If Netflix’s newest show, Stranger Things, has been all you can talk about, we’ve got one more tidbit worth obsessing over. Finn Wolfhard covered Nirvana’s “Lithium” and the lo-fi video is equal parts angst and energy. That’s not all for today. The Shins announced their next album will drop early next year, M.I.A. released a crazy bird song, Janelle Monae is the star of a new film and the trailer is out now, and Big Star’s classic Third is getting a massive reissue.
Early morning Lithium! pic.twitter.com/qmIRnaO3y5
— Finn Wolfhard (@FinnSkata) August 14, 2016
Perhaps the best part of Netflix’s breakout series Stranger Things is how talented its young actors are. One of those, the 13-year-old Finn Woldhard, is talented beyond acting. The star took to Twitter to share a cover of Nirvana’s “Lithium” that sees him singing and playing guitar. Guess what? It’s not half bad. Sure, it’s not as scary or riveting as the show, but that’d be hard to do given how well-written it is. His cover is fun nonetheless. He’s even got the Kurt Cobain angst look down! For an even deeper dive, you can see Wolfhard star in a punk music video from the excellent band PUP. [Consequence of Sound]
Four years ago, The Shins came back with an excellent album packed with hits like “Simple Song,” which you can revist above. Now, the indie rock icons are prepping their return. At the start of 2017, James Mercer and company will share their fifth studio album. The band has completed work on the LP according to Mercer who told KBOO 90.7 in Portland that it will hopefully come out in January. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more information and we will too. Maybe it will even come sooner. [Pitchfork]
On September 9, M.I.A. returns with her newest album, AIM, which will be packed with energy, heat, and plenty of witty one-liners that we’ve come to know the musician for. She recently shared “Bird Song,” an excellent cut from the album, which sees Diplo handling production. Give it a listen above and forget about all your Monday struggles. [Pitchfork]
We’ve said it before and clearly we will say it again: Janelle Monae is a nonstop powerhouse. The musician, activist, and speaker is now making her way to the big screen. Monae will be one of the main characters in Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight which drops October 21 as well as Ted Melfi’s Hidden Figures on January 13. The trailer for Hidden Figures has just dropped and boy, Monae looks readier than ever to tackle the film industry. If it’s any indication, 2017 may be her year in more than one entertainment field. [Consequence of Sound]
Third is widely regarded as one of the best records of all time. The classic from Big Star wasn’t released until 1978, four years after it was recorded and the band had broken up. Now, almost four decades later, the album will get a massive reissue that sees 69 tracks being released alongside demos. It drops on October 14 thanks to Omnivore Recordings. If you’re like us and super excited to own a copy, head to the record label’s site to find out how to preorder your own copy. [Rolling Stone]
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Image: Netflix/Stranger Things