Adele’s last album, 21, came out in 2011. It’s been four years since we’ve heard new material from her, but now, in the most seductive of ways, we’re finally hearing that sultry voice again. To cool you down after that exciting news, we’ve got a lot of other music news for you: Tom Hiddleston shows his country side acting as Hank Williams, Grimes revealed awesome comic-like details about her new album, The National sang with CHVRCHES, Hot Chip covered Bruce Springsteen with a vintage video, Tobias Jesso Jr. ran through a series of HAIM, The Weeknd, and D’Angelo covers, and the queens of the 2000s, Gwen Stefani, is back with new music that will make you tear up. But first: Adele.
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— Music News & Facts (@musicnews_facts) October 18, 2015
“Hello, it’s me. I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet to go over everything. They say that time’s supposed to heal you, but I ain’t done much healing.” Did that send shivers down your spine? Maybe those lyrics will when you hear them directly from Adele‘s mouth. The legendary singer-songwriter debuted a snippet of new music for the first time since 2011 during a commercial break on the UK’s The X-Factor. Let’s hope this means her record’s coming out in November after all. [Vulture]
A new biopic starring Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams comes out in 2016. Just because that’s next year doesn’t mean we can’t get a taste of it now. Loki put on his best country legend getup to perform at a small bar in Nashville, where his rendition of “Hey Good Lookin'” was surprisingly on point. [Nerdist]
The details have arrived. Grimes‘ new LP will be titled Art Angels and features a song about Al Pacino. After scrapping the hyper electronic beats of “Realiti” and the like, Claire Boucher has dove into the direction of “bro-art”, which apparently means she’s been heavily digesting Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, and The Godfather. That’s the rad album art up above. Let’s hope there’s songs about comic book heroes in there, too. [Consequence of Sound]
The National performed at Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco this past weekend. During their headlining set, Matt Berninger surprised everyone by bringing Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches onstage to sing “I Need My Girl”. It’s rather pretty. He couldn’t bring her bandmates onstage because they were too busy playing videogames with us over here at Nerdist. Our b. [Pitchfork]
Hot Chip boast remarkable control over human-created electronic beats, mocking the systems most DJs lean back on by pummeling out every beat manually, their drummer stepping up to plate with a rhythm that never, ever, ever lets up. At some of their live shows this summer, the UK band has been covering Bruce Springsteen‘s “Dancing in the Dark” and merging it ever so briefly with LCD Soundsystem‘s “All My Friends”. They’ve taken to their rendition so much that it’s gotten a proper studio version and vintage video to go with it. Let’s dance, shall we? [Rolling Stone]
Tobias Jesso Jr. broadened his scope by bringing a backing band on tour with him this fall. The singer-songwriter has pumped up his otherwise emotional, reclusive songs, and now it appears his live shows have turned things up several more notches. On October 17, he and his band covered songs by D’Angelo, The Weeknd, HAIM, and Keane. As the crowd’s screams suggest, it payed off pretty well. [Consequence of Sound]
Gwen Stefani is a powerhouse and a half. Not only did she take over the world as the frontwoman of No Doubt, she took over the world a second time when pursuing a solo career. Though she’s been silent for a while now, she recently debuted a new single, “Used to Love You”, that marks her return to the stage–and her return from a tough divorce with Gavin Rossdale. [Rolling Stone]
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