Who better to review the new Rocky sequel film Creed than the frontman of the band with the same name? Naturally he’ll greet it with arms wide open. While Scott Stapp is busy talking about his band’s pros and cons, Foo Fighters dropped a new EP that you can download for free, Sufjan Stevens is reissuing Illinois with a Marvel character on the cover, R Kelly has 40 more episodes of “Trapped In The Closet” in the works, Coldplay sample Obama on their upcoming LP, Adele blew everyone away on SNL, Rihanna’s new website is like a murder mystery, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood dropped a new music video, and Future Islands’ frontman teamed up with BadBadNotGood for a new single.
On November 25, the seventh Rocky film starring Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights, Frutivale Station) and Sylvester Stalone, Creed, comes out after receiving rave reviews from critics. Funny or Die got the most important critic of all the weigh in on the film: Scott Stapp, the frontman of Creed the band. Watch as he goes on and on about the epic tale of his band coming to the big screen and how the film failed to accurately represent them. Like, come on, y’all. Not even one shot of a man singing on a cliff? Get it together. But Stapp still embraces the film with arms wide open. [Funny or Die]
You guys, we knew it. Foo Fighters dropped a brand new EP today as the counter on their website suggested. Saint Cecilia can be downloaded for free in any format over at the band’s website. In an open letter the band penned, Grohl states that the EP has taken on an entirely different tone and is now a “celebration of life and music” dedicated to the victims of the Paris attacks. As for that epic riff we were obsessing over? It happens to be the face-kicking guitar part for arguably the best track: “The Neverending Sigh”. [Nerdist]
Sufjan Stevens‘ essential album Illinois turns 10 years old this year. To celebrate, he’s reissuing the album as a 2xLP special edition in 2016 via Asthmatic Kitty. The vinyl comes in two colors, Antimatter Blue and Cape White, based off The Blue Marvel, a nod to the original artwork which featured Superman (but was removed for legal issues). There’s only 10,000 copies, so be sure to snag your pre-order ASAP. [Image courtesy of Asthmatic Kitty]
“Trapped In The Closet” is one of the most entertaining, insane, and ridiculous stories ever told by song… and it’s not over yet. R. Kelly told Complex in a recent interview that he plans on releasing 40 more parts to the original series from 2005. Apparently everyone from the entire series “will make appearances on the Jerry Springer-like fictional show” as well. Why are we not surprised? [Uproxx] [Photo by Getty Images]
There’s a lot of guest appearances on Coldplay‘s album: Beyonce, Blue Ivy, Gwyneth Paltrow, Annabelle Wallis, and, apparently, the President of the United States of America himself. The band told The Sun that the album, A Head Full of Dreams, features a sample of President Obama singing “Amazing Grace” at Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney’s funeral in Charleston, South Carolina. In other words, yes, you will cry over a Coldplay song again after all. [Pitchfork]
To cap off a week of intense promotion, Adele took the stage at Saturday Night Live this past weekend where she performed “Hello” and “When We Were Young” live. The set was so crystalline that many fans thought she lip-synced. After all, SNL is no stranger to that. But the isolated vocals from her performance show that no, in fact, Adele is exactly as phenomenal live as she is when she gets to prep and take her time in studio. Some musicians really are that talented. [Rolling Stone]
Remember when we all thought Rihanna was going to drop a surprise new album with “Bitch Better Have My Money” and “FourFiveSeconds”? Well, the time has (almost) come. Rihanna launched a teaser website to hype up the release of the LP, Anti, that’s full of cryptic ads and eerie shadows. AntiDiaRY.com launched for Samsung Mobile device users, though if you poke around enough on the internet, you can find clips of some of the site’s footage. [Rolling Stone] [Photo courtesy of Rihanna’s AntiDiaRY.com]
After traveling to India, Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead recorded a brand new solo album in collaboration with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur. The album, titled Junun, was also subject of Paul Thomas Anderson’s new documentary on the process. One of his outtakes for the film is now the subject of a music video for “Hu”. Consider this the travel break you need on dreary Monday afternoon. [Pitchfork]
Red Bull Sound Select hosts a month-long series in LA where they host a bunch of buzz-worthy shows. This past Friday, BadBadNotGood played at Tower Theatre and none other than Sam Herring of Future Islands stepped out to debut a new song. The track doesn’t have a known name yet, but the slow number is the type of song that sees smoke flood the floor and makes your heart long for the one you love. [Consequence of Sound]
That’s a lot of tunes to chew on. If you’re looking for more music, though, come back here on Wednesday for another Music Dispatch!