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  • Kendrick Lamar Performs "i" for NBA Opening Week Concert

    Oct 30

    Kendrick Lamar's "i" appears in the NBA on TNT intro for the 2014-2015 season, and tonight Lamar performed it at the NBA's Opening Week concert in honor of LeBron James' return to Cleveland. The "Coming Home Concert" took place outside of Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena. Watch Lamar perform the song for a huge crowd of NBA fans below. Watch a mini-documentary on Kendrick Lamar at Pitchfork Music Festival:

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  • Flying Lotus Shares Graphic Animated Video For "Ready Err Not"

    Oct 31

    Flying Lotus has shared a graphic animated video for "Ready Err Not", which the artist says is by "one of [his] favorite animators of all time", aka David Firth. In the video, Flying Lotus gets his head chopped off in a spooky house, among other gruesome things that could only happen in a spooky house. The animation is graphic and NSFW, so viewer discretion is advised. Just in time for Halloween! "Ready Err Not" is off of Lotus' recent album, You're Dead!.

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  • Pharrell, Robin Thicke Lose First Legal Battle Against Marvin Gaye's Family

    Oct 30

    Pharrell and Robin Thicke have lost the first legal battle against Marvin Gaye's family in the ongoing "Blurred Lines" dispute, Spin reports. Judge John Kronstadt has ruled that a team of music experts "made a sufficient showing that elements of 'Blurred Lines' may be substantially similar to protected, original elements of [Marvin Gaye's] 'Got to Give It Up.' Defendants have identified these with particularity for purposes of analytic dissection." The lawsuit in question is concerned with...

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  • Public Enemy to Reissue It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Fear of a Black Planet

    Oct 30

    Public Enemy have announced reissues of 1988's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and 1990's Fear of a Black Planet. It Takes a Nation will include liner notes written by the Roots' ?uestlove, and will be reissued on November 24. Black Planet follows on December 8, with Wax Poetics editor-in-chief Andre Torres writing its liner notes. Both reissues include the original albums, along with a second disc compiling bonus mixes. It Takes a Nation also comes with a DVD of 1989's Fight...

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  • She & Him Share "Time After Time", Do "Stay Awhile" on "Fallon"

    Oct 30

    She & Him have shared "Time After Time", a cover of the Frank Sinatra standard that will appear on the forthcoming Classics. You can listen to it below. They were also on last night's episode of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon", where they performed the recently shared Dusty Springfield cover, "Stay Awhile". You can watch that below, too. M. Ward has also announced a reissue of 2005's Transistor Radio, which will come with four unreleased tracks. You can listen to one of those...

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  • Pandora & Spotify Beat Beats Music As Top Ranking And Earning Music Apps

    Oct 30

    Yesterday morning, app analytics company App Annie released it's newest list of top performing apps in the Google Play store and Apple's App store. Pandora and Spotify were ranked first and second in the report coming in well  above Apple's Beats Music in both revenue generated and user downloads. After Apple's $3 billion dollar acquisition on Beats, this may read a bit surprising, but a closer look reveals that perhaps the lackluster ratings are indicative of a broadening of horizons for...

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  • Jessie Ware Performs "Say You Love Me" on "Late Night with Seth Meyers"

    Oct 30

    Jessie Ware's North American tour in support of Tough Love is ongoing, the New York leg of which concluded with an appearance on "Late Night with Seth Meyers." Watch Ware perform "Say You Love Me" at Meyers' website. Watch Jessie Ware perform "Imagine It Was Us" at Primavera 2013:

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  • tUnE-yArDs Plays "Water Fountain" on "Later... With Jools Holland"

    Oct 30

    Last night, tUnE-yArDs played the BBC program "Later... With Jools Holland". Merrill Garbus and her band did a highlight from 2014's Nikki Nack, the song "Water Fountain". Watch below. Read our interview with tUnE-yArDs. Watch her play the song at Pitchfork Music Festival:

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  • How To Fund A Full Length Album

    Oct 30

    By James Shotwell, Social Media Coordinator at Haulix.com It’s funny how fast the music industry changes these days. A year ago many people would have claimed that crowdfunding was the future of the music business, but as many independent acts have learned over the year this is not always the case. Some audiences will be able to support the dreams of their favorite musicians, but that is not true for every talented musician with a diehard fans following their every move. For some, it takes a...

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  • Angel Olsen Shares New Track "May As Well"

    Oct 30

    Photo by Ebru Yildiz On November 18, Angel Olsen will release a "deluxe edition" of her great 2014 record, Burn Your Fire for No Witness, through her label Jagjaguwar. It collects the album with five bonus tracks, including the previously-shared "All Right Now". Today, Olsen has shared another, "May As Well". Listen above. Read our interview with Olsen and watch her play "Lights Out" on Pitchfork.tv's "City of Music", after her upcoming dates. Angel Olsen: 10-31 Tallahassee, FL - Club...

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