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Author: Stereogum

The fearless Baltimore rapper/producer JPEGMAFIA likes to catch people off-guard. Throughout the pandemic, JPEGMAFIA has been releasing a stream of one-off tracks, and he collected a bunch of them on his release EP2! earlier this year. Then a few days ago, Peggy also announced that his new album, helpfully titled LP!, would be out this very week. He wasn’t lying. LP! is out in the world today.

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Beyoncé has recorded a new song for the upcoming Venus and Serena Williams biopic, King Richard starring Will Smith, who plays the tennis stars’ father. Titled “Be Alive,” the song soundtracks the movie’s new trailer that dropped today.

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Sony Pictures has announced a biopic based on the lives and love story of Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon Osbourne, Variety reports. “Our relationship at times was often wild, insane and dangerous but it was our undying love that kept us together,” says Sharon Osbourne. “We’re thrilled to partner with Sony Pictures and Polygram to bring our story to the screen.”

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With two decades of hindsight, it’s kind of funny to notice how at war with themselves music critics seemed regarding Incubus, especially by the time the unapologetically SoCal troupe released their fourth studio album, Morning View. As has been unendingly discussed, especially now with all of these other era-adjacent anniversaries, rock music was a tricky subject in the late ’90s and early 2000s. The Strokes were only juuuust getting around to putting their nonchalant, retrofied spin on the genre, and for the six-ish years prior, a successful radio rock band was probably going to be lumped in with Korn, Disturbed, Limp Bizkit, Drowning Pool, and the rest of the Ozzfest lineup. Incubus were not quite as easy to categorize, though goodness knows promoters tried, frequently dumping them in the nu-metal bucket on the festival circuit. Sure, Incubus’ earliest work went Deftones-hard, but then you also had acoustic, mid-tempo ballads like “Drive” and a gentle, oft-shirtless lead singer, and, welp, now the pop kids who loved *NSYNC and Britney could rock out a little too. I should know — I was one of them.

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Austin Nelson

We’ve Got A File On You features interviews in which artists share the stories behind the extracurricular activities that dot their careers: acting gigs, guest appearances, random internet ephemera, etc.

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With its shout-outs to “Silly Willy From Philly” and “Mademoiselle Kitty,” Wings’ “Venus And Mars/Rock Show” medley was essentially a children’s song when Paul McCartney released it in 1975. As such, it’s a perfect introduction to the young artists of the Langley Schools Music Project. When they covered the song in 1977, they were all between 9 and 12 years old, with almost no proper music training among them, conducted by a teacher in way over his head. But they sound like they’re having the time of their lives. There are issues with pitch and timing, including some tambourines that are nearly a full beat behind, but the kids’ enthusiasm sells the performance, especially when they’re gleefully shouting McCartney’s lyrics about Jimmy Page and Madison Square Garden and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Stripped of its association with one of the biggest pop idols in the world, their cover recaptures a pure excitement for music — not the joy of seeing a good show, but the innocent thrill of singing a fun melody with all your friends. For a brief few minutes, these kids are the real rock stars.

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Joey Tobin

In the two years since they released their album Cosmic Thrill Seekers, the antic Albany emo band Prince Daddy & The Hyena have built up a serious audience for themselves. Last month, for instance, the band opened a massive Central Park benefit show with Joyce Manor, Turnover, and Tigers Jaw. Today, Prince Daddy & The Hyena have announced that they’ve signed with Pure Nose Records, and they’ve also dropped a new song called “Curly Q.”

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HEALTH is back with another collaborative single following “ISN’T EVERYONE” with Nine Inch Nails and “ANTI-LIFE” with Tyler Bates and Deftones’ Chino Moreno. Now, HEALTH have teamed up with dark-pop performer Poppy on “DEAD FLOWERS.” It’s a sludgy, shoegazey track that verges into industrial territory. Poppy’s ethereal vocals, however, give “DEAD FLOWERS” a slight R&B saunter.

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Last we heard from Alex Lahey, the Australian Artist To Watch was covering Faith Hill classics and writing the end-credits song for Netflix’s The Mitchells Vs. The Machines. Now, Lahey is back with an ebullient new song, “Spike The Punch,” which is produced by Lahey, John Castle, and Carlos de la Garza.

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Obongjayar, the Nigerian-born and London-based singer, stepped onto our radar a few years ago, delivering floaty and authoritative hooks on tracks for XL Recordings founder Richard Russell’s Everything Is Recorded project. Since then, Obongjayar has stayed busy. Earlier this year, he collaborated with Afrobeats producer Sarz on the Sweetness EP, and he’s also been on tracks with artists like Little Simz and Pa Salieu recently. Now, Obongjayar is at work on his as-yet-untitled debut album, and he released its first single today.

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