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East Nashville School Teachers Send Touching Message To Students In "You Matter" Amid Black Lives Matter Reckoning
"Over 60 percent of our students and their families are African American, and as educators, it hurt our hearts that they had to listen to debates over whether or not it's OK to say out loud that their lives matter," a teacher said
As conversations around the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States continue, teachers from Nashville Classical Charter School in East Nashville want to make their message loud and clear: They are here for their students.
"Recently, our school community was rocked by the controversy around the Black Lives Matter movement," Marisa Frank, the Dean of Culture and Arts at the school, which serves mostly low-income students, wrote in an email. "Over 60 percent of our students and their families are African American, and as educators, it hurt our hearts that they had to listen to debates over whether or not it’s OK to say out loud that their lives matter."
Several communities across the country have faced new and old conversations revolving around race and privilege. East Nashville—home to a Black population that makes up the second-largest racial group of the area, followed by white, according to City-data—was not exempt. To show the school's strong support for its students, Frank wrote "You Matter," an original song containing messages from her fellow teachers.
Tamica Nicole, a parent, delivers the heart-warming message over the song's piano instrumentals.
"Do you know you matter?/ Because you do," she sings. "I'm right here standing by your side/Gonna dry those tears streaming from your eyes."
"I promise you, I promise you I'm going to fight now to end injustice so you won't have to," the song continues.
Listen to "You Matter" in full above.
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Iggy Pop Announces New Album, 'Free', Shares Title Track
"By the end of the tours following Post Pop Depression, I felt sure that I had rid myself of the problem of chronic insecurity that had dogged my life and career for too long. But I also felt drained… I wanted to be free," the Godfather of Punk explained
Today, GRAMMY-nominated punk forbearer Iggy Pop revealed the details for his forthcoming 18th solo studio album, along with its short—at under two minutes—yet spacious title track, "Free." The 10-track LP is due out Sept. 6 and follow's 2016's GRAMMY-nominated Post Pop Depression.
"This is an album in which other artists speak for me, but I lend my voice," Pop explains in a press release.
The statement notes jazz trumpeter Leron Thomas and L.A.-based electric guitarist Noveller as the "principal players" collaborating with Pop on this exploratory new project. On "Free," Thomas' horn and Noveller's guitar add layers of depth, somberness and exploration, as Pop's echoing voice cuts through twice to proclaim, "I want to be free."
Pop adds that his last tour left him feeling exhausted but ready for change, and the shifts eventually led him to these new sounds:
"By the end of the tours following Post Pop Depression, I felt sure that I had rid myself of the problem of chronic insecurity that had dogged my life and career for too long. But I also felt drained. And I felt like I wanted to put on shades, turn my back, and walk away. I wanted to be free. I know that's an illusion, and that freedom is only something you feel, but I have lived my life thus far in the belief that that feeling is all that is worth pursuing; all that you need—not happiness or love necessarily, but the feeling of being free. So this album just kind of happened to me, and I let it happen."
Post Pop Depression earned the former Stooges frontman his second GRAMMY nod, at the 59th GRAMMY Awards for Best Alternative Music Album. It was produced by GRAMMY winner Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and as a tribute of sorts to David Bowie, Pop's longtime friend the producer of his first two solo albums, and was released shortly after Bowie's surprising passing.
As the press release states, "While it follows the highest charting album of Iggy's career, Free has virtually nothing in common sonically with its predecessor—or with any other Iggy Pop album."
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Travis Scott Drops "Watch" Featuring Lil Uzi Vert, Kanye West
The GRAMMY-nominated rapper returns with a new single boasting two high-profile features
Houston-born rapper Travis Scott capped off a busy week by releasing a new single on May 4, "Watch," featuring Lil Uzi Vert and Kanye West. The song's intro references Scott's forthcoming album, Astroworld, which will be his third studio album.
Earlier this week, Scott appeared on Playboi Carti's "Love Hurts," delivering a guest verse for the rapper's return from a relatively quiet year since releasing his debut mixtape last April.
Lil Uzi is coming off two GRAMMY nominations at the 60th GRAMMY Awards for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance for his 2017 hit "Bad And Bougee."
West has a large menu of upcoming releases slated for late May and June, including his eighth studio album plus pulling production duty on new albums by Nas, Pusha T, Teyana Taylor, and a collab with fellow GRAMMY-winner Kid Cudi.
Scott's summer will include several big festival appearances, starting with his May 13 performance at Miami's Rolling Loud Festival. The GRAMMY-nominated rapper will also appear at Governors Ball in New York City, Lollapalooza in Chicago, Osheaga Festival in Montreal, Hard Festival in Pomona, Calif., and Austin City Limits Festival in Austin, Texas. As of yet, no release date for Astroworld has been announced.
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Little Dragon Reveal 2020 Tour Dates, New Song
"Tongue Kissing" is the Swedish electro-pop group's first new music of 2019
Today, Oct. 23, GRAMMY-nominees Little Dragon revealed dates for an extensive European and North American tour next year, with tickets going on sale this Friday. The Swedish electro-pop band also shared their first new music of 2019, a shimmery, bubbling track called "Tongue Kissing."
Their 2020 tour is set to kick off in Stockholm on March 9, with 12 dates across Europe, wrapping up the Euro leg at the 02 Brixton Academy in London on March 26. On April 15, they'll kick of the North American-side of the jaunt in Washington, D.C., followed by an April 18 show at Brooklyn Steel and an April 20 gig at Philadelphia's Union Transfer.
The trek is currently set to end at the House of Blues in San Diego on May 12. Tickets for all shows go on sale this Fri., Oct. 25. For complete dates and ticket info, please visit the band's website.
As for "Tongue Kissing," Little Dragon dropped it yesterday, Oct. 22, along with a sweet message about it on Twitter.
"Feels beautiful to share new music with the world! This song is about facing our demons! Tongue kissing with the madness, slow dancing, soul searching, cry laughing and letting the dream wrap you safe like a cocoon," the group wrote.
Feels beautiful to share new music with the world! This song is about facing our demons! Tongue kissing with the madness, slow dancing, soul searching, cry laughing and letting the dream wrap you safe like a cocoon. https://t.co/fiiupMoovi— little dragon (@LittleDragon) October 22, 2019
Keep an out for new tour dates too! pic.twitter.com/AWx993PDjX
The vibey quartet's most recent prior release was their 2018 Lover Chanting EP. Earlier this year, they were featured on Flying Lotus' "Spontaneous." The band's last full-length album was 2017's Season High, which followed their GRAMMY-nominated Nabuma Rubberband, released in 2014.
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Ryan Adams' Valentine Gifts To Fans: New Song, First 2018 Show Announcement
The GRAMMY-nominated "Do You Still Love Me?" singer has a few special gifts for his fanbase, just in time for Valentine's Day
GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter and indie rock iconoclast Ryan Adams has kept a couple items in his ever-changing bag of alt-pop tricks, doling them out to his fans today just in time for Valentine's.
His new track "Baby I Love You" is his first new release in almost a year, following his 16th studio album Prisoner in Feb. 2017, which AllMusic deemed, "not a record that wallows in hurt, [but] an album that functions as a balm for bad times."
As his first musical follow-up to Prisoner, "Baby I Love You" trades further on Adams' ability to capture the essences of love's more bittersweet emotive siblings without ever wandering too deep into the swamps of self-pity. All in all, it makes for a fitting successor to the painful subject matter of Prisoner (re: the dissolution of his marriage to Mandy Moore), while beginning to show hints of a more positive outlook on the horizon. At the same time, Adams continuous ability to write with both his emotions and musical influences firmly on his sleeve (Tom Petty, Johnny Marr) always make for a pleasing sonic package, regardless of lyrical content.
And if a brand new track wasn't enough to sate Adams fans' Valentine's appetites, the singer managed to subtly sneak in an announcement of his first concert of 2018, which will take place at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colo., on June 14.