Word on the street is that Outkast might me reuniting next year, making its first performance in seven years at the 2014 Coachella Music Festival.
Outkast has been on indefinite hiatus since 2007, after the release of Idlewild, when Big Boi announced a plan for an entirely solo album and André 3000 returned to rapping.
Since the hiatus began, André 3000 has been working his way back into the rap world. In 2011, he and Beyoncé collaborated for her album 4, and the collab was nominated for the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sun Collaboration. He’s also been featured on tracks by or collaborated with many other artists (including Ke$ha, Ciara, Lil Wayne, Drake, and Chris Brown).
Billboard reports that multiple sources have confirmed that the duo is currently in talks to reunite for the music festival, which starts April 11th next year.
Anyway, enjoy some Outkast classics while everyone awaits anxiously for more news!
It’s locals tuesday here on WZLY, and today our great and powerful Kanye debuted the music video for “Bound 2”, (from his latest album, Yeezus, for the ill-informed/musically deprived). The slightly odd, debatably tongue-in-cheek vid was directed by Nick Knight (who’s no stranger to sex on camera, which, let’s be real, is exactly what it looks like Kimye are at here).
Granted, Yeezy isn’t a local, there are a couple references in the song that seem to suggest differently… “Why she in the club on a Thursday?” She says it’s ‘cause it’s her friend’s birthday, but we all know they’re hanging out at Punch’s Alley on ZLY night. Double flannel, Kanye? Please. Clearly you’re trying too hard to fit in at the Wellz (we know you wish you could be one of us). - VU
So, I don’t know if you’re aware, but last week David Bowie (also known as the Lord of all things rock & roll in this world) premiered a new video for James Murphy’s remix of his song Love is Lost (originally featured in his album The Next Day – which, if you haven’t been listening to, basically means that you need to reevaluate your major life decisions right now).
I know it might be blasphemy to say so, but the video isn’t really that interesting until you hit the three-minute mark – it’s kind of just a lot of hands clapping and ambiguous lines that might be meaningful but probably aren’t. Have no fear, though, because once you get there it really does become pretty awesome (and a little NSFW, too – boobs, if you really wanna know.) Just make sure to check it out and enjoy the trip. - VU
Ugh, how fabulous are The Ronettes? Here we have one of their absolute classics, Be My Baby, accompanied by their cover of one of my personal all-time favorite songs EVER, The Isley Brother’s You Make Me Wanna Shout (check out the video here – are they not absolute foxes too?). Granted, their singing and dancing and general awesome-being is good enough, the best part of the video is stills seeing (and hearing) the legions of women and girls in the audience screaming, singing, and dancing along. Ain’t nothing like some sisterly support.
In summation, girl groups are the greatest and I want to start one. Please contact me immediately if you are interested in wearing cute little bell-bottom pantsuits and singing fabulous ballads with me. - VU
What comes to mind first when you think of M.I.A.? Talented? Uh, duh. Gorgeous? Sure. A little nasty? Always. And in the best possible way.
M.I.A.’s latest, Matangi, was released November 5th and is (obviously) filled with dance-pop anthems that are riddled with her trademark subversion and critique – from Y.A.L.A. (video above), a song that appropriates and challenges Drake’s ever-ubiquitous motto, to Matangi – a song with lyrics like “preach like a priest / I sing like a whore” that feature pretty damn prominently, there’s a veritable gallery of M.I.A.’s personal brand of “get stuffed” (amongst other insults that we’ve chosen not to publish). Of course, the album contains (what feels like, in our age of transience and fleeting microtrends) established hits like Bad Girls and Bring the Noize, there are definitely other solid tunes to be found. A personal favorite is Double Bubble Trouble, awesome both because of how the title harkens back to the good ol’ days of Miniclip and because of M.I.A.’s very specific infusion of styles that produces this kind of techno quasi-reggae (techggae? Anyone?) perfect for jumping around in a crowd of sweaty, inebriated randos (or non-sweaty sober familiars – whatever you’re more comfortable with!) while kind-of vaguely maybe adhering to the beat.
In summation, whilst Matangi may not be the optimum study soundtrack, it is guaranteed to be a seminal feature in the soundtracks set for the unwind-y hours (Parties? Nah. I mean those hours that you spend in your room flinging around that you later pretend didn’t happen when people ask what you’ve been doing all day. Please. I know you were grooving to Matangi… I was.) - VU
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"The House We Grew Up In" by The Weeks, a band based in Charleston, SC.
Raised in Mississippi and South Carolina, The Weeks live only a short drive from my hometown in North Carolina so I’ll dub myself a local. This song, recorded in Charleston, brings a new voice to “Indie southern rock”. It has the warm twang of a country song, without the banjos and beards of Mumford or the Avetts (who hold other parts of my heart). The Weeks aren’t an indie band that sings country music, they’re southerners who are in an Indie band, with all the accidental and subtle roots that will consistently catch you by surprise. “The House We Grew Up In” is dripping with the summer night nostalgia of a party with all your friends and driving with the windows down, but it’s winter and I still want to party to it. The video itself is so Charleston I want to get into my *imaginary* car and drive down right now to join them. Sing to me and teach me to longboard.
Good for: Broadening your horizons into or out of southern music.
They also have a tumblr if you were wondering. It’s theweeksmusic.tumblr.com