Would you play football with Snoop Dogg? Duh. In a new reality series, you can watch kids commit to a full season’s worth of football with the musician. Before that show starts, though, check out Joel McHale’s impression of Bjork, Drake’s new album, the new age approach Neil Young is taking on his next album, Local Natives’ brand new song, 2016’s newest supergroup, and a brand new single from Rihanna and Calvin Harris.
Snoop Dogg may be a musician, but he’s way more than that. He’s a commissioner and coach for the Snoop Youth Football League, and now a new AOL reality series called Coach Snoop will be focusing on his efforts in that field. The inner-city youth program gives kids a chance to play football. The show will feature the struggles of the kids involved as they aim to reach the national championships. The first trailer was released this past Thursday, but the actual show doesn’t start until May 19th on AOL. Mark your calendars, sports fans. [Rolling Stone]
Lip Sync Battle is plenty of fun to watch for all the obvious reasons: celebrities, hit songs, plenty of humor. Leave it to Joel McHale to change up the formula. The Community actor went for a less well-known single: “It’s Oh So Quiet” by Bjork. On the show this Thursday, he recreated Spike Jonze’s video for the song, donning a wig, backup dancers, and scuba gear. It’s an eye-full but, thankfully, not an ear-full. [Rolling Stone]
Grab your shades. Views is here. Drake‘s highly-anticipated new album, formerly titled Views From the 6, is now available to stream and purchase through Apple Music. It’s the follow-up to his hit 2013 LP Nothing Was the Same and features hits like “Pop Style” and “Hotline Bling.” Best of all, there’s 18 other tracks on there. Overwhelming? Sure, but how else is Drake supposed to get all emotional? [Consequence of Sound]
Once a hippie, always a hippie. Neil Young is plotting a new live album, but it’s far more into the grassroots thing than you’d expect. On upcoming LP EARTH, he’s mixing recordings from his most recent tour with additional overdubs and field recordings of “Car horns, the sounds of insects, bears, birds, bees,” and so on. It’s 98-minutes of Young’s music blended with nature. Ah, peace and harmony. [Consequence of Sound]
The last time we heard from Local Natives is when they dropped their sophomore album, Hummingbird, in 2013. To be honest, it feels a lot longer than that. The harmony-laded guys are finally back with “Past Lives,” the lead single off what we can only assume is a new album. It’s quick, emotive, and more driven than their folkier material. Check it out above. [Stereogum]
Here comes the newest supergroup of 2016. Say hello to Saudade, an unexpected combo of Deftones’ Chino Moreno, Bad Brains’ Dr. Know and Mackie Jayson, Crosses’ Chuck Doom, and jazz keyboardist John Medeski. Their debut track bares the same name as the band, introducing us to their sound: slow, brooding, heavy rock that punches you in the gut. What else did you expect? [Pitchfork]
It’s hard to think of a better summer dance pop single than “We Found Love.” Luckily for us, Rihanna and Calvin Harris have finally teamed up again. On “This Is What You Came For,” they get straight to the point by diving right into that EDM-style hook, building a cinematic flourish that allows Rihanna to gracefully flaunt her vocal skills. It’s a bit softer than their last single, but fun all the same — make it the perfect way to slide into this weekend. [Rolling Stone]
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