Imagine all the people… sitting in a stadium singing along to the most high-profile covers of John Lennon. To celebrate The Beatle’s would-be 75th birthday, Steven Tyler, Willie Nelson, and more are taking over Madison Square Garden for an epic tribute show. The rest of the music world is making its own stadium-worthy beats, too. Missy Elliott released a wild new single featuring Pharrell, Tame Impala covered Kylie Minogue, Steve Albini and Ian MacKaye interviewed one another, Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s cartoon music video will give you trippy dreams, Grimes brought Janelle Monae onstage for a crazy live set, and there’s new albums from Jonny Greenwood, Justin Bieber, and The Grateful Dead for you to stream.
John Lennon would have turned 75 years old this year. To celebrate, a giant group of friends and fans will come together for a tribute concert at Madison Square Garden on December 5th. The all-star event sees performances from Willie Nelson, Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler, The Killers‘ Brandon Flowers, Sheryl Crow, and more. The show broadcast on AMC after the fact on December 19. Imagine if Lennon himself were there. [Rolling Stone] [Featured photo by Lennon Photo Archive]
Get your freak on… again. The queen of catchy beats is back and she isn’t wasting a beat proving she’s at the top of her game. Missy Elliott just dropped her first single since 2012, “WTF (Where They From)”, which features a little verse from Pharrell. It’s also her first cut from an album since 2005’s The Cookbook. There’s no news of when her upcoming LP will drop, but if it’s as saucy as this track, we will be bumping it for the next decade like her last one. Besides, that means more chances for mega-young female break dancers and marionettes. [Rolling Stone]
Tame Impala put the pop in psych, but can they put the psych in pop? According to their newest cover, yes. The Australian act took Kylie Minogue’s classic “Confide in Me” and reshaped it into a space-rock jam worthy of their usual trippy backdrops. Thankfully the whole thing was recorded with high quality on radio program Like a Version. [Triple J]
Pick any punk documentary off a library’s shelves and it’s pretty much guaranteed either Ian MacKaye or Steve Albini will be one of the film’s interviewees, spurting knowledge and I-was-there accounts from the ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s scenes of punk and hardcore. Now it’s time for them to do the interviewing–of one another. The two sat down on podcast Kreative Kontrol to pick apart the DIY roots, friendly personalities, and revolutionary experiences that make them them. [Pitchfork]
Get one minute into Unknown Mortal Orchestra‘s fantastic album Multi-Love and it’s impossible to not see colors swirling around you. The psych rock LP is as trippy as it is heartwarming, and the new video for “Necessary Evil” animates that feeling all too well. Sean Solomon directs the animated cartoon where a perfect relationship is melted by insecurities and growing worries. [Consequence of Sound]
After a long, long, long wait, Grimes‘ excellent new album, Art Angels, is finally here. With that comes a tour. At her recent stop in Atlanta last night, Grimes brought Janelle Monáe onstage for a crazy performance of “Venus Fly”. The two have so much energy that it feels like shooting pixie sticks while sprinting around a rave to thumping bass. If only we could all see the two storm the stage together this tour. Angels can fly, so maybe it’s possible? Okay, okay, we’re being too hopeful. [Consequence of Sound]
Itching for a whole album to listen to, not just a single? NPR’s got your back. They’re streaming The Grateful Dead‘s new album as well as Radiohead‘s Jonny Greenwood’s Junun, a record of Urdu, Hebrew, and Hindi inspired music. If you’re looking what the album everyone will be talking about, out of love and hate, turn to Justin Bieber‘s fourth LP, Purpose, which you can stream through Apple Music. [NPR] [Photo by Shin Katan]
With those streams in hand, go run off and enjoy the weekend! We’ll see you back here on Monday for another Music Dispatch, y’hear?