How do you honor one of the best musicians this world has ever seen? With a 1700s-stlye dance, of course! Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of Hamilton honored Prince by doing just that for one of his songs. Before that went down, word came that MTV’s Unplugged will be returning, Eddie Vedder covered the “Batman Theme” with his daughter, Mark Pritchard’s newest song is online, Questlove DJ’d with Finding Nemo screening behind him, and ASAP Ferg’s new album is officially available to listen to in full.
Prince was not only a musician, but a beacon of light and life. He made others dance as often as he made himself dance. So, it should come as no surprise that the cast of Hamilton felt the need to groove, too. At the end of their performance this Thursday, the Broadway cast formed a line onstage to pay tribute to Prince. The brains and star of the production, Lin-Manuel Miranda, began reading the opening verses of Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.” It only took a couple moments until the cast broke into dance, darting all over the stage in vintage garb to feel the power of one of the world’s best musicians pulse through them. Rest in Purple. [Buzzfeed]
A lot of things died with MTV in the past decade, and with that was the long-adored series MTV Unplugged. The show brought famous musicians onstage to perform stripped down, acoustic, and intimate takes on their material. The series began in 1989 and has seen everyone from Nirvana, Jay Z, Alanis Morrisette, and more film takes. Now, it seems, they’re ready to film more. A press release from the network states a revival is in the works and will “restore key elements that made the franchise so groundbreaking.” I want my MTV… again. [Rolling Stone]
“It’s amazing how many bands covered the ‘Batman Theme,'” Eddie Vedder said during an interview on Pearl Jam radio. “But we hadn’t, and this summer, I recorded a version with my kids.” That’s right. The Pearl Jam frontman recorded an adorable version of the song with his daughter, seven-year-old Harper, that stays pretty faithful to the original. It’s nice to hear Vedder get surfy, but it’s even better to hear him do so while being one of the coolest dads ever. [Nerdist]
As hard as it is to keep tabs on rock music, it’s even harder to stay up to date about electronic music. Part of the reason stems from the fact that most of it lacks lyrics you can Google to stay in the know. Luckily, there’s people like Mark Pritchard collaborating with genius musicians like Thom Yorke to make that a bit easier. His newest album, Under the Sun, drops May 13 via Warp Records. In anticipation, he’s shared the album’s title-track, a warm, humming, beautiful number. This is the type of electronic music you find yourself coming back to time and time again. Check it out above and pre-order the record here. [Consequence of Sound]
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There’s a long-running joke between The Roots’ frontman Questlove and our beloved Prince. During his weekly residency at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, Questlove paid tribute to Prince by DJing a set that was almost entirely Prince songs. To top it off, he had Finding Nemo screening behind him the whole time. Why a Disney flick? Because he was reportedly fired from a DJ gig by Prince and replaced with the movie many years ago. RIP, Prince. [Pitchfork]
Rap fans and Star Trek fans can find a happy meeting point with ASAP Ferg‘s new album. The record, titled Always Strive and Prosper, comes out today through RCA, but Spotify users can stream it in full. It’s Ferg’s sophomore effort, but he managed to get everyone from Missy Elliott to Skrillex to Future on board to collaborate. Give it a spin above. [Consequence of Sound]
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