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Music Dispatch: Sam Smith and John Legend Record ‘Lay Me Down’ For Charity

Music Dispatch: Sam Smith and John Legend Record ‘Lay Me Down’ For Charity

Do you ever get in a single track state of mind, where you can’t help but listen to one particular song, over and over again on repeat, until your neighbors and friends surely think either you’re record player is broken or you’ve lost your mind? That was me (only mildly embarrassed to admit) when Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” came out. But then a friend screen-grabbed my Spotify listening history and posted it on Facebook for the world to see*. Since then, I’ve learned about Spotify’s Private Session option, and have also moved on to Kendrick Lamar’s freestyle over Biggie’s beats. In today’s Music Dispatch, we have video of Lamar doing specifically that, Modest Mouse news, Sleater-Kinney on Sound Advice, and Ryan Adams lovely, new wardrobe.


Sleater-Kinney are the latest band to get some Sound Advice from SNL’s Vanessa Bayer. The interview finds the bandmates (no strangers to comedy themselves), playing the straight-women to Bayer’s out-of-touch, media-coach alter ego, Janessa Slater. [Brooklyn Vegan]


Despite recent band member change-overs brought about by medical and legal issues, AC/DC are enjoying a late-career revival, highlighted by their surprising clinch of Coachella’s top-spot. How do they do it? By consistently offering skillfully inoffensive stadium rock. Here is a music video for a track called, “Rock the Blues Away”, off their 2014 album, Rock or Bust. The subject matter explored in both song and album is, unsurprisingly, the act of rocking. [Stereogum]


Natalie Prass and Ryan Adams were both scheduled to perform in Copenhagen, Denmark yesterday, but when Prass’ flight was delayed, causing her to miss the show, Adams stepped in to fill her high-heels. Donning a dress and introducing himself as “Natalie Sass”, Adams opened the show with a handful of Prass covers. Visit Consequence of Sound to see a collection of photos and videos from the bit.

Promoting their comeback album, Do The Beast, the Afghan Whigs visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night, and performed “I Am Fire”, which lent itself nicely into a brief medley of Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk”. They also wowed with a performance of their track, “The Lottery”. [Spin]

Kendrick Lamar was on hand for radio personality Big Boy’s first show on Los Angeles’ Real 92.3. The hometown emcee paid respects to the Notorious B.I.G., on the anniversary of his passing, by dropping scorching freestyles over some classic Biggie beats. Even if you already heard the recording on the radio, give it a watch, too. Watching Lamar get in his zone is truly fascinating. [Revolt]

Alex Turner, of Arctic Monkeys, teamed up with Mini Mansions on their sophomore album, The Great Pretenders, providing the eerie psych pop single, “Vertigo”. [Consequence of Sound]

iTunes Radio’s First Play is offering a free stream of Tobias Jesso Jr.’s highly anticipated debut, Goon. Give it a listen now, a whole week before it comes out, March 17th. [Pitchfork]

Sam Smith and John Legend recorded a new version of “Lay Me Down” for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day. All proceeds from sales of the new track will go to various charitable causes through the organization. [Billboard] Red Nose Day is Friday, March 13.

In a soon-to-be-released interview with HMV, Modest Mouse frontman, Isaac Brook, reveals that, while eight years passed between 2007’s We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Shank and 2015’s Strangers to Ourselves, the band is already working on a follow-up, which will be released “as quickly as it’s legally allowed.” The band went into this latest album with the objective of making it a two-parter. Strangers to Ourselves releases next Tuesday.

Hey, look! Another lo-fi video-postcard from California, via Best Coast. Those two really love beaches and palm tress, don’t they? Taking a novel approach to the lyrics video trend, “Heaven Sent” comes ready for your next Karaoke party. The duo’s new album, California Nights, is due out May 5th. [Consequence of Sound]

Anybody out there heading to Austin’s SXSW this week? Our music editor, Matt Grosinger is. And so is Snoop Dogg, who will be following in the footsteps of Lady Gaga and Dave Grohl, providing the event’s keynote address. Check out the full line-up of events and speeches here. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even run into Matt.


*Exhibit E (for “Embarrassed you caught me listening to ELO. Just kidding; they’re great”)

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