In this space in past years, I’ve usually written about which music-video directors had the best years. It’s a variation of the auteur theory, as visionaries like Nabil and Hiro Murai have used artists as vehicles for their ideas and approaches. This year, though, it feels like the artists themselves who are driving things, and … More »
Halloween cometh and to celebrate, we at Scaryogum have been sharing some spooktastic articles with you, our loyal ghouls. Kelly Conaboy ranked budget musician Halloween costumes, Lindsey Rhoades had an in-depth conversation with gothic avant-gardist Diamanda Galás, and our very own Tom Breihan profiled Julien Baker, who is not scary, but she … More »
Tegan And Sara’s The Con turned 10 years old over the summer, and the duo is about to embark on a tour in honor of it where they’ll play the whole thing live. They also arranged a tribute covers album that features some huge names. We’ve already heard CHVRCHES and Ryan … More »
Any day that we hear from Grimes is a great day, and last night she provided us with a look at what she’s been listening to recently via a new Spotify playlist called “The Faé List.” (“Faé” is a new genre she made up to describe her music, as she explains in More »
After the release of Art Angels in 2015, Grimes took a much-deserved break, but since then, she’s been giving periodic little updates about the possibility of new music. In April of last year, she described the new stuff she was working on as “chill vibes, downtempos, synth-y shit,” and in November, she said … More »
Today is 7/1, aka the Canadian version of the Fourth Of July, aka Canada’s 150th birthday. Happy birthday, Canada! You’re old! When asked by Billboard how she’ll be celebrating Canada Day, noted Canadian person Grimes said that she won’t be doing anything “that Canadian…Ideally eating something like spaghetti that I enjoy.” … More »
Grimes teamed up with the London-based music tech company ROLI to create a unique soundpack. ROLI is known for creating an instrument called the Seabord, which is a type of synthesizer that allows musicians to play in-between notes. ROLI later developed BLOCKS, a touch screen modular system, as well as NOISE, a music making app … More »
On January 27, President Trump issued an executive order declaring a 90-day ban on people entering the country coming from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. The order additionally requires the Department of Homeland Security to conduct a 30-day review to determine countries provide “adequate information” for its citizens to receive visas to enter the country, and suspended the entrance of all refugees into the United States for four months. Trump’s sweeping decree was met with immediate opposition internationally, followed quickly thereafter by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filing a lawsuit against the president which has led to a federal judge ordering a stay on Trump’s order.
Numerous artists have come out in vehement support of the ACLU’s opposition to the current U.S. administration, with Zedd being so moved that he has vowed to take action. In a tweet, the producer called on Sia, Macklemore, Camila Cabello, and Grimes to join him in a proposed benefit concert to support the ACLU’s efforts.
After Zedd’s tweet began to spread and gain media traction, the artist doubled down on his intent to hold the concert. Zedd went on to denote his immigrant status; the producer born in Russia, raised in Germany, and currently resides in the United States courtesy of a visa. While no show is official yet, the producer is adamant that concert will come to fruition, declaring in another tweet, “I WILL make it happen.”
Zedd’s commitment to following through on his impassioned causes was demonstrated in 2016, when he made good on his offer to produce music for Kesha during her highly publicized dispute with Dr. Luke and Sony, resulting in their “True Colors” collaboration.
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Donald Trump just signed an executive order banning citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for 90 days. In the wake of this despicable act of bigotry, the Council For American-Islamic Relation, the nation’s largest civil rights and advocacy group for Muslims, has announced plans to file a federal lawsuit challenging … More »
Most of us discovered Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes via her standout feature on Grimes’ Art Angels single “Scream,” and we’ve been fortunate since to see her break out further on her own solo songs. Last year she dropped two Will Butler-produced one-offs, “3001 — A Space Disco” and the other untitled. Now Aristophanes … More »