Any time is a good time to celebrate Prince, including halftime at a football game. That’s what the Minnesota Vikings decided with their “Purple Rain” tribute. If you need more reason to be charmed by music, look no further. Red Hot Chili Peppers announced tour dates, Danny Brown dropped a single with Kendrick Lamar, Laura Jane Grace is taking down clothing companies that profit off bands’ names without consent, Warpaint shared a bubbly track, and Bon Iver will play more U.S. shows after all.
This past Sunday night, the Minnesota Vikings played their first home game at new venue U.S. Bank Stadium. To celebrate, they used halftime to perform a rendition of “Purple Rain.” The tribute to Prince was performed by the Minnesota Orchestra and the Steeles and the whole field glowed purple. It was full, bright, and spirited: everything a football game (and Prince) embodies. Watch fan footage above. [NFL]
Red Hot Chili Peppers finally are ready to come out and play. The four piece announced a full tour for 2017 that will see them leave Europe for North America. It kicks off in Texas and wraps in Vancouver during the first three months of the new year. There’s several gaps in the lineup which leads us to believe a few more dates may be added. But for now, it’s a solid list, so wait for pre-order links to pop up to make sure you snag tickets to their shows yourself. Revist their hit single, “Dark Necessities,” above to get you in the mood.
As the release date of Atrocity Exhibition inches closer, Danny Brown gets more and more excited to share his music with the world. Case and point: “Really Doe.” His newest single dropped today and sees a star-studded list of guest vocalists. We’re talking big names: Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt, and Ab-Soul. It’s an ominous cut that drags you in and doesn’t let go. Perhaps its for the better with a song this good. Check it out above and keep your eyes peeled for his album when it drops on September 30 via Warp. [Consequence of Sound]
This Friday, Warpaint will release their third album, one we’re very much looking forward to. Drummer Stella Mozgawa said the “doors were a little more open in terms of what was accepted and what wasn’t” on the record because of the ease at which ideas were shared. As such, the songs we’ve heard have a poppier, airier, brighter feel compared to their mysterious work of the past. New single “Whiteout” continues that trend. It’s a snappy song to whiten your Monday and, gasp, maybe even make you smile. [Consequence of Sound]
@LauraJaneGrace Hi there, we’re looking into this. We have removed the jacket from our website & are currently withdrawing from stores.
— Topshop (@Topshop) September 18, 2016
So it turns out Topshop has been selling items with band logos and names on them… without permission. This is a trend in the fashion industry that rarely gets called out by bands because, more often than not, bands are unaware that their name is being used for another company’s profit. Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! found out Topshop was selling a $700 leather jacket with spikes and the logos of numerous punk bands, one of which was Against Me!’s name. She took to Twitter to call them out and, surprisingly, the store responded and said they were immediately removing the coat from their shelves. It’s only a tweet, but perhaps they’re staying true to their word. We applaud them for taking swift action regardless, though it’s better yet to have never made the clothing without permission at all. [Stereogum]
It happened. Bon Iver announced more tour dates that suggest a real tour is happening. In support of their upcoming album, 22, A Million out September 30, the band shared a slew of tour dates that bring them across more of the US that previously listed. Most noticeable are a handful of dates in New York. Check out the full list here and be sure to snag tickets when they go on sale. [Pitchfork]
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