We already bow down to St. Vincent, but now it’s time to salute her. The guitar goddess may appear on your TV screens during the Olympics to play an awesome cover of the National Anthem. If you don’t have a TV set, you can watch it below along with footage from Frank Ocean’s new visual album, Bjork’s upcoming Canadian appearances, Raury’s collaboration with Donnie Trumpet, and the brand new Crystal Castles album.
Out of all the companies paying for ads during the Olympics, the NFL may have the best one. Don’t get us wrong; it’s no motherly tear-jerker. It’s one called “Football Is Family” that features none other than Annie Clark aka St. Vincent. In the clip, Clark talks about her love of the Dallas Cowboys, her dreams of playing for the team, and her fandom. Best of all, she whips out a cover of the National Anthem. The rendition is noisy, crunchy, and sees her prolonging notes like the true champ she is. All hail. [Pitchfork]
Three weeks later and Frank Ocean finally made due on his new album promise… kind of. The R&B singer returned to his live webcast on boysdontcry.co Thursday night to continue building a staircase. Then, shortly after, a visual album called Endless appeared on Apple Music. The exclusive video album sees new music by the musician as swell as contributions from Jonny Greenwood, James Blake, Jazmine Sullivan, Sampha, Arca, Alex G, and more. It’s a laundry list of names on a record of sweet strings and soul. If you’re wondering about Boys Don’t Cry, that’s on the way… possibly as soon as this weekend. [Rolling Stone]
Red Bull Music Academy is taking hold of Montreal from September 24 on through October 28. The music programming unveiled quite a list of cool performers and acts, one of which is too excited to sit still about. Bjork will debut a new video film for “Family” as well as other immersive screenings based around her most recent LP, the excellent Vulnicura. If you don’t get your fix from that, she’s performing two DJ sets as well. It’s an exciting look into her world, one that was relatively closed off on that album given it was a highly emotional break-up experience for her. Will we cry? Maybe, but who’s judging? [Consequence of Sound]
Young musicians have enough energy to make anything possible. Raury is one of them. The singer and rapper rubs elbows with huge names although his career is still relatively new. On his newest song, “Like A Star,” he joins up with Donnie Trumpet for some smooth, swirling production. The song chases after a female with adoration, and Raury woos her with hopeful words. It’s airy and bright, the perfect type of song to kick off your weekend. Check it out above. [Consequence of Sound]
Back in October of 2014, Crystal Castles said farewell to its biggest and arguably most iconic member: Alice Glass. Ever since then, the Toronto group have been working on their next album, and at long last, it has arrived. The follow-up to 2012’s (III) is named Amnesty (I). As of today, it’s available to stream in full via Spotify. Singer Edith Frances filled in for Glass, and based on the first listen, she does a decent job, altering the style of the avant-electronic act in her own way. We see you, girl, and we dig it. [Consequence of Sound]
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