Music News: Surprise! There's a new Eminem album featuring, contestedly, Justin Vernon

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Eminem performs at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in March 2018.
Eminem performs at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in March 2018. (Rich Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
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Surprise! Eminem just dropped his tenth studio album. Kamikaze has cover art paying homage to the Beastie Boys' License to Ill, and features guest appearances by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). After the album's release, Vernon posted a reaction on Twitter.

The immediate buzz, though, surrounded the album's opening track "The Ringer," which refers to a 2017 freestyle rap criticizing Donald Trump. In "The Ringer," Eminem raps that now he'd "at least reword it," adding that he's seeing his fan base shrink and has been investigated by the Secret Service. "The Secret Service could not be reached for comment Friday morning," reports the New York Times.

Frightened Rabbit announce first concert without Scott Hutchison

Frightened Rabbit have announced their first show without the late Scott Hutchison. Hutchison, who led the band, died this spring at age 36. Previous to Hutchison's death, the band were planning to play the upcoming Sleep in the Park festival in Glasgow, Scotland; the event raises money to fight homelessness. A series of guest vocalists will join the band for the performance; the band's Grant Hutchison, Scott's brother, says the show will honor Scott's memory and contribute to a cause he supported. (Rolling Stone)

Congrats to Michelle Branch and Patrick Carney

Patrick Carney and Michelle Branch have welcomed their first child together: Rhys James was born on Tuesday. The couple are engaged, but apparently postponed their wedding to plan for the baby's arrival.

Carney is best-known as the drummer in the Black Keys. Michelle Branch has been active as a musician for almost 20 years; she's had country music success with the Wreckers, but she's still best-known for her 2001 pop hit "Everywhere." (Billboard)

Today's new releases

Troye Sivan: Bloom

Australian heartthrob Troye Sivan has released his sophomore album, Bloom. "It is a warm and delicate pop album about life as a young gay man," writes Pitchfork in a positive review. The 23-year-old singer, who rose to fame as YouTube star, enlists his friend Ariana Grande for a buoyant duet on "Dance to This."

Tash Sultana: Flow State

Tash Sultana, another 23-year-old Australian, honed their craft busking on the streets of Melbourne. Now one of the world's most buzzworthy emerging singer-songwriters, they've released a debut LP: Flow State. The Guardian calls the release "expansive and mellow," with some striking lyrics reflecting on Sultana's mental health struggles.

Yep, there's another crazy Sia video featuring Maddie Ziegler

Dancer Maddie Ziegler's been in so many Sia videos, you'd think she must be 30 or 40 years old by now, but she's actually still just 15. Wearing a giant blue bow and the floppy blonde wig that's become a visual trademark for her collaborations with the Australian pop star, Ziegler dances on a flying bus in a new video for "Thunderclouds," a song that features Sia, producer Diplo, and singer-songwriter Labrinth, who floats on a cloud while Diplo drives the bus. The trio have formed a new musical project called...LSD. (Billboard)


Songs sampled in podcast
Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0)
BoxCat Games: "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0)
Michelle Branch: "Everywhere"
Eminem: "Fall"
Eminem: "Kamikaze"
Troye Sivan feat. Ariana Grande: "Dance to This"
Tash Sultana: "Salvation"
LSD: "Thunderclouds"


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