In case you needed further proof that Prince is anything but human, here’s this news: the pop star was seen biking around and then throwing a dance party the day after he was hospitalized. Never change, dude. The rest of the music industry is hustling, too, but maybe not at Prince’s speed. Real life musicians are playable characters in a new videogame, N.W.A. reunited at Coachella, Grizzly Bear played their first show in years for NYC crowds, Kesha performed at Coachella despite recent law battles, Sia brought big guests onstage with her at the festival too, and Best Coast has a few fighting words for Chris Brown’s newest single.
2 GIVE THANX 4 THE GOOD WEATHER AND 4 ALL THE LOVE AND SUPPORT… pic.twitter.com/PEcHzLnYvc
— Prince (@prince) April 16, 2016
Prince was hospitalized over the weekend for flu-like symptoms. Turns out the sickness wasn’t too bad at all. Less than 24 hours later, the iconic singer posted on twitter saying fans were invited to come by his Paisley Park Estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota to party on Saturday night. Better yet, he was then spotted biking around the neighborhood by locals a few hours later. Stay young, Prince. Better yet, stay inhuman, Prince. [Consequence of Sound]
The only thing we love more than music is playing video games, though they’re pretty close. Thankfully, a new game is on the way that combines the two. Loud on Planet X, a game billed as “an indie alternative to Rock Band or Guitar Hero with a splash of Plants vs Zombies,” sees Tegan and Sara, Purity Ring, Fucked Up, Metz, Metric, and more as characters that fend off alien enemies. The game comes out tomorrow for PS4 and Steam. On April 21, it will be available on iOs and Android platforms. Get your guitar-wielding fingers ready. [Pitchfork]
If you were in a ditch this weekend, you may not have heard that America’s biggest music festival, Coachella, went down. Weekend one had plenty of surprises, our favorite of which was N.W.A. reuniting to perform for the first time in forever, though Dr. Dre wasn’t actually there. Still, the group worked their way through the hits, including a special appearance from Common and Snoop Dogg.
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This Sunday, Grizzly Bear reunited to perform at a Bernie Sanders rally in Brooklyn. The indie rock heroes played “Two Weeks,” “While You Wait For the Others,” and “Knife.” The best part? When they subbed out the famous lyric “Can’t you feel the knife?” to “Can’t you feel the Bern?” Supporters would’ve shouted approval that they were feeling the Bern, but they were too busy swooning to their insane vocal harmonies to yell. [Consequence of Sound]
It came somewhat as a surprise to festival-goers at Zedd‘s set during Coachella when none other than Kesha walked out onstage. The two co-wrote Zedd’s “True Colors” hit. She turned up to sing her part. While she didn’t address the crowd, the lyrics of the song pretty much summed up what she must be feeling right now in the wake of the Free Kesha movement: “It’s time to light the flame/ Right before it rains/ I’m not afraid.” [Rolling Stone]
Sia tends to pack a surprise each time she performs. Even though we all know the pop singer will come onstage with giant hair and a face we never quite get to see, it’s a thrill to see which performers join her to act our her material. For the lucky folks at Coachella, that meant the likes of Maddie Ziegler, Kristen Wiig, Paul Dano, and Tig Notaro all joining her onstage. The four danced, stomped, talked, and acted their way through her set, almost all of which will be talked about in the week, if not the whole month, to come. [Nerdist]
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