Are you cool? Like really, really cool? Just in case there’s any doubt in your mind, let Spotify clear it up for you. Today, the streaming behemoth introduced a new feature called “Found Them First.” As the name implies, it’ll tell you if you were among the first listeners of any band that currently has more that 20 million streams. For those music fans who might not be in the 15 percent elite who can see this ranking, they’ve also included a function that provides a personal playlist—so you can discover a few of your new favorite next big things ... and the bragging rights to go with it. Discuss
Red Bull is throwing an epic 30-day party in Los Angeles—and you don’t even have to be hyped up on caffeinated energy drinks to attend. Among the notable names slated to play the month-long string of concerts are Grimes, Chromeo, Sylvan Esso, Foals and Toro Y Moi. The concerts all go down this November. If you’re headed to the city of angels, you can check out the full lineup and ticket details here.
In 2016, SpongeBob Squarepants is moving from Bikini Bottom to Broadway. Better yet, the anthropomorphic porifera is bringing a few friends with him. As reported by Entertainment Weekly, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Cyndi Lauper and Panic! At the Disco have all been tapped to write music for the production. Also in the mix? Ziggy Stardust himself: Mr. David Bowie. This isn’t the British icon’s first trip to Bob’s watery world. Back in 2007 the musician voiced the character of Lord Royal Highness in the film Atlantis SquarePantis. Can we hope for a cameo? Hey, stranger things have happened by the pineapple under the sea. Discuss
Early this week, Tyler, the Creator, pulled out a string of dates in the UK. Today, the Odd Future leader admitted via Twitter that it was a matter of free speech, or rather lack of it. Due to raunchy content from his 2011 album Goblin, the rapper has been banded from the country for 3-5 years. The charge? Concerns that his work “fosters hatred with views thats seek to provoke others to terrorist acts.”
His manager Christian Clancy has issued a statement on Tumblr, calling for the UK to reconsider the ban:
to say that i am confused would be an understatement. can you imagine being beholden to things you said when you were 18? tyler has been to the UK over 20x in the last 5 years without incident (shows, in stores, meet and greets) ... more importantly, this is a broader issue of free speech, with new lines being drawn that include reaching back in time without acknowledging growth.
It’s been a minute since we’ve gotten new music from Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn. The synth pop duo—better known as Sylvan Esso—recently dropped a new single, their first since last year’s self-titled debut album. Written for and inspired by a recent episode of WNYC podcast Radiolab, “Jamie’s Song” is the story of living with bipolar disorder, and contains actual quotes from the person in question. Listen here at the 22:50 mark. Or better yet, listen to the whole show. Because science rules.