At long last, Compton gets some much deserved love. N.W.A. entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend beside other giants like Deep Purple and Cheap Trick. While that event was going down, the rest of the music world was hard at work. The Lonely Island honored Will Smith with a goofy tribute, Bruce Springsteen cancelled a tour date for political reasons, Kanye performed The Life of Pablo tracks for the first time since the album dropped, M.I.A. dropped a catchy single, Record Store Day performances were announced, and a 24-hour drone festival is happening for all you feedback fans.
This year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony saw big stars come out for their long-deserved induction into the iconic museum. This year saw N.W.A., Steve Miller Band, Deep Purple, Chicago, and Cheap Trick enter the famous establishment. While it’s exciting such notable acts were added, not everyone was happy. Steve Miller’s speech included several lines asking for more recognition. For himself? No, for those who weren’t there: women. He asked the voters to please look towards including more women in the years to come, a call to action we can wholeheartedly get behind. But for now, let’s celebrate Compton’s representation in the museum! [Rolling Stone]
The MTV Movie Awards are watched less for the award reveals and more for the celebs that show up. Leave it to comedy trio The Lonely Island to steal the show, though. This year’s awards honored Will Smith as the recipient of the Generation Award. The three honored him with a speech that was surprisingly honest and straight forward. Since this is Will Smith, though, that meant there was a ton of comedy rolled into said speech. Check it out above and rap along to the Fresh Prince theme song. [Rolling Stone]
North Carolina recently passed a state law which discriminates against the LGBTQ community by placing limits on bathroom admission and security. It’s quite a big ordeal, and not everyone feels comfortable watching it become state law. Bruce Springsteen posted a long message on his Facebook account over the weekend saying that he was canceling his upcoming show there to show he will not stand for the law. Bruce was born in the USA and he wants to remain proud of that fact. [Consequence of Sound]
Kanye West has done just about everything this year except for perform his new songs live. Now that the album is out, lucky folks in the Philippines got to hear Kanye’s first performance of The Life of Pablo material since the record dropped. As usual, he had giant lights and big effects, neither of which was bigger than his ego and booming voice. Check out footage above via Instagram and imagine how much his performance of the material will change by the time he brings it to the stage in America later this year. [Consequence of Sound]
H&M not only looks cool, but it sounds cool. The clothing brand is celebrating World Recycle Week (April 18-24) by encouraging shoppers to recycle unwanted clothing at their stores in exchange for store credit. M.I.A. chipped in to the initiative, releasing a song and brand new video for single “Rewear It.” Check it out above and spread the word [Pitchfork]
This Saturday, Record Store Day will once again see your local music stores flooded with hipsters and parents alike trying to grab special release of shiny wax. For those of you who aren’t looking to drop any dough, there’s good news. Record Store Day announce it’s official in-store performances that will take place around the globe. Highlights include Metallica, Kacey Musgraves, Shabazz Palaces, Mumford & Sons, Bonnie Raitt, and more, all of whom will be playing in different stores on April 16. Check out the full list of performers here. [Pitchfork]
Some music feels best when it hits you like a giant wall of noise. If you need that pummeling of music notes, head to Hudson, New York on April 23. Multi-disciplinary arts center Basilica Hudson will host its second annual 24-hour drone event for, indeed, a full day. Performers include Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Efrim Manuel Menuck, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Brian Chase, and more. Don’t worry; there’s a 24-hour coffee bar because how else would you stay awake? Grab tickets here. [Pitchfork]
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