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Liz Phair announces first album in 10 years, shares new single “Good Side”: Stream Fri, 11 Oct 2019 04:16:55 +0000 Her first full-length since 2010 is arriving in the spring.

Liz Phair announces first album in 10 years, shares new single “Good Side”: Stream
Lake Schatz

]]> Liz Phair has returned today with a new single titled “Good Side”. She’s also revealed that a new album — her first in almost a decade — is due out next year.

The veteran singer-songwriter penned “Good Side” this past spring with Brad Wood. The studio sessions marked a reunion for the two, who previously worked together on Phair’s first three albums. In an interview with Stereogum, Phair said she thought of re-teaming with Wood after celebrating the 25th anniversary of her seminal debut, Exile in Guyville, last year.

(Read: Why It Will Never Be the Wrong Time for Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville)

“I think the comprehensive and gorgeous reissue of my first record plus the Girly-Sound track made me nostalgic for the old days — thinking about the mindset we had when we were just starting out,” she explained. “I think I was curious to see what kind of music Brad and I (and Casey [Rice]) would make now, on the other side of our careers.”

Per Phair, “Good Side” really “set the production tone for the album,” which is slated to arrive in Spring 2020 and serves as the long-awaited follow-up to Funstyle from 2010. Phair had been working on a new record with alleged abuser Ryan Adams in 2017, but a negative experience led to the end of their collaborations and the total scrapping of their material. “He was unreliable, and I wasn’t willing to go along with his process,” she recounted to Vulture last month.

As for the subject matter of her new material, “Good Side” reflects on relationships. To a certain extent, it’s also about her legacy, as captured in her just-released memoir, Horror Stories. “Yes, I think there’s a sense of counterbalancing the weight of my memoir being concerned with the darkness and haunting aspects of the past,” commented Phair. “‘Good Side’ captures the optimism and acceptance I feel even in the face of disappointments.”

Elsewhere in the discussion, Phair praised new releases from FKA twigs, Kim Gordon, and Angel Olsen. She has a pair of upcoming tour dates in New York City and San Francisco, and tickets can be found here.

Take a listen to “Good Side” below.

“Good Side” Artwork:

liz phair good side artwork Liz Phair announces first album in 10 years, shares new single Good Side: Stream

Liz Phair announces first album in 10 years, shares new single “Good Side”: Stream
Lake Schatz

]]> 0 Stream Liz Phair – “Good Side” Liz Phair has shared a new song called “Good Side”, and it’s streaming now. The songwriter will release a new album in 2020. Album Update,Alternative Rock,New Song Releases,Pop-Rock,StubHub,liz phair good side liz-phair-good-side-artwork 972284 Lake Schatz Lake Schatz Lake Schatz Lake Schatz Pusha T raps over Succession theme for new single: Stream Fri, 11 Oct 2019 04:11:00 +0000 “Puppets” arrives ahead of the show’s second season finale

Pusha T raps over Succession theme for new single: Stream
Michael Roffman

]]> It was only a matter of time before a rapper snatched up Nicholas Britell’s catchy theme song for HBO’s Succession. That rapper is Pusha T, who’s heading to Waystar Royco, having hooked up with Britell for a new single titled, “Puppets”. Take a listen below.

“The soundtrack to my life,” Pusha states on his Twitter. (No kidding. Britell’s score is catnip for any fan.) In the song, Pusha wrestles with the show’s core themes of power and wealth, insisting that his hands are tied and that any blame goes straight to the puppeteer.

(Read: Explaining Our Succession Obsession Through Kendall Roy)

That would be Logan Roy (Brian Cox), and while it’s funny to imagine Pusha as Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong), it’s fitting in the sense that both have an affinity for hip-hop. Clearly, Pusha has the edge on the eldest member of the Roy family, though this writer can’t help but wonder how he might spin “L to the OG” into something that’s not, well, excruciating.

Pusha T raps over Succession theme for new single: Stream
Michael Roffman

]]> 0 Stream Pusha T’s Rap Over Succession Theme for New Single Pusha T and Succession composer Nicholas Britell are hooking up for a new single titled, “Puppets”. He’s previewed the track via Twitter. Collaboration,HBO,Hip-Hop,Latest Hip-Hop News,Rap,Succession,Pusha T Succession Theme 972174 Michael Roffman Lil Tjay drops debut album True 2 Myself: Stream Fri, 11 Oct 2019 04:04:12 +0000 Long-awaited LP features Lil Wayne, Lil Baby, and more.

Lil Tjay drops debut album True 2 Myself: Stream
Lake Schatz

]]> Breakout rapper Lil Tjay has officially released his debut album, True 2 Myself, via Columbia Records. Stream the full-length below via Apple Music or Spotify.

The new record spans a total of 17 songs, including previous single “Hold On” and the entirety of his F.N EP from August. Though only 18 years old, the self-proclaimed Prince of New York is joined by a handful of hip-hop heavy-hitters like Lil Wayne, Lil Durk, and Lil Baby.

Along with the F.N. EP, this debut album follows “Pop Out”, Lil Tjay’s massive collaboration with fellow rising MC Polo G.

(Read: The 25 Greatest Hip-Hop Debut Albums of All Time)

Lil Tjay is supporting True 2 Myself with a fall tour, and you can grab your tickets here.

True 2 Myself Artwork: 

True 2 Myself by Lil Tjay tracklist album artwork cover

True 2 Myself Tracklist: 
01. One Take
02. Hold On
03. F.N.
04. Dream That I Had
05. Post to Be (feat. Rileyy Lanez)
06. Ruthless (feat. Jay Critch)
07. Mixed Emotions
08. Decline (feat. Lil Baby)
09. Sex Sounds
10. Leaked
11. Laneswitch
12. Brothers
13. GOAT
14. Top of my Game
15. No Escape
16. Brothers (Remix) (feat. Lil Durk) [BONUS]
17. Leaked (Remix) (feat. Lil Wayne) [BONUS]

Lil Tjay drops debut album True 2 Myself: Stream
Lake Schatz

]]> 0 True 2 Myself by Lil Tjay True 2 Myself by Lil Tjay 972910 Lake Schatz Kim Gordon premieres debut solo album No Home Record: Stream Fri, 11 Oct 2019 04:00:16 +0000 Sonic Youth rocker’s first record under her own name.

Kim Gordon premieres debut solo album No Home Record: Stream
Lake Schatz

]]> Sonic Youth rocker Kim Gordon has officially unveiled her first-ever solo album. Stream No Home Record in full below via Apple Music and Spotify.

Due out through Matador, the collection consists of nine tracks, including the industrial-leaning “Murdered Out”, the riotous “Air BnB”, and lead single “Sketch Artist”, which was accompanied by a video featuring Broad City star Abbi Jacobson. It was recorded at Sphere Ranch in Los Angeles and produced by Justin Raisen (Angel Olsen, Yves Tumor) with additional contributions from Shawn Everett (Weezer, Julian Casablancas) and Jake Meginsky.

(Read: Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation Became a Guiding Light for Fearless Artists)

Among the central themes touched on by Gordon are consumerism and identity (and the commodification of it). The veteran alt-rocker was inspired by her hometown of Los Angeles, to which she returned after spending some time on the East Coast. “It was a move precipitated by a number of seismic shifts in her personal life and undoubtedly plays a role in No Home Record’s fascination with transience,” a press statement reads.

No Home Record comes just a little over a year after The Switch, the most recent record from Gordon’s experimental Body/Head project with Bill Nace, and 10 years after the last Sonic Youth LP, The Eternal. Its title is lifted from No Home Movie, a 2015 documentary from Belgian director Chantal Akerman.

No Home Record Artwork:

kim gordon no home record album artwork Kim Gordon premieres debut solo album No Home Record: Stream

No Home Record Tracklist:
01. Sketch Artist
02. Air Bnb
03. Paprika Pony
04. Murdered Out
05. Don’t Play It
06. Cookie Butter
07. Hungry Baby
08. Earthquake
09. Get Your Life Back

Kim Gordon premieres debut solo album No Home Record: Stream
Lake Schatz

]]> 0 kim-gordon-no-home-record-album-artwork 972886 Lake Schatz Harry Styles returns with new single “Lights Up”: Stream Fri, 11 Oct 2019 03:59:55 +0000 The first preview of Styles’ forthcoming sophomore solo album.

Harry Styles returns with new single “Lights Up”: Stream
Alex Young

]]> Harry Styles is back with a new single called “Lights Up”. Watch its hot and heavy video below.

Presumambly, “Lights Up” serves as the first single from the former One Direction member’s sophomore solo album. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Styles said he recorded the follow-up to his 2017 debut in six weeks at Rick Rubin’s Shangri-La studios.

“We’d do mushrooms, lie down on the grass, and listen to Paul McCartney’s Ram in the sunshine,” Styles remarked. He described the material as his “toughest” and “most soulful” to date, adding that it’s “all about having sex and feeling sad.”

Harry Styles returns with new single “Lights Up”: Stream
Alex Young

]]> 0 Stream Harry Styles – “Lights Up” Harry Styles is back with a new single called “Lights Up”, the first preview of his upcoming sophomore solo album. Watch the song’s video. New Single,Pop Music,Pop Music News,Harry Styles Lights Up 973253 Alex Young Alex Young Film Review: Gemini Man Is Face/Off Without the Gonzo Energy Thu, 10 Oct 2019 22:06:59 +0000 Ang Lee’s Will Smith vehicle should have stayed in development hell.

Film Review: Gemini Man Is Face/Off Without the Gonzo Energy
Blake Goble

]]> The Pitch: Will Smith has a clone, and must fight his younger self.

Okay, Will Smith plays Henry Brogan. He’s an aging military assassin; the best of the best, as many like to assure him. And he is done. Henry has nearly a hundred kills under his belt, and the weight they exert on his soul is becoming too much to bear. (Twenty kills is fine, but over 70? Well, that’s just too much.) Brogan laments in micro-speeches to his colleagues and handlers that he has ghosts, and that he’s afraid to look in the mirror.

Funny he should say that. After being tipped off that one of his Last Jobs was “spiked” — i.e. falsified to make him do something that he might not have done otherwise — Brogan unravels a geopolitical conspiracy surrounding a security-for-hire company called Gemini, named after the zodiac symbol for twins. Brogan uncovers techno-conspiracies aplenty: super-soldiers, illicit wargames, and yes, cloning.

And as all good killers of a certain age will in this sort of action flick, Brogan decides that he’s had enough, and to end Gemini. But there’s one gigantic snag: “Junior,” a younger, faster, parkour-loving Brogan doppelgänger with an eerily shiny face. Also funny, how de-aging CGI isn’t quite there yet.

Gemini Man (Paramount)

Gemini Man (Paramount)

Two Decades to Tango: A little development hell history here. (Because to be honest, it’s a bit more interesting than the film at present.) Gemini Man was sitting in Jerry Bruckheimer’s drawer for two decades and worked on by nearly a dozen screenwriters. It could have been directed by Tony Scott, Curtis Hanson, and no shortage of other A-list directors. This almost featured duplicate Mel Gibsons, Chris O’Donnells, Clint Eastwoods, and even Sean Conneries in the casting cycle. Perhaps the idea was so good that Bruckheimer needed to save it for a just-narcissistic-enough talent. But guess again.

Here we are in 2019, with a finally released Gemini Man starring Will Smith and directed by Ang Lee. And right there, it’s a clash of styles visible right from the top, somehow cancelling out each other’s better qualities. Smith’s signature brashness is restrained by Lee, and Lee’s experimental hands are tied by the needs to make an action flick for Smith. And they both suffer. Gemini Man feels like a film at odds with itself, cautiously avoiding big swings or crazy ideas in favor of bland plotting and action. Curiously, this is the dullest clone conspiracy action thriller with A-list talent we’ve seen in a while.

Gemini Man (Paramount)

Gemini Man (Paramount)

It seems that de-aging CG technology was finally decent enough (more on that in a minute) for a green light, but the finished product is something like Face/Off without the gonzo energy. Maybe it’s the writing by committee, but the produced screenplay is too uptight to be any real fun. Lee is similarly ponderous with the camera, fixated on the aggressive foregrounding of objects to obscure his own action. There’s a global conspiracy at play, but it mostly exists to push pin Smith to new locations for more fights with his clone. Smith, one of the world’s most gifted readers of a one-liner, merely grunts, pouts, and flares his nostrils. Watching the teary-eyed, 51-year-old star deliver a choppy soliloquy about identity to himself, moments before beating the comparative tyke up, is clunky and ridiculous alike.

Gemini Man loves a cheap speech rife with easy metaphors. There’s talk of mirrors, because Henry’s being pursued by his clone. Get it? Plus, the actors are given to be being to give lines often looking directly at the camera – a tactic that doesn’t fit this high-tech fare. We’re made to feel awkward looking Smith in the eyes, moments before watching him shoot and punch his way out of tight spots. And that’s it. Action, talk, location, over and over. Gemini Man repeats its way to a limp resolution. To be clear, Gemini Man wants to be this somber-but-vivid actioner, and the tones never unite.

Gemini Man (Paramount)

Gemini Man (Paramount)

Face… Two Face: And now the $ 138 million question. The reason people are even remotely curious about Gemini Man. Is Will Smith’s young digital face any good?

Initially, there is a curious thrill. “Wow, the Fresh Prince got cast in an international thriller. Look at him on a dirt bike, using it like an axe!” In short, the feature-length special effect is kind of cool, and it generally succeeds. Lee, along with DP Dion Beebe and a team of digital experts, carefully recraft Smith’s youth. Beyond the digital, there’s older visual trickery in the vein of framing young Smith in the shadows, putting sunglasses on him, or glancing at him in quickly cut flashes. The tricks help avoid the necessity of the viewer lingering on Smith’s young, animated face for too long. (Perhaps his quiet stoicism was a trick to avoid mouth movements, and some of the other dubious flaws seen before in de-aging.)

But the face stuff melts under pressure the further along the movie gets. As more time is spent on Smith’s baby face, more little things, little flaws to be exact, get noticed. Weird soft focus shots when “Junior’s” in the background, pores that look a little too decorative, and most damningly, daylight is a problem. Just wait until young Smith looks directly into the camera, in harsh light, and smiles. It’s tough to look at, and one eerie step closer to replacing actors entirely.

The Verdict: Gemini Man isn’t somber enough to elicit intrigue or empathy, and too safe to pop viewers. But perhaps most damningly, Gemini Man is too sincere to be taken seriously at any level. A tonal miss and technical meh, Gemini Man arrives looking and feeling self-defeated.

Where’s It Playing? Opening nationally October 11. 3D seems unnecessary as well.


Film Review: Gemini Man Is Face/Off Without the Gonzo Energy
Blake Goble

]]> 0 Gemini Man | Film Review A tonal miss and technical meh, Gemini Man arrives looking and feeling self-defeated. Read Blake Goble’s review. action,Ang Lee,Gemini Man,sci-fi,Will Smith,Gemini Man Movie Review Gemini Man (Paramount) Gemini Man (Paramount) Gemini Man (Paramount) Gemini Man (Paramount) Gemini Man (Paramount) Gemini Man (Paramount) 973227 Blake Goble Blake Goble Blake Goble Blake Goble Blake Goble Refused share anti-capitalist song “Economy of Death” ahead of new album War Music: Stream Thu, 10 Oct 2019 21:34:34 +0000 The veteran hardcore punk band blast capitalism on the latest track from their new album

Refused share anti-capitalist song “Economy of Death” ahead of new album War Music: Stream
Jon Hadusek

]]> Hardcore legends Refused have rolled out a steady stream of heavy-hitting singles prior to the release of their new album, War Music. The band has now shared another album track, “Economy of Death”. As its title bluntly implies, the song does not depict capitalism favorably.

The track’s breakdowns and riffs veer into thrash metal territory, with its pointed political sentiments recalling other politically motivated crossover thrash acts such as Sacred Reich and Propagandhi. Vocalist Dennis Lyxzén once declared that he had “a bone to pick with capitalism,” and echoes that statement on “Economy of Death”.

“Economy of Death” premiered on Spin, and Lyxzén told the website the following about the song:

“We’re a band that talks about politics. … That has been our M.O. from day one as a band, coming from a punk and hardcore background. We felt that, now, more than ever, was a time for us to show people our roots and let them know what we think about the world we live in today. It was something we felt we should do and needed to do.”

(Buy: Tickets to Refused’s Upcoming Tour Dates)

If the prior singles “Blood Red” and “REV001” are any indication, War Music is encapsulated anger toward modern politics and fascism. In the video for the latter, Lyxzén even battles neo-fascists. They’ve made their opinion loud and clear, and their songs even clearer. “The working class is betrayed while capitalists do the bidding,” Lyxzén barks on “Economy of Death”. “Your occupation becomes that you die for a living / You’re so f**ked.”

War Music arrives on October 18th, and is currently available for pre-order via Spinefarm/Search & Destroy. The band heads out on a US tour next year in support of the album with openers Youth Code and Metz. Stream “Economy of Death” below.

Refused share anti-capitalist song “Economy of Death” ahead of new album War Music: Stream
Jon Hadusek

]]> 0 Stream Refused – “Economy of Death” Hardcore legends Refused have shared another track off their upcoming album War Music. Listen to “Economy of Death”. Capitalism,Hard Rock,Hardcore,Hardcore Punk,New Music,New Song Release,Punk Rock,StubHub,refused new song economy of death 973183 Jon Hadusek Jon Hadusek Michael Jackson musical moonwalking onto Broadway despite cancel culture Thu, 10 Oct 2019 21:33:24 +0000 Previews begin in July ahead of an official August opening.

Michael Jackson musical moonwalking onto Broadway despite cancel culture
Ben Kaye

]]> As powerful as cancel culture has become, some megastars seem to be endlessly immune — especially if they’re already dead. Michael Jackson’s legacy may be under more scrutiny than ever since the damning Leaving Neverland documentary, but his music can still be heard almost everywhere. Beginning next summer, that will include Broadway, as MJ the Musical is officially set to open in 2020.

The New York Times reports the production, formerly known as Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, is set to debut at the Neil Simon Theater. Previews launch July 6th, while the official opening is scheduled for August 13th.

Reportedly, the story focuses on Jackson ahead of launching his “Dangerous World Tour” in 1992. It’s an era during which the King of Pop’s alleged sexual abuse of young boys was already an ongoing secret. Director Christopher Wheeldon, who won a Tony for An American in Paris, previously stated the biomusical would “lean into the complexities, lean into the darkness, but also recognize the great amount of music and film and choreography that Michael left behind.”

(Read: The Unsolved Controversies of Michael Jackson)

Interestingly, controversy has sprung up on both sides of the Jackson debate. While a pre-run of MJ the Musical set for Chicago earlier this year was canceled in the wake of Leaving Neverland, some Jackson diehards are also objecting to the production. In the responses to the tweet announcing the show’s opening, a number of fans are calling for a boycott because Wheeldon and playwright Lynn Nottage (who won Pulitzer Prizes for Ruined and Sweat) have both publicly stated they find the allegations in the documentary “believable.”

Speaking to Vanity Fair back in April, Nottage said that she and Wheeldon “had a very honest conversation” with the Michael Jackson Estate, which is producing MJ the Musical alongside Columbia Live Stage. She told the estate, “… If we can’t tell this full story, then perhaps we are not the right people to do it. They know who I am as a writer. I’m very deeply invested in approaching my work with honesty and integrity.”

We’ll see what that means when it comes to someone who is simultaneously music’s most beloved and controversial pop star when MJ the Musical moonwalks onto Broadway next summer.

Michael Jackson musical moonwalking onto Broadway despite cancel culture
Ben Kaye

]]> 0 973202 Ben Kaye Tekashi 6ix9ine allegedly signed a $ 10 million record deal from prison Thu, 10 Oct 2019 20:22:12 +0000 His prison sentence has yet to be announced.

Tekashi 6ix9ine allegedly signed a $ 10 million record deal from prison
Nina Corcoran

]]> Despite pleading guilty to firearm possession, drug trafficking, and racketeering, and subsequently turning into the world’s most infamous snitch, Tekashi 6ix9ine has remained confident his rap career can be revived. It looks like his former label, 10K Projects, agrees, as they’ve reportedly cut him a new record deal worth over $ 10 million — even though he’s still in jail.

According to TMZ, the deal requires 6ix9ine to deliver two albums, one in English and one in Spanish, after his release. Clearly, 10K Projects is banking on 6ix9ine’s snitching and courtroom commentary fueling his notoriety, and thus sales. They’re also banking on whatever sentence gets handed to him being a light one.

6ix9ine coped a deal for a reduced sentence in exchange for testifying against his former Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods brethren. He originally faced a minimum of 47 years behind bars, though expectations are that his embarrassingly forthcoming testimony will lead to far less time served. Reports indicate the shortest sentence could see him released sometime in 2020, which is on the low end of possibilities. He’ll find out the exact length of his prison time at a hearing set for December.

Both 6ix9ine and 10K Projects are likely hoping for as little time as possible, as the rapper can’t cash in on the deal until he’s free and able to record. Of course, there’s no guarantee he’ll even get into the studio; regardless of how long he’s locked up, he’ll undoubtedly be at risk of retaliation by his former gang affiliates. He recently rejected witness protection in order to continue pursuing his hip-hop dreams, opting instead to employ bodyguards — ya know, like the one who ended up kidnapping him and whom he testified against in court.

Either way, 6ix9ine is probably pretty ecstatic about the deal, and the Feds are surely just as happy with the troubled rapper. His testimony led to Anthony “Harv” Ellison and Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack being found guilty on a cumulative total of five charges. Their sentencing hearings are set for February.

Tekashi 6ix9ine allegedly signed a $ 10 million record deal from prison
Nina Corcoran

]]> 0 973138 Nina Corcoran Film Review: The Addams Family Is a Sweet Halloween Treat Thu, 10 Oct 2019 20:00:00 +0000 With all their creepy and wild antics, America’s creepiest neighbors still know how to keep things lively.

Film Review: The Addams Family Is a Sweet Halloween Treat
Michael Roffman

]]> The Pitch: It’s been roughly 21 years since we last saw The Addams Family on the big screen. Now, they’re back, thanks to writers Pamela Pettler and Matt Lieberman, along with directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan. Returning as an animated feature, Gomez (voiced by Oscar Isaac), Morticia (Charlize Theron), Wednesday (Chloë Grace Moretz), and Pugsley (Finn Wolfhard) let loose on a bombardment of goofy fun.

Now, one of the many charming qualities in Barry Sonnenfeld’s ’90s Addams Family movies was their delightful sense of morbid humor. Not only does this animated re-imagining deliver on this front, but it consistently churns out one wacky bit after another, warranting a graveyard’s worth of laughs. As the Addams’ get acquainted with nearby townsfolk, and with extended family on the way to visit, audiences can expect a solid mix of spooky joy.

The Addams Family (MGM)

The Addams Family (MGM)

They’re Creepy And They’re Kooky: As always, each of the family members has an odd appeal to them. It doesn’t take long to witness Wednesday’s eerie mannerisms as she attempts to bury her brother alive, or how Pugsley loves explosives. Even other members of the family, such as Uncle Fester (Nick Kroll) and Lurch (Conrad Vernon), bring their own charm to the picture. The Addams’ household is full of creepy fun as well; from the man-eating plant in the foyer, to the pet lion and spirit of the house itself, each and every accoutrement is gunning to be ghoulish.

Sometimes things just work naturally, particularly the film’s twisted observational humor. Like when Wednesday decides to visit a school and calls it a prison for children. More often than not, though, the film digs six-feet under to find some inspired, irreverent humor. One scene finds Gomez visiting the town’s coffee shop, to which he ends up leaving with a filter full of raw coffee beans, chomping away at them and describing how delicious they are as he heads back home. In sum, each family member gets their time to shine when it comes to stirring laughs.

But really, none of it would work if not for the talent behind the mic. Each A-lister really sells their respective characters, particularly Theron and Moretz. Both ladies not only offer the strongest comedic bits throughout the story, but they’re also the center for one of the film’s themes. If there’s a weaker link amongst the bunch, it’s unfortunately the man of the house. Gomez is left lingering throughout most of the film, and his comedic parts and mannerisms don’t land as much as the others.

The Addams Family (MGM)

The Addams Family (MGM)

There Are Themes Lurking In The Shadows: The film starts by bringing the viewer back in time to the night of Gomez and Morticia’s wedding. From there, not only are we reminded of their eccentric personalities, but we’re also shown how other people view them. Villagers from the town they live in interrupt the couple’s ceremony, driving them and their family away. From here, The Addams Family plants the seed to further explore its larger themes, that of family and what it means to be different.

When the Addams realize there’s a town beyond their gates, they investigate. The town, dressed up in bright colors, finds its quasi-community leader in TV personality Margaux Needler (Allison Janney). Given that she remodels homes, she looks to make a big television special by re-doing the entire town, all part of a project titled Assimilation. Yes, the film’s themes are very on-the-nose — hell, a group of teens even sings about how it’s more of a joy to fit in rather than be yourself — but there are some intriguing dynamics that warrant some fun banter between characters. And while themes of individualism are shoved right in front of the viewer, there’s also a funny charm to it, one that adds to the nonsensical humor.

But it wouldn’t be an Addams Family romp without some meditations on their palpable family dynamics, and this animated tale certainly sinks its teeth into that area. Eventually, we see a rift form between Morticia and Wednesday (as well as a minor distance between Gomez and Pugsley), all of which explore the importance of unity in a family, but also of acceptance. These themes work in tandem with the ensuing assimilation arc happening back in town, but they also feel a bit contrived at times. If anything, they tend to feed more into the film’s lighthearted nature than ever achieving any kind of depth.

The Addams Family (MGM)

The Addams Family (MGM)

Welcome To The Family: The Addams Family is a wonderful gem to see with the kids during the Halloween season. No, the messages aren’t the deepest you’ll find in a kids movie, but one can certainly appreciate the effort to involve any kind emotional level in the narrative. At the end of the night, The Addams Family is a comedy, and a good one at that, delivering the kind of morbid humor that reminds us why we’ll always accept their invitations.

Where’s It Playing? The Addams invite you to join them in theaters everywhere.


Film Review: The Addams Family Is a Sweet Halloween Treat
Michael Roffman

]]> 0 The Addams Family (2019) | Film Review The Addams Family is a fun comedy, delivering the kind of morbid humor that reminds us why we’ll always accept their invitations. Allison Janney,Animated,Animated Movie,Bette Midler,Cartoon,Casting News,Charlize Theron,Children’s Movies,Chloë Grace Moretz,Conrad Vernon,Finn Wolfhard,Greg Tiernan,Horror,MGM,Nick Kroll,Oscar Isaac,The Addams Family,Voice Actor,The Addams Family Movie Review The Addams Family (MGM) Charlize Theron as the voice of Morticia Addams (left) and Oscar Isaac as the voice of Gomez Addams (right) in THE ADDAMS FAMILY, directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan, a Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film. Credit: Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures © 2019 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Addams Family (MGM) The Addams Family (MGM) The Addams Family (MGM) The Addams Family (MGM) 973000 Michael Roffman Michael Roffman Michael Roffman Metallica to headline five major US festivals in 2020 Thu, 10 Oct 2019 19:00:15 +0000 The metal icons will perform at the Epicenter, Welcome to Rockville, Sonic Temple, Louder Than Life, and Aftershock fests.

Metallica to headline five major US festivals in 2020
Spencer Kaufman

]]> Metallica are taking over a handful of US rock festivals in 2020. The iconic metal act will headline five Danny Wilmer Presents-produced events including Epicenter in Concord, NC; Welcome to Rockville in Daytona Beach, FL; Sonic Temple in Columbus, OH; Louder Than Life in Louisville, KY; and Aftershock in Sacramento, CA.

Not only will Metallica perform at each of the aforementioned events, they’ll play two distinct sets over two nights at each festival. Furthermore, these five appearances will be the only U.S. fests that Metallica play in 2020.

Today’s announcement was teased by Metallica and festival promoter Danny Wimmer Presents earlier this week via a countdown clock and a mysterious video clip, respectively.

“Metallica isn’t just another headliner,” remarked Danny Wimmer in a press release, “When Metallica takes the stage, it’s an event. It’s an experience. That’s the same standard we’ve set for every DWP festival — from the first band to the last band, and everything that happens in between. I can’t wait to bring the biggest band in the world to the biggest rock festivals in America.”

Tickets for all five festivals events are on sale now for Metallica fan club members and for past purchasers of tickets for Danny Wimmer Presents events. A general public onsale begins Monday, October 14th at 9AM PT / Noon ET. Visit for more information. Through November 19th, Danny Wimmer Presents will donate 25 cents from each ticket sold to Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation.

As of now, no other bands have been revealed for any of the above festivals, but past years at each event have featured a who’s who of major hard rock and metal acts.

Metallica recently postponed their Australia and New Zealand tour as frontman James Hetfield re-entered rehab for addiction recovery. However, with today’s news and a previously announced tour of South America still on schedule, it looks like it will be all systems go for Metallica in 2020.

The 2020 festivals will take place as follows:

Epicenter: May 1st-3rd @ Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina

Welcome to Rockville: May 8th-10th @ Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida

Sonic Temple: May 15th-17th @ Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio

Louder Than Life: September 18th-20th @ Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky

Aftershock: October 9th-11th @ Discovery Park in Sacramento, California

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Metallica to headline five major US festivals in 2020
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]]> 1 Metallica Danny Wimmer Fests Poster 973006 Spencer Kaufman Spencer Kaufman Lauryn Hill, Megan Thee Stallion, Vince Staples, and more contribute to Queen & Slim soundtrack Thu, 10 Oct 2019 18:36:35 +0000 Blood Orange provided the score.

Lauryn Hill, Megan Thee Stallion, Vince Staples, and more contribute to Queen & Slim soundtrack
Lake Schatz

]]> Next month brings the release of Queen & Slim, the new film from Emmy-winning producer Lena Waithe and the Grammy-winning music video director Melina Matsoukas. Described as “protest art” that confronts racism, the thriller follows a black couple evading authorities, Bonnie and Clyde style, after they kill a police officer in self-defense.

Now, an accompanying soundtrack has been announced, and it features a number of prominent black artists. Ms. Lauryn Hill, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Baby, and Vince Staples contributed to the 17-song OST, due out through Motown. 6LACK, BJ the Chicago Kid, The Internet member Syd, and Bilal also appear. Meanwhile, Dev Hynes, aka Blood Orange, provided the film’s score.

(Read: The Top 10 Films of 2019… So Far)

“I wanted the soundtrack for Queen & Slim to showcase the historical evolution of Black music, from its roots in blues and soul, to modern bounce, hip hop and R&B – much like we used to see in film soundtracks in the 90s,” Matsoukas explained in a statement. “We partnered with Motown because of their legacy within Black music. I am honored to have worked beside Ethiopia and cannot wait for audiences to hear what each artist has created.”

As a preview of the OST, check out the video for “Collide” by Motown-signee Tiana Major9 and former Artist of the Month EarthGang.

The Queen & Slim soundtrack officially arrives November 15th, just a few weeks before the film opens in theaters November 27th. The starring couple is played by Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) and Jodie Turner-Smith (Nightflyers), while Bokeem Woodbine, Chloe Sevigny, Sturgill Simpson round out the cast.

Revisit the Queen & Slim trailer:

Lauryn Hill, Megan Thee Stallion, Vince Staples, and more contribute to Queen & Slim soundtrack
Lake Schatz

]]> 0 Queen & Slim Soundtrack Announced Featuring Lauryn Hill, Vince Staple, More The soundtrack for Queen & Slim has been announced, and it features Lauryn Hill, Vince Staples, Lil Baby, and more. The film arrives November Album Release Date,Collaboration,Daniel Kaluuya,Film Soundtrack,Hip-Hop,Jodie Turner-Smith,Lena Waithe,Melina Matsoukas,New Song Releases,Queen & Slim,R&B,Rap,queen slim soundtrack 973125 Lake Schatz Lake Schatz Lake Schatz Guns N’ Roses super fan reportedly banned for life from concerts after leaking bootlegs Thu, 10 Oct 2019 18:12:34 +0000 Diehard fan Rick Dunsford was apparently implicated in having a hand in a recent leak of Chinese Democracy demos.

Guns N’ Roses super fan reportedly banned for life from concerts after leaking bootlegs
Jon Hadusek

]]> When it comes to diehard fans, Mississippi resident Rick Dunsford fits the bill. He’d seen Guns N’ Roses 32 times prior to their recent show in Wichita, Kansas. But when Dunsford tried to enter the venue for his 33rd show, he was apparently kicked out of line and told to never come back, supposedly banned for life from the band’s future concerts.

A prolific poster on the band’s official message board and a known bootleg trader, Dunsford’s zest for unreleased Guns N’ Roses material may have gotten him on the band’s radar. One of his bootleg acquisitions was a 19-disc collection of Chinese Democracy demos, and when some of those sessions recently leaked online, Dunsford seemingly became a scapegoat. Being such a vocal and visible fan — even posting that he’d be at the Wichita show — Guns N’ Roses security apparently was able to identify him and give him the boot.

Dunsford himself reached out to us via email regarding the matter, even sharing a Facebook video of the apparent encounter with GN’R security. If there was any question of his zealous fandom, he put that to rest:

“My name is Rick Dunsford. I’m a diehard Guns N Roses fan! I’ve seen them 32 times live! I have the bands autographs tattooed on my arm. I named my new born son AXL. Please view links to the recent story that happened this past Monday in Wichita, KS”

We reached out to Guns N’ Roses’ representatives, but haven’t heard back on the incident or Dunsford’s ban. That said, if Dunsford did have a hand in leaking the Chinese Democracy demos, the band is notoriously uncompromising when scorned — as proven by the infamous 1991 Riverport Riot in St. Louis (they wouldn’t play there again until 2017 and slapped the words “F**k you, St. Louis!” in the credits of Use Your Illusion).

(Buy: Tickets to Guns N’ Roses Upcoming Shows)

Unfortunately for Dunsford, he missed a historic moment at the Wichita show when Guns N’ Roses busted out the Use Your Illusion II track “Locomotive” for the first time since 1992. As the band continues their “Not in This Lifetime Tour” this fall, it appears one of their biggest fans won’t be in attendance.

See Dunsford being confronted outside the Wichita show below.

Guns N’ Roses super fan reportedly banned for life from concerts after leaking bootlegs
Jon Hadusek

]]> 0 973046 Jon Hadusek Will Smith is developing a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air spin-off series Thu, 10 Oct 2019 17:51:01 +0000 The original hit TV show ended in 1996.

Will Smith is developing a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air spin-off series
Lake Schatz

]]> Earlier this week, Will Smith launched a clothing line inspired by the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It turns out the fashion collection wasn’t just the result of a random bit of ’90s nostalgia, as Smith is reportedly developing a Fresh Prince spin-off series.

The news was revealed as part of a lengthy Hollywood Reporter feature on the 51-year-old actor and his multiple business ventures, which include a “cross-platform holding company” called Westbrook. “In addition to producing Smith-fronted film projects, Westbrook is developing a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air spin-off series (he still earns hefty royalties from the 1990s NBC sitcom, now licensed to air in 193 territories),” writes THR.

No other details were given, but it’s worth noting just how surprising the spin-off news is, especially for those who’ve long hoped for some kind of Fresh Prince comeback. Smith has repeatedly refused to entertain any ideas for a reboot or revival since the hit show went off the air in 1996 after six seasons.

(Read: Rank and File: The 25 Best Teens in TV History)

In fact, just two tears ago during a brief cast reunion, the Gemini Man star said he’d do a reboot “when Hell freezes over.” Around the same time he also joked, “I’d have to be Uncle Phil in that one. I’m about to be 50, you know. Like, ‘Come on Aunt Viv, I’m 50, I can’t go out on my own?”

Will Smith is developing a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air spin-off series
Lake Schatz

]]> 0 973089 Lake Schatz Lake Schatz Crafting a Masterpiece: Tracing the Evolution of Big Thief Thu, 10 Oct 2019 17:42:09 +0000 How a straightforward indie-folk band arrived at creating two of the most remarkable albums of 2019.

Crafting a Masterpiece: Tracing the Evolution of Big Thief
Erica Campbell

]]> Adrianne Lenker wrote her first song at eight years old and recorded her first solo album at just 13. Like most child prodigies, this opened her up to a slew of issues, including her father seeing her talent as a moneymaking opportunity and becoming her manager. “I was on this train towards becoming a child pop star,” she said in an interview with Pitchfork in 2017. But after matters with her father became difficult, she cut ties with him to pursue music on her own.

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Big Thief Shows)

After completing a program at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, Lenker moved to Brooklyn and met guitarist Buck Meek, who would later become a fellow bandmate and her biggest collaborator. They formed a group called Buck and Anne, and after recording two albums under this moniker, the duo met bassist Max Oleartchik. This collaboration became the indie-rock quartet Big Thief. They recorded and then released their debut album, Masterpiece, in 2016.

Folk-rock is a genre that can feel oversaturated. Mumford & Sons popularized the genre in terms of its mainstream success, but other artists have taken that grander sound and imbued it with a greater sense of intimacy. Big Thief established precisely that on Masterpiece, which is evident from the first strums of the acoustic guitar on opener “Little Arrow”. Lenker almost whispers the words as if you’re the only person meant to hear them, like she’s confiding a personal secret in you. But the booming drums and electric guitars on the titular track immediately break that quietude. It shows that Big Thief are a group that don’t write just one type of song, but rather embrace a multitude of approaches.

Naming a debut album Masterpiece is a bold move, especially for an artist that flirts with a style that so many artists before them have tampered with. But such a title demonstrates Big Thief’s fearless ambition. Although Masterpiece isn’t particularly innovative regarding experimentation, it’s still cutting-edge from a songwriting perspective. Lenker covers a gamut of topics like love, trauma, and domestic abuse. Each of the record’s 12 tracks is written in a major key, yet the joyous instrumentation is contrasted with the bleak subject matter of her lyrics. “Real love makes your lungs black/ Real love is a heart attack,” she sings on “Real Love”. The narrator watches her mother conceal scars and bruises from her partner with makeup, acknowledging that the only love she’s ever known is abusive and toxic.

Unlike the quartet’s later work, their debut takes a grounded approach with its songwriting and composition. There’s plenty of syncopation between Jason Burger’s drumming, Meek’s guitar work, and Oleartchik’s basslines. There are even two acoustic guitar-led tracks, “Little Arrow” and “Lorraine”, the only sounds ringing from them being a hushed guitar and Lenker’s mesmerizing vocals. Masterpiece sees Big Thief at their most direct, with lyrics and instrumentation that’s accessible and tangible.

Just one year later, the folksy Brooklynites released 2017’s Capacity. The record’s title juxtaposes that of its predecessor, implying that there is a limit to what artists can accomplish with their music. Despite the implications in the epithet, Capacity is an improvement on Masterpiece on nearly all fronts. It takes many of the same routes that their debut does, but it works toward perfecting them. For instance, Lenker’s lyrics are still tinged with sorrow, and the music is still immediate and concrete.

On the second track, “Shark Smile”, Lenker describes losing a friend to a car crash in disturbing detail: “Evelyn’s kiss was oxygen/ I leaned over to take it in/ As we went howling through the edge of south Des Moines/ It came over me at a bad time.” During the mid-tempo stroll of “Watering”, she recounts a narrative of a horrifying stalker: “He cut off my oxygen/ And my eyes were watering/ As he tore into my skin like a lion.” And of course, there’s the centerpiece of Capacity, “Mythological Beauty”, which speaks of a love for Lenker’s mother and Lenker’s own near-childhood death from a falling railroad spike. It’s told over an entrancing finger-picked guitar and a haunting, barely audible synth pad.

Perhaps the greatest change from Masterpiece is the recruitment of a new drummer, James Krivchenia, an engineer on their debut record. Krivchenia’s drumming is not as locked-in as Burger’s is, but instead, it’s reminiscent of the ticking of a clock, providing a temporal backbone to Lenker’s melodic tapestry. His drum patterns are simple, but they serve a great purpose in accomplishing Big Thief’s penchant for rumination. On “Objects”, he steadies the group’s pace and seldom abandons his hi-hat, snare, and kick.

The quartet took a break in 2018, only to return with their best album yet, U.F.O.F., earlier this spring. Capacity is certainly different from Masterpiece, but they still share plenty of commonalities. U.F.O.F., though, is a complete departure from the grounded approach of Big Thief’s first two endeavors. Lenker’s lyrics are more impressionistic and recall the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Dylan Thomas. The entire musical basis of the band’s third album is dreamlike and imaginary. Where the music drives forward on their previous LPs, it instead floats like particles on this record.

Similar to Masterpiece and Capacity suggesting the album’s musical direction through their titles, U.F.O.F. follows this pattern. Adding the word “friend” to the abbreviated form of “unidentified flying object,” the band implies the exploration of different, uncharted territory and becoming close with someone currently unknown. “Just like a bad dream, you’ll disappear/ Another map turns blue, mirror on mirror,” Lenker murmurs over a gorgeous mix of finger-picked guitars and gentle drums.

Where Lenker was disturbingly dark on the quartet’s first two records, she takes expectedly dreary subject material and crafts it into something majestic and graceful. “Terminal Paradise” paints a portrait of death, but as something unnecessarily feared, hence the track’s title. “Terminal/ We both know/ Let the rest of me go/ See my death become a trail/ And the trail leads to a flower,” she sings in the chorus, interspersing her words to let the misty composition underneath breathe.

Speaking of “Terminal Paradise”, it’s one of two tracks on U.F.O.F. that has been reinvented from Lenker’s 2018 solo album, abysskiss, the other one being “From”. These two stellar songs have been thickened with a rhythm section and more layering, benefiting them both. Aside from the development of Lenker’s solo material, Buck Meek experimented with guitar tones and feedback for this record. In an interview with The Ringer published earlier this year, Meek discusses how he was inspired by Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo to hang his guitar from barn rafters 30 feet in the air with a rope, then surround himself and his guitar with a circle of amplifiers. He would then be “punching it around, kicking it, strumming it, and getting all this feedback in the circle.” This resulted in the jarring distortion heard in the standout “Jenni”.

Almost as if to make up for not releasing an album in 2018, Big Thief recently announced the follow-up to U.F.O.F., titled Two Hands. They’ve described Two Hands as “the earth twin” and its predecessor being “the celestial twin.” Given the two singles they’ve released from the upcoming record thus far, “Not” and “Forgotten Eyes”, Big Thief are surely welcoming an earthier tone compared to the haziness of U.F.O.F. Although it’s uncertain to what degree the Brooklyn quartet will reshape their sound on Two Hands, one thing is clear: Big Thief continues to be one of the most interesting and culturally impactful bands in indie rock right now.

Crafting a Masterpiece: Tracing the Evolution of Big Thief
Erica Campbell

]]> 0 Crafting a Masterpiece: Tracing the Evolution of Big Thief Grant Sharples examines how Big Thief went from a straightforward indie-folk outfit to a band having just crafted two masterpieces in one year. Folk Rock,Indie Rock,StubHub,Big Thief 972295 Erica Campbell Aaron Paul recaps Breaking Bad in under three minutes: Watch Thu, 10 Oct 2019 16:59:30 +0000 A quick primer for El Camino from Jesse Pinkman himself.

Aaron Paul recaps Breaking Bad in under three minutes: Watch
Michael Roffman

]]> El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie hits Netflix on Friday to finally answer the question: “Whatever happened to Jesse Pinkman?” To catch everyone up ahead of the premiere, Aaron Paul stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday night for a quick recap — and we do mean quick.

In less than three minutes, Paul recounts all of the major incidents that went down over five crazy seasons. He talks about Walt going buck wild in a grocery store, mentions Tuco’s weird uncle, how he dated Jessica Jones, how he lost Jessica Jones, every crucial bit.

If that’s not enough, though, don’t forget it’s Breaking Bad Week here at Consequence of Sound, and we’ve published multiple pieces to really catch you up on the series. From detailing Jesse’s arc to defending Skyler White, revisiting the show’s most brilliant schemes to ranking all of its cold opens, we’ve been covering all the bases.

So, watch below and get readin’.

El Camino hits Netflix on Friday, October 11th.

Aaron Paul recaps Breaking Bad in under three minutes: Watch
Michael Roffman

]]> 0 Watch Aaron Paul Recap Breaking Bad in Under Three Minutes To catch everyone up ahead of El Camino, Aaron Paul stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! for a quick recap — and we do mean quick. Aaron Paul,Breaking Bad,El Camino,Internet Humor,Jimmy Kimmel Live!,Aaron Paul Breaking Bad Recap 973082 Michael Roffman Michael Roffman Swans drop new song “The Hanging Man”: Stream Thu, 10 Oct 2019 16:54:46 +0000 From their upcoming album, Leaving Meaning.

Swans drop new song “The Hanging Man”: Stream
Nina Corcoran

]]> Swans have shared a new song called “The Hanging Man”. The eerie, 10-minute-plus track comes from their forthcoming record, Leaving Meaning, out October 25th via Young God Records/Mute.

The first track we heard from Swans’ 15th studio full-length was “It’s Coming It’s Real”, a slow number flecked with whispery vocal harmonies. “The Hanging Man” takes that mood and coats it in anxiety, leaning into the more hypnotic side of Michael Gira’s career by making listeners wait for the song’s biggest moment.

“The Hanging Man” begins with an ominous sense of something hiding around the corner. Gira sings with an exhausted drone, like he’s saving his energy for something bigger. And sure enough, as the track progresses, an explosive burst of experimental rock breaks through. It’s menacing without being overwhelming. Looks like we can expect big things from the project’s follow-up to The Glowing Man.

(Read: The 13 Scariest Rock Songs)

In addition, Swans have announced a European tour for 2020. A press release notes a proper North American tour will be announced shortly, so don’t fret about the band skipping the US just yet.

Stream “The Hanging Man” below, followed by Swans’ current itinerary. You can also find tickets here.

Swans 2020 Tour Dates:
04/25 — Leipzig, DE @ Conne Island
04/26 — Krems an der Donau, AT @ Donau Festival at Stadtsaal Krems
04/28 — Berlin, DE @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
04/29 — Prague, CZ @ Divaldo ARCHA Theatre
04/30 — Warsaw, PL @ Progresia
05/03 — Stockholm, SE @ Nalen
05/04 — Copenhagen, DK @ Vega Main Hall
05/05 — Hamburg, DE @ Übel & Gefährlich
05/08 — Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz
05/09 — Madrid, ES @ KristonFest at Sala la Riviera
05/10 — Porto, PT @ Hard Club
05/13 — Zürich, CH @ Rote Fabrik
05/14 — Milan, IT @ Santeria Social Club
05/15 — Belfort, FR @ La Poudriere
05/18 — Wiesbaden, DE @ Kulturzentrum Schlachthof
05/19 — Paris, FR @ Le Trabendo
05/20 — Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Music Hall
05/22 — Brussels, BE @ AB
05/23 — Cologne, DE @ Gebäude 9
05/26 — London, UK @ EartH
05/27 — London, UK @ EartH

Swans drop new song “The Hanging Man”: Stream
Nina Corcoran

]]> 0 Swans Drop New Song “The Hanging Man”, Announce 2020 Tour Dates Swans have shared a new song called “The Hanging Man” from their upcoming album, Leaving Meaning. Stream it now and see their new tour dates. 2020 Tour Announcement,2020 Tour Dates,experimental rock,New Song Releases,No-Wave,Post-Rock,Rock Music News,StubHub,Swans The Hanging Man 973044 Nina Corcoran Nina Corcoran Kurt Cobain’s unwashed MTV Unplugged sweater to be auctioned off Thu, 10 Oct 2019 16:52:14 +0000 The iconic green cardigan is expected to nab upwards of $ 300,000.

Kurt Cobain’s unwashed MTV Unplugged sweater to be auctioned off
Lake Schatz

]]> It’s been nearly 26 years since Nirvana took the stage for their iconic MTV Unplugged performance. Now, fans can own a piece of that historic set, as the sweater worn by Kurt Cobain is being auctioned off later this month.

The frontman’s green sweater is still in its original condition — and yes, it’s never before been washed. “It’s very important that we don’t wash it,” Darren Julien of Julien’s Auctions told Rolling Stone. “The stains are still there. There’s even cigarettes burns that you can see on the sweater.”

(Read: Nirvana’s 11 Loudest Songs)

The clothing item, which is also distinctly missing one of its five buttons, will be available for bidding on Julien’s Auctions beginning October 25th. It’s expected to nab a whopping $ 300,000.

That’s more than double what the cardigan sweater sold for just a few years ago. During a 2015 auction, it was bought by an anonymous businessman for $ 137,000.

cobain unplugged sweater Kurt Cobains unwashed MTV Unplugged sweater to be auctioned off

The rise in price shouldn’t be that surprising, though, considering the high demand for Nirvana memorabilia as of late. Earlier this year, a hospital gown that Cobain wore during the band’s epic Reading Festival performance was estimated to fetch $ 50,000. Meanwhile, a greasy paper plate used by Cobain sold pulled in $ 23,000 this past May.

As with the 2015 auction, Cobain’s Unplugged sweater comes with a letter of provenance handwritten by Jackie Farry, a close acquaintance of Courtney Love and nanny to Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain. Love gifted Farry with the sweater after the Nirvana rocker’s death in 1994.

(Read: Classic Album Review: Nirvana’s Bleach Preserves a Pure Seattle Sound 30 Years Later)

For more information, find the official listing on the Julien’s Auctions website. The sweater is part of Julien’s larger Live Icons and Idols auction, which also includes a custom guitar used by Cobain during Nirvana’s In Utero tour. The auction also boasts handwritten lyrics by Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, and Bruce Springsteen.

Cobain and Love’s former Seattle home recently was put on the market with a price tag of $ 7,500,000. For something more affordable, Cobain’s estate just launched a “Kurt Was Here” clothing collection featuring $ 113 shirts. Fans can also snag themselves 25th anniversary vinyl reissue of MTV Unplugged on November 1st.

cobain sweater unplugged auction Kurt Cobains unwashed MTV Unplugged sweater to be auctioned off

Kurt Cobain’s unwashed MTV Unplugged sweater to be auctioned off
Lake Schatz

]]> 1 cobain-unplugged-sweater cobain-sweater-unplugged-auction 973045 Lake Schatz Lake Schatz Lake Schatz Lake Schatz Kevin Smith reveals plot of Clerks 3 is very true-to-life Thu, 10 Oct 2019 16:42:03 +0000 The movie was inspired by the filmmaker’s recent health scare and his career.

Kevin Smith reveals plot of Clerks 3 is very true-to-life
Ben Kaye

]]> While the series has always been very close to him, Kevin Smith has been extra inspired to returned to his classic View Askewniverse ever since suffering a heart attack last year. It’s what kick started production on the forthcoming Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, which sees the filmmaker paying very meta reverence to his own Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. The health scare also had a big impact on the story of the newly announced Clerks 3 — so much so that it’s an actual plot point.

In a new interview with The Wrap, Smith revealed that the forthcoming threequel will be based very closely on his own life. Not only does a character’s near-death experience trigger the movie’s plot, but the story will actually mirror the creation of the original Clerks. As Smith explained,

“Randal [Jeff Anderson] has a heart attack, decides that he came so close to death, and his life has meant nothing, there’s nobody to memorialize him, he has no family or anything like that. And in the recovery, while under fentanyl, he comes to the conclusion at mid-life, having almost died, having worked in a movie store his whole life and watched other people’s movies, he tells Dante [Brian O’Halloran], I think we need to make a movie. So Dante and Randal make Clerks. That’s the story of Clerks 3.”

(Ranking: Every Kevin Smith Movie from Worst to Best)

Smith has always been the sort of sentimental softy to put his heart into his movies, and while it doesn’t always produce the best quality films, their sweetness is undeniable. Having his first screen characters return to pay homage to his first production is exactly the kind of sappiness Smith fans would expect and appreciate.

He went on to say we can expect the return of many familiar faces, including Jay (Jason Mewes) and his own role of Silent Bob. “I get to do that same fucking movie and scene in the movie,” he gushed. “I get to relive everything and put it into the hands of Dante and Randal. So it’s funny and poignant, but it’s more funny than anything else.”

There was a previous screenplay for Clerks 3 that Smith described as far more “doom and gloom.” He held a live-reading of the script in New Jersey back in August, the last 15 minutes of which he said there “wasn’t a dry eye in the house.” Production on that version stalled for unknown reasons, though apparently it left Smith and Anderson at odds. Thankfully, they’ve since patched things up and are ready to reopen the Quick Stop. “I owe those guys, those characters, Dante and Randal, a lot more than the kind of doom and gloom I was about to put them through,” said Smith.

Until then, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot has limited theater screenings via Fathom Events scheduled for October 15th and 17th. Smith and Mewes will then take the movie on a 62-city roadshow tour, tickets for which you can find here.

Kevin Smith reveals plot of Clerks 3 is very true-to-life
Ben Kaye

]]> 0 973057 Ben Kaye Guns N’ Roses, The Strokes, Travis Scott to headline Lollapalooza’s Latin American festivals Thu, 10 Oct 2019 16:25:45 +0000 Lana Del Rey, Vampire Weekend, Gwen Stefani, and Cage the Elephant also set to play festivals in Chile, Argentina, and Brasil.

Guns N’ Roses, The Strokes, Travis Scott to headline Lollapalooza’s Latin American festivals
Alex Young

]]> Lollapalooza has revealed the 2020 lineup for its annual Latin American festivals in Brasil, Argentina, and Chile.

Guns N’ Roses, The Strokes, Travis Scott, Lana Del Rey, Vampire Weekend, Gwen Stefani, and Cage the Elephant lead this year’s lineup.

Other notable acts include Kacey Musgraves, James Blake, The Lumineers, BROCKHAMPTON, Perry Farrell’s Kind Heaven Orchestra, Rex Orange County, Charli XCX, Denzel Curry, Kali Uchis, Jaden Smith, King Princess, Alain Johannes Trio, IDLES, and Hayley Kiyoko, among others.

Lollapalooza Chile takes place March 27th-29th at O’Higgins Park in Santiago. Lollapalooza Argentina goes down concurrently at Hippodromo de San Isidro in Buenos Aires. Lollapalooza Brasil runs from April 3rd – 5th at Autódromo de Interlagos in São Paulo. Tickets are available via each festival’s respective website.

Lollapalooza Chile Lineup

Lollapalooza Chile 2020 lineup Guns N Roses, The Strokes, Travis Scott to headline Lollapaloozas Latin American festivals

Lollapalooza Argentina Lineup

Lollapalooza Argentina 2020 lineup

Lollapalooza Brasil Lineup

Lollapalooza Brasil 2020 lineup

Guns N’ Roses, The Strokes, Travis Scott to headline Lollapalooza’s Latin American festivals
Alex Young

]]> 0 Lollapalooza Chile 2020 lineup Lollapalooza Argentina 2020 lineup Lollapalooza Brasil 2020 lineup 973066 Alex Young Alex Young Alex Young Charli XCX shares video for “White Mercedes”: Watch Thu, 10 Oct 2019 16:08:34 +0000 The latest visual for her new record, Charli.

Charli XCX shares video for “White Mercedes”: Watch
Ben Kaye

]]> Charli XCX has shared the music video for her latest single, “White Mercedes”. The track comes from her new record, Charli, and is one of the few on the album not to feature a collaborative performer.

The “White Mercedes” video also doesn’t have any guest stars — save for one particularly majestic steed. Instead, we get to see a number of actual white Mercedes being destroyed in various ways, like being run over by a white truck or lit on fire while dangling from a crane. Check out the clip, which was filmed in Kiev, Ukraine, below.

Other visuals from Charli have included the rainy “Gone” clip with Christine and the Queens, and “2099”, which saw the British pop star hopping on a jet ski with Troye Sivan.

(Read: 10 Must-See Artists Touring New Albums This Fall)

Charli XCX is currently on tour supporting her semi-self-titled LP. Get tickets to all her upcoming dates here.

Charli XCX shares video for “White Mercedes”: Watch
Ben Kaye

]]> 0 Watch Charli XCX’s Video for “White Mercedes” Charli XCX has shared the music video for “White Mercedes”, one of the tracks off her new album, Charli. Watch the clip now. New Music Video Releases,Pop,Pop Music News,StubHub,Charli XCX White Mercedes 972942 Ben Kaye Ben Kaye Ranking: Every Are You Afraid of the Dark? Episode from Worst to Best Thu, 10 Oct 2019 16:00:16 +0000 Which tales still give you chills all these years later?

Ranking: Every Are You Afraid of the Dark? Episode from Worst to Best
Matt Melis

]]> This feature originally ran in 2015. We’re resurrecting it for the premiere of Nickelodeon’s reboot mini-series.

Welcome to Dissected, where we disassemble a large body of work in the abstract. It’s exact science by way of a few beers. For Halloween, we revisit the show that first instilled in us a love for scary stories: Are You Afraid of the Dark?

“Separately, we’re very different. We like different things, we go to different schools, and we have different friends. But one thing draws us together: the dark. Each week, we gather around this fire to share our fears and our strange and scary tales. It’s what got us together, and it’s what keeps bringing us back.” –Gary, Midnight Society President

The premise of Are You Afraid of the Dark? is ridiculous: a handful of pre-teen/teenage strangers traveling from all across a city to tell scary stories out in the woods in the middle of the night. (How’d they meet? What kind of parents allow their kids out like that? How’d they never burn the forest down?) But the infeasibility of The Midnight Society didn’t stop the show from becoming a weekly staple for a generation of tweens. We were old enough to stay up but not old enough to stay out, so we spent nearly every Saturday night huddled around our television sets with friends or siblings, pretending not to be terrified by that week’s tale.

Are You Afraid of the Dark? (Nickelodeon)

Are You Afraid of the Dark? (Nickelodeon)

Some of us took it a step further. I recall multiple Midnight Societies popping up around our school in Fight Club fashion soon after the show premiered. Mine met at 8 p.m., lasted one meeting, and consisted of my two friends and I throwing anything granular — dirt, sand, sugar — we could find into my parents’ fireplace, trying to get that eerie Midnight Dust poofing effect. We never figured it out before our Society disbanded about 15 minutes later without a single tale ever being told.

Looking back, it’s easy to dismiss the show as a purely nostalgic wedge of ’90s cheese, and, admittedly, many of the tales haven’t aged particularly well. But there’s also a lot to admire in the care that went into trying to frighten us. We saw the protagonists encountering the creepy and supernatural in the same suburban settings we hailed from. They were remarkably vulnerable and insecure kids, too, ones with problems we could relate to; they were new kids, outcasts, rival siblings, and children experiencing rough patches like deaths in the family or parents filing for divorce. While re-watching these episodes again, what struck me most is how isolated nearly every tale’s children are from caring and capable adults. The kids are almost always on their own throughout these ordeals — parents and adults either absent, feckless, or the ones instigating the evil in the first place. To a generation of kids who were always taught to run to adults for help, Are You Afraid of the Dark’s message was to trust and rely on nobody, especially those who are supposed to be looking out for you.

Submitted for the approval of our readers, here are the 65 episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark’s initial run ranked and dissected (including drinking cues guaranteed to help you survive the tales that don’t quite hold up). Also, feel free to huddle around the campfire in our comments section and tell us your favorite tale, preferred Midnight Society storyteller, and what creepy or spine-chilling moments from the show have followed you into adulthood.

Ranking: Every Are You Afraid of the Dark? Episode from Worst to Best
Matt Melis

]]> 18 Are You Afraid of the Dark? (Nickelodeon) Are You Afraid of the Dark? (Nickelodeon) 644187 Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Power Trip’s 2020 Evil Beat Festival features Deafheaven, Carcass, and more Thu, 10 Oct 2019 14:00:56 +0000 The one-day fest takes place January 11th in Power Trip’s hometown of Dallas.

Power Trip’s 2020 Evil Beat Festival features Deafheaven, Carcass, and more
Spencer Kaufman

]]> Power Trip have announced the second edition of their Evil Beat Festival, held in the band’s hometown of Dallas, Texas. The one-day metal extravaganza also promises performances from Deafheaven, Carcass, Vio-lence, Torche, Razor, Sheer Mag, and more.

The Evil Beat Vol. 2 Fest takes place on January 11th at the South Side Ballroom. Joining Power Trip and the other aforementioned artists on the bill are Drab Majesty, Prurient, Warthog, Wiccans, Red Death, True Widow, Special Interest, Mil Spec, and Dress Code.

Tickets for the Evil Beat Vol. 2 go on sale today (October 10th) at 10 a.m. CT at this location.

Prior to the festival, Power Trip will embark on a previously announced co-headlining tour with High on Fire. That outing kicks off November 7th in Austin, Texas. You cant tickets to all of the band’s upcoming dates here.

In other news, Power Trip just made their “Adult Swim Singles Series” track “Hornet’s Nest” available on digital and streaming platforms.

Evil Beat 2020 festival poster

Power Trip’s 2020 Evil Beat Festival features Deafheaven, Carcass, and more
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]]> 0 Evil Beat 2020 festival poster 972957 Spencer Kaufman Spencer Kaufman Album Review: BABYMETAL Explore New Sonic Worlds on Metal Galaxy Thu, 10 Oct 2019 13:16:43 +0000 The Japanese pop-metal sensations explore new sounds on their third LP.

Album Review: BABYMETAL Explore New Sonic Worlds on Metal Galaxy
Spencer Kaufman

]]> The Lowdown: BABYMETAL are a fascinating anomaly in the world of music. The Japanese pop-metal band took the world by storm with their self-titled debut LP, featuring the catchy and bombastic single “Gimme Chocolate!!” Along with their sophomore effort, Metal Resistance, BABYMETAL have continuously displayed a solid balance between pop catchiness and aggressive instrumentation.

That said, the band’s latest release, Metal Galaxy, takes that balance to a whole new extreme; with their third studio LP, BABYMETAL present their heaviest and most exhilarating work to date. The album also marks a new chapter in the world of BABYMETAL, as one of their three founding singers, Yuimetal, parted ways with the band last year.

The Good: Despite the lineup change, lead singer Su-metal and fellow vocalist Moametal don’t miss a beat, as their pop voices soar over a range of instrumentation throughout the album. Metal Galaxy expands on the band’s catchy quality by presenting a mix of hyper instrumentation that explores various musical styles throughout the world.

“DA DA DANCE” emits vibrant electronic glitches that play off the vocals, while the drums add to the track’s adrenaline. The instrumentation as a whole provides a consistent delivery of pulse pounding joy. “Elevator Girl” involves more guitar work, offering a low-tune grindy rhythm underneath the rainbow-beaming vocals. The drum and bass work add a slight grimy texture to the track, allowing for a unique fusion of sounds.

Metal Galaxy features a number of guests, including Polyphia guitarists Timothy Henson and Scott LePage; Sabaton vocalist Joakim Brodén; Thai rapper F.HERO; Japanese singer-songwriter Tak Matsumoto; and Arch Enemy vocalist Alissa White-Gluz. Each of these guests bring their own style and flavor to the LP, further building upon Metal Galaxy’s creativity.

“Shanti Shanti Shanti” provides a riveting melody utilizing electric guitar and sitar; while it’s a quality heard throughout the record, the vocals harmonize wonderfully with the instrumentals. “Oh! MAJINAI” (featuring Brodén) offers a Viking-esque party in its presentation — the drum beat, accordion, and light guitar djent are viciously entertaining and powerful enough to get one up and dancing. Compared against the album as a whole, “Brand New Day” scales back on aggression, delivering a relatively mellow flow of electronic elements and guitar playing.

The Bad: At times, even though the instrumentation involves plenty of heaviness, there are a few cuts that aren’t super “metal.” Fans who prefer the heavy side of BABYMETAL may skip a couple cuts along the way.

The Verdict: Each track throughout Metal Galaxy is bound to catch listeners by surprise. From the creative songwriting to the engaging performances, Metal Galaxy is certainly out of this world. With its awesome blend of musical styles, all infused with some form of metal aggression, this record is BABYMETAL at their most adventurous.

Essential Tracks: “Distortion”, “Shanti Shanti Shanti”, “Oh! MAJINAI”, “Brand New Day”

Album Review: BABYMETAL Explore New Sonic Worlds on Metal Galaxy
Spencer Kaufman

]]> 0 972923 Spencer Kaufman Spencer Kaufman Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood really loves to play the recorder Thu, 10 Oct 2019 12:59:30 +0000 “Instead of cocaine… hook me up with a really good amateur recorder group.”

Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood really loves to play the recorder
Ben Kaye

]]> Guitar virtuoso. Ondes martenot practitioner. Academy Award-nominated composer. Jonny Greenwood is all of these things, but for all his achievement in mastering different musical art forms, his favorite instrument remains the simplest: the humble recorder.

In an in depth interview with The Guardian about his new classical music label Octatonic, the Radiohead member revealed his strangely strong affinity for the bane of every elementary school kid’s parents. “Oh I could easily talk for an hour about the recorder!” he explained, noting that like most people, it was his first instrument.

He still plays the recorder frequently, though in an extremely unusual venue. “One of the great joys of playing American sports arenas with Radiohead is their amazing communal showers,” Greenwood said. “I’ll get to the venue early, seek out these rooms that smell of Deep Heat and jockstraps, get out my recorder, play one of Telemann’s canonic sonatas and just be swamped in this flattering reverb.”

It doesn’t stop there, either. “I have fantasies of putting demands on the rider,” he joked. “You know, instead of cocaine and call girls, hook me up with a really good amateur recorder group. It’s sick, isn’t it?”

I’m not sure cocaine and hookers would be acceptable requests, but how curious are you to see Greenwood’s real rider now? Perhaps now that he has his own label, he’ll get to make the album of recorder music he’s always dreamed of.

Either way, it looks like Bill Hader will have to learn a new skill if he hopes to truly capture the essence of Greenwood’s character in any potential biopic.

Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood really loves to play the recorder
Ben Kaye

]]> 1 972927 Ben Kaye Ben Kaye Ben Kaye Ranking: Every Breaking Bad Cold Open Thu, 10 Oct 2019 05:00:50 +0000 Each episode, Vince Gilligan and co. offered up tiny movies before the main feature.

Ranking: Every Breaking Bad Cold Open
Clint Worthington

]]> Breaking Bad Week

Whatever happened to Jesse Pinkman? On Friday, we find out when El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie drops on Netflix. To celebrate, Consequence of Sound is publishing several articles straight outta New Mexico. Today, Clint Worthington illustrates how the show perfected the art of the cold open by revisiting all 62 of them. It’s exhaustive, but complete.

It’s virtually impossible to count the ways Breaking Bad changed television in the early 2010s. Vince Gilligan’s layered, intimate crime drama is more than a vehicle for sick memes about being the danger and shouting “science, bitch!” Walter White’s visage could sit right next to Don Draper’s and Tony Soprano’s on the Peak TV Antihero Hall of Fame, and it stands tall as one of the most tightly written, thematically buoyant serialized dramas in TV history.

But there’s another way Breaking Bad‘s unique, intense storytelling stands out: it used cold opens in a way few other TV shows did prior. Before, most series used them as a quick prologue to hook viewers into the episode’s story before the title sequence, just to make sure they didn’t flip the channel at the first commercial break.

But Gilligan and co. did something different: they played with the format of the the cold opens, many of them becoming their own little short films that explored different facets of the Breaking Bad universe. Through these opens, we got to see the world through a different character’s eyes, or fill in much-needed textural gaps in the show’s narrative. It’s a tradition that, as Emily VanDerWerff of Vox notes, has carried through to many other series since, and TV as a whole is all the better for embracing this sense of formal experimentation.

Virtually every episode of Breaking Bad does something cool, new, and interesting with their cold open. You could basically go through the show just watching the cold opens and get at least an obscured picture of the series in microcosm. So, in honor of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie coming out on Netflix this Friday, I did just that — sifting through all 62 of Breaking Bad’s cold opens to find out which ones serve as the best examples of the format.

62. “Open House”

Season 4, Episode 3

Before we get started, just know that making this ranking is like asking you to pick your favorite of 62 children. So even this brief, minute-long cold open, in which Walt gives a furious middle finger to a surveillance camera in Gus’ lab, is still great in my book. Even as this episode (one of Season 4’s best) focuses more on Jesse, Hank, Marie, and Skyler, Walt gets his moment to show that he, too, suffocates under the conditions his life has put him in.

61. “Fly”

Season 3, Episode 10

Once again, this is a case of “great episode, fine cold open” — a brief thematic glimpse at the fly that will torment Walt and Jesse for the next 45 minutes. It’s a simple little thing, its uncomfortable close-ups accompanied by a spooky cover of “Mockingbird”, but its import on Walt’s psyche, and the episode as a whole, will be massive.

60. “Cancer Man”

Season 1, Episode 4

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Hank doesn’t show up much in Breaking Bad’s cold opens, but here he gets to take center stage as he establishes the unlikely nature of Walt’s growing empire. “Albuquerque might just have a new kingpin,” he quips as his team discusses the disappearance of their informant Krazy-8 and the discovery of the new blue meth. Cutting to a pot-bellied Walt brushing his teeth? Delicious irony icing on the cake.

59. “To’hajiilee”

Season 5b, Episode 5

The second half of Season 5 is gonna crop up a lot in this list, just by dint of the fact that the cold opens have to tread a lot more narrative ground as the series wraps up. What’s more, they focus on characters we don’t know as well, like Jesse Plemons’ smiling sociopath Todd. Here, we see just how difficult it is to replicate Walt’s magic meth, as Lydia reminds him to improve the cook. Still, it’s worth it for Uncle Jack and Kenny trying to spin Todd’s clear meth as Walt’s blue stuff: “It’s… bluish.”

58. “Granite State”

Season 5b, Episode 7

Another plot-related one, albeit the only time we’ll see good ol’ Jimmy McGill in these cold opens. Now, totally burned, he has to turn to Robert Forster’s Ed, “the Disappearer”, to find the new life we’ll get glimpses of in the cold opens of his own show. It’s short, but sweet, and a TV monitor gives us a peek at a rapidly-deteriorating Walt going stir crazy in Ed’s vacuum repair shop.

57. “Shotgun”

Season 4, Episode 5

There’s an entire subgenre of Breaking Bad cold opens that kick off with Walt frantically driving his Aztek through traffic, calling Saul or his family to say his goodbyes and plan contingencies. This time, he’s on his way to confront Gus about Jesse going missing, bringing out the ’38 special he bought a few episodes back (more on that later). There’s a palpable sense of tension that fits with the show’s most harrowing moments, but there just so happens to be so many better opens.

56. “Confessions”

Season 5b, Episode 3

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This episode is all about coming clean — Jesse, in particular, goes off the rails on Walt and Saul alike over the poisoning of little Brock with a ricin cigarette — but the cold open checks in with Todd and his neo-Nazi fam over their growing interest in taking over the meth business. For as much of a sociopath as he is, Todd notably leaves out the little boy they had to murder in his play-by-play of their thrilling train heist. Most notable image: Uncle Jack cleaning blood off his skull-toed boot, cementing that they’ll be the show’s last big threats.

55. “Rabid Dog”

Season 5b, Episode 4

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Immediately after that episode, “Rabid Dog” gives us another silent-but-deadly cold open where Walt returns to the White house, now soaked in gasoline, looking for an aggrieved Jesse. He doesn’t find him before the opening credits roll, but the strained silence as Walt stalks around a house that could go up at the strike of a match befits the boiling-point stakes the show has reached up to this point.

54. “Face Off”

Season 4, Episode 13

So much happens in this episode — it’s the one where Gus blows up! — that it’s hard to fault the show for not opening with its usual Expressionistic flair. Instead, we get a brief-but-tense exchange in which Walt retrieves the car bomb he was going to use to blow up Gus, brings it to the hospital to a shocked Jesse (“did you bring a bomb into a hospital?”), and watches as Jesse is taken away for questioning about Brock’s poisoning before they can come up with a new plan.

53. “Crawl Space”

Season 4, Episode 11

Speaking of poisoning, Gus gets in on the gross-guts game himself, after getting poisoned at the meeting with Don Eladio and the cartel leadership. Just barely getting out alive, Jesse drives them to a makeshift hospital where doctors are standing by to save his life. “What about him?” asks Jesse of a bleeding Mike. “This man pays my salary,” the doctor says of Gus. Even in such bond-inducing life-or-death situations, Breaking Bad reminds us that the powerful get what they need first.

52. “Bug”

Season 4, Episode 9

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Of a piece with Fly, funnily enough, this open is comprised of moody closeups of Walt’s loafers and glasses, as blood (whose?) slowly drips onto them. Lots of Breaking Bad opens deal in ominous foreshadowing; here, it’s both a literal hint that Walt will get the ever-loving shit kicked out of him by Jesse for his betrayals, and a thematic reminder of the forever-broken nature of Walt’s morality.

51. “Sunset”

Season 3, Episode 6

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One of Season 3’s most delicious recurring motifs were the silent, Terminator-like Salamanca cousins, inhuman killers slowly but surely making their way to Albuquerque to kill Walter White. Of those snippets, this one is the most disposable, a brief cop-thriller sequence involving a tribal police officer stumbling upon the cousins while they occupy a murdered woman’s house. It’s notable for the cheeky axe murder of the unsuspecting officer in the background of its final shot, but it’s not like we needed reminders that these guys mean business.

Ranking: Every Breaking Bad Cold Open
Clint Worthington

]]> 0 Breaking Bad Week Breaking Bad Week 2019-10-08 15_59_51-Netflix todd story vlcsnap-2013-09-02-03h00m01s162 2019-10-08 16_05_23-Netflix E06-Sunset.mkv_000067926 972523 Clint Worthington Clint Worthington Clint Worthington Clint Worthington Clint Worthington Clint Worthington Clint Worthington Clint Worthington Clint Worthington Clint Worthington Clint Worthington Clint Worthington Clint Worthington Clint Worthington Clint Worthington Clint Worthington Clint Worthington Clint Worthington Clint Worthington Clint Worthington Green Day take their shot on new song “Fire, Ready, Aim”: Stream Thu, 10 Oct 2019 02:11:44 +0000 As part of a partnership with the NHL’s Wednesday Night Hockey.

Green Day take their shot on new song “Fire, Ready, Aim”: Stream
Ben Kaye

]]> It’s October, and that means it’s time once again for the puck to hit the ice. NHL hockey is back, and this season the league has come loaded with a brand new theme song courtesy of Green Day. The punk rockers have partnered with the NFHL a two-year deal that will see their track “Fire, Ready, Aim” serve as the Wednesday Night Hockey opening music. The October 9th meeting between the New Jersey Devils and the Philadelphia Flyers was the first game to feature the theme, and its subsequently been released online.

“Fire, Ready, Aim” also serves as our second listen to Green Day’s forthcoming album, Father of All Motherf*ckers, following the title track. It’s a kinetic song full of gang harmonies that will surely get Gritty wobbling his big, weird butt.

“This song is about our daily outrage,” the band wrote on the song’s description. “Attack without thought.. hyperbole. Anyway stick a hammer in your mouth. Shut up and dance!”

(Read: American Idiot at 15: How Green Day Kick-started 21st Century Protest Music)

Take a listen to Green Day’s “Fire, Ready, Aim” below, followed by the Wednesday Night Hockey clip featuring the band. They’ll also perform it live during the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game taking place January 25th in St. Louis and airing on NBC, Sportsnet, CBC, and TVA Sports.

Father of All… is due out February 7th. Green Day will support the release on the “Hella Mega Tour” alongside Weezer and Fall Out Boy, and you can get tickets to all their upcoming gigs here.

Green Day take their shot on new song “Fire, Ready, Aim”: Stream
Ben Kaye

]]> 0 972931 Ben Kaye Put on a happy face, Joker porn is currently the most popular genre on Pornhub Wed, 09 Oct 2019 22:32:19 +0000 There were 741,000 searches for the term “joker” in the four days since the movie’s release.

Put on a happy face, Joker porn is currently the most popular genre on Pornhub

]]> The worst part about having a Pornhub account is people expect you to behave as if you don’t.

This weekend, the new Joker movie didn’t just lead the Box Office, it also topped the search box at Pornhub. The Internet carnality distributor keeps tabs on their users’ search histories, and as first reported by TMZ, the popular site saw a massive uptick in customers who were, well, down to clown.

Pornhub counted 741,000 searches for “joker” in the first four days following the release of the movie directed by Rod Drillups Todd Phillips and starring Walking Penis Joaquin Phoenix. The activity came to a head (get your mind out of the gutter) on Sunday, with a peak of 291,628 searches.

This is hardly the first time that men and women in skintight spandex have dominated pornography searches. In 2016, Suicide Squad led to Harley Quinn (played by Margot Robbie in the film) becoming the most searched fictional character in Pornhub’s history. It’s a dubious distinction for Robbie, and something she probably won’t want to tell her parents. Sure, there’s something vaguely disquieting about so many porn users being attracted to comic book characters, but then again, lots of them seem to want to shtup their step-sisters, too. By the standards of that website, this news might be downright wholesome.

It’s also possible, of course, that those searching for “joker” are actually looking for just that. More than just a site for legal porn, Pornhub has become a bastion for bootleg movies thanks to its user upload functions. At the same time, the other movie wasn’t called Harley Quinn, so the intentions of those searchers seems a bit more clear.

If you are one of the hundreds of thousands searching for superhero porn — and please don’t tell us if you are — the next tentpole event is likely Birds of Prey, starring the aforementioned Robbie as Harley Quinn once again, out February 7th. As for the Clown Prince of Porn, Phoenix is open to a sequel, so look for Joker 2 (or perhaps 2 Clowns 1 Car) sometime in the next few years.

Last month, Pornhub continued its thrust for cultural dominance with Her & Him, an ambitious Romeo and Juliet-inspired film directed by Bella Thorne.

Put on a happy face, Joker porn is currently the most popular genre on Pornhub

]]> 0 972861 wrengraves Ozzy Osbourne postpones 2020 European tour, but assures fans “I’m not dying” Wed, 09 Oct 2019 18:34:27 +0000 While his rescheduled European tour is on hold, Ozzy’s North American jaunt is still a go.

Ozzy Osbourne postpones 2020 European tour, but assures fans “I’m not dying”
Spencer Kaufman

]]> After scrapping his entire 2019 tour, Ozzy Osbourne has now postponed his rescheduled European tour. The trek was set to kick off in early 2020 and feature Judas Priest as support.

Ozzy initially postponed his 2019 European tour after coming down with an upper respiratory infection that led to pneumonia. He then suffered a serious fall at home, forcing him to postpone his entire 2019 North American tour.

The Prince of Darkness delivered his latest update via an expletive-laded video message posted on Twitter. Ozzy let fans know that his rescheduled North American tour set to launch in May 2020 is still on, but that he won’t be fully healed from his injuries to embark on the European run. Those shows were set to kick off January 31st in Nottingham, England.

In a message that was equally serious and humorous, Ozzy explained the decision, while also confirming that he has a new album in the works:

“I’m here to give you an update on my condition. As you probably know, or you may not know, at the beginning of this year, I had a bad fall. I screwed all the vertebrae in my neck and had to have surgery. I’ve got a lot more nuts and bolts in my neck now than in my car. I’m not dying, I am recovering — it’s just taking a little bit longer than everyone thought it would.

I’m bored stiff of being stuck on a f**king bed all day. I can’t wait to get off my ass and get going again. But you’re just gonna have to be a little bit more patient. I’m postponing the European tour because I’m not ready. I’m not retiring — I’ve still got gigs to do. But when I do come back on an American tour, I wanna be 100 percent ready to come out and knock your f**king socks off. And also, there’s a new album on the way.

Thank you to my band and my crew and Live Nation, and most of all, Judas Priest. I just wanna say one thing to the fans: I sincerely thank you for your patience and your loyalty. I love you. Now, will you f**k off and let me get better.”

(Buy: Tickets to Ozzy Osbourne’s North American Shows)

The North American tour will kick off on May 27th in Atlanta, Georgia. Megadeth were set to support the 2019 stateside trek, but there is no confirmation on an opening act for 2020 as of yet. See the full itinerary below, and pick up tickets here.

Ozzy Osbourne 2020 Tour Dates:
01/31 – Nottingham, UK @ Motorpoint Arena *
02/02 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena *
02/05 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena *
02/07 – Newcastle, UK @ Utilita Arena *
02/10 – London, UK @ The 02 *
02/12 – Glasgow, UK @ SSE Hyrdo *
02/14 – Birmingham, UK @ Resorts World Arena *
02/17 – Dortmund, DE @ Westfalenhalle *
02/20 – Helsinki, FI @ Hartwell Arena *
02/22 – Stockholm, SE @ Friends Arena *
02/24 – Berlin, DE @ Mercedes-Benz Arena *
02/26 – Vienna, AT @ Stadhalle *
02/29 – Prague, CZ @ O2 Arena *
03/03 – Hamburg, DE @ Barclaycard Arena *
03/05 – Munich, DE @ Olympianhalle *
03/07 – Mannheim, DE @ SAP Arena *
03/10 – Bologna, IT @ Unipol Arena *
03/13 – Madrid, ES @ Wizink Arena *
03/16 – Zurich, CH @ Hallenstadion *

05/27 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
05/29 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center
05/31 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union
06/02 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
06/04 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
06/06 – Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park Stadium
06/11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
06/13 – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
06/16 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
06/18 – Hamilton, ON @ First Ontario Centre
06/20 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
06/22 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden Arena
06/24 – St Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
06/26 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
06/28 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
07/01 – Milwaukee, WI @ American Family Insurance Amphitheatre (Summerfest)
07/03 – St Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
07/07 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
07/09 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
07/11 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
07/15 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
07/17 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
07/23 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
07/25 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
07/29 – San Diego, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
07/31 – Las Vegas, CA @ MGM Grand Garden Arena

* = with Judas Priest

Ozzy Osbourne postpones 2020 European tour, but assures fans “I’m not dying”
Spencer Kaufman

]]> 0 972862 Spencer Kaufman Rihanna confirms she turned down Super Bowl Halftime Show Wed, 09 Oct 2019 18:20:37 +0000 To stand in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.

Rihanna confirms she turned down Super Bowl Halftime Show
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]]> The rumors were true. In a new interview with Vogue magazine, Rihanna has confirmed that she did indeed turn down a performance at this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show.

Speaking to the fashion outlet, the R&B star said she passed up on the NFL’s invite in order to stand in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has been blackballed by the league for his decision to kneel during the National Anthem in protest of institutional racism and police brutality.

“I couldn’t dare do that,” RiRi said of the 2019 Halftime Show. “For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler.”

“There’s things within that organization [NFL] that I do not agree with at all,” she continued, “and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way.”

(Read: Barack Obama reveals his 2019 playlist)

US Weekly reported earlier this year that Rihanna was the NFL’s first choice for the major sports event. Maroon 5 (sadly) ended up headlining the show.

It’s possible to read her use of the words “sellout” and “enabler” as digs at JAY-Z. The billionaire mogul recently entered into a controversial partnership with the NFL, one that Kaepernick’s attorney said “crossed the intellectual picket line.” On the other hand, JAY has called the deal “the next phase” in the fight for social justice Kaepernick started, as he’s now able to be directly involved in making changes to the league.

Elsewhere in the Vogue interview, Rihanna discussed Donald Trump and his response to the recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. “Put an Arab man with that same weapon in that same Walmart and there is no way that Trump would sit there and address it publicly as a mental health problem,” said the Grammy-winning artist. “The most mentally ill human being in America right now seems to be the president.”

Additionally, RiRi reassured fans that her new reggae-inspired album is still in the works, though it’s been difficult for her to find free time to focus on it. “I have been trying to get back into the studio,” she said of the project, the long-awaited follow-up to 2016’s Anti.

Read the entire interview here. Rihanna’s new “visual autobiography” book is due out later this fall.

Rihanna confirms she turned down Super Bowl Halftime Show
Lake Schatz

]]> 0 972849 Lake Schatz Lake Schatz Sinead O’Connor announces first North American tour dates in six years Wed, 09 Oct 2019 18:08:30 +0000 Comeback trek is set for next winter and spring.

Sinead O’Connor announces first North American tour dates in six years
Ben Kaye

]]> Sinead O’Connor’s comeback has been start-stop over the last few years, but it looks like it’s finally really happening. The legendary Irish singer has announced her first extensive North American tour in six years.

The “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer last played the US in 2018, performing a handful of shows under the name Magda Davitt. A full summer tour was promised but never materialized “due to unforeseen circumstances.” Instead, she dropped the song “Milestones” in August of that year, and changed her name again to Shuhada Davitt by the fall. After making her live comeback on Ireland’s Late Late Show last month, O’Connor/Davitt now has lined up a full tour for next winter and spring.

(Read: 10 Artists Best Known for Cover Songs)

Following a run of Ireland concerts later this month, the North American trek launches February 1st in Vancouver, British Columbia. Further stops include Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Santa Cruz. The majority of the itinerary is made up of multi-night stands at City Winery venues in Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Boston, wrapping with a three-night residency in New York April 13th, 14th, and 16th.

Find the full schedule below, and get tickets here.

Sinead O’Connor 2019-2020 Tour Dates:
10/16 – Galway, IE @ Roisin Dubh
10/17 – Galway, IE @ Roisin Dubh
10/24 – Wexford, IE @ Wexford Spiegeltent Festival
10/26 – Cork, IE @ Cork Opera House
10/27 – Merchants Quay, IE @ Vicar Street
10/28 – Merchants Quay, IE @ Vicar Street
11/01 – Limerick City, IE @ Live @ The Big Top
11/02 – Kilkenny, IE @ The Hub
02/01 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
02/04 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
02/05 – Portland, OR @ McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
02/07 – San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
02/08 – San Juan Capistrano, CA @ Coach House
02/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
02/11 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up
02/12 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theatre
03/14 – Chicago, IL @ City Winery
03/15 – Chicago, IL @ City Winery
03/16 – Chicago, IL @ City Winery
03/19 – Nashville, TN @ City Winery
03/20 – Nashville, TN @ City Winery
03/22 – Atlanta, GA @ City Winery
03/23 – Atlanta, GA @ City Winery
04/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ City Winery
04/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ City Winery
04/07 – Alexandria, VA @ Birchmere
04/08 – Boston, MA @ City Winery on the Greenway
04/10 – Boston, MA @ City Winery
04/11 – Boston, MA @ City Winery
04/13 – New York, NY @ City Winery
04/14 – New York, NY @ City Winery
04/16 – New York, NY @ City Winery

Revisit Sinead O’Connor’s comeback performance of “Nothing Compares 2 U” on Ireland’s Late Late Show below.

Sinead O’Connor announces first North American tour dates in six years
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]]> 0 972852 Ben Kaye Ben Kaye The Matrix 4 casts Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in lead role Wed, 09 Oct 2019 17:37:02 +0000 He joins Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Annie Moss in the cast.

The Matrix 4 casts Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in lead role
Nina Corcoran

]]> Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has been cast as a lead in the upcoming sequel to The Matrix, reports Variety. He will join Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, who are reprising their original roles as Neo and Trinity for the new film.

Abdul-Mateen II is best known for his starring roles in Aquaman and Us. Reportedly Lana Wachowski, who is back in the director’s chair for the fourth Matrix film, met with dozens of actors for a “secret role” over the past week. It wasn’t until just days ago that he became the clear frontrunner in her eyes.

(Read: The Matrix Was Prescient About the Online World, But Also the Real World)

In addition to directing, Wachowski is writing the script for the upcoming Matrix film alongside Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. She’s also producing it with help from Grant Hill. Production is allegedly going to start in early 2020.

Back in 2017, it was previously reported that Warner Bros. was eyeing a reboot of the franchise that would star Michael B. Jordan. It’s already clear that they made the right decision to wait, as Abdul-Mateen II should be a great fit, Wachowski came out of retirement for this, and Reeves is enjoying a well-deserved, nonstop career resurgence.

The Matrix 4 casts Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in lead role
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]]> 0 972816 Nina Corcoran Finn Wolfhard brings terror to a Henry James classic in first trailer for The Turning: Watch Wed, 09 Oct 2019 17:19:47 +0000 Mackenzie Davis and Brooklynn Prince also star in the adaptation.

Finn Wolfhard brings terror to a Henry James classic in first trailer for The Turning: Watch
Michael Roffman

]]> Henry James is getting a facelift. Universal is modernizing his 1898 horror novella The Turn of the Screw for a new supernatural horror film they’ve aptly dubbed The Turning. Directed by Italian filmmaker Floria Sigismondi, the spooky adaptation stars Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, and Brooklynn Prince. Today, they dropped its first trailer, which looks chilling.

“It’s a very dark story that’s endured for over a hundred years,” Sigismondi told Entertainment Weekly. “We’ve taken this story, and modernized it, and placed it in the 1990s. It follows a nanny who is looking [for] a life change, and when she arrives at the house she meets two orphans, Flora and Miles. They start to act a little strange and she senses that they’re harboring a secret, that they’re hiding something from her. She quickly realizes that there’s something wrong in the house.”

Watch the trailer below.

The Turning hits theaters on January 24th, 2020.

Finn Wolfhard brings terror to a Henry James classic in first trailer for The Turning: Watch
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]]> 0 972834 Michael Roffman Swig on this: Alice in Chains have their own bourbon Wed, 09 Oct 2019 16:59:45 +0000 The grunge legends teamed with Few Spirits to become the latest band to have their own booze.

Swig on this: Alice in Chains have their own bourbon
Jon Hadusek

]]> The next time you light the candles and throw Alice in Chains’ MTV Unplugged on the turntable, consider sipping the band’s new bourbon, “All Secrets Known”. The new new 101 proof, “bold, sweet, and spicy” bourbon is a collaboration between the veteran rock act and Few Spirits’ master distiller Paul Hletko.

Taking its name from the lead track to the band’s 2009 album, Black Gives Way to Blue, “All Secrets Known” features custom label art by Justin Helton and retails for $ 75 (per 750ml). Described as Few’s standard bourbon finished for six months in tequila barrels, it is accentuated by grassy agave undertones.

“Nobody sounds like Alice in Chains,” Hletko said in a a statement (via Blabbermouth). “We were inspired by their courage to create a sound that flouted convention and thought, ‘There are lots of tequilas finished in bourbon barrels, but it’s rare to find a widely available bourbon finished in tequila barrels. Let’s do that instead.’”

It’s not Hletko’s first foray into the world of rock ‘n roll whiskeys, previously partnering with The Flaming Lips for their “Brainville” rye.

“‘Brainville’ led to access,” Hletko said. “Doors started opening and I’ve always felt like when you get a chance to work with cool people you admire, you’ve got to at least check it out. As a longtime fan of Alice in Chains and someone who has at various points made his living as a guitar player, the opportunity to work with someone like Jerry Cantrell, whose sound is unlike any other, was one we were determined to see through come hell or high water.”

(Read: Live Review of Alice in Chains and Korn in Long Island, New York)

One person who likely won’t imbibe in the spoils is Cantrell himself, who discussed his sobriety with earlier this year. “Getting f**ked up is fun, and that’s why people do it,” he said. “Especially when you’re young. It’s a part of life. It’s a part of a lot of people’s experience. But it comes with a price. It generally doesn’t end good.”

He added, “I’ve been super-creative f**ked up. I’ve been super-creative not f**ked up. It’s been so many years for me that I just don’t really think about that anymore.”

“All Secrets Known” will be available as a limited release in California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, and Washington. It can also be purchased online via Reserve Bar. Check out Helton’s label art below.

Alice in Chains Bourbon

Swig on this: Alice in Chains have their own bourbon
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]]> 0 Alice in Chains Bourbon 972778 Jon Hadusek Jon Hadusek New Grateful Dead live release to feature songs from scrapped final album Wed, 09 Oct 2019 16:53:28 +0000 Ready or Not features tracks recorded before Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995.

New Grateful Dead live release to feature songs from scrapped final album
Lake Schatz

]]> A new Grateful Dead live album called Ready or Not is set to hit shelves next month. The collection features previously unreleased recordings by the group’s final lineup before the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995.

Ready or Not was put together by Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux, according to Rolling Stone. There are nine tracks altogether, including “Liberty”, recorded in New York in 1994, and “Way to Go Home” from an Indiana concert in 1992.

The iconic band’s lineup at the time — singer/guitarist Garcia, drummer Mickey Hart, drummer Bill Kreutzmann, bassist Phil Lesh, singer/guitarist Bob Weir, and keyboardist Vince Welnick — intended to record studio versions of these songs for a proper album. However, the project was scrapped in the wake of Garcia’s passing.

(Read: The Grateful Dead in 10 Songs)

Ready Or Not has been a long time coming,” Lemieux said in a statement. “It’s an album we’ve been working on for many, many years. This batch of ‘new’ Grateful Dead songs has never been compiled in one place and given its proper due as a huge part of the Dead’s late-era legacy.” He continued,

“Many of these songs can easily stand alongside some of the Dead’s oldest, most-loved songs as bona fide classics despite their short tenure in the repertoire. We’ve dug deep into the archive and listened to countless live versions of these songs to find the best, most definitive live performances. When the Grateful Dead were ‘on’ in their later years, their live concerts were as good as any era in their history. The nine songs on Ready Or Not exemplify how good the Dead could be in their later years of touring.”

Ready or Not officially arrives November 22nd and is available for pre-order. It’s being teased with a live recording of “Lazy River Road” from 1993. Listen in below.

Today’s news comes just a few short weeks after the death of Grateful Dead lyricist and poet Robert Hunter. Later this month, Grateful Dead offshoot Dead & Company will hit the road for a North American tour. Grab tickets here.

Ready or Not Artwork:

grateful dead ready not live album artwork New Grateful Dead live release to feature songs from scrapped final album

Ready or Not Tracklist:
01. Liberty – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY (10/14/94)
02. Eternity – The Pyramid, Memphis, TN (4/2/95)
03. Lazy River Road – Dean Smith Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (3/25/93)
04. Samba In The Rain – The Omni, Atlanta, GA (3/30/95)
05. So Many Roads – Star Lake Amphitheatre, Burgettstown, PA (6/23/92)
06. Way To Go Home – Deer Creek Music Center, Noblesville, IN (6/28/92)
07. Corrina – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY (10/14/94)
08. Easy Answers – Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA (9/13/93)
09. Days Between – Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, CA (12/11/94)

New Grateful Dead live release to feature songs from scrapped final album
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]]> 0 grateful-dead-ready-not-live-album-artwork 972793 Lake Schatz Lake Schatz Lake Schatz Phantogram get lost “In a Spiral” on new single: Stream Wed, 09 Oct 2019 16:41:03 +0000 A follow-up to the previously released “Into Happiness”.

Phantogram get lost “In a Spiral” on new single: Stream
Nina Corcoran

]]> Phantogram are back with a new song called “In a Spiral”. It’s off their upcoming, as-yet-unannounced follow-up to their 2016 album Three. Stream it below.

“In a Spiral” is the latest single from Phantogram, following in the footsteps of the recently released “Mister Impossible” and “Into Happiness”. The track “started from a beat that Josh [Carter] had in his back pocket for quite some time, which I had gravitated to immediately and written some vocal ideas for,” says Sarah Barthel in a press release. “But the song was waiting for the right moment to reveal itself to us… We threw it on at the last minute while we were preparing to go record in Joshua Tree at the magical Rancho de la Luna with our friend Boots, and once we got out there everything started to fall into place.”

(Read: Top 25 Songs of 2019 (So Far))

According to Carter, they created the track by doing the usual Phantogram move: chopping up samples, messing with analogue synths, and adding dark production. As such, he thinks of it as “beauty in desolation,” and listening to the track you can hear that theme. Give it a listen below.

Phantogram have a string of upcoming tour dates and festival appearances, tickets for which are available here.

Phantogram get lost “In a Spiral” on new single: Stream
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]]> 0 972784 Nina Corcoran Charles Cyphers returns as Sheriff Brackett in Halloween Kills Wed, 09 Oct 2019 16:32:44 +0000 Everyone’s entitled to three good scares, no?

Charles Cyphers returns as Sheriff Brackett in Halloween Kills
Michael Roffman

]]> Everyone’s entitled to one good scare, so says Sheriff Brackett in John Carpenter’s Halloween. Well, how about two? Or, rather, make that three? Such is the case for veteran star Charles Cyphers, who will return to police Haddonfield, Illinois in David Gordon Green’s forthcoming sequel Halloween Kills.

This morning, Twitter account Halloween Fans posted a photo that shows Cyphers on set with a Brackett name tag affixed to his uniform. Now, whether or not that means he’s still Sheriff remains to be seen. However, seeing how his name was never mentioned in last year’s reboot, it’s probably unlikely he has that position anymore.

Cyphers returning to the franchise isn’t exactly surprising. A few months ago, Halloween III: Season of the Witch star Tom Atkins let it slip that his buddy “Chuck Cyphers” was heading back to Haddonfield, so this appears to confirm that name drop. He’ll be in familiar company, too, seeing how he joins OG stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Andrews, and the recently announced Nancy Stephens, who will reprise her role as Marion Chambers.

(Read: The 100 Scariest Movies of All Time)

Nostalgia is certainly fueling the next two installments in this Blumhouse reboot. If you recall, Anthony Michael Hall was cast to play an adult Tommy Doyle and Robert Longstreet followed that casting as his former rival bully Lonnie Elam. What’s more, if you’ve been following the behind-the-scenes shoots, it appears there are going to be several flashbacks to 1978, and Haddonfield Memorial Hospital will also make an appearance.

Cyphers last appeared in the franchise in 1981’s Halloween II for a bit role. He more or less learns about the death of his daughter Annie, before exiting stage left. In 1988’s Halloween: The Return of Michael Myers, we learn his character left Haddonfield for the sunny confines of St. Petersburg, Florida. All of that is no longer canon in what is now easily the most confusing horror series outside of Twin Peaks.

(Ranking: Every Halloween Movie from Worst to Best)

As previously reported, Blumhouse has dated the final two Strode-Myers sequels for October 16th, 2020 and October 15th, 2021 with shooting to begin after Labor Day. Once again, the Master of Horror himself John Carpenter will executive produce alongside McBride, Curtis, Green, and everyone else at Blumhouse. Although not officially confirmed, Carpenter told Consequence of Sound last December that he’s ready to score again.

Stay tuned as this continues to unfold. In the meantime, you can revisit the first season of Halloweenies. Last year, the podcast series sliced through each and every Halloween movie, leading all the way up to the reboot.

Stream their review of the 2018 blockbuster below.

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Charles Cyphers returns as Sheriff Brackett in Halloween Kills
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]]> 0 972805 Michael Roffman Mystery Static-X singer’s identity seemingly revealed by neck tattoo Wed, 09 Oct 2019 16:02:55 +0000 The tattoo seems to confirm rumors that Edsel Dope is now fronting Static-X on tour.

Mystery Static-X singer’s identity seemingly revealed by neck tattoo
Spencer Kaufman

]]> Static-X have been touring in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their 1999 debut album, Wisconsin Death Trip, fronted by an unidentified vocalist wearing a mask in the likeness of late singer Wayne Static. Now, it appears that Dope frontman Edsel Dope is the mystery singer, thanks to a new photo of a neck tattoo.

Rumors that Edsel Dope has been the man behind the mask have been swirling since Static-X set off on tour earlier this year. Dope have been supporting Static-X on the trek, which continues with a second North American leg in November.

A recent photo by Danish music outlet Metal A Day seems to verify Dope’s status in the band. It shows side-by-side pics of the Static-X singer and Edsel Dope sporting what appears to be the same neck tattoo. The visual evidence is shown in Metal A Day’s Facebook post below.

(Buy: Tickets to Static-X’s Upcoming Shows)

The photo surfaced right after Static-X announced a new release date for their upcoming album, Project Regeneration. The LP, which will primarily contain unreleased vocals by Wayne Static, is set to arrive on May 29th, 2020. Along with the album news, the band offered a substantial tease of the new song “Hollow”.

See the side-by-side photos below, and pick up tickets to Static-X’s upcoming fall tour dates here.

Mystery Static-X singer’s identity seemingly revealed by neck tattoo
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]]> 0 972786 Spencer Kaufman The Moody Blues’ John Lodge Revisits His Solo Career Wed, 09 Oct 2019 15:32:54 +0000 The legendary musician previews his new best-of compilation, B Yond – The Very Best Of.

The Moody Blues’ John Lodge Revisits His Solo Career
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The Moody Blues legend John Lodge gives Kyle Meredith a ring to detail his new best-of compilation, B Yond – The Very Best Of, which focuses on his oft-overlooked 70s solo releases, re-recordings of a pair of Moody Blues classics, and epic live cuts. Lodge also discusses how his recent work stands up to those fabled ’60s songs, recounts going solo after the Moody Blues lost their way in the ’70s, and promos his upcoming tour.

Want to see John Lodge on tour? Get tickets now.

Kyle Meredith With… is an interview series in which WFPK’s Kyle Meredith speaks to a wide breadth of musicians. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Meredith digs deep into the artist’s work to find out how the music is made and where their journey is going, from legendary artists like Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, U2 and Bryan Ferry, to the newer class of The National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Father John Misty.

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The Moody Blues’ John Lodge Revisits His Solo Career
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]]> 0 972761 Michael Roffman Michael Roffman Lil Tjay reveals artwork, tracklist for new album True 2 Myself Wed, 09 Oct 2019 15:21:46 +0000 Before the album drops on Friday.

Lil Tjay reveals artwork, tracklist for new album True 2 Myself
Nina Corcoran

]]> New York City rapper Lil Tjay has shared the title and tracklist of his upcoming album. The record, called True 2 Myself, features contributions from a handful of hip-hop stars, including Lil Wayne and Lil Baby. It drops this Friday, October 11th, via Columbia.

True 2 Myself is Lil Tjay’s long-awaited debut album. The album spans 17 tracks and also includes collaborations with Lil Durk, Jay Critch, and Rileyy Lanez. Tjay announced the news through Instagram, along with a short caption teasing the record’s release date of this Friday.

(Read: The 25 Greatest Hip-Hop Debut Albums of All Time)

Looking at the tracklist, it may feel like True 2 Myself isn’t all that new. After all, seven songs on the album have been released previously, including “Hold On”, and two of the tracks are bonus remixes. It’s a logical move by Lil Tjay, though, who likely will score extra stream points by jamming his popular singles onto one album.

True 2 Myself won’t be out until this Friday, but in the meantime check out the newly announced album artwork and tracklist below. Don’t forget to see him on his fall tour, which includes stops at Rolling Loud NYC and Rolling Loud Los Angeles. Tickets are still available.

True 2 Myself Artwork: 

True 2 Myself by Lil Tjay tracklist album artwork cover

True 2 Myself Tracklist: 
01. One Take
02. Hold On
03. F.N.
04. Dream That I Had
05. Post to Be (feat. Rileyy Lanez)
06. Ruthless (feat. Jay Critch)
07. Mixed Emotions
08. Decline (feat. Lil Baby)
09. Sex Sounds
10. Leaked
11. Laneswitch
12. Brothers
13. GOAT
14. Top of my Game
15. No Escape
16. Brothers (Remix) (feat. Lil Durk) [BONUS]
17. Leaked (Remix) (feat. Lil Wayne) [BONUS]

Lil Tjay reveals artwork, tracklist for new album True 2 Myself
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]]> 0 True 2 Myself by Lil Tjay True 2 Myself by Lil Tjay 972720 Nina Corcoran Nina Corcoran SuperM make their world TV debut with “Jopping” performance on Ellen: Watch Wed, 09 Oct 2019 15:14:51 +0000 In support of their debut EP, The 1st Mini Album ‘SuperM’.

SuperM make their world TV debut with “Jopping” performance on Ellen: Watch
Lake Schatz

]]> SuperM made their world television debut on Ellen on Wednesday.

In support of The 1st Mini Album ‘SuperM’, which dropped just last week, the K-pop supergroup delivered a flashy performance of single “Jopping”. The seven-piece struck emphatic dance moves all across the stage, whose backdrop featured projections of futuristic cubes and spheres.

(Read: 10 K-pop Idol Groups That Will Make You Swoon)

Later in the episode, SuperM attempted to teach host Ellen DeGeneres all about “Jopping”. The so-called “Avengers of K-pop” also revealed which band members are currently single.

Watch both video clips below.

SuperM consists of Taemin from SHINee, EXO’s Baekhyun and Kai, NCT 127’s Taeyong and Mark, and Ten and Lucas of Chinese band WayV. They will promote The 1st Mini Album ‘SuperM’, their debut EP, with a North American tour that begins November. Purchase your tickets here.

SuperM make their world TV debut with “Jopping” performance on Ellen: Watch
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]]> 0 972740 Lake Schatz Lake Schatz Lana Del Rey announces new US tour dates Wed, 09 Oct 2019 15:03:03 +0000 A leg of Midwestern dates occurring in November.

Lana Del Rey announces new US tour dates
Alex Young

]]> Lana Del Rey has announced new round of US tour dates in support of her latest album, Norman Fucking Rockwell!.

Beginning in November, she’ll return to the road and play shows across the Midwest, making stops in Denver, Chicago, Omaha, Nashville, and beyond.

Del Rey’s initial batch of Norman Fucking Rockwell! tour dates consisted of shows in New York City and along the Pacific Seaboard. Over the course of these performances, she covered Joni Mitchell’s “For Free” and Leonard Cohen’s “Chelsea Hotel No. 2”, shared the stage alongside Joan Baez, and lost her vape pen.

Check out Del Rey’s complete upcoming tour schedule below, and grab tickets here.

Lana Del Rey 2019-2020 Tour Dates:
10/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
10/11 – San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Union Open Air Theatre
11/03 – Albuquerque, NM @ Kiva Auditorium
11/04 – Denver, CO @ Bellco Theatre
11/06 – Sioux Falls, SD @ The District
11/08 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/10 – Des Moines, IA @ Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center Ballroom
11/11 – Madison, WI @ The Sylvee
11/13 – Omaha, NE @ Orpheum Theatre
11/14 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
11/16 – Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
11/17 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion
11/19 – Nashville, TN @ Municipal Auditorium
02/21 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome
02/23 – Paris, FR @ Accorhotels Arena
02/25 – London, UK @ The O2
02/26 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
02/28 – Glasgow, UK @ SSE Hydro
02/29 – Birmingham UK @ Resorts World Arena
03/02 – Berlin, DE @ Mercedes Benz Arena
03/03 – Cologne, DE @ Lanxess Arena

Lana Del Rey announces new US tour dates
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]]> 0 972757 The Dodos share new single “The Atlantic”: Stream Wed, 09 Oct 2019 15:00:27 +0000 Along with sharing a handful of East Coast tour dates.

The Dodos share new single “The Atlantic”: Stream
Robin Bacior

]]> The Dodos have returned today with a new standalone single called “The Atlantic”. Additionally, the indie-pop duo has shared a short string of East Coast tour dates.

The band has always slightly oscillated between folkier offerings and cleanly built indie synth pop, such as “Surface” from earlier this summer. This new one falls slightly more into the former category, as “The Atlantic” is buoyant and peppy, with galloping guitar interwoven throughout bold kaleidoscopic drums at the forefront.

Speaking on the song’s meaning, singer and guitarist Meric Long explained it explores “the limitations of what you can see if you don’t surround yourself with people that challenge you.” He continued,

“In the first couple years of knowing my partner, the Atlantic ocean was literally between us, and now when we disagree and see things very differently it can feel like that ocean still exists metaphorically. It’s meant as a love letter, but one that honors our differences because seeing through each other’s facade was what brought us together.”

In addition to the track, The Dodos have announced a brief run on the road. The four-date jaunt kicks off October 9th in Boston and continues with stops in Philadelphia and Washington, DC. The final show takes place October 12th in Brooklyn, where the duo will perform their 2000 album Visiter in full to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their former label Frenchkiss Records. Get tickets to all the upcoming dates here.

Find their complete itinerary after listening to “The Atlantic” below.

The Dodos Tour Dates:
10/09 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall %
10/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s %
10/11 – Washington, DC @ City Winery DC %
10/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere (Frenchkiss Records’ 20th Anniversary)

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The Dodos share new single “The Atlantic”: Stream
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]]> 0 972560 Robin Bacior Robin Bacior Album Review: Life of Agony Weave a Dark Story of Redemption on The Sound of Scars Wed, 09 Oct 2019 14:51:25 +0000 The Brooklyn alt-metal band’s latest concept album serves as a sequel to their 1993 debut, River Runs Red.

Album Review: Life of Agony Weave a Dark Story of Redemption on The Sound of Scars
Jon Hadusek

]]> The Lowdown: The Sound of Scars serves as a sequel to Life of Agony’s classic 1993 debut, River Runs Red — an alt-metal concept album about a troubled Brooklyn teenager who attempts suicide to escape the pain of his existence. River Runs Red ends with the sound of blood drops hitting the water of a bathtub, ostensibly symbolizing a tragic end for the protagonist. Turns out, it was actually a cliffhanger. Twenty-six years later, Life of Agony’s sixth album, The Sounds of Scars, picks up where River Runs Red left off, returning to the scene of the apparent suicide. The voice of an emergency dispatcher and distant ambulant siren reveals that the protagonist hasn’t perished.

The Good: Like River Runs Red, the use of storytelling devices creates a compelling sense of forward motion across The Sound of Scars. Life of Agony string their riffs together to fit the plot arc of their story, dabbling equally in elements of grunge, groove metal, and the hardcore punk of their native New York. After the intro, the melodic “Scars” and “Black Heart” see the protagonist reflecting and coming to terms with near-death. Mina Caputo sings the story in poetry and dialogue, keeping the plot ambiguous enough for the songs to stand on their own while offering sufficient narrative detail to connect the tracks when listening to the album as a thematic whole.

The subtlety of the storytelling also allows the band complete freedom musically, as they hold fast to their catchy amalgamation of punk and metal. Guitarist Joey Z lays down some of his best riffs in years (“Scars”, “Weight of the World”), and Caputo’s vocals performances soar. From the melodically demanding “Lay Down” to the freewheeling rocker “Once Below”, Caputo steals the show, showcasing her knack for deceptive hooks that lodge themselves in your head for days. Meanwhile, drummer Veronica Bellino and bassist Alan Robert provide an unwavering rhythm section, pocketed to perfection for duration of the album.

The Bad: Life of Agony showcase a vast competence of various styles of heavy music, but their dips into straight-ahead hardcore are the weakest part of The Sound of Scars. For as strong as the band sounds on the dynamic and hooky material here, the flat-out speed of “Eliminate” and gang-vocal hardcore chorus in “Once Below” feel slight by comparison. Life of Agony excel when Caputo weaves her melodious drawl over one of Joey Z’s grooves. By nature, the hardcore moments eschew that for faster tempos and harsher passages (perhaps necessary to the album’s concept).

The Verdict: The Sound of Scars is the best Life of Agony album since River Runs Red and a worthy sequel. It’s combination of subtle storytelling, via Caputo’s impeccable vocal performances, and riff-hitting grooves make it rewarding for both the passing headbanger and astute album listener. As for the end of the story, Life of Agony again leave it uncertain. As the theatric final track “I Surrender” seems to rise toward a happy ending in a major key, the music suddenly turns cloudy and grey, Caputo repeating the refrain, “There’s no faith and there’s no truth.” The song fades out, leaving the protagonist’s fate up for interpretation.

Essential Tracks: “Scars”, “Stone”, “Weight of the World”

Album Review: Life of Agony Weave a Dark Story of Redemption on The Sound of Scars
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]]> 0 972659 Jon Hadusek Jon Hadusek Album Review: Big Thief Strike Again with the Captivating Two Hands Wed, 09 Oct 2019 14:36:15 +0000 A crisp, immersive, and overwhelmingly captivating album that puts all of the band’s strengths front and center.

Album Review: Big Thief Strike Again with the Captivating Two Hands
Erica Campbell

]]> The Lowdown: There’s a scene late in Paul Schrader’s 2018 film First Reformed where Reverend Ernst Toller, a priest in the midst of a personal crisis played by Ethan Hawke, smokes a joint with his grieving parishioner, played by Amanda Seyfried, and together they embark on what she calls the “Magical Mystery Tour.” They smoke a joint together, levitate, and have out-of-body experiences. The camera follows them floating over the Earth, taking in all of its natural beauty in the form of mountaintops and lush forests before showing dumpsters filled with rubber tires, deforestation, and wanton environmental damage.

(Read: Crafting a Masterpiece – Tracing the Evolution of Big Thief)

This scene elicits the same reaction as Two Hands, the new album from Big Thief. It’s adorned in natural beauty but interspersed with glimpses of violence and destruction. The album was recorded in the desert outside El Paso at the world’s largest studio complex, Sonic Ranch. The band regrouped immediately after the sessions that produced their last offering, the cerebral U.F.O.F, to record this follow-up. Two Hands takes songs that have been live favorites for years along with new compositions to craft a crisp, immersive, and overwhelmingly captivating album that puts all of the band’s strengths front and center.

(Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Big Thief Shows)

The Good: Whereas much of U.F.O.F’s floating beauty was abstract and impressionist, Two Hands resonates deep in the soul with brilliantly crafted songs, like the hypnotic title track where vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist Adrianne Lenker along with guitarist Buck Meek weave through each other’s riffs or the slowly meandering rhythms and coziness of the warm guitar tones on“Wolf”, which sounds like it could have been an outtake from Yo La Tengo’s And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out .

The best songs on the album contain an urgency and danger, like blistering standout “Shoulders”, a dramatic and catchy track where Lenker cries out: “And the blood of the man who killed my mother with his hands is in me/ It’s in me in my veins.” It’s an impassioned cry, one that doubles as an intimate history of violence as well as an allegory for our collective culpability in climate destruction. It’s a theme she revisits in the communal but equally bracing “Forgotten Eyes”.

All these elements crash together in a thunderous tempest on album centerpiece “Not”. “It’s not the energy reeling,” Lenker states before breathlessly listing all the things that “it’s” not, “the phone on the table,” “the mess in your purse,” or “the fire lapping up the creek.” She tears through a list of internal, metaphysical, and earthly aspects in a state of chaos, repeating an image of the planet “not spinning.” All the while the band rises behind her before Lenker erupts into an earth-shaking guitar solo that the framework collapses in on. The band’s boldest, awe-inspiring statement yet finds them churning through unanswerable questions, aware that the ultimate answer might be more terrible than can be comprehended.

The entire album finds the band perfectly in sync, each musician’s intricate interplay coalescing together to create magic. The songs shimmer with pristine quality, adorned by Andrew Sarlo’s crystal-eyed production, filled with an immediacy and intimacy that feels like the band is inside the room with you as you put on your headphones. While the songs bristle with internal conflict within, the band have never sounded as assured and interconnected. The hypnotic interplay of the guitars often recalls the heights of In Rainbows, both blown-out and more grounded.

The Bad: While a couple of songs can’t quite match the all-encompassing highs of the album’s strong points, very few can be described as bad. The bluesy Americana on “Replaced” is still softly stunning, and the lilting lullaby on opener “Rock and Sing” is entrancing. “Those Girls” may be the only song that drags on the album, a stilted ballad with a fever-dream melody that still serves as a calming segue before the one-two punch of “Shoulders” and “Not”.

The Verdict: Looking at the year that Big Thief has had, especially if you count Lenker’s serene solo album, abysskiss, from last October, the band’s hot streak is unparalleled in present-day rock music. It’s reminiscent of a time when rock bands would release a string of classic albums with less than a year in between, a trend only adopted by certain hip-hop artists in today’s music landscape.

Two Hands as a whole doesn’t capture the weightless dream logic of U.F.O.F., but it doesn’t try to and stands on its own as a heavier, moodier work. To call this the Amnesiac to that album’s Kid A would be misleading, as Two Hands taps into an elemental fury, connecting the deeply personal with the universal majesty and threats that impact us all. Two Hands ends on “Cut My Hair”, which instead of being a Pavement homage stands dark, coda-filled, bared teeth, a knife at your throat, and burning diamond mines. Keeping the Radiohead references going, its menacing melancholy recalls Hail to the Thief’s closer, “A Wolf at the Door”, even with similar haunting background vocals.

Capping one of the strongest years a rock band has had in a while, this stands as a crowning achievement, the perfect record to close out a tumultuous decade and lead into one where the damage may be irreversible. Two Hands asks what responsibility each of us have going into the next era, offering no clear answers.

Essential Tracks: “Not”, “Shoulders”, and “Forgotten Eyes”

Album Review: Big Thief Strike Again with the Captivating Two Hands
Erica Campbell

]]> 0 Album Review: Big Thief – Two Hands A crisp, immersive, and overwhelmingly captivating album that puts all of the band’s strengths front and center. Read David Sackllah’s full review: Folk Rock,Indie Rock,StubHub,Two Hands,Big Thief Two Hands Album Review 972566 Erica Campbell YBN Cordae and Anderson .PAAK deliver throwback performance of “RNP” at 2019 BET Hip-Hop Awards: Watch Wed, 09 Oct 2019 14:35:29 +0000 A funky collaboration off YBN’s The Lost Boy debut.

YBN Cordae and Anderson .PAAK deliver throwback performance of “RNP” at 2019 BET Hip-Hop Awards: Watch
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]]> YBN Cordae and Anderson .Paak brought some funk to the 2019 BET Hip-Hop Awards with their performance of “RNP”.

The J. Cole-produced cut comes from Cordae’s debut record, The Lost Boy, which dropped back in the summer. He and .Paak previously premiered “RNP” on Fallon ahead of the album’s release, and the choreography they worked through on BET was almost the same as that previous TV appearance. Only this time, they were backed by a group of ’70s-attired dancers on a set that made it feel like an old school stoop party. Watch the replay below.

This is .Paak’s second headline-grabbing collaborative TV performance already this month. Just a few days ago, he was on Kimmel with Smokey Robinson singing “Make It Better”. He’s next set to appear at Atlanta’s AFROPUNK festival, Intersect Las Vegas, and ComplexCon in Long Beach, California later this year. Get tickets to all those shows here.

(Read: Top 25 Songs of 2019 (So Far))

YBN Cordae, meanwhile, is still riding the high of releasing The Lost Boy. He’s on tour with Logic and will also perform at Las Vegas’ Day N Vegas Festival next month. Grab tickets here.

YBN Cordae and Anderson .PAAK deliver throwback performance of “RNP” at 2019 BET Hip-Hop Awards: Watch
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]]> 0 972726 Ben Kaye Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby perform “Hot Girl Summer” and “Cash Sh*t” at 2019 BET Hip-Hop Awards: Watch Wed, 09 Oct 2019 14:17:09 +0000 The two star rappers made nautical magic at Tuesday’s awards show.

Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby perform “Hot Girl Summer” and “Cash Sh*t” at 2019 BET Hip-Hop Awards: Watch
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]]> We may be well into autumn now, but Megan Thee Stallion isn’t quite done celebrating “Hot Girl Summer”. The Houston-born rapper brought her blazing hit to the 2019 BET Hip-Hop Awards on Tuesday while decked out in bold, nautical attire. She also flaunted her “Cash Sh*t”, a single off this year’s Fever mixtape, alongside North Carolina’s own DaBaby.

Replay the video footage below.

(Read: 10 Female Rappers You Should Definitely Know About)

Megan Thee Stallion performed both tracks on The Tonight Show earlier this month. She’s set to play Rolling Loud’s NYC and Bay Area festivals, as well as San Antonio’s Mala Luna Music Festival. Get tickets to all of her upcoming dates here.

As for DaBaby, he just released Kirk, his second new album of the year, featuring Chance the Rapper, Gucci Mane, Migos, and Nicki Minaj. The MC will support the LP with a series of fall tour dates, including festival appearances at Rolling Loud in NYC and Tyler, the Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw in Los Angeles. Find tickets here.

Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby perform “Hot Girl Summer” and “Cash Sh*t” at 2019 BET Hip-Hop Awards: Watch
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]]> 0 972714 Lake Schatz Lake Schatz Matt Lauer accused of rape by former NBC employee Wed, 09 Oct 2019 13:56:14 +0000 The allegations are detailed in Ronan Farrow’s upcoming book, Catch and Kill.

Matt Lauer accused of rape by former NBC employee
Alex Young

]]> Disgraced TODAY anchor Matt Lauer has been accused of rape by a former NBC colleague.

According to Variety, the allegations are detailed in Ronan Farrow’s forthcoming book, Catch and Kill.

The victim, identified as Brooke Nevils, told Farrow that she was sexually assaulted by Lauer during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

“It was nonconsensual in the sense that I was too drunk to consent,” Nevils is quoted as telling Farrow. “It was nonconsensual in that I said, multiple times, that I didn’t want to have anal sex.”

Nevils said she had other sexual encounters with Lauer, some of which she initiated herself. She described these encounters as “transactional,” as she feared Lauer had control over her career at NBC.

Nevils said she told “like a million people” about her situation with Lauer, including colleagues and superiors at NBC. She eventually moved to a different division at NBC News “and reported it to one of her new bosses there.” Finally, in Fall 2017, Nevils disclosed details of her assault to Lauer’s former TODAY colleague, Meredith Vieira, who encouraged her go to NBC’s human resources with a lawyer. Lauer was fired the next day.

According to Farrow’s book, Nevils was later placed on medical leave and paid a seven figure settlement. NBC also proposed a script Nevils “would have to read, suggesting that she had left to pursue other endeavors, that she was treated well, and that NBC News was a positive example of sexual harassment,” Farrow writes.

Beyond Nevils’ allegations, more than 10 other women have accused Lauer of engaging in inappropriate behavior during his tenure at TODAY. He is said to have gifted a colleague a sex toy with a note about how he wanted to use it on her; he is alleged to have reprimanded an employee after she declined to engage in a sexual act; he allegedly frequently asked female employees about their sex lives; and he reportedly had a button under his desk that allowed him to lock his door from the inside without getting up.

Many of his accusers, including Nevils, said Lauer’s behavior was an open secret at NBC, but network executives only began to take the complaints seriously in the wake of sexual misconduct scandals involving Harvey Weinstein, Louis CK., and Charlie Rose.

In a statement responding to Nevils’ allegations, NBC said, “Matt Lauer’s conduct was appalling, horrific and reprehensible, as we said at the time. That’s why he was fired within 24 hours of us first learning of the complaint. Our hearts break again for our colleague.

Meanwhile, in a lengthy and combative letter released through his lawyer, Lauer called his relationship with Nevils an “extramarital affair” and said her account is “categorically false, ignores the facts, and defies common sense.” You can read Lauer’s letter in full below.

Over the past two years people have asked why I have not spoken out to defend myself more vigorously against some of the false and salacious allegations leveled at me. It is a fair question and the answer is deeply personal. Despite my desire to set the record straight and confront the individuals making false allegations, I wanted nothing less than to create more headlines my kids would read and a new gathering of photographers at the end of our driveway. So I decided to just stay quiet and work on repairing my relationship with the people I love. It has been the most important full-time job I have ever had.

But my silence has been a mistake.

Today, nearly two years after I was fired by NBC, old stories are being recycled, titillating details are being added, and a dangerous and defamatory new allegation is being made. All are being spread as part of a promotional effort to sell a book. It’s outrageous. So, after not speaking out to protect my children, it is now with their full support I say “enough.”

In a new book, it is alleged that an extramarital, but consensual, sexual encounter I have previously admitted having, was in fact an assault. It is categorically false, ignores the facts, and defies common sense.

I had an extramarital affair with Brooke Nevils in 2014. It began when she came to my hotel room very late one night in Sochi, Russia. We engaged in a variety of sexual acts. We performed oral sex on each other, we had vaginal sex, and we had anal sex. Each act was mutual and completely consensual.

The story Brooke tells is filled with false details intended only to create the impression this was an abusive encounter. Nothing could be further from the truth. There was absolutely nothing aggressive about that encounter. Brooke did not do or say anything to object. She certainly did not cry. She was a fully enthusiastic and willing partner. At no time did she behave in a way that made it appear she was incapable of consent. She seemed to know exactly what she wanted to do. The only concern she expressed was that someone might see her leaving my room. She embraced me at the door as she left.

This encounter, which she now falsely claims was an assault, was the beginning of our affair. It was the first of many sexual encounters between us over the next several months. After we returned to New York, we both communicated by text and by phone. We met for drinks, and she met me at my apartment on multiple occasions to continue our affair. Our meetings were arranged mutually. At no time, during or after her multiple visits to my apartment, did she express in words or actions any discomfort with being there, or with our affair.

She also went out of her way to see me several times in my dressing room at work, and on one of those occasions we had a sexual encounter. It showed terrible judgment on my part, but it was completely mutual and consensual.

Brooke now says that she was terrified about the control I had over her career and felt pressure to agree to our encounters after Sochi. But at no time during our relationship did Brooke work for me, the Today Show, or NBC News. She worked for Meredith Vieira (who had not worked for the Today Show in several years) in a completely different part of the network, and I had no role in reviewing Brooke’s work.

I admit, I ended the affair poorly. I simply stopped communicating with her. Brooke continued to reach out. She admitted to NBC at the time she filed her complaint that she called me late at night while I was home with my family in an effort to rekindle the affair. But I attempted to go back to my life and pretend as if nothing had happened. I understand how that must have made her feel. However, being upset or having second thoughts does not give anyone the right to make false accusations years later about an affair in which they fully and willingly participated.

Between February 2014 and November 2017, Brooke and I saw each other more than a dozen times at professional gatherings, both large and small. Despite the fact that our affair was over, she always went out of her way to greet me warmly and engage in conversation. It was not until I was called in to speak to an NBC attorney on November 28, 2017 that I first learned Brooke had any complaint. I answered all questions openly and honestly for more than an hour. At that meeting I was never told that Brooke claimed our encounter in Sochi was non-consensual. Had I been, I would have defended myself immediately.

After Brooke filed her complaint in late 2017, her attorney publicly insisted she wanted to remain anonymous. He said she just wanted NBC to “do the right thing.” But within a year she was reportedly out trying to sell a book. And it appears that she also sought a monetary payment from NBC. Now she is making outrageous and false accusations to help sell a different book and stepping into the spotlight to cause as much damage as she can.

But Brooke’s story is filled with contradictions. Which Brooke is to be believed?

She claims our first encounter was an assault, yet she actively participated in arranging future meetings and met me at my apartment on multiple occasions to continue the affair.

She says I was the one pursuing the relationship, yet once it was over, she was the one calling me asking to rekindle it.

She says she felt pressure to continue the affair because I had control over her career, but she did not work for me, the Today Show, or NBC News.

She said she wanted to remain anonymous, yet she was reportedly trying to sell a book within year after filing her complaint.

She said she just wanted NBC to “do the right thing,” yet she sought a monetary payment, and two years after I was fired, she is stepping forward to do more damage.

There are people who fully understand the actual dynamic that existed between Brooke and me. They have reluctantly and quietly reached out in the past two years and shared what they know. They have accurately described Brooke and her role in this affair. I hope those people will understand that these allegations cross a serious line, and what they can share is a vital truth, even if it may seem unpopular.

Because of my infidelity, I have brought more pain and embarrassment to my family than most people can ever begin to understand. They’ve been through hell. I have asked for their forgiveness, taken responsibility for what I did do wrong, and accepted the consequences. But by not speaking out I also emboldened those who continue to do me harm with false stories.

One such story I should have confronted a long time ago is an example of why I believe my silence was a mistake. Despite numerous erroneous reports in the past, there was not a button in my office that could lock the door from the inside. There was no such locking mechanism. It didn’t exist. NBC confirmed this fact publicly following my termination.

It would have been impossible to confine anyone in my office, for any purpose, and I have never attempted to make anyone feel as if they were confined in my office. I have never assaulted anyone or forced anyone to have sex. Period.

Anyone who knows me will tell you I am a very private person. I had no desire to write this, but I had no choice. The details I have written about here open deep wounds for my family. But they also lead to the truth. For two years, the women with whom I had extramarital relationships have abandoned shared responsibility, and instead, shielded themselves from blame behind false allegations. They have avoided having to look a boyfriend, husband, or a child in the eye and say, “I cheated.” They have done enormous damage in the process. And I will no longer provide them the shelter of my silence.

Matt Lauer accused of rape by former NBC employee
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]]> 0 972713 Alex Young Bat for Lashes on the Power of Meditation Wed, 09 Oct 2019 13:42:51 +0000 English indie pop star also revisits opening for Coldplay and Radiohead.

Bat for Lashes on the Power of Meditation


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Since her 2006 debut Fur & Gold, Bat For Lashes (AKA Natasha Khan) has established herself as one of the most passionate, expressive writers and performers. The London-born art pop artist has delivered record after record of cinematic beauty. Khan’s most recent album is the sublime Lost Girls, an album indebted to the bliss of Bananarama and Cyndi Lauper as well as the grand scope of composer John Williams.

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This week, Bat For Lashes calls in to discuss the complications of character-driven songwriting, her experiences teaching meditation to newly released prisoners, opening for Radiohead and Coldplay, and so much more.

Stream the full episode above.

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]]> 0 971930 liorphillips Poliça announce new album When We Stay Alive, share “Driving”: Stream Wed, 09 Oct 2019 13:00:25 +0000 The Minneapolis outfit has also lined up a massive 2020 tour.

Poliça announce new album When We Stay Alive, share “Driving”: Stream
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]]> Next year, Minneapolis synthpop outfit Poliça will return with their fourth studio effort. Dubbed When We Stay Alive, it’s officially out January 31st, 2020 through Memphis Industries.

The new album follows 2016’s United Crushers, as well as Music for the Long Emergency, the group’s 2018 collaborative LP with s t a r g a z e.

When We Stay Alive was written as Poliça singer Channy Leaneagh was recuperating from a nasty fall off her roof, which  left her immobile for many months. The new record’s title refers to more than just physical healing, however; in many ways, the recovery process allowed for Leaneagh to reclaim her own identity.

(Read: 10 Must-See Artists Touring New Albums This Fall)

“I had been living unconsciously in past trauma,” she explained in a statement. “I don’t want to deny something happened – this is not about repression – it’s about taking the power back from the past, holding the power in the present, and creating a new story for myself.”

Produced by band co-founder Ryan Olson and mixed by Jim Eno of Spoon, the 10-track collection is being teased with throbbing lead single “Driving” and its fiery video directed by Isaac Gale. Check it out below.

When We Stay Alive is available for pre-order now. Poliça will support the record with a lengthy 2020 tour through North America, the UK, and Europe. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 11th, and can be found here.

When We Stay Alive Artwork:

POLICA when we stay alive album artwork Poliça announce new album When We Stay Alive, share Driving: Stream

When We Stay Alive Tracklist:
01. Driving
02. TATA
03. Fold Up
04. Feel Life
05. Little Threads
06. Be Again
07. Steady
08. Forget Me Now
09. Blood Moon
10. Sea Without Blue

Poliça 2019-2020 Tour Dates:
10/11 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
10/12 – Milwaukee, WI @ Flannel Fest
11/23 – Eau Claire, WI @ Jamf Theater
11/26 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
11/27 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
02/07 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
02/08 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
02/10 – Glasgow, UK @ St. Lukes
02/11 – London, UK @ Village Underground
02/12 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
02/14 – Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie
02/15 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
02/16 – Frankfurt, DE @ Zoom
02/18 – Cologne, DE @ Artheatre
02/19 – Hamburg, DE @ Gruenspan
02/21 – Oslo, NO @ John Dee
02/22 – Stockholm, SE @ Slaktkyrkan
02/24 – Copenhagen, DK @ Little Vega
02/25 – Berlin, DE @ Columbia Theatre
02/27 – Warsaw, PL @ Hydrozagadka
02/28 – Vienna, AT @ WUK
02/29 – Munich, DE @ Hansa 39
03/01 – Milan, IT @ Santeria
03/03 – Barcelona, ES @ La Nau
03/04 – Madrid, ES @ Caracol
03/19 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
03/20 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
03/21 – Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx
03/23 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
03/24 – Montreal, QB @ Bar Le Ritz
03/25 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
03/27 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
03/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
03/29 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
03/31 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
04/01 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
04/02 – Maquoketa, IA @ Codfish Hollow Barn
04/10 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
04/16 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
04/17 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue
04/18 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
04/20 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
04/21 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
04/24 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
04/25 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister
04/27 – Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn
04/28 – Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Art Co
04/29 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street
04/30 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
05/01 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
05/02 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews

Poliça announce new album When We Stay Alive, share “Driving”: Stream
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]]> 0 POLICA-when-we-stay-alive-album-artwork 972676 Lake Schatz Lake Schatz Lake Schatz Chance the Rapper performs tracks from The Big Day, eats veggies on Carpool Karaoke: Watch Wed, 09 Oct 2019 12:08:16 +0000 The Chicago rapper is not a fan of vegetables.

Chance the Rapper performs tracks from The Big Day, eats veggies on Carpool Karaoke: Watch
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]]> On Tuesday evening, Chance the Rapper joined late-night host James Corden for a spin on Carpool Karaoke.

The Chicago rapper represented his debut studio album, The Big Day, performing sing-along versions of tracks like “All Day Long” and “Hot Shower”. Chano and Corden also sang along to Coloring Book favorites like “No Problem” and “All Night’ as well as Chance’s Ed Sheeran collaboration, “Cross Me”.

In between songs, Chance discussed his relationship with the Obamas and Kanye West. Plus, the self-described hater of vegetables put on a blindfold and taste-tested various veggies.

Replay the entire segment below.

Chance previously supported his new record with appearances on both Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Ellen.  Following his festival set at Rolling Loud Los Angeles in December, he’l embark on his official 2020 “Big Tour”, which features openers in Lil Yachty and brother Taylor Bennett. Find your tickets here.

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]]> 0 972685 Lake Schatz Lake Schatz Lake Schatz Panda Bear is “playing the long game” on new song: Stream Wed, 09 Oct 2019 10:45:48 +0000 Animal Collective member released his Buoys album earlier this year.

Panda Bear is “playing the long game” on new song: Stream
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]]> Panda Bear returns today with a new single titled “playing the long game”. The one-off solo track is his first since dropping the acclaimed Buoys full-length back in February.

Although ambient in tone, “playing the long game” is punctuated by deep, reverberating bass and washes of synths. It was written by the Animal Collective member, aka Noah Lennox, in collaboration with producer Rusty Santos.

(Read: Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion Remains a Watery Wonderland)

Accompanying the solo cut is a music video helmed by fashion designer and Panda Bear’s wife Fernanda Pereira. Lennox commented on it and the track in a statement,

“We had a good time making this video across the river. Thanks to everyone involved to make it happen. The song is about a brief series of thoughts I had one morning about who I am, what I’m doing, and where I’m going. Hope you enjoy it and hope all’s well.”

Check it out below.

Since Buoys, Panda Bear has worked on Solange’s stellar When I Get Home. He and the rest of Animal Collective have a few fall tour dates lined up, tickets for which can be purchased here.

Panda Bear appeared on Kyle Meredith With…  earlier this year to talk about success and AnCo. Revisit the episode below.

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Panda Bear is “playing the long game” on new song: Stream
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]]> 0 972539 Lake Schatz Lake Schatz Breaking Bad’s 10 Most Brilliant Schemes Wed, 09 Oct 2019 04:00:07 +0000 It’s never a dull moment on Gilligan’s Island.

Breaking Bad’s 10 Most Brilliant Schemes
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]]> Breaking Bad Week

Whatever happened to Jesse Pinkman? On Friday, we find out when El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie drops on Netflix. To celebrate, Consequence of Sound is publishing several articles straight outta New Mexico. Today, Editor-in-Chief Michael Roffman, Alex Huntsberger, and Andrew Bloom celebrate the ingenuity of Vince Gilligan’s series by revisiting its greatest schemes.

Vince Gilligan loves a good idea. Like David Lynch, the guy tends to wait for a fresh fish to catch, and he’s found a whole school of them in New Mexico. For over 10 years now, the veteran television scribe has turned Albuquerque into an enviable writer’s workshop, one that caters to his Erector set-like storytelling. Be it Walter White’s seemingly infinite knowledge of chemistry or Saul Goodman’s Houdini-esque wizardry amidst the legal system, there’s always a sense of ingenuity at hand on Gilligan’s Island, and that’s partly why both of his AMC series are so goddamn re-watchable.

That’s not to discredit Gilligan’s strict constitution for narrative, either. Hardly. If anything, these ideas wouldn’t nearly be as effective if not for the razor-sharp storytelling that wires each and every blueprint. Because without our affection or interest in his rogue’s gallery of characters, both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul would likely boil down to intriguing half-hours of television on either The Discovery Channel or C-SPAN, respectively. No, we ooh and ahh not only because we want these characters to succeed, but because we believe these characters can succeed. That takes talent.

Looking back on Breaking Bad, specifically, especially as we head into El Camino, we’re once again fascinated by the quirky ingenuity of so many of these plans and schemes. That’s why we opted to collate 10 of our favorites. Not because we love a good list — c’mon, who doesn’t love a good list on the Internet? — but mostly as a way to showcase Gilligan’s craft. So, before you reunite with Jesse Pinkman on Friday, take some time to consider how we got there, not through actions, but through good ol’ fashioned planning. At the very least, you’ll remember how to jumpstart an RV.

Yeah, science.

–Michael Roffman

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10. The Fugue State

Season 2, Episode 3, “Bit by a Dead Bee”

The One Who Knocks: Walter White (Bryan Cranston)

“How Did Everything Get So Screwed Up?” (Context) After narrowly escaping death by the hands of their captor Tuco Salamanca (Raymond Cruz) — thanks to ASAC Schrader (Dean Norris) — Walt and Jesse (Aaron Paul) have to account where they’ve been all this time. For Jesse, that’s easy peasy, and he’s more or less tasked of going home and cleaning up. For Walt, however, he has a family to answer to, which is why he ingeniously drums up a fugue state narrative for himself. Rather curiously, he stumbles into a distant grocery store and strips off his clothes, to the horror of every New Mexico shopper.

“Yeah, Science!” (The Scheme) Okay, so it’s not Walt’s finest hour — at least, not for his own reputation — but it’s a stroke of genius. Upon being hospitalized, Walt claims he has no recollection of where he’s been for the last few days, laying blame to his medication and chemotherapy. Although the doctors find no reason for such a fugue state, they more or less buy the story, insisting he stay with them for fear of another episode.

“We’re Done When I Say We’re Done!” (Consequences) Hospital bills, a panicked family, and mild doubts. But hey, no one suspects he’s involved with Salamanca, and Hank even walks away a hero, despite inheriting a crippling case of PTSD (and Tuco’s teeth).

Lab Analysis: Seeing how Walt has to come clean to Doctor Chavez — fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer might recognize actor Harry Groener as Mayor Richard Wilkins (spooky) — the plan isn’t 100% foolproof. But to his credit, Walt never truly confesses, copping to traditional father-husband woes, the likes of which any doctor probably might understand given his position. If anything, the only anxiety to stem from all of this is worn by Hank for his aforementioned PSTD, and Jesse, whose cleanup is only resolved due to Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis) refusing to cooperate. Ding, ding, ding, indeed.

–Michael Roffman

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09. The Thermite Break-In

Season 1, Episode 7, “A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal”

The One Who Knocks: Walter White … and André Cassagnes

“How Did Everything Get So Screwed Up?” Can’t cook meth without that crucial ingredient: methylamine. Unfortunately, as we learn multiple times throughout Breaking Bad, methylamine isn’t easy to come by; it winds up being the plutonium for this drug-dealing Doc and Marty. Their first realization of this surfaces late into Season 1, when Jesse manages to get every item on Walt’s cooking list, save for the big M. Walt’s furious, but Jesse has a solution — a chemical warehouse on the outskirts of town. The problem? It’s heavily guarded and secured by “one big ass lock.”

“Yeah, Science!” By remembering his World War II history, Walt is able to concoct a proper bomb with routine household items. But please, let’s not lay all the credit on Walt’s lap. Thanks to the work of André Cassagnes, who conceived of the Etch A Sketch in the 1950s, our high school chemist-turned-historian-turned-Tyler Durden has all the material he needs to make thermite without ever leaving Jesse’s garage.

“We’re Done When I Say We’re Done!” Not even cameras, nor a pesky realtor, can stop them from their work. The only real loser in this is the unlucky security guard who spends the night in a Port a Potty. The barrel, however, turns our duo into overnight winners.

Lab Analysis: If you didn’t gather, Walt knows his chemicals, and he especially knows how to make things pop. Gilligan proved as much in the previous episode, “Crazy Handful of Nothin”, when he armed his anti-hero with a fulminated mercury bomb. But the addition of a household object as rote as the Etch A Sketch really made Breaking Bad feel downright palpable — on the other hand, it also probably motivated half a dozen anarchists out there (win some, lose some). All joking aside, this kind of off-the-cuff engineering set a precedent for the series, giving it that Bill Nye edge that would give your own high school teacher a heart attack. Narratively speaking, the thermite brings Walt and Jesse closer together.

–Michael Roffman

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08. The Magnets

Season 5, Episode 1, “Live Free or Die”

The One Who Knocks: Walter White, Mike Ehrmentraut (Jonathan Banks), and Jesse Pinkman, with magnets provided courtesy of Old Joe (Larry Hankin). Though, for once, it’s Jesse who has the scientific breakthrough.

“How Did Everything Get So Screwed Up?” After offing Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) via Hector Salamanca’s wheelchair bomb and blowing up the Superlab, Walt and Jesse have one more loose end to tie up: The footage from the lab’s security cameras is is stored in Gus’s laptop … which just so happens to be in police custody. After convincing a very angry Mike not to murder Walt in cold (if well-deserved) blood and help them destroy the laptop, Jesse comes up with an idea: magnets.

“Yeah, Science!” Gus’ laptop is being stored in the Albuquerque PD’s evidence room. Since the trio can’t get into the room itself, they need a magnet big enough to wipe the computer’s hard drive from the other side of a brick wall. Enter: Old Joe’s giant junkyard electromagnet. After a successful test run, the team breaks into the APD parking lot and pulls up alongside the evidence room in their truck. With 42 car batteries providing the juice, they flip the switch and…

“We’re Done When I Say We’re Done!” Three things happen immediately: 01.) The laptop is wiped, 02.) The evidence room is wrecked, and 03.) The truck tips over. Whoops. The three crooks manage to escape, but they have to leave the truck behind, causing tensions between Walt and Mike to grow even tauter. Oh, and the evidence room chaos accidentally reveals Gus’ secret offshore accounts — including the one for Mike’s granddaughter.

Lab Analysis: Coming off the heels of Season 4, this scheme was a back-to-basics move by Gilligan. Science + crime = Great TV. And in classic Breaking Bad fashion, the scheme’s short-term success sows the seeds for its characters’ long-term downfall. Poor Mike. He really should have killed Walter White when he had the chance.

–Alex Huntsberger

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07. The Great Escape

Season 3, Episode 6, “Sunset”

The One Who Knocks: Walter White, with a notable assist from junkyard legal adviser Old Joe and Saul Goodman’s (Bob Odenkirk) secretary

“How Did Everything Get So Screwed Up?” Hank has been staking out Jesse. When Walt learns of the surveillance, he decides to have the RV, and all the incriminating evidence inside, destroyed and turned into Chinese patio furniture. But after he alerts Jesse, the young man rolls to the junkyard and bursts into the RV to give Walt a piece of his mind, not even realizing that he’s drawn Hank right to them. With the two trapped inside their former makeshift workspace, and cornered by his brother-in-law, Walt has to figure out a way to get rid of Hank, not to mention the RV, without exposing himself or their criminal enterprise.

“Yeah, Science!” There are three big elements of Walt’s plan. First, stall Hank by convincing him that the RV is a domicile, not a vehicle, and thus he needs to get a warrant before he’s allowed to just bust it open and investigate. Second, play Cyrano de Bergerac with Jesse, letting him and Old Joe delay Hank with their legal arguments (and well-placed profanity) to keep Walt himself anonymous. Third, have Saul’s secretary call Hank while posing as an A.P.D. officer, telling him that Marie’s (Betsy Brandt) been in a terrible accident, so that he’ll bail on the stand-off to check on his wife.

“We’re Done When I Say We’re Done!” Hank runs off, and the RV, along with every little incriminating detail inside, is crushed into little tiny pieces, never to be seen again. But Jesse catches one hell of a beating for the ruse.

Lab Analysis: You can’t argue with results. This is one of Walt’s closer calls, but by crossing yet another line (this time, a familial one), he manages to buy the time he needs to dispose of the RV and walk away without revealing his identity or his crimes. Still, the collateral damage to Jesse has to count as a mark against this scheme, even if it might be preferable to jail time or worse had they been caught.

–Andrew Bloom

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06. The Pest Control Lab

Season 5, Episode 3, “Hazard Pay”

The One Who Knocks:  Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, Mike Ehrmentraut, Saul Goodman, and introducing the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Todd Alquist (Jesse Plemons).

“How Did Everything Get So Screwed Up?” With no Superlab anymore, the fellas need a new place to cook — one that will keep them off the grid. Saul takes them on a tour of possible sites, none of which are acceptable. It’s only at the last place, a fumigation company called Vamanos Pest, that Walt has a sudden realization.

“Yeah, Science!”  Every Vamanos Pest tents a new house, Walt and Jesse set up a mobile meth lab inside it. This allows them to cook without worrying about weird smells or activity setting off the neighbors — the giant yellow and green tent covering the house provides the perfect cover. Plus, there’s an industrious member of the Vamanos crew, Todd, who seems very eager to please…

“We’re Done When I Say We’re Done!” The cooks themselves go great! The crew is making money hand over fist. Hell, once Walter kills Mike — and has Todd’s Neo-Nazi family kill Mike’s guys on the inside — the profits skyrocket. Jesse leaves? No problem. Todd is there to replace him. All in all, this scheme works about as well any scheme on the whole show.

Lab Analysis: An assessment of the whole thing: Most of the joy in Breaking Bad lay in Walt and Jesse trapping themselves in tighter and tighter corners — each one necessitating an increasingly elaborate scheme to break their way out. But the please of this scheme lies in its utter simplicity. Sure as hell beats a crappy RV in the middle of the desert.

–Alex Huntsberger

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Breaking Bad’s 10 Most Brilliant Schemes
Michael Roffman

]]> 1 Breaking Bad Week Breaking Bad Week Screen Shot 2019-10-08 at 12.19.45 PM Screen Shot 2019-10-08 at 12.19.45 PM Screen Shot 2019-10-08 at 12.19.45 PM Screen Shot 2019-10-08 at 12.19.45 PM Screen Shot 2019-10-08 at 12.19.45 PM Screen Shot 2019-10-08 at 12.19.45 PM 972383 Michael Roffman Michael Roffman City Girls celebrate JT’s prison release with new song “JT First Day Out”: Stream Wed, 09 Oct 2019 02:59:22 +0000 JT served a year behind bars for credit card fraud.

City Girls celebrate JT’s prison release with new song “JT First Day Out”: Stream
Robin Bacior

]]> It’s a big day for City Girls, specifically JT, who was just released from prison after more than a year spent behind bars. To mark the occasion, the Florida rap duo has dropped a new single, aptly titled “First Day Out”.

Back in 2018, JT– full name Jatavia Shakara Johnson– was sent to Miami’s Federal Detention Center for credit card fraud. However, that still didn’t slow down either JT or collaborator Yung Miami as they went ahead and dropped their album Girl Code featuring the almighty Cardi B, as well as appeared on the recent Control the Streets, Vol. 2 compilation.

(Read: The 25 Greatest Hip-Hop Debut Albums of All Time)

With JT finally out on the streets as a free woman, “JT First Day Out” sees City Girls operating in extra full force. Stream the Twysted Genius-produced cut below and check out the group’s celebratory posts on social media.

Fans can likely expect to hear more from City Girls now that JT and Yung Miami are back together again, though a tour probably won’t be in the cards anytime soon. For the time being, JT is legally required to stay in a halfway house, according to an interview with Pierre “Pee” Thomas (via Hot 97).

City Girls celebrate JT’s prison release with new song “JT First Day Out”: Stream
Robin Bacior

]]> 0 972648 Robin Bacior Robin Bacior Can someone help Lana Del Rey find her vape pen? Tue, 08 Oct 2019 22:56:24 +0000 The search was futile.

Can someone help Lana Del Rey find her vape pen?
Robin Bacior

]]> Stop the show! Lana Del Rey can’t find her vape pen.

That’s precisely what happened during LDR’s recent performance at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. The singer paused the evening after she apparently dropped her e-cigarette off the stage.

After calling over a few crew members to try and find it, she ultimately gave up. “Oh, fuck it,” the pop star said, then invited the patient crowd to sing along with her on the fan favorite “Video Games”.

(Read: 10 Times Lana Del Rey Read Our Minds on Norman Fucking Rockwell!)

Del Rey has been on the road promoting her newest release Norman Fucking Rockwell!, treating show-goers to surprise guests like Joan Baez, Sean Lennon and Leonard Cohen’s son, Adam. She still has a good amount of tour dates left, so get those tickets here.

Also someone tell Lana Del Rey that vape pens are dangerous.

Watch the full footage below.

Can someone help Lana Del Rey find her vape pen?
Robin Bacior

]]> 0 972580 Robin Bacior Joaquin Phoenix suggests he’s open to a Joker sequel Tue, 08 Oct 2019 22:06:11 +0000 The actor says he’s had discussions with director Todd Phillips about doing “something else” with the character.

Joaquin Phoenix suggests he’s open to a Joker sequel
Ben Kaye

]]> Despite all the controversies surrounding its release and divided reviews, Joker has proven to be a record-breaking box office success. That undoubtedly has Warner Bros. already envisioning sequel money, and it looks like star Joaquin Phoenix wouldn’t be opposed to helping them cash in.

In a new interview with Peter Travers on the film critics’ Popcorn talk show, Phoenix suggested he was open to the idea of reprising his role as the Clown Prince of Crime. Asked if he considered Joker a “dream role,” he explained it hadn’t started out that way. “I wouldn’t have thought of this as my dream role,” said the Academy Award-nominated actor. “But now, honestly, I can’t stop thinking about it. I talked to [director] Todd [Phillips] a lot about what else we might be able to do, in general, just working together, but also specifically, if there’s something else we can do with Joker that might be interesting.”

Todd Phillips also seems game to go back to Gotham. After telling Total Film he’d “do anything with [Phoenix], any day of the week,” the filmmaker said, “If he was willing to do [a sequel], and if people show up to this movie, and Warners came to us and said, ‘You know what? If you guys could think of something…’ Well, I have a feeling that he and I could think of something pretty cool.”

(Read: Heath Ledger vs. Joaquin Phoenix: Which Joker Gets the Last Laugh?)

While intense character studies rarely find themselves receiving follow-ups, sequels are typically the goal of most comic book movies. Joker straddles that line, and considering all the factors — box office numbers, creative interest, Oscar buzz — it seems completely plausible that a Joker 2: More Laughs could be in our future. Just hopefully this time they don’t give any royalties to a convicted sex criminal.

Joaquin Phoenix suggests he’s open to a Joker sequel
Ben Kaye

]]> 1 972623 Ben Kaye Dennis Graham says son Drake lied about their estrangement in order to sell more records Tue, 08 Oct 2019 21:57:29 +0000 Drake has written plenty of songs about his absent father, including the Grammy-nominated “0 to 100/ The Catch Up”.

Dennis Graham says son Drake lied about their estrangement in order to sell more records
Lake Schatz

]]> Drake’s rap persona has always been one associated with overt sensitivity, especially when it came to his family. For years, the Toronto MC wrote songs specifically lamenting the absence of his father, Dennis Graham. However, in a new interview, Graham claims Drizzy lied about their estrangement in order to sell more albums.

Graham attempted to set the record straight while on Nick Cannon’s Power 106 radio show last week. When asked about Drake’s songs about their strained relationship, Graham said he’s actually always been a part of his rapper son’s life.

“I had a conversation with Drake about that. I’ve always been with Drake,” Graham told Cannon. “I talk to him if not every day, every other day.”

(Read: Ranking Every Drake Song from Worst to Best)

Graham’s revelation conflicts with singles such as the Grammy-nominated “0 to 100/The Catch Up”, in which Drake says growing up without a father figure forced him to toughen up. “I’ve been ready/ Since my dad used to tell me/ He was coming to the house to get me/ He ain’t show up/ Valuable lesson, man, I had to grow up/ That’s why I never ask for help.”

Graham said he didn’t like the way his own son was portraying him in his music and directly asked the Take Care artist about it. “I said, ‘Drake, why are you saying all of this stuff about me, man? It’s not cool,’” Graham recounted. According to Graham, Drizzy simply replied, “Dad, it sells records.”

On Thursday afternoon, Drake addressed his father’s comments. “Woke up today so hurt man. My father will say anything to anyone that’s willing to listen to him,” the OVO rapper wrote in an Instagram story. “It’s sad when family gets like this but what can we really do that’s the people we are stuck with … every bar I ever spit was the truth and the truth is hard for some people to accept.”

Although Drake holds onto this version of events — that his father was absent up until a few years ago — this isn’t the first time Graham has contradicted him. As Complex points out, during an appearance on ItsTheReal’s A Waste of Time podcast this past June, Graham also accused Drake of lying. “Just go with the flow,” Drake supposedly told Graham. “This shit sells records.”

Below, check out Graham’s clip on “Nick Cannon Mornings”, followed by Drake’s response.

 Dennis Graham says son Drake lied about their estrangement in order to sell more records

Dennis Graham says son Drake lied about their estrangement in order to sell more records
Lake Schatz

]]> 0 drake-responds-dad-absent 972558 Lake Schatz Lake Schatz Lake Schatz Len Wiseman to direct female-led John Wick spin-off Ballerina Tue, 08 Oct 2019 21:54:01 +0000 The unnamed heroine apparently made a cameo in John Wick 3 – Parabellum.

Len Wiseman to direct female-led John Wick spin-off Ballerina
Robin Bacior

]]> Lionsgate has announced Len Wiseman will direct a women-fronted spin-off of the popular John Wick franchise called Ballerina.

As Deadline reports, the new action film will center around a young dancer who’s also a trained assassin as she seeks vengeance on those who’ve harmed her family. The script is being written by Shay Hatten, who was also a force behind John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

Though it’s not yet known who will star in the new flick, apparently our new heroine made an appearance in that last Wick film. Of course, fans of the franchise will immediately flash back to the ballet school scene, during which dancer Unity Phelan makes an appearance that’s listed in the credits as “ballerina.” Speculation aside, it’s unclear which character will be pirouetting her way into the spin-off.

Wiseman has a history of putting women at the forefront of action cinema for sometime. He got his start with the popular vampire/werewolf saga Underworld, which helped launch Kate Beckinsale’s career to new heights.

With Wiseman now on board, Ballerina has been set on a fast track. The film will be produced by Erica Lee, Basil Iwanyk, and Chad Stahelski, with John Wick star Keanu Reaves serving as executive producer. It’s not clear whether the Internet’s favorite lonely man will make an appearance in the spin-off, though even if he did, it’d likely just be a cameo. However, you can catch him in the upcoming John Wick 4, which is set for a 2021 release.

Len Wiseman to direct female-led John Wick spin-off Ballerina
Robin Bacior

]]> 0 972440 Robin Bacior Robin Bacior Trey Anastasio Band announce 2020 tour dates Tue, 08 Oct 2019 21:28:02 +0000 In addition, the Between Me and My Mind documentary about the Phish frontman arrives online October 11th.

Trey Anastasio Band announce 2020 tour dates
Robin Bacior

]]> Trey Anastasio seems to be in ever-popular demand, and he’s all too happy to provide the supply. After launching his new side project Ghosts of the Forest earlier this year, he’s set to perform a run of acoustic shows this month before linking back up with Phish for their fall trek. Come winter, he’ll be back on the road for a new set of 2020 tour dates across the US with his self-named Trey Anastasio Band (TAB).

The new schedule sees TAB kicking off their tour with a pair of shows in Port Chester, New York on January 10th-11th. They’ll then head to the West Coast for shows in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Phoenix before playing a trio of Texas gigs. Things wrap up January 31st and February 2nd with a two-night stand at New Orleans, Louisiana’s The Civic Theatre.

Additionally, Anastasio has announced his Between Me and My Mind documentary will arrive via Amazon and iTunes on October 11th. With direction from Steven Cantor, the film follows the Phish frontman as he works through some of his most intimate and honest songwriting. It premiered earlier this year with a limited theatrical run.

(Buy: Tickets to Phish’s Upcoming Shows)

Pre-sale tickets for TAB’s new tour open on October 9th at 1:00 p.m. ET via Anastasio’s online store. You can also get your tickets here, and watch the Between Me and My Mind trailer beneath Anastasio’s full schedule below.

Trey Anastasio 2019-2020 Tour Dates:
10/15 – Geneva, NY @ Smith Opera House *
10/16 – Dayton, OH @ Victoria Theatre *
10/18 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater *
10/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre *
10/21 – Eau Claire, WI @ The Pablo Center at the Confluence *
10/23 – Canton, OH @ Palace Theatre *
10/25 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater *
10/26 – Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre at Old National Centre *
10/27 –  Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium *
10/29 – New York, NY @ Carnegie Hall *
10/30 – New York, NY @ Carnegie Hall *
11/29 – Providence, RI @ Dunkin’ Donuts Center ^
11/30 – Providence, RI @ Dunkin’ Donuts Center ^
12/01 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum ^
12/04 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Peterson Event Center ^
12/06 – Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Coliseum ^
12/07 – Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Coliseum ^
12/08 – Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Coliseum ^
02/20-23 – Cancun, MX @ Phish: Riviera Maya ^
01/10 –  Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre #
01/11 – Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre #
01/16 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park #
01/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern #
01/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern #
01/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren #
01/24 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at Moody Theatre #
01/25 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues #
01/26 – Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory #
01/28 – San Antonio, TX @The Tobin Center #
01/31 – New Orleans, LA @ The Civic Theatre #
02/1 – New Orleans, LA @ The Civic Theatre #

* = An Acoustic Evening with Trey Anastasio
^ = Phish
# = Trey Anastasio Band

Trey Anastasio Band announce 2020 tour dates
Robin Bacior

]]> 0 972499 Robin Bacior Heath Ledger vs. Joaquin Phoenix: Which Joker Gets the Last Laugh? Tue, 08 Oct 2019 21:19:11 +0000 A rundown on the two Clown Princes of Crime to see who runs Gotham City.

Heath Ledger vs. Joaquin Phoenix: Which Joker Gets the Last Laugh?
Clint Worthington

]]> Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Art is subjective. Music and movies aren’t about competition; they’re about artistic expression. Well, for those of you who know better than to believe those lies, welcome to another installment of Vs. This time around, Clint Worthington heads to Gotham City for one long laugh with the Clown Prince of Crime.

For better or for worse, it’s Joker’s world right now, and we’re living in it. Todd Phillips’ gritty, provocative take on the classic comic book baddie has been bottlenecking the much-dreaded Discourse, but also theaters given its $ 93 million opening weekend.

Central to its appeal, besides Phillips’ approach to a gritty, Scorsese-ian Gotham City, is Joaquin Phoenix’s performance as Arthur Fleck, a man on the edge whose humiliation and frustration at an uncaring world transforms him into the Clown Prince of Crime.

Even in the most mixed or scathing reviews of the film, Phoenix’s performance has largely been hailed as a bold new take on the character: Alissa Wilkinson of Vox called it “finely layered,” and our own Sarah Kurchak leavened her mixed review with an admission that Phoenix “breathe[s] strange new life into” the titular villain.

Of course, Phoenix has big, floppy clown shoes to fill: Every iteration of the Joker must weigh itself against the new standard set over a decade ago by the late, great Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight. It’s the role that won him a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor — for a comic book movie, no less! — and also redefined the character for an entire generation of Bat-fans.

Yet it also set an incredibly high standard that no one — not even Jared Leto, the kid from Gotham — has been able to touch up till now. So, with Phoenix’s name on our red-painted lips, we thought it might be wise to see where Arthur Fleck matches up with — and greatly differs from — Ledger’s anarchic enigma. Just picture me breaking a pool cue in half and tossing each shard in their direction: we’re gonna have tryouts.


Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.)

Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.)

As with all things, we have to start at the beginning. Where does the Joker come from? This is probably where Ledger and Phoenix’s portrayals differ the most. In The Dark Knight, the Joker has no name, no discernible origin; he’s an enigma, a manifestation of the moral rot at the heart of Gotham, of the chaos that happens when we ignore the social contract. Each time he asks, “You wanna know how I got these scars?”, he tells a different story. In a lot of ways, his Joker isn’t meant to be human. Instead, he’s a symbol, a status of criminal mastermind that Ledger deliberately adopts.

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Joker (Warner Bros.)

On the other hand, we know almost everything about Phoenix’s Joker. Phillips painstakingly details Arthur Fleck’s road to madness, making sure we see every step of the ride. As we learn, Fleck’s a lonely, disenfranchised man besotted by poverty, crime, and the infrastructural breakdown of Gotham City. He even has his sympathetic moments: he cares deeply for his mother, has connections to friends and family, and wants to find adoration and acceptance from others as a stand-up comedian.

In that sense, his Joker is borne, as he not-so-subtly says to Robert De Niro’s Murray Franklin, out of being a “mentally-ill loner” who meets a “society that abandons him.” Sure, there’s a fair amount of ambiguity about his real origins — is he Thomas Wayne’s love child, or are the Arkham records right and he’s the adopted, abused child of a mentally ill woman? — but it’s all very explicit by comparison.

Bottom line: We know Arthur Fleck in ways we simply don’t with Ledger’s version of the Joker. However, the more we learn about him, the less his killer punchlines sting. In the right circumstances, it’s possible Fleck could have been a good person.


What joke is each Joker playing on Gotham City? Ledger’s, like we mentioned before, is revealing the punchline that civilization is a lie perpetrated by barely-evolved simians who only stop from killing each other based on invisible lines of civility and kindness. For Arthur, the joke is narcissistically on him — he has no thematic or criminal connection to the rest of Gotham, just an axe to grind.

Ledger’s Joker is a highly political figure, one whose entire criminal enterprise is driven to conveying a single political message: People are “only as good as the world allows them to be” and that “when the chips are down, these civilized people will eat each other.” Whether it’s breaking down Batman’s legacy and reputation, or rigging two boats with explosives to highlight the class divides in Gotham, his Joker acts more like a moral test for Batman and the rest of the city than a fully-fleshed out character.

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Joaquin Phoenix as Joker

As for Arthur Fleck, his Joker claims he’s “not political”; indeed, that’s borne out by the accidental revolution that sparks around him after he kills three Wayne Finance bros on the subway in a fit of impotent rage. He didn’t ask for that, and seems barely interested in the political unrest around him. Even as he embraces the throngs of mask-wearing vandals who cheer for him after the riots enter their full force, he doesn’t consider it a victory for The Cause. It’s another narcissistic delusion: he just wants to be loved and adored, and now he’s got a crowd of adoring fans, regardless of how he lucked into them.


Between Heath Ledger, Mark Hamill, and Joaquin Phoenix, the role of the Joker has become kinda like Hamlet. Every actor wants to play the Dane, and the same group of folks would also love to throw on Mr. J’s makeup and lose themselves in Gotham. For their parts, Ledger and Phoenix’s turn at bat have lent themselves greatly to the mythologizing of actors transforming themselves to take on difficult roles.

Ledger famously locked himself in a hotel room for a month, and it’s often claimed that the psychological toll of the role contributed to his untimely death. Similarly, Phoenix, never one to shy away from physically- and mentally-demanding performances, lost 50 pounds for the role (in ways that seem indicative of an eating disorder, if we’re being honest), and was said to be so in-character while filming that he’d occasionally have to leave the set.

But how does this show in each of their respective performances? Well, Ledger’s Oscar-winning performance is remarkable for a reason. As a raspy, grotesque madman with a Glasgow smile, stringy green hair, and half-melted clown makeup, his Joker is equal parts Alex DeLarge and Danny Devito’s Penguin, a haunting mix of macabre menace and sheer gross-out eeriness. His voice, a Daffy Duck-like rasp, is a perfect match for his deliberately affected look (honeycomb-patterned purple dress shirts, his purple three-piece suit).

Contrast that with Phoenix’s Joker, who takes on a much more Chaplin-esque physicality as Fleck, alluding to his history as an actual working clown. He expresses himself through a kind of blindly expressive dance at his most elated moments, and he speaks with a wounded, delicate singsong — a fragile little songbird from whom his violent tendencies seem a horrifying surprise. It’s the kind of performance we’ve seen elsewhere from Phoenix, Arthur Fleck sitting somewhere between his pained contract killer in 2018’s You Were Never Really Here and Freddie Quell in 2012’s The Master.


joker gif Heath Ledger vs. Joaquin Phoenix: Which Joker Gets the Last Laugh?

As watchable and empathetic as Phoenix is during the best moments of Joker, we have to give it to Ledger. It’s an unforgettable performance for a lot of reasons, but mostly because Ledger’s version of the Joker fits the essence of the character. It’s a deeply weird performance, one informed by the Hamills and Nicholsons of the past while making it his own. Fleck, with his hangdog expressions and marginalization at the fringes of society, is less a Clown Prince of Crime than he is an unwitting catalyst for class revolution. What’s more, so much of his appealing strangeness has been explored in the actor’s other work; apart from the physical transformation, there’s just not as much there that differs from his other output. It’s not as completely transformative as Ledger, and honestly, given Joker‘s Taxi Driver/King of Comedy connections, it’s fair to say Fleck’s DNA has been floating around in the cinematic ether for nearly 50 years.

Heath Ledger vs. Joaquin Phoenix: Which Joker Gets the Last Laugh?
Clint Worthington

]]> 4 Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.) Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.) Joker Joaquin Phoenix evolution laugh Todd Phillips Joker (Warner Bros.) Joaquin Phoenix as Joker todd phillips far left agenda Joaquin Phoenix as Joker joker gif Heath Ledger vs. Joaquin Phoenix: Which Joker Gets the Last Laugh? 972502 Clint Worthington Clint Worthington Clint Worthington Film Review: Mister America Struggles to Earn Votes Tue, 08 Oct 2019 20:03:26 +0000 Tim Heidecker’s meta political satire isn’t entirely convincing.

Film Review: Mister America Struggles to Earn Votes
Blake Goble

]]> The Pitch: Peevish cult comedian Tim Heidecker throws his hat into politics with the mumbly mockumentary Mister America. Tim, of Tim & Eric, is running for district attorney in San Bernardino. He’s market-tested his beard. He’s traveling around in a beat-up Ford Explorer with tons of swag in the trunk. “WE HAVE A RAT PROBLEM!” the signs and slogans declare, problematically dropped in local donut shops. Here’s a modernist huckster comedy about a totally inexperienced TV personality trying his hand at high-level negotiation, for spite, pride, and publicity. (Yes, please, read into that and the era of sloganeering tele-politics.) Heidecker’s a flop running on Mike Huckabee-like smarm, but with even more screaming and even less momentum.

Mister America is born from Heidecker and Gregg Turkington’s On Cinema at the Cinema YouTube series. In a recent B-plot, Heidecker pitched a Bonnaroo-ish EDM festival, only to kill a lot of people and injure plenty more due to managerial neglect. On YouTube, Heidecker was tried as a spin-off episode of On Cinema. (Dark meta anti-comedy is the best way to put it?) A guilty verdict and jail time appear certain, but he walks away on a mistrial thanks to one juror holding out. Now, in an act of total retaliation and know-nothing, Heidecker decides to run against the district attorney that tried him, that crusty old Vincent Rosetti (Don Pecchia). Tim’s racking up bills as he glad-hands with locals in Oakley sunglasses and rolled-up sleeves. And get this: his campaign manager, Toni Newman (Terri Parks), was the juror who helped get Heidecker his mistrial. She loves wine, is obsessed with Mr. Heidecker, and has next to no political experience.

And what’s his platform? Crime, like, in the sense that there’s too much crime. He’s read the demographics from a 30,000-foot view, and there’s a rat problem. And ballots. He needs votes. And money. Oh, and volunteers. But money first for the volunteers? And people should go to jail forever. If they’re guilty of course. But no prosecuting the innocent like Tim Heidecker, innocent concert promoter.

He’s so fucked. Actually, wait…

Platform Coming Soon: Because Mister America plays like a truncated inside joke, of course Heidecker bought a domain for his phony bid. It’s reasonably funny, with badly photoshopped images, abundant namechecks of On Cinema regular Joe Estevez, and a “platform” page with nothing but Coming Soon clip art. But that’s it right there. This is Mister America’s ethos in short order.

Here’s a comedy about a slovenly dog chasing a car: Heidecker just wants to run, then figure out details later. What’s policy when you can do cool things like design hats and beg for likes online? And that’s the joke. That is Mister America’s blessing and burden. This Heidecker project is slimmer than a Trump promise, although it is purposely funnier.

Heidecker’s bid for an AG position is the spine of the film’s obvious shots at politics in 2019, riffing on the idea that it’s all a game of veneers. For whatever this is worth, and it is worth something, Heidecker commits to his own ugliness and idiocy, which makes Mister America’s haphazard joke ratio worth at least a passing glance. And eventually we see that there is something here: a strangely serene meditation on what makes the wrong guys run.

Tim Heidecker in Mister America (Magnolia Pictures)

Tim Heidecker in Mister America (Magnolia Pictures)

Election Litter: What if a politician was even lazier than, and not nearly as well-funded as a dime-store racketeer like Trump?

The best jokes can be found in Heidecker’s half-hearted effort, his incoherence, and his attempts to spin his way out of a shady past. (At one point, On Cinema cohort Gregg Turkington shows up to name a litany of Heidecker’s sins, such as not vaccinating his child, selling illegal medicines, and constant anger issues.) Heidecker can sputter about phrases he likely picked up from the news, like ‘career politicians’ or ‘swamps’ or ‘outsiders shaking things up’. But he sure can’t string them into a coherent sentence. These bits are looser-fitting than Bernie’s suits, adding up slowly in a short framework.

Every damn day, there is this urge to scream loudly at the most transparently unqualified people who campaign. “You did this to promote yourself, or interview for a TV hosting gig!” Mister America argues for itself as the venting board we need right now, with actual failures and even some consequences of thoughtless action for those who abuse systems. Heidecker taps into the mantra of not trying and seeing how far it gets him, and it’s beyond frustrating but in a good way if that makes any sense.

Reptilian Rhetoric: Your mileage may vary for this sort of goon show, but to say nothing of Heidecker’s mindfulness for making himself a gaffe machine would be unfair. He is a lizard man, and a quite convincing one at that. He happily lets his gut hunch over his belt while his chin falls in to his neck before passing out on camera. He thinks he can dodge the documentary crew while swearing up a storm into his phone. And he doesn’t know when to shut up about a statue of Martin Luther King Jr., because the longer he goes, the more incorrect and insincere his appreciation of history becomes.

The Verdict: Mister America aims for the acerbic pitch of a ‘70s alternative political farce like The Candidate, but the parting feeling is that it’s just an overdeveloped ramble. It’s not ha-ha funny, which is fine in the world of a muted humor like this. But like Heidecker’s campaign, it’s not entirely convincing as a satire either. In any case, Heidecker doesn’t need your votes on this one. There’s a lot of sharp-edged political satire on the market right now, and if you’re burned out by [gestures to the press, the Internet, Washington D.C.], no one will blame you if Heidecker’s mush-mouthed jargon humor isn’t your ticket.

Where’s It Playing? One night only in theaters on October 9th. Probably on demand soon enough. No need for a voter ID card, either.


Film Review: Mister America Struggles to Earn Votes
Blake Goble

]]> 0 Tim Heidecker in Mister America (Magnolia Pictures) Tim Heidecker in Mister America (Magnolia Pictures) 972512 Blake Goble Blake Goble The Avett Brothers perform “Tell the Truth” on Fallon: Watch Tue, 08 Oct 2019 19:50:31 +0000 The track comes from their politically-inclined new album Closer Than Together.

The Avett Brothers perform “Tell the Truth” on Fallon: Watch
Robin Bacior

]]> Just last week, The Avett Brothers released their newest album, Closer Than Together. On Tuesday night, the Americana band supported their 10th full-length with a performance of the track “Tell the Truth” on Fallon.

The Avett Bros delivered the song in front of a starkly lit white backdrop. The scene provided a sense of bare purity to match the theme of “Tell the Truth”, the idea that only by being truly honest with ourselves and others can we find peace. It’s a nice enough message — especially considering the current political climate — but boy is that spoken-word interlude awkward with the camera fades between Scott Avett and the rest of the band.

Watch the full performance below. You can also catch the group on the road, as they still have a healthy chunk of North American tour dates left on their schedule. Get your tickets here.

The Avett Brothers perform “Tell the Truth” on Fallon: Watch
Robin Bacior

]]> 0 972468 Robin Bacior Guns N’ Roses perform “Locomotive” for first time since 1992: Watch Tue, 08 Oct 2019 19:42:33 +0000 The last time the band performed the tune was February 1992 in Tokyo.

Guns N’ Roses perform “Locomotive” for first time since 1992: Watch
Spencer Kaufman

]]> Guns N’ Roses performed their song “Locomotive” for the first time since 1992 during their show on Monday night. The band broke out the deep Use Your Illusion II cut at their concert in Wichita, Kansas.

The original track clocked in at nearly nine minutes, and was removed from the setlist shortly after the band went on tour to support the 1991 Use Your Illusion albums. According to, the last time GN’R performed “Locomotive” was February 20th, 1992, in Tokyo.

Another highlight of the night was a cover of Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Lineman”. While GN’R have been playing the song throughout the tour, it was an extra special treat for the Wichita crowd.

(Buy: Tickets to Guns N’ Roses’ Upcoming Shows)

GN’R are putting the wraps on their mega-successful “Not in This Lifetime Tour” this fall, with dates scheduled through a two-night stand November 1st and 2nd in Las Vegas. The trek, which launched in April 2016, features the reunion of Axl Rose with fellow classic members Slash and Duff McKagan.

Following the conclusion of the tour, Guns N’ Roses plan to work on their first studio LP featuring Axl, Slash, and Duff since the aforementioned Use Your Illusion albums. As Slash told us in an interview earlier this year, “There’s a handful of gigs that are happening [in the fall], and then it’s really just focusing on getting a new record done.”

Watch the “Locomotive” performance below. Tickets to the band’s remaining fall shows are available here.

Guns N’ Roses perform “Locomotive” for first time since 1992: Watch
Spencer Kaufman

]]> 0 972472 Spencer Kaufman Third Man Records launches podcast dedicated to The White Stripes Tue, 08 Oct 2019 19:23:12 +0000 Striped tells the story of Jack and Meg White’s musical history.

Third Man Records launches podcast dedicated to The White Stripes
Lake Schatz

]]> Last month, Third Man Records released a live album recording of The White Stripes’ last-ever concert. Jack White’s Nashville record label now has a new offering for those nostalgic fans looking to dive deeper into the rock outfit’s past: a podcast dedicated entirely to the history of The White Stripes.

Dubbed Striped, the podcast is hosted by music journalist Sean Cannon. Each 30-minute episode takes listeners on a journey through the band’s career, including the early days spent jamming in Jack White’s own attic.

(Read: Ranking Every Jack White Album from Worst to Best)

“Lately I’ve been afraid of getting in a car crash and having my last dying words be ‘shit, I really should’ve gotten the White Stripes story down for posterity,’” Third Man co-founder and White Stripes archivist Ben Blackwell remarked in a statement. “This is my attempt to avail myself to somewhat less lame last words.”

Adding to the Striped conversation are a number of The White Stripes’ peers, collaborators, and tour mates, such as members of Pavement, The MC5, The Dirtbombs, and filmmaker Lance Bangs. White’s own The Raconteurs also appear.

Check out the trailer for Striped below. Stream the first two episodes of Striped season one over on Apple.

In related news, Tenacious D just announced a new Record Store Day Black Friday single produced by White.

Striped: The Story of The White Stripes Artwork:

striped white stripe podcast stream Third Man Records launches podcast dedicated to The White Stripes

Third Man Records launches podcast dedicated to The White Stripes
Lake Schatz

]]> 0 striped-white-stripe-podcast-stream 972450 Lake Schatz Lake Schatz Lake Schatz Lil Peep’s mother files lawsuit against late rapper’s managers for negligence, wrongful death Tue, 08 Oct 2019 19:21:21 +0000 Liza Womack says various managers ignored his wellbeing and supplied him with illegal drugs.

Lil Peep’s mother files lawsuit against late rapper’s managers for negligence, wrongful death
Ben Kaye

]]> As we approach the two-year anniversary of Lil Peep’s death, the late rapper’s mother is seeking recompense for his loss. Liza Womack, whose rapper son died of an overdose in 2017, is suing his former management team in connection to his death.

In a lawsuit filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday, Womack accuses three members of Lil Peep’s team of ignoring their responsibility to look after the rising star’s welfare and providing him with both illegal drugs and unprescribed controlled substances. She’s seeking unspecified damages for negligence, breach of contract, and wrongful death (via The New York Times).

The lawsuit specifically names manager Lil Peep’s label and talent agency, First Access Entertainment; Bryant “Chase” Ortega and Belinda Mercer, the tour manager on Lil Peep’s final tour in the fall of 2017. A number of accusations about the conduct of Sarah Stennett, a chief executive at FAE, are also made in the suit, though she is not named as a defendant. Womack alleges that despite knowing their client was “stressed, overwhelmed, burnt out, exhausted and physically unwell,” they supplied Lil Peep drugs to make sure he kept performing.

According to the suit, Stennett and First Access had an ethical and legal responsibility to help the young, impressionable Lil Peep, born Gustav Elijah Åhr, navigate his swift rise in the entertainment industry. Instead, the company treated him “as a commodity rather than as a human being.” Regardless of it they’re held responsible for supplying illicit substances, Womack’s attorney, Paul A. Matiasic, argues FAE “had the power, they had the influence and control over Gus’s career, and specifically this tour. There are duties associated with having that type of control.” Duties which, as the suit alleges, they failed to meet.

A handful of specific incidents mentioned in the suit support those allegations. There’s a claim Stennett provided Peep a bottle of pills at a 2017 dinner. In another case, she supposedly texted him, “I’m about to land at JFK. I have one 2m x and 4 x .25,” in reference to doses of Xanax.

Mercer, meanwhile, was apparently in a sexual relationship with Lil Peep during that final tour. The suit says she frequently supplied him with drugs, including ketamine, and was searched by drug-sniffing dogs and detained at the Canadian border on October 25th, 2017, just weeks before Peep’s death. Allegedly, Stennett was made aware of how dangerous the situation on the tour bus was becoming, but didn’t intercede.

Troublingly, the suit claims Mercer and other First Access associates saw Lil Peep looking “alarmingly unwell” on the night of his death, “but rather than seeking help or contacting authorities, Mercer instead elected to run a personal errand.”

In a Rolling Stone story published earlier this year, Stennett denied ever giving Lil Peep drugs, saying instead she was trying to comfort him by falsely promising to deliver pills. “I wasn’t there,” Stennett said. “Anybody who takes drugs makes a decision to take a risk.” She added Ortega attempted to help Lil Peep seek counseling to kick his habit.

Speaking with NYT, Womack said she felt the lawsuit “is something I must do as a mother. Based on her experience with her son, she’s worried other young artists are being exploited, and sees the suit as a step to make sure that doesn’t happen. “What Gus had to live through is actually horrifying to me, and I’m sure he’s not the only person his age in this situation,” she said.

Update – October 9th: First Access Entertainment has issued a statement to Variety responding to the lawsuit. Calling Lil Peep’s overdose “a terrible tragedy,” FAE said it is “categorically untrue” that any of their employees or Ortega could be “responsible for, complicit in, or contributed to his death.” The statement also said Womack’s “meritless lawsuit” is “extremely disappointing,” noting “she is well aware of the numerous efforts made by First Access and Chase Ortega to steer her son away from his concerning lifestyle choices.”

Here’s the full statement:

“Lil Peep’s death from an accidental drug overdose was a terrible tragedy. However, the claim that First Access Entertainment, any of its employees, or Chase Ortega, or anyone else under our auspices was somehow responsible for, complicit in, or contributed to his death is categorically untrue. In fact, we consistently encouraged Peep to stop abusing drugs and to distance himself from the negative influence of the drug users and enablers with whom he chose to associate.

It is extremely disappointing that Peep’s mother would file this meritless lawsuit, since she is well aware of the numerous efforts made by First Access and Chase Ortega to steer her son away from his concerning lifestyle choices. Unfortunately, in spite of our best efforts, he was an adult who made his own decisions and opted to follow a different, more destructive path.

After comprehensively reviewing the facts, the Medical Examiner ruled that Peep’s death was accidental; likewise, the Tucson Police Department conducted a thorough investigation and concluded that his death was the result of an accidental overdose.

While First Access is deeply saddened by Lil Peep’s untimely death, we will not hesitate to defend ourselves against this groundless and offensive lawsuit. We look forward to its swift dismissal.”

Update – October 10th: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated Sarah Stennett was a defendant in the case. While FAE is, Stennett herself is not directly named in that regard.

A documentary about Lil Peep’s life, Everybody’s Everything, is set to have a limited theatrical release beginning November 12th. Stennett is an executive producer on the project alongside Terrence Malick. Watch the trailer below.

Lil Peep’s mother files lawsuit against late rapper’s managers for negligence, wrongful death
Ben Kaye

]]> 0 Lil Peep’s Mom Files Lawsuit Against Late Rapper’s Managers Liza Womack, mother of the late rapper Lil Peep, has filed a lawsuit against her son’s managemers for negligence, breach of contract, and wrongful death. Cause of Death,Hip-Hop Music News,Lawsuit,Legal news,Liza Womack,Management,Manager,Rap Music News,Tour Manager,Lil Peep Lawsuit 972436 Ben Kaye Ben Kaye Robert Smith says The Cure have three new albums in the works Tue, 08 Oct 2019 19:02:42 +0000 One tentatively titled Live from the Moon might be released before the end of the year.

Robert Smith says The Cure have three new albums in the works
Lake Schatz

]]> The Cure have spent the better part of this year celebrating the 30th anniversary of Disintegration on the road with full album performances and festival appearances all over the world. However, the busy schedule has hardly kept them from working on new material.

According to frontman Robert Smith, the band currently has not one, not two, but three new albums in various stages of development. One of those could see release very soon — as in within the next few months.

“Actually I have prepared three albums, two of them more advanced,” Smith revealed in a (translated) interview with Mexico’s Zocalo (via NME). “The first will be the one that we will release very soon. I think that the first single, or the whole album, will come out this Christmas, or a little earlier.” He added that this fast-approaching record, The Cure’s first since 2008’s 4:13 Dream, is tentatively titled Live from the Moon.

(Read: The Cure’s 10 Best Deep Cuts)

Smith previously spoke about this upcoming album in March, calling the songs “so dark” and “incredibly intense.” At the time, he originally hoped to have it out by Halloween.

As if one new Cure LP weren’t enough of a holiday gift, fans won’t have to wait very long for the next record, which appears to also be quite far along. “The second album, which I already have more advanced, refers to much freer pieces and with a more pronounced, stronger sound, and that to record them has to be live, yes, with that experience of putting together a concept based on the interpretation of the moment,” explained Smith.

(Buy: Tickets to The Cure Concerts)

While a timetable for their third album hasn’t been detailed, it will see The Cure adopting a more eccentric sound. “The third, which is crazy, is a noise disc, with different aspects and environments,” Smith described, “all based on experiences on a stage or on my paths, in situations where noise is present and to which we are so accustomed that we don’t pay attention.”

Later this month, The Cure will release 40 Live Curaetion 25 + Anniversary, a new limited edition box set chronicling two recent concerts.

Robert Smith says The Cure have three new albums in the works
Lake Schatz

]]> 0 972320 Lake Schatz Lake Schatz 10 Goth-Rock Albums Every Music Fan Should Own Tue, 08 Oct 2019 19:02:37 +0000 ‘Tis the season to go crate digging through one of music’s darkest and most bone-chilling genres.

10 Goth-Rock Albums Every Music Fan Should Own
Matt Melis

]]> Goth-rock, post-punk, new wave — what’s the difference? Is there a difference? It depends on whom you ask. The terms are often used interchangeably, and most of the defining bands in these genres were quick to dismiss labels altogether. So, it’s really up to us, the “music professionals,” to determine just where they fit in. I’m totally kidding, but it is important to note that “goth-rock” is a genre that can easily fall between the cracks of post-punk and new wave. It’s also worth noting that just because a specific record falls under a particular category doesn’t necessarily mean that artist is exclusively that genre.

So, yes, nothing matters and it all means nothing. However, if you’re like me and appreciate a slight sense of order and structure, however small, in a meaningless world, here’s what we mean by goth-rock.

Nick Cave with The Birthday Party

Nick Cave with The Birthday Party

Goth-rock took the synthesizers and processed guitars of post-punk and used them to establish apprehensive, sorrowful, and often epically ominous soundscapes. Its lyrics are usually introspective and intensely personal, but can be chopped up by poetic sensibilities, which naturally led to a taste for literary romanticism, morbidity, religious symbolism, and supernatural mysticism. Other signatures of goth-rock include heavy rock beats, romantic lyrics, electric influences, such as keyboards, and a tendency to focus on gloomy lyrics, boxes all ticked by Nick Cave, a pioneer of the genre.

Goth-rock can sometimes be confusing because many of the post-punk bands that influenced it went on to create albums that fall exclusively under the goth-rock genre. For example, The Cure, who began with a post-punk style of gloomy acoustics, evolved to become upbeat goth-rock legends. Cave’s own The Birthday Party are regarded as one of the major influences in goth-rock, and Cave himself is very much, with his deep-black hair and pale, skeletal look, the poster boy for the genre all these years later.

So, in honor of our poster boy’s yearning new album, Ghosteen, and the spookiness of the Halloween season, we’ve hand-picked 10 albums guaranteed to bring out your inner goth.

10 Goth-Rock Albums Every Music Fan Should Own
Matt Melis

]]> 7 Nick Cave with The Birthday Party Nick Cave with The Birthday Party 971973 Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Caribou unveils new single “Home”, plus 2020 tour dates: Stream Tue, 08 Oct 2019 18:59:39 +0000 The first new track since 2014’s Our Love.

Caribou unveils new single “Home”, plus 2020 tour dates: Stream
Robin Bacior

]]> It’s been half a decade since we’ve heard anything from Caribou, a.k.a. Dan Snaith. Well, fans are in luck today, because the Canadian composer has released a single called “Home”, his first new music since 2014’s Our Love. Additionally, he’s announced a return to the road with a slew of 2020 tour dates.

Though we’re heading into winter, the Caribou tune feels like a bright, airy summer jam with fluttering strings and deep horn grooves over smooth beats. The track samples Gloria Barnes’ song of the same name, a track to which Snaith found himself inexplicably drawn.

“I’m always listening to lots of music and sometimes a loop just jumps out at me — it’s too perfect,” Snaith stated in a press release. “That’s how it was with Gloria Barnes’ ‘Home’. I kept returning to it, meaning to do something with it but not knowing what. Sometimes making music feels like a process I’m in charge of… but there other times… things just present.”

There’s no official word on a full record, but hopefully Caribou’s upcoming tour dates mean there’s something bigger in the works. Check out his schedule underneath “Home” below, and keep an eye on tickets dropping here.

“Home” may be Caribou’s first song in five years, but Snaith has been pretty active with his Daphni side-project. Back in 2017, he released abriclive 93 and Joli Mai, along with the Sizzling EP this past summer.

Caribou 2020 Tour Dates:
03/16 – Hamilton, ON @ The Studio
03/17 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth
03/20 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera
03/21 – Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrews Hall
03/22 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre
03/23 – Montreal, QC @ M Telus
03/24 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
03/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
03/26 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
03/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
03/30 – Brighton, UK @ The Dome
04/01 – Liverpool, UK @ Invisible Wind Factory
04/02 – Leeds, UK @ Stylus Academy
04/03 – Manchester, UK @ Victoria Warehouse
04/04 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland
04/05 – Birmingham, UK @ 02 Academy
04/06 – Bristol, UK @ 02 Academy
04/07 – London, UK @ Brixton 02 Academy
04/21 – Hamburg, DE @ Grosse Freiheit
04/22 – Leipzig, DE @ Werk 2
04/23 – Prague, CZ @ Forum Karlin
04/24 – Vienna, AT @ Gasometer
04/25 – Munich, DE @ Muffathalle
04/26 – Zurich, CH @ Kaufleuten
04/27 – Paris, FR @ Olympia
04/28 – Köln, DE @ Ewerk
04/29 – Utrecht, NL @ Tivoli Ronda
04/30 – Brussels, BE @ Nuits Botanique / Chapiteau – Botanique
07/11 – Dublin, IE @ Iveagh Gardens
08/15 – Berlin, DE @ Zitadelle (Caribou and Friends)

Caribou unveils new single “Home”, plus 2020 tour dates: Stream
Robin Bacior

]]> 0 972126 Robin Bacior Robin Bacior Tenacious D announce release of Jack White-produced single Tue, 08 Oct 2019 18:01:17 +0000 Jack Gray will be released for Record Store Day Black Friday.

Tenacious D announce release of Jack White-produced single
Alex Young

]]> Over the summer, Tenacious D’s Jack Black and Kyle Gass made a pit stop at Jack White’s Third Man Studios in Nashville, where they recorded a “legendary collaboration.” We’ll finally get to hear it on November 29th, as Third Man Records in releasing Jack Gray’s two-song 7-inch for Record Store Day Black Friday.

The latest installment in Third Man’s Blue Series, the 7-inch is produced by White and consists of two tracks: “Don’t Blow It” and “Kage”.

A special tri-colored vinyl pressing will be available at Third Man’s shops in Nashville and Detroit. Everyone else will have to settle for a black vinyl.

Below, watch Tenacious D’s YouTube documenting their trip to Third Man:

Tenacious D announce release of Jack White-produced single
Alex Young

]]> 1 972433 Hole’s classic lineup reunites, photographed in rehearsal Tue, 08 Oct 2019 17:31:09 +0000 Courtney Love share thrilling session on Instagram.

Hole’s classic lineup reunites, photographed in rehearsal
Lake Schatz

]]> Back in May, Courtney Love said she and her bandmates were “definitely talking about” a Hole reunion. Those discussions appear to have actually, finally yielded something tangible: The grunge rockers have reconvened for a rehearsal session.

The exciting reunion news was broken by Love herself. In a since-deleted Instagram photo on the lead singer’s account, drummer Patty Schemel, bassist Melissa Auf der Maur, guitarist Eric Erlandson, and Love are seen jamming out on a stage.

(Read: The Top 10 Grunge Albums of All Time)

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Love captioned the post, “Whose rusty af? Ladies !!!”, as well as included the hashtags #hole #rehearsal # tonight #hollywood. The last two tags indicate this get-together happened Monday night in Los Angeles.

As Uproxx points out, Love responded to one commenter by saying, “ah! We r so rusty. Just finding our way through songs n songs we like n riffs seeing what’s what! It’s cool. Af nice to be together.” When asked about any upcoming Hole concerts, Love also replied with two black heart emojis.

Love and Auf der Maur previously took the stage together in November 2018, but a full Hole lineup hasn’t been seen since that brief two-song performance in Brooklyn way back in 2012.  The group’s last album came with 2010’s Nobody’s Daughter.

Hole’s classic lineup reunites, photographed in rehearsal
Lake Schatz

]]> 2 hole-reunion-2019-rehearsal-courtney-love 972356 Lake Schatz Lake Schatz Lake Schatz Morrissey thinks his Portland concert protesters were “paid for and planted” by British press Tue, 08 Oct 2019 17:28:13 +0000 There is no evidence that the protestors had British or press ties.

Morrissey thinks his Portland concert protesters were “paid for and planted” by British press
Nina Corcoran

]]> Last week, Morrissey refused to perform at his own concert in Portland until protestors holding signs were kicked out. Today, he’s taken to his website to claim that those protestors were “paid for and planted in the crowd by the British press.”

During the Portland show, Morrissey paused his set to address two audience members that were protesting his recent commentary on British politics. One carried a sign that read “BIG MOUTH INDEED,” while the other held one featuring a crossed-out logo of For Britain. Morrissey refused to continue the concert until both protestors were kicked out.

Today, Morrissey took to his website to comment on the whole thing. He posted a picture of the crowd at his most recent San Diego concert. The image’s caption reads, “…no ‘politically offended protestors’ (as paid for and planted in the crowd by the British press) in sight…” Of course, there is no evidence that the protestors at his Portland show were British, were paid to be there, or had any ties to the British press.

(Read: Ranking Every Song by The Smiths from Worst to Best)

Morrissey’s descent into far-right ideologies, racist statements, and general shittiness has been more pronounced as of late. Earlier this year, he claimed he can’t be racist because “everyone ultimately prefers their own race.” He also wrote a long-winded statement explaining his support of For Britain, a far-fight, anti-Muslim political party.

Beyond the concert protestors, Morrissey has been rebuked by many of his musical contemporaries. Billy Bragg slammed Morrissey for his “white supremacist” video post and for “betraying” fans by supporting For Britain. Damon Albarn said Morrissey has no business commenting on UK politics.

Others like Nick Cave, have said Morrissey’s political views are “irrelevant” to his musical legacy. Brandon Flowers, meanwhile, has insisted Morrissey is “still a king” despite his views.

Johnny Marr seems the least bothered by his former bandmate’s behavior or its affect on The Smiths’ legacy. “I’m not worried,” he said. “It’s got nothing to do with my world or my life.”

Morrissey, meanwhile, is busy fanning flames everywhere he can. “We don’t need you! Goodbye! We don’t need you! We don’t need you!” Morrissey originally told the protestors. His staggeringly low ticket sales would imply otherwise.

Morrissey thinks his Portland concert protesters were “paid for and planted” by British press
Nina Corcoran

]]> 6 972322 Nina Corcoran Concert Film Review: Metallica’s S&M2 Is a Celebration of the Band and Their Fans Tue, 08 Oct 2019 17:27:38 +0000 Director Wayne Isham presents an honest document of the symphonic metal reunion.

Concert Film Review: Metallica’s S&M2 Is a Celebration of the Band and Their Fans
Jon Hadusek

]]> The Pitch: Twenty years ago, Metallica teamed up with the San Francisco Symphony for an unprecedented collaboration. The original S&M concerts brought modern heavy metal and classical music together, combining the seemingly contrasting styles. Although parallels can be drawn from the bombastic decadence of classical music and the loud, colossal nature of metal, S&M sought to transpose the two directly: Metallica playing their songs live with the accompaniment of a full, world-class symphony. While others had practiced and written symphonic metal, never had it been attempted on such a grand scale and with such a popular metal act as Metallica at the time. The collaboration and director Wayne Isham’s accompanying concert film notched a Grammy, though it received mixed reviews from rock critics.

Despite the critical reception, S&M has become a cherished recording for Metallica’s most faithful fans, serving as an exhibition of their skill and adaptability as artists and performers. For the 20th anniversary of the collaboration, the band again turned to the San Francisco Symphony for a second iteration, S&M2, which would double as the grand opening of the new Chase Center arena on September 6th.

The ticket was in such high demand that it sold out instantly after scalper bots snatched them up, forcing Metallica to add a second S&M2 concert for fan club members. Fortunately, for those who couldn’t snag one of the exclusive tickets, the concerts were once again shot by Isham for a full-length film, set to screen for one night only in theaters worldwide on Wednesday (October 9th).

Metallica S&M2 film review

Together Again: The concert film opens with a short interview introduction as Metallica reflect on the original S&M and working with the San Francisco Symphony again. Lars Ulrich expresses some hindsight criticisms when looking back on the initial experience, stating that the members of Metallica were not “as involved in the process” as they should have been (it ended up being bassist Jason Newsted’s final release with the band). On the first S&M conductor and arranger, Michael Kamen, James Hetfield tells an anecdote about a time when Kamen burst in on a rehearsal and starting hammering the piano out of key. “I thought, ‘This guy’s insane,’” Hetfield recalled. “Well, he was insane.”

For S&M2, the band worked with conductor Edwin Outwater and new arranger Bruce Coughlin, sticking by some of Kamen’s arrangements, as well. Isham’s familiar touch behind the visuals brings the viewer close to the band and the symphony just as it did on the original film. Isham’s style of editing involves many cuts, often to the tempo of the music, which can grow tiresome on the eyes but shows us every physical expression of the band, crowd, and symphony. During the crushing opening instrumental, “The Call of Ktulu”, we already see the sweat on the brow of a string player, intensely focused as the orchestra keeps up with Metallica’s pace. The conductor Outwater emphatically gestures as he guides the symphony, a perfect visual foil to the thrash metal band performing across from him. At one point, Hetfield leans over and fist bumps a percussionist after a particularly grueling timpani part on “For Whom the Bell Tolls”. Isham focuses on these moments with his edits, conjuring a human charm often lost in concert films. In general, there’s a distinctly brighter, jovial element to S&M2.

The Venue: The main difference between the two S&M films is the setting: The first was shot in the intimate Berkeley Community Theatre, while the recent shows took place in the new arena for the Golden State Warriors. It’s a different vibe, to say the least, and probably the biggest detractor from the S&M2 film. Instead of the dimly lit atmosphere of the first film, this is very much a stadium show, with the band and symphony situated in a circle surrounded by 18,000 fans. This draws the focus away from the music and more toward the occasion itself. During one cutaway to Hetfield, a Verizon advertisement is visible on the wall behind him. It diminishes the intimacy of the performance, though Isham does a commendable job keeping the footage personable despite the corporate arena setting.

Metallica S&M2 film review

The Mix: Per an announcement from Metallica’s press relations prior to a pre-screening of the film, the band only had two weeks to mix and finalize the audio for S&M2. That’s a tight deadline to mix and master anything, especially when you throw in a symphony. However, the sound on S&M2 is pristine and brutal, showcasing the crushing effect of combining amplified guitars and a full symphony. For the most part, the arrangements succeed in accentuating and underlining Metallica’s playing, particularly on more dynamic tracks like “The Day That Never Comes” and S&M staple “No Leaf Clover”. A version of “The Unforgiven III” where Hetfield sings solo with the string section is a highlight sonically (and a poignant moment in the film, given the singer’s re-entry into rehab shortly after these concerts).

(Read: Live Review of Metallica’s S&M2 Concert in San Francisco)

As was the case on the original S&M, a few of the mixes get cluttered when the loudness of the band clashes with the waves of sound produced by the symphony. The opening version of “The Call of Ktulu” — which won the Grammy for the original album — didn’t reach the grandeur of the original, coming off as harsh during its full-tilt climax. On “Master of Puppets”, the tempo wavers slightly as the symphony tries to keep up with the thrash metal masterpiece. One of the pieces conducted by symphony Musical Director Michael Tilson Thomas, Alexander Musolov’s “Iron Foundry”, sees Metallica backing up the symphony, but the combo is clunky and never gels. From a fidelity standpoint, however, the audio is as crystal clear as Isham’s 4K footage.

The Verdict: With a running time of 150 minutes, S&M2 is a tough sell for anyone who’s not already a fan of Metallica. Compared to the atmospheric 1999 film, the Chase Center sequel is less visually and aesthetically compelling. However, for the band’s devotees, it’s a trip down memory lane and a true celebration of Metallica and their musical prowess. Isham captures an upbeat, positive energy from both the crowd and the performers, bringing the show to life as it happened rather than try to mask the shiny new surroundings with cinematic flourishes. In that way, the film is a transparent and wholesome document of Metallica’s reunion with the San Francisco Symphony.

Photos by Raymond Ahner (@raymond_ahner)

Concert Film Review: Metallica’s S&M2 Is a Celebration of the Band and Their Fans
Jon Hadusek

]]> 0 Metallica perform “S&M2” show in San Francisco Metallica perform “S&M2” show in San Francisco 971999 Jon Hadusek Jon Hadusek Jon Hadusek Jon Hadusek Record Store Day Black Friday 2019 promises releases from Lizzo, Arcade Fire, and Paul McCartney Tue, 08 Oct 2019 17:16:54 +0000 Exclusive releases from U2, Jenny Lewis, and The Weeknd also make up this year’s offerings.

Record Store Day Black Friday 2019 promises releases from Lizzo, Arcade Fire, and Paul McCartney
Alex Young

]]> Record Store Day will once again hold an offshoot event on Black Friday (November 29th). Though the day doesn’t offer the number of releases as the main event in April, there are still plenty of exclusive, limited-edition slabs of vinyl to be had. So far, we’ve gotten details on Pearl Jam’s MTV Unplugged vinyl release, Tenacious D’s long-awaited Jack White collaboration, and The National’s new live album. Now, the full list of RSD’s Black Friday offerings has been unveiled.

We’ve singled out a few other notable releases below, and you can find the full list here.

Lizzo’s 2016 EP, Coconut Oil, will receive its vinyl debut. Limited to 5,500 copies.

Arcade Fire will reissue their beloved single,”Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)”, on 7-inch vinyl alongside a cover of The Alvino Rey Orchestra’s “My Buddy”.

Paul McCartney will release two unused songs from his latest album, Egypt Station. “Home Tonight” and “In A Hurry” will be pressed on 7-inch vinyl, featuring artwork based on the parlour game Exquisite Corpse.

U2 has announced a 30th anniversary vinyl reissue of its 1979 EP, Three, featuring remastered editions of the original tracks “Out of Control”, “Stories for Boys”, and “Boy-Girl” with new artwork.

Jenny Lewis will release On the iPhone, a 7-inch pink vinyl featuring a never-before-heard version of “Rabbit Hole” with backing vocals by Morgan Nagler, as well as a cover of Bob Dylan’s classic “Standing In The Door Way”. Limited to 2,000 copies.

The Weeknd’s 2018 EP, My Dear Melancholy, will make its vinyl debut. The six-song EP is pressed on 150-gram vinyl and features an etched design on the flip side. Limited to 3,000 copies.

Cardi B’s 2016 debut mixtape, Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 1, will be pressed on 12-inch vinyl for the first time. Limited to 2,000 copies.

Devo will release Devo Live!, featuring recordings from the band’s 1980 radio promo tape Warner Bros. Music Show available commercially for the first time.

Kings of Leon’s 2004 EP, Day Old Belgian Blues, will make its vinyl debut. Limited to 3,000 copies.

Jeff Buckley’s Live on KCRW: Morning Becomes Eclectic will be released on vinyl for the first time. Limited to 3,750 copies.

Miles Davis will receive a pair of archival releases in the form of Miles in Tokyo and Early Minor: Rare Miles From The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions, both of which are receiving their vinyl debuts.

Record Store Day Black Friday 2019 promises releases from Lizzo, Arcade Fire, and Paul McCartney
Alex Young

]]> 2 972370 Alex Young Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan confirms Walter White’s fate Tue, 08 Oct 2019 16:45:28 +0000 r/BreakingBad is going to be very, very pissed.

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan confirms Walter White’s fate
Michael Roffman

]]> Vince Gilligan has confirmed the obvious: the fate of Walter White. During an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show to promote this week’s direct sequel movie, El Camino, the creator debunked any theories spun by Breaking Bad fans.

“Yeah, I’m gonna give you that one, Rich, because I love you so much,” Gilligan shared. “Yes, Walter White is dead. Yes.”

To be fair, fans have certainly seen fuel tossed on such a rumor fire. Even Bryan Cranston told Conan in 2018, “Maybe Walter White did get away with it. Was there a coroner’s report? No. Was there a listing in the obituaries? No.” Let’s not forget, though, Cranston is no stranger to a devious scheme, going back to his days of playing Tim Whatley in Seinfeld.

(Read: Breaking Bad‘s 10 Most Brilliant Schemes)

But really, the proof was always there. Even beyond the whole thematic charm to Breaking Bad’s ending — the creator dying beside his true love — the first trailer for El Camino blatantly confirmed the death count at the Nazi compound. So, yeah, Walter has been dead since the series faded away to the sounds of Badfinger, and we’re A-OK with that.

Even so, that doesn’t mean White won’t appear in a flashback of sorts. After all, Cranston confirmed he was in El Camino, so don’t be surprised to see his glaring mug pop up on Friday. Just don’t expect him to take part in any of the action, which is less a problem for you, and more an issue for Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), who could use some ingenuity given his current situation. Rest assured, he’s learned a thing or two over the years.

We’ll find out on Friday when El Camino crashes right into your Netflix queue. In the meantime, enjoy all of the fine features as part of our Breaking Bad Week here at Consequence of Sound. Yesterday, Andrew Bloom caught us up on Pinkman’s arc, today we’re revisiting Skyler’s, and the rest of the days leading up to the movie will see us celebrating the show’s schemes and cold opens. You can also head over to Consequence of Sound Radio via TuneIn for all sorts of Breaking Bad-related programming.

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan confirms Walter White’s fate
Michael Roffman

]]> 0 972359 Michael Roffman Miami Beach Pop Festival postponed Tue, 08 Oct 2019 16:43:30 +0000 The event was set to take place next month with Chance the Rappers, The Raconteurs, Nile Rodgers and Chic, and more.

Miami Beach Pop Festival postponed
Ben Kaye

]]> The inaugural Miami Beach Pop festival has been postponed.

The first-year festival was set to take place November 8th-10th on Miami’s South Beach. A statement from festival organizers makes it clear the event isn’t completely called off as of yet. They’re still seeking a makeup date, though a target timeframe hasn’t been revealed.

The statement reads,

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, the continuation of the original plan is no longer viable. The producers of Miami Beach Pop Festival will be working with all involved parties to secure a new date in the future. The lineup will change, as some performers may be unable to accommodate a rescheduled date.”

Artists scheduled to appear included Chance the Rapper, The Raconteurs, Juanes, Nile Rodgers and Chic, Maggie Rogers, Leon Bridges, T-Pain, The Roots, Margo Price, and Reignwolf. Rodgers was going to present a “Sol Jam”, while Bob Marley’s sons Stephen and Damian Marley were meant to lead an all-star tribute to their father featuring Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Jack Johnson.

Those who purchased tickets via the official Miami Beach Pop Festival website should see refunds applied within seven business days from today (October 8th). Anyone who bought passes through a secondary retailer is advised to contact the point of purchase for refunds.

Read the festival’s full statement below.

“Miami Beach Pop Festival has announced the postponement of the 2019 event, originally scheduled for November 8-10. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the continuation of the original plan is no longer viable. The producers of Miami Beach Pop Festival will be working with all involved parties to secure a new date in the future. The lineup will change, as some performers may be unable to accommodate a rescheduled date.

Ticket holders who purchased through the Miami Beach Pop Festival official website can expect to see refunds on their credit card or bank statement within seven business days from today, October 8th. All other ticket holders should reach out to their point of purchase for refunds. We apologize for the inconvenience while we determine a new date and the best path forward for the future of the event.

To our supporters and ticket buyers, artists, and the hundreds of people who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes for almost three years to bring this event to life, we thank you. We especially want to thank the City of Miami Beach for its continued support.”

Miami Beach Pop Festival 2019 lineup

Miami Beach Pop Festival postponed
Ben Kaye

]]> 1 Miami Beach Pop Festival 2019 lineup 972352 Ben Kaye Pearl Jam’s MTV Unplugged gets first-ever vinyl release Tue, 08 Oct 2019 16:15:44 +0000 The stripped-down seven-song set will be released on Record Store Day Black Friday.

Pearl Jam’s MTV Unplugged gets first-ever vinyl release
Alex Young

]]> Pearl Jam’s 1992 MTV Unplugged session will soon make its vinyl debut.

Recorded just days after the completion of the band’s first American tour, the stripped-back set featured six songs from their seminal debut album, Ten, including “Jeremy”, “Even Flow”, and “Alive”, along with “State of Love and Trust” from the Singles soundtrack.

The limited-edition vinyl, the first such release of its kind, will be available as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday event on November 29th.

In related news, Nirvana’s own seminal MTV Unplugged set will also soon receive its vinyl debut. A double LP release, featuring five previously unreleased rehearsal performances, is due out on November 1st.

Below, watch footage of Pearl Jam’s MTV Unplugged performance of “Black”:

Pearl Jam – MTV Unplugged Tracklist:
01. Oceans
02. State of Love and Trust
03. Alive
04. Black
05. Jeremy
06. Even Flow
07. Porch

Pearl Jam’s MTV Unplugged gets first-ever vinyl release
Alex Young

]]> 3 972347 Alex Young Alex Young Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo’s son Tye performs with Suicidal Tendencies: Watch Tue, 08 Oct 2019 16:10:38 +0000 Tye Trujillo performed with Suicidal Tendencies at the SoCal Hoedown in San Pedro, California.

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo’s son Tye performs with Suicidal Tendencies: Watch
Spencer Kaufman

]]> Like father, like son. Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo first made a name for himself as a member of Suicidal Tendencies, and over the weekend, his talented 15-year-old son Tye just shared the stage with the crossover thrash legends.

Tye is no stranger to the big stage, having filled in on bass for Korn’s Fieldy on tour a couple years ago at the age of 12. He’s also a pretty tough kid, as he got knocked down by Suicidal Tendencies frontman Mike “Cyco Miko” Muir during the Saturday show at the SoCal Hoedown in San Pedro, California.

Tye filled in for bassist Ra Diaz during the festival set, and Suicidal Tendencies posted video of the performance, along with the following description:

“Wow… It’s been 30 years since Robert Trujillo joined ST and did his firST shows with the band in Europe on tour with Anthrax.

That firST show Robert came out like a beaST, going wild on ST all while slapping and bashing his bass with precision and a purpose. After the show, they were all ‘where did you find this guy?’

An amazing bass player, incredible person, and of course also co-founder of Infectious Grooves, that was the STart of a lot of great shows, moments, memories and helping take ST to another level!

Flash forward to laST Saturday night in San Pedro at the SoCal Hoedown. HiSTory repeats itself as a young Trujillo STeps on STage and bashed around it like a true Cyco!

Huge thanks to Tye Trujillo for filling in for Ra for this one show. For showing what a bad ass he already is on bass, and at juST 15 years old, has already accomplished a lot, but huge things are STill coming his way. His youthful enthusiasm was contagious, his bass skills undeniable.

JuST like Robert and Chloe, we were all super proud of him and an absolute blaST to be able to share a STage with him.

On a side note, we warned him, over and over “watch out for Ben [Weinman], watch out for Ben!”. So firST song, ‘You can’t bring me down’, and guess what… It’s Cyco that knocks him over!

Well as we always say, you get knocked down in life, you get back up… And not only did Tye get back up… But with a smile and didn’t miss a beat or a STep! There’s a lesson there… Be like Tye!

Again huge thanks to the Trujillo family and all people that came out to the feSTival to support us.”

Watch Tye and Suicidal Tendencies in the Facebook video below. Suicidal Tendencies next perform on Megadeth’s MegaCruise, setting sail from Los Angeles on October 13th.

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo’s son Tye performs with Suicidal Tendencies: Watch
Spencer Kaufman

]]> 0 972324 Spencer Kaufman Apple’s move away from iTunes causes major issues for DJs Tue, 08 Oct 2019 15:55:22 +0000 The company advises professionals to avoid their new macOS Catalina.

Apple’s move away from iTunes causes major issues for DJs
Ben Kaye

]]> On paper, it made sense that Apple would want to shut down iTunes in favor of standalone apps. The ways we interact with music, video, and podcasts are different, and it’s logical that applications should reflect that. However, now that the tech giant has launched their new macOS, Catalina, and officially nixed iTunes after two decades, professional DJs are faced with a potentially huge problem.

For years, DJs have used XML files to organize and export their immense libraries. XML is a format that used to allow seamless sharing between a professional’s iTunes library and DJ apps like Traktor and Rekordbox. But the format isn’t supported on Apple’s new Music app, and that means Mac users will no longer have an Apple product that can communicate with their pro software of choice. In other words, their entire library of music is essentially useless on an upgraded Mac.

Apple is actually telling people who rely on XML to avoid upgrading to Catalina and remain on Mojave (via The Verge). In typical Apple fashion, it’s a “we’re changing this, so you have to adapt” situation, as they’re saying users have to wait until software developers catch up to Music. Some applications like Serato are already in the beta phase of Catalina-compatible updates, while DJs who happen to use Microsoft’s operating system don’t have to worry, as iTunes is still available on Windows. (So you’re safe for now, Shaq.)

The issue has a pretty simple fix for now: just don’t upgrade to macOS Catalina. Eventually, though, the change is going to have to come, or DJs face losing years of careful XML file organization. Hey, but at least you can still listen to your music on an iPod.

Apple’s move away from iTunes causes major issues for DJs
Ben Kaye

]]> 0 972321 Ben Kaye Lucy Dacus drops an eerily faithful cover of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight”: Stream Tue, 08 Oct 2019 15:43:06 +0000 Plus, details on her companion 2019 EP.

Lucy Dacus drops an eerily faithful cover of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight”: Stream
Nina Corcoran

]]> Lucy Dacus is back with another seasonal cover song. This time, she tackled the Phil Collins hit “In the Air Tonight” with an eerily faithful cover. Listen to it below.

This version is part of a year-long series of holiday-themed singles Lucy Dacus is releasing. Together, the songs will form the EP 2019, due out on November 8th. “In the Air Tonight” is her ode to the theatrics of Halloween. Before that, we heard her cover of “La Vie En Rose” by Édith Piaf for Valentines Day, her original song “My Mother & I” for Mothers Day, her anti-patriotism song “Forever Half Mast” for the 4th of July, and a cover of “Dancing in the Dark” to honor Bruce Springsteen’s birthday.

(Read: Take a Look at Phil Now: An Interview with Phil Collins)

“[“In the Air Tonight” is] perhaps the best eerie bop of all time, and certainly the best drum fill,” Dacus said in a press release. “The image in the first verse is so unsettling — watching someone watch someone drown without moving to save them. People have wondered if this is something Phil Collins really witnessed, but the song is actually just a manifestation of his anger and frustration about his divorce. It’s tense, dark, and so much fun, as a good Halloween should be. This was the most fun I’ve ever had in a studio.”

Dacus’ cover of “In the Air Tonight” is as faithful as it gets, but there’s a haunting undertone to it, too. The lavish ’80s production is present, from the ticking electronic drum beat to the tranquil synths in the background, and the epic drum fill is amped up even louder than on the original. It’s the way Dacus sings Collins’ part with a gentle, forlorn tone that helps her cover stand out, though. Stream it below.

2019 is due out on November 8th via Matador. Check out the cover art and tracklist below.

You may get a chance to hear some of these 2019 songs by catching Dacus on her North American headlining tour, which runs until December. Tickets can be purchased here.

2019 Artwork:

Lucy Dacus 2019 EP

2019 Tracklist:
1. La Vie En Rose
2. My Mother & I
3. Forever Half Mast
4. Dancing In The Dark
5. In The Air Tonight
6. Last Christmas
7. Fool’s Gold

Lucy Dacus drops an eerily faithful cover of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight”: Stream
Nina Corcoran

]]> 0 Lucy Dacus 2019 EP 972283 Nina Corcoran Nina Corcoran Sony’s PlayStation 5 gets Holiday 2020 release date, new controller Tue, 08 Oct 2019 15:33:05 +0000 The controller includes news innovations to “deepen the feeling of immersion when you play games.”

Sony’s PlayStation 5 gets Holiday 2020 release date, new controller
Alex Young

]]> Sony has confirmed a release window for its next generation gaming platform. PlayStation 5 will arrive in time for “Holiday 2020,” according to a new blog post by Sony Interactive Entertainment President & CEO Jim Ryan.

Ryan also previewed the platform’s new controller, writing: “One of our goals with the next generation is to deepen the feeling of immersion when you play games, and we had the opportunity with our new controller to reimagine how the sense of touch can add to that immersion.”

He went on to highlight two “key innovations” with the new controller:

“To that end, there are two key innovations with the PlayStation 5’s new controller. First, we’re adopting haptic feedback to replace the ‘rumble’ technology found in controllers since the 5th generation of consoles. With haptics, you truly feel a broader range of feedback, so crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field. You can even get a sense for a variety of textures when running through fields of grass or plodding through mud.

“The second innovation is something we call adaptive triggers, which have been incorporated into the trigger buttons (L2/R2). Developers can program the resistance of the triggers so that you feel the tactile sensation of drawing a bow and arrow or accelerating an off-road vehicle through rocky terrain. In combination with the haptics, this can produce a powerful experience that better simulates various actions. Game creators have started to receive early versions of the new controller, and we can’t wait to see where their imagination goes with these new features at their disposal.”

According to companion piece published by Wired, the new controller uses a USB-C connector for charging and includes a larger capacity batter.

Regarding the Playstation 5’s inner hardware, it will include ray-tracing acceleration for 3D rendering; eight-core CPU and custom GPU based on AMD’s Radeon Navi hardware; “3D audio”; support for 8K gaming; a lower power consumption option; PS4 backwards compatibility; and ultra-fast SSD. Speaking of SSD, all games will have to be installed to the internal drive this time around (via The Verge).

More details will be revealed in the coming months, so stay tuned.

Sony’s PlayStation 5 gets Holiday 2020 release date, new controller
Alex Young

]]> 0 972312 Alex Young Static-X set 2020 release date for Project Regeneration album, tease new song “Hollow”: Stream Tue, 08 Oct 2019 15:23:15 +0000 The album primarily features vocals from late singer Wayne Static.

Static-X set 2020 release date for Project Regeneration album, tease new song “Hollow”: Stream
Spencer Kaufman

]]> Static-X will still be releasing a new album, but it will come out a year later than originally planned. The band’s new LP, Project Regeneration, will arrive on May 29th, 2020, and in advance of the album, the band has unveiled a substantial teaser of the new song “Hollow”.

Originally, Static-X had planned to utilize guest singers throughout the album, but during the planning stages the band uncovered a number of unreleased vocal tracks by late singer Wayne Static. As a result, the album will contain mostly Wayne Static’s vocals.

“The official release date for Project Regeneration is now May 29th, 2020.” said bassist Tony Campos in a press release. “In the meantime, we have decided to go ahead and ship out ALL of the merchandise and schwag associated with the pre-orders to all the fans who have participated. This way they can have all of their shirts, hoodies, posters, etc, while we all wait a little bit longer for the music to be complete.. As originally planned, the Cd’s will ship to everyone the week prior to release.”

Added drummer Ken Jay, “The vocals sound really great and I think that Wayne would be really happy with what we’ve done with the music and to hear that these tracks have finally realized their full potential.”

The band — classic members Campos, Jay, and guitarist Koichi Fukuda — have been touring with a mystery masked singer throughout 2019 as part of the “Wisconsin Death Trip 20th Anniversary Tour”. A second leg, featuring co-headliner DevilDriver, kicks off in November. You can get tickets here.

(Buy: Tickets to Static-X’s Upcoming Shows)

The new track “Hollow” was culled from an unused demo from the band’s Start a War album. As Campos explained, “Wayne and I never felt like the music on the original demo was fully realized. The vocals sounded great, but some of the musical compositions from that time period felt a bit experimental.”

Listen to “Hollow” in the video teaser below. Pre-orders for Project Regeneration are currently ongoing.

Static-X set 2020 release date for Project Regeneration album, tease new song “Hollow”: Stream
Spencer Kaufman

]]> 0 972288 Spencer Kaufman Big Ears Festival 2020 to feature John Paul Jones’ Sons of Chipotle, live soundtrack of Andy Warhol’s Kiss Tue, 08 Oct 2019 14:52:20 +0000 The lineup also boasts múm, Terry Riley, Anthony Braxton, Thundercat, Devendra Banhart, and more.

Big Ears Festival 2020 to feature John Paul Jones’ Sons of Chipotle, live soundtrack of Andy Warhol’s Kiss
Alex Young

]]> Big Ears Festival has rolled out its preliminary 2020 lineup. The annual music festival goes down March 26th-29th in venues throughout the city of Knoxville, Tennessee.

The eclectic lineup includes a number of notable bookings, including the North American debut of Sons of Chipotle, the new band from Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones; a live soundtrack of Andy Warhol’s Kiss as performed by Kim Gordon, Steve Gunn, Bill Nance, and John Truscinski; and a rare US appearance from múm.

Other highlights include Terry Riley, Anthony Braxton, Thundercat, Devendra Banhart, Efterklang, Tindersticks, Sudan Archives, and Christian Scott. Plus, Meredith Monk will team with the Bang on a Can All-Starts for the full concert premiere of their collaborative work, Memory Game, and Joe Henry will take the stage accompanied by a band including Marc Ribot and Jason Moran.

Additional acts and programming will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Tickets go on sale beginning Thursday, October 10th via the festival’s website.

Big Ears Festival 2020 lineup

Big Ears Festival 2020 to feature John Paul Jones’ Sons of Chipotle, live soundtrack of Andy Warhol’s Kiss
Alex Young

]]> 0 Big Ears Festival 2020 lineup Big Ears Festival 2020 lineup 972294 Alex Young Alex Young Film Review: Parasite Is Another Brilliant Portrait of Class Warfare From Bong Joon-ho Tue, 08 Oct 2019 14:30:29 +0000 The film’s reputation has the potential to only grow with time.

Film Review: Parasite Is Another Brilliant Portrait of Class Warfare From Bong Joon-ho
Sarah Kurchak

]]> This review originally ran in September as part of our TIFF 2019 coverage.

The Pitch: The Kim family — failing ne’er-do-well patriarch Ki-taek (Song Kang-ho), wife Chung-sook (Chang Hyae-jin), and their clever and resourceful but no more successful adult children Ki-jung (Park So-dam) and Ki-woo (Choi Woo-shik) — are struggling. They share an overcrowded, infested basement apartment and are forced to steal wifi and work as outsourced pizza box folders in an effort to pay down their debts.

The Parks — highly respected and monied patriarch Mr. Park (Lee Sun-kyun), gullible Mrs. Park (Jo Yeo-jeong), their teenage daughter Da-hye (Jung Ji-so), and unruly young son Da-Song (Jung Hyun-joon) — are not. They live in a beautiful home designed by a famous architect and appear to have everything going right for them, aside from some possible minor childhood trauma on the unruly Da-Song’s part.

The former family’s luck begins to change when a friend of Ki-woo’s lands him a position as Da-hye’s English tutor. Slowly and meticulously, the Kims begins to insinuate themselves into the Parks’ lives, but their plot eventually spirals far out of their control with unexpected and catastrophic consequences for everyone involved.

Parasite Movie Review

Do Believe the Hype: Bong Joon-ho’s (Snowpiercer, Okja) latest stunned audiences and earned the Palme d’Or when it premiered at Cannes. While film festival hyperbole doesn’t always translate into critical or commercial success in the real world, Parasite really does live up to its praise. It’s already a domestic box office hit in Korea and seems poised to find its American audience when it opens Stateside as well.

The critics who have been hailing Parasite as groundbreaking and indescribable aren’t particularly exaggerating, either. The plot points — and even the themes — of this class war thriller/satire/drama/horror hybrid isn’t exactly easy to distill and recount. It really is unlike anything we’ve seen before and, for most of us, will probably take more time to process and reflect and ruminate on than the review cycle permits.

For now, the various “holy shits!” and other barely articulated expressions of awe and appreciative confusion will have to suffice. Plus there’s only so much you can say about the film’s rapidly escalating rabbit holes and turns without giving away too much and robbing viewers of the semi-perverse pleasure of discovering them for themselves.

(Incidentally, it would be fascinating to compare and contrast how Parasite’s piercing but never heavy-handed reflections on class are being interpreted by the the upper crust who tend to populate the more luxurious aspects of film festivals vs how they’re being seen by the struggling freelancers who cling to its outskirts and live off its scraps.)

Parasite Movie Review

Upstairs, Downstairs: Perhaps the best description of Parasite came from Joon-ho himself when he called his latest feature “a comedy without clowns and a tragedy without villains.” There are no easy answers, no clear-cut moral lines, and no purely sympathetic characters in this film. The Kims are obviously shameless and conniving in their quest to to milk the Parks for all they’re worth — and their plot comes with some brutal collateral damage —but it’s hard not to empathize with the gut-wrenchingly rendered desperation that has led them to this point in their lives. The Parks, on the other hand, don’t deserve what the Kims are doing to them, but it does become challenging to side with them as their genteel facade begins to drop. They’re not evil rich people, but they’re clueless ones, and their casual obliviousness has ugly consequences of its own.

Which isn’t to say that Parasite descends into wishy-washy gotta-see-both-sides blandness. Joon-ho established himself as one of the most insightful filmmakers when it comes to class struggle with films like Snowpiercer and his continued success has done nothing to diminish his razor-sharp but humane takes on how inequality can ravage people on both a structural and personal level. Parasite is an ugly portrait of humanity as it spirals into its worst instincts, but it’s an incredibly thoughtful and careful one. Even as the plot and its characters descend into darker and more bizarre depths, that touch is never lost.

Parasite Movie Review

Juggling Act: The humanity on screen might be messy, but the skill with which it’s portrayed never is. There are at least three perfectly good films squeezed into Parasite’s 131 minutes. There’s a deft cat-and-mouse thriller between the Kims, Parks, and some unexpected combustible elements. There’s biting satire of the upper class occasionally peppered with moments of farce. And there’s an aching slice of life portrayal of people trapped on the outskirts of society. All of these aspects would have been impressive on their own, but the way Bong Joon-ho weaves them together, without ever slipping into self-indulgence or excess, is nothing short of masterful.

The Verdict: Far from fading when the initial festival excitement wears off, Parasite’s reputation has the potential to only grow with time. In addition to being a strong contender for Best Foreign Film come Oscar season, it’s a film that demands greater reflection and repeat viewings — and appears to promise greater rewards for this further investment. With more reflection and more time, perhaps we’ll all start to piece together just what makes it so intriguing and harrowing — and on how many different levels it impresses. In other words, well, holy shit.

Where’s It Playing? Parasite opens in Los Angeles and New York on October 11th.


Film Review: Parasite Is Another Brilliant Portrait of Class Warfare From Bong Joon-ho
Sarah Kurchak

]]> 0 Parasite Movie Review Parasite Movie Review Parasite Movie Review 963797 Sarah Kurchak Sarah Kurchak Sarah Kurchak Sarah Kurchak Nick Cave says Snoop Dogg’s “Red Right Hand” cover left “a giant smile on my face” Tue, 08 Oct 2019 14:24:44 +0000 Cave remarked, “He fucked around with it and reignited my love for that song.”

Nick Cave says Snoop Dogg’s “Red Right Hand” cover left “a giant smile on my face”

]]> “Red Right Hand” is probably Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ best known song. It’s been covered many, many times, often in service to the BBC show for which it’s been the theme since 2013, Peaky Blinders. During a recent stop on his “Conversations Tour”, Nick Cave spoke about the long lifespan of his gothic folk hit. As NME reports, he even gave a nod of approval to a recent Peaky Blinders promotional rendition, one that happens to be by none other than Snoop Dogg.

Cave began by expressing some frustration with “Red Right Hand”, which he said “follows me around like a junkyard dog.” While it’s hard for any artist to escape their biggest hit, he was still attracted to Snoop’s g-funk take thanks to its irreverent playfulness. “Of all the versions, his is the one that I had a giant smile on my face after,” Cave said. “He didn’t perform it with great reverence, he just fucked around with it and reignited my love for that song.”

Cave’s revealing quote is pretty standard for the “Conversations Tour”, where the Australian icon weaves audience questions into his intimate piano performances. During the Chicago stop, Cave covered his script for Gladiator 2, his dogs, and the death of his son. Amidst the tour, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds recently dropped their haunting new album, Ghosteen. There are still 13 stops remaining on the “Conversations Tour”, and you can snag tickets here.

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Revisit Snoop Dogg’s — aka Snoop Shelby’s — take on “Red Right Hand” below.

Nick Cave says Snoop Dogg’s “Red Right Hand” cover left “a giant smile on my face”

]]> 0 972241 wrengraves wrengraves wrengraves The Eagles to play Hotel California in full on upcoming US tour Tue, 08 Oct 2019 13:22:00 +0000 Each concert will feature a full performances of the classic album with the accompaniment of an orchestra and choir.

The Eagles to play Hotel California in full on upcoming US tour
Alex Young

]]> The Eagles will perform their classic album, Hotel California, in full for the first time on an upcoming US tour.

When is The Eagles’ “Hotel California Tour”?

The 12-date “Hotel California” tour kicks runs from February to April 2020 and includes stops in Atlanta, New York City, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

What is The Eagles’ “Hotel California Tour”?

The Eagles’ “Hotel California Tour” will see the seminal classic rockers perform their 1976 album, Hotel California, in full on tour for the very first time. Each concert will feature a full performance of the album with the accompaniment of an orchestra and choir, followed by a second set of greatest hits.

The tour follows a sold-out three-night trial run of dates at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena back in September 2019.

Which Members of the Eagles Will Appear on the “Hotel California Tour”?

The Eagles’ current lineup consists of Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit alongside Deacon Frey and Vince Gill.

Ticket Information to The Eagles’ “Hotel California Tour”

Tickets for all 12 dates of the “Hotel California” tour go on sale beginning October 18th via Ticketmaster. You can also find tickets to all of Eagles’ upcoming shows here.

Hotel California 2020 Tour Dates

02/07 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
02/08 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
02/14 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
02/15 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
02/29 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
03/01 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
03/06 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
03/07 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
04/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center
04/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center
04/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
04/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum

What is the Setlist for the Eagles’ “Hotel California Tour”?

The Eagles’ Las Vegas run of “Hotel California” performances featured the following setlist.

Set 1 – Hotel California:
Hotel California
New Kid in Town
Life in the Fast Lane
Wasted Time
Wasted Time (Reprise)
Victim of Love
Pretty Maids All in a Row
Try and Love Again
The Last Resort

Set 2 – Greatest Hits:
Seven Bridges Road (Steve Young cover)
Take It Easy
One of These Nights
Take It to the Limit
Tequila Sunrise
Witchy Woman
In the City (Joe Walsh song)
I Can’t Tell You Why
Lyin’ Eyes
Best of My Love
Peaceful Easy Feeling
Love Will Keep Us Alive
Walk Away (James Gang cover)
Those Shoes
Life’s Been Good (Joe Walsh song)
The Boys of Summer (Don Henley song)
Funk #49 (James Gang cover)
Already Gone
Heartache Tonight

Rocky Mountain Way (Joe Walsh song)
The Long Run
Hotel California (Reprise)

The Eagles to play Hotel California in full on upcoming US tour
Alex Young

]]> 0 972267 Alex Young Album Review: Nick Cave Continues His Exploration of Grief on the Yearning Ghosteen Tue, 08 Oct 2019 12:50:42 +0000 A record that blurs the hard lines of life’s separations and searches for peace, love, and beauty.

Album Review: Nick Cave Continues His Exploration of Grief on the Yearning Ghosteen
Matt Melis

]]> The Lowdown: Life, it seems, is marked by separations. Hard lines are drawn daily between night and day, dream and reality, and most severely, life and death. This last dichotomy has always haunted post-punk legend Nick Cave, as he writes in his Red Hand Files: “For most of my life, I felt a strange gravitational pull toward an undisclosed traumatic event.” This “dreadful yearning,” as he describes it, manifested itself in Skeleton Tree, a barren and bare-boned album gravely interrupted by the loss of Cave’s son, Arthur, who died during the album’s production.

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“I called out/ Right across the sea/ But the echo comes back empty,” Cave laments on that album’s titular closing track. In these lines, Cave describes the grief-stricken void — “the vast and darkened belly of the beast” — the loss of his son created. When Cave finally resolves at album’s end that “it’s alright now,” it’s hard to know whether he believes that’s true. But grief, like all change, is a process. Three years removed from Skeleton Tree, Cave continues his exploration of grief on Ghosteen, a record that blurs the hard lines of life’s separations and searches for peace, love, and beauty.

The Good: Swirling synths are the first sounds heard on Ghosteen, signaling a continuation of the Bad Seeds’ recent ambient minimalism. This time, the simplicity is mesmerizing, inviting us into meditation as light piano pieces and sparse, melodic lines weave through an omnipresent haze shimmering with feathery light. Across this soundscape, Cave builds a dream world filled with prancing fire horses, stairways to heaven, and ghastly specters travelling down rain-glossed streets. Each line evokes poetic scenes with a vibrancy to rival the best of literature and cinema.

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Like Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, Cave’s world questions our idea of reality. “We’re all so sick and tired of seeing things as they are,” he remarks on “Bright Horses”, reminding us that our hearts yearn for something more wonderful than just what is seen. Imagination and reality are not at odds, Cave seems to argue, nor are the physical and the spiritual. “There’s nothing wrong with loving something/ You can’t hold in your hand,” he sings on the title track, a reminder that love is much more mystical than we perceive.

Love is the propelling force and most important meditation of Ghosteen. It’s what breaks down the barriers between life and death, allowing Cave to remain connected to the spirit of his son. “I am beside you, you are beside me,” Cave sings from his son’s perspective on “Ghosteen Speaks”, as he remembers that “nothing is something where something is meant to be.” At times, the absence of something or someone is felt more tangibly than their presence.

Cave expresses this on closing track “Hollywood”, the album’s darkest trek into grief, where he awaits death, reunion with his son, and a final peace. It’s a hard, but necessary song that grounds the record in the understanding that grief, even the healthy display of grief Cave shows us across Ghosteen, hurts like hell. As he closes this chapter of what is sure to be a lifelong process, Cave recounts a tale from a Buddhist myth, reminding himself and the listener that everyone has experienced grief. It’s through our shared sorrow and empathy for each other that we find the strength to fully live.

The Bad: Though Ghosteen’s emotional meditations on life, love, and grief offer little to critique, the first side’s closer, “Leviathan”, offers the least insight and clashes tonally with the first seven tracks. The song’s haunting repetition of “I love my baby and my baby loves me” feels a bit unsettling, darkening the shimmer that pervades much of side one. Despite this, the sonic tension created by late-album tracks like “Leviathan” and “Hollywood” parallel the reality that grief and hope are not opposites, but rather siblings always in tension with each other.

The Verdict: The biblical book of Hebrews says, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Never has an album expressed this idea clearer than Ghosteen. Though grief and loss left Cave searching for answers, he is by no means aimless. “Sometimes a little faith can go a long, long way,” he sings on “Waiting for You”, believing with conviction that one day he will celebrate a reunion with his son.

But faith doesn’t necessarily make the journey easy. Though he knows love and peace will carry him to the end, Cave, like Bono, still hasn’t found what he’s looking for. “It’s a long way to find peace of mind,” Cave repeats at the album’s close. Even so, as difficult as it is to feel, Cave has been assured since the beginning of the journey that “peace will come in time.”

Essential Tracks: “Waiting for You”, “Galleon Ship”, and “Ghosteen”

Album Review: Nick Cave Continues His Exploration of Grief on the Yearning Ghosteen
Matt Melis

]]> 0 971970 Cigarettes After Sex are “Falling in Love” on new single: Stream Tue, 08 Oct 2019 04:01:44 +0000 “Falling in Love” is the second single off their upcoming sophomore album, Cry.

Cigarettes After Sex are “Falling in Love” on new single: Stream

]]> Impresarios of intimacy Cigarettes After Sex have unveiled a new song called “Falling in Love”. This is the second single from Cry, the dream poppers’ upcoming sophomore album, and comes on the heels of the lead track, “Heavenly”.

For the follow-up to the band’s 2017 self-titled debut, Cigarettes After Sex recorded on the Spanish island of Mallorca. Despite the Elysian location, frontman Greg Gonzalez had trouble finishing the song that became “Falling in Love”. According to a press statement, Gonzalez arrived at the island with ideas for the chords and a melody, but he left Spain with the song still unfinished. It took two more years — and a bit of real-life romance — for him to find the lyrics.

“I think there’s something cosmic about this one,” Gonzalez remarked. “I wrote the music before our relationship started. I wasn’t in love at all then, I was just writing about love and what it’d be like to be in love again. Two years later I actually fell in love again, and that’s what it took to finish the song.”

Stream “Falling in Love” below, and look out for Cry on October 25th via Partisan Records.

Cigarettes After Sex are currently on a sweeping North American tour with European dates to follow. Snag tickets to their upcoming gigs here.

Cigarettes After Sex are “Falling in Love” on new single: Stream

]]> 0 972235 wrengraves Why TV Finally Caught Up to Breaking Bad’s Skyler White Tue, 08 Oct 2019 04:00:59 +0000 Television might finally be ready to appreciate Anna Gunn’s now-classic tragic heroine.

Why TV Finally Caught Up to Breaking Bad’s Skyler White
Matt Melis

]]> Breaking Bad Week

Whatever happened to Jesse Pinkman? On Friday, we find out when El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie drops on Netflix. To celebrate, Consequence of Sound is publishing several articles straight outta New Mexico. Today, we revisit writer Zach Blumenfeld’s defense of Skyler White from 2018, and why the character is finally getting the respect she deserves after all these years.

Today, we don’t even need to imagine hordes of white men on the Internet directing vitriol at women. One need only look at Aziz Ansari’s Instagram feed to see that even in the midst of the #MeToo movement, this practice hasn’t ceased. And yet it felt all too remarkable when, in 2013, Anna Gunn had to write an op-ed in The New York Times to defend her character Skyler White from the legions of future GamerGaters attacking her in Facebook groups and online forums.

As Breaking Bad rose in popularity to become one of the most influential television shows of the millennium, and even as Gunn took home two Emmy awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, the sheer number of people who hated Skyler only increased. “I’m concerned that so many people react to Skyler with such venom,” Gunn wrote. “Could it be that they can’t stand a woman who won’t suffer silently or ‘stand by her man?’ That they despise her because she won’t back down or give up? Or because she is, in fact, Walter’s equal?”

Breaking Bad (AMC)

Anna Gunn and Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad (AMC)

Breaking Bad was never set up to portray Skyler as a hero or even as a likable character. Part of that lies in its focus on Walter White’s transformation from milquetoast chemistry teacher to narcissistic drug kingpin. Like the other great antiheroes in a television age dominated by male antihero dramas, Walt remained someone we were captive to root for until the end, no matter how viscerally disturbing we found his actions or how badly we wanted to see him brought to justice. And because Skyler was first in the way of and then never fully on board with his meth dreams, she became the natural magnet for the audience’s disdain. Every time Walt defeats a villain, he has to face Skyler’s withering glare; no matter how he frightens her, he always has to reckon with the fact that she maintained a great deal of control over his children. In serving to restrain Walt, the manifestation of the audience’s id, Skyler triggered the parts of our brains that yelled at our own mothers for nagging us when we were otherwise carefree children.

But much the way that children eventually come to appreciate their mothers’ chiding, looking back on Skyler over half a decade later to breathe leaves her a much more sympathetic character. More importantly, her brand of female power is precisely the character exploration upon which Breaking Bad might have focused more heavily had it premiered in 2018 and not 2008.

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Recently, The Guardian’s Ellen Jones wrote a thorough essay on Skyler White laying the ground for the modern female antiheroine. It’s an excellent analysis of why Skyler was so unlikeable, even as she descended into moral grayness, and how she bore the cross for female characters such as Game of Thrones’ Cersei Lannister, House of Cards’ Claire Underwood, and even Better Call Saul’s Kim Wexler, who has been able to slide out of the traditional female superego role and explore every side of the human psyche in the way that male characters traditionally could. I have but one quibble with Jones’ argument: Skyler is more tragic heroine than antiheroine.

Walt might be the one who spends most of the series claiming that everything he does is for his family’s sake, but Skyler actually puts those words into practice — particularly beginning in Season 3, after Walt confesses to her that he manufactures meth and she must go about balancing her children’s safety, her husband’s livelihood, and her own feelings. And because Walt emotionally abuses her increasingly as the series progresses, Skyler seems more like a battered woman than a complicit antiheroine: clearly unable to leave her husband, she does what she needs to do, legal or not, to protect those she loves until things reach a head and Hank ends up dead in the desert.

But whether we classify Skyler as a tragic heroine or not, the most impressive aspect of her character is the power she derives from femininity. For one, she enters the series pregnant, the archetypal symbol of motherhood protruding prominently from her belly and serving as a reminder that she controls Walt’s legacy. And when baby Holly does emerge, she becomes Skyler’s greatest asset and a recurring signal indicating the balance of power in the White marriage. Little in recent television history can match the devastation etched into Skyler’s body when Walt, finally caught and now facing a family firmly set against him, takes Holly; little can match the later hopelessness Walt feels when he realizes Holly needs her mother.

Skyler’s female power isn’t limited to her motherhood; she embraces traditional female traits and uses them to her advantage. Her false suicide in the fifth season episode “Fifty One”, in which she wades into the White family pool fully clothed, is both submissive and commanding. It’s stereotypically feminine in its passivity, but also reminiscent of the end of Kate Chopin’s iconic proto-feminist novel The Awakening, in which the ocean represents a power the protagonist can’t possess in 19th century New Orleans. Rather than accepting death, however, Skyler turns the water’s offer of freedom on its head by using the incident as an excuse to send her children away to Hank and Marie’s house, keeping them safe from her monstrous husband and his many enemies.

Other examples of Skyler working within the confines of her gender to exert power include faking labor to evade detention after returning the baby tiara Marie shoplifted and causing a hysterical scene at a restaurant to maneuver out of Hank’s grasp after he’s discovered Walt’s true identity. Even when Skyler sleeps with Ted Beneke, performing the most ancient form of female betrayal, it’s not because he’s swept her out of a passionless marriage; it’s one of the few ways in which she can maintain any semblance of control over an increasingly aggressive Walt. For someone trapped within a role as underemployed housewife to a megalomaniacal drug lord, the degree to which Skyler maintains as much agency as possible is astounding.

Among strong female TV characters of the 2010s, Skyler stands out because she doesn’t derive her strength from exhibiting stereotypically masculine traits. Compare Skyler to Claire Underwood, who, far from being a proud mother of two, has had three abortions for the sake of power in the male-dominated political arena. Claire’s ascent is largely based upon a rejection of femininity; moreover, in all of House of Cards, womanhood is largely a liability, as we see several notable female characters murdered after becoming too intimate with powerful men. Similarly, Cersei Lannister, devoted mother though she may be at the outset of Game of Thrones, despises her status as a woman and more or less rejects both her gender and her children’s well-being in her pursuit of the Iron Throne. She’s far more similar to Walt than she is to Skyler; one can even imagine her telling Jamie that everything she’s done has been not for the Lannisters, but for herself.

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But if there’s anything to be gleaned from the turbulent state of Hollywood’s current gender power dynamics, it’s that more Skyler Whites, not more Cersei Lannisters, need to be on the air. Celebrating traditionally male traits in women does nothing to disrupt the notion that men naturally exert that type of assertiveness and that we should thus, for example, have no problem with a man ignoring clear nonverbal cues that a sexual encounter is unwanted. The closest TV has recently come to giving us a strong female character without making her “masculine” is Big Little Lies — fittingly, a project spurred on by Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman — in which Kidman’s Celeste Wright slowly finds the power to reckon with her abusive marriage. (The Handmaid’s Tale, too, has much to say about female strength, but its dystopian setting naturally renders it less “real.”) The success of these series should clue the entertainment industry in: tell unflinching stories about women finding power in their identity, and not only will viewers tune in, but there might actually be some potential for changing the toxic culture that breeds men like Harvey Weinstein and Walter White.

Why TV Finally Caught Up to Breaking Bad’s Skyler White
Matt Melis

]]> 6 Breaking Bad Week Breaking Bad Week Anna Gunn and Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad (AMC) Anna Gunn and Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad (AMC) Skyler-White bbs04e065 832058 Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Matt Melis Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop has found its Ein, and he’s a very cute corgi: Watch Mon, 07 Oct 2019 22:43:15 +0000 He even has a bowl.

Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop has found its Ein, and he’s a very cute corgi: Watch
Michael Roffman

]]> No adaptation of Cowboy Bebop would work without a corgi. After all, Ein is one of the most adored cartoon characters of all time, to the degree that thousands of corgi owners across the world have named their dogs in his honor. So, it was always going to be paramount that Netflix find a proper pooch for their forthcoming live-action adaptation, and rest assured, they didn’t woof this casting.

Today, the streaming giant confirmed they’ve found their Ein by sharing an all-too-adorable behind-the-scenes clip. As you’ll see below, the cast and crew had a true dog day afternoon during their first cast read. The dog strolled right up to stars John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda, and Alex Hassell, finding a proper place among the star-studded crew of the anime adaptation. He even has a bowl!

Currently, there is no release date, though a 2020 release seems likely. Christopher Yost, who wrote both Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok, has penned the first episode and serves as executive producer. Seeing how the original anime ran for 26 episodes from 1998 to 1999, Netflix will have to get creative to keep this ship running for longer than, say, two seasons. At least they’ve got a corgi.

Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop has found its Ein, and he’s a very cute corgi: Watch
Michael Roffman

]]> 0 972224 Michael Roffman Rihanna announces new photo book Mon, 07 Oct 2019 21:56:57 +0000 The eponymously titled “visual autobiography” arrives this fall.

Rihanna announces new photo book
Robin Bacior

]]> Rihanna fans, brace yourselves: the pop star has announced the release of a new photo book.

The self-titled effort is a “visual autobiography,” consisting of more than 1,000 photos spread across 504 pages. According to a press release, the behind-the-scenes images span the singer’s “life as a musician, performer, designer, and entrepreneur.” The Barbados Ambassador and her crew have been gathering these shots for the last five years.

“I am so excited to share this collection of incredible images,” Rihanna said in a statement. “I’m very grateful to the talented photographers and artists who contributed…and I’m really happy to be able to finally share it with everybody.”

(Read: Barack Obama reveals his 2019 playlist)

Rihanna’s book arrives this fall via Phaidon and pre-orders for a variety of different configurations are now ongoing. In the meantime, you can check out a new trailer for a sneak peak below.

We haven’t heard anything new from Rihanna since 2016’s Anti, but she has confirmed she’s working on a new reggae album.

Rihanna announces new photo book
Robin Bacior

]]> 0 972209 Robin Bacior Robin Bacior Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie team up for armored truck heist film Mon, 07 Oct 2019 21:36:48 +0000 The two last collaborated on 2000’s British crime comedy film Snatch.

Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie team up for armored truck heist film
Robin Bacior

]]> Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie are reuniting after nearly 20 years for a remake of the French thriller Le Convoyeur.

The two first worked together for 1998’s crime comedy Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, followed by Snatch in 2000. Now, Miramax has purchased the remake rights of the 2004 film Le Convoyeur and brought Statham on to star and Ritchie to direct.

The new one will find Statham playing a worker on an armored truck carrying hundreds of millions of dollars around Los Angeles every week. Though not many details are known beyond, it’ll likely be similar to its early 2000s French predecessor, which was also known as “Cash Truck” and starred Jean Dujardin and Albert Dupontel.

“I’m looking forward to bringing this story to life and working with Jason while he still has the use of his knees,” Ritchie said in a statement.

Miramax CEO Bill Block is set to produce, along with Ivan Atkinson. Block echoed anticipation for the film, stating, “Working again with Guy Ritchie on our second collaboration together, alongside renowned actor Jason Statham, is a privilege, and we anticipate that the tone and flavor of these two longtime friends will resurrect nothing less than a true, genre classic.”

Ritchie’s been keeping busy with Miramax, as he also directed the upcoming crime comedy The Gentlemen. That one hits theaters January 24th.

Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie team up for armored truck heist film
Robin Bacior

]]> 0 972189 Robin Bacior Robin Bacior New lawsuit alleges Fortnite is as addictive as cocaine Mon, 07 Oct 2019 20:58:03 +0000 A Montreal legal firm says the game releases dopamine levels comparable to cocaine usage.

New lawsuit alleges Fortnite is as addictive as cocaine
Robin Bacior

]]> Anyone who’s played a few rounds of Candy Crush or Call of Duty know video games can be a bit addictive. But while most of us likely chalk to this up to more of a craving to reach the next level than a true dependency, a group of Canadian parents think it’s far more serious than that. They’ve filed a new lawsuit alleging that the wildly popular video game Fortnite was created specifically to release dopamine levels comparable to cocaine usage, leading to an actual chemical addiction.

Representing the group of concerned parents is Montreal-based Calex Légal law firm, which has filed the suit agains Fortnite creators Epic Games. Speaking with CBC, attorney Alessandra Esposito Chartrand asserted the software company put years of deep research into creating the game, claiming they “hired psychologists” and “really dug into the human brain.”

She continued, “They knowingly put on the market a very, very addictive game which was also geared toward youth.”

The law firm is modeling its case on an approach taken toward battling the tobacco industry. In 2015, a Quebec Superior Court ruled that tobacco companies weren’t properly informing users about risks of smoking. Similarly, Calex Légal hopes to show that Epic Games knowingly released Fortnite with addictive properties, and should have warned consumers.

“In our case, the two parents that came forward and told [us], ‘If we knew it was so addictive it would ruin our child’s life, we would never have let them start playing Fortnite or we would have monitored it a lot more closely,” Chartrand shared.

The case comes months after the World Health Organization officially added “Gaming Disorder” to its International Classification of Diseases. Even Prince Harry has recently take a stance against the dangers of Fortnite.

This also isn’t the first time the Epic Games has been under legal fire for Fortnite. Let’s not forget last year when Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s Alfonso Ribeiro sued the company for trying to steal his sweet moves.

New lawsuit alleges Fortnite is as addictive as cocaine
Robin Bacior

]]> 0 972161 Robin Bacior Robin Bacior Robin Bacior This Week on Consequence of Sound Radio Mon, 07 Oct 2019 20:23:27 +0000 Talking El Camino and Bat for Lashes, plus playlists dedicated to Breaking Bad and Nick Cave.

This Week on Consequence of Sound Radio
Ben Kaye

]]> With El Camino driving onto Netflix later this week, Consequence of Sound Radio on TuneIn is celebrating the legacy of Breaking Bad.

It kicks off on Tuesday, October 8th at 12:00 p.m. ET/9:00 a.m. PT with a block of music highlighting Breaking Bad’s greatest hits. A collection of tracks from AMC’s iconic series, the special playlist features Gnarls Barkley, Beastie Boys, The Monkees, TV on the Radio, Knife Party, and more.

The music leads up to a new episode of Relevant Content on Wednesday, October 9th at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT. Editor-in-Chief Michael Roffman heads to New Mexico to talk about Vince Gilligan’s iconic series ahead of its sequel El Camino. Joining him for the ride are Editorial Director Matt Melis, Daily Grindhouse editor Mike Vanderbilt, and Horror Virgin co-host Jennferatu.

Later in the day, at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT we’ll mark Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ gorgeous new album, Ghosteen, with our latest Inspired By playlist. Nodding to artists who have been influenced by Cave’s decades of work, you’ll hear tracks by The National, Frightened Rabbit, Wolf Parade, The Walkmen, Divine Fits, Interpol, Destroyer, Arcade Fire, and others.

Then, on Thursday October 10th at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT, Lior Phillips sits down with Bat for Lashes on the latest episode of This Must Be the Gig. In addition to talking about Natasha Khan’s life on the road, they’ll discuss her new album, Lost Girls.

Tune into CoS Radio anytime at TuneIn or via the TuneIn app, which you can get at the Apple App or Google Play stores. You can also stream directly from CoS by clicking the radio symbol on the right side of the header at the top of every page, or via the embedded player below. Find a complete schedule for the week of September 23rd-29th, including re-airings of past editions of This Must Be the Gig and Relevant Content, below. And make sure to stay tuned for upcoming word on expanding programming and more exciting content from CoS Radio. (New episodes are in bold.)

Monday, October 7th:
This Must Be the Gig – Djo (aka Joe Keery) – 10:00 a.m. ET/ 7:00 a.m. PT
Relevant Content – Gotham City’s Greatest Hits Rebroadcast – 3:00 p.m. ET/ 12:00 p.m. PT
This Must Be the Gig – Hot Chip – 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT
This Must Be the Gig – Potty Mouth – 12:00 a.m. PT (Tues) / 9:00 p.m. PT

Tuesday, October 8th:
This Must Be the Gig – Orville Peck – 10:00 a.m. ET/ 7:00 a.m. PT
Block: Breaking Bad’s Greatest Hits – 12:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 a.m. PT
This Must Be the Gig – Mike Patton – 2:00 p.m. ET/ 11 :00 a.m. PT
This Must Be the Gig – Regina Spektor – 12:00 a.m. PT (Wed) / 9:00 p.m. PT

Wednesday, October 9th:
This Must Be the Gig – Lance Reddick – 11:00 a.m. ET/ 8:00 a.m. PT
Relevant Content – Revisiting Breaking Bad – 3:00 p.m. ET/ 12:00 p.m. PT
Block: Inspired by Nick Cave – 6:00 p.m. ET / 3:00 p.m. PT
This Must Be the Gig – Dandy Warhols – 12:00 a.m. PT (Thurs) / 9:00 p.m. PT

Thursday, October 10th:
This Must Be the Gig – Prophets of Rage – 10:00 a.m. ET/ 7:00 a.m. PT
Block: Breaking Bad’s Greatest Hits Rebroadcast – 12:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 a.m. PT
This Must Be the Gig – Bat for Lashes – 3:00 p.m. ET/ 12:00 p.m. PT
This Must Be the Gig – Perry Farrell – 12:00 a.m. PT (Thurs) / 9:00 p.m. PT

Friday, October 11th:
This Must Be the Gig – The Tallest Man on Earth – 10:00 a.m. ET/ 7:00 a.m. PT
Relevant Content – Revisiting Breaking Bad Rebroadcast – 3:00 p.m. ET/ 12:00 p.m. PT
Block: Inspired by Nick Cave Rebroadcast – 6:00 p.m. ET / 3:00 p.m. PT

Saturday, October 12th:
This Must Be the Gig – Bat for Lashes – 11:00 a.m. ET/ 8:00 a.m. PT
Relevant Content – Revisiting Breaking Bad Rebroadcast – 3:00 p.m. ET/ 12:00 p.m. PT
Block: Breaking Bad’s Greatest Hits – 9:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 a.m. PT
This Must Be the Gig – Empire of the Sun – 12:00 a.m. ET(Sun) / 9:00 p.m. PT

Sunday, October 13th:
This Must Be the Gig – Bat for Lashes – 11:00 a.m. ET/ 8:00 a.m. PT
Relevant Content – Revisiting Breaking Bad Rebroadcast – 3:00 p.m. ET/ 12:00 p.m. PT
Block: Inspired by Nick Cave Rebroadcast – 6:00 p.m. ET / 3:00 p.m. PT
This Must Be the Gig – Kevin McHale – 12:00 a.m. ET (Mon) / 9:00 p.m. PT

This Week on Consequence of Sound Radio
Ben Kaye

]]> 0 972171 Ben Kaye Explaining Our Succession Obsession Through Kendall Roy Mon, 07 Oct 2019 19:00:23 +0000 It’s hard to love a scumbag, but easy to squeeze one.

Explaining Our Succession Obsession Through Kendall Roy
Michael Roffman

]]> It took Succession some time — both episodically and in the real world — to take off. I am one of the few who got into it immediately, thanks to the title of the second episode alone (see: “The Shit Show at the Fuck Factory”). Yet its slow burn with others makes sense: the first few episodes of the series do something every other show of television’s Golden Age did — it dared you to care about these despicable people. While this certainly worked for shows before Succession, including The Sopranos, Mad Men, The Americans, and Breaking Bad, this narrative isn’t fresh anymore. That’s why the first few episodes of Succession feel like a little more of the same ol’ stories of rich, awful white people, who are mostly men.

However, as the first season reached its halfway point, Succession transformed into something greater. And, potentially, something more profound than the beloved aforementioned shows. Yes, it was daring me to root for Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong), a blindly ambitious, spoiled sad sack who has never earned anything he’s owned. But as much as I tried to resist caring about this character — a character, mind you, who got a boner while having a conversation with his ex-wife in a hospital waiting room — I still fell for the scumbag. And as more and more people started watching Succession, I realized more people felt the same way, which has made me less dubious about my moral character.

In “Dundee”, the eighth episode of the second season, Kendall Roy raps. It’s a bad rap. One that contains the horrifically true line: “But since I stan dad, I’m alive and well.” Naturally, it’s embarrassing for everyone: his family, his colleagues, even Cousin Greg (Nicholas Braun) squirms. But it’s especially hard on the audience. The first time I watched the episode, I covered my face with a pillow. Plus, since I watched the screener weeks before the rest of the world, I had to bottle up my knowledge of the embarrassment (much like Kendall bottles up all of his guilt.)

On my second viewing of the episode, I skipped “L to the O-G,” because I didn’t want to stop liking Kendall. But when I watched the episode for a third time (I’m not busy), I watched the rap all the way through. And then I watched it again. And again. And again. And it didn’t change how I feel about Kendall: a man who committed manslaughter, a man who viciously gutted Vaulter, the media company he brought into the company’s fold in the first place, and a man who says things like “drowning in pussy and everything’s golden.” It’s not golden, though! Kendall is dying inside, and I, much like other viewers, would like for him to be fixed.

Kendall Roy in Succession (HBO)

Kendall Roy in Succession (HBO)

To say that I think about Kendall Roy as often as I thought about my middle school crush (every minute of every day) is not an exaggeration. I’ve even considered taking myself to the nearest Build-a-Bear to make a stuffed animal named Kendall who wears a suit and looks really sad all the time. But why do I (and so many Succession fans) love this dude? There are many factors that make Kendall easy to root for, no matter what he does. And it starts with how different Kendall is from the other characters on the show.

Since Succession has a large ensemble cast, there isn’t really one main protagonist, though Kendall is the closest thing it has to one, especially in the first season. After all, he’s the one character whose hobbies and interests are explored: he’s a sneakerhead, he likes rap. This deep into the second season, I couldn’t even tell you what other main characters like Roman (Kieran Culkin), Shiv (Sarah Snook), or Connor’s (Alan Ruck) favorite movies are. I also couldn’t confidently tell you much about Cousin Greg, other than that he smokes weed and I think he would go to a Vampire Weekend concert by himself while wearing a Vampire Weekend t-shirt that he bought the night before at the last Vampire Weekend concert he attended.

This distance between Kendall and the other characters isn’t a bad thing; in fact, it’s one of the show’s strengths. It distinguishes the series from all the prestige ensemble shows that preceded it, while also distinguishing Kendall’s humanity from his siblings. If you recall, the majority of the first season is shown through his perspective. And even as the second season dives deeper into Shiv, Roman, and Connor’s inner lives, Kendall is still the only Roy who wears his (slowly thawing) heart on his sleeve, making it easier to connect with him.

Kendall Roy in Succession (HBO)

Kendall Roy in Succession (HBO)

But none of Kendall’s siblings have the strength to spill their feelings to their mother, like he nearly does in episode seven, “Return.” Alone in her kitchen the night after his father Logan (Brian Cox) forced him to visit the home of the young man whose dead he’s partly responsible for, Kendall tells Lady Caroline (Harriet Walter) that he wants to talk to her about “something I’ve done that I don’t feel great about.” Kendall is ready to admit his crime and his guilt to his mom, seeking the sympathy and relief he needs but knows he’ll never get from his father. Unfortunately, Lady Caroline doesn’t give him the chance. In this scene, you can’t help but want what’s best for a man who got away with manslaughter (for the time being) because of his rich daddy.

Given the same situation, Kendall’s siblings wouldn’t feel any guilt: Shiv, just as cold and narrow-minded as her father, would most likely consider the dead waiter a “nonperson.” Roman might feel guilt, but he’d focus his energy on being mean to someone since he’s as dismissive of himself as he is to everyone around him. And Connor is so distant from reality he wouldn’t even believe he did anything wrong.

Like the Roy children, it’s also rare for male characters on television to have the emotional range of Kendall Roy that’s caused so much consideration (and obsession, in my case). Much of this has to do with Jeremy Strong’s intoxicating performance, but credit must also go to the writing and directing choices on Succession. While iconic male anti-heroes like Tony Soprano and Don Draper (another terrible man I was heavily attached to) certainly had great emotional range and experienced internal conflict, you never really had a chance to linger on their inner thoughts, at least not as painfully close as Kendall Roy. Why is that? Men like Tony and Don knew how to turn it off, Kendall doesn’t.

Kendall Roy in Succession (HBO)

Kendall Roy in Succession (HBO)

Perhaps the most comparable character to Kendall is Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) from The Americans. A Russian spy living his life as an average American and travel agent for decades, Philip began to question his country’s mission while his romantic feelings for his partner and wife, Elizabeth, who would give up anything for the cause, were finally being reciprocated. Thanks to the premise, Philip started the series as a sympathetic character, even when his hands were responsible for the deaths of innocent people — you know, like stuffing a corpse into a suitcase. But Rhys’ physical performance, from his body language to the way he carries his face, leads you to sympathize with him so fully that you want to jump into your television and hug him for a very long time. Kendall follows suit.

Every human being experiences failure and success. And most, like Kendall, experience more failure than success. Kendall starts off the series thinking he’s on top of the world. He thinks he can stand up to his daddy, but when he comes face to face with him in the brutal, no-confidence boardroom meeting of Season One (see: ”Which Side Are You On?”), he reverts to his natural state around his dad: a mumbling baby. Because of this, we sympathize with his failures: that gut-wrenching vote, his addiction, the buy-out with Sandy and Stewy, even the car wreck (a little bit). But the thing that keeps us connecting to him — and rooting for him — is his relationship with his father, which is too broken to ever be fixed. Fortunately for us, he makes a great teddy bear.

Explaining Our Succession Obsession Through Kendall Roy
Michael Roffman

]]> 0 Kendall Roy in Succession (HBO) Kendall Roy in Succession (HBO) Kendall Roy in Succession (HBO) Kendall Roy in Succession (HBO) Kendall Roy in Succession (HBO) Kendall Roy in Succession (HBO) 972133 Michael Roffman Michael Roffman Michael Roffman Michael Roffman Michael Roffman Convicted pedophile Gary Glitter to receive royalties from Joker: Report Mon, 07 Oct 2019 18:45:49 +0000 The disgraced glam rocker’s “Rock and Roll Part 2” is featured prominently in the film.

Convicted pedophile Gary Glitter to receive royalties from Joker: Report
Ben Kaye

]]> Joker seemed like it was about to transcend the controversy surrounding it when its opening weekend came and went with no serious incidents and a record-setting $ 96 million domestic box office take. However, now there’s growing outcry that part of that money (and the stunning $ 247 million world-wide gross) will end up going to convicted pedophile and child rapist Gary Glitter.

Glitter, born Paul Gadd, was one of the world’s biggest glam rock stars before child pornography and sexual assault charges demolished his career. He pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography in a UK court in 1999, and in 2005, he was tried and convicted in Vietnam on charges of committing obscene acts with two underaged girls. He’s currently serving 16 years in a British prison after being found guilty of multiple sex crimes in 2015.

Despite being behind bars, Gadd still earns royalties from his music. Though his work is blackballed from UK radio, it occasionally pops up in US movies — including Todd Phillips’ Joker. His song “Rock and Roll Part 2”, which used to be a sporting events staple thanks to its chant-able “hey” chorus, memorable chord progression, and stomping drums, features prominently in the Warner Bros. picture. For nearly two minutes, it soundtracks Joaquin Phoenix’s title character dancing down a Gotham staircase.

(Read: Gary Glitter is the Most Evil Musician of All Time)

CNBC reports that because of this use, Gadd stands to receive a large lump sum of money on top of royalties from future DVD and potential soundtrack sales.

Yet Joker is far from the first production to use Gary Glitter’s music post-conviction. “Rock and Roll Part 2” appears in a football scene (natch) in 2004’s Meet the Fockers. In 2012, The Weinstein Company (again, natch) paid a substantial amount of cash to use the track in the trailer for eventual Oscar winner Silver Linings Playbook. Hell, even Glee wasn’t above using Gadd’s songs, getting Gwyneth Paltrow to sing the incredibly lewd (and in light of Gadd’s sexual history, overtly icky) “Do You Wanna Touch Me” while playing, of all things, a sexual education teacher in a 2011 episode.

WB has yet to comment (Consequence of Sound has reached out to a studio representative), though perhaps it’s unfair for one studio to have to answer for a cultural faux pas Hollywood has been committing for years.

Convicted pedophile Gary Glitter to receive royalties from Joker: Report
Ben Kaye

]]> 4 972099 Ben Kaye Sepultura announce concept album Quadra, perform new song “Isolation”: Watch Mon, 07 Oct 2019 18:42:51 +0000 The album revolves around “the meaning of the number 4” and is due out in early 2020 via Nuclear Blast.

Sepultura announce concept album Quadra, perform new song “Isolation”: Watch
Jon Hadusek

]]> Sepultura played a new song called “Isolation” at Rock in Rio this past weekend. Now, the Brazilian thrash legends have announced that their 15th studio album, Quadra, will be out sometime in early 2020. The band shared the artwork and revealed that it will be concept album about “the meaning of the number 4.”

For the new LP, Sepultura returned to Fascination Street Studios in Sweden to once again work with producer Jens Bogren, who recorded 2017’s Machine Messiah. The LP’s artwork, created by Christiano Menezes, depicts a battered coin — a symbol for Quadra‘s concept.

As longtime guitarist Andreas Kisser explained in the press release:

“Quadra, among other meanings, is the Portuguese word for ‘sport court’ that by definition is a ‘limited area of land, with regulatory demarcations, where according to a set of rules the game takes place.’We all come from different Quadras. The countries, all nations with their borders and traditions; culture, religions, laws, education and a set of rules where life takes place. Our personalities, what we believe, how we live, how we build societies and relationships, all depends on these set of rules that we grew up with. Concepts of creation, gods, death and ethics.

Money, we are enslaved by this concept. Who’s poor and who’s rich, that’s how we measure people and material goods. Regardless of your Quadra you need money to survive, the prime rule to play this game called life. Hence the coin.

The coin is forged with the senator skull, who represents the set of rules and laws we live by; the world map on his head delimiting the borders of all nations, imaginary lines separating people by concepts of race and the sacred.”

Although the band hasn’t offered up a studio recording quite yet, concert footage of the aforementioned “Isolation” can be seen below. After a doomy symphonic intro, the tune turns into a blistering thrasher full of manic fills and sinister riffs. If the song is indicative of the rest of Quadra, then fans can look forward to another meticulously composed thrash epic.

Quadra will be available via Nuclear Blast, with a release date, pre-orders, and official single coming soon. Check out the artwork and watch the pro-shot footage of “Isolation” below.

Quadra Artwork:

Sepultura - Quadra

Sepultura announce concept album Quadra, perform new song “Isolation”: Watch
Jon Hadusek

]]> 0 Sepultura – Quadra 972070 Jon Hadusek Jon Hadusek Dead Can Dance announce 2020 tour Mon, 07 Oct 2019 18:22:23 +0000 In support of the duo’s nine albums, including last year’s Dionysus.

Dead Can Dance announce 2020 tour
Lake Schatz

]]> Goth/experimental rock veterans Dead Can Dance will hit the road next spring in support of their extensive catalog, including last year’s Dionysus album. The 2020 tour dates take place from mid-April through late May and will include concerts across both North and South America.

The British-Australian duo is expected to hit such North American cities as Philadelphia, New York, Toronto, Chicago, Vancouver, Los Angeles, and Mexico City. As for South America, Bogota, Lima, and Santiago are part of the itinerary. Danish singer-songwriter Agnes Obel has been tapped as support.

For Dead Can Dance, this marks their first live performances in the Americas since Coachella in 2013.

(Read: The Top 25 Albums of 2019… So Far

Dionysus, released last November, is Dead Can Dance’s ninth overall. It followed 2016’s Anastasis, the group’s first full-length in 16 years.

Consult the full schedule below. Tickets for these new shows go on sale Friday, October 11th, and can be purchased here.

Dead Can Dance 2020 Tour Dates:
04/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia #
04/19 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem #
04/21 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall #
04/24 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center #
04/26 – Toronto, ON @ Meridian Hall #
04/28 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre #
04/29 – Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre #
05/03 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre #
05/04 – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum #
05/07 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic #
05/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre #
05/11 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Civic Theatre #
05/14 – Mexico City, MX @ Auitorio Nacional #
05/16 – Guadalajara, MX @ Teatro Diana
05/19 – Bogota, CO @ Teatro Jorge Eliecer Gaitan
05/21 – Lima, PE @ TBD
05/24 – Santiago, CL @ Teatro Municipal de Santiago

# = w/ Agnes Obel

dead can dance 2020 tour dates tickets Dead Can Dance announce 2020 tour

Revisit Dionysus single “Act II: The Mountain”:

Dead Can Dance announce 2020 tour
Lake Schatz

]]> 0 dead-can-dance-2020-tour-dates-tickets 972090 Lake Schatz Lake Schatz Lake Schatz Machine Head announce 2020 North American tour Mon, 07 Oct 2019 17:58:55 +0000 The veteran metal band will celebrate their 1994 debut album Burn My Eyes on the monthlong trek.

Machine Head announce 2020 North American tour
Spencer Kaufman

]]> Veteran metal act Machine Head have revealed dates for a 2020 North American tour. Like their current European run, the stateside trek will feature two distinct sets each night, with one celebrating the band’s debut album, Burn My Eyes.

Last week, Machine Head revealed that guitarist Vogg Kiełtyka (Decapitated) and drummer Matt Alston (Devilment) had joined the band, replacing Phil Demmel and drummer Dave McClain, respectively.

The new lineup, which also includes longtime frontman Robb Flynn and bassist Jared MacEachern, will perform “Part I” of each show, consisting of a set of classic Machine Head tunes. “Part II” will feature Flynn and MacEachern performing 1994’s Burn My Eyes in its entirety with early band members Logan Mader (guitar) and Chris Kontos (drums).

The monthlong North American tour, which is sandwiched between two European jaunts, kicks off January 16th in Phoenix, Arizona, and runs through a February 22nd show in Anaheim, California.

(Buy: Tickets to Machine Head’s Upcoming Shows)

In a press release, Flynn issued the following statement:

“North American Head Cases, you have been patiently waiting for what seems like for-goddamned-EVER, thank you for your patience, but we are now ready to CRUSH YOUR F*CKING SKULLS!! So ready to get back on the road in the US. Biggest production we have ever had, most insane lineup we have ever had, we have leveled-the-f*ck-up for this run! Ready to bring you 3 hours of blood, sweat, tears, pain, rage, and life-affirming metal. Let’s f*cking do this!!”

Tickets for the North American tour go on sale this Friday (October 11th) at 10 a.m. local time via Machine Head’s website, and will also be available here.

Machine Head 2019-2020 Tour Dates
10/07 – Tilburg, NL @ 013
10/09 – Copenhagen, DK @ Amager Bio
10/11 – Wuerzburg, DE @ Posthalle
10/12 – Leipzig, DE @ Haus Auensee
10/14 – Bochum, DE @ Ruhr Congress
10/15 – Munich, DE @ Zenith
10/16 – Vienna, AT @ Gasometer
10/18 – Gdansk, PL @ B90
10/19 – Warsaw, PL @ Progressja
10/20 – Budapest, HU @ Baba Negra
10/22 – Zurich, CH @ Komplex
10/23 – Lyon, FR @ Le Radiant
10/25 – Milan, IT @ Live Club
10/26 – Padova, IT @ Hall
10/27 – Luxembourg, LU @ Expo
10/29 – Paris, FR @ Le Trianon
10/31 – Brussels, BE @ Forest National
11/02 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
11/04 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Victoria Warehouse
11/05 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy
11/07 – Belfast, IE @ Telegraph Building
11/08 – Dublin, IE @ Olympia Theatre
12/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
01/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
01/18 – Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey
01/20 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
01/21 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theatre
01/22 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
01/26 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
01/27 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
01/28 – Tampa, FL @ Ritz Ybor
01/30 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
01/31 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
02/01 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
02/04 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
02/05 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
02/07 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
02/08 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
02/09 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
02/11 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
02/12 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
02/14 – Detroit, MI @ Crofoot
02/15 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
02/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
02/18 – Denver, CO @ The Gothic Theatre
02/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
02/21 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
02/22 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
04/19 – Zaragoza, ES @ Teatro de las Esquinas
04/21 – Santiago de Compostela, ES @ Capitol
04/23 – Oporto, PT @ Coliseu de Porto
04/24 – Lisbon, PT @ Coliseu de Lisboa
04/25 – Madrid, ES @ La Riviera
04/27 – Malaga, ES @ Paris 15
04/28 – Murcia, ES @ Gamma
04/28 – Valencia, ES @ Republicca
05/01 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz
05/02 – Toulouse, FR @ Le Bikini
05/05 – Ludwigsburg, DE @ MHP Arena
05/06 – Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof
05/08 – Hannover, DE @ Swiss Life Hall
05/09 – Prague, CZ @ Forum Karlin
05/10 – Bratislava, SI @ Refinery Gallery
05/12 – Bucharest, RO @ Quantic Club
05/13 – Sofia, BU @ Universiada Hall
05/15 – Thessaloniki, GR @ Fix Factory Of Sound
05/16 – Athens, GR @ Piraeus Academy
05/20 – Kiev, UA @ Stereoplaza
05/22 – Moscow, RU @ 1930 Moscow
05/23 – St. Petersburg, RU @ A2
05/25 – Helsinki, FI @ The Circus
05/28 – Stockholm, SE @ Fryhuset Arenan
05/29 – Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene
05/30 – Aarhus, DEK @ Train
06/01 – Hamburg, DE @ Grosse Freiheit 36
06/02 – Utrecht, NL @ Tivoliredenburg
06/03 – Lille, FR @ Aeronef
06/05 – London, UK @ Alexandra Palace
06/06 – Birmingham, UK @ Academy

Machine Head announce 2020 North American tour
Spencer Kaufman

]]> 0 972054 Spencer Kaufman Film Review: Little Monsters Gets a Few More Laughs Outta the Rotting Zombie Genre Mon, 07 Oct 2019 17:30:11 +0000 Lupita Nyong’o continues her new reign over horror.

Film Review: Little Monsters Gets a Few More Laughs Outta the Rotting Zombie Genre
Michael Roffman

]]> This review originally ran in March as part of our SXSW 2019 coverage.

The Pitch: Think back to everything you love about Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead. Now, take that style of whiplash comedy and pair it with the living room heart of Ivan Reitman’s Kindergarten Cop. In a sense, that’s Little Monsters, a movie that tosses a bunch of Australian kindergarten kids into a literal petting zoo that’s consumed by the walking dead. The only one to save ’em? An aging rocker in the midst of an existential crisis (Alexander England) and a resourceful teacher who has one hell of a clean up job on her hands (Lupita Nyong’o).

There’s a New Scream Queen at the Throne: The consensus at this year’s South by Southwest is that Nyong’o is quickly becoming the new Scream Queen to behold. That may be asking a bunch of the Oscar winner, but if she’s game, the path is hers to lose. Between her breakneck performance in Jordan Peele’s Us and this little gem, Nyong’o is wearing a lot of blood this year, but it’s a damn good look on her. She’s calm, calculated, and incredibly relatable, not too dissimilar to Jamie Lee Curtis way, way back in the ’70s.

With Little Monsters, Nyong’o not only jumps to the task at hand, but learns her strengths with every passing shovel and pitchfork. There’s a naturalism to her performance that suggests she can bring some much-needed realism to the quote-unquote Scream Queen model. It’s in the way she lets loose on England, confessing that she’s scared shitless despite putting up the strongest front between the two of them. But she also doesn’t have all the answers, earning her stripes as the zombies close in and her catalogue of ukulele covers runs out.

Little Monsters (Hulu)

Little Monsters (Hulu)

At a time when there’s never been more demand for women at the forefront, Nyong’o is a timely and surprising revelation. This flick may be a far cry from her prestigious work of yesteryear, but she’s hip to writer and director Abe Forsythe’s pacing. Even better, she’s also keyed into the realities of being an actual kindergarten teacher — following the SXSW premiere, she explained how she studied the Australian education system prior to filming — and her sense of immediacy is in every one of her actions. You believe her fear for the kids — and her love.

But her performance goes beyond just the blood and guts. Nyong’o is downright charming, to the point that you wonder how many more genres she can tackle in the years to come. Her comedic timing is on-point and her knack for action is sublime. Seeing her drop everything and race out to find an EpiPen for one of her kids, or slamming a piece of zoo merch into Josh Gad‘s belly for being a misogynistic prick, is the type of character-building work that explains why so many con kids wear shirts or buttons with Kurt Russell on ’em.

Rest assured, Nyong’o will be on those in the months to come.

Little Monsters (Hulu)

Little Monsters (Hulu)

Resurrection or Final Rites? That odor you smell is the decaying corpse of the zombie genre. For the last decade, George A. Romero’s once-underrated subculture of horror has been torn apart in more ways than the asshole cast of Day of the Dead. Forsythe is clearly aware of this, which is why the film doesn’t really concern itself with the walkers. Instead, he uses the medium for what it was always intended for and pries out an original story. This is a cutesy family comedy that wears its heart on its sleeve as opposed to the mouths of its ghouls.

Like Shaun, the film sets that tone from the get-go, kicking things into high gear with a schmaltzy, chummy score that suggests you’re not here to cower, you’re hear to laugh. But what’s surprising is how much you’re also here to sigh and choke up. You see, England’s hilarious rocker uncle also has a nephew (Diesel La Torraca), and their bond leads to a series of sentimental moments, all of which Forsythe earns, namely because he drew on his own experiences. This is a script that could only come from a young father, and it’s in every line of dialogue.

Yet this all wouldn’t work if the kids weren’t so goddamn hilarious, too. Like Cop, Forsythe doesn’t just give you a faceless class of kids, which would have certainly been the easier route for him, he drops a yearbook of memorable brats. Surrounding England and Torraca are a gaggle of kids, who all have their share of quirks and eccentricities, which warrants as many recurring jokes as poignant moments. By the end, the payoff is extraordinary, no different than when you reach the finale of any epic zombie movie, and you’ll be championing each and every one of ’em.

Little Monsters (Hulu)

Little Monsters (Hulu)

Finally, Josh Gad Shit His Pants! As incorrigible children’s TV host Teddy McGiggle, Disney’s go-to actor gets to finally let loose in ways that would nuke the Mouse House. He’s a sex addict. He’s a drunk. He’s a terrifying piece of human excrement. But he’s also hilarious, and while Forsythe could have dialed down the expletives for more maximum effect (it begins to sound a tad too high school), Gad gives it 110%. His bitter rivalry with his fellow puppet co-star Frogzy alone is worth a watch in itself. Besides, what zombie movie has a Gigglemobile? C’mon.

Can We Get That “Shake It Off” Cover? Make it happen, Nyong’o.

The Verdict: Little Monsters oozes with heart and soul, making for an ultra likable, last-minute addition to a genre that should be buried 12-feet under in the near future. As director and writer, Forsythe delivers the goods in all the right areas, finding a way to navigate the crowded medium with a hilarious and quick-witted screenplay that he executes with stylish aplomb. It also helps that everyone’s on the same page — you know, like a good group of kindergarteners — and that extra oomph gives Little Monsters the golden star it so wants to take home to show its parents.

Where’s It Playing? Little Monsters crawls on to Hulu this Friday, October 11th.


Film Review: Little Monsters Gets a Few More Laughs Outta the Rotting Zombie Genre
Michael Roffman

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Jeff Daniels to play former FBI Director James Comey in limited TV miniseries
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]]> Jeff Daniels will portray former FBI Director James Comey in an upcoming TV miniseries.

Daniels will assume Comey’s role for a four-hour limited series from CBS Studios. The as-yet-untitled project is based on Comey’s own 2018 book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership.

In the bestseller, the former FBI director recounts his time in public office, including his tumultuous tenure under Donald Trump, who very publicly fired him in May 2017. Comey oversaw the investigations regarding Hilary Clinton’s emails and possible ties between the White House and Russia.

Captain Phillips screenwriter Billy Ray is tasked with adapting Comey’s book for the miniseries. According to TVLine, as part of his research for the miniseries, Ray traveled to the nation’s capital and other cities to meet with Comey, his family, and colleagues.

“Jeff [Daniels] is so perfect for this part,” Ray remarked in a statement. “Great actor, instant integrity, loads of warmth, intelligence, complexity and gravitas. We talked backstage after I saw him in To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway, and I knew I was looking at the only person who could play Jim Comey. Lucky for me, he said yes.”

Alongside Daniels, the series will star Brendan Gleeson as Donald Trump and Michael Kelly as former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

The forthcoming Comey-centric drama series is expected to go into production in November with Alex Kurtzman, Shane Salerno, and Heather Kadin tagged as executive producers. It’s still unclear whether the program will air on Showtime, CBS Access, or both platforms.

Jeff Daniels to play former FBI Director James Comey in limited TV miniseries
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