Method Man on Secret Wu-Tang Release: ‘F–k That Album’

UPDATE: RZA has tweeted at Method Man to explain that an “88 year ‘non-commercialization’ clause means corporations can’t buy it and mass-produce it for [sale].” He also asked fans to calm down.

Method Man is not amused with producer Cilvaringz’s claim that the copyright for Wu-Tang Clan’s single-copy album, The Wu: Once Upon a…

On the Charts: Big Sean ‘Blessed’ to Be Number One

On the strength of smash singles “I Don’t Fuck With You” and “Blessings,” Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise soared to the top of the Billboard 200, giving the Detroit rapper his first Number One album. “Thank u guys for an amazing week and giving me my 1st #1 album,” the rapper…

Travis Barker to Tom DeLonge: ‘Just Man Up and Quit’ Blink-182

In just over two weeks, Blink-182 will perform their first show without longtime guitarist Tom DeLonge at drummer Travis Barker’s Musink festival in Orange County, California. The gig, which will instead feature Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba on guitar, will be the culmination of an acrimonious and public rift between DeLonge and his possibly…

Album Review | Top Of The World | The Unthanks – Mount the Air

Words by Kevin Bourke Truly epic stuff on long-awaited studio album Two years in the making, in their own studio in an old granary building in Northumberland, this utterly enthralling album comes four years on from their most recent studio album Last. But those years haven’t exactly been idle, featuring full-band collaborations with the Brighouse and […]

First acts announced for WOMAD Charlton Park 2015

Tinariwen, Bellowhead, De La Soul, Aurelio and Dona Onete are among the first acts announced for this year’s WOMAD Charlton Park Festival from July 24-26 The UK’s premier world music blast returns to Charlton Park this summer. WOMAD continues to expand in a variety of global incarnations with events in Chile, Cáceres, New Zealand and WOMADelaide […]

Rose Mountain

Screaming Females started from the bottom of a New Jersey basement, but it wasn’t long before they were big enough to tour with bands like Against Me! and Garbage. The trio’s sixth album is a rocker’s delight, reviving the signature sludge of the Nineties on “Empty Head,” hightailing into thrash…

Gliss Riffer

Bearded roly-poly Baltimore EDM dude Dan Deacon looks a little like a highly intelligent teddy bear — a perfect fit for his playful, complex music. Deacon’s previous works have included the high-octane 2007 album Spiderman of the Rings and a mischievous remix of Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop.” His latest features…

Album Review | Top Of The World | Boubacar Traoré – Mbalimaou

Words by Jon Lusk Old friends and new lend the great guitarist a hand The first album in four years from this much-loved Malian singer and guitarist finds him on fairly familiar ground, but still making music that has the power to engage. And with a surprise or two up his sleeves. For the past […]

Brian Parsons aka Zuppa Inglese, 1951-2015

  Photography by Marian Hall Boundless enthusiasm doesn’t even begin to describe the energy and vitality that Brian Parsons brought to every project he touched, writes Iain Scott. Brian was born and raised in Birmingham, his father a draughtsman involved in the early designs for the Mini and his mother a housewife, school dinner and lollipop lady. After a short stint […]

Songlines Encounters Festival goes on tour

For the first time in its five-year history, Songlines Encounters will tour venues around the UK This years Songlines Encounters Festival at London’s Kings Place (June 4-6) features musicians from Portugal, Cyprus, Iran, the UK and Bangladesh. There are some UK premieres, some first-time collaborations and lots of supremely inspirational music. As ever with Songlines Encounters, the idea is […]

Natalie Prass

Virginia singer-songwriter Natalie Prass has sung backup for Jenny Lewis, and there’s more than a passing resemblance to Lewis in the sweet, sunny heartbreak songs on Prass’ debut LP. But Prass’ vocal style is cutesier, and she leans harder on her retro sensibilities: These songs would be at home in…

If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

Is it an album? Is it a mixtape? Who cares? The 17 tracks that Drake released at midnight on a recent Thursday hit harder and hold together more cohesively than most big-budget event albums. There’s nothing resembling a radio single on If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, and not many…