Bonnaroo’s lineup is out and it’s got us all giddy. Pearl Jam, LCD Soundsystem, Tame Impala, M83, and more are set to play, but if we’re being honest, the festival’s most ground-shaking addition is flushable toilets. If you don’t live near the festival, you can still get your music game on. The Grammys will air live on the west coast for the first time ever, David Bowie turned down a Coldplay collab, Mos Def is retiring from music and film, Sean Lennon teamed up with Les Claypool for a groovy single, Grimes’ gritty music video is steampunk perfection, Alabama Shakes and Lush are going on tour (separately), and Warpaint’s Jenny Lee has a new video full of dark dancing.
Bonnaroo went big for its 15th birthday. The Tennessee music festival scored Pearl Jam, Dead & Company, and LCD Soundsystem as headliners as well as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Ellie Goulding, J. Cole, Death Cab for Cutie, Tame Impala, M83, and more. The best addition to the festival? Flushable toilets; because really, all the people want is to pee in peace. Good music helps, too. [Stereogum]
This year’s Grammys are changing things up big time. For the first time in history, they will air live on the West Coast. Now news outlets won’t have to scramble to keep track of the East Coast awards’ breaking moments. This means Los Angeles kids can sigh with relief knowing they won’t get stuck with a live stream delay of Kendrick Lamar, Adele, and The Weeknd’s performances. [Consequence of Sound]
Coldplay‘s newest (and supposedly last album) saw a handful of musical guests appear by their side. Turns out the late David Bowie was asked to be one of them… and he turned it down in style. “It’s not a very good song, is it?” Bowie asked after being shown a multi-part harmony Chris Martin sent over in hopes he would sing it. “He was very discerning,” bandmate Will Champion added. “He wouldn’t just put his name to anything. I’ll give him credit for that.” [NME]
The last three years saw Yasiin Bey, the artist formerly known as Mos Def, illegally living in South Africa (in part to keep his family, whom he was hiding there, safe). For that, he’s been arrested. He was able to contact Kanye West and convince the rapper to let him upload a message recorded in Cape Town on what sounds to be a cell phone. “I committed no crime,” he says, later adding that he is retiring from music and film “effective immediately.” So long, Bey. It’s been a good ride. [Consequence of Sound]
Sean Lennon has his father’s boldness. The rock and roll musician loves teaming up with unlikely musicians, and his newest collaboration with bass god Les Claypool is no exception. On “Cricket And The Genie,” the two soar through raw prog rock with a psych-pop tinge, stirring up a dizzying fever. For a moment there, we almost forgot where we were. [Rolling Stone]
Grimes nails her aesthetic. What that is exactly we couldn’t tell you given she changes it so often. In her new video for “Kill V. Maim,” Grimes brings back cyberpunk. It starts with a neon pink car. Wait a few more moments and things quickly turn into a hybrid of Mad Max, The Fifth Element, and Blade. In other words, it’s a perfect combination of our favorite things. [Nerdist]
For the first time in over two decades, shoegaze act Lush will be touring North America. From West Coast to East Coast, they’re tackling it all. They’re not the only ones making noise. Alabama Shakes, who released the great Sound & Color LP last year but didn’t do a North American tour, are now headed to the States to play shows. Check out the list of tour dates for Lush and Alabama Shakes right here and here respectively. [Pitchfork]
Warpaint‘s incredible bassist, Jenny Lee Lindberg, released her debut solo album as jennylee very quietly recently. The album, titled right on!, highlights her instrumental and vocal skills. Now album cut “Boom Boom” gets a moody clip to accompany it, featuring Lindberg dancing around a studio with her pal Micky Adams. Check it out and try to match her groove. [Pitchfork]
Now that you’ve got some good music in your ears, it’s time you go on your way. Make sure to come back here on Friday though for another Music Dispatch!
Featured Image via Pearl Jam’s official website