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Tuned In: Dirty Projectors Perform “Gun Has No Trigger” On Fallon

Brooklyn-based indie rockers Dirty Projectors dropped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night to play the lead single “Gun Has No Trigger” off the forthcoming Swing Lo Magellan, which is out July 10 on Domino. As Fallon points out, this was their first live appearance in more than a year; and moreover, it was for many a first taste of Dirty Projectors sans wily vocalist Angel Deradoorian, who is on hiatus from the band. No fear, though! A shaggy looking David Longstreth took reign over a pared down backing band (drums, bass) and a gaggle cooing back-up vocalists, leading a performance of the new song so sharp with focus that it penetrated the airwaves and had us at home completely gripped. Stillness of course being their move, the song builds through soft, harmonizing “oohs,” but never triggers. And for that, it’s all the more powerful.   Read more…

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Last Lap: G.O.O.D. Music Will Kick Off Their Cruel Summer At The BET Awards

Kicking off their Cruel Summer, Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music crew will join Usher, Nicki Minaj, and Chris Brown (not an award show does he miss!) as performers at the 2012 BET Awards on July 1st. [RapFix]

Do the knock-off versions of songs that float around on iTunes mess with sales? Clearly the answer is yes! [Billboard]

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Justin Bieber’s Believe: The Reviews Are In!

BelieveJustin Bieber‘s second full-length album, which is out today on Island Records— is a bid bid by a teen star aiming for continued relevance. Will the kids still love him? Can the adults love him, too? Will this be an acceptable substitute for another Justin Timberlake album that will probably never arrive? The critics, all too old to be count themselves as Beliebers, are split:

“Bieber has had to go through cultural puberty and actual puberty — a tough gauntlet by any measure. Luckily, his instincts (or at least the instincts of the small republic of people employed to steer the USS Bieber) are strong, and Believe works surprisingly well as a reinvention and a reintroduction. It’s the rare album that tries to be everything to everyone and largely succeeds.” – Kyle Anderson’s B+ review for Entertainment Weekly

“I let down my hair…and got in touch with my inner tween. And then a funny thing happened: I kind of fell in love. Which is pretty much the point of the whole album.” — Melissa Locker’s review for Time

“Bieber seems to be staking a place in pop history. There’s the Timberlake nod of ‘Hey Senorita’ on ‘Take You,’ a Prince homage (“We all party like it’s 3012 tonight”) plus a shout-out to Beyoncé’s beginnings with the words: ‘You can be my Destiny’s Child’. The blissfully descending melisma of a five-syllabled ‘die’ in ‘Die in Your Arms’ sounds like a forgotten Jackson 5 gem. In fact, the track samples Michael Jackson’s ‘We’ve Got a Good Thing Going’ and bonus track ‘Maria’ is another MJ-esque treat – a paternity-protesting song to file right next to ‘Billie Jean.'” — Hermione Hoby’s 4-star review for The Observer

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Fiona Apple’s Idler Wheel…: The Reviews Are In!


After six years in record label limbo or hiding or love and hearbreak or anywhere but the spotlight, Fiona Apple has returned. Her much-anticipated fourth album, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, is out today, and it has critics pretty universally in awe. Here are some of the nice things they’re saying:

“The stories do say something about obsession and control, and are indicative of how exacting an artist she is. After four albums in sixteen years, Apple has racked up maybe five bad songs, total. “Idler Wheel” is less crammed with detail than her last record, Extraordinary Machine, but it has the same effect: once heard, a song lodges in the mind, melodies take root, and words loop of their own accord. It is an astonishing album. ” – Sasha Frere- Jones’ review for The New Yorker

“This is the most distilled Fiona Apple album yet … It’s an old-school approach, though it rises well above mere sepia Instagrams. Instead of being far-off and dreamy, her throwback moves are the opposite– intrusive, corporeal. This is not background music. It demands attention. ‘Look at! Look at! Look at! Look at me!’” – Ryan Dombal’s 9.0 review for Pitchfork
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Is There Anything She Can’t Do? Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” Rouses Girl From Coma

We always suspected she had it in her, but now we have proof: A seven-year-old British girl was roused from a coma by “Rolling in the Deep,” and now Adele is not just an eight-time Grammy Award winner, but also a life saver.

When Charlotte Neve slipped into a coma on April 13, doctors told her mother, Leila, to prepare for the worst. Wired up and unresponsive, Leila says she “thought I was going to lose my little girl.” But then, a week later, “Rolling In The Deep” came on the radio. Leila sang along like she used to with her daughter; and, miraculously, Charlotte began to show signs of life.

“Charlotte started smiling, and I couldn’t believe it,” Leila tells the Telegraph. “It was the first time she had reacted to anything since the hemorrhage. The nurses were astounded and told me to keep singing, and she smiled again. The nurses said it was like I ‘unlocked her’ and from that day she started getting better and better.”

Charlotte has continued to recover and is home now, learning to walk and talk again and feeling lucky, thanks much to Miss Adele. Your move, LMFAO!

Adele Song Wakes Girl From Coma: ‘Rolling in the Deep’ Miraculously Awakens Comatose 7-Year-Old [Spinner]

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Tuned In: Fiona Apple Warns Past Paramours That “This Song Is Not About You”

Fiona Apple dropped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night to talk with Fallon and to perform “Anything We Want” from her new album, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, which is out today. Afterwards, she paid tribute to Paul McCartney, who turned 70 yesterday, with a riled-up cover of the Wings’ “Let Me Roll It.”

The appearance marked her first television appearance in six years, and was also a surprisingly not-awkward reunion with Fallon, who had opened the night of her infamous Roseland Ballroom breakdown. “That’s part of the reason I thought it would be cool to do this show,” she tells him. “I’d finally have something to talk about.” Fallon tells her that, “I was worried about you, pal.” To which she tells him, “I was worried about me, pal, too.”

Before performing “Anything We Want,” probably as romantic a song as we’ve heard from her, Apple explained that, “There’s somebody that thinks the song I’m about to sing is about them.” Then, holding up a billiard ball, she corrects: “If you didn’t give me this, I am not thinking about you.”

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Carly Rae Jepsen Runs the MuchMusic Video Awards 2012

There are no maybes about it, Carly Rae Jepsen owned last night’s MuchMusic Video Awards. Performing early in Canadian music channel’s annual awards show, Jepsen sang her Billboard-topping “Call Me Maybe” from a giant, colorful telephone-shaped swing while wearing a too-cute TopShop dress. After picking up a hefty load of awards —the Video of the Year, the Most Watched Video, and the crowd-sourced UR Fave Video of the Year all for her “Call Me Maybe” video— she joined non-Canadian Flo Rida for “Wild Ones,” filling in for the absent You Oughta Know‘s Sia and proving herself more than “Maybe” capable.

Her “Wild Ones” cameo, though, was for many of us the first time hearing her do anything other than “Call Me Maybe.” If she hopes to be celebrated again in years to come, she will soon need to start harnessing some of the excitement around her into something new. Her EP Curiosity has yet to see release in the States, but has been well received in Canada — why not start not start with that, and in front of a hometown crowd?

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Radiohead Stage Collapses, Killing One and Injuring Three Others

Summer concert season is upon us, which means that a lot of people will be seeing shows by their favorite bands in unusual venues. Unfortunately, this sometimes means that stages are erected so quickly that there isn’t always a great deal of time to double- and triple-check to ensure that all safety regulations have been met. To wit, a massive section of the stage collapsed at Toronto’s Downsview Park Saturday afternoon ahead of Radiohead‘s sold-out show there, killing Radiohead’s drum tech, Scott Johnson, and injuring three other crew members. It’s not yet clear exactly what happened, but the Ontario Ministry of Labor will investigate the collapse to see that safety regulations and standards were followed and that staff were probably trained.

Radiohead drummer Philip Selway paid tribute to Johnson on the band’s website. “We have all been shattered by the loss of Scott Johnson, our friend and colleague,” he wrote. “He was a lovely man, always positive, supportive and funny; a highly skilled and valued member of our great road crew. We will miss him very much. Our thoughts and love are with Scott’s family and all those close to him.”

The past year has seen a series of similar tragedies, notably a collapse at a Sugarland performance at the Indiana State Fair that left six dead, another at the Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium, and a third at a Cheap Trick show at Ottawa’s Bluesfest.

Radiohead drum technician killed in stage collapse [AP]

[Photo: Getty Images]

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VH1 Storytellers: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals Has The “Medicine” We Want

Grace Potter of Grace Potter & The Nocturnals really does have the medicine that everyone wants; and this devastatingly good outtake of “Medicine” from their VH1 Storytellers session that aired tonight (PS: If you missed it, you can watch it online right now!) is everything that’s got us spinning. Over classic rock drum rolls and a come-hither guitar hook, Potter first weaves an alternative world wherein a gypsy woman with dark brown eyes and long black hair has put a spell on her man. “She’s crossing me with magnetic sand / She hypnotizes with her mojo hand,” she wails. Then, two-thirds of the way through, voice hushed, she shares her plan to take the other woman down “deep in the night, when no one’s around” and off we go!

The whole band comes together at the drums for an epic precision-jam break-down, from which Potter returns even more powerful than before. “I’ve got the medicine,” she shrieks as the song returns, even bigger and badder than before. How, really, could anyone compete with a vocalist and performer as riveting as Potter?

It’s eight-minutes long, but really, not long enough. And so it’s good that there is more where that came from.

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Jamie-Lynn Spears Sings A Song For Britney In Nashville

Jamie-Lynn Spears looks up to —and looks a whole lot like— her big sister in this video of her performing her a song, “I Look Up To You,” performed last night at Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley Bar and Grill. “You can imagine who I wrote it about,” she said, making no secret that it’s Britney she’s singing praise to. “I hope y’all like it a lot.”

“Scared little girl, sitting in a big old world,” she sings. “You’ve outgrown your room, it all happened way too soon. They took away your innocence, we forgot our strong defense.”

And so, for her history of breakdown and near demise, Jamie-Lynn sees a picture of — well, someone who very much needs a kind and nonjudgmental song like this. Jamie-Lynn doesn’t really get to the point of explaining what exactly she looks up to in Britney; rather, she mostly just sounds endlessly understanding, singing, “Whether you’re the sunlight shining down, or you hide behind a cloud, I look up to you.” It’s sweet gesture, even though it’s creepy that she looks so much like a pre-breakdown Britney while doing it. Not to mention, invoking her sister is also probably a helpful way to garner attention for her country singing career to-be.

Jamie-Lynn Spears’ First Country Song Is Probably About Her Sister [PopDust]
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