1. “Dull Tool,” a new Fiona Apple song that will be featured on the soundtrack for Judd Apatow’s upcoming comedy This Is 40, has leaked online. Give it a listen here. (On a related note, if you missed the heartbreaking handwritten letter Apple posted yesterday that explains why she’s canceling her upcoming South… Read More
Last summer, formerly roaming, currently Chicago-based festival Lollapalooza celebrated its 20th anniversary. This past weekend, Perry Farrell’s brainchild barreled into its third decade, once again taking over Grant Park (and most of the surrounding area) with three days of marquee headliners, upstart buzz bands, and plenty of sun, food, and eventually, the requisite mud. Saturday’s installment saw a bit of a hitch, as the entire site was evacuated when a massive thunderstorm descended on the city; fortunately, the event resumed three hours later, with the mass exodus both out of and into the site handled remarkably well.
Nature’s wrath aside, it was another banner year for Lolla. Among the highlights were main stage sets from Florence + The Machine, Metric, Sigur Rós, and the Black Keys — the latter of whom received a personal introduction from Chicago Mayor (and former White House Chief of Staff) Rahm Emanuel. Jack White closed out the festival with a headlining performance featuring both his alternating all-male and all-female bands. And then there was our personal highlight, soul man of the hour, Frank Ocean, whose Saturday night set on the Google Play stage was both a revelation and the perfect reason to steer clear of that night’s main stage acts. Click through for our exclusive photo gallery from the entire weekend, both onsite and off, and if you were there too, share your own favorite moments in the comments. … Read More
Notwithstanding the arrival of cloud music juggernaut Spotify on American shores (which we’ll write more about soon), it’s a bit of a quiet week on the streaming album front. But never fear, we’ve still dug deep and found our regular selection of five noteworthy and/or interesting records to stream for free this week — from tasteful Scandinavian party pop to another They Might Be Giants record and, most pleasingly, Shonen Knife doing an entire album of Ramones covers. Listen after the jump. … Read More