If you didn’t get enough Tom Hiddleston in the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light, this one’s for you. Catch the actor casually jump into a guitar jam in a London guitar shop, and, in the middle of it all, launch into some yodels. If country’s not your thing, stick around for Grimes’ new video, music from Les Claypool and Sean Lennon, PJ Harvey’s first US tour dates in five years, Kesha’s cover of Lady Gaga, Speedy Ortiz’s anime-inspired single, Boris’ dark bonus track, and news from Freddie Gibbs and Madlib.
When Tom Hiddleston started learning how to become Hank Williams for biopic I Saw the Light, he found himself practicing guitar beside Grammy-winner Rodney Crowell. Those skills have paid off. Now he can casually do an impromptu jam in a guitar store like seen above in this London shop. Watch as an interview with The Guardian turns into an opportunity to yodel — really yodel — on camera. [Entertainment Weekly]
Last year, Grimes released the infectious, near-perfect album Art Angels. Only now, one of the album’s best songs, “California,” is getting a proper music video. Watch above as Claire Boucher sings like a cowgirl, jams in a gym, and gets to work in an art studio, all to an alternate version of the song. The whole thing is directed by her and her brother, proving siblings make the best team. [Nerdist]
The Claypool Lennon Delirium may only be a duo, but it feels massive enough in fame to warrant the supergroup label. Sean Lennon and Les Claypool have teamed up to for another psych rock band that sees their trippy minds on full blast. Their lead single “Cricket & The Genie (Movement I, The Delirium)” shook us to our bones, and now its lyric video gives that extra oomph, providing just enough lucid illusions to have us seeing colors elsewhere. [Consequence of Sound]
It’s happening. PJ Harvey confirmed her first US tour dates behind The Hope Six Demolition Project will take place this August. The singer-songwriter will perform at Terminal 5 in New York City and Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles. As of right now, they’re her only tour dates in the US in 2016. We’ve got a hunch that she will visit all those states in between once the new year arrives. In the meantime, check out the rest of her tour dates here. [Consequence of Sound]
Have you cried yet today? Whatever your answer is, now you will. Kesha performed at the Humane Society Gala in Los Angeles this Saturday night. Instead of performing her own work, she covered Lady Gaga‘s powerful “Til It Happens to You” number, stepping back from the mic after uttering the first line, too overcome with emotion to stay straight-faced. We bet you the rest of the crowd had trouble doing the same, especially when she prefaced the rendition with a quick, genuine shoutout: “I want to dedicate this song to every man, woman, child, and animal that has ever been abused.” [Rolling Stone]
Remember Death Note? Speedy Ortiz have taken inspiration from the evil supernatural notebook anime and spun it on its head, using its death-like pages to murder depression in an effort to better one’s self on new song “Death Note.” It comes off Foiled Again, their aptly-titled follow-up to last year’s Foil Deer. The whole EP drops on June 3rd via Carpark Records. [Pitchfork]
Japanese metal band Boris see their excellent LP Pink turn 10 this year. To celebrate, they’ve announced a North American tour this summer that will bring them to a city (hopefully) near you. Best of all, they’re sharing unreleased songs that were recorded at the same time as Pink on a new bonus album titled Forbidden Songs. Hear “Are You Ready?” off the upcoming record above. [Pitchfork]
— Freddie Gibbs (@FreddieGibbs) May 8, 2016
Before we bid you farewell, we’ve got a bit of good news to tide you over until Wednesday: Freddie Gibbs and Madlib teamed up for another album. During his Red Bull Music Academy talk in New York City last night, Madlib revealed that he and Gibbs will release a sophomore album sometime soon. No specific date was set, but he could share that the LP is called Bandana and several of the beats that Kanye West auditioned for The Life of Pablo were snatched by him — likely for Bandana. [Pitchfork]
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Image: I Saw The Light/Sony Pictures Classics