Garage rock hero Ty Segall wanders through a dystopian Los Angeles filled with blood-sucking cops and phone-faced drones in the surreal short film for his new album, Emotional Mugger . Meet the New King of Psychedelic Fuzz-Rock: Ty Segall Directed by frequent collaborator Matt Yoka, the film opens with Segall playing an unsuspecting everyman who stumbles across a cop bringing a crook to his knees then gruesomely draining his blood. Segall walks away from the brutal scene literally scarred, a mark cutting across his jaw. Things get weirder when, later that night, a prostitute picks up Segall, takes him to a seedy motel and makes him watch her inject a blue serum into her leg that causes her to go into ecstatic fits. An even more disfigured Segall departs the room and stumbles around Hollywood until a pair of peppy people with iPhones covering their eyes scoop him up and take him to a wine and cheese party. After joining the partygoers as they gaze at a bizarre entertainment globe, Segall walks away and makes his way to the beach where — looking like a haunted house ghoul — he quietly watches the tranquil surf from the sand. The Emotional Mugger short boasts a handful of cuts from Segall’s new album that were remixed specifically for the film by producer, F. Bermudez.
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Lady Gaga , who was already booked to make an appearance at the Grammys, will now be paying tribute to David Bowie at the awards show. Chic’s Nile Rodgers, who produced Bowie’s Let’s Dance LP, will serve as music director for the performance. Producer Ken Ehrlich told The New York Times that he opened a dialog with the singer and her manager shortly after the singer-songwriter’s death last month. The ceremony will air live on CBS on February 15th. Inside David Bowie’s Final Years The producer said he’d received offers from several artists who wished to honor Bowie’s memory, after the news spread. “Some of [them] might have made sense,” he said, not revealing who offered. “The vast majority didn’t.” Instead, Ehrlich stuck to his idea of a solo performance by Gaga, who is nominated this year with Diane Warren in the Best Song Written for Visual Media category for “‘Til It Happens to You.” “She’s perfect for it,” the producer said in a statement. “So I reached out to Nile and, before long, we were on our way to creating what we believe will not only make a great ‘Grammy moment,’ but one befitting of David.” Ehrlich told the Times that the tribute would not be the opening performance, but that it would last up to seven minutes and comprise “at least three or four” Bowie songs
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have shared the track list for their upcoming LP This Unruly Mess I’ve Made , the follow-up to the duo’s Grammy-winning The Heist . The album is due out February 26th. 4 Things Macklemore Told Us About ‘White Privilege II’ Four of the album’s 13 songs have already been unveiled: First single “Downtown,” the Ed Sheeran-featuring “Growing Up,” the addiction ballad “Kevin” with Leon Bridges that the duo premiered at the American Music Awards and their most recent cut, “White Privilege II.” The album also boasts tracks titled “Bolo Tie,” “Let’s Eat,” “Light Tunnels” and “Brad Pitt’s Cousin,” Karen Civil reports. “This song was a processing-out-loud,” Macklemore told Rolling Stone of “White Privilege II,” a song that has faced criticism. “And it wasn’t, like, ‘How can we beat the critics to the punch? How can we exempt ourselves from this angle, and this angle, and this angle.’ You realize that you’re not going to beat it and you never could. And then it keeps coming back to: It’s not about me.” “Even though I am the subject, because I’m writing it from my point of view — which I thought was very important — starting the song at a protest, hearing ‘black lives matter’ for the first time, not knowing what to do, moving on to all of this internalized shit in my head that I’m processing, that I’m going through, hearing different people’s perspectives, coming to some sort of conclusion, still asking that question: Will I show up for black lives at the end of this? I had to do all this out loud and come to the conclusion that this is not about me
Cyndi Lauper’s country covers LP Detour doesn’t drop until May 2nd, but the singer gave a sneak preview of songs from the LP on Thursday night during her appearance on the musical web series Skyville Live . The episode, titled “Girls Just Wanna Have Friends,” also included strong performances from country’s Kelsea Ballerini and indie pop singer Ingrid Michelson, both of whom stepped into the spotlight while Lauper watched from a table just below the stage. The 100 or so spectators in the crowd also included Detour producer Tony Brown. Hear Cyndi Lauper’s Rockabilly ‘Heartaches by the Number’ Lauper opened with her swaggering rockabilly take on the 1959 classic “Heartaches by the Number,” delivered in her patented New Yawk accent with a touch of Southern twang. It was a fitting way to kick off the pop diva’s performance — in its day the Harlan Howard-penned tune was a huge crossover hit, reaching the Number Two spot on the country chart for Ray Price and becoming a Number One smash for pop crooner Guy Mitchell. Lauper strummed a mountain dulcimer for a sweet version of her Eighties smash “Time After Time,” accompanied by Michelson. After shaking off what she called some “fangirl nerves,” Michelson soloed on her 2014 pop hit “Girls Chase Boys” and the 2007 debut single “The Way I Am,” before introducing Ballerini, who bounded on stage, excitedly telling the crowd, “When I started on this journey, I wanted to write good songs, let my heart lead, and have fun,” and noted that Lauper was an inspiring embodiment of those qualities. Ballerini opened with “Peter Pan,” then hearkened back to traditional (and huge crossover) pop-country with the ballad “Make the World Go Away,” a hit for Eddy Arnold which was later covered by Martina McBride. Noting that writing songs and eating pizza with three of her guy friends was “the story of my life,” Ballerini introduced her her smash debut hit “Love Me Like You Mean It” by saying that its inspiration came from her belief that “girls should be loved correctly.” After Michelson returned to the stage for the soulful “Time Machine” and moved to the piano to sing a delicate version of the huge Elvis Presley hit “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Lauper took the spotlight again
Keith Urban announced the lineup for this year’s All for the Hall benefit concert, the regular fund-raiser for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. With artists from Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line to Jason Isbell and Emmylou Harris onboard, the show — slated for April 12th at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena — is one of the most diverse All for the Halls in its history. Urban calls the concerts “a labor of love” and views them as vital to preserving country music’s legacy. Keith Urban: 10 Best Live Performances “It’s really important work what they do here at the Hall,” Urban says. “Bringing attention to it is really important, raising money for it is important as well. Bringing attention and awareness to it is key.” This year’s theme is “Mashville: The Music City in 2016” and illustrates the broad scope of today’s country — the radio-ready party anthems of FGL butt up against Isbell’s introspective ballads. Once again, Vince Gill and Urban will oversee all the performances, serving as onstage musical directors. Tickets for All for the Hall go on sale Friday, January 29th. Related Ram Report: Keith Urban and Brett Eldredge Reunite for Tour Watch Keith Urban Honor Glenn Frey With ‘Take It Easy’ Keith Urban Announces All for the Hall Lineup
The Dave Matthews Band will celebrate its 25th anniversary in the same way they spent most of their years together: With a massive summer tour. Each night of the trek, which kicks off May 11th in Wichita, Kansas, will feature two full sets from the band. However, in addition to the summer tour, Dave Matthews Band also announced that they would take a hiatus from touring in 2017. Dave Matthews Talks Bernie Sanders, New Album Before the band goes on break, they’ll host a Labor Day weekend-long 25th anniversary bonanza at George, Washington’s the Gorge, a venue DMB has performed at over 50 times. Other as-yet-unannounced artists will join Dave Matthews Band at their Gorge send-off. Tickets for members of the group’s Warehouse Fan Association go on sale Tuesday, with general public tickets to follow on February 19th.
Nearly a year after Zayn Malik revealed he would be leaving One Direction , the singer has announced that he’ll release “Pillowtalk,” his first official single as a solo artist, on January 29th. Additionally, Malik revealed that he would appear on that night’s episode of The Graham Norton Show to discuss the track as well as his forthcoming solo still-untitled album. 11 Biggest Beefs of 2015 Malik left One Direction in March 2015; the now-quartet recorded their recent Made in the A.M. without the singer. “A big part of why I left the band is I made the realization that it wasn’t actually about [being the biggest] anymore,” Malik told The Fader in November in his first interview as a solo artist .
Behind-the-scenes shenanigans are never in short supply in the sports world. Take J.J. Redick bolting from an interview to avoid being the last person in the locker room, or Gio Gonzalez playing the “Meow” game during Spring Training . Watch a Confused Scott Stapp Review ‘Creed’ But the Carolina Panthers, who are one win away from returning to the Super Bowl for the first time in more than a decade, have found a unique way to make their shenanigans stand out from the crowd. By harnessing the power of Creed – the band, not the movie. They call it “Creedbombing.” According to the Charlotte Observer , it’s the brainchild of Panthers linebacker Ben Jacobs and tight end Greg Olsen, with athletic performance analyst Brett Nenaber getting an assist. And it’s rather simple, too, taking the basic premise of photobombing – someone from the group sneaks up behind a teammate – and adding a truly terrible twist: they then belt out a Creed cut in the deepest, raspiest, Scott Stapp-iest growl imaginable
Performing an unplugged show at Nashville’s City Winery last night, Miranda Lambert scaled back her usual production and ramped up the guest list, with nearly a dozen artists joining her throughout the night. Hear Miranda Lambert’s New Family Anthem ‘Sweet By and By’ Maren Morris , Ashley Monroe, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and hit songwriter Shane McAnally were among the musicians who spent time onstage, with everyone swapping songs and strumming acoustic guitars. Lambert also shone a light on a member of her own team, bandmate Scotty Wray, who’s been playing guitar and co-writing songs with the Platinum singer since her 2005 debut, Kerosene . “This song is. . .Oh god, I hope I don’t cry when I sing it,” she said at one point, while introducing one of Wray’s original numbers. “[Scotty] wrote this song 16 years ago, the year before I met him, and I have been in love with it for that long.” While the song’s own author played guitar, Lambert then sang “Scars,” a country ballad about the damage life throws a lover’s way. It was one of the evening’s most emotional moments, delivered by a singer who’s picked up a few battle wounds of her own over the past year. “I was never damaged enough to sing a song called ‘Scars,'” Lambert added, explaining why she’d never performed the song before. “It’s something you have to sell and really feel — and go through shit, basically — to execute.” Related See Miranda Lambert’s Soulful ‘Shed a Little Light’ 10 Best Country Collaborations of 2015 See Miranda Lambert Sing ‘Desperado’ for Eagles
Timbaland is embarking on a winter tour in support of his King Stays King mixtape , which he released for free on Christmas day. It features collaborations with Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan, Mila J and Blaze, along with a previously unreleased Aaliyah song, “Shakin.” As Idolator reports, the 21-date trek launches on Friday at Bliss in Washington, D.C. and culminates at LIV in Miami on February 28th. Rare Aaliyah Track to Feature on Timbaland Mixtape “It’s been a while since I’ve been able to give the world some new music,” the producer said about the new mixtape in a statement. “I’ve spent a lot of time working on this project and I am just looking forward to giving my fans some dope sounds to close out the year.” Timbaland also released his The Emperor of Sound memoir last fall. In the candid tome he made several revelations, including discussing the depression he suffered following Aaliyah’s death, his love of Rod Stewart, that he was in a group with Pharrell and reflections on Jay Z’s “Big Pimpin'” and Justin Timberlake’s “What Goes Around… Comes Around.” Timbaland 2016 Tour Dates January 22 – Washington, D.C. @ Bliss January 23 – New York, NY @ Lavo/1Oak January 26 – Boston, MA @ Club Bijou January 27 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Savoy January 28 – Detroit, MI @ Club Blue January 29 – Chicago, IL @ Studio Paris January 30 – St. Louis, MO @ HG February 1 – Kansas City, MO @ TBD February 2 – Oklahoma City, OK @ TBD February 6 – San Francisco, CA @ TBD February 7 – San Francisco, CA @ TBD February 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ 1Oak/TBD February 9 – San Diego, CA @ Omnia/Parque/Fluxx February 11 – Las Vegas, NV @ Drai’s February 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ VIP Listening Event February 18 – Dallas, TX @ Park Avenue February 19 – Houston, TX @ Pure February 20 – New Orleans, LA @ TBD February 22 – Jacksonville, FL @ TBD February 26 – Miami, FL @ Studio 23 February 28 – Miami, FL @ LIV Related Inside ‘Empire’ Star Bryshere Gray’s Timbaland Team-Up Jay Z, Timbaland Win ‘Big Pimpin” Sample Trial 10 Things We Learned From Timbaland’s Candid New Memoir
Adele , Kendrick Lamar , the Weeknd and Little Big Town are among the initial wave of artists set to perform at the 58th Grammy Awards airing live nationwide on February 15th. The To Pimp a Butterfly rapper leads this year’s field with 11 nominations , including Album of the Year, where he’ll face off against the Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness . Little Big Town are up for two Grammys, including Best Country Album. How Adele Owned 2015 in Just Two Months Adele’s presence at this year’s Grammys, however, is a little surprising: Although she shattered decades-old sales record with the release of her 25 , neither the album nor its debut smash single “Hello” are up for any awards since they arrived after the nomination eligibility date. However, as the singer’s NBC ratings proved, Adele equals big TV ratings, and it’s hard to imagine a celebration of 2015’s music without her. “This lineup of talented artists is just the beginning of what will, once again, prove to be music’s biggest night. We look forward to celebrating what’s been a wonderful year in music, honoring the best of the best and featuring never-before-seen performances,” Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement. In addition to the scheduled performers, the Grammys announced that the ceremony will also feature a tribute to Lionel Richie, this year’s MusiCares Person of the Year
Pearl Jam , Stevie Wonder , Red Hot Chili Peppers and Neil Young top a stacked and eclectic lineup for this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The Soul of New Orleans Jazz Fest Is Alive and Well The long-standing festival will take place at the New Orleans Fair Grounds over two weekends, April 22nd through the 24th, and April 28th through May 1st. The lineup was shared in a video in which the names of the performers were animated over footage from previous festivities. Among the other performers set for this year: Paul Simon, Snoop Dogg, Steely Dan, Beck, Van Morrison, Nick Jonas, Trombone Shorty, Elvis Costello, J. Cole, Julio Iglesias, Gary Clark Jr., My Morning Jacket, Bonnie Raitt, Janelle Monáe, Flo Rida, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, Gov’t Mule, Mavis Staples, Arlo Guthrie, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Friends, Dr. John, Maxwell, Michael McDonald, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Boz Scaggs, Buddy Guy, Aaron Neville, the Isley Brothers, Perservation Hall Jazz Band, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Elle King, Brandi Carlile, Grace Potter, Brothers Osborne, Rhiannon Giddens, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Better than Ezra, Punch Brothers, Mystikal, the Taj Mahal Trio, Frankie Beverly and Big Freedia. A complete list of artists and daily lineups are available on the Jazz Fest website. Single-day tickets for this year’s Jazz Fest are currently on sale, with early bird tickets priced at $60 through February 2nd.