Music News: Watch the trailer for Ezra Koenig's anime series


A still from the 'Neo Yokio' trailer.
A still from the 'Neo Yokio' trailer. (Netflix)

Did you know that Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig created an anime series? True. Neo Yokio is landing on Netflix on Sept. 22, co-written and executive produced by Koenig. The series, seemingly about a futuristic vision of New York, stars Jaden Smith and Jude Law, with additional voices by actors including Susan Sarandon, Tavi Gevinson, Steve Buscemi, Amandla Stenberg, and Willow Smith. (Pitchfork)

Sinead O'Connor interview previewed

On Tuesday, Dr. Phil will air what looks to be a gripping interview with Sinead O'Connor. In a preview video that's now online, the Irish singer talks about abuse at the hands of her mother — and sings "Nothing Compares 2 U," the Prince song that made her world-famous when her rendition hit number one in 1990. (Rolling Stone)

Massive King Crimson box set announced

How to do justice to the epic achievements of prog pioneers King Crimson between 1970 and 1972? Well, do you think 27 discs might do the trick? Get ready to get Crimson, because Sailors' Tales lands on Nov. 3. The box includes remasters of each of the band's three studio albums and one live album from that era, filling out the rest with "unreleased live recordings, band auditions, and additional studio tracks," reports Pitchfork.

Brittany Howard has a new band

Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes has a new band...well, another new band, in addition to her Thunderbitch project. She's now joined up with Nashville singer-songwriters Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser to form a group called Bermuda Triangle. The group have just released their debut recording, a song called "Rosey." They're playing a few upcoming shows in the southern U.S. (Billboard)

Hulu and Spotify to offer package deal

If you're a college student who wants to stream Spotify without ads and also catch up on The Bachelorette or watch the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice, you're in luck: Spotify and Hulu have announced plans to offer a bundle subscription that will allow college students to get Spotify Premium and limited-advertising Hulu for a total of just $5 per month, which represents a $13 discount. The services say they plan to offer additional bundles for the general market in the future. (Billboard)

Sufjan goes gold

Congratulations to Sufjan Stevens, who just earned his first gold record. It took him a while to get there: the album certified gold (for sales of 500,000 units) is his 2005 release Illinois. (Pitchfork)

Henry Rollins eats hot wings

Henry Rollins is the latest guest on Hot Ones — a web show "where guests have to answer questions while eating painfully spicy chicken wings," as Pitchfork notes. While scarfing wings, Rollins discusses, as summarized by Pitchfork, "the Grammys, working out, expensive Black Flag shirts, the Stooges, and more. He also talks about who is and isn't punk."

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