The Wrap-Up: This Week in Music + 12 Cuts
The Wrap-Up brings you the 5 largest music news stories of the week as well as information about new album and music video releases. This week: two newly announced concerts, legal drama, a festival cancellation, and a cover!
Local Natives playing at Lupo’s
Local Natives is coming to Providence! The indie quintet is leaving sunny L.A. to tour the world this fall, and they’re stopping at Lupo’s on October 21st (a choice we definitely support!). Tickets are on sale now at www.lupos.com; each ticket comes with a digital download of the band’s upcoming album SUNLIT YOUTH, out September 9th!
The Killers cover Interpol
At their June 2nd show in Windsor, Ontario, Nevada rock band The Killers paid homage to one of their inspirations. “There were a couple of bands that really sort of lit a fire under us when we were first starting,” lead singer Brandon Flowers explained to the crowd, “and one of those bands was Interpol.” The band then launched into a cover of “Obstacle 1,” a guitar-driven track from Interpol’s 2002 debut Turn on the Bright Lights. Check out their performance below!
Lawsuits Filed Against Beyoncé, Future
This week, two of music’s biggest names encountered trouble in paradise – in the form of litigation. Independent filmmaker Matthew Fulks filed a lawsuit against Beyoncé, Columbia Records, Sony, and Parkwood Entertainment in which he alleged that the pop star copied elements of his 2014 short film Palinoia to create the trailer for her 2016 film-album Lemonade. Fulks contends that due to work he’d previously submitted to Columbia, Beyoncé’s team was aware of his film, and cites visual similarities between scenes from the two works as evidence of plagiarism.
Meanwhile, Atlanta rapper Future is also facing legal action: Rocko, the owner of Future’s former record label A1 Recordings, sued him for breach of contract this week. According to Rocko, Future’s 2011 contract with A1 was for six albums, but Future signed a deal with Epic Records that misappropriated A1’s profits. Rocko claims that Future owes him 25 percent of his Epic advances and 20 percent of his earnings from endorsements and tours – a suit of over $10 million.
Nada Surf Coming to the Met
If one indie-rock outfit coming to RI wasn’t enough for you, we’re bringing you another: Nada Surf is playing at the Met on September 16th! The prolific New York band is touring in support of their eighth album You Know Who You Are, and they’re sure to put on a killer show. Check out their song “Cold to See Clear” below, and pick up tickets here!
Last Day of Governors Ball Canceled
Last weekend, scores of music lovers thronged to Manhattan for the sixth annual Governors Ball Music Festival. The three-day festival, which boasted massive headliners like Beck, The Strokes, and Kanye West, was completely sold out, with over 50,000 concertgoers slated to attend each day. The first two days proceeded without incident, but due to forecasted inclement weather, the festival’s founders decided to cancel all performances on Sunday, and give refunds to all ticketholders (talk about a last-act plot twist!). “We’re very glad that we made that call,” Governors Ball partner Tom Russell told Billboard, “because the site was hit with extreme rain, extremely high winds; there were trees blown over, signs blown down, tents blown down.” To allay fans’ disappointment, many of the acts scheduled to play on Sunday – like Courtney Barnett, Vic Mensa, and Two Door Cinema Club – held last-minute shows around the city (Kanye attempted to do so, as well, but that nearly ended in a riot). Hopefully, Mother Nature will be on festivalgoers’ (and Kanye’s) side for next year’s GovBall!