re a fan of rock music, it doesn’t really matter when you were born -- that’s bound to make you feel old, whether you were a teenager in 1987 or whether that album served as a hand-me-down gateway drug 10 or 15 years later. You could look at…

New Music To Delight Your Ears - The Velvet Hands

The Velvet Hands From: Cornwall, England The Velvet Hands are redefining the word prolific. Hard on the heels of the explosive Sick of Living (featured on the blog in May New Music To Delight Your Ears - The Velvet Hands ) comes the rowdy, fiery Games the rough and ready offspring of The Libertines and the Small Faces. Show More Summary

Mobb Deep – “Try My Hand”

Last month, the Queens rap great Prodigy, one half of the Infamous Mobb Deep, died suddenly and shockingly, a victim of the sickle cell anemia that had been tormenting him for his entire life. But P was still doing great work in his final days, and the Alchemist, the producer who had been working with…

ABRA Shares Three New Songs

Last year, the Atlanta DIY goth-soul star ABRA signed to True Panther and released a truly promising EP called Princess. Today, she's followed that one up, not with a new EP or anything like that, but with four entirely separate new songs, all packaged on their own, with their own cover art. One of those…

Against All Odds, Linkin Park Were America’s Last Huge Rock Band

During the late '90s and early '00s, I was one of Alternative Press magazine's nü-metal correspondents. The publisher and editors didn't really favor the music themselves, but its popularity was impossible to ignore, and AP is one of the most audience-responsive magazines in music history: They give readers what they want. So I got my…

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

in the early '00s, Chester Bennington looked like the future. In Linkin Park videos, he'd gaze out over vast CGI landscapes, squinting his eyes, trying to make sense of the world he was seeing. His music was all about personal catharsis, but he seemed to have fun with music-video conventions, too; just a couple of…

Book Notes - David Burr Gerrard "The Epiphany Machine"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee...

polaroids: Smerz at MOCA Los Angeles

Copenhagen-via-Norway duo Smerz rocked the Museum of Contemporary Art in LA last night. All photos by Faith Silva on the Impossible Project's glossy new metallic frame film. Click for more: Continue reading…

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