MUST WATCH: Gorillaz Debut Unreleased Album Live In Full
Gorillaz are on top of their game right now, with a steady flow of colorful new music and plenty of performances to match. Now, fans can hear their brand new album in full before it’s ever released, as Boiler Room presents a very special live performance from the animated band.
The Now Now is pure music excellence, powered with elements of rock, hip hop, alternative, and of course, electronica. It’s a signature cocktail the band has stirred up over the years, and it’s as refreshing as ever to hear them making this distinct breed of sweet, sweet music together.
The nearly 45-minute concert experience straight from Tokyo has just been uploaded online for the world to see. But, for best results, we highly recommend catching this band on tour, because there’s nothing quite like seeing Gorillaz live.
Experience The Now Now live from Tokyo with Boiler Room below — and don’t forget to pre-order the new album from Gorillaz here, as it drops June 29.
Gorillaz x Boiler Room Tokyo | The Now Now Live
French President To Host EDM Show At His Palace [Details]
This week will see the 37th annual Fête de la Musique, or World Music Day, held in France. Over the years, hundreds of musicians have descended upon the country to share in their musical knowledge and experience. This year, for the first time, the president of France has made the presidential Élysée Palace open to the public for an electronic music event.
President Emmanuel Macron is not the first president to hold concerts at the presidency, but his predecessors made them invitation-only.
Over 1,500 people quickly grabbed tickets to the event, which will feature sets from Kavinsky and Busy P, two artists heavily credited with spreading the French Touch sound around the world. Kavinsky is most well known for his song “Nightcall,” which became a hit on the soundtrack of the 2011 movie Drive. Busy P was the longtime former manager of Daft Punk, and is also the founder of the Ed Banger label, whose artists have included house music acts Justice and Sebastian.
The once-in-a-lifetime concert will be held this Thursday at the palace.
The Chainsmokers To Cover Michael Jackson, Britney Spears & More for Pepsi
Pepsi has always recruited a star-studded roster for its advertising campaigns. Everyone from Christina Aguilera to Kendall Jenner, the Spice Girls to Jeff Gordon, and Nicki Minaj to The All American Rejects have repped the brand over the years. Now, the company is enlisting in The Chainsmokers to promote the soft drink at a very special concert event!
The news comes as the Pepsi Generations Summer Music Campaign has been announced. The show, which takes place at the Hollywood Palladium in July, will pay tribute to the beverage company’s long list of celebrity spokespeople. There’s bound to be plenty of musical surprises.
But this is where it gets good — we’re told the EDM/pop crossover sensations will be putting their own spin on songs from Pepsi legends of years past. This means The Chainsmokers will be covering Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Beyoncé and more during their Pepsi Generations performance.
The duo’s Alex Pall revealed to AP:
“We’re kind of nervous. But lucky for us, they have endless amount of songs that are extremely popular that people love to hear. We just have to figure out how to mix everything in. I think it’ll be a cool experience for us. We don’t get to play a lot of Ray Charles at our shows.”
It’s difficult to wrap our heads around what these electronic-infused renditions of pop classics might sound like. We’re not totally sure what to expect — other than plenty of Pepsi products at the concession stands, of course.
Fans Banned from Venue for 6 Months After False Positive Drug Dog Detections
Imagine going to a massive Above & Beyond show and being turned away from entry. Imagine you were turned away because sniffer dogs detected you carrying drugs…even though you weren’t. Imagine also being banned from the venue for six months.
Unfortunately, this was the reality for attendees at an Above & Beyond show in Sydney, Australia last night. New South Wales Police enacted a “Sniff Off” campaign where attendees would be turned away from the show if detected by sniffer dogs. This rule even applied to attendees who were falsely detected, aka had no drugs on them. Not only were attendees turned away from the show, they were also banned from the Olympic Park venue for six months.
The campaign has caught a ton of flack from attendees and activists groups, including the Green New South Sales political party, civil libertarians and a former Australian Border Force commissioner. The Greens even backed the campaign, but have taken offense to using it to turn away and ban falsely identified attendees. Volunteers for the Sniff Off campaign even quit to protest the campaign.
The Greens argued that sniffer dogs falsely identify up to 75 percent of the time. They also argue police should pursue harm reduction instead, a common complaint among activist groups and progressive political parties. It’s a shame that attendees were treated so unfairly, and we’re curious to see what consequences, if any, the police face.
H/T: Daily Mail
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Above & Beyond Fan Thrown Out Over Drug Dog Search That Found Nothing
Last night, the controversial drug dog rules put in place by NSW Police came to a head as people came from all over to catch Above & Beyond at Sydney Showground. It sounded like the show was amazing, but it doesn’t come without its share of complications.
For longtime fan, 23-year-old Stephanie Korfiatis, she was especially excited to see one of her favorite electronic music acts on Saturday night. Her chances were put down quickly, after she said she was ejected for being pointed out by a drug dog.
The newly enforced, heavy-handed drug dog policy previously warned as follows: “Police will exclude any person from the venue that the drug dog indicates has or has recently had drugs on them, regardless of whether drugs are located. If a dog makes an indication you will be denied entry.”
That’s exactly what Korfiatis says happened to her. According to a report, she was singled out by a drug dog, asked to remove an article of clothing, and grilled about her drug use (or lack thereof).
“I was just about to go through the bag check and then the dog came up around and they pulled me aside and asked me come over to the check-in station,” she explained. “They told me to take my top off and then asked me all these questions like, ‘Have you been around it [drugs]? When was the last time you took it?'”
She was incriminated and denied entry for a combination of things — testing “positive,” having admitted to previous drug use, and for carrying a Vicks stick. On top of it all, she was the only member from her group denied entry to the $130 ticketed event.
“You have no idea how long I’ve been looking forward to this,” she spilled to a photographer who captured the whole ordeal. “I bought the tickets on pre-sale about six months ago.”
The group from “Sniff Off” attempted to shut down the drug dog enforcement, as did fans who took the plan before court. Apparently those attempts weren’t enough to stop the NSW Police force’s plan — at least in this one case.
Russ To Struggle Rappers: "Stop F-cking Talking To Me"
Atlanta rapper, Russ, took some time from his set at last weekend's Coachella festival to send out a special message to all the rappers who have been annoying him.
In a video, posted by DJ Akademiks, Russ acknowledges that he might get his set cut f, but that he wants to share the message anyway. He states, "For all the rappers who be crying in my fucking mentions, but when we see you in person you turn into fucking pussies, stop talking to me, please." He goes on to add, "I never respond to y'all on Twitter. You're not getting a response out me. Y'all are fucking lame. Y'all are in the D-league rap. Stop fucking talking to me. And then when we see you in person, and we check you it's, 'Nah nah my fault, my fault.' Stop fucking talking to me."
Strong words from Russ here, but neglects to name and shame any perpetrators, so the beef is only really half-cooked here. The commenters on Akademiks' Instagram don't seem to appreciate the message either, with many commenters either not buying in to Russ' tough guy speech or simply not being aware who he is.
As seen by his speech, however, Russ doesn't seem to pay much mind as to what the haters are saying about him. So if you're camped out inside Russ' mentions all day, perhaps it's time to move on. You can watch the clip Russ' message to all the haters below.
Rich The Kid Furthers Lil Uzi Vert Beef By Trashing Him In Concert
In likely one the most one-sided beefs we've witnessed, Rich The Kid is still throwing shots at Lil Uzi Vert. Yesterday was a busy day for Uzi. With the rapper acting even more peculiar than usual, claiming to have his social media accounts hacked and "leaking" a new song, the Philly product also hopped on the ficial remix to G Herbo's "Who Run It." Whether or not Uzi is behind the unusual activity on his socials, he has not retaliated much in terms his clash with Rich The Kid. While RTK dropped an entire track aimed at Uzi in "Dead Friends," Uzi Vert may have directed some lyrics from his "Who Run It" remix at Rich.
"Your shit weak, tryna compare us or somethin'/ What I made last week? Like a million or somethin'/ Rich, mad 'cause your bitch ate my kids or somethin'/ Man, I could fuck your wife like you sharin' or somethin'," raps Uzi on the track. Perhaps interpreting those lines as being aimed at him, Rich The Kid fired f more shots in concert yesterday, trashing the rapper to his fans. "F-ck that n---a Lil Uzi, man. Big boss sh-t," yelled the rapper before heading into a live version his hit "Plug Walk." Of course, the moment was captured on film for us all to inspect their intensifying beef.
The fight initially stemmed from Uzi refusing to sign under the Rich Forever umbrella, which RTK clearly took fense to. With not much being said on Uzi's part, this clash has been decidedly one-sided with Rich pulling out all the stops to slander his rival. We're unlikely to see a rebuttal from the "Money Longer" rapper as his socials have allegedly all been compromised.
Jay-Z On Kanye West Fallout: "That's My Brother, We're Beyond Friends."
The David Letterman Interview with Jay-Z f his Netflix special My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, has provided rap fans with even more insight into the inner workings the Rocafella Dynasty. David Letterman did not hold back, asking Jigga if he and Kanye West were still friends. Jigga's response: "That's my brother, we're beyond friends. Really, like literally, my little brother is Kanye. And like your little brother, things happen sometimes."
Jay-Z is obviously referring to Kanye making rash comments about Beyonce and daughter Blue Ivy before storming f stage during a concert in 2016. The incident dampened their friendship and their work relationship. Since the fallout, Kanye had recorded "Big Brother" in reverence Jay-Z, who was once his mentor at Rocafella. Jay-Z fered this explanation for the damage dealt and the possibility a return to their loving ways:
"He knows he crossed the line," Jay said. "He knows. And I know he knows. Because we’ve never let this much space go between one our disagreements and we’ve had many. It's a part who we are... He’s an honest person and he’s wrong a lot times."
Jay-Z also mentioned that regardless their spat, they remain siblings forever, but he will let 'us' now when hurt feelings have fully mended. The whole interview is now live on the Netflix streaming service, in most markets.
Gorillaz Perform New Snoop Dogg-Featured Song "Hollywood"
While playing a show in Chile last week, Gorillaz's singer Damon Albarn opted to present the concert goers with a special surprise: a brand new song featuring the Doggfather himself.
The song, titled "Hollywood" will be featured on the new Gorillaz album that, according to Albarn, doesn't actually exist.
"If you go and tell anyone that we're putting out an album very soon, then I'll deny it," says Albarn. "Because I didn't say that."
Obviously he's being coy here, as he jumps right into the new song, asking the fans to figure out who wasn't at the concert that was featured on the song.
Lo and behold, midway through the song, Snoop Dogg's voice comes through clear over the speaker, to the excitement the fans in the audience.
"Hollywood", which was first mentioned f-hand in a Billboard interview from last year, was written for the city it's namesake, or really, Albarn's feelings about it. While only rough footage the song exists, Albarn is concerned with issues jealously and vindictiveness on the song.
This isn't the first collaboration between Gorillaz and Snoop Dogg, as the two originally teamed up for the intro track "Welcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach" on the group's third album, fittingly, Plastic Beach. Gorillaz also appeared on the song "Sumethin Like This Night" on Snoop's eleventh album, Doggumentary.
Check out the footage the live performance below. Do the Gorillaz have a hit on their hands, or should they wait a bit longer before dropping a new album?
Miami Police Put The Spotlight On High-Rises for Ultra Music Festival
In wake the tragedy that happened last fall in Las Vegas, Miami Police have on security for Ultra Music Festival 2018. Specifically, they’re focusing on the outdoors and above the festival grounds which include the concert venue’s neighboring block Biscayne Boulevard buildings and adjacent high-rises.
Police snipers will take up positions within the buildings with armored rescue vehicles also set to be involved. The marine patrol will guard Biscayne Bay, which serves as the park’s eastern edge, as well. In addition, plainclothes ficers will check on the buildings surrounding the boulevard while more than 300 ficers will patrol the event grounds. The city is also making use hundreds cameras throughout downtown Miami which can help law enforcement quickly identify anybody, or anything, they deem suspicious at any time.
The festival which kicks f today is expected to draw around 50,000 fans a day.