The Purple One has never looked quite so, well, purple. Pick up a copy of Tribute: Prince, a brand new comic book on the musical hero, to see why. Once you’re done flipping through it, you can snag cheaper Hamilton tickets, listen to Weezer’s newest EP, hear Band of Horses’ triumphant return, watch Weaves’ impressive Tiny Desk Concert, and give a quiet number by Animal Collective’s Deakin a spin.
Even if Prince hadn’t passed away this year, there would still be an endless list of reasons to celebrate what he’s contributed to music. A new comic book seems to be all too aware of that. Tribute: Prince was released on the singer’s birthday, June 7, somewhat quietly through digital and print means. The 24-page comic book “chronicles his meteoric rise to dominance in the pop/punk music scene.” Storm Entertainment published the comic book written by Michael L. Frizell with artwork by Ernesto Lovera and Vincenzo Sansone. Three different covers are available for various prices, ranging from $3.99 up to $9.99, the latter of which is a 100-copy limited edition cover. Check them out over at Amazon and Comic Flea Market. [Rolling Stone]
Dying to see Hamilton but can’t score tickets? You’re in luck. The Broadway smash hit raised premium ticket prices and added cheap lottery seats for this coming year. The decision came after the musical became frustrated with scalpers. To combat them, they’re blocking out 46 lottery seats (instead of the previous 21 seats) in the first two rows of the theater. All of them will cost a whopping $10 total. [Rolling Stone]
Weezer released a full-length album earlier this year, but they’re not done sharing new music in 2016. The rock icons just dropped a five-track acoustic EP recorded live at Spotify in New York City. Spotify Sessions sees “Buddy Holly” and “California Kids” stripped down into new, soft, bare versions that are perfect for snoozing at the beach to. Give ’em a listen above. [Pitchfork]
If you haven’t kept up with Band of Horses in a while, that’s okay. They’ve been pretty quiet since 2012. Today, the band has their brand new LP, Why Are You OK, streaming on Spotify and available to purchase via Interscope. The 12 track effort picks up with the loved, pained, and beautiful work of their debut. This June is overwhelmed with album releases so this many not get the spotlight it deserves, but that’s why we’re here to tell you LISTEN TO THIS RIGHT NOW! Trust us! It will comfort you all throughout the weekend and into the rest of summer. [Consequence of Sound]
Toronto art rock act Weaves aren’t afraid to get weird. In fact, they encourage it. The four piece stopped by NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series to perform three songs off their upcoming self-titled debut. While they had to keep the rocking turned down a few notches since, after all, they’re in an office, they managed to bust several bolts while still crooning things up in a sweet manner. It’s the type of giddy, off-kilter, infectious rock that has you marveling over the guitar, drums, bass, and vocals all at the same time. Check it out above. [NPR]
Animal Collective member Deakin announced he had a new shoe design that he made for the vegan footware company Keep. Turns out the shoe will ship with a special cassette single called “Harpy Sketches.” There will be two versions of a new song called “Harpy,” and Deakin has shared “Harpy (Blue)” in anticipation of the shoes being mailed out. Give it a listen over at Pitchfork and hold tight until your sneaks arrive. They come with lyrics, too! [Pitchfork]
Enjoy the weekend! We’ll see you back here on Monday for another Music Dispatch!
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