You don’t know how intense metal can be until you see a Japanese trio take down the stage with kicks and punches. Yes, we’re talking about Babymetal. The trio are a must-see in music, and now Red Hot Chili Pepper fans get the chance to see ’em open for their beloved band in the UK. Fret not, Americans. There’s good news for you, too. The MTV VMAs left us with plenty to discuss, Jack White played baseball as a first baseman over the weekend, Lady Gage performed with Tame Impala in California, and Bon Iver return with a new single.
Even the biggest metal naysayers can’t help but find something captivating about Babymetal. The Japanese trio sing, punch, and tear their way through original material like the pros they are. This past spring, they released Metal Resistance, an album of ear-catching hooks, and it seems the Red Hot Chili Peppers took note. The band announced Babymetal will be opening for them on some of their UK tour dates. Talk about a stacked bill. [Consequence of Sound]
Sunday night, MTV took over Madison Square Garden in New York City with their annual Video Music Awards. This year, as expected, Beyonce took control. Queen B won for Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Choreography, Breakthrough Long Form Video, and Video of the Year (for “Formation”) as well as Best Female Video for “Hold Up.” That final award pushed her to a new record-breaking position: the most wins at the MTV Video Music Awards of all-time. Madonna previously held the title. That’s not all that went down at the VMAs. Kanye West gave an inspiring speech (which can be viewed above), Rihanna kept the eyes on her, and several Olympians showed up to present awards. Check out more recapped news from the event here. [Pitchfork]
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It’s no secret that Jack White likes to try as many things as possible. The White Stripes member and brains behind Third Man Records took part in a celebrity baseball game over at the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama. He led his team, Third Man Records, against the Texas Playboys, Alabama Slammers, and other groups. White played first base and nailed several at-bats. Of course there’s nothing the Nashville man can’t do. [Rolling Stone]
This past weekend, Los Angeles let its magical festival FYF Fest return for another two days of music, dancing, and general happiness. Tame Impala were one of the many bands to perform to giant crowds. During their set, however, frontman Kevin Parker had a secret in store. Lady Gaga sauntered onstage to join the band for “New Person, Same Old Mistakes” from their 2015 album. The collaboration may seem random, but diehard fans know that Gaga brought Parker into the studio to coproduce her new single, “Perfect Illusion.” Watch a bit of the live moment above via fan-shot footage. [Consequence of Sound]
In a little over a month, Bon Iver will return from their long dormancy. The Wisconsin band led by Justin Vernon plans to release their third full-length, 22, A Million, on September 30 via Jagjaguwar. Two singles were released the night the band debuted the full album live at Eaux Claires festival. Now, they have a new song we can devour: “33 “GOD”.” It’s a lot of Auto-Tune guided by horns and cold synths, the three combining to form a chilly, slow number. It’s a departure from their folk and indie rock sounds, and yet it is still totally Bon Iver. Give it a listen above to see what we mean. [Stereogum]
That’s it for today. See you back here on Wednesday for another Music Dispatch!
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