There were many stars in attendance at Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars Sunday night, possibly too many stars. But, for the second year in a row, all the big names at the fundraiser for autism education were overshadowed by the heartwarming talent of 13 year-old pianist Jodi DiPiazza. Last year, she performed alongside one of her favorite musicians, Katy Perry, on a tear-jerking rendition of “Firework”. This year, the honor of Jodi’s collaborator went to “Weird A” Yankovic, who came out on stage in a Jedi robe for their performance of “Yoda” (his 1985 parody of The Kinks’ “Lola”). At the climax of the song, the two were joined on stage by members of an autistic children’s choir, Actionplay Chorus. Enjoy the video below, then keep reading for plenty more positive music news!
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Incubus goes full West Side Story in their hiatus-ending music video for “Absolution Calling”, in which a gang of leather-clad greasers engage in a dance-battle turf war with some bespoke professorial types. On both sides of the frontline are Incubus clones, providing a high-energy soundtrack to the timeless conflict. The track comes as the first single off their forthcoming EP, Trust Fall (Side A). [Rolling Stone]
Lovable weirdo, Grimes, decided to give “REALiTi”, a demo track she tossed out a year ago, a second shot. And so we are treated to this eye-popping, colorful, travelogue of her tour in Asia. Grimes still insists the track “was never meant to be heard by anyone, so its a bit of a mess”, setting some very high expectations for what she does want us to hear. [Stereogum]
I am embarrassed to say I dropped the ball, dear readers, and forgot to share with you Dan Deacon‘s fantastic visit to NPR’s Tiny Desk. In the video, the electronic maestro rigs up a whiplash-fast player piano, and incites a hive-minded dance party in the bullpen of the newsroom. It is infectiously fun.
While we’re on the topic of NPR, can we talk about First Listen for a moment? NPR’s First Listen is the gift that keeps on giving, offering constant new music and asking nothing in return. It’s latest gifts include Twin Shadow‘s full new album, Eclipse, AND an Elliot Smith cover album from Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield.
FACT has shared this delightful pre-FKA twigs video of Twiggs, the dance instructor with Newham College in Stratford, London. It’s an enlightening behind-the-scenes look at the focus and expertise of one of music’s most interesting characters.
All those shredders and snowbunnies up in Bozeman will now have a place to practice their halfpipe skills in the offseason, thanks to Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament. After visiting the proposed site of a new skate park in the community of Stevensville, Montana, the bassist offered to cover the entire bowl section. Pearl Jam donates $2 from every concert ticket to their Vitalogy Foundation, which allocates funds to the bandmates’ various causes. [Rolling Stone]
Yesterday was International Women’s Day, so get your week off to a positive start with these awesome tracks from some of our favorite women:
See you tomorrow with more Music Dispatch!