Discovering things when you’re a teenager is so much cooler when it’s worldwide news. A teen just uncovered photos of the first Nirvana show, N.W.A. are doing a reunion tour, the nominations for VMAs were announced, James Blake is bringing Kanye West and Justin Vernon onboard for his newest LP, Flying Lotus is a house DJ on television now, Prince shared a protest video for Baltimore, and Evanescence is off their hiatus to tour once again. Okay, maybe the rest of these weren’t discovered thanks to a teenager, but hell, it’s still just as exciting to us.
Tony Poukkula, a member of Seattle act Laytem, grew up with Kurt Cobain and hosted Nirvana‘s first ever show in his basement in March of 1987. His 19-year-old daughter, Maggie, had no idea. When digging through old photo albums, she found several pictures he told her were of Kurt and tweeted a shot–but never understood the context. “I didn’t realize it was such a historical thing,” she told Rolling Stone. “I thought they were just cool pictures of my dad and Kurt jamming together.” Who can blame her? [Rolling Stone]
N.W.A.‘s biopic Straight Outta Compton comes out August 14, and with that comes some incredible promotion. Dr. Dre and Ice Cube revealed in a recent interview that they will be doing an N.W.A. reunion tour. Joining them? Eminem. “We don’t have anything settled yet with everyone’s schedules,” said Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley. “But we think it can create a lot of buzz.” Yeah, you think? [The Hollywood Reporter]
MTV announced their Video Music Awards nominations on July 21 and boy has there been drama. Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, and Ed Sheeran all have the most head nods, with Swift getting seven for her “Bad Blood” video alone. A heap of others (cough, Nicki Minaj, cough) aren’t too happy about that, and for good reason, but we’ll let Twitter take care of that beef. With Miley Cyrus set to host, this year’s VMAs are definitely going to be entertaining, that’s for sure. [Entertainment Weekly]
James Blake is releasing his long awaited third full-length, Radio Silence, later this year. No matter what he does, it’s going to be full of smooth beats and swoon-worthy British-accented vocals, but now we know it will be for sure. In an interview with Esquire, Blake said Justin Vernon and Kanye West are both set to appear on the record. Gee, thanks. As if we weren’t excited enough already. [Pigeons and Planes]
With great humor comes great musical ability. Comedy Central gave Hannibal Buress his own TV show, Why? With Hannibal Buress, which already debuted, and none other than Flying Lotus is set to rule as the show’s house DJ. Talk about a power duo. [Pitchfork]
Baltimore is one of too many cities thrown in the spotlight for political violence. Plenty of the media photographs and videography displays what’s been happening with Freddie Gray protests and more, but those didn’t accurately detail the full image. Prince, of all people, has taken to YouTube with a new lyric video for “Baltimore”, his peace single in response to the May happenings. It’s a call for social justice that should get you off your couch and fighting to help fix our broken system. [Consequence of Sound]
It’s time to be brought back to life. Evanescence announced they’re ending their three-year hiatus with a tour this November. Amy Lee and the gang will be performing three intimate shows in Nashville, Dallas, and Los Angeles before heading off to perform at a festival in Tokyo. It’s their first live set since 2012, so if you find yourself in the area, it’s best to buy a ticket ASAP. [Rolling Stone]
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