Alex Cameron, Jemima Kirke and the behaviour of men: ‘I can’t get away from writing about it’

The Australian artist has been under fire for his ironic personas but his new album is a left-turn, and a gift to the actor he wrote it for No matter how hard I try, I cant get away from writing about the behaviour of men, Alex Cameron says. The Australian singer is in a hotel room in Salt Lake City, Utah, a week away from the release of his third record, Miami Memory, and more than 3,200km away from New York City where he lives with his partner, the artist, actor and Girls star Jemima Kirke, for whom he wrote the record. Camerons relationship with Kirke is mapped on to the record in ways that are incredibly open and occasionally …

Rapper Riff Raff Accused of Having Sex With High Schooler

Once a celebrated Vine stara kind of human meme, as two others have accused him of rape. But Regalbutos videos brought the issue to the surface once again. I mainly posted my one video just to get things off my chest but it blew up overnight, Regalbuto told The Daily Beast. When you hear other girls saying the same story, its sad but its also relieving, because its good to feel that youre not alone in a situation like this, she added. In a statement, Riff Raffs lawyer said he categorically denies these baseless allegations of a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old. The artist, whose real name is Horst Simco, has previously denied all other allegations of sexual misconduct. Regalbuto …

Taylor Swift: Lover review a return to past glories

Taylor Swifts latest album revisits the catchy pop and romantic concerns that made her name Taylor Swift is more of a lover than a fighter. The singer-songwriter doesnt say it out loud on her seventh album the successor to 2017s 1989 via the confessionals of Jack Antonoff, producer of Lordes 2017 album ME! a duet with You Need to Calm Down, a fabulously pitched takedown of haters, bigots and internet trolls, have exuded playfulness, tunefulness and wit in equal measure. An album so long is bound to be a mixed bag. Strong opener I Forgot That You Existed is a breezy kiss-off to an old flame or, perhaps the whole Kimye era: Lived in the shade you were throwing till …

The month’s best mixes: cosmic connections and oceanic electronics

ADAB brings Afrofuturism into the psychedelic mix, while Russell EL Butler taps into the African diaspora Neptunian Influence: ADAB When Tim Sweeney moved from Maryland to study at New York University in 1999, he signed up to host on the campus radio station, WNYU 89.1 FM. A largely solo affair in the early days, Sweeney spent his Tuesday evenings as Beats in Space, mixing live and talking to callers. When he started working for James Murphys DFA label, his star began to shine, tapping into the mid-00s punk-dance scene and honing his affable, downbeat charm. When he graduated in 2003, the show continued its now considered one of the longest running college radio shows in the US, and has featured …

Pop sensation Dorian Electra: ‘I’m not a woman dressing as a man. It’s more complex’

The gender-fluid pop sensation talks about performing as a stripper, giving queer people strength and dressing up as Bono Invariably, queer pop stars worship David Bowie, and Dorian Electra is no different. My dad got me into Bowie from a really young age, they say. I looked up to androgynous rock stars. Whats less common is worshipping Bono. He was one of my heroes as a kid. I know, funny: everyone hates him. But I really loved him, and used to dress up as him. That was one of my first experiences in what I guess you could call drag, but I would call dressing up. I performed the song Vertigo, just for my family I drew on a little …

Brazil mourns death of musician Joo Gilberto

Bossa nova legend, 88, earns warm tributes but not from president Jair Bolsonaro Brazil is mourning the death of Joo Gilberto, one of the countrys greatest musicians and composers, a reclusive genius in a nation of extroverts whose work recalled happier, more optimistic times for a deeply divided nation. Gilbertos funeral will be held on Monday at Rios Municipal theatre. It is not yet clear whether members of the public will be allowed in. The death on Saturday of the 88-year-old bossa nova legend whose Girl from Ipanema, recorded with his then-wife Astrud Gilberto, became perhaps Brazils best-known song worldwide was marked in newspaper headlines, in musical tributes and in homages from many of Brazils greatest living artists. But it …

Princess Diana was set to star in sequel to The Bodyguard with Kevin Costner

Actor has confirmed the late Princess of Wales was keen to play role after conversations instigated by Sarah Ferguson Kevin Costner has confirmed that the late Princess of Wales was set to star alongside him in a sequel to 1992 hit The Bodyguard, in which he starred as an agent assigned to protect a pop star played by Whitney Houston. Speaking to turned into a stage musical in 2012, and is still running in Londons West End. Houston died suddenly in 2012, drowning in the bath after a long history with drink and drugs.

Vampire Weekends Ezra Koenig: Rock music is dead, so it’s more joyful to me’

As his band gear up for Glastonbury, the singer talks about his Jewish politics and how there are musicians far more privileged than him If you have never been to Glastonbury, you will always get people telling you that its just got a different vibe to other festivals, man. Even platinum-selling musicians. Its like being in some weird medieval village, says Ezra Koenig, frontman of Father of the Bride in May, and like the previous two, it went to No 1 in the US and Top 3 in the UK. It came six years after the last one, Neo Yokio, which starred Jaden Smith and Jude Law; he also fell in love with the actor and director west African highlife …

Bill Callahan: ‘I can’t die life is too good, it can’t end’

With help from his wife and Lee Scratch Perry, the artist formerly known as Smog has opened up. Hes even talking to his neighbours, he says Originally, I was going to interview Bill Callahan at home in Austin, Texas. Then he was going to fly to London for a more efficient European press trip. Then his publicist forwarded an email from the 53-year-old songwriter: Every round-trip flight from New York to London melts 32 sq ft of polar ice … in light of global warming, any chance this could be done via FaceTime? These empires must crumble! Reading about A River Aint Too Much to Love his last as Smog, the name he made music under since 1990 nature has …

The great green expansion: how ring-necked parakeets took over London

Was Jimi Hendrix responsible for the bright-green tropical birds presence in the capital? Or was it Katharine Hepburn? Electric Ladyland wasnt the only thing Jimi Hendrix released in 1968. One day in that tumultuous year he left his flat on Brook Street, Mayfair, and strolled down nearby Carnaby Street with a birdcage in his hands. I like to think that he was dressed in a tasselled jacket and flares, his favourite Fender Stratocaster slung across his back. Or perhaps he travelled incognito, in a trenchcoat and dark glasses. Either way, somewhere on that street, the heart of Swinging London at the height of peace and love, he opened the door of the cage and unleashed two bright green birds: Adam …

Moby Dated Natalie Portman and Spills CIA Secrets, Says Moby

Wikipedia calls Moby a pioneer of electronic music in the aughts, but todays headlines confirm Moby is now a three-time, eye-roll-inducing author adamant that, no really guys, he actually, like, really did date Natalie Portman. In his newly released memoir (his second in four years) , Moby reminisces about a supposedly brief relationship with the actress in 1999 when he was 33 and Portman was 20. He claims they met at a gig in Austin, Texas, which led to attending parties together and even a trip to see a day in her life as a student at Harvard University. For a few weeks I had tried to be Natalies boyfriend, but it hadnt worked out, he writes, The Guardian. Speaking …

For Some Jews, Yiddish History Is Sanctuary. For Others, Its Dangerous.

If you ask, Alex Weiser smiles and says its definitely a coincidence: When he planned the release party for his debut Yiddish-themed album win an election against, well, some odds, Weiser orchestrated a night of live music to introduce the world to his latest work. Some of the performance was his own creation and some hed brought in from the archives of a blog about the album. I think that people don't understand Jewish identity, Weiser told me last week when we spoke in his office at YIVO, one of five organizations making up New York Citys iconic Jewish dishes and likewise Zohar Weiman-Kelman, an assistant professor at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Hebrew wasnt necessarily …

50 great tracks for May from FKA twigs, Sunn O))), Stormzy and more

From Bruce Springsteens return to Dorian Electras magnificent electropop read about 10 of our favourite songs of the month and subscribe to our 50-track playlist of the best new music to start summer

Carly Rae Jepsen: Im more confident in my weirdness now

The Canadian popstar on true love, bad outfits and her new album, Dedicated When greatest chorus of the 21st century, she was aiming for a sense of childish excitement. Its how she writes much of her pop as she puts it today, I want to feel Im on the top of a mountain with Beyonc-wind in my hair and I can fly for a second. Jepsen is one of pops more intriguing characters. When Call Me Maybe entered the Hot 100 in her home country, Canada, seven years ago she thought shed made it. Then Justin Bieber heard the impossibly catchy track, creaky version on live TV. In the video for Jepsens follow-up hit, I Really Like You, Famous Blue …

BTS’ world domination: How did we get here?

The luv for South Korean boy band BTS keeps growing.Image: Getty Images for The Recording ACADEMY Whether you’re a fan or not, it’s hard to ignore the immense rise of K-pop heavyweights BTS. The South Korean boy band has made an unprecedented break into mainstream Western culture. They’ve topped charts, broken YouTube records, and racked up much-hyped appearances on Saturday Night Live and awards shows like the Grammys. For K-pop fans, BTS has been big for a long time. But if you’re out of the loop, it’s fair to think the seven-member band popped out of obscurity before linking up with Halsey for a hit single and setting a record that hasn’t been achieved since The Beatles. The band’s social …