A new EP is being released tomorrow called Universal Love in support of same-sex marriage that features musicians covering classic love songs but changing the gender pronouns. Some of the standouts include St. Vincent adjusting The Crystals' "And Then He Kissed Me" to "And Then She Kissed Me." Bob Dylan's take on 1929's "She's Funny That Way" is titled "He's Funny That Way." Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie takes on The Beatles' "And I Love Her" as "And I Love Him." Bloc Party's Kele Okereke turns the Temptations’ “My Girl” into “My Guy.” Universal Love is funded by MGM Resorts, who intends to have the EP “function as wedding anthems for same-sex couples.” [ Pitchfork ]
Late ‘90s/early aughts emo band The Get Up Kids have announced their first new material in seven years, an EP called Kicker. Their last release was the 2011 full-length There Are Rules. They’ve also shared the lead single from the EP, “Maybe.” On top of all of that, the Midwest band announced a national tour behind the EP. They’ll make a stop in Seattle on Tuesday, June 26 to play Neumos. Kicker will be released on Polyvinyl, their first on the label, on June 8. [ SPIN ]
Chicago rapper Saba has released his follow-up to 2016’s Bucket List Project, titled Care For Me. Ahead of the album’s release, he shared the song “Life.” The album features some heavy-hitting guests including a verse from Chance the Rapper on “Logout.” Saba will be embarking on the Care For Me Tour next week, with a stop in Seattle on Tuesday, May 8 playing the Crocodile. [ The Fader ]
In the middle of her two night stand at The Moore Theatre here in Seattle, St. Vincent stopped by the KEXP studios to share songs from her latest LP, Masseduction. Revisit her interview with DJ Cheryl Waters, where she talks about her recent film work, designing guitars, and her time hiding out i...