Watch the official trailer for ZAPPA, directed by Alex Winter

Magnolia Pictures will release ZAPPA everywhere November 27th, 2020
Special one-night-only theatrical event on Monday, November 23rd, 2020

Check out the Official Trailer:

Directed by Alex Winter
Produced by Alex Winter, Glen Zipper, Ahmet Zappa, John Frizzell, Devorah DeVries, and Jade Allen
Executive Producers Robert Halmi and Jim Reeve of Great Point Media

With unfettered access to the Zappa family trust and all archival footage, ZAPPA explores the private life behind the mammoth musical career that never shied away from the political turbulence of its time. Alex Winter’s assembly features appearances by Frank’s widow Gail Zappa and several of Frank’s musical collaborators including Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai, Pamela Des Barres, Bunk Gardner, David Harrington, Scott Thunes, Ruth Underwood, Ray White and others.

129 Minutes


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Arctic Monkeys Announce 'Arctic Monkeys – Live At The Royal Albert Hall' Out 12/4/20

Photo credit: Andy Paradise
Watch the trailer for Arctic Monkeys – Live At The Royal Albert Hall HERE
Arctic Monkeys and War Child UK are proud to announce the release of Arctic Monkeys - Live At The Royal Albert Hall on December 4, 2020. All proceeds from the album will go to War Child UK to help fill what could be up to a £2 million deficit they are facing in 2021, caused by the devastating impact of Covid-19 on their fundraising. These funds are urgently needed to support those who are worst hit by the virus.
On June 7, 2018 we played a very special show at London’s Royal Albert Hall. All the proceeds from that memorable night were donated to War Child UK in support of the vital work they do protecting, educating and rehabilitating children who have experienced the trauma of conflict and the horror of war. The situation that was bad in 2018 is now desperate and those children and their families need our help more than ever. To enable War Child UK to reduce their funding deficit and continue their valuable work, we are happy to be able to release a live album, recorded that evening at The Royal Albert Hall. All proceeds will go direct to the charity. We thank all our fans in advance for their support of this release and in turn for their support of War Child UK” - Arctic Monkeys.
Recorded at the start of the band’s Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino tour, Arctic Monkeys -Live At The Royal Albert Hall, features 20 of the band’s finest moments to date. Watch the trailer HERE
War Child UK is a specialist charity for children affected by conflict. They aim to reach children as early as possible when conflict breaks out and stay to support them through their recovery – keeping them safe, helping them learn and cope with their experiences, and equipping them with skills for the future. They also offer counselling and psycho-social support to these vulnerable children via specialist helplines, and campaign for changes to policies and practices to support children in conflict, working with children and young people themselves to demand their rights.
Right now, the basic rights of children in war zones are hitting an all-time low – they need help now more than ever. Cramped conditions in refugee camps and displaced communities facilitate the spread of Covid-19, and the financial impacts on families with no safety net will mean millions could starve to death as the virus limits access to vital resources.
War Child UK are responding to the crisis by distributing hygiene kits, PPE and sanitation guidance to limit the spread of infection. They are also providing essential food packages to the hardest hit families, home education packs, lessons via WhatsApp and email as well as toys and books to children stuck in camps during lockdown so they can continue to learn and play.
Arctic Monkeys – Live At The Royal Albert Hall will be available on limited clear double vinyl, standard black double vinyl, double CD and digitally. The D2C clear vinyl format comes with an exclusive concert poster. You can pre-order the album via the webstore HERE and via other outlets HERE.  
1. Four Out Of Five
2. Brianstorm
3. Crying Lightning
4. Do I Wanna Know?
5. Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
6. 505
7. One Point Perspective
8. Do Me A Favour
9. Cornerstone
10. Knee Socks
11. Arabella
12. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino                                                 
13. She Looks Like Fun
14. From The Ritz To The Rubble
15. Pretty Visitors
16. Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair
17. I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
19. The View From The Afternoon
20. R U Mine?

Arctic Monkeys – Live At The Royal Albert Hall artwork
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October 28, 2020 (Los Angeles, CA) – Today, The Flaming Lips return with a celebratory video for their nostalgic, reflective single “Assassins of Youth” taken from their September psych-pop masterwork American Head. Directed by Wayne Coyne, the clip was filmed at a recent socially distanced performance the band gave in Oklahoma City where both band and crowd members were encased in plastic bubbles. The event itself has since gone viral attracting headlines around the world and extensively reported on CNN, NPR, NME, Noisey-Vice, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Variety, Uproxx, The Today Show, Marc Maron WTF, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, TMZ and more. Click here to view and share “Assassins of Youth.”

For years, frontman Wayne Coyne has walked atop ecstatic crowds in a bubble. But in the interest of bringing back their spectacular live gigs safely, the band extended the tradition to fans. The video captures the unexpected joy of the endeavor, celebrating The Flaming Lips’ uncanny ability to bring people together, even in the midst of these strange times. It’s a thrill just to see a crowd jumping up and down in 2020, even if they all happen to be in plastic orbs. 

“Of course, our MAIN priority (when doing the performance for the music video) was making sure everyone was safe and all the health cautions were being enforced,” Coyne writes of the video. But there was a welcome side effect: “I forgot about how exciting and fun and ridiculous it is to do a Flaming Lips show!!! I think the video shows it!!!”

The band first unveiled the concept with a performance of “Race to the Prize” on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. They followed with a spirited rendition of American Head track “God and the Policeman” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in September, and continued their run of bubbled shows in October, appearing on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts in their newly intimate yet distant setup. The show captured in the “Assassins of Youth” video was their most ambitious yet, safely packing a hundred fans into a hometown venue. 

Today, Coyne also appears on Comedy Central’s animated digital series Tales from the Trip, in which stars recount their most memorable psychedelic journey. Longtime fans of The Flaming Lips’ vibrant, kaleidoscopic compositions will know that Coyne has a story to tell. All of this caps a recent productive run for the always active group. In September, they released their studio album American Head, which quickly followed their acclaimed 2019 album King’s Mouth. They’re always up to something new and exciting, so stay tuned for more soon.

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Photos of CocoRosie(Bianca and Sierra Casady), Irina Anufrieva, art HERE

Following PUT THE SHINE ON, released last Spring, and the collaborative anthem “End of the Freak Show” HERE feat. ANOHNI, Brooke Candy, Big Freedia and Cakes da killa, released on October 7, 2020, CocoRosie now release their new single,"GO AWAY!" HERE. In response to the rise of fascist dictators around the world, and especially, the current atrocities in Belarus, CocoRosie teamed up with Belarusian artist Irina Anufrieva and producer, friend, and long time collaborator Dave Sitek to create the outraged protest song "GO AWAY!". 

After the Belarusian election was stolen by the current dictator, the vast majority of Belarusian people took to the streets to protest peacefully for their livelihood and democracy. In response they have endured being mercilessly beaten, jailed, tortured and even murdered. Many have disappeared without a trace.

The solidarity, strength and integrity of the Belarusian people has moved CocoRosie deeply and opened their eyes to what is possible in the face of violent, tyrannical adversity. The list of countries being terrorized by their own corrupt governments is too long to cite here. 

The parallels between Belarus and the United States are evident and highlight the abuse of power and a pervasive unethical system, as well as, the all too familiar image of a single man spitting in the face of his "own" people, threatening to never GO AWAY! 

This song also speaks directly to the hateful man currently in the seat of "terror" in the United States and its history of systemic racism resulting in the perpetuation of police brutality against Black People. 

"GO AWAY!"  is meant to induce an electric feeling of empowerment and at the same time incite rage. This rage is to be harnessed and danced. We can transform our reality. We can transform our sorrow, grief and rage into art, into power, into action.

“GO AWAY!” lyrics:

(there's no road back) 2x
go away! (6x)
shout it out
(go away!)
shout it out
shout it out, shout it out get the mad man out (3x)
(go away!)

there's no road back no point of return
we can't rewind all the violence we learned
it's time this bloody page in history turns
it's time this bloody page in history burns

(Russian lyrics translated:)
there’s no road back
even the dead are screaming 
you won’t succeed to enslave the people 
who swallowed enough poison and lies

(to enslave the people)
you won't succeed)

there's no road back no point of return
we can't rewind all the violence we learned
it's time this bloody page in history turns
it's time this bloody page in history burns

(you won't succeed
to enslave the people)

(Russian lyrics translated:)
there’s no road back 
the time has come to burn the page 
of the bloody history

there's no road back
we won't forget 
the deathly horror we have known

there’s no road back 
the time has come to burn the page 
of the bloody history

More about CocoRosie:

Earlier this year, sister duo CocoRosie (Sierra and Bianca Casady) released their seventh album Put The Shine On via Marathon Artists HERE. With stand out tracks such as “Smash My Head”“Aloha Friday” and “Restless”.

Summer 2019 saw CocoRosie return first via a collaboration with Chance The Rapper“Roo” (co-written, produced and performed by CocoRosie) on his album, The Big Day. In their seventeen years as CocoRosie, the sisters Sierra and Bianca Casady have released seven albums: Put The Shine On (2020), Heartache City (2015), Tales of A Grass Widow (2013), Grey Oceans (2010), The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn (2007), Noah's Ark (2005), and their debut album, La Maison de Mon Reve (2004) -- each one inspiring controversy and debate in equal amounts to praise; such is their fearlessness and willingness to take risks with their art. This strong creative vision runs through every aspect of their work - from videos to live performance utilizing theatrical costumes and make-up - which they create alongside each new body of songs.


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Lavender Diamond Release New Song "In The Garden" From First Album in 8 Years 'Now Is The Time' out December 4, 2020

Lavender Diamond Release New Song
"In The Garden" From First Album in
8 Years Now Is The Time out
December 4, 2020 via Petaluma Records

Mixed by Tucker Martine, Featuring Nathaniel Walcott (Bright Eyes), Sasami, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Josh Klinghoffer
Credit: Rachael Pony Cassells
October 28, 2020: Today, Lavender Diamond released a new song "In The Garden," featuring Bright Eyes' Nathaniel Walcott on trumpet. The song is the third track to be taken from Now Is The Time, their first studio album in more than eight years. Now Is The Time will be released on December 4, 2020 via Petaluma Records.
Listen to "In The Garden" via YouTube:

"This song is a battle cry for heaven on earth!" explains Becky Stark. "It’s a song for dancing! In these days of grave transformations it helps me to experience the true heaven of the beauty of earth in the garden and to remember that we can choose to create heaven on earth if we dare."
The band previously released the official video for "Look Through The Window" followed by "This Is How We Rise," which was covered by BrooklynVegan, Pitchfork, Stereogum and many more.

The band captured the core of the album in just two days, relying on gut instinct to guide their every move, and while the material was written well before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the result is a particularly timely, vital collection, one that couldn’t have come along at a more necessary moment.

"I came to this realization that there’s medicine in the music itself," says Stark. "It can lift people up and heal them and point them toward transformation, and that led me to this tremendously powerful need to start writing and recording again."

Back in the studio for the first time in years, Stark and her Lavender Diamond bandmates Steve Gregoropoulos and Ron Regé, Jr. tapped into their old chemistry almost immediately. Though much had changed for each on a personal level (Stark, for instance, often found herself holding her three-year-old daughter in her arms while recording vocals), the group’s creative bonds proved as durable and potent as ever. Regé, a gifted illustrator and graphic novelist who has contributed artwork throughout the band’s history, laid a subtle yet solid foundation for the record, adding weight and body to Stark’s airy performances, while Gregoropoulos put together the album’s ornate chamber-folk arrangements, coordinating the remote recording of each orchestral part during quarantine and assembling them all into a cohesive whole. 

Now Is The Time was written and produced entirely by Lavender Diamond, and mixed by Tucker Martine at Flora Recording & Playback in Portland, OR. The album features contributions from Nathaniel Walcott (Bright Eyes), Sasami, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.

Now Is The Time Tracklist:

1) Look Through The Window 
2) This Is How We Rise
3) In The Middle
4) In The Garden
5) Flashback 
6) Now Is The Time 
7) Ocean and Ground
8) New Religion 
9) Straight Through The Night
10) Please Plant The Seeds 
11) Calling On My Nation
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Jonny Pierce of The Drums Shares New Single "Nadia", Listen Now



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Jonny Pierce of The Drums has shared “Nadia” today, the first new music he has released in 2020. Listen to it HERE.

“ ‘Nadia’ is a song about uncovering strength by confronting difficult truths,” Pierce explains. “It’s about finally understanding your gifts by walking through fire. It’s about changing how you perceive yourself and the hand you’ve been dealt. This can only happen when you start honoring your emotions, rather than shutting them down. This shift towards true, healthy empowerment and self-love can only happen with discipline and daily practice. It is hard work. There are days that I feel like I’ve reached nirvana, and there are days that I still feel very unhappy. When you love yourself through and through, you learn to love all sides of yourself - the confident parts and the insecure parts - because they are all a part of you. Your vulnerability and emotional intelligence and sensitivity become your superpowers - the key to your invincibility.”

Earlier this week on Monday, October 26, The Drums debuted their first-ever livestream concert performance. For the 10 year anniversary of their break out self-titled debut album, they played the record and their Summertime! EP in full at Brooklyn’s Elsewhere. The energetic performance is still available for another 24 hours; watch it HERE.

“10 years ago, when the world was embracing my debut album and I found what felt like overnight success and acclaim, I didn’t take the time to appreciate what a personal triumph that was for me,” Pierce said. “How fitting that 10 years later, when I am learning to love and appreciated myself and (some of) my accomplishments, I would be asked to perform the entire first album from front to back - something I’ve never done. As I rehearsed alone in my little lake cabin in upstate New York, I played the album from front to back, maybe for the first time ever, and as I sang through the album, I put my hand over my heart and found myself teary-eyed and smiling.”

During the pandemic, Pierce has also focused on making time for meditation and self-reflection. For the former, he created and released a hybrid piece of song and meditation called “Take Yer Meds (A Guided Meditation)” in May; listen to it HERE. For the latter, he has been taking the time to think about how he can support the current racial justice movements and more specifically, how black artists shape the musical landscape we all enjoy. While The Drums have always lent their support to progressive causes benefitting LGBTQ, refugee and immigrant groups, Pierce has decided he wants to do more.

“Starting today, with the release of my new single, “Nadia”, a share of all future profits from all new and previously released music by The Drums will be donated to non-profits supporting black musicians,” Pierce stated. “We’ve begun consulting with some we know, and with community groups, to be sure we go about this in the best and most effective way. If you’d like to know more about how black artists shaped the musical landscape we all enjoy, I invite you to check out an episode of the podcast by The New York Times called 1619 : The Birth of American Music. Take a listen, search your heart, and if you are a non-black musician, producer, or writer who has a career in music, see how you might be able to do your part in making it right.”

In the spring of 2019 The Drums released their critically acclaimed fifth album Brutalism, the follow-up to 2017’s Abysmal Thoughts, which marked the band’s first release as a solo project by front man Jonny Pierce. On Brutalism, a lot is different. Declared Pierce’s “most honest” record yet via Pitchfork, the album is defined by growth, transformation and questions, but it doesn't provide all the answers. It’s rooted in an emotional rawness, but its layers are soft, intricate and warm, full of exquisitely crafted pop songs that blast sunlight and high energy in the face of anxiety, solitude and crippling self-doubt.

“I’ve been doing a lot of inner-work on myself since the pandemic started,” Pierce continued. “I’ve been learning to appreciate the things in my life worth being appreciated and to celebrate what needs to be celebrated.”


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KHRUANGBIN announce Late Night Tales compilation, share cover of KOOL & THE GANG's 'Summer Madness'

Khruangbin announce Late Night Tales compilation, released December 4th
Stream and share exclusive cover of Kool & The Gang’s ‘Summer Madness’ on SpotifyApple Music and YouTube 

(Photo credit: Tamsin Isaacs)
Late Night Tales is pleased to announce its latest instalment to its long-running artist-curated mix series, this time curated by Khruangbin, the trio of Laura Lee Ochoa (bass), Mark Speer (guitar), and Donald “DJ” Johnson (drums). Having first come to prominence in 2013 when producer and D.J. Bonobo included Khruangbin’s “A Calf Born in Winter” in his own collection of songs for the series, the little known Houston trio had yet to release an album, but have since gone on to become international superstars forming their own exotic, individual sound. Most recently, they released Mordechai, “a nostalgic LP that explores human memory” (The New York Times). “Late Night Tales is such a special thing to be a part of, because we wouldn’t have made it if it wasn’t for Bonobo’s Late Night Tales,” says Khruangbin. “Because that’s how we got into the LNT family – and got a break.
Today, in conjunction with the announcement, Khruangbin share their horizontally brilliant cover of Kool & The Gang’s “Summer Madness,” exclusive to their mix, as is Late Night Tales tradition. 
“‘Summer Madness’ became a staple in this medley that we play,” says Johnson. “Specifically, one of my favourite things about it is the tone of the bass, which really reminds me a lot of Laura Lee’s bass which has this chunky, peanut butter, rich tone. It was always a special moment, getting to that song because, it just did something to the room, everywhere.” Laura Lee continues: “‘Summer Madness’ was paying homage to Kool & The Gang, a band we aspire to be like and also we’ve played it a hundred times but never in full.”
With a mind-blowing selection of tracks that cross borders and cultures, Khruangbin’s deep love of global grooves – from Asian pop to Nigerian reggae – Japanese mellow groove to Latina flavas – are steeped in eclecticism; Nazia Hassan’s Hindi-disco “Khushi,” produced by British-Indian legend Biddu, South Korean rock band Sanullim who contribute “Don’t Go,” a pair of African bangers from Nigerian Maxwell Udoh and Roha Band, from Ethiopia; a diversion to Belarus for Песняры and thence to Madrid for the strident vocal performance of Paloma San Basilio with “Contigo” before hightailing back to Texas. 
Elsewhere, the Lone Star state reps proudly, with David Marez and Kelly Doyle, while the mix concludes with an exclusive, Khruangbin-produced spoken word piece by Tierney Malone, accompanied by fellow Houstonian Geoffrey Muller’s atmospheric banjo rendering of Erik Satie’s “Gnossienne.”
“We definitely wanted to cover as much global territory as possible,” says Khruangbin of their Late Night Tales mix. “So it was the globe and then home. We wanted to show the treasures from our hometown, or people from our hometown that the rest of the world probably doesn’t know. Then these gems from across the world, showcasing them in the same way. That’s what makes Khruangbin Khruangbin. The stubbornness about being so hometown-centric. But what makes Houston is this constant international influence; that’s the gulf stream, bringing it right into the city.
The Late Night Tales series was established back in 2001 with Fila Brazilia taking to the controls and mixing up the first of what would continue to be the first choice of music connoisseurs worldwide. Since then, the series has seen releases from the likes of The Flaming Lips, Hot Chip, Floating Points, David Holmes, Bonobo, Jon Hopkins, Röyksopp and many more.
Khruangbin’s Late Night Tales Tracklist:
01. Devadip Carlos Santana And Turiya Alice Coltrane - “Illuminations”
02. Brilliantes Del Veulo - “I Know That (When The Springtime Comes)”
03. Nazia Hassan - “Khushi”
04. Kelly Doyle - “DRM”
05. Sanulim - “Don't Go”
06. Maxwell Udoh - “I Like It (Don’t Stop)”
07. David Marez - “Enséñame”
08. Gerald Lee - “Can You Feel The Love (Reprise)”
09. Justine & The Victorian Punks - “Still You”
10. George Yanagi + Nadja Band -「祭ばやしが聞こえる」のテーマ
11. Песняры - “Зачарованная моя”
12. Khruangbin - “Summer Madness” (Exclusive Kool & The Gang Cover Version)
13. Paloma San Basilio - “Contigo”
14. Roha Band - “Yetikimt Abeba”
15. Tierney Malone / Geoffrey Muller - “Transmission for Jehn: Gnossienne No 1” (Produced by Khruangbin) (Exclusive Track)

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