Ariana Grande returns with new single “No Tears Left to Cry”: Stream

Ariana Grande has returned today with her new single “No Tears Left to Cry”. Stream the touching track via Apple Music.

“No Tears Left to Cry” is presumably the first single from the pop star’s forthcoming fourth album and follow-up to 2016’s Dangerous Woman. Per a report from TMZ, recording for the LP has already been wrapped up and features production from Pharrell and renowned pop collaborator Max Martin.

The new song also serves as Grande’s first original release since the 2017 Manchester Arena attack, which claimed the lives of more than 20 of Grande’s concert attendees. To help raise money for the victims’ families, the singer re-released her Dangerous Woman single “One Last Time” as well as a cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. She also put together the One Love Manchester benefit concert featuring acts like Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Coldplay.

Since Dangerous Woman, Grande has also collaborated with Calvin Harris and re-recorded “Beauty and the Beast” with John Legend for the live-action remake of the Disney film.

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J. Cole releases new album KOD: Stream

J. Cole announced his new album, KOD, out of the blue earlier this week, and, as promised, it has arrived today. It’s available to stream below via Apple Music and Spotify.

KOD serves as the Fayetteville, North Carolina rapper’s fifth full-length to date and follow-up to 2016’s 4 Your Eyez OnlyIt spans 11 tracks, including titles like “ATM”, “Brackets”, and “Motiv8”. J. Cole has twice gone platinum despite having zero featured guests on his albums — there’s a whole meme about it — and again on KOD, he goes it mostly all on his own. The only credited guest is someone named “Kill Edward”, whose identity is unknown.

In a trailer released on Thursday, J. Cole revealed the meaning behind the album title: Kids on Drugs, King Overdose, and Kill Our Demons. He stopped short of dishing on other aspects of the record. “The rest of the album I leave to your interpretation,” he said.

Prior to KOD, in recent months J. Cole contributed to albums from Joey Bada$$ and Miguel. He also teamed up with Kendrick Lamar and Jeezy (“American Dream”) and toured with Anderson .Paak.

KOD Artwork:

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KOD Tracklist:
01. Intro
02. KOD
03. The Cut Off (feat. Kill Edward)
04. ATM
05. Motiv8
06. Kevin’s Heart
07. Brackets
08. Once an Addict (Interlude)
09. Friends (feat. Kill Edward)
10. Window Pain (Outro)
11. 1985 (Intro to the Fall Off)

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Deerhunter announce new album, Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?

Deerhunter recently revealed they’d begun working on a new album, the follow-up to 2015’s acclaimed Fading Frontier. Now, the Atlanta-bred rock outfit has divulged more details on this forthcoming release.

Speaking to Vogue (via Stereogum), lead singer Bradford Cox noted that the album’s current working title is Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?. For production, the group recruited Cate Le Bon, a Welsh singer-songwriter known for her collaborations with Perfume Genius and Kevin Morby, as well as her own solo material.

(Read: 10 Songs That Could Easily Be Romantic Comedies)

The LP’s name and themes are said to be “very informed by the environment” of Marfa, Texas, where they’re recording the new LP. Deerhunter and Le Bon are also in the area to perform together at this weekend’s Marfa Myths Festival (their collaborative set will also result in a new EP down the line).

“I think it’s a title that is definitely at home right here,” Cox explained of Marfa, a ghostlike town in West Texas where other acts like Grizzly Bear and The xx have also recorded. “There is a feeling of disappearance here… The desert just has a lot of disappeared things in it. It’s where things have disappeared to.”

Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? doesn’t yet have a release date, but per the band’s label, 4AD, the first single is coming this summer. In the meantime, check out Deerhunter’s upcoming tour dates, where they’re expected to debut new music and a new band lineup.

Revisit Fading Frontier single “Snakeskin”.

Deerhunter’s last full-length was the excellent Fading Frontier from 2015.

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Joe Keery is responsible for hooking up Twin Peaks with Finn Wolfhard’s band Calpurnia

Stranger Things and It star Finn Wolfhard is gearing up to release an EP with his band Calpurnia. Entitled Scout, the six-track record was produced by Cadien Lake James of Twin Peaks. As it turns out, we have Wolfhard’s Stranger Things castmate Joe Keery (aka Steve) to thank for connecting Calpurnia with James.

As Wolfhard reveals in a new interview with Kyle Meredith With…, he and Keery were sharing song ideas when Keery suggested he get in touch with his friend, James. Wolfhard, who professes to be a Twin Peaks fan boy, took Keery up on the offer. Calpurnia scrapped their original plans to record the EP in their guitarist’s basement, opting instead to work with James at Twin Peaks’ studio. The end result, Scout, will see released on June 15th.

Elsewhere in the interview, Wolfhard speaks briefly about the upcoming third season of Stranger Things, which he says will likely premiere in 2019. He also acknowledges that it was his idea to cast Bill Hader in the It sequel, adding, “I always thought he would be great… even when we were shooting [the first one].” Production on the It sequel is scheduled to begin this summer, according to Wolfhard.

Listen to the full interview below. Kyle Meredith With… is presented by Consequence of Sound and Louisville’s 91.9 WFPK.

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TV Party: “After Party: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Finale Chat”

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If there’s one thing you can count on here at TV Party, it’s that we take every single opportunity to dump effusive praise on our favorite piece of superhero schlock on the airwaves right now: The CW’s deeply wacky time-travel smorgasbord DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

If you’re not watching it, you’re missing out on something special: Vikings worshipping a Tickle Me Elmo-like fuzzy toy. Neal McDonough in a silly Javier Bardem wig. A young Barack Obama chased by a murderous psychic gorilla. It’s just … so much of everything you never knew you wanted.

Now that Legends has finished its third season, which you can already find on Netflix, Allison Shoemaker and Clint Worthington — along with fellow superfan Kate Kulzick — take a few minutes out of their day for a very special After Party to discuss the wild, wild season 3 finale.

Along the way, they pinpoint the many ways the season as a whole has seen the show solidifying its irreverent tone and giving its game cast of underrated performers new things to do — and new historical figures to save. Take a listen!

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8:57 – Discussion of the Season 3 finale, “The Good, The Bad and the Cuddly”
22:07 – Season 3 discussion

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Stoner metal heroes Sleep announce new album, The Sciences, and it’s out tomorrow

If J. Cole dropping a surprise album on 4/20 didn’t already have your bong quivering, the announcement that stoner metal legends Sleep would be doing the same most certainly will. The album, titled The Sciences, was first teased in November of last year, when the band posted a message in morse code saying they had almost finished recording. After much anticipation, the six-track LP arrives tomorrow via Jack White’s Third Man Records.

Sciences marks the outfit’s first new song since they shared “The Clarity” via Adult Swim Singles in 2014. It’s also their first LP since the storied Dopesmoker, which was unofficially released around the turn of the century before receiving a proper reissue in 2012.

In support of the new album, which contains songs like “Marijuanaut’s Theme” and “The Botanist”, Sleep will be headlining a massive tour of North America and Europe. See the full list of dates, as well as The Sciences‘ artwork and tracklist, below.

The Sciences Artwork:

Sleep - The Sciences

The Sciences Tracklist:
01. The Sciences
02. Marijuanaut’s Theme
03. Sonic Titan
04. Antarcticans Thawed
05. Giza Butler
06. The Botanist

Sleep 2018 Tour Dates:
05/15 – Paris, FR @ Le Trabendo (Parc de la Villette)
05/16 – Bonn Düdingen, CH @ Café Bad
05/18 – Munchen, DE @ Technikum (im Werksviertel Mitte)
05/19 – Hamburg, DE @ Markthalle
05/21 – Stockholm, SE @ Debaser Strand
05/22 – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller
05/23 – Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset – Stor sal
05/25 – Berlin, DE @ SO 36
05/26 – Utrecht, NL @ TivoliVredenburg
05/27 – Brussels, BE @ Ballroom
05/28 – London, UK @ O2 Empire Shepherds Bush
06/05 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
06/06 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
06/07 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
06/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
06/09 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
06/10 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
06/11 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
07/22 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
07/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
07/26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
07/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
07/28 – Boston, MA @ Royale
07/30 – Toronto, Canada @ The Danforth Music Hall
08/01 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
08/30-09/02 – Cookeville, TN @ Muddy Roots Festival

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Kanye West announces new albums from Pusha T and Teyana Taylor

Yeezy Season is in full effect. In addition to two new albums of his own, including a collaborative LP with Kid Cudi, Kanye West has announced impending releases from G.O.O.D. Music associates Pusha T and Teyana Taylor.

Pusha T’s third solo album will be released on May 25th. It will be followed by Taylor’s sophomore LP on June 22nd. Of course, in between those releases will be Kanye’s eighth solo album and his Kudi collaborative LP Kids See Ghosts, due out June 1st and 8th, respectively.

While unconfirmed, Kanye is rumored to have produced all of G.O.O.D. Music’s upcoming albums himself.

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Soulwax announce new album, Essential, share danceable new cut, “Essential Four”: Stream

Last year, Belgian dance outfit Soulwax released From Deewee, their first new album in more than a decade. Now, in addition to numerous upcoming festival dates, the group has announced new record is slated for release on June 22nd via DEEWEE / [PIAS].

Called Essential, the 12-track effort was recorded in just under two weeks at the band’s DEEWEE studio in Ghent, Belgium. For it, they eschewed the live, one-track approach they adopted for From Deewee, choosing instead to draw upon “the gear” they ignored last time.

Soulwax says the album was born out of a single word, “essential,” which is not just the name of the album but also all of its tracks. It all began when they were asked to create a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, with the band saying in a press release that, in response, “we chose to do what every sane human being would do, we decided to lock ourselves into our studio for two weeks and make an hour of new music based around the word ‘Essential’, instead of preparing a mix of already existing music.”

They continue: “It felt like a challenge and something no-one had done. We loved the challenge of releasing a full record live on a radio show without people having any advance notice, and we always wanted to release it on DEEWEE after it was aired on Radio 1.” The result established Soulwax as the first artists to ever submit an entire hour’s worth of original material for a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix.

In conjunction with the album’s announcement, Soulwax have shared “Essential Four”, a bright, danceable cut featuring breezy harmonies, birdsong, and guest vocals from Belgian artist Charlotte Adigéry. Listen to it below.

Soulwax will play LA’s Fonda Theater in advance of tomorrow’s set at Coachella. Later this summer, they’ll be playing festivals such as the UK’s All Points East and France’s  Festical Beauregard; see their tour itinerary below. Pre-order Essential here, and scroll down for its artwork and tracklist.

Essential Artwork:

unnamed7 Soulwax announce new album, Essential, share danceable new cut, Essential Four: Stream

Essential Tracklist:
01. Essential One
02. Essential Two
03. Essential Three
04. Essential Four
05. Essential Five
06. Essential Six
07. Essential Seven
08. Essential Eight
09. Essential Nine
10. Essential Ten
11. Essential Eleven
12. Essential Twelve

Soulwax 2018 Tour Dates:
04/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theater
04/20 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
05/26 – London, UK @ All Points East
07/07 – Caen, FR @ Festical Beauregard
07/13 – Clitheroe, UK – Beat Herder
07/19 – Carhaix, FR – Vielles Charrues Festival

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The Tallest Man on Earth unveils new song “Somewhere in the Mountains, Somewhere in New York” and video: Watch

Last month, The Tallest Man on Earth’s Kristian Matsson announced When the Bird Sees the Solid Ground, a multimedia project comprised of five new audio/visual components. Already, the Swedish troubadour has unveiled the first installment, the soothing song and clip for “An Ocean”. Today, he’s returned with the follow-up.

The second part of the series is called “Somewhere in the Mountains, Somewhere in New York” and finds Matsson reflecting on past tribulations and the importance of acceptance and adaptability. The folk singer-songwriter elaborated to NPR:

“For most of my career, I’ve written songs and saved them up in notebooks and voice memos. I’d record some of those songs, and then wait a half a year for them to be released. It all seemed very separate and compartmentalized and that’s always struck me as a bit unnatural. Even though they were abstract and maybe naive, they came from reacting to things happening around me in the moment.

Of course what those moments are change as we get older and so does how we process them. “Somewhere in the Mountains, Somewhere in New York” is about learning more and more about gratitude for positive things in life, big and small, and how to accept life’s changing nature, to snap out of fear of change and new challenges. But there are moments when being reasonable is not on the map; “I don’t want this to happen, please.” This is a song that is a snapshot of a moment like that and was written and recorded in just a couple of hours.”

Like its predecessor, both the track and visual are calming in nature — there’s just something about Matsson belting his heart out from the comfort of his own home that’s so cathartic and human.

Check out the video below, followed by the actual studio version of the song via Apple Music and Spotify.

The rest of When the Bird will be gradually unveiled over the course of the rest of the year. Matsson will take these new tunes across North America and Europe later this year; find his full touring schedule here.

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Kanye West announces new album, due out in June

In between pages of his new philosophy book, Kanye West has tweeted an update regarding his new album. West’s seventh studio album will be released on June 1st. It spans seven tracks.

Recently, producer Rick Rubin was spotted at Kanye’s offices in Calabasas. Rubin served as the executive producer of Kanye’s last two albums. For 2013’s Yeezus, he played a key role in stripping down its sound and reportedly convinced the MC to cut the LP down from its 16 original tracks to the final 10.

In mid-March, Kanye and his wife Kim Kardashian West reportedly stayed at the resort town of Jackson, Wyoming for at least a week. They were joined by a number of past Kanye collaborators, including Kid CudiNasTravis Scott, King Louie, The-Dream, and producer Mike Dean. A report from E! News claimed Kanye was working on new music and wanted to drop the material soon.

(Read: The 30 Most Anticipated Albums of 2018)

“Kanye loves to escape to Wyoming to record his music because it is peaceful and he can lock up and really focus on getting tracks done,” an unnamed “insider” told E! “He thinks by being at the mountains, he doesn’t have many distractions and can have a more clear sense of direction for his music. That is why he usually escapes there when he is in the zone to get things done.”

Kanye previously sought refuge in Wyoming in May 2017. At the time, it was reported that he had spent several weeks at an undisclosed retreat working on music. Last summer, Kanye and Cudi turned up at the Tokyo art studio of Takashi Murakami, leading to speculation of a joint project that never materialized. With all these meet-ups, it’s worth noting that G.O.O.D. Music rapper CyHi The Prynce recently claimed Kanye would be serving as the sole producer on the next album of every artist on the label. Still, it’s hard not to get excited about the return of Yeezy season.

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