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Enigmatic UK group the KLF have surfaced, officially releasing a selection of songs to streaming services for the first time. The eight-track compilation Solid State Logik 1 appeared without fanfare on the first day of 2021, nearly three decades after they delivered an outrageous performance at the 1992 BRIT Awards, fired machine-gun blanks into the
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Eugene Wright, the jazz bassist known for his time with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, has died, Brubeck Family Legacy Records announced. A cause of death was not revealed. Eugene Wright was 97 years old. Eugene Wright was born in Chicago in 1923. Growing up, he played the cornet before he learned to play the upright
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Bill Callahan and Bonnie “Prince” Billy are continuing their covers series with a rendition of Lou Reed’s Legendary Hearts closer “Rooftop Garden.” The cover features Cretan lute player George Xylouris (of Xylouris White). Check out the accompanying music video, directed by Kris Rey, below. Bill Callahan and Bonnie “Prince” Billy began their covers series with
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MF DOOM has died, his wife Jasmine Dumile revealed today (December 31). The elusive rapper died on October 31, according to Dumile. When reached by Pitchfork, a representative for Rhymesayers confirmed the legitimacy of the statement. A cause of death has not been revealed. MF DOOM was 49 years old. MF DOOM was born in
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Singer-songwriter Amanda Shires has covered a Genesis classic to close out 2020. Check out Shires’ rendition of “That’s All,” from the group’s 1983 self-titled LP, below (via Rolling Stone). Shires referred to the track as a “true COVID anthem” in a press release. Her cover is accompanied by an animated visual that depicts a number
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Grimes has announced a new album of Miss Anthropocene remixes. The record, called Miss Anthropocene Rave Edition, is out on January 1 and includes contributions from Channel Tres, Modeselektor, BloodPop®, and more. The collection also features two remixes that Grimes recently premiered in a DJ mix for Apple Music. Check out the tracklist and cover
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Cardi B has settled her two-year legal battle with former manager Klenord “Shaft” Raphael, Pitchfork can confirm. According to court documents viewed by Pitchfork, the lawsuit, including all claims and counterclaims, is “hereby dismissed in its entirety with prejudice against all parties.” The documents, which were filed December 24 in New York’s Southern District Court,
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Playboi Carti has released his long-awaited new album Whole Lotta Red. The follow-up to 2018’s Die Lit features contributions from Kanye West, Future, and Kid Cudi. Producers listed on Whole Lotta Red include Pi’erre Bourne, Art Dealer, F1lthy, Juberlee, Richie Souf, Wheezy, and more. “F33l Lik3 Dyin,” the final song on the 24-track record, samples
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Bluegrass guitarist Tony Rice, who was recognized as one of the all-time greats of the genre, has died. He was 69 and passed suddenly on December 25, his former label Rounder Records noted. As a solo performer, collaborator, and leader of the Tony Rice Unit, Rice was known for his inimitable skill as a flatpicker,
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In September, SZA and Ty Dolla $ign released “Hit Different,” marking SZA’s first new music as lead artist since she released Ctrl in 2017. Now she’s shared another track called “Good Days.” Hear it below. “Good Days” was originally teased in the last portion of SZA’s video for “Hit Different.” Following the release of that
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Four Tet is releasing a pair of new albums tonight: Parallel and 871 will be released on December 25. The two albums follow Kieran Hebden’s most recent full-length Sixteen Oceans, released earlier this year. Check out the announcement below. Hebden recently revealed that he and Madlib had finished work on the reclusive producer’s solo album
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Lil Durk has released his new album The Voice. The 16-track project includes songs featuring 6LACK and Young Thug (“Stay Down”), the late King Von (“Still Trappin’”), YNW Melly (“Free Jamell”), and more. Lil Durk announced his new album in an Instagram post yesterday (December 23). “The voice dropping midnight,” he wrote. “Tell the trenches
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Leslie West, lead vocalist and guitarist of the hard rock band Mountain, has died, as Rolling Stone reports and a representative has confirmed to Pitchfork. A pioneer in “heavy” guitar-playing, the influence of West’s work can be felt in various genres, from heavy metal to hip-hop. He was 75 years old; the cause of death
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R. Kelly’s federal trial for child pornography and obstruction charges has been moved to September 13, 2021, The New York Times reports. The trial was originally scheduled to begin April 27, 2020 in Chicago, and given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber acknowledged that the new date could change again. Kelly
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The Recording Academy has announced its 2021 Special Merit Awards. Receiving Lifetime Achievement Awards are: Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, the late jazz musician Lionel Hampton, opera singer Marilyn Horne, Salt-N-Pepa, Selena, and Talking Heads. In addition, Ed Cherney, Benny Golson, and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds will receive Trustees Awards, while Daniel Weiss is recognized
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