It’s time to learn about the beach goth trend from Misfits frontman Glenn Danzig. What better way to process that info than in an episode of Portlandia? After you give that clip a view, read on to hear about the new Star Wars album in the works, Beyonce’s epic single and world tour, Missy Elliott’s new track, James Blake’s project with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Mogwai’s post-rock doozy, Lady Gaga’s breathtaking rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and a video of Arcade Fire playing on a beach in Haiti two years ago.
Leave it to Portlandia to make beach goth even funnier than the bizarre trend already is. The IFC gang has shared a clip from this week’s upcoming Portlandia episode that will air at 10PM this Thursday. In it, Glenn Danzig of the Misfits plays a vampiric beach-dweller who explains to Fred Armisen‘s goth character that the rule to having fun on the sand has to do with getting lame. An example? Sporting some Pac Sun gear instead of black leather. [Stereogum]
Star Wars appeared everywhere from The Force Awakens to Wilco’s album of the same name. Now the galaxy far far away is close once again with a new musical project. Rick Rubin has curated and produced a new compilation, Star Wars Headspace, that uses sound clips from various Star Wars films. Flying Lotus, Rustie, A-Trak, Baauer, Röyksopp, Kaskade, Shlohmo, GTA, and more are using R2-D2’s beeps and Darth Vader’s breathy voice to churn out beats for the dance floor. It drops February 19, but those using Apple Music can check out three of the tracks in advance. [Nerdist]
Beyoncé is back and you better be ready for her because she’s sure as heck ready for you. The queen dropped new single “Formation” out of nowhere on Saturday along with its politically charged music video. It’s her first song since she released her self-titled album in 2014. On it, she doesn’t try to hide her anger, storming through with shoutouts to the Black Lives Matter movement, her parents, and what it means to be from the south. When she performed at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, she busted out the song while her backup dancers dawned the same outfits as the Black Panthers. It’s a call to action, and there’s no way on earth we wouldn’t pick up the phone ready to help. And yes, she’s announced a world tour. [Rolling Stone]
Misdemeanor is back. By that, we mean Missy Elliott, of course. The hip-hop icon and all around charmer dropped an electrifying new track called “Pep Rally” before the Super Bowl this Sunday. On it, she suggests listeners get up off their bums to keep the energy high. How could you not with such a firecracker beat? [Billboard]
Remember when Justin Vernon of Bon Iver teamed up with James Blake to release “Fall Creek Boys Choir?” The two vocal geniuses are back, this time turning the song title into a band name that they will don when performing at Vernon’s second annual Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival. The festival takes place August 12-13 in Wisconsin. Of course, everyone there will probably faint at the first note that leaves the duo’s mouths. [Consequence of Sound]
Post-rock icons Mogwai are back with a new album, Atomic, that’s due out April 1st. In anticipation of that release, they’ve shared new single “Ether,” a slow-burning instrumental that sees piano and glockenspiel make way for monstrous bass and guitar. As usual, things reach peak Mogwai with a massive crescendo that pummels your chest. If it’s any indication, it seems the full-length will be dramatic in all the right ways. [Rolling Stone]
Before Coldplay, Beyonce, and Bruno Mars stunned the world with their Super Bowl 50 performance, Lady Gaga graced the field to do some of her own singing. The pop superstar sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the game’s opening minutes. Her take, surprisingly or not, was a gorgeous rendition that remained faithful to the original while also giving her space to nail the high note in true diva fashion. [Rolling Stone]
Given so much of Arcade Fire‘s 2013 album Reflektor was rooted in Haitian culture, it only makes sense for the band to share footage of them playing some of its songs in the country. Alas, it has arrived. Watch a professionally-shot video fo the band playing “Here Come the Night Time” in Jacmel, Haiti during their Carnival celebration in 2014. [Pitchfork]
See you back here on Wednesday for another Music Dispatch!
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