Lady Gaga Releases Country-Tinged Ballad “Million Reasons”

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Lady Gaga’s next Joanne track is here, and it’s pretty fantastic. If any Little Monster out there doubted “Perfect Illusion” and the direction Gaga would take with this album, they need not worry anymore. “Million Reasons” is a soft rock-country anthem with “You and I” vibes. It’s incredibly simple, stripped down, and lets Gaga show off her incredible vocal cords.

“I’ve got a hundred million reasons to walk away, but baby I just need one good one to stay,” Gaga sings on the track.

The song appears to be about a breakup and the pain of leaving someone you love behind. Gaga co-wrote it with “Jesus Take the Wheel” writer Hillary Lindsey. On working with her, Gaga told Yahoo:

“I wanted to sit together, play her some of the music, and write with another woman — and write with a woman that was sort of in the center of the type of women, and men, that I wanted to speak to with this music. So what was so wonderful was when we sat down and started working, it was like this instant connection that we had. We’re two girls that are so different — she grew up somewhere so different from me, and you’d think that maybe we’d never get along, that it would never work — but somehow we created these songs together.”

Listen to the song below:

Gaga performed “Million Reasons,” as well as two other Joanne tracks, “A-Yo” and “Sinner’s Prayer,” at the first stop of her three-date Dive Bar Tour. You can watch the livestream below:

Joanne is now available for pre-order at ladygaga.com.

Solange Drops Two Music Videos From ‘Seat at the Table’

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There must be something in the water at the Knowles residence in Texas.

Last week, Solange released her first album in four years, A Seat at the Table, to glowing reviews. The record is a gorgeous, calm, quietly powerful collection of beautiful tracks perfect for listening to while, say, throwing a fall wine party, or luxuriating in a bathtub.

Sunday night, Solange dropped two videos for songs on the album: one, for “Don’t Touch My Hair,” and the other for “Cranes In the Sky,” two of the dreamiest singles of the bunch.

Many critics have compared A Seat At the Table to Beyonce’s Lemonade, considering the two companion pieces. Solange told Fader“I’m really proud of my sister and I’m really proud of her record and her work and I’ve always been. As far as I’m concerned, she’s always been an activist from the beginning of her career and she’s always been very, very black. My sister has always been a voice for black people and black empowerment. And I give so much of that credit to my parents.”

A Seat At the Table reached #1 on the iTunes charts over the weekend.

Green Day to Play Intimate Show in Williamsburg

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On Saturday, iconic “idiots” Green Day will play a sold out show at Webster Hall, but tonight a lucky few will be able to see the band perform for free (with purchase of their new CD) at Rough Trade in Williamsburg.

The rockers will be performing songs off their newest album, “Revolution Radio,” the group’s staggering twelfth studio album, out today. The lead single, “Bang Bang,” reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart and already has a frightening, bank robbery-themed music video. Check it out below.

Talking about “Bang Bang” Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone

“It’s about the culture of mass shooting that happens in America mixed with narcissistic social media. There’s this sort of rage happening, but it’s also now being filmed and we all have ourselves under surveillance. To me, that is so twisted. To get into the brain of someone like that was freaky. It freaked me out. After I wrote it, all I wanted to do was get that out of my brain because it just freaked me out.”

The album is available for purchase here. Green Day’s show tonight starts at 7 PM EST, with doors open at 6:30.

LISTEN: Madame Gandhi’s Remix of Yaysh’s ‘Wild One’

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Madame Gandhi, the LA-based musician and activist, MBA grad from Harvard University, and runner of the London Marathon sans-tampon, bleeding freely in protest of stigma toward periods, has created a percussive remix to Yaysh’s latest hit “Wild One.”

Madame (Kiran) Gandhi has been performing the drums all her life – most notably, she toured with rap artist M.I.A. as her drummer across the nation. Her self-described mission is to “re-imagine a music industry that is healthier for women and girls around the world.”

Queer rapper/singer Yaysh’s Wild One” is a feminist anthem and a queer call to arms – in the music video, out this month, Yaysh seduces a woman in a nightclub she entered with her controlling boyfriend.

The remix gives a fresh, chopped-up spin on the pop/hip-hop “Wild One,” pairing drum circle vibes with a thumping nightclub base for a cool and unusual new sound. Take a listen below.

Of the song, Yaysh said, “[‘Wild One’] is about passion, justice and just straight-up courage. People still, today,  fear their sexual side, their authenticity, their truest yearnings. Why? Because the scariest thing to do in life is to be yourself. Why? Because it means you don’t give in to stereotypes and you dare to stand alone.”

And watch the official music video for Yaysh’s “Wild One,” and hear the original version of the song, here:

Yaysh’s

Jonathan Rhys Meyers Rocks as Joe Strummer in Clash Film ‘London Town’

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The little punk inside our hearts is rocking out to the first trailer for London Town. The Clash-inspired film is a coming-of-age story about a young boy who receives a tape of “White Riot” in the mail from his long lost mother. The film depicts the rise of punk against the social and political backdrop of the UK in the late ‘70s.

Daniel Huttlestone gives a charming performance as a teenage boy at the dawn of the ‘80s while Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the second coming of Joe Strummer. The film features music be Buzzcocks, The Stranglers, Toots and the Maytals, Willie Williams, Stiff Little Fingers, and of course, The Clash.

London Town opens in theaters and on iTunes and VOD on October 7. Watch the trailer below:

Gaga Will Collaborate With Florence Welch on New Album

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In a radio interview on Friday with BBC Radio 1, Lady Gaga confirmed that on an upcoming track on her new album she’ll duet with Florence + the Machine’s Florence Welch.

“I started to work on an idea for a song that I really wanted to do with a girl,” said Gaga. “You’ll see why when you see what the song is about.”

She continued: “I just thought, ‘Who do I want to sing with?’ She’s really, to me, if not the best, one of the greatest vocalists in the world. She’s incredible.”

Gaga revealed more in a Monday radio chat with Elvis Duran: that the track would be called “Hey Girl,” and that the song begins with “Hey girl, can you hear me, are you holding out your heart.” Florence then responds with “Hey girl, do you feel me, sometimes I go too far.” Gaga also revealed that other collaborators on the record include Beck and Father John Misty.

Mother Monster said the album would be arriving soon—”this year” was as precise as she could get. But if “Perfect Illusion” is any indicator of what’s to come, we’re really, truly freaking out.

Burners Take Back Burning Man, Vandalize Exclusive Camp

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Over the past three decades, Burning Man has evolved from a festival celebrating community in the desert to a vacation getaway for the upper-class and the Instagram celebs. It’s beginning to rival festivals like Coachella and SXSW with celebrity visitors like Paris Hilton, Scott Eastwood, and Cara Delevingne.

According to The Guardian, an exclusive luxury camp was recently the target of vandalism during a nighttime raid. White Ocean, cofounded by tech entrepreneurs Oliver Ripley and Timur Sardarov, was hosting their “white party” while “hooligans” stole from their camp, cut their power, and glued their doors shut.

White Ocean recently posted to Facebook:

“This year has been quite the challenge for our camp. We have felt like we’ve been sabotaged from every angle, but last night’s chain of events, while we were all out enjoying our beautiful home, was an absolute and definitive confirmation that some feel we are not deserving of Burning Man. We actually had someone from the organization tell us that in paraphrase ‘it makes sense that you have been sabotaged as you are a closed camp and not welcoming.’”

The post goes on to claim that they do contribute to the festival in a welcoming manner. Although the vandalism damaged their camp, they intend to continue with their festivities as planned, denouncing this “act of hate.”

The top comment on the post by Robert Murray shows support for the vandals:

“I remember before the wealthy silicone valley snobs took over the Black Rock Desert with all their commercialism the Burning Man was a FREE event. Now tickets disappear within 45 minutes of offering at around $850.00 each. The whole Burning Man event should be burned to the ground it is so elitist and exclusionary. But that’s just my opinion.”

Meanwhile, the exodus from Burning Man was held up by nine hours as the search for a missing 17-year-old-girl was conducted. She later turned up safe in Black Rock City.

On to 2017…

Billy Reid Threw a Hell of a Shindig in Alabama

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Billy Reid’s annual celebration of art, music, food, and fashion kicked off this weekend in Florence, Alabama. Shindig No. 8 brought an eclectic cultural blend to the south where musician Jack White, Alison Mosshart of The Kills, Chef John Besh, and Tony winning actor Alex Sharp were just a few in attendance.

The weekend began with “Warstick Presents the Business Man’s Special,” a round-robin baseball game between the Texas Playboys, the Alabama Slammers (Billy Reid’s company team), and the Third Man Triples. White played first base for the Third Man Triples.

Photos by Sam Deitch courtesy of Billy Reid

Photos by Sam Deitch courtesy of Billy Reid

Jewelry designer, Pamela Love hosted a shop-in-shop at the Billy Reid flagship store. It featured art by Mosshart and Jeremiah Ariaz.

Friday at the Shoals Theatre, Joshua Hedley and Jonny Fritz opened for Dawes who debuted tracks from their upcoming album, We’re All Gonna Die. Paul White performed his new album Beulah with the Watson Twins the next night.

Photos by Brett Warren

Photos by Brett Warren

This year, Shindig hosted its first Billy Reid runway show. Friends, artists, and customers from all over the world strutted the catwalk in the Fall/Winter 2016 collection. They were accompanied by a live performance from Amanda Shires. It was a rare opportunity for fashion enthusiasts to enjoy a NYFW scale show with the rare comfort of the south.

Billy Reid plans to take next year’s Shindig on the road to include Chicago, Charleston, and New Orleans.

BlackBook Premiere: Super Hot Video for KAYE’s ‘UUU’

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Indie-pop queen KAYE premiered her latest music video this week, for the grunge-tinged anthem “UUU,” and provided no shortage of fierce looks and voguing for the occasion. Backed by two bespectacled dancers a-la a punkier, more hipster “Single Ladies,” KAYE delivers a powerful sound and look that only makes us more intrigued to see what’s coming next.

The Hawaiin-born singer trained herself in classical piano and guitar before going on to tour with artists like St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, San Fermin, and alt-J to positive reviews from publications like Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

Her debut EP, Honey, is out now, available on Spotify, and features such notable tracks as “UUU,” the celebratory self-love title track, “Honey.”

Check out KAYE’s other new video, for “Honey,” a shot-for-shot remake of Weezer’s classic 1994 clip for “The Sweater Song,” below.