You may not have expected it, but you probably aren’t surprised. Members of ‘NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, and O-Town shared a single from the new sci-fi movie they’re working on. The song, unfortunately, is not so good. Don’t worry, though! We’re got plenty of other music news genuinely worth getting excited over. Smashing Pumpkins reunited with James Iha last night, The Rolling Stones played Cuba for the first time since their music was banned there, Kanye West shared a new song on Easter, Don Giovanni Records is throwing an alt-tastic festival, School of Seven Bells’ new video gets intense, and The Field’s full-length is available to stream in full.
Remember when we reported on Dead 7, the upcoming SyFy original film from a forgotten ’90s past? Yeah, well it’s still happening. The TV movie — from the makers of Sharknado, no less — sees members of ‘NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, and O-Town cast in a Wild West world of zombies. It premieres on April 1. In anticipation, the singers have shared one the film’s songs, “In the End,” which features Nick Carter, A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, Jeff Timmons, and Erik-Michael Estrada. It’s cheesy and over the top and totally free to listen to right here. If you love it, go ahead and download it for free here. [SPIN]
For the first time in 16 years, James Iha rejoined the Smashing Pumpkins live onstage. The guitarist showed up at the band’s Los Angeles show on Saturday to perform their 1993 LP Siamese Dream. It also happened to be his birthday. Fans have been waiting for it though they definitely still weren’t prepared when it happened. Fans can be heard screaming “James!” and applauding all throughout Billy Corgan’s introduction. We can only hope this is the first of many appearances Iha will do with the band… or, perhaps, he can just rejoin them for good. [Rolling Stone]
For years and years, Cuba has placed many restrictions on its country, one of which includes banning nearly every type of music imaginable. Cuba recently began restoring diplomatic ties with America. As a result, The Rolling Stones were finally able to play there… to a whopping 1.2 million fans. Their free show took place in Havana, Cuba and was nothing but melodic, hook-filled joy. A collection of live footage can be seen above, though, of course, it was best experienced live. [Rolling Stone]
Kanye West has resumed Yeezus position. The rapper released an alternate version of The Life of Pablo opener “Ultralight Beam.” The new version, called “Ultralight Prayer,” wasn’t uploaded to TIDAL (so apparently he’s over it?) that way everyone can hear it. Unsurprisingly, West chose Easter Sunday as its release date, once again subtly (or not so subtly) equating himself to god. [Consequence of Sound]
Don Giovanni Records has always been like the cool older brother we never had, specifically the one that was into true alternative music instead of radio-covered alternative music. The New Jersey-based label is throwing a festival September 16-18 and it’s as radical as you should expect. Say hi to The New Alternative Music Festival. Screaming Females, Girlpool, Downtown Boys, P.S. Eliot (!), and more are set to play the Convention Center in Asbury Park, NJ. To keep with the cool vibes, the festival does not use sponsors. “This is a pro-weirdo event held in direct opposition to the apolitical sludge that has come to pass as ‘indie’ and that has nothing to do with operating independently,” the press release states. It’s a group of peers, tour mates, and friends—and you’re welcome to be one of them. [Pitchfork]
School of Seven Bells released their final album, SVIIB, last month, a few years after band member Benjamin Curtis passed away. The New York dreampop act shared a dark, mellow, grainy video for one of the album’s cuts, “Ablaze.” It’s directed by Alan Del Rio Ortiz and sees the band’s surviving member, Alejandra Deheza, taking in sullen city streets. You can watch it above. [Stereogum]
Alex Willner is more than a Swedish producer. He’s a musical genius, and his work under moniker The Field is some of the best minimalist electronic to come out in over a decade. Willner’s newest album, The Follower, comes out on Friday. Now he’s finally sharing the full thing in advance for listeners to stream. Give it a taste above and then head over to Beatport to hear it in full. [Stereogum]
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Image Credit: ‘NSYNC/Backstreet Boys for Seventeen