Marc Jacobs Countersues Nirvana Over Smiley Face Design

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NirvanaMarc Jacobs has doubts that Kurt Cobain created a smiley face design that is the subject of an ongoing legal fight. On Tuesday, via counterclaims against Nirvana, the fashion designer seeks a declaration that the band’s copyright registration is invalid and unenforceable. More »

Watch Weezer Cover Nirvana’s “Lithium” At Rock In Rio

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Weezer are currently on tour in South America, and they’ve introduced a new cover into their setlist: Nirvana’s “Lithium.” They’ve played the Nevermind track on all of their live dates in SA so far, including at this weekend’s appearance at the Rock In Rio festival in Brazil. Weezer performed right before a headlining set from … More »

Watch Haim Mash Up Lil Nas X’s “Panini” And Nirvana’s “In Bloom” In The BBC Live Lounge

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HaimHere’s a fun fact that, depending on your perspective, might not actually be all that fun: Lil Nas X’s current single “Panini,” which credits Kurt Cobain as one of its songwriters, is currently at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 — one spot higher than any actual Nirvana songs. (“Smells Like Teen Spirit” … More »

Seattle Record Store Discovers Kurt Cobain Royalty Check From 1991

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Twenty-eight years after the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind, fans are still discovering new secrets left behind in the album’s wake. A Seattle record store owner recently uncovered an uncashed royalty check written to Kurt Cobain six months before Nirvana’s landmark album ever hit record store shelves nationwide, CNN reports. Easy Street Records owner … More »

Lil Nas X – “Panini”

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Lil-Nas-XLil Nas X is, of course, the force between “Old Town Road,” the unstoppable pop juggernaut that has been the #1 single in America these past 11 weeks. Tonight, Lil Nas X will release 7, his debut EP. And today, he’s shared another track from that EP. It’s called “Panini,” and … More »

Nirvana, R.E.M., The Roots, Steely Dan Address Loss Of Masters In Universal Fire

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Studio FireYesterday, a New York Times feature revealed that thousands upon thousands of master tapes from artists like Louis Armstrong, Janet Jackson, and Tupac were destroyed in a 2008 fire at Universal Studios Hollywood. Although the fire itself was public knowledge, the loss of Universal Music Group’s recordings was kept secret, with even the … More »

Kurt Cobain’s “Corporate Magazines Still Suck” Shirt Becomes $550 Designer Tee

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VetementsStruggling to reconcile your disdain for the establishment with your affinity for designer clothing? Wishing you could express both with a single garment? Fret no longer! Rolling Stone reports that the Parisian design collective and fashion label Vetements is now selling an “Oversized Printed Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt” that rips off the More »

Suicide, Mental Illness, & Music 25 Years After Kurt Cobain’s Death

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Shortly after the 2017 suicides of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, the air was thick with talk of clinical depression, artists and writers using their platforms to reassert that this illness is debilitating, serious and real. More »

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 85

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 85Deters Beat Lab@0.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Listen in playlist format here.


Metrik has returned with his first single since September’s “Dawnbreaker” on Hospital Records. Haunting vocals rise gradually in “Hackers,” building to the racing drop. This slightly frantic-feeling four-minute journey has an almost post-apocalyptic dystopian feel to it, which makes sense more as the artist explains the background behind the tune. “I made this track to be a techy dancefloor piece exploring my Y2K cyberpunk influences,” Metrik says of the release.

Just weeks after the release of his first release in many months, “Cocaine Girl,” Goldroom has delivered yet another single, titled “Yellow Flowers.” He teams up with vocalist Mereki for the spirited tune, noting its importance to him in his production process. “This song is special to me because writing it broke me through a barrier and brought me back to my first love in dance music – French house,” Goldroom said in a tweet. “Yellow Flowers” is a sun-drenched ray of sunshine, perfect to usher dance music fans into the year’s warmer months. Mereki’s vocals complement Goldroom’s production perfectly, coming together for a groovy French house number that’s guaranteed to stay with the listener long after the beat has faded out.

It’s been 25 years since Kurt Cobain‘s death, and artists across the musical spectrum have taken time this week to honor the late great Nirvana singer. One such artist is Grabbitz, who’s released a “revival” of “All Apologies,”one of his favorites. “My childhood contained a lot of sounds, but one that will never escape me is the sound of Nirvana,” he said in his accompanying music video‘s description. “From the earliest I can remember, they’ve changed the way I look at and create music.” Grabbitz’s re-imagining of the 1993 song is raw and and emotion-soaked, with his passionate vocals soaring over the instrumentals.

Chicago native Summer Was Fun has created an homage to one of the Windy City’s most recognizable streets, Lake Shore Drive. While many of the songs under his Summer Was Fun moniker are more subdued, Summer Was Fun uses inspiration drawn from his city to explore elements of trance and future bass. Cascading melodies fall both gracefully and furiously at different drops of the tune, as the producer weaves between styles and focal points. The tune ends as it begins: with a simple, graceful piano melody.

Mr FijiWiji and Matt Van‘s new Monstercat single is the perfect note to end on. The two artists have categorized the song as “chillout,” and the description is an accurate one. With a focus on Van’s captivating harmonies to Mr FijiWiji’s top-notch production, “Enough” paints a serene soundscape of lush instrumentals and wistful vocals. These longtime collaborators have consistently made magic together over the years, from “Tomorrow” to “Andromeda” to their joint Ed Sheeran cover.

Marc Jacobs Denies Ripping Off Nirvana Smiley Face

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Marc Jacobs is standing by his smiley face. After being sued for copyright infringement by attorneys representing Nirvana, the fashion designer filed a response on Friday demanding the lawsuit be dismissed, as Pitchfork reports. Jacobs claims that the smiley face design featured on a t-shirt, sweatshirt, and pair of socks in … More »