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Watch the Trailer for the ‘Drake Vs Lil Wayne’ Tour

After a major announcement regarding two of the biggest names in hip-hop touring together, the ‘Drake Vs. Lil Wayne’ tour has come out with a trailer to further the anticipation of the lengthy amphitheater-filled outing that begins on August 8 in Darien, NY and ends on September 27 in Woodlands, TX.

This tour comes after the two rappers released their collaborative single “Believe Me” back in May as well as Drake announcing his upcoming album, Views From The 6, that has yet to be recorded. Also, an official release date for Lil Wayne’s Carter V is unsurprisingly yet to be known.

Check out the trailer as well as the full tour routing below. Read more »

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Kendrick Lamar Talks New Album

Since the Beats by Dre commercial featuring Kendrick Lamar, we’ve been in anticipation of what’s to come with his followup to the hugely successful good kid, m.A.A.d. city.

He recently opened up about the album a bit more in an interview with Complex Magazine. With production work done by Dr. Dre and thirty to forty songs already ready to roll, Lamar sets out for a late 2014 release — and we couldn’t be more excited.

An excerpt from the Complex conversation reads, “Unlike GKMC, which Kendrick planned years in advance, there’s no cover art in mind for the follow-up. As for a title, Kendrick says he’s ‘flirting with ideas.’ He’s been working primarily with TDE’s (Top Dog Entertainment) in-house producers, Tae Beats and Sounwave of Digi+Phonics, but has also gotten in the studio with Dr. Dre. He’s still just ‘getting his ideas down,’ but so far Kendrick’s recorded 30 to 40 new songs for the album (he recorded 60 to 70 songs for GKMC). He says he’ll be ready for a fourth quarter release.” Read more »

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Invent, Animate Announce New Album, Stream Lead Single

Earlier this year Texas-based metalcore outfit Invent, Animate announced that they had signed to Tragic Hero Records. At the time, they released a new song titled “Courier,” which was featured on their mini EP Native Intellect. Considering they had just signed to a label, fans knew there would be more new music on the horizon. Lucky for us, the new music now has an official release date.

The band will release their highly anticipated debut full-length album, Everchanger, on August 26. The artwork and full tracklist can be viewed below the break.

In conjunction with the album announcement, the band teamed up with Revolver to premiere a music video for the lead single, titled “Nocturne: Lost Faith.” The video can be seen below as well. If you dig what you hear, pre-orders are now available for purchase right here. Read more »

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Allison Weiss Streams New EP, ‘Remember When’

After weeks of teasing from Allison Weiss (a single here, a stream there), today her five-song EP, Remember When, was made available for purchase, digitally and otherwise. Furthermore, the entire thing is now available to stream as well.

The title track and “Giving Up” are great examples of what Weiss does best: indie pop with heart and a driving beat. Robyn cover “Call Your Girlfriend” showcases the raw emotion in the cracking of her voice. The cover to the EP is grabbing–bubblegum pink with a black crayon sketch of a campfire–and gets you ready to reminisce with Weiss but also suggests how bright her star is burning right now. The short-haired, bespectacled crooner is out on the road for the entire month of July as a feature of the Acoustic Basement set on Warped Tour. If the tour and the EP aren’t enough for you, head over to Stage It for her Internet Summer Residency, where she performs a live internet show every second Wednesday for the duration of the summer.

You can stream Remember When below via Rdio. Read more »

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Steve Byrne

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Steve Byrne’s comedy career. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

Comedian Steve Byrne‘s latest special, Champion, is the focus of this week’s Stand-Up Tuesdays, and I can’t think of a more fitting title. They may say that nice guys finish last, but Byrne is clearly on top of his game and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

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Coolio Plans To Spend Rest Of Life In PornHub Paradise

Coolio ruled the music branch of television in the ’90s with his legendary video for “Gangster’s Paradise,” but the rapper is now taking his talents to what would be everyone’s most visited page if they weren’t browsing in private mode. In a deal that will likely go down in the history books, the esteemed provider of helping cure certain worldly needs, PornHub, will be releasing all of Coolio’s future music through their website alongside critically acclaimed outputs such as LEGAL BRUNETTE TEEN and BUSTY MOM NEXT DOOR.

The deal was made in exchange for Coolio’s ability to use the website’s prime talent for his upcoming music video, “Take it to the Hub,” so look forward to seeing his face in all its 50-year-old glory while totally not browsing PornHub in the near future.

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Zammuto (of The Books) Announce New Album, Stream “Hegemony”

Not a week goes by where I don’t get sad knowing The Books are no longer around. But then, almost immediately following that thought, I remember we have Zammuto and thank the musical stars above. Started by Nick Zammuto of The Books shortly after the band called it quits in 2012, Zammuto stays in line with The Books’ found sound electronic style but replaces the cello with plenty of luxurious harmonies and shaky guitar lines. On September 2, Zammuto will be releasing his sophomore solo album, Anchor, via Temporary Residence.

Our first taste of the album comes in the form of the glitchy, winking single “Great Equator,” and today we get a taste of the more playful “Hegemony.” The latter toys with salsa and disco while roping in handfuls of drums and silky vocal samples. Zammuto once again manages to keep things warm but detached, a sensation few musicians know how to master. Give “Hegemony” a listen over at NPR, and check out “Great Equator” and the album’s full tracklist below: Read more »

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Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew to Tour with Modest Mouse, J Mascis, Belle and Sebastian, Thurston Moore

Broken Social Scene‘s founding member Kevin Drew released a new solo album this year titled Darlings on Arts & Crafts. In support of the album, he has announced a North American tour that features Drew playing with a slew of all-stars: Belle and Sebastian, Modest Mouse, J Mascis, and Thurston Moore. Talk about a good line-up.

Check out the full list of tour dates below as well as his music video for “You In Your Were” starring Feist and Zach Galifianakis. Read more »

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OM Announce Fall Tour Dates

Last we heard from experimental drone metal band OM, they were touring in support of their excellent fifth album, Advaitic Songs, in 2012. The Drag City release saw them growling their best behind a wave of black shirts and deadpan stares like they do best. Now the trio will be hitting the road again for a short US tour this fall, presumably covering a range of their material.

Their dates kick off in Boston on October 2 at The Sinclair and see them traveling through New England all the way to Minneapolis and Kentucky in a little over a week. In total, there are only nine dates, so be sure to pack your car and request the day off if you want to catch them on this leg. Check out the full list of tour dates below: Read more »

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Maroon 5 Reveal New Album’s Track List & Cover Art

Three time Grammy winning pop-rock band Maroon 5 have signed over to Interscope Records earlier this year and have been set to release their fifth studio album, V, in early September.

Maroon 5 are one of the few solid acts nowadays who very capably maintain and gain a larger fan base continuously despite the differences in sound and appeal of their last couple records. Notably a very pop-infused collection, the band shares that V will not be as poppy as Overexposed was, indicating a more personal touch from Adam Levine and the rest of the band, both lyrically and aesthetically. This record also welcomes the return of keyboardist Jesse Carmichael who was on a hiatus during the production cycle of M5’s last record. With the production involving people like Ryan Tedder, Gwen Stefani, Benny Blanco and other wonderful people in the music industry, V is highly anticipated and expected to garner much success.

You can find V’s newly unveiled track listing, B-sides, and album art below. Read more »

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DJ Mustard Announces Debut Album

One of the hottest names on the producing circuit, DJ Mustard, has finally revealed details surrounding his highly-anticipated debut record.

Entitled 10 Summers, the Roc Nation-backed album will be released exclusively via Google Play on August 12 before hitting all remaining digital music sellers on August 26. To the surprise of none, the record features an all-star cast of rappers including Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, YG, Big Sean, Lil Boosie, Yo Gotti, and more.

To see the record’s confirmed tracklisting along with an announcement video from DJ Mustard himself, follow the jump. Read more »

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Hudson Mohawke Chimes In On New Single

Due to receiving stamps of approval ranging from hoards of trap music fans all the way up to our lord and savior Kanye West, expectations are always high for Hudson Mohawke’s newest releases, whether they be for collaborations with Lunice under the now defunct TNGHT banner, or in the case of a brand new cut entitled “Chimes,” his solo work. Fortunately for the bass pounding producer, most listeners will surely be pleased with his latest effort. Featuring bare-bones percussion and bass kicks sounding more akin to Death Grips than Mohawke, floaty synths swirl about before sinking into a slow-burning beatdown courtesy of the aforementioned instrumentals alongside his staple of horns aplenty.

Give “Chimes” a listen after the jump and be sure to look out for Mohawke’s forthcoming EP of the same name when it drops September 30 via Warp Records. For those who can’t keep their money from burning a hole in their pockets, though, the record is currently available to pre-order here. Read more »