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Watch Massive Attack perform at Extinction Rebellion London protest after police clear activists from Waterloo Bridge

Emma Thompson joins the Extinction Rebellion protests


The campaign is entering its second week

Massive Attack joined the Extinction Rebellion protest movement by performing to crowds at London’s Marble Arch.

The trip-hop legends played to activists and bystanders last night (April 21) as the climate change demonstration neared its second week of non-violent civil disobedience.

The Bristol duo played songs including ‘Paradise Circus’ from their 2010 album ‘Heligoland’. It features some fitting lyrics: “It’s unfortunate that when we feel a storm / We can roll ourselves over ’cause we’re uncomfortable.”

Earlier in the day police removed the remaining protesters from Waterloo Bridge and made a number of arrests.

BBC News reports more 950 people have been arrested during the climate change demo and 40 people have been charged. The Metropolitan police has requested approximately 200 extra officers to help deal with the protests.

A number of celebrities have lent their support to the movement, which operates worldwide, including actress Emma Thompson and TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham.

Packham, who had addressed activists stationed on Waterloo Bridge on Sunday, was later asked by the Press Association if he thought the Government would listen to the activists’ demands.

“Well if they don’t listen next week they’ll listen next time, because we are not going away, this movement is here to stay,” he said.

Emma Thompson joins the Extinction Rebellion protests

Emma Thompson joins the Extinction Rebellion protests

Last week Emma Thompson climbed aboard a pink boat that was blocking London’s main traffic intersections at Oxford Circus.

“This is the most pressing and urgent problem of our time, in the history of the human race,” she told a crowd, adding that young people have been failed by her generation and politicians.

“I have seen the evidence for myself and I really care about my children and grandchildren enough to want to be here today to stand with the next generation.”

The demo site at Oxford Circus has since been cleared. Police have urged activists to stick to protesting at Marble Arch which they say has been designated for the campaign.

Extinction Rebellion co-ordinator Howard Rees previously told NME that the movement’s plan is for “ongoing escalation.”

Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg addressed crowds at Marble Arch on Sunday.

The Swedish 16-year-old said: “I come from Sweden and back there its almost the same problem as here, as everywhere, that nothing is being done to stop an ecological crisis despite all the beautiful words and promises.

“We are now facing an existential crisis, the climate crisis and ecological crisis which have never been treated as crises before, they have been ignored for decades” [via Guardian].

Extinction Rebellion is meeting today (April 22) to discuss its next steps forward.





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Justin Bieber breaks hiatus by joining Ariana Grande on stage at Coachella – watch

Justin Bieber breaks hiatus by joining Ariana Grande on stage at Coachella – watch


And he teased his new album….

Justin Bieber performed with Ariana Grande during her final headline Coachella set on Sunday (April 21) for his first public stage appearance in two years.

Despite saying there would be no guests joining her for her closing show, Grande surprised fans by duetting with Bieber for his 2015 hit, ‘Sorry’.

Speaking to the audience about the so-called ‘unplanned’ appearance, which happened between Grande’s ‘Break Free’ and her penultimate track, ‘No Tears Left to Cry’, Bieber said: “I haven’t been on stage in like two years. I came out here, no idea I was gonna be on stage tonight.

“I wore this fly outfit not knowing I was gonna be on stage. I had to get my groove back, get my swag back.”

He then thanked Grande and the festival: “Thank you Coachella, thank you to Ariana Grande. She’s so amazing by the way, she’s so awesome.”

Bieber, who has been taking a break from music to focus on his relationships and mental health, added that his next album is “coming soon.” Bieber’s last record was 2015’s ‘Purpose’, which he last toured worldwide in 2017.

The pair feature on Lil Dicky’s new environmental anthem, ‘Earth’. The star-studded collaboration includes Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus, Miguel, Rita Ora, Halsey, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Adam Levine, Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth, Sia, and more.



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Smoke DZA Drops ‘Bacon Egg And Trees’ EP

Smoke DZA Drops ‘Bacon Egg And Trees’ EP


Although he came through with another installment of his Ringside series just a few days ago, Smoke DZA drops off his second EP of April in Bacon Egg And Trees.

A seven-track offering, the project comes right in time for your 4/20 needs. Featuring the likes of Cory Gunz, Abby Jasmine, Pounds and others, the EP can he heard below.

Smoke DZA Drops ‘Bacon Egg And Trees’ EP was last modified: April 21st, 2019 by Meka





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Kanye West Debuts New Song ‘Water’ at Coachella Sunday Service

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Yeezus rises again.

Kanye West brought his Sunday Service to Weekend 2 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Easter morning (April 21). Thousands lined up starting at 6 a.m. for the spiritual-themed performance, which took place on a “mountain” in the camping area of the festival grounds in Indio, Calif. and was streamed live on YouTube.

A purple-haired West led the gospel choir and band, dressed in oversized purple sweatpants and sweatshirts, through the 90-minute set, which kicked off around 45 minutes after its 9 a.m. start time. The livestream was broadcast through a fisheye peephole and showed an aerial shot of the hilltop stage, which resembled an eye.

Surrounded by collaborators including Ty Dolla $ign, Kid Cudi, and Chance the Rapper, West opened with a mix of “Ultralight Beam” / “Ultralight Prayer” intertwined with the gospel song “How Excellent” before delivering gospel-inspired renditions of hits including “Power,” “Otis,” and “Fade,” mixed with classics like Stevie Wonder’s “As,” Soul II Soul’s “Back to Life (However Do You Want Me),” and Kirk Franklin’s “Brighter Day.”

Teyana Taylor belted out her K.T.S.E. track “Never Would Have Made It” and Chance the Rapper delivered his verse on “Ultralight Beam.” DMX preached to the crowd with a powerful spoken word, which brought West to tears.

Kanye, who joined Kid Cudi on stage in the Sahara tent the prior night, smiled but didn’t say much until the end, when he rapped on “All Falls Down” and the closer “Jesus Walks.”

Sunday Service also saw the debut of a new song called “Water,” which includes the refrain “We are water.” The spiritual song also includes the lyrics, “Let your light reflect on me / Take the chlorine out of conversation.” It’s unclear if the song will appear on Kanye’s upcoming album Yandhi.

Kanye’s family and friends were in attendance for the Easter Sunday performance, including Kim Kardashian and their daughter North West, along with Khloé Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, 2 Chainz, and La La Anthony.

Merch aka “church clothes” were available for purchase, including $225 “Holy Spirit” sweatshirts, $75 ponchos, $50 “Jesus Walks” socks, and $70 “Trust God” T-shirts that said “Sunday Service at the Mountain” on the back. The items are also available online at shop.kanyewest.com.



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Damon Albarn says music needs to be more political because “selfie music isn’t sustainable”

Damon Albarn says music needs to be more political because "selfie music isn't sustainable"


The musician discussed politics and Brexit in a new interview

Damon Albarn has called for music to be more political, saying “selfie music is not sustainable”.

The musician appeared on BBC 6 Music’s The Leisure Society programme with Gemma Cairney earlier today (April 21), during which he discussed politics and Brexit, as well as his love of travel.

Asked if travel was something he felt was important, Albarn said: “Yeah it’s really important and I honestly feel that we could definitely tone down the extremist views people seem to behold at the moment if they weren’t so isolated in their own little bubble.

“The internet has given this weird access to everyone to feel like they’re informed and they connect with the world but they’re not physically going to the places. If you physically see the bigger picture, not just the harsh edit of what something is, and you see the human side of what it actually is, you have such a different view.”

He continued to explain that was why Brexit “has been so depressing.” “On the surface, it makes sense to me to stay friends with your neighbours – that just seems like basic common sense,” he said. “On the broader picture, the licenses given to some of the really tragic ideas that people are harbouring at the moment, that is the tragedy of Brexit. It’s opened a Pandora’s box.”

Cairney then brought up the subject of how music was becoming more political in the wake of recent political events, with which Albarn agreed. “It needs to – it really, really needs to,” he added. “The selfie music is not sustainable. Have I made a selfie tune? I probably tried to but my innate obtuse nature prevented me from doing it properly.”

You can listen to the interview in full here. 

In 2015, Albarn lambasted current musicians for only talking about themselves, “not what’s happening out there.” He continued: “It’s the selfie generation. They’re talking platitudes.”

Meanwhile, Albarn recently revealed why Blur turned down a series of shows to mark the 25th anniversary of ‘Parklife’.

When asked if the band had been contacted with any offers for any such shows, the frontman replied: “Yes, they have been. I’d only want to perform that if it was a positive thing. Say we got to the point of having a second referendum, then I would be happy to play that record as a celebration and as a way of reminding ourselves of a time when we had an idea of Britishness that wasn’t political.

“It was more about our music and culture. That was a bit naïve, no question, but it had a funny side, it had a humour to it. So I’m not against performing that album but I wouldn’t want to do it if I felt like it was just about money.”





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Coachella 2019: Kanye West Debuts New Song “Water” at “Sunday Service” Performance

Coachella 2019: Kanye West Debuts New Song "Water" at "Sunday Service" Performance


Kanye West was joined by a group of dancers and musicians for the inaugural Coachella edition of his ongoing “Sunday Service” performance series. During their 9am set, the group performed classic Kanye songs like “All Falls Down” and “Jesus Walks,” as well as a completely new track called “Water.” Very little about the song was revealed beyond its title during the performance, but it’s possible that it’ll appear on the rapper’s upcoming album Yandhi, which still doesn’t have a release date.

“We are water / Clean us like the rain in spring / Take the chlorine out of conversation,” West sang on the track. He was also joined by past collaborators Ant Clemons and Ty Dolla Sign for the performance.

Elsewhere in the set, the ensemble covered classic soul and disco hits like Stevie Wonder’s “Do I Do,” Kool & The Gang’s “Summer Madness,” and the Gap Band’s “Outstanding,” as Stereogum points out. At one point, West brought out Chance the Rapper to perform his verse on their Life of Pablo collaboration “Ultralight Beam.”

Hear “Water” below.



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Liam Gallagher answers fan question about chances of hearing new music at Glastonbury

Liam Gallagher answers fan question about chances of hearing new music at Glastonbury


The star is working on a new album

Liam Gallagher has responded to a fan asking about their chances of hearing new music during his Glastonbury 2019 set.

The musician answered some questions from fans on Twitter earlier today (April 21), fielding topics including his new album and what Oasis songs he’ll be performing live.

One fan asked: “Will it be new stuff for Glastonbury? Or just the hits?” Gallagher replied: “New stuff.”

When another Twitter user asked, “Any new songs for the tour?”, he added: “Shit loads.”

Gallagher also told one fan that he would be playing ‘Songbird’ live in 2019 and replied to someone else asking about the title of his new album by telling them he couldn’t reveal it because it is “a big surprise”.

The star will appear alongside the likes of George Ezra, Miley Cyrus, Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, Janelle Monáe, Christine And The Queens, and headliners Stormzy, The Killers, and The Cure at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. The Worthy Farm bash takes place between June 26-30.

On Friday (April 19), the former Oasis singer used this communication with his fans to reveal that he would be supporting The Who on their US tour later this year. “Opening up for the WHO in October we’re gonna be talking about there generation and ours all at the same time,” he wrote.

Meanwhile, Gallagher has been working on his second solo album, the follow-up to 2017’s ‘As You Were’. A photo he shared from the studio showed his son Gene laying down some bongo tracks for the record.





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Watch Kanye West debut new song ‘Water’ at Coachella Sunday Service

Watch Kanye West debut new song 'Water' at Coachella Sunday Service


The rapper aired the new track between a series of covers and reworked versions of his own tracks

Kanye West debuted a new song during his Sunday Service live session at Coachella 2019.

The rapper was joined by a gospel choir, live band, and several special guests as he brought the series to the Californian festival today (April 21).

After the session had already been running for nearly two hours, West took to the mic to first rap a version of ‘All Falls Down’, before announcing the first performance of a new track. “It’s called ‘Water’,” he told the audience.

You can watch a clip of footage of the moment below.

Elsewhere in the set, Teyana Taylor and Chance The Rapper also performed, while DMX delivered a prayer towards the end of the session.

West began the Sunday Service events earlier this year, with a gospel choir performing new renditions of his songs. Ye has been live-streaming the events on Instagram and has also debuted new material that could feature on his next release.

Last week (April 17), French Montana told Beats 1’s Zane Lowe that West was working on something “bigger than music”. He added that the mysterious project was “something that’s so crazy” and suggested West’s music was heading in a more spiritual direction.

“I just see that [Kanye is] trying to do something that’s going to change the world,” Montana said. “Whether it’s something to help the people or something like … I feel like he’s going to touch something that’s going to change everybody’s life.”





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Watch A$AP Rocky join Tame Impala at Coachella 2019

Watch A$AP Rocky join Tame Impala at Coachella 2019


The Aussie band had a special guest for their headline set at weekend two

Tame Impala were joined by A$AP Rocky as they headlined the second weekend of Coachella 2019.

The Australian band topped the bill at the Californian festival on day two of the second edition of the year, following performances from the likes of Billie Eilish, Weezer, Little Simz, and Kid Cudi.

Rocky performed two tracks with the group – ‘Sundress’, which samples their 2010 track ‘Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind’, and ‘LSD’, from his own ‘At.Long.Last.A$AP’ album. You can watch fan-shot footage of the surprise appearance below.

Elsewhere in the set, Tame Impala also played their two latest tracks, ‘Patience’ and ‘Borderline’.

Reviewing ‘Patience’ upon its release last month, NME wrote: “Despite the vintage influences – traces of The Temptations, Todd Rundgren, The Trammps, and even slight hints of ABBA all linger at the heart of ‘Patience’ – Tame Impala’s abandoned dance floor still looks forward; Parker’s crystal clear production pulls it into the 21st Century.”

Meanwhile, Tame Impala are due to embark on a short tour of the UK and Ireland in June, ahead of an appearance at Glastonbury Festival.

Tame Impala will play:

June 2019

8 – London, The O2
24 – Blackpool, Empress Ballroom
26 – Dublin, 3Arena

Last year, Rocky collaborated with Tyler, The Creator on a new song called ‘Potato Salad’. A video for the track featured both rappers alongside Jaden Smith.





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Brandi Carlile and Dave Grohl Busk in Seattle: Watch

Brandi Carlile and Dave Grohl Busk in Seattle: Watch


On Saturday afternoon, Brandi Carlile and Dave Grohl gave a surprise acoustic performance at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington. According to the Seattle Times, they played for about 15 or 20 minutes. Grohl closed the impromptu busking with Foo Fighters’ “Times Like These.” Apparently, neither Grohl nor Carlile spoke the entire time.

There was no formal announcement, but Carlile broadcasted the first few minutes of the jam session on her Facebook. She later wrote on Instagram, “Got nostalgic and decided to swing by my old busking spot at Pike Place Market with the twins and Dave Grohl…honestly one of the most surreal moments of my life.”

Carlile won the first of her three Grammys in February. Grohl released his documentary, Play, last year. Check out videos of Carlile and Grohl busking below.

This article originally appeared on Stereogum.





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