Bully, “Trying” (video)
Fearless auteur Alicia Bognanno delivers an earnest plea of self-doubt and perseverance over the kind of guitar-bass-drums backing that never goes out of style. You might be tempted to write it off as another better-than-average indie jam until the chorus hits and Bognanno’s magnificent howl shows way more than it tells.
Feels Like is out 6/23 on StarTime International. Limited edition red or blue vinyl is available for preorder on Bully’s bandcamp site. Catch them on tour this summer with Best Coast or at a festival near you. Tickets are available at bullythemusic.com.
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6/10 – Saint Louis, MO @ The Ready Room (w/ Best Coast)
6/12 – Boston, MA @ Paradise (w/ Best Coast)
6/13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Northside Fest
6/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer (w/ Best Coast)
6/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
6/16 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (w/ Best Coast)
6/18 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall (w/ Best Coast)
6/19 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic (w/ Best Coast)
6/20 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
6/23 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s (w/ Best Coast)
6/24 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater (w/ Best Coast)
6/26 – San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park (w/ Best Coast)
6/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern (w/ Best Coast)
7/17 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Madison (w/ The New Pornographers)
7/18 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
7/18 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas (w/ Protomartyr)
7/24 – Nashville, TN @ The Stone Fox
7/26 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
9/10 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch
9/16 – Montreal, Quebec @ Pop Montreal 2015
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Vic Mensa, “U Mad” feat. Kanye West (video)
New visuals for Vic Mensa’s “U Mad” include extras from the Half-Life movie wandering around taking notes and grinding out sparks in a hotel conference room while a straitjacketed Mensa writhes passionately; Kanye in a DONDA sweatshirt; and a lot of red.
Sidenote: are there edits available that keep the swearing and leave out Ray Rice/Ike Turner lines? Why don’t rappers ever mention Chris Brown like this?