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Chad Smith’s Daughter Ava Maybee Covers Red Hot Chili Peppers: Watch

Ava Maybee is a Los Angeles-based musician who writes indie pop songs with a funk undercurrent. She’s also the daughter of Chad Smith, the drummer in Red Hot Chili Peppers and the internet’s favorite Will Ferrell lookalike. Over the weekend, she paid tribute to her dad’s band by covering “Universally Speaking” on Instagram, notes Exclaim. Check it out below. “Universally Speaking” originally appeared on Red Hot Chili Peppers’ classic 2002 album By the Way. It’s a poppy number full of vibrant guitar riffs and hard-hitting yet simple drums. But in the hands of Ava Maybee, the single turns into a moving piano ballad with gentle background ambiance. She’s got a naturally deep voice, and hearing it stripped down for this cover song makes it obvious just how talented of a singer she re...

Travis Scott Unveils New Song “Escape Plan” at Rolling Loud: Stream

Travis Scott took to the stage at Rolling Loud Miami on Saturday night with a surprise in store for crowd: the live debut of his new song “Escape Plan.” The rapper kicked off his headlining set with the high-octane track, dressed in a neon green jacket and oversized jeans while on a suspended platform high above the stage. “Twelve figure state plan, that was the escape plan/ But hate investigatin’, that sh-t was a waistband/ But wait, I stopped the facin’ ’cause sh-t just start erasin’/ But wait, it opened gates and this shit just start paradin’, olé/ We out the basement, on one floor where it’s vacant/ She feelin’ anxious to be out where it’s dangerous/ Love all the chains and especially how I bang it/ Jamaica-Spanglish, she mixed up in her language,” he shouted on the chorus as the massi...

Taylor Swift Shares Original Version of “the lakes” For folklore’s First Anniversary: Stream

Somehow, an entire year has passed since Taylor Swift surprise-dropped her eighth studio album, folklore. To celebrate the anniversary, the singer-songwriter has gifted Swifties with an original version of “the lakes,” the album’s bonus track. “It’s been 1 year since we escaped the real world together and imagined ourselves someplace simpler,” Swift wrote on social media. “With tall trees & salt air. Where you can wear lace nightgowns that make you look like a Victorian ghost & no one will side eye you cause no one is around.” “To say thank you for all you have done to make this album what it was, I wanted to give you the original version of The Lakes. Happy 1 year anniversary to Rebekah, Betty, Inez, James, Augustine and the stories we all created around them. Happy Anniversary, f...

Isaiah Rashad Taps Doechii and Kal Banx for New Single “Wat U Sed”: Stream

Isaiah Rashad has dropped his latest single “Wat U Sed” featuring guest turns by both Doechii and Kal Banx. Stream it below. Set over a steady undercurrent of sustained synth, Rashad kicks things off with a laidback stanza recounting a “nightmare” he had involving way too many females who weren’t his current flame. While Rashad and Banx rap their respective verses and refrains, the track takes a melodic turn when Doechii takes the reins. “Lookin’ back when it spazz with your curls and your ass out/ Bad like a girl from the ave, goin’ anti/ Keep it bad, pop a tag, go and let it air out/ Drop it fast, let it spazz, go and let your hair down,” she croons on the second verse. Advertisement Related Video “Wat U Sed” is set to be included on Rashad’s forthcoming sophomore album The House is Burn...

Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker Sing in Simlish for The Sims 4 Cottage Living: Stream

After lots of hype, The Sims 4 expansion pack Cottage Living finally hit stores yesterday. The release includes songs by Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus sung in in Simlish, the game’s in-universe gibberish language. For Cottage Living, Baker decided to tackle her Little Oblivions track “Faith Healer,” which sounds surprisingly natural despite the fact that she’s singing made-up words. Baker even adds in the trills and falsetto climbs that occur in the original version of the song! It’s creative and fun, and yes, packs plenty of emotion despite incoherent lyrics. As for Dacus, she chose to perform her Home Video song “Hot & Heavy” for the game. Like Baker, she seems to navigate the familiar-yet-not complexities of Simlish surprisingly well.  It almost sounds like Dacus has sung “Hot &a...

Beggars Arkive to Release Gary Numan Vinyl Box Set of 15 Singles

Beggars Arkive has unveiled a long-awaited collection of Gary Numan’s hit singles in a brand-new box set, The Singles Collection 1978-1983. The 15 singles and accompanying B-sides span the electronic pioneer’s work from 1978 through 1983, exclusively on translucent vinyl in red, blue, and green. Each set comes complete with a white vinyl DJ case as well as a 64-page tri-color booklet featuring “front and back sleeve images, notes, recording and original release information for each single plus and archival images,” according to a release. Numan’s box set will be available November 5th via both the Beggars Arkive webstore and the artist’s website, with only 2000 limited-edition copies made worldwide. Check out the collection’s special packaging and complete tracklist after the jump. Ad...

Westside Gunn, DJ Premier, and Brady Watt Team Up for “The Narcissist”: Stream

Producer Brady Watt has teamed up with Westside Gunn and DJ Premier for their new collaborative single, “The Narcissist.” Along with the two-and-a-half minute track, the artists have shared a music video animated by cartoonist Jim Warren to bring the track’s lyrics to life. “The Narcissist” opens with a drumless, twinkly synth riff, and the beat gradually builds into a swirling instrumental with a jazzy bassline. “I cooked up this composition how I usually do, just jamming in the studio,” Watt explained in a press release. “I used three basses on this; my fretted, fretless, and upright…This song really manifested itself, and I’m honored to have my name next to these titans.” DJ Premier added, “This one was more of me listening to Brady’s direction and vision. I felt like it needed some dru...

The Joy Formidable Announce US Tour, Share New Single “Interval”: Stream

There’s less than a month to go until The Joy Formidable release their new album Into the Blue on August 20th. To tide fans over until then, the Welsh alt-rockers have just dropped “Interval,” a gripping new single from the record, and they’ve also announced 2021 US tour dates. Whereas their last album, 2018’s AAARTH, dipped into electronic elements at times, The Joy Formidable return to their heady rock roots on this new single. “Interval” quickly grabs the reigns with a thick bassline before singer Rhiannon “Ritzy” Bryan’s vocals enter the frame. Although it sounds relatively controlled and tempered in the first half, it’s clear that “Interval” is building tension early on — and, as such, it eventually explodes in track’s final fuzz-filled minutes. Stream it below. This is the final sing...

London Rapper Dave Shares New Album We’re All Alone in This Together: Stream

London rapper Dave has shared his new album We’re All Alone in This Together. Stream it below via Apple Music and Spotify. We’re All Alone In This Together is the follow-up to the South London rapper’s 2019 debut, Psychodrama. It comes with a stacked cast of guest appearances, including Stormzy, James Blake, Wizkid, Snoh Aalegra, Ghetts, Giggs, Mount Kimbie, and Fredo. Spanning 12 tracks, the album boasts the previously-released singles “Clash” and “System.” As the title implies, its thematic focus skews fairly dark and contemplative. Its instrumentals are generally mellow and pretty, with a couple of bangers in the mix. Advertisement Related Video Back in January, Dave made a guest appearance on Fredo’s album, Money Can’t Buy Happiness. We’re All Alone in This Together Artwork: ...

Camila Cabello Unveils New Song “Don’t Go Yet”: Stream

Camila Cabello returns today with “Don’t Go Yet,” her first new music in over a year. The latest single from the singer’s forthcoming album, Familia, is a striking dose of Latin-influenced pop, co-written by Cabello with Scott Harris, Ricky Reed, and Mike Sabath. Along with the track, Cabello has also shared its accompanying music video by Philippa Price and Pilar Zeta. The campy visual for “Don’t Go Yet” feels pulled straight from an ’80s Pedro Almodóvar film, complete with an eccentric cast of characters, bold set design, and a few great dance sequences. In the track, Cabello teases a significant other: “Baby, don’t go yet, ’cause I wore this dress for a lil’ drama,” she sings over live percussion by the acclaimed Cuban drummer Pedrito Martinez. Check out the video below. “When it was ti...

Simple Plan Share Studio Recording of Scooby-Doo Theme Song: Stream

Someone grab the Scooby Snacks because Simple Plan have unveiled their take on “What’s New Scooby-Doo?” The track served as the theme song for the kids’ television series of the same name, which ran from 2002 to 2006 on Cartoon Network and Boomerang. Stream it below. “What’s new Scooby Doo?/ We’re gonna follow you/ You’re gonna solve that mystery/ I see you, Scooby-Doo/ The trail leads back to you/ What’s new, Scooby-Doo?” the Canadian rockers croon on the peppy track, which has long been a staple at their live shows. The band shared an Instagram post announcing the news, which featured them drawn in the distinctive style of the classic cartoon. They wrote “It’s finally happening! The ‘What’s New Scooby-Doo’ theme song will officially be available to stream at midnight! We always have so m...

Illuminati Hotties Links Up with Big Thief’s Buck Meek on New Single “u v v p”: Stream

Illuminati Hotties, the indie rock project of producer-songwriter Sarah Tudzin, has just released a new single from her upcoming album Let Me Do One More. It’s called “u v v p” and it sees her teaming up with Big Thief’s own Buck Meek. Stream the track below. “u v v p” has arrived just in time for summer, with its laid-back beach vibes and sunny steel guitar. So far in her career, Illuminati Hotties has made the biggest waves with punk-leaning pop numbers, but this Beach Boys-style track suits her just as well. By the time Buck Meek kicks in near the end for a verse that sounds like a cowboy reading a melodramatic letter, it’s clear that no matter what Tudzin writes, she can’t help but have fun while doing it. This is the third track Tudzin has shared from Let Me Do One More, her second pr...