Flying Lotus previews first new album in five years with David Lynch-assisted ‘Fire Is Coming’

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Flying Lotus previews first new album in five years with David Lynch-assisted ‘Fire Is Coming’Flying Lotus 3d Live

Flying Lotus has unequivocally been one of the most diverse and prolific producers of the past decade. His range has known no bounds. From the hip-hop interludes between late-night Adult Swim shows, to his collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Thundercat, and Thom Yorke, to heralding his own label and artistic collective, the Los Angeles-based visionary has consistently pushed the limits. Now, FlyLo is teasing his first new album in five years with the release of his unsettling new single “Fire Is Coming” featuring iconic filmmaker David Lynch. On his latest, it’s clear the artist lesser known as Steve Ellison is pushing once again, and this time, it’s well into the avant-garde.

The video, directed by the You’re Dead! producer and David Firth, lies the same realm of something one might find playing on an old TV in the Museum of Modern Art. In the new visual, David Lynch’s face twists and his eyes burn with fire as he tells a story from the mouth of a wolf in a wheelchair. His story is told to children adorned in fur. The score to this short film is in line with the visuals, it scratches and itches, it evokes an inalienable fear. The fear is that of the end or the impending notion of an apocalypse, which is a theme Flylo hasn’t been shy about in his previous works.

“I’d been working on stuff for the past five years, but it was always all over the place. I’d always had this thematic idea in mind—a lingering concept about fire, an eternal flame sitting on a hill. Some people love it, some people hate it. Some people would go on dates there and some people would burn love letters in the fire,” says Ellison in a press statement.

Mortality and humanity have been themes in his work for many years and despite their subtle nature have drawn realists, dreamers, and optimistic nihilists towards his music and message in droves.

Though this preview could be described as “disturbing”FlyLo’s upcoming FlamagraLP does manage to boast an impressive list of features—Anderson .Paak, Solange, George Clinton, Little Dragon, Thundercat, Toro y Moi and more will grace the album. Flamagra is expected to release May 24 on Warp Records.

Flamagra tracklist: 

1. Heroes 
2. Post Requisite
3. Heroes In A Half Shell 
4. More feat. Anderson .Paak
5. Capillaries 
6. Burning Down The House feat. George Clinton
7. Spontaneous feat. Little Dragon
8. Takashi
9. Pilgrim Side Eye 
10. All Spies 
11. Yellow Belly feat. Tierra Whack
12. Black Balloons Reprise feat. Denzel Curry
13. Fire Is Coming feat. David Lynch
14. Inside Your Home 
15. Actually Virtual feat. Shabazz Palaces
16. Andromeda 
17. Remind U 
18. Say Something 
19. Debbie Is Depressed 
20. Find Your Own Way Home 
21. The Climb feat. Thundercat
22. Pygmy 
23. 9 Carrots feat. Toro y Moi
24. FF4 
25. Land Of Honey feat. Solange
26. Thank U Malcolm 
27. Hot Oct.

Travis Scott, Anderson .Paak, Kaskade, James Blake lead Made In America lineup

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Travis Scott, Anderson .Paak, Kaskade, James Blake lead Made In America lineupTravis Scott Made In America

Made in America has festival released its 2019 lineup, featuring headlining acts Travis Scott and Cardi B under the spotlight at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. On the second tier, Kaskade, James Blake, Anderson .Paak, Juice WRLD, Kodak Black, The Free Nationals, Bazzi, Jorja Smith, Blueface, and Pink Sweat$ will also be supporting the music festival curated by Jay-Z in the city of brotherly love.

The Roc Nation-produced festival has been a persistent Labor Day festivity since its debut in 2012. Since its inception, the festival has raised $103 million for the city. This year, proceeds will go to American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and REFORM ALLIANCE, Jay and Meek Mill‘s criminal justice reform organization.

TIDAL subscribers have access to perks along the way, such as ticket pre-sale from April 2 to April 4, fast-track entrance to the festival, artist meet and greets, and specialty merchandise. The festival will also be available for steam on TIDAL.

H/t: Complex

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Outside Lands’ 2019 lineup features Childish Gambino, Flume, Kygo, Flying Lotus, and more

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Outside Lands’ 2019 lineup features Childish Gambino, Flume, Kygo, Flying Lotus, and moreFlume SonarPub Sonar2016 Leafhopper 001

In line with a lengthy track record of top-notch annual programming, Outside Lands‘ 2019 lineup is a mixed bag of musical talent that offers something for all types of music lover. The San Francisco affair’s collection of headliners is rife with artists who are in the midst of career hot streaks. Recent multiple Grammy Award-winning artist Kacey Musgraves tops the lineup with Anderson .Paak, Childish Gambino, and Flume. Attendees can presumably expect Flume to use his Outside Lands slot as a launchpad for new music, given his release of mixtape, Hi, This is Flume, and his ensuing announcement that more fresh material would soon follow. Paul Simon, Twenty One Pilots, The Lumineers, Blink-182, Kygo, Leon Bridges, and Lil Wayne round out the remaining headliners.

Outside Lands’ 2019 lineup represents the electronic genre in its broad scope. RL Grime, San Holo, Big Wild, DJ Koze, Justin Martin, Shallou, and Bob Moses appear among the many producers tapped to perform at the festival. Moreover, DJ Koze, Bay Area-natives Luttrell and Justin Martin, and Flying Lotus‘ lauded 3D show all appear on this year’s billing too. Outside Lands will descend upon San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park from August 9-11. GA and VIP passes to the event will go on-sale on March 28 at 10 AM PT, and can be purchased, here.

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Anderson .Paak previews upcoming ‘Ventura’ LP with lead single, ‘King James’

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Anderson .Paak previews upcoming ‘Ventura’ LP with lead single, ‘King James’Anderson Paak Martinez

After announcing his fourth studio album, Ventura, and an accompanying tour at the end of February, Anderson .Paak is gearing up for a big start to 2019. Now, dropping the first material from his upcoming LP, .Paak has shared his funky new track, “King James.”

A tribute to basketball icon LeBron James, the song highlights James’ charity work along with a variety of social issues and current events. Sonically, shimmering textures and thick bassline showcase .Paak and Dr. Dre‘s ability to blend funky sounds with a modern, soulful twist. With production from Dr. Dre on the entire project and features from Andrè 3000, Smokey Robinson, and more, Ventura is slated to be the quick-paced follow-up to Oxnard that cements .Paak as a true powerhouse artist.

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.Paak is back: Artist announces new LP on the way, accompanying tour

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.Paak is back: Artist announces new LP on the way, accompanying tourAnderson .paak Onard Release Date Artwork

Seasoned crooner Anderson .Paak just doesn’t seem to ever run out of steam. Mere months after dropping his highly acclaimed LP, Oxnard, in November 2018, .Paak is back, and eyeing his next album release. The followup to Oxnard bears the name Ventura, and as in the case of Oxnard, Ventura too accredits Dr. Dre as the project’s executive producer. Slated to arrive on April 12, Ventura is the fourth and final installment in .Paak’s narrative series of albums.

“Growing up in Oxnard gave me the grit and the church to find this voice of mine. One town over, I went further and found my depth,” .Paak said in a release. “The duality of each place inspired me greatly and from that I made two albums at the exact same time, but held one back because that would have been too many songs to perform live for you all! I like ending things on an even number, so welcome to Ventura.”

Post-Ventura release, .Paak will embark on a 21-date tour in support of the album. Thundercat will assist at each stop on the tour, while Earl Sweatshirt, Noname, Mac DeMarco, and Jesse Reyez will appear as openers on select dates. The tour, entitled “Anderson .Paak’s Best Teef in the Game Tour,” will take the artist through a myriad of major U.S. cities, spanning New York, Toronto, Chicago, and more. Tickets to the tour will go on sale on March 8. Each ticket purchase comes with either a CD or digital edition of Ventura.

Anderson .Paak’s Best Teef in the Game Tour Dates

May 17 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
May 20 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
May 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia
May 23 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
May 26 – Westbrook, ME (Portland) @ Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row
May 28 – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion
May 30 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
June 1 – Toronto, ON @ RBC Echo Beach
June 2 – Detroit, MI (Rochester Hills) @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
June 4 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
June 6 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
June 7 – Atlanta, GA @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
June 8 – New Orleans, LA @ Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
June 11 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
June 12 – Dallas, TX (Irving) @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
June 14 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 16 – Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort
June 19 – Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum
June 20 – Seattle WA @ WaMu Theater
June 22 – Portland, OR @ McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheatre
June 27 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Skrillex, Anderson .Paak, Kaytranada, Florence + The Machine, and Bonobo top FORM Arcosanti’s 2019 lineup

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Skrillex, Anderson .Paak, Kaytranada, Florence + The Machine, and Bonobo top FORM Arcosanti’s 2019 lineupSkrille Form Arcosanti 2015

FORM Arcosanti is back in 2019 for a sixth year in Arizona’s high desert, and this year’s music and cultural programming may result in the event’s strongest outing yet. Leading the lineup this year was Florence + The Machine, kicking off their North American summer tour from the experimental micro-city. The rest of the lineup, now delivered in full, includes intimate performances by Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals, Pussy Riot, Baltimore rapper JPEGMAFIA, Bonobo performing a DJ set, Snail Mail, DJ Koze, and TOKiMONSTA.

Skrillex will make his annual appearance at the three-day creative gathering—a favored testing ground for new material, where he live debuted tracks like his “Humble” remix and “Agen Wida” in years past. While Hundred Waters‘ Trayer will perform a solo set, the band is noticeably absent from this year’s lineup, as they’ve performed at each of FORM’s last five editions.

Beyond the music curated for this year’s event, FORM’s cultural programming has been announced. This year’s billing includes a variety of panels, poetry, workshops and discussions covering topics like architecture, design, and social justice with Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, and much more. FORM 2019 will also feature Between Two Books—a conversation between Florence Welch and authors Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot, Ysra Daley-Ward and more, as well as demos of Tónandi, Sigur Rós’s mixed-reality collaboration with tech startup Magic Leap.

FORM is slated for May 10 – 12 in Meyer, Arizona. See the full lineup below.

Skrillex, Anderson .Paak, Kaytranada, Florence + The Machine, and Bonobo top FORM Arcosanti’s 2019 lineupForm Arcosanti Lineup 2019

Anderson .Paak vigorously spits bars on second single off ‘Oxnard’ album, ‘Who R U?’

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Anderson .Paak vigorously spits bars on second single off ‘Oxnard’ album, ‘Who R U?’Anderson .paak Onard Release Date Artwork

The debut single from Anderson .Paak’s forthcoming third studio album, “Tints” offered a funky first taste of Oxnard sound. .Paak now expands that palette via the release of “Who R U?,” the second song to precede the production, which is slated to arrive on November 16. Comparatively more aggressive in its flow than the Kendrick Lamar-assisted, ’70s-inflected “Tints,” “Who R U?” sees .Paak vigorously spit bars, in a clear credit to the fluidity of his hip-hop artistry.

The stylistic differences across “Tints” and “Who R U?” suggests an overall diversity of construction to come on the Dr. Dre-produced Oxnard. The album’s feature list is somewhat of a sonic sampler of prominent rappers, ranging from J. Cole to Pusha-T to Snoop Dogg.

Anderson .Paak launches new Beats 1 radio show, ‘.Paak House Radio’

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Anderson .Paak launches new Beats 1 radio show, ‘.Paak House Radio’Anderson Paak Dancingastronaut

Anderson .Paak is on a roll, and he’s ready to continue his winning streak with the launch of his own aptly titled new Beats 1 show .Paak House Radio on Apple Music. Ahead of the ultra-anticipated release of his forthcoming Oxnard LP, the R&B star will grace the internet airwaves with four episodes of interviews, jam sessions, freestyle cyphers, and more — all with his stellar live band The Free Nationals riding shotgun.

The first episode landed, and the free-wheeling format of the show will continue to give .Paak an extra platform get fans in the groove ahead of his November 16 album drop. The album will be the first solo Anderson .Paak project since 2016’s critically lauded Malibu LP, and the hype is currently at an all time high with a fresh new single and music video for the Kendrick Lamar-assisted “Tints.” With a radio show on air, and album up his sleeve, and a steadily successful promotion junket in the rearview mirror, its safe to say Anderson .Paak is riding quite the wave right now.

Anderson .Paak drops off cinematic music video for K Dot collaboration, ‘Tints’ [Watch]

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Anderson .Paak drops off cinematic music video for K Dot collaboration, ‘Tints’ [Watch]Andersonpaak

Anderson .Paak and Kendrick Lamar appear to be actors who rap in their spare time, rather than big-league hip-hop artists who act on the side, in the newly released music video for their feel good collaboration, “Tints.” .Paak’s hook vocalizes his need for “tints,” and when it comes to the necessities, all that the third single off of .Paak’s forthcoming Oxnard album needed was a visual. Now, the auditory and the visual coalesce in the video, which harnesses the ’70s funk of the single as the camera follows .Paak’s and K Dot’s clothing and subsequent character changes for a near five-minutes of cinematic action.

.Paak doubles as both as a dad and a kidnapping victim, among other fictitious roles in the video, while Lamar makes his way to the strip club, and finds unusual company in the grim reaper when not surrounded by strippers and singles. The fluidity of personality shifts within the video mirrors the song’s mellifluous sonic progression, striking a harmonious balance between what listeners hear, and what they see in the video. Oxnard is slated for a November 16 releases, meaning that streamers will have to maintain their patience just a little longer before fresh material from the R&B’s hitter lands.

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Anderson .Paak reveals new album release date and artwork

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Anderson .Paak reveals new album release date and artworkAnderson .paak Onard Release Date Artwork

The next Anderson .Paak era is officially on its way, with the R&B superstar announcing his forthcoming LP Oxnard will arrive on November 16. .Paak broke the news on Open Late with Peter Rosenberg, and shortly after dropped the album’s official cover art via Twitter.

Anderson .Paak monstered the music scene with his 2016 album Malibu, which won him boatloads of fans and acclaim on the strength of monster tracks like “Come Down” and “Am I Wrong.” Although the singer has had his hands in side projects and features since, Oxnard’s release will mark his first true solo LP in almost three years. Even without that hype-worth distinction, .Paak’s momentum is already juggernaut status. After striking gold early with lead single “Bubblin,” the star followed it up with the groovy Kendrick Lamar-assisted “Tints.” If that wasn’t enough, Dr. Dre himself has reportedly handled extensive production on the album, which will arrive via Dre’s Aftermath imprint. The album’s artwork is pure .Paak, and if the lead singles are any indication, Oxnard is shaping up to a new high bar for the singer.

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