Organizers behind the Maritimes’ Halifax Pop Explosion has announced yet another round of additions to this fall’s festivities, with a few of the bigger acts including rapper Travi$ Scott, tech-metal vets Dillinger Escape Plan, and U.S. indie rockers Cloud Nothings. As previously reported, this year’s Pop Explosion runs October 20 to 24, and will feature a number of Canadian and global acts spread out across various local venues. On the national front, it was also just revealed that the Weather Station and Stars have been added to the bill. Additionally, other acts now set to appear…
Our Music/Video Roundup is back this week with another excellent handful of the week’s most popular album streams, music videos, singles, remixes and more. Read over our picks below, and be sure to stop by our Music/Video section for more new music and videos every day.
Greek dream-pop outfit My Drunken Haze tell the story of a woman “in search of love, longing, separation, and redemption” with a new set of visuals for their tune “Carol Wait.” With the clip telling the story of how Carol’s night-time stroll takes a trippy turn, the psychedelic experiences on screen match the “retro vibes” provided by the track.
In his new video for “Mamacita,” Houston rapper Travi$ Scott gets together with Rich Homie Quan and Young Thug to hang out with traffic-directing models in an abandoned bowling alley parking lot. To complete the already absurd visuals, glowing corpse paint and a T.I. cameo also prove this is anything but a standard rap video.
Montreal-based musician Alex Calder recently treated La Blogette to a quiet acoustic performance of his song “Strange Dream” from inside a laundromat, complete with bagels for those who hung around to watch. Elsewhere, Vancouver hardcore crew Baptists have delivered an incredibly graphic new video for the title track from their recent Bloodmines. Set in an abandoned mining compound, the sangue-soaked violence is definitely not safe for work.
Here’s a weird one to have to write: When Exclaim! Senior Editor Stephen Carlick put out a call for a mashup tape between Drake and the Smiths, I jumped at the chance to create one. ‘Views from the Smiths’ celebrates the five moody musicians by bringing together their music in a humorous yet palatable fashion.
Finally, OVO crooner Partynextdoor has released four new tracks in advance of his upcoming world tour, with the #PNDCOLOURS EP containing both smooth slow-burners and a few bangers for good measure.
Looking for more? Head to our Music/Video section for new singles, streams, videos and more.
Scott Stapp is the frontman of Creed, but the band has been on hiatus since 2012. The other members of Creed have not spoken to him since then. Stapp put out his second solo album about a year ago through Wind Up Records.
Now, Scott Stapp has posted a video to Creed’s Facebook page.
Stapp says he’s broke, homeless, and has had money stolen from him. Stapp has accused people inside and outside of his label of stealing royalties and other money.
He said he was then investigated by the IRS, who put his money on hold for an extended period of time. He also claims that someone hacked his bank account and stole money.
In the video Stapp, who is a recovering alcoholic, says he has remained completely sober.
Earlier this month Gossip Extra reported that Stapp’s wife filed for divorce. She allegedly said he’s been using drugs and has had erratic behavior. She requested emergency custody of their children, but the request was denied.
Stapp says that rumors of drugs and rehab are untrue and that he is being attacked.
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Following another big news week, here’s your chance to make sense of it all with our news roundup.
First up, it was a pretty massive week for Canadian indie rock. Not only did we get new album announcements from Death From Above 1979 and New Pornographers, but the Unicorns reunited, effectively ending a lot of will they, or won’t they speculation.
In other news, Spoon finally shed all the details of their anticipated Want My Soul, Death Grips remained as unpredictable as ever by dropping a surprise album, Weezer named their new album Everything Will Be Alright in the End and Ryan Adams emerged with a new single.
Finally, we also got some sad news this week, as jazz legend and Twin Peaks star Jimmy Scott died at the age of 88.