Heading down to Austin this week? Then you might need a handy dandy road map for all the eye-popping goings-on in Texas’ music capital…and that’s where we come in! Whether it’s Lady Gaga‘s keynote speech, thrilling newcomer Betty Who‘s various upcoming gigs, Andre 3000‘s turn as Jimi Hendrix in biopic All Is By My Side or 50 Cent‘s big stage spectacle that you want to see, the above video clip gives you all the lowdown on what to expect at one of the year’s biggest music festivals.
The road ahead may be full of diversions this week (we’re looking at you, Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew), but if it’s must-see music events you’re looking to take in, then Idolator has you covered. Hit play above to fill your calendar through the weekend. More »
Australia’s Sia Furler has become one of pop’s most effective weapons in recent years, and she’s set to return with her own music next week. Sia posted the above street art displaying a March 17 date across her social media accounts, along with the caption “COMING SOON.” Late last year, she said she was working with longtime collaborator Greg Kurstin to finish up an album, so whether that’s the release date for a single or the full album remains to be seen. (Our own Bradley Stern recently interviewed Sia producer and Kurstin associate Jesse Shatkin, who revealed that the LP’s lead single is called “Chandelier,” so our hunch is that March 17 is the premiere date for that song.)
Sia’s last solo album, We Are Born, came out in 2010. Since then, she has been a highly sought after songwriter, penning hits for everyone from Rihanna to Beyonce to Britney. See her tweet below. More »
Skrillex pulled a Beyonce, dropping his (debut) album Recess at roughly 3 a.m. ET early this morning (March 11). Well, it’s available for streaming — the actual release date is March 18. Yes, after a couple Grammy wins for the DJ/producer and what feels like an eternity of brostep-soundtracked movie trailers spawned in his image, this is Skrillex’s first proper album. Featured guests on the 11-track effort include Diplo, Passion Pit‘s Michael Angelakos, CL (from 2NE1), Chance The Rapper and Niki & The Dove, among many others.
And just in case you questioned the dude’s self-awareness, the first track is called ”All Is Fair in Love And Brostep.” Recess is supposed to be streaming on iTunes Radio’s “First Play,” but the link sent out from his camp doesn’t seem to be functioning. However, some enterprising fans have already ripped the album to SoundCloud, so you can stream the whole thing below. More »
For the first time since their 2012 Watch The Throne tour, Kanye West and Jay Z are performing a full concert together. The two hip-hop kings will headline day 1 of Samsung’s SXSW concert series in Austin on Tuesday (March 12). The two previously performed together at SXSW in 2011 for a G.O.O.D. Music showcase.
Of course, there’s a catch, as there is with any marquee SXSW show these days. To get tickets, you have to be the owner of a Samsung Galaxy phone with new streaming service Milk Music on the device. We expect this sort of corporate tangling from Hov, but from Kanye “Fuck you and your corporation” West, it’s a bit disappointing.
Janelle Monae, Gary Clark Jr., Broken Bells, Cut Copy and Holy Ghost! are also scheduled for the Samsung series this week. More »
We have literally lived through one of the most epically sucktastic winters in recorded history, between the heavy snowfall, rivers of slush, piles of ice and, um, rain (boo hoo, Los Angeles). Over the past three freezing months, America turned to several things for salvation to escape the chill: The convenience of ordering takeout food; the aptly-titled, Oscar-winning animated feature Frozen; True Detective; and, of course, music.
Unfortunately, 2014 has offered pretty slim pickings as far as big releases. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t new music to be had. In fact, six albums in particular jumped out as early-in-the-year favorites, all of them released between the months of December and March. Below, sift through the six LPs we’ve been using like a heating blanket to warm our super-frosty souls. More »
The end is near! The end of the Blind Auditions, anyway, which wrap up this week on The Voice. Shakira, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Usher’s teams have all gone from just a glimmer in the coaches’ pre-season eyes to almost-full collections of superstar hopefuls… most of whom will be quickly eliminated.
And those who survive a bit longer probably will be forgotten shortly after the season finale. Oh who are we kidding, it’s just a group of 47 future also-rans and one shining star.
But, for now, yay! They made it! Life on the top of the world awaits them! So let’s see which other contestants will be joining the contestants whose dreams are all on the road to coming true. More »