Thrash-metal titans Slayer kicked of their farewell tour at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California, with support from Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament.  "If it wasn't for you, we wouldn't be here. I wanted to thank you for everything," Tom Araya told San Diego moshpitting crowd (Loudwire). On the European leg of […]

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Neil Young says he will be leaving Facebook to focus on expanding Neil Young Archives, where he has offered access to nearly all of his recorded music. Now in a new post - on Facebook - he says he will be leaving the platform, to focus on his “giant time machine cabinet” filled with “albums […]

Sigur Ros have launched a new project titled ‘Liminal’, a constantly evolving “endless” playlist which “will be built over linear time into a never-finished project of ceaseless invention.” The hour long ‘Liminal’ will reportedly be “added to frequently and endlessly", and will continue to be altered indefinitely beyond its release. "We play and sing sparsely […]

John Legend will be among six new voices coming to Google Assistant. The voices were created using WaveNet, which analyzes speech patterns and uses raw audio to generate speech that mimics typical humans delivery. Naturally, as they are apt to doing, Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen had some fun with the announcement on Twitter. Upon hearing […]

Live Nation is flirting with the idea of employing facial recognition technology to speed up admission into concerts. The entertainment company would “acquire a face image and match it against a large database in half a second.” Ostensibly, people can just enter a venue without presenting a paper ticket or a digital ticket on a cellphone. Conversely, […]

Hip-hop icon and headphone impresario Dr. Dre has lost a trademark dispute with Pennsylvania gynecologist Dr. Draion M. Burch over Burch’s attempt to trademark the name Dr. Drai. The case has been ongoing since 2015, when Dre (real name Andre Young) claimed the similarity between the names Dr. Dre and Dr. Drai could cause “confusion.” […]

On April 30, two young Native American men wearing metal band shirts were pulled from a Colorado State University campus tour and questioned by the school’s police, following a call from a mother on the tour. The two teenagers—brothers Thomas Kanewakeron Gray, 19, and Lloyd Skanahwati Gray, 17—were late to the tour after driving seven […]

Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold is offering his co-writing services to fans. “I will help you finish your song, send it to /Robin-Pecknold on SoundCloud, one a week for foreseeable future,” he posted on Instagram. “This is so fun everyone is great and music is the best” he continued, “This is a much more engaging […]

"When a US blighted by racial unrest found itself needing to win a global propaganda war, a team of musical ambassadors was assembled. The result was anything but straightforward" - Guardian writes about “cultural presentations program – the effort to export American culture as a weapon in the fight against Soviet communism". A strange idea, a […]

Swedish pop-gigants ABBA announced their reunion 35 years after their farewell single 'Thank You for the Music'. The original four -  Agnetha Faeltskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Bjoern Ulvaeus and Anni-Frid Lyngstad - have recorded two new songs, first of which, 'I Still Have Faith in You' comes out in december, they announced on Instagram. They plan a […]

Tool have posted a video on their Facebook page that features new instrumental music. It comes ahead of brief six-city tour guitarist Adam Jones, drummer Danny Carey, and bass player Justin Chancellor will embark on. In February, frontman Maynard James Keenan said this about new album: “Words & Melodies 100% DONE on all but 1. Someday we’ll […]

"Being a queer black woman in America, someone who has been in relationships with both men and women – I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker" - that's how Janelle Monáe described herself in Rolling Stone interview. On her sexuality: "I read about pansexuality and was like, ‘Oh, these are things that I identify […]

Who's them: modern-rock quintet from Australia,  stormy guitar anthems with spiritual-crisis, warrior-soul vocals, a singer with "a deep desire to learn shit, to find out what is absolute spirit, and how to navigate that through the lens of art". Rolling Stone

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Way to go! - Run The Jewels perform online

An awesome performance by the Run The Jewels who did their first live performance since releasing their latest album 'RTJ4'. Killer Mike, El-P, and DJ Trackstar performed the new album in full, and they were joined virtually by several of the album's guests on the big screen behind them - including Zack de la Rocha, Josh Homme, Mavis Staples, Pharrell, 2 Chainz, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, and Cochemea, and in person by Gangsta Boo and Greg Nice. They did the performance in an empty venue with a full light show.

Apart from Twitch, YouTube, Instagram, TikTok and Facebook, the Guardian presents several start-ups that are getting into live-streaming. Dice TV launched with a performance by Scottish superstar Lewis Capaldi who charged £5 per person. Live show production company We Are Sound is launching DIUO later in October - it will stream one-off concerts on a pay-per-view basis, as well as allow acts to set up their own subscription-based channels to host regular events; the first 100 bands who stream with DIUO will get 10% portion of the company. Oda is offering festival-style curated programming whereby fans enjoy live performances beamed directly to Oda’s bespoke connected speakers, sold for $299 and supplemented by a $79 (£60) subscription fee every three months.

English electronic musician the Caretaker started releasing his six-part album 'Everywhere At The End Of Time' in 2016 and finished releasing it in 2019, ending with six-and-a-half-hour album. There was a concept - each of the six parts disintegrated in sound to mirror the loss of memory and identity that comes with the progression of dementia. In 2020, the album has become an unlikely viral hit on TikTok - users of the service have been challenging each other to listen to the entire record, and documenting their response to the experience. The Quietus talked to its author. Listen to the album in full at Bandcamp.

When she was a teenager, Baby Rose was ostracised because of the way she talked, but then she "realised that I was a pariah and I was different from the rest of the pack, but that was OK because eventually it would be something that I could make my thing". And she did - she started making music, including "one of the most impressive vocal performances in recent memory", as NME has heard her album 'To Myself'. She gets comparisons to Amy Winehouse - “it’s awesome for me because she’s a vocal anomaly, I know that I’m a vocal anomaly too and I love that. But the message has always been at the forefront for me, the music is just a conduit to get the point across of who I am”. Deluxe edition of 'To Myself' is out now.

Beastie Boys have allowed one of their songs to be used in a commercial, for the first time ever, Variety reports. They licensed their biggest hit 'Sabotage' for a new official ad for Joe Biden for President campaign. It is about the dire situation music venues in America are currently in due to COVID-19. Beastie Boys can be heard in the ad next to the Pixies and others.

Bob Biggs, who founded Los Angeles independent label Slash Records, has died aged 74, Billboard reports. The label grew out of the Slash punk fanzine, where Biggs, a painter who lived next door to its offices, was a contributor in 1977. A year later, he founded Slash Records and put up $1000 to fund The Germs' 'Lexicon Devil' 7" and then released the band's classic debut album, 'GI', the next year. Biggs kept Slash Records, and the magazine, going after the other founders left and though the publication folded in 1980, the label stayed alive. While primarily known for L.A. bands -- their roster included Fear, Faith No More, Los Lobos, Dream Syndicate The Blasters, and Rank & File -- Slash widened its scope, releasing records by Violent Femmes, Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians, Misfits, BoDeans, Burning Spear, The Chills, and more. Bob ran Slash, which by the mid-'80s was distributed by Warner Brothers in the U.S. and London Records in the UK, until its dissolution in 1996.

Fleetwood Mac‘s seminal 1977 album ‘Rumours’ has re-entered the top 10 of the Billboard 200 after 42 years thanks to a recent surge in popularity, due to viral video on TikTok, Billboard reports. The album jumped from #13 to #7 this week, following its newfound popularity after TikToker 420doggface208 posted his viral video of him longboarding while listening to ‘Dreams’, one of the songs from the album. ‘Rumours’ had originally spent a staggering 31 weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 across 1977 and 1978, which remains a record for an album by a duo or a band. The top of the Billboard 200 this week is reserved for Pop Smoke’s 'Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon' who returns to No. 1 for a second week with 67,000 equivalent album units earned. For the first time in over two months, there are no debuts in the top 10.

Dancer Dave Toole who appeared in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics Games in London, performing an aerial routine suspended high above the Olympic Stadium, has died at the age of 56, BBC reports. Mr Toole, who was born without the use of his legs, was a professional dancer for almost 30 years and toured the world in a number of productions. He was appointed OBE in January for services to dance and disabled people. Alan Lane, artistic director of the Slung Low theatre company, described Mr Toole as an "extraordinary talent", and his 2012 performance as "mighty, beautiful and with a grace utterly beyond the ordinary human".

Church of England now co-owns Whitney Houston's 'I'm Your Baby Tonight', Bobby Brown's 'Don't Be Cruel', Beyoncé's 'Single Ladies', and Eurythmics' 'Sweet Dreams', BBC reports. English church is one of hundreds of investors in Hipgnosis, a company that spent over $1bn buying popular songs with the aim of generating income by streaming. Hipgnosis founder Merck Mercuriadis says the music he's bought is "more valuable than gold or oil", and expects it to generate income for decades to come.

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