"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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Hype Machine’s new program Merch Table lets users input their Spotify playlists and purchase those songs via Bandcamp. Merch Table works relatively simply - plug in the Spotify playlist url code into the search bar, press the “Find releases” button, and results of the songs listed begin to compile, taking you to each artist’s Bandcamp page to purchase tracks directly.

“I believe the best revolution will come from the mind. It will come from thinking. It will come from rediscovery" - multi-instrumentalist Made Kuti told in a Spin interview announcing his debut album 'For(e)ward'. Made is third-generation Kuti to play music - his grandfather Fela Kuti was an Afrobeat pioneer, his father Fela Kuti continued the tradition, and Made Kuti now is pushing for change in society and politics through music. Made's album 'For(e)ward' is coming out in conjunction with Fela's 'Stop the Hate'.

Guardian explored how fatherhood affected careers of male musicians, and how they dealt with it. UK rapper Ghetts says that when he had his daughter eight years ago, he “wasn’t as financially secure as I am now, so I panicked. It was like, ‘Wow, I’m going to be responsible for another human being.’ So it threw me into being more busy, if anything”. Similarly, Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard cites his breadwinner role - his children “get upset when I am about to go away”, but they “understand my job provides a good lifestyle for them where we have the things that we want”. As for logistics, Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne brought his newborn on tour, similar to Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, while Ghetts solves his fatherly duties by “speeding back during the night” after shows, and then “doing the school run in the morning”.

Billboard talked to Cardi B about being named their 2020 Woman of the Year based on the influence she made with her song 'WAP': "I know I’m a role model because I know there’s a lot of women like me. At the end of the day, I know I’m a bitch that made it through because I work my ass off, not because luck fell on my thighs. I want to show people that you can do positive things, but you can also be yourself. I’m a very sexual person. I love sex, and I like to rap about it... I’m just a naughty girl, and I’m not hurting nobody because I love my p**** and want to rap about it".

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"The best indie-pop in 2020 privileged self-questioning and human connections over showy declarations of greatness. Small music with a big impact... Things I'm happy for in 2020 - there's still room for murkiness and mystique within melody-forward pop tunes" - PopMatters says introducing their list of 10 best indie-pop albums of this year. They are:

10. Peel Dream Magazine – 'Agitprop Alterna'

9. The Very Most – 'Needs Help'

8. The Legends – 'The Legends'

7. Pia Fraus – 'Empty Parks'

6. Thibault - 'Or Not Thibault'

5. Terry vs Tori – 'Heathers'

4. Tan Cologne – 'Cave Vaults on the Moon in New Mexico'

3. Koney – 'Koney'

2. Fenne Lily – 'Breach'

  1. Cindy – 'Free Advice'

United Nations' Commission for Narcotic Drugs made the decision to remove marijuana from the Schedule IV classification of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, which deemed it a dangerous drug, next to heroin. The suggestion to remove marijuana came from the World Health Organization, the New York Times reports. The motion passed with a vote of 27 to 25. The removal does not equate to worldwide legalization or decriminalization, but it will allow for more scientific research to be conducted on the plant.

Alice in Chains were the recipients of the Museum of Pop Culture's 2020 Founders Award, and at the great virtual celebration that took place this week, Korn (almost) stole the show with their rendition of 'Would?' (watch below). Also performing were the Alice in Chains themselves, Metallica, members of Soundgarden, Nirvana and Pearl Jam, Billy Corgan, Mastodon, as well as Chris Cornell's eldest daughter, Lily Cornell Silver, who made her live musical debut with a piano cover of 'Black Gives Way To Blue'.

"For decades, Dolly has been our contradictory savior. Authentic yet synthetic, tough yet haunted, brilliant yet aw-shucks, with a constructed, surgical femininity that somehow circles back into genderless and asexual. Wealthy enough to buy herself some taste, she always held on to a poor person’s idea of glamour and managed to make tacky classy" - Guardian reflects on Dolly Parton's $1million donation for Covid-19 research, the last in a long line - because she understands "that money is something you do rather than something you have".

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