Ever owned a Metallica t-shirt? Frontman James Hetfield may be judging you for how you pull it off. Don’t worry, though. There’s plenty of cheery music news to make you smile if that doesn’t. Elliott Smith’s famous mural may expand into a bar themed around his music, Kelly Clarkson’s contribution to the Hamilton mixtape is now streaming, The xx may have secretly shared new music, and Solange stunned listeners far and wide with her Saturday Night Live performance this past weekend.
There comes a point in fame where people’s obsession with you goes beyond your output. They start dressing like you or dressing with you. No, not like that. Metallica is one of the world’s most famous bands, and as such so are their band t-shirts. People all around the world sport their album covers on a soft tee, a good number of whom may not have heard that album in full. Buzzfeed Mexico sat down with James Hetfield, the band’s frontman, to rank some of Hollywood’s biggest names spotted in Metallica shirts like Kim Kardashian, Ryan Gosling, Avril Lavigne, and more. Best of all, it’s done in good humor. [Buzzfeed Mexico]
Some murals never get inked over because their fame speaks volumes. The red, white, and black waving mural at 4330 West Sunset Boulevard in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles is one of those. Back before Elliott Smith stood dejected in front of it for his 2003 album, Figure 8, it was a bit of a landmark. Now, especially after Smith’s death, that mural has been a must-see spot for diehard fans of his music. People leave notes, flowers, and glowing candles. It’s a place of reflection. Apparently someone else is ready to turn it into a place of loud chatter and drinking. A new bar is moving in to the space and will be named Bar Angeles after one of his songs. The mural, however, will be moved inside the bar as décor. For some reason we’ve got a bad feeling about this and a voice akin to Elliott’s in our head telling us this isn’t the type of idea to come from a fan, but rather someone with dollar signs in their eyes. [Consequence of Sound]
A few weeks ago, we caught word that a Hamilton mixtape was in the work, and shortly after that came a track list proving so. Now, we get to hear some of those songs in their completed form. Check out Kelly Clarkson‘s “Uptown,” a meditation on grief with dramatic strings and a bold crooning voice. “There are moments that the words don’t reach/ There is suffering too terrible to name,” she sings. “You hold your child as tight as you can/ And push away the unimaginable.” Then there’s Busta Rhymes’ “My Shot,” a track rife with quick rhythms and fast words. It looks like we can set our expectations high for the Hamilton mixtape before it drops on December 2. [Rolling Stone]
This past weekend, Solange took the stage at Saturday Night Live to deliver two stunning performances. The TV-loving world seemed totally captivated, as expected. She sang “Cranes in the Sky” and “Don’t Touch My Hair” off this year’s phenomenal A Seat at the Table. It’s her first full album in almost eight years and one that rocketed on the charts. As the two songs prove, she’s got a voice made from the heavens and one that works in a studio and on a stage. Looks like Queen Bee has some competition after all, or maybe it’s just genetic. [Rolling Stone]
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