Watch the music video for Lava La Rue’s new single ‘Vest & Boxers’

The musician and visual artist evokes the excitement and confusion that arrive after first dates

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Lava La Rue has released a music video for their brand new single titled ‘Vest & Boxers’, their first single of 2022.

The single was released last Friday (January 28) with its music video premiering on the same day. In ‘Vest & Boxers’, La Rue evokes the excitement and confusion that arrive after dating someone new as a queer person.

They recount a first date that went well, but they quickly find themself spiraling into a fantasy of “dancing round her living room” and being “the Rue to your Jules” with their date.

I swear it’s only been 2 days / But I’m thinking you the One / Honey, now what do ya say? / Did we mess up? / Caught feelings / On first dates / Ain’t been home in a hot while / I’m thinking I might just stay?” they sing.

The music video of ‘Vest & Boxers’ – directed by filmmaking duo Bedroom – captures these torrential feelings through a sequence of colourful scenes that quickly turn surreal and nightmarish. Watch it below.

La Rue issued a statement about ‘Vest & Boxers’, which they said was written as a “queer anthem” about “what dating was like for myself and my teen lesbian/nblw [non-binary loving women] friends growing up.”

“I reference all the little moments we joke about – not knowing if you’re on a date or just meeting up as friends, walking into their bedroom for the first time and thinking how good it smells, not coming home for 2 days after the first night together and deciding to just move in. We were all guilty of it!”

“Vest & Boxers is what we would refer to as our ‘dyke uniform’,” they continued. “We’d wear it under our baggy denim/oversized suits with the waist band showing as a little signal to all the other gays in the room.”

Last year, La Rue released their sophomore EP ‘Butter-Fly’. In a four-star review by NME, Charlotte Krol wrote that the five-track release “revels tonally and thematically in Laurel’s first flush of love, and being its voyager is a rewarding experience.”

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Central Cee releases new single ‘Cold Shoulder’, shares details of ‘23’ mixtape

Watch the music video for the West London rapper’s intimate new track

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Central Cee has released a new single titled ‘Cold Shoulder’, the latest look into his sophomore mixtape release ‘23’.

The track was released last Friday (January 28) with a music video. The MOBO-winning West London rapper is currently preparing the release of ‘23’, which arrives on February 25.

‘Cold Shoulder’ unravels a sliver of Central Cee’s personal life and struggles. The rapper documents the gradual and sudden changes in his life over a melancholic drill beat.

Outlining the duality of his modus operandi, he raps in its chorus: “God knows my intention, I sin for the sake of progress / Got a big heart when it comes to my family / But in the streets, my heart is the coldest / My personal life ain’t right but I’m putting this first so I won’t lose focus / ‘Member I needed a helping hand, reached out and I got cold shoulders”.

Its music video forms a tour diary following Central Cee on the road. The rapper and his crew are seen roaming the streets of London and Los Angeles as they kill time and find friends – including The Kid LAROI – in-between shows. Watch it below.

‘Cold Shoulder’ is the third single from ‘23’, following ‘Retail Therapy’ and the Pinkpantheress-sampling ‘Obsessed With You’.

‘23’ is set to feature 15 tracks, including ‘Eurovision’, which itself boasts a packed list of features from artists Rondodasosa, Baby Gang, A2Anti, Morad, Benny Jr, and ASHE. See the full tracklist and album art below.

Earlier this month, Central Cee was included in this year’s NME 100, a bumper list of the most exciting new artists on the planet right now.

NME‘s Kyann-Sian Williams praised the rapper for his “imaginative wordplay and otherworldly confidence”.

The album artwork for Central Cee’s ’23’. Credit: ADA.

Here is the tracklist for ‘23’:

1. ‘Khabib’
2. ‘Straight Back To It’
3. ‘Ungrateful’
4. ‘Bunda’
5. ‘Retail Therapy’
6. ‘Eurovision ft. Rondodasosa, Baby Gang, A2Anti, Morad, Benny Jr, ASHE’
7. ‘Cold Shoulder’
8. ‘Mrs’
9. ‘Air BnB’
10. ‘No Pain’
11. ‘Terminal 5’
12. ‘Obsessed With You’
13. ‘8 Ball’
14. ‘Lil Bro’
15. ‘End of The Beginning’

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Watch Doja Cat rescue a cat from aliens in music video for ‘Get Into It (Yuh)’

The latest visual from her 2021 album ‘Planet Her’

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Doja Cat has released a music video for ‘Get Into It (Yuh)’. The track is from her 2021 album ‘Planet Her’, making it the fifth visual to be released from the album.

The visual effects-heavy clip sees Doja Cat as the captain of a spacecraft who receives a threatening message from a motley crew of aliens, who hold a cat named Starscream hostage.

Doja and her crew then set off on an intergalactic mission to retrieve the cat. A final showdown between the pop singer and the aliens sees her deflect laser beams through the sheer power of twerking.

Watch the music video for ‘Get Into It (Yuh)’ below.

‘Get Into It (Yuh)’ follows up the music video for ‘Planet Her’ track ‘Woman’, which premiered last month.

While a follow-up album to ‘Planet Her’ has not been confirmed, Doja Cat has previously said she hopes to record a double album in the future – with one side strictly hip-hop.

In February, Doja Cat is set to perform at The O2 Arena in London for the 2022 BRIT Awards, where she is nominated for International Artist of the Year and International Song of the Year for her SZA-featuring ‘Planet Her’ track ‘Kiss Me More’.

Earlier this week, Spotify reported that ‘Kiss Me More’ is the latest to score over one billion streams on the platform.

Meanwhile, the singer is reportedly in talks to write tracks for the soundtrack for upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

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Apple Music, Tidal promote Neil Young after Spotify removes his music

US radio station SiriusXM also announced the return of ‘Neil Young Radio’

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Music streaming platforms Apple Music and Tidal have voiced their support for Neil Young’s music, which Spotify has removed from its platform at the musician’s request.

Earlier this week, Young had demanded Spotify remove his music from its catalogue, claiming the platform was “spreading false information about vaccines” by hosting the podcast The Joe Rogan Experience.

Young’s criticism came after hundreds of scientists and medical professionals asked Spotify to address COVID-19 misinformation that has been included in episodes of Rogan’s podcast. “They can have Rogan or Young,” the musician wrote. “Not both.”

Spotify acquiesced to Young’s request, issuing a statement that read: “We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to welcome him back soon.”

Young’s music, while now unavailable from Spotify, remains on other streamers, some of which have since taken the opportunity to promote his music on their platforms. On Wednesday (January 26), Apple Music reminded followers that “it’s always a good idea to stream @NeilYoungNYA,” providing a link to a playlist of his music titled ‘Neil Young Essentials’.

 

After Spotify removed his music, Young shared another open letter thanking his record label for supporting him and claiming that he had lost 60 per cent of his streaming income as a result of the Spotify removal. In that same letter, he praised Apple Music for presenting his music “in all its High-Resolution glory – the way it is intended to be heard”.

TIDAL, on the other hand, noted the increase of new users and Neil Young play counts on their platform. The service retweeted a fan’s observation that a Neil Young playlist has been trending on the platform, adding “Love that for us”.

After that, they addressed the surge of new users who have since migrated to their service: “Who all new here,” they tweeted.

US radio station SiriusXM also announced the return of ‘Neil Young Radio’, a satellite and streaming channel. It notably features recorded segments of Young talking about the stories behind some of his songs.

Neil Young Radio was originally launched in December 2021 on a limited run. It will air for seven days on SiriusXM’s satellite radio service, and stream for a month on the SXM app.

Yesterday (January 27), Disturbed‘s David Draiman and the widow of Gang Of Four‘s Andy Gill waded into the issue with their own opinions on Spotify and The Joe Rogan Experience.

In an open letter to Spotify, Gill’s widow Catherine Mayer criticised the platform for keeping The Joe Rogan Experience on their platform, calling it a decision to “put profit before principle”.

Draiman, on the other hand, applauded Spotify for “making the RIGHT call, preserving #FreeSpeech and not capitulating to the mob”, despite stating that he does not “agree with everything @joerogan or his guests say”.

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Dolly Parton praises Taylor Swift and Britney Spears in new interview: “You have to stand up for yourself”

“I’m going to fight if it goes against what I feel is not right for me”

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Dolly Parton has praised Taylor Swift and Britney Spears in a new interview for “stand[ing] up for [themselves]” in the face of criticism and controversy.

In an exclusive interview by Hollywood Life on Wednesday (January 26), Parton talked about the two pop stars while discussing her new line of baking products, the Dolly Parton Baking Collection with Duncan Hines.

When addressing recent comments by Damon Albarn about Swift’s songwriting abilities, Parton said she doesn’t “care what other people say” about her songs, but called Swift “a great writer – with or without anybody.”

Parton added that she gets “rubbed wrong sometimes when people mistreat the artist,” and said that it is “magnificent” that Swift isn’t afraid to call out detractors publicly.

She also praised Britney Spears, apparently for Spears’ lengthy and ultimately successful legal battle against her father and to free herself from her conservatorship. “I don’t like to judge other people and their problems,” she said, “but when all that stuff that happens, like with Britney Spears – when they get [wrapped up in] controversy like that, you have to kind of stand up for yourself.”

Earlier this week, Albarn said in a Los Angeles Times interview that Swift “doesn’t write her own songs”. Swift then responded to Albarn in a tweet, saying it was “really fucked up to try and discredit my writing”.

Other musicians also weighed on the issue in defence of Swift, with collaborator and The National member Aaron Dessner stating that Albarn is “obviously completely clueless”.

In the interview, Parton also said that Swift is “very creative” and “very, very, very smart in the marketing of her life.”

“She knows who she is and what she wants,” she added. “And I’m the same way. I’m going to fight if it goes against what I feel is not right for me.”

Parton is currently preparing her 48th studio album ‘Run, Rose, Run’, due March 4. It serves as a companion piece to the novel of the same name, co-written by Dolly Parton and James Patterson, which drops on March 7.

Last week (January 20), Spears issued a cease and desist letter to her sister Jamie Lynn Spears, in response to public comments made by the latter while promoting her new memoir, Things I Should Have Said.

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Tove Lo unveils new single ‘How Long’ for ‘Euphoria’ soundtrack

Set to feature in the HBO show’s next episode premiering January 30

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Tove Lo has shared her new single ‘How Long’, from the season two soundtrack of Euphoria.

The synth-pop song was issued today (January 26) on streaming platforms. It is set to feature in the next episode of the popular HBO show that premieres January 30.

‘How Long’ plunges into the ugliness of heartbreak with a propulsive nu-disco beat. In its lyrics, the Swedish singer-songwriter details the struggle to get over a former lover.

How, how long have you loved another / While I’m dreamin’ of us together? / She got the best of you / Part of me always knew,” she sings in its chorus.

Listen to ‘How Long’ below.

‘How Long’ is the latest song to be revealed from the Euphoria soundtrack, following last week’s Lana Del Rey single ‘Watercolor Eyes’.

In a tweet earlier today, Tove Lo shared that she was “excited on honored” to have the song on the soundtrack. ‘How Long’ is “about love, betrayal, and denial,” she wrote.

Last October, Tove Lo revealed that she was completing the writing process for her fifth album, the follow-up to 2019’s ‘Sunshine Kitty’.

In the same month, Duran Duran released a collaboration with her titled ‘Give It All Up’ as part of their 15th studio album ‘Future Past’.

Tove Lo is also set to join Dua Lipa on the latter’s forthcoming Future Nostalgia Tour in the UK and Europe, which begins in April.

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Tove Lo unveils new single ‘How Long’ for ‘Euphoria’ soundtrack

Set to feature in the HBO show’s next episode premiering January 30

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Tove Lo has shared her new single ‘How Long’, from the season two soundtrack of Euphoria.

The synth-pop song was issued today (January 26) on streaming platforms. It is set to feature in the next episode of the popular HBO show that premieres January 30.

‘How Long’ plunges into the ugliness of heartbreak with a propulsive nu-disco beat. In its lyrics, the Swedish singer-songwriter details the struggle to get over a former lover.

How, how long have you loved another / While I’m dreamin’ of us together? / She got the best of you / Part of me always knew,” she sings in its chorus.

Listen to ‘How Long’ below.

‘How Long’ is the latest song to be revealed from the Euphoria soundtrack, following last week’s Lana Del Rey single ‘Watercolor Eyes’.

In a tweet earlier today, Tove Lo shared that she was “excited on honored” to have the song on the soundtrack. ‘How Long’ is “about love, betrayal, and denial,” she wrote.

Last October, Tove Lo revealed that she was completing the writing process for her fifth album, the follow-up to 2019’s ‘Sunshine Kitty’.

In the same month, Duran Duran released a collaboration with her titled ‘Give It All Up’ as part of their 15th studio album ‘Future Past’.

Tove Lo is also set to join Dua Lipa on the latter’s forthcoming Future Nostalgia Tour in the UK and Europe, which begins in April.

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Warren Ellis is working on new music with Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval

“What a voice she has,” Ellis wrote in a now-deleted tweet

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Warren Ellis has revealed that he is working on new music with Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval.

According to The Line Of Best Fit, a now-deleted tweet by the musician was shared on Sunday (January 23) teasing the collaboration.

Ellis reportedly wrote, “Been in the studio working on some new Hope Sandoval tracks. What a voice she has.”

Since the tweet’s deletion, there have been no further news about the collaboration from Ellis or Sandoval. Paste Magazine added that a representative for Ellis had no further news to share either.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that Ellis and frequent collaborator Nick Cave are the subjects of a new documentary This Much I Know To Be True, directed by Andrew Dominik.

The film will explore Cave and Ellis’ creative relationship and songs from their last two studio albums, 2019’s ‘Ghosteen’ (by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds) and last year’s ‘Carnage’ (Nick Cave & Warren Ellis). It also serves as a companion piece to their 2016 documentary One More Time With Feeling, also directed by Dominik.

The duo are also set to provide the score for Dominik’s upcoming Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde, starring Ana de Armas in the lead role.

Last year, Sandoval contributed to the tribute album ‘Songs for Tres’, which was dedicated to the memory of Psychic Ills member Tres Warren.

The Mazzy Star vocalist’s last release was the 2017 EP ‘Son of a Lady’, under her band Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions.

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US independent venues now facing ticketholder no-show rates of up to 50 per cent

“This is devastating, because most of our venues rely on in-house sales to pay core bills,” a National Independent Venue Association representative said in a US House Small Business Committee hearing

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Independent venues in the United States are facing ticketholder no-show rates of as high as 50 per cent, according to the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA).

The organisation, which was formed in March 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic first broke out and represents indie music venues, promoters and festivals, shared the statistic during a January 19 hearing before the US House Small Business Committee titled “The Power, Peril, and Promise of The Creative Economy”.

“Today, the rollercoaster ride of the pandemic continues,” said NIVA representative Raeanne Presley, who co-owns the venue Presleys’ Country Jubilee in Branson, Missouri. “Traditionally, about five percent of ticket buyers don’t attend performances. But now, sagging consumer confidence is causing national no-show rates as high as 50 per cent.

“This is devastating, because most of our venues rely on in-house sales to pay core bills. We are also now confronted with increased costs due to inflation. Just in the past month, I’ve received notices of impending price increases from our trash hauler to our concession suppliers to our janitorial service.”

This follows a recent Wall Street Journal report which found that between 17 per cent and 20 per cent of ticketholders did not attend shows in 2021.

The report added that the hardest-hit acts were legacy artists with aging fanbases, including The Eagles, Billy Joel, and The Flaming Lips, who all reported no-show rates of 20 per cent.

Last week (January 20), the National Independent Venue Foundation, which is part of NIVA and focuses on non-lobbying efforts, announced the reopening of its Emergency Relief Fund to provide economic relief to independent music and comedy venues, festivals, and promoters across the US.

So far, the fund has awarded a total of $3,170,000 to entities in 40 states, made up of $2,800,000 to 148 independent venues and $370,000 to 18 independent promoters.

Last month, UK industry experts disclosed that “some gigs” in the UK face up to 40 per cent of audiences no-showing.

Sacha Lord, night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester and Parklife Festival boss, told The Observer: “We’re seeing a big drop-off, even at really hot, sold-out shows. It’s happening every single night, and it’s affecting all artists.

“The knock-on effects of this are phenomenal. It’s decimating the whole industry,” he added.

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Terry Tolkin, the music industry veteran believed to have coined the term “alternative music”, has died

Tolkin was an A&R exec who signed bands like Stereolab and Luna to major label deals in the 1990s

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Music industry executive and journalist Terry Tolkin – the man frequently credited with introducing the term “alternative music” into the music writing lexicon – has died at the age of 62.

On Friday (January 21), a representative for his family confirmed the news to Variety. The next day, musician Dean Wareham, founder of bands Galaxie 500 and Luna, revealed that Tolkin had been dealing with sepsis and organ failure. In 2015, Wareham had released early Luna demos to fundraise for Tolkin’s medical bills.

“His brother Daniel has been watching over him this week,” Wareham wrote in an Instagram post. “Terry has been through a lot in recent years, I honestly think he is now in a better place.”

He continued: “He was a key figure in my life, for Luna and many other musical artists he believed in. Maybe some of you know our ‘Chinatown’ song was about Terry. Will have more to say soon.”

 

As an A&R representative for Elektra Records from 1992-1996, Tolkin signed several independent bands to the major label, including Luna, Stereolab, Afghan Whigs, and Nada Surf.

However, it was as a journalist for publication Rockpool in 1979 that Tolkin is believed to have first made his mark – while describing the underground bands he covered, he’s believed to be the first to use the term “alternative music”.

Prior to his position in Elektra, Tolkin worked in A&R for independent label Touch & Go Records and founded his own label, No.6 Records, which was a subsidiary of Rough Trade, in 1989.

American indie rock band Superchunk paid tribute to Tolkin, tweeting that the figure “ushered a lot of great music into the world.” Mark Lanegan wrote that he “was a larger than life character” and someone with “great taste in music”. Read those tributes below:

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