CHVRCHES have released an evocative new video for their song “Leave a Trace.” The song will appear on the band’s new album Every Open Eye, due out Sept. 25. (Pitchfork) After the video’s release, frontwoman Lauren Mayberry responded forcefully to negative comments made by some users of the site 4chan regarding Mayberry’s appearance in the video. “Dear anyone who thinks misogyny isn’t real,” Mayberry tweeted, linking to the comments. “It is and this is what it looks like.” (Consequence of Sound)
The parody site ClickHole says that it has successfully ordered a new Sleep Number adjustable bed to thank Bob Dylan for all the great music.
On Friday morning, Janelle Monae visited The Today Show to perform the new song “Hell You Talmbout.” As her band played the song’s instrumental conclusion, Monae began to comment about “all the lost lives to police brutality,” but the telecast cut back to the anchors’ voices before she concluded her remarks. (Billboard)
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Dez Cadena, a frontman of Black Flag before Henry Rollins joined the group – and a guest on Hüsker Dü‘s song “What’s Going On” – has revealed that he is battling throat cancer. Some of the 54-year-old musician’s friends have launched a GoFundMe page to help cover Cadena’s medical expenses. (Rolling Stone)
On Monday, Stevie Wonder announced a new leg of his Songs in the Key of Life tour by playing three pop-up performances in one day—in three different East Coast cities. The pop-up gigs were scheduled in Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; and New York City. (Billboard) Read Andrea Swensson’s review of the tour’s March stop at Target Center.
At a Foo Fighters show on Sunday in Colorado, Dave Grohl saw a man crying during the band’s performance of “My Hero.” Grohl invited the “drunk emotional mess” up on stage; after being serenaded by Grohl, the crying man stage-dived back into the audience. (NME)
Age ratings are set to become much more prominent on music videos streamed over YouTube and Vevo in the UK. Both major and independent labels send videos to the British Board of Film Classification to have the videos age-rated before being posted; YouTube and Vevo will now start displaying the age ratings prominently, and videos rated 18 will not load until viewers are warned that they contain adult content. (NME)
Sinead O’Connor has taken to Facebook with a complaint that her booking agent is defrauding her of 18 months of wages O’Connor says she earned on her recent world tour. (Noisey)
Tame Impala‘s new “Let it Happen” video involves a man hallucinating on a plane ride. (Pitchfork)
Courtney Barnett announced plans to film a video for her song “Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To The Party” at an impromptu Monday night show outside the Camden Tube station in London. (NME)
A cyborg fights for survival in a new video for the Chemical Brothers‘ song “Sometimes I Feel So Deserted.” (NME)
Miley Cyrus will host the Saturday Night Live season opener on Oct. 3, followed by Amy Schumer and Tracy Morgan. The episodes’ musical guests have not yet been announced. (Billboard)
According to a new report, the most popular music-inspired baby names in the U.K. at present are Rita (inspired by Rita Ora), Zayn (inspired by former One Direction member Zayn Malik), Azalea (inspired by Iggy Azalea), and Drake (inspired by Drake). (NME)
Writer Lara Marie Schoenhals is causing giggles across the Internet with her parody of Taylor Swift‘s increasingly unlikely parade of famous female onstage guests. (Defamer) Heads up: the video contains some NSFW language.