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- D’Angelo performs for the first time since releasing Black Messiah
I really like the musical performances on Saturday night Live, especially when it’s someone like D’Angelo. Having released one of the best albums of last year (no easy feat considering we’d been waiting a huge 14 years since Voodoo,) this performance is one for the ages. Much like the album, the performance and lyrics in The Charade were littered with political and social comments about police brutality, a response to the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Mike Brown. From donning a black hoodie (a nod to Martin,) backing singers wearing t-shirts bearing slogans “I Can’t Breathe” and “Black Lives Matter” and a set that included a body outlined in chalk, it was powerful, captivating and incredibly important. Watch here:
- Giorgio Moroder and Kylie Minogue: two classic acts in a great new collaboration
The king of disco and the queen of pop have come together for a new track, off GM’s upcoming album – his first in THIRTY years. It’s funky and sexy, as you might expect. His album is said to not only feature Kylie, but Charli XCX, Sia, Britney Spears and more. Looks like it’s shaping up to be a pretty pop-centric offering, and I am not complaining about that! “Dance music doesn’t care where you live,” he said of the new track. “”It doesn’t care who your friends are. It doesn’t care how much money you make. It doesn’t care if you’re 74 or if you are 24 because…74 is the new 24!” said the awesome Grammy-award winning 74-year-old!
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- Hozier is heading down under for Bluesfest and two sideshows!
By now you, your parents and your pets all know who Hozier is. The long-haired Irish crooner, now fallen prey to over-saturation on mainstream radio, has championed immense songwriting alongside advocating gay rights and more in his short but intense burst into fame. This may come as a surprise to many who know my love of grimy hip hop, big dirty beats and weird glitchy electronica, but I’m actually a really big fan in spite of his double-platinum, decidedly mainstream status. So I was particularly excited to hear that’s he’s coming to Australia really soon! He’ll be taking to the stage at the annual epic Byron Bay Bluesfest, alongside a show at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel on March 28 (Tickets) and The Metro Theatre in Sydney on March 30 (Tickets.)
- Fool’s Gold Records co-founder has passed away
Joshua Prince, co-founder of Fool’s Gold, has died at 38 years old. The immensely important label, known for bringing hip hop and electronic music together, launched careers for artists including Danny Brown, Flosstradamus, Action Bronson, RL Grime and Run The Jewels. The news was shared by A-Trak on social media. Prince, also known as Dust la Rock, acted as creative director and chief designer for FG from 2007-2012, and was art director for A-Trak and Duck Sauce. He designed album covers including Action Bronson’s Blue Chips and Danny Brown’s XXX. He will be missed.
- Young Fathers announce new album and release single, Rain or Shine
2014 Mercury Prize winners Youth Fathers are evidently planning for 2015 to be just as big as last year, already announcing a new album, White Men Are Black Men Too, due out April 7. They dropped a brand new single alongside the announcement – a bright, energy-filled track that’s catchy, fun and completely ready for those upcoming festival singalongs.