News Round-Up | 9.23.13


This Week’s Top Music News – September 23, 2013

Chances are, all you heard about was Drake this week, and with good reason. His new album earned him our Artist of the Week accolade, which I’m going to assume he read, because he addressed the ongoing race between Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West for hip-hop’s throne. More on that after the jump. Looking to mix it up a little? This week’s News Round-Up has updates on Haim, The Strokes, and a legendary artist that’s reemerged after years of inactivity.

Drake Talks Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West

In a recent interview with Drake (which took place on a stage with an audience, naturally), the recent Artist of the Week, discussed his ongoing struggle for top dog with fellow rappers Lamar and West. Despite Lamar’s controversial verse on Big Sean’s “Control” in which he called out Drake and others, the Toronto born rapper had nothing but kind words, describing Lamar as “super talented.” He did take a few digs, though, questioning the lasting appeal of Kendrick’s music. On the other hand, Drake described Kanye as someone who’s always “pushing the limits” of hip-hop, a goal he hopes to achieve himself. Kanye seems to agree with this sentiment, to no one’s surprise.

Watch the full interview at MySpace.

Tom Waits Returns to the Stage After 5 Years

Tom Waits
For the first time since touring in 2008, Tom Waits will return to the stage for the 27th annual Bridge School Benefit, curated by Neil Young. The legendary singer-songwriter will perform a full acoustic set, as is the tradition for the benefit concert. Waits insists this is just a one-off show, however, which is a testament to Neil Young’s music industry clout. The concert will bring Queens of the Stone Age, My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, and of course, Crosby, Stills, and Nash to Mountain View, CA the weekend of October 26.


The Strokes Could Be Around Longer Than You Think; Give Career Advice To Haim

The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. claimed in a recent statement that the iconic band could make “10 more albums,” which could be good news or bad news depending on your enjoyment of their recent work. He went on to say “We’ve come to the point where we’ve been together so long and been through so much that why announce anything besides what we’re doing? We’re just together.” Check out his new solo work below.

The Strokes front-man, Julian Casablancas, had some career advice for recent Artist to WatchHaim, presumably from when singer Danielle toured with them. In short, Casablancas told them to “disappear” and then “come back with better songs in a year.” It seems they took his words to heart, as they’re about to take over the airwaves with Days Are Gone.

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More Arcade Fire news: Be sure to check out the leaked tracklist of Arcade Fire‘s upcoming Reflektor and last night’s performance on Saturday Night Live.

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Article by Nicolas White

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