James Hibberd, writing for Entertainment Weekly:
Continues Harmon: “These knobs, that want to protect the content they think they own — and somehow combine that with their need to be proud of something they have, which is often only their race or gender. It’s offensive to me as someone who was born male and white, and still works way harder than them, that there’s some white male [fan out there] trying to further some creepy agenda by ‘protecting’ my work. I’ve made no bones about the fact that I loathe these people. It f—ing sucks.”
The Movielife are on the latest episode of the #AlternativeFacts podcast.
Stars have released their new song “Alone.”
2017 has been a miraculous year for young talent in the country/roots music space. From Colter Wall to Tyler Childers to Lindsay Ell, a fair chunk of the best albums in those genres this year have been made by twenty-somethings. Add Christian Lopez to the list. At 22 years old, Lopez is just crossing the boundary between youth and adulthood. His brand-new sophomore record, Red Arrow, is all about making the journey.
A crisp collection of roots-pop songs, built on a foundation of catchy melodies and organic instrumentation, Red Arrow is as immediate a record as you’ll hear this year. That might be a surprise, given Lopez’s youth. Shouldn’t a guy who’s only been on the planet since 1995 still be learning the ropes of this whole album-making thing? Apparently not. While Lopez is young, he’s not inexperienced. He’s been touring tirelessly for the past few years, building a following largely on the back of hard work and strong word of mouth. And it also can’t hurt that he’s made his first two albums with two of the best and most respected producers working in roots music right now.
Citizen have debuted their new song “Flowerchild.”
Frightened Rabbit have released a video for “Roadless.”
Linkin Park have announced that Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes, Blink-182, Avenged Sevenfold’s M.Shadows and Synyster Gates, Machine Gun Kelly, Yellowcard’s Ryan Key, Korn’s Jonathan Davis, and more will be performing at the recently announced Chester Bennington tribute show.
Tickets go on sale this Friday.
Macklemore and Kesha have released their video for “Good Old Days.”
Andy Greene, writing for Rolling Stone:
Television has never seen anything quite like Fielder, who grew up in Vancouver as a gawky kid who loved to perform magic tricks, then went on to get a business degree from the University of Victoria. Nathan for You manages to make use of both his love of magic and his business acumen, as well as his natural social awkwardness. On the show, he “helps” mom-and-pop shops with schemes that can border on offensive – like when he convinced haunted-house visitors that they’d contracted an autoimmune disease “a step below AIDS” in order to give them a real scare. Other bits are hilarious, sophisticated illusions: To promote a petting zoo, he made a video in which a pig appeared to rescue a goat from drowning. In reality, it was a scheme involving divers and other underwater props, but most of the big morning shows played the clip, believing it was real.
Nathan for You returns tonight. I’m ready.
Frank Turner has announced a “Campfire Punkrock” event next year. It’s a four night all-inclusive event. After the initial backlash at calling something like this “punk,” Frank issued the following statement to NME:
Like Peter Buck, Melissa Auf der Maur, Todd Rungren, Richard Thompson and many others before me, I’m doing a Music Masters camp next summer in upstate New York, in amongst the rest of my regular touring schedule. It’s an all-inclusive package, four nights full bed and board in a resort, so it might not be for everyone, but it’s just one small event among everything else I’ll be doing next year – releasing a new record, with the usual run of tours, festivals and benefit shows that comes with that.
I work hard to make sure that what I do is accessible to everyone. If I don’t see people at the camp, there will be plenty of other shows where we can hang out.
I sure don’t miss the days of arguing over what’s punk or not.
Kevin Devine has released the acoustic version of “I Was Alive Back Then.” The track comes from his upcoming reimagined album, We Are Who We’ve Always Been, which is now up for pre-order.
Kevin has also announced two full album shows in New York this December.
The trailer for Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs has been released.
Gwen Stefani will release a holiday album this year. You Make It Feel Like Christmas will be out on October 6th and you can find the track listing below.
The Foo Fighters were on a recent episode of James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke.”
Sir Sly performed “High” on Corden last night.
Glenn Fleishman, writing for Wired:
What does international political corruption have to do with type design? Normally, nothing—but that’s little consolation for the former prime minister of Pakistan. When Nawaz Sharif and his family came under scrutiny earlier this year thanks to revelations in the Panama Papers, the smoking gun in the case was a font. The prime minister’s daughter, Maryam Sharif, provided an exculpatory document that had been typeset in Calibri—a Microsoft font that was only released for general distribution nearly a year after the document had allegedly been signed and dated.
A “Fontgate” raged.
Limbs have signed with Equal Vision Records.