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Music Dispatch: Chad Smith and Will Ferrell Had a Drum-Off Sequel in LA

Music Dispatch: Chad Smith and Will Ferrell Had a Drum-Off Sequel in LA

It was a quinceañera for the ages. Will Ferrell and Chad Smith hosted a drum-off sequel over the weekend that saw both of their fingers raw from the sheer talent displayed. Not everyone was busy behind a kit this weekend, though. Classic rock giants confirmed they’re playing Coachella’s spinoff festival, Paul McCartney met with the women behind “Blackbird,” HAIM covered Fleetwood Mac, Anderson.Paak announced a tour, Braids dropped a new single, and Beach Slang denied the breakup rumors that were floating around on Friday.

Red Hot Benefit Comedy + Music Show & Quinceanera took place this weekend, aka that event where Will Ferrell and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers had a drum-off rematch. The event ran just shy of three hours long, raising money for numerous causes with a star-studded guest list. It was as Los Angeles as it gets. Click aboce to watch some of the event. [Rolling Stone]

Remember those rumors that the company behind Coachella would throw a classic rock equivalent in the fall? It turns out those are now facts. Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, the Who, and Roger Waters have all posted teasers for the new festival, which takes place October 7-9 in Indio, California, on Facebook. The only rumored guest to not say a word is Neil Young. Maybe he’s too busy working on Earth to spill the beans. [Pitchfork]

The Beatles wrote rock and pop songs that still define music today. Among their hits is the quiet, folksy charmer “Blackbird” off the White Album. The song talks about civil rights issues at the time, most notably taking inspiration from the Little Rock Nine, a group of nine black students who endured discrimination while segregation’s lasting effects prevented them from entering their school. At a show in Arkansas the past Saturday night, Paul McCartney finally met women from that very group: Thelma Mothershed Wait and Elizabeth Eckford. To say it was an honor for him is putting it lightly. [Rolling Stone]

HAIM may not have any updates on their long-awaited sophomore album, but they do have equally exciting music to share. The sister trio shared an acoustic cover they did of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” to benefit Girls Rock Camp Foundation. Fingers crossed the record a studio version of the cover soon — or, you know, their own material. [Consequence of Sound]

Anderson.Paak has been on top of his game lately. The rapper’s newest video shows him proving why. The visual for both “The Season/Carry Me” and “The Waters,” the latter which features BJ the Chicago Kid, was directed by Paak as well as Chris Le. It’s a collage-like clip where he lends his hands at a soup kitchen, farm, and various places around the area. Check it out above. [Consequence of Sound]

Last year’s excellent album Deep In The Iris saw Braids on top of their game. Now the trio has a new EP on the way, Companion due out May 20 via Arbutus/Flemish Eye, that’s worth getting excited over. Check out lead single “Companion” above, a haunting number that swells with synths and shows Raphaelle Standell-Preston confronting some intricate personal issues in the lyrics. [Consequence of Sound]

“Westerberg was playing his favorite guitar […]. Suddenly, he grabbed it by the body and slammed the neck down on the amplifier and splintered it completely. Afterwards, soundman Brendan McCabe approached him in shock: ‘Paul what the hell did you do that for. How could you wreck that guitar? You loved that thing.’ ‘Well that’s the difference between me and you Brendan,’ he told him. ‘You cherish things you love. Me? I destroy them.’” The first time I read this part of Trouble Boys, I thought, “Fuck, maybe there’s really something to that. Maybe there’s romanticism in destroying the things you love.” Or maybe I’m just a messed up kid who thinks he never deserved any of this. I don’t know. After I left the stage in Salt Lake, thinking I was ending Beach Slang, I was walking down the street, back to the hotel, when a girl from the show ran up to me, hugged me so sincerely, and said, “Don’t do this. We need you.” Straight away, I realized I was wrong. There is nothing sweet, there is no light, and there is nothing romantic when the thing you love is broken. Salt Lake, for the car crash last night and Boise, for fumbling on you, I am gigantically sorry—even bigger than that. I am going to make good on making it up to you. Cross my heart. This, and all of you, mean too much to me. I love you with thunder. I love you all the way. So, yeah, Seattle, we are still coming to your good city, wild-eyed and ready, our hearts bashed back into shape. If you’re still in, we are. For us—all of us, James Alex

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Beach Slang performed at Kilby Court in Salt Lake City, Utah last Thursday. Reports spilled online that the band told the audience it would be their last show, that guitars were thrown, and that there was general disagreement between them all. Friday night’s show was cancelled. It seemed the band had broken up, but luckily for fans it was just a dramatic tiff. Frontman James Alex posted a long message on Instagram stating that the band is still together: “If you’re still in, we are.” As their fans will waste no time confirming, they’re definitely still in. [Pitchfork]

See you back here on Wednesday for another Music Dispatch!

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