Beyoncé—the only person capable of stopping the world in its tracks when they release new content—has hit fans with a double whammy, releasing her Netflix documentary Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé and dropping a surprise live album, Homecoming: The Live Album. The film and album feature Bey’s iconic headlining performance at last year’s Coachella in 2018, premiering April 17, just days after this year’s weekend one took place.
In the documentary film, Bey explains that her 2018 Coachella performance was a love letter to historically black colleges and universities, despite never have attended one herself.
“It’s all to give you her point of view, her mind state, into what she was trying to accomplish and communicate with this momentous two-hour performance,” says Sidney Madden of NPR.
The comprehensive live album contains 40 tracks, ranging from her own discography, to Destiny’s Child’s hits, covers, and even some hefty vocals from Blue Ivy that have got pop culture swooning over the 7-year-old’s undeniable singing chops. Stream more than 90 minutes of Queen B in Homecoming: The Live Album, now available on Spotify and Apple Music.
Mija has again turned to the multi-talented Ryan Forever for a joint release of the Skrillex-discovered producer’s “Dead Flowers & Cigarettes.” The rework sees release with an androgynous turtleneck in tandem, which Forever designed himself for the Made By Mija clothing line. Amidst jungle beats and fluttering samples from the original, an intruding bass lays the groundwork for the highly percussive remake.
“I’ve always said to people that I think my brain is half girl, half boy. I was a complete tomboy as a kid, until I discovered that I liked boys and quickly embraced my femininity,” Mija recently told NEST HQ. “But even then, the boys I crushed on often looked/acted very feminine. I believe that everybody carries both male and female qualities within them, and that gender is not exclusive to our physical forms.”
Aside from bumping elbows in various Dirtybird-centric circles, Mija and Forever have collaborated on a number of mode-fluctuating projects. One of the most recent of these includes Forever’s role as visual director for Mija’s music video accompanying the original take of “Dead Flowers & Cigarettes.”
Find the turtleneck and other garments from Mija’s clothing line here.
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 Swimshows, 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.
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.
Darkness is more than just the token descriptor we’ve landed on to detail Gesaffelstein’s brooding, shadowy sonic products. In fact, it’s more than merely his brand—at this point, Gesaffelsteinis darkness. Though, his embodiment of it is less about the sinister undertone of his productions now and more reliant on the literal concept of light’s absence, as represented in his Coachella performance on Sunday, April 14.
In his first live festival appearance since his 2015 farewell, Gesaffelstein became the only artist to every use Vantablack VBx2, commonly understood to be the darkest substance known to man. It the the closest visual representation to the darkness of a black hole that our eyes will ever see. The substance is typically used in space applications, though Mike Lévy had a different vision for its use. When applied to three-dimensional objects, Vantablack is so dark that it becomes nearly impossible to discern any surface features, and three-dimensional objects appear to become two-dimensional. Gesaffelstein’s Outdoor Stage performance featured a monolith structure coated in Vantablack on the concave side to create the illusion of infinite depth and blackness—essentially simulating a black hole on stage.
Hot off the heels of his sophomore album, Hyperion, Gesaffelstein is taking his craft to another level of other-worldliness. Catch Gesaffelstein again during Coachella’s second weekend and then Governor’s Ball later this summer.
Dillon Francis is partnering with 20th Century Fox TV and writer Spencer Porter (“Family Guy,” “We Bare Bears”) to bring a new animated series called “Gerald’s World.” The up-and-coming piñata seems to have finally found his limelight in television thanks to the help of his owner and professional DJ/producer, Dillon Francis.
Gerald is Francis’ piñata best friend and fan favorite character from the social media-savvy entertainer. The lively piñata lives in an awkward corner of the WUT WUT producer’s house and gets into mischief that includes butt implants, getting lost at a Panic! At The Disco concert, a wild first birthday party with all his piñata friends, and way too many other adventures to count. Gerald even helped Francis pick an outfit for his Coachella performance this year.
This is not Francis’ first rodeo with shows, as he produced a video series called “Like and Subscribe” that landed on Funny or Die’s YouTube page. Curating “Gerald’s World”will be quite the wild ride in an already epic lifetime of Snapchat and Instagram stories.
After Swedish House Mafia posted a cryptic image on April 14, fans were quick to decipher that the logos used inside the three iconic dots were those of the Fotografiska museum, which has locations in Stockholm, London, New York, and Tallinn. Many fans believed this hinted at a forthcoming exhibition in Stockholm, and their suspicions have been confirmed.
A few days after the image was posted, details have officially been released, and it appears a photography and film exhibit called Purgatorium will be taking place at the end of April to coincide with the trio’s run of hometown shows. The multimedia exhibit has been carefully crafted by artist Alexander Wessely, who’s “known for pushing boundaries technically and creatively to create high impact visuals,” according to the museum’s website.
“It has been a thoroughly organic and almost obvious process from the start. For me, [Swedish House Mafia] is about so much more than just three musicians. They are the definition of a cultural wave and have always been exploring ways to stretch the limits of what is possible. And to be able to present this exhibition together with them at Fotografiska means so much,” Wessely told the museum.
The exhibit runs April 30 to May 5. More details can be found here.
Since the inception of their Knifecastpodcast in 2018, Knife Party has treated those who tune in to some exclusive listening material—their latest exclusive gift being the duo’s forthcoming single “Ghost Train,” fresh off of Knifecast 13. The pair previously shared a demo of a track named “Ghost Town;” although bearing similar names, the tracks hardly resemble each other. Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen have used their radio show-style platform to play IDs, host guests, and share updates on new releases. Earlier in the year, they announced a forthcoming Knife Party EP on top of new Pendulum music as well.
The new single “Ghost Train” is tinged with the usual Halloween-esque elements of a standard Knife Party production, but has received mixed reception about its squeamish drop. Love it or hate it, one thing is for certain—new Knife Party music is on the way.
Not all heroes wear capes; some stand still with an ever-so-steady hand for a full 90-minute performance in Coachella‘s Mojave Tent. One fan took it upon themselves to document Aphex Twin‘s Saturday night performance—easily one of the most anticipated sets on this year’s Coachella 20th anniversary lineup—for everyone else’s viewing pleasure.
Hot off the heels of his first NYC appearance in nearly two decades, the Collapseproducer pulled out all the stops with anonymous visual artist Weirdcore in tow, delivering a mind-bending, sensory-overloading performance. It has been 11 years since Richard James’ last performance at Indio’s Empire Polo Club, and his return to Coachella during this year’s first weekend proved to be well worth the wait. Relive Aphex Twin’s full performance below.
After two years, the historic New York City venue Webster Hall will finally reopen its doors with its first show since its closing in August 2017.
The act atop the debut parallels the lofty stature of the event, with the venue enlisting none other than JAY-Z for the reopening. The iconic rapper and mogul will be bringing his B-Sides 2 performance to Webster on Friday, April 26. Dubbed Tidal X: Jay Z B-Sides, the first ever B-Sides gig featured rare tracks and other never-before-performed material, also taking place in New York at Terminal 5 and streaming through TIDAL. It would certainly please fans for the heatedly anticipated follow-up performance to receive the same TIDAL treatment, though the streaming capabilities surrounding the show have yet to be confirmed.
Webster Hall has already announced a diverse set of events for its reemergence. Dillon Francis will be the first DJ act to play Webster since Skrillex and Boys Noize closed it out two years ago. Francis will play the night after JAY-Z on Saturday, April 27. Other artists on the event roster include MGMT, Empire of the Sun, FKJ, Chromeo and a long length of others.
Tickets for Webster Hall’s opening night go on sale to the general public Friday, April 19 at 11:00 am EDT. AMEX presale begins Thursday, April 18 at 10:00 am EDT. The sale can be accessed here on Ticketmaster.
Hailed for his experimental territories and creative vision, Flying Lotus has lent his hand to another film score — Perfect— and given the world a preview taste of his soundtrack in a short clip from the film. The upcoming Eddie Alcazar sci-fi film will be coming to theaters in a month, showing in May 17 and May 24 in NYC and LA, respectively. Alcazar has been named on the Filmmaker’s 25 to Watch list; Perfect is also executive-produced by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and will be released through Brainfeeder’s film division. The film premiered at SXSW in March and was met with reception as a festival favorite.
Perfect centers around an emotionally troubled young man who seeks relief of his dark visions in a clinic, but pays the price with body alterations. A trippy, horror-like premise with an equally twisted soundtrack by FlyLo complement each other to say the least.
Flying Lotus also previously collaborated with Alcazar on short film FUCKKKYOUUU. His last studio album You’re Dead! was released back in 2014. Since then, Flying Lotus has moved his focus to film and television projects, showcasing his directorial debut with Kuso and scoring upcoming Netflix anime Yasuke. However, he has confirmed that a new album is on its way despite not having a set release date.