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Sat, 19 Aug 2023 02:02:14 +0000


Snoh Aalegra’s Fans Don’t Have To ‘Wait A Little Longer’ To Hear Her Dreamy New Song

Sat, 19 Aug 2023 02:02:14 +0000

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Snoh Aalegra is blessing listeners with her fittingly-titled single, “Wait A Little Longer,” following her other two recent songs. The dreamy track

“I’m not gettin’ sleep at night these days / Things don’t feel the same at my place / And I wonder if you ever felt that way / Was it a mistake, the world we’ve made?” Aalegra admits in the emotional first verse that she finds herself struggling with comfortability in a relationship.

“You know I tried / And it took a little while to see sunshine / And it doesn’t get no better at midnight / Feelings fade and I’m gettin’ closer every day,” she continues, seemingly realizing she might have to wait to find a better fit in love.

The track has been speculated to be part of Aalegra’s fourth studio album, alongside “Sweet Tea” and “Be My Summer.” It has been two years since the Iranian-Swedish singer released a full-length project.

Although not much else is known about this next record yet, fans and celebrities alike are pumped to hear more and for her return. Everyone from Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton to musicians like Stormzy and Omar Apollo have praised Aalegra’s recent songs.

Check out Snoh Aalegra’s “Wait A Little Longer” above.

Omar Apollo is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.



Guns N’ Roses Is Acknowledging The ‘Perhaps’ Of Affecting Emotions On Their Vulnerable New Single

Sat, 19 Aug 2023 01:36:10 +0000

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Guns N’ Roses have returned with their new single, “Perhaps,” which will also be featured on an upcoming 7″.

“Perhaps I was wrong / When I didn’t see you, hey hey,” Axl opens the rocking-but-vulnerable track. “Perhaps I was wrong, hey / When I don’t believe you / But how would I know how it feels / Or what it was to be you / I’ve been so upset.”

“What a weight upon your shoulders that you don’t need / My heart bleeds for me,” he adds.

The music video incorporates footage from the band’s shows, interacting with the crowd outside of the venues, and other behind-the-scenes moments, adding another layer to the vulnerability.

GNR are continuing their tour, including with a show in Pittsburgh tonight.

Check out Guns N’ Roses’ “Perhaps” above. Below, find their complete list of upcoming tour dates.

08/18 — Pittsburgh, PA @ PNC Park
08/21 — Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
08/24 — Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field
08/26 -– Nashville, TN @ GEODIS Park
08/29 — Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
09/01 –- Saratoga Springs, NY @ Broadview Stage at SPAC
09/03 –- Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
09/06 — Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena
09/09 — St. Louis, MO @ Busch Stadium
09/12 –- Knoxville, TN @ Thompson-Boling Arena
09/15 –- Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock Live
09/17 -– Atlanta, GA @ Music Midtown Festival
09/20 -– Biloxi, MS @ Mississippi Coast Coliseum
09/23 –- Kansas City, MO @ Kauffman Stadium
09/26 –- San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome
09/28 –- Houston, TX @ Minute Maid Park
10/01 –- San Diego, CA @ Snapdragon Stadium
10/06 –- Indio, CA @ Power Trip Festival
10/08 –- Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival
10/11 –- Phoenix, AZ @ Chase Field
10/14 — Seattle, WA @ Climate Pledge Arena
10/16 –- Vancouver, BC @ BC Place

The “Perhaps” 7″ is out 10/27. Find more information here.



Zach Bryan Recruits Kacey Musgraves, The Lumineers, And More For His Upcoming Album

Sat, 19 Aug 2023 00:52:24 +0000

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Zach Bryan has been having a wonderful year, and now fans are in for more treats, as he revealed the stacked tracklist for his next self-titled album. Spanning sixteen songs, it will include collaborations with Kacey Musgraves, The Lumineers, and many more.

“Really proud to call the writing and production on somethin’ all mine,” Bryan captioned the reveal on Instagram. “Thank y’all for your patience, I didn’t make this album to appease people who will never be happy anyways, I made it for my people, hope everyone has a good weekend.”

Dropping next week, the record will serve as a follow-up to Bryan’s last album in 2022, American Heartbreak. He is currently continuing his tour, which made headlines for his rejection to sell any tickets through Ticketmaster.

Check out the tracklist for Zach Bryan’s self-titled album below.

1. “Fear & Fridays (Poem)”
2. “Overtime”
3. “Summertime’s Close”
4. “East Side Of Sorrow”
5. “Hey Driver” Feat. War And Treaty
6. “Fear And Fridays”
7. “Ticking”
8. “Holy Roller” Feat. Sierra Ferrell
9. “Jake’s Piano/Long Island”
10. “El Dorado”
11. “I Remember Everything” Feat. Kacey Musgraves
12. “Tourniquet”
13. “Spotless” Feat. The Lumineers
14. “Tradesman”
15. “Smaller Acts”
16. “Oklahoman Son”

Zach Bryan is out 8/25 via Warner Records. Find more information here.

Zach Bryan is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.



Grateful Dead And Rhino Will Honor The 50th Anniversary Of ‘Wake Of The Flood’ With A Deluxe Version

Sat, 19 Aug 2023 00:19:46 +0000

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In celebration of Grateful Dead‘s 50th anniversary of their Wake Of The Flood album, they have made the never-before-heard session tapes available for fans to listen through their The Angel’s Share series.

Wake Of The Flood: The Angel’s Share features different takes of songs like “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo,” “Stella Blue,” “I Am The Rain,” “Pistol Shot,” “Row Jimmy,” and more.

The Wake Of The Flood (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) will arrive next month, filled with “unreleased demos and live recordings,” according to a press release.

A few weeks after the physical and digital editions of the deluxe version arrive, it will also be streamed as a YouTube Live Exclusive Event, marking exactly the 50th anniversary of the original record. Additionally, this livestream will be synced to the “original tape box,” allowing fans a unique experience.

Over the next few weeks, Deadheads will be able to continue to hear about this album during the Good Ol’ Grateful Deadcast‘s eighth season. The podcast will be doing a track-by-track discussion of the record starting next week — and promises for special guests.

Check out The Angel’s Share of the album here.

Wake Of The Flood (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) is out 9/29 via Rhino. Find more information here.



Anitta Welcomes Fans Into Her New EP’s World With The Colorful Music Video For ‘Casi Casi’

Fri, 18 Aug 2023 23:35:27 +0000

Her three-track EP, ‘Funk Generation: A Favela Love Story,’ is out now.]]>

Anitta dropped the new music video for her groovy song, “Casi Casi,” which dropped as part of her new three-track EP, Funk Generation: A Favela Love Story.

Directed by Ricardo Souza, the video finds Anitta handling the front desk of a brothel. She sees firsthand all the happenings and chaos taking place but doesn’t seem too bothered — as she gossips on the phone and gets a free-spirited dance break with the girls.

“In this project, I dive into carioca funk. The rhythm that raised me and is part of the culture from where I was born,” Anitta shared in a statement, according to Variety. “In the visuals, there is a lot of what I’ve experienced in the favelas. Apart from international producers, I made a point of bringing Brazilians to this incredible team. Their contribution was essential.”

“The videos work individually, but they are also a trilogy!” the Brazilian star added. “You’ll need to watch all three to understand the outcome! It looks beautiful, fun, colorful and amusing!”

“Casi Casi” is the second piece of this trilogy, preceded by the video for “Funk Rave.” The third song of the EP, “Used To Be,” will also get a matching visual — which is set to release on August 24.

Check out Anitta’s music video for “Casi Casi” above.



‘The Chi’: Everyone’s Invited To The ‘House Party’ In Season 6, Episode 3

Fri, 18 Aug 2023 22:43:22 +0000

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(WARNING: Spoilers for the most recent The Chi episode will be found below.)

Kevin isn’t the only one who found himself a new home in season six of The Chi. Emmett and Keisha have as well as they brought their family to the west side of Chicago in a new home that Douda helped them purchase. It was the latest occurrence in Douda and Emmett’s relationship that has a lot of people suspicious about his intentions, but it remains to be seen how it all plays out. Elsewhere in episode two, Kevin has a new crush on Maisha, Papa really wants to go on a date with Kenya, and Rob and Bakari both have big decisions to make and they both involve money that they make or could make for themselves.

In the third episode of The Chi season six titled “House Party,” a housewarming party at Emmett and Keisha’s house is at the center of this episode. It brings all their friends, both new and old, together under one roof, and as expected, it yields good and bad results. On the good side of things, there are moments where everyone seemed unified for the first time in a long time. We see that Victor and Fatima are happier than ever and we watch Bakari and Lynae work through their issues. Keisha forms a new friendship with Fatima thanks to home decor and Keisha gets a long overdue apology from Nuk. On the bad side of things, Nina realizes that her kids have grown a bit distant from her, Darnell and Douda nearly come to blows, Emmett loses a dangerous gift that Douda gave him (Darnell took it), and Emmett and Keisha get into another argument with Tiffany. In other words, it’s a normal week in The Chi. Oh, and Papa makes some nice progress with Kenya.

Here are some of the biggest takeaways that we have after season six’s third episode, “House Party”:

Emmett Needs To Be More Honest With Keisha

Emmett has these moments where you just sit back and say, “Wow, look at how much you’ve grown.” He got a house for his family, has his business in order, and both the women in his life are happy for the most part. Then there are moments where he reverts back to his old ways and you can only shake your head in disappointment. At the end of the episode, Emmett notices that the gun Douda gifted him is missing and he immediately goes into panic mode. This scares Keisha who is in the room with him and she asks him what’s wrong, and Emmett’s reply is “nothing.” Keisha warns him not to lie to her, and after a slight hesitation, Emmett once again says nothing.

It’s moments like these that you can see how Emmett digs a hole for himself in the progress of his relationship with Keisha. Realistically speaking, Keisha has had every reason not to trust Emmett, yet here she is next to him in a house they just bought together. The least Emmett could do is be honest with her. He didn’t buy the gun, and yes it may give Keisha another reason to not trust Douda, but at the end of the day, Keisha’s trust in him should be a top priority. Just as it was when he told her that Tiffany tried to make a move on him. As we’ve said for the last five seasons, it’s never too late to change Emmett.

Victor Is Winning At Life

And when I say winning, I mean winning. Victor won his city council seat and things seem to be going well there. His relationship with Fatima is also going well as she’s been introduced to his friends as we see in this week’s episode. There’s one moment in this week’s episode that proves Victor is in a great place. We see it as he walks in on a conversation between Fatima and Keisha about home decor. A big smile comes on his face and it’s clear that he’s filled with happiness and love at that moment. So it’s no surprise that he goes on to ask Fatima to move in with him, and despite it only being three months of them dating, she happily accepts his offer. So at this moment, we’re celebrating Victor who has gone through more than enough in his life. But right now, life is good.

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Tiffany’s Stubbornness Makes This Unnecessarily Difficult

Just as Emmett often gets in his own way, Tiffany does for herself — and others. Maybe that’s why they didn’t work as a couple, just a whole bunch of getting in the way of everything. Anyway, Tiffany is one stubborn gal and this episode provides another example of that. After hearing EJ call his stepbrother a “b*tch,” Emmett and Keisha ask Tiffany to be careful of what EJ hears when he’s around her, whether it be through music or the things Tiffany or Rob says. Emmett nor Keisha were rude or mean in their approach to Tiffany, but still, their suggestion wasn’t taken nicely as Tiffany took offense to the couple telling her what should and shouldn’t be done in her home.

It’s a stubborn response from Tiffany who could’ve acknowledged that it was probably a bad thing that her son was using curse words, especially when you consider that he may be using them at school or around Keisha’s kid. It’s also not the first time we’ve seen Tiffany’s stubborn side as her refusal to believe that Emmett was over her at the end of season five came from the disbelief that Emmett, just like her, could move on from their situation. In this new dynamic between Emmett, Tiffany, Keisha, and Rob, there isn’t room for stubbornness or irrationality, but rather, communication and consideration. Teamwork makes the dream work as they say, and for this quartet, that’s got to be their motto.

Douda Vs. Darnell Will Be Quite The Battle

Douda can now add Darnell to his list of people who don’t like him. It’s something that’s been building up for a couple of episodes as Darnell has taken issue with Douda’s new presence in Emmett’s life. It nearly came to blows in “House Party” once Darnell discovered that Douda gifted Emmett a gun. Darnell confronted Douda and warned that he would kill him if anything happened to Emmett or Emmett’s family. Douda, the menace and master disruptor, takes no issue with Darnell’s threats and even applauds him (sarcastically) for being a protective father. Though his face-to-face interaction ends without anything more than words exchanged, it’s not to be said that it won’t go further than that next time. Darnell doesn’t take sh*t from anyone and he’s certainly okay with doing whatever is needed to protect his son. Douda? He’s just a really evil guy who will do evil things to keep being evil. And with that ladies and gentlemen, we have a matchup that could prove to be entertaining for the rest of the season.

New episodes of ‘The Chi’ are available through the Paramount Plus With Showtime plan on Fridays at 3am EST/ 12 pm PST. Weekly episodes also air Sundays on Showtime at 9pm EST/PST.<



Will Taylor Swift Perform At The National’s Madison Square Garden Show?

Fri, 18 Aug 2023 22:41:08 +0000

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The National is set to play a massive show at Madison Square Garden in NYC tonight, joined by Patti Smith & her band. Already a stacked lineup, it has been suspected that it might get even bigger.

In a new show poster, fans have spotted easter eggs for “Coney Island” and “The Alcott,” the two collaborations the band did with none other than Taylor Swift.

The pop star was also spotted in the city recently, leaving a dinner with Ed Sheeran and appearing to confirm that she’d be dropping by.

Swift is also no stranger for being a surprise guests at various concerts. Last July, she popped up in London at Haim’s show at The O2, where they performed a mashup of their “Gasoline” collab with Swift’s “Love Story.”

Then, in January of this year, she crashed the same venue, but for The 1975’s At Their Very Best show. She surprised the crowd after walking out from a door backstage during one of the concert’s breaks. Swift then covered “The City” and treated the audience to the live debut of her Midnights hit, “Anti-Hero.”

However, Swift has since been spotted in New Jersey with celebrity friends for a wedding, so she might have other plans and be busy.

If she does show to perform either “Coney Island” or “The Alcott,” as both are so so good, anyone who is in attendance is extremely lucky.

Some artists covered here are Warner Music artists. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.



The Best New Hip-Hop This Week

Fri, 18 Aug 2023 21:51:25 +0000

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The best new hip-hop this week includes albums, videos, and songs from Dame D.O.L.L.A., Quavo, Russ and more.]]>
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The best new hip-hop this week includes albums, videos, and songs from Dame D.O.L.L.A., Quavo, Russ and more.

New releases this week came from Mike Will Made It and Lil Uzi Vert (“Blood Moon“), Polo G (“Barely Holdin’ On“), Doechii (“Booty Drop“), Flo Milli (“Hot Box“), Sexyy Red and Sukihana (“Hood Rats“), and Latto, who double dipped with releases alongside Davido (“Unavailable“) and Rakim (“Technique“).

Here is the best of hip-hop this week ending August 18, 2023.


Dame D.O.L.L.A. — Don D.O.L.L.A.

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The NBA star continues his impressive streak of releases as a rapper, spitting scintillating punchlines alongside luminaries like Lil Wayne, Mozzy, Rexx Life Raj, Rick Ross, and Tobe Nwigwe (no Steph Curry, though, sadly) on this mellow effort. Dame’s mastered the fundamentals and doesn’t step too far outside his comfort zone, producing as consistently on the mic as he does on the court.

EST Gee — El Toro 2

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EST Gee’s raspy voice is the draw here, as his crackling delivery makes every bar feel as visceral and potent as a hit of the stuff he talks about selling throughout his latest release’s 20 tracks. He receives support here from 42 Dugg, Lil Baby, Rylo Rodriguez, his ESG mentor Yo Gotti, and somewhat surprisingly, fellow Louisvillian Static Major.

Mick Jenkins — The Patience

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Employing some jazzy production and an impressive list of barred-up collaborators like Benny The Butcher, Freddie Gibbs, JID, and Vic Mensa, the Chicago rapper returns with a new project that’s equal parts introspection and chest beating. It’s a departure from his more heady, conceptual recent projects but no less impactful.

Quavo — Rocket Power

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Driven by a desire to pay homage to his late nephew Takeoff, Quavo goes solo for the first time in five years. He does what he does best here, swapping smoothly between a pain-tinged wail and his usual triplet flows over thundering beats that could knock the speakers out of their frames at the right volume. He certainly sounds more focused than ever, while limiting features to fellow Atlantans like Future, Young Thug, and, of course, Takeoff himself.

Russ — Santiago

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Russ’ latest might not turn too many heads — if you’ve heard his stuff in the past, you know almost exactly what to expect — but one big step he’s taken on Santiago is a leap in production. Opener “Smooth” features one of the lushest beats he’s ever used and his subtle introduction of a Memphis trap sample in “Empty” underlines his growth. He’s still at his best when the energy goes up a notch, as it does on “Enough.”


Blu & Real Bad Man — “Aladdin”

The hyperprolific California teamed up with with the avant-garde producer Real Bad Man for a fascinating display of lyrical showmanship. Blu hot dogs all over Bad Man’s spooky, skeletal beat, showing the sort of chemistry listeners can expect when they drop their collab project Bad News on September 1.

Draft Day — “Summer Superstars” Feat. Lil Yachty

It seems like it’s been a while since we last heard Draft Day and Lil Yachty on a track together (it has — their last joint release was a year ago with “How Far Will I Go”), but they’re back. “Summer Superstars” is a straightforward display of each rapper’s gift of gab over a simple, soulful loop. It’s always great when Boat gets back to rapping, and Draft complements him well.

Gucci Mane — “Broken Hearted”

Gucci’s latest Breath Of Fresh Air single finds him doing a little singing on the chorus and ruminating on the ups and downs of his past year. There are some scriptural observations here, among them: “Say ‘only God can judge me,’ but that’s a facade / ‘Cause if you live by the sword, you get judged by the judge.”

Jayson Cash — “Like It’s 99”

The Carson kid continues to deliver his updated take on G-funk, dropping off a smooth summertime anthem, reminiscing about showing up free before 11 and playing new Dom K and old Eastsidaz. The blend of nostalgia and contemporary aesthetics is designed to appeal to a very specific demographic — of which this Compton native is a proud part.

Larry June — “The Good Kind” Feat. Cardo

Speaking of laid-back cruising anthems… Is there any more perfect combination of aesthetics than Larry June and Cardo? If there is, I want someone to tell me immediately. In the meantime, pardon me while I bump this in the Southern California coastal breeze and contemplate a palm tree.

Lou Phelps — “I Dunno”

Kaytranada and his brother make beautiful — if underrated and relatively underground — music together. If Kay’s collaboration with Aminé tickled your sensibilities, this track will do more of the same, combining millennial-era T-Dot rap vibes (think K-OS and Choclair) with old-school house sounds. It’s a smooth invite to do ya dance. Get down.

That Mexican OT — “Opp Or 2” Feat. Maxo Kream

I’m not gonna lie; I keep forgetting to put That Mexican OT on this list, even though tracks like “Johnny Dang” with Paul Wall and “Cowboy Killer” have straight-up taken over my remaining timelines (RIP @AaronSmarter on Twitter, good luck with that whole “disabling the block function,” Elon). With a stylistic sensibility straight out of 2005 Houston, an undeniably charismatic presentation, and a spit take-inducing sense of humor, That Mexican OT is a star in the making. Check out his mixtape Lonestar Luchador ASAP.

Some artists covered here are Warner Music artists. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.



How Did The Viral Red Roof House Survive The Lahaina Fire?

Fri, 18 Aug 2023 21:48:50 +0000

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A peculiar house has been making headlines after remaining virtually untouched by the recent Maui wildfires, while the houses surrounding it have all been destroyed.

The house is owned by Dora Atwater Millikin, who spoke with The LA Times after the photo of their lone-standing house went viral. “It’s a 100% wood house so it’s not like we fireproofed it or anything,” Atwater Millikin said when asked if there was any structural reason that the house remained intact. She and her husband were visiting family in Massachusetts when the fire began.

The house was recently restored, and foliage was cleaned off the roof, which might have helped keep it safe from flames. “There were pieces of wood — 6, 12 inches long — that were on fire and just almost floating through the air with the wind and everything,” Atwater Millikin said. “They would hit people’s roofs, and if it was an asphalt roof, it would catch on fire. And otherwise, they would fall off the roof and then ignite the foliage around the house.” Because the roof was recently cleaned, it could have helped fend off flames, in addition to being located farther away from the neighbors.

From the LA Times:

Working closely with the county and the local historic commission, they replaced the asphalt roof with heavy-gauge metal — the home would have originally had a roof of either wooden shake or thinner-grade corrugated tin, she said. They lined the ground with stones up to the drip line of the roof, which overhangs by 36 to 40 inches.

And they removed foliage that was up against the house — not because they were trying to reduce the risk of ignition, but because they were concerned about termites spreading to the wooden frame, she said. Their only nod toward disaster preparedness was to install hurricane ties, she added.

While Atwater Millikin is grateful that their home managed to remain scorch-free, she says it’s also a sad reminder of what they all lost. “Many people have died,” she said. “So many people have lost everything, and we need to look out for each other and rebuild. Everybody needs to help rebuild.”

The current death toll for the Maui fires has climbed to 111, while thousands are still missing.

(Via LA Times)



These Photos From Elements Make The Festival Look Like A Big, Chaotic Dose Of Fun

Fri, 18 Aug 2023 21:38:52 +0000

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Check out these stunning photos of Elements Music Festival 2023 featuring performances by Skrillex, Porter Robinson, Subtronics, and more.]]>