It may be hump day, but that doesn’t mean the music world is coming to a lull. In fact, it’s bustling with must-watch clips. First and foremost, TV On the Radio covered the Game of Thrones theme live, which has our hearts fluttering. Then comes the news that Kendrick Lamar visited a high school that teaches To Pimp a Butterfly, Chance the Rapper is curating a free teens-only festival, Björk’s new music video is mind-bending, Mew are touring the US for the first time in five years, and our good friend “Weird Al” Yankovic recorded material at Jack White’s Third Man Records. We weren’t kidding when we said a lot happened.
Hey, Cersei and Stannis and Melisandre and Gilly and Sam and everyone living or dead in George R.R. Martin’s head: Listen up. TV On the Radio want you to chill. Seriously.
The indie rock band wasted no time pumping the fun during their recent show in Brisbane, Australia. In the middle of the concert, TV On the Radio performed the theme song to HBO’s Game of Thrones. It was random, especially since it took place before the encore, but it’s hilariously chill all the same. More dub versions of dope TV shows, okay? [Vulture]
Stay in school. If you’re lucky enough, Kendrick Lamar may show up at one of your classes. Students at High Tech High School in New Jersey were greeted by the rapper when he stopped by their class for a guest lecture. Though it’s not that random. Teacher Brian Mooney used Kendrick’s recent album, To Pimp a Butterfly, in class to connect the music’s message to Toni Morrison’s novel, The Bluest Eye. So it goes: a cool lesson plan gets one hell of a cool talk and an awesome dance performance. Plus Kendrick listened to students read their poetry. [Complex]
Rappers are upping the game elsewhere, too. Chance the Rapper will curate Teens in the Park on June 24, a new free festival held on Chicago’s Northerly Island. The festival is open to youths between ages 13 to 24, although adults are allowed to acompany teens should they wish. With breakdancing, jewelry-making, graffiti art, and more taking place, it’s guaranteed to give other Chicago fests a run for their, er, free money? [Pitchfork]
If you saw the Björk retrospective at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art in the last couple of weeks, count your lucky stars. If you didn’t, here’s some compensation. A music video for “Black Lake” off this year’s emotional LP Vulnicura was screened in the museum but is now available for the public to watch in a semi-less immersive display. The 10-minute video is directed by Andrew Thomas Huang and sees the artist performing the track in Iceland’s crazy black sands. [Dazed]
Leave it to “Weird Al” Yankovic to turn Jack White‘s Third Man Records’ studio into a goofy place. The renaissance man recorded a song in the studio’s Voice-O-Graph booth, a machine from 1947 which records two minutes of audio and spits it out onto a 6″ phonograph disc afterwords, like a way more impressive sonic Polaroid. “Weird Al” decided to go with an a capella medley that includes his epic Yoda chant. What else were you expecting? Something normal? [Rolling Stone]
It’s been five long years since Danish alt rock band Mew last played North America as headliners. Now they’re ready to return. The quirky act will be touring in support of this year’s +- album. Opening for them are the equally great California indie rock duo The Dodos. It’s a 16-date tour, so if you’re lucky enough to be near one of those stops, don’t miss it. Those far away will send you hate mail for doing so. [Pitchfork]
Lastly, a video for the road. The long-awaited fourth film in the Jurassic Park series opens this Friday, June 12, so everybody’s favorite Chris Pratt brought his musical skills forward in preparation of the release. Pratt joined Jimmy Buffett onstage at the film’s world premiere for an epic version of “Margaritaville”. Read more about it here. [Nerdist]
Come back on Friday for this week’s final installment of Music Dispatch!