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Courtney Barnett has announced details of a new ‘Here And There’ festival compilation, which will aid reproductive rights groups.

The Australian singer-songwriter’s Here And There touring festival kicked off in Kansas City, MO on Monday (August 8) and will visit 13 further stops before it wraps up Denver, CO on September 3. Each night features a unique line-up, featuring the likes of Japanese Breakfast, Wet Leg, Lucy Dacus and more.

Some of the artists set to appear at Here And There have contributed to the new compilation, which will be released on a very rare and limited edition run of 600 cassette tapes. All funds raised will be donated to the National Network of Abortion Funds and Advocates For Youth.

The tracklist consists of b-sides, demos and live tracks from the likes of Sleater-Kinney, Julia Jacklin and more, and is previewed by a demo version of Barnett’s own ‘If I Don’t Hear From You Tonight’. Listen to it below now and pre-order the record here.

The full tracklist for ‘Here And There: B-Sides, Live Tracks + Demos’ is as follows:

Julia Jacklin – ‘Vegas Wedding (Demo)’
Bedouine – ‘Wasn’t Me (Live)’
The Beths – ‘Keep The Distance (Demo)’
Faye Webster – ‘Come To Atlanta (Live From Chase Park Transduction)’
Sleater-Kinney – ‘Complex Female Characters (Live)’
Courtney Barnett – ‘If I Don’t Hear From You Tonight (Demo)’
Caroline Rose – ‘Soma (Demo)’
Hana Vu – ‘Maker (Live From The Parking Lot Sessions)’

Meanwhile, Barnett will tour the UK and Europe later this year in support of her latest album ‘Things Take Time, Take Time’. The dates will kick off at Munich’s Neue Theaterfabrik on October 28 before wrapping up with an appearance at Pitchfork Music Festival in London on November 13.

In a four-star review of the musician’s latest album, NME wrote: “Partly as a consequence of being written and recorded during the pandemic ‘Things Take Time, Take Time’ is sparer than Barnett’s previous records, pairing jangly, lackadaisical indie-rock with scatterings of drum machine; programmed in collaboration with Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa.

“Though it lacks the more immediate bite of Barnett’s previous work, its softness gives it a more tender focus. True to title ‘Things Take Time, Time Time’s unshowy songs take hold more slowly, but Barnett’s small snatches of happiness grip you all the same.”



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Tory Lanez released from house arrest for Megan Thee Stallion trial

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Tory Lanez has been released from house arrest at a judge’s discretion in order to prepare for a trial over an allegation that he shot Megan Thee Stallion in 2020.

The rapper (real name Daystar Peterson) is accused of shooting Megan Peet in the foot in July of that year during a drunken dispute that unravelled following a pool party at reality star Kylie Jenner’s house in California.

Peterson has denied the assault charge. Yesterday (December 5) the songwriter was freed from house arrest, which he’d been placed under following allegations that he assaulted musician August Alsina in Chicago in September, as the jury selection opened.

The rapper has denied assaulting Alsina (via AllHipHop).

Rolling Stone reports that there were strenuous objections by prosecutors to Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Herriford’s decision.

Deputy District Attorney Kathy Ta objected, arguing that Peterson allegedly tried to “sway” or “intimidate” witnesses previously in the case. She said once testimony begins and everyone is in the same jurisdiction, witnesses might have their “concerns magnified” and “fear” being “in reach of him”.

Jude Herriford said: “I will terminate the house arrest at this point. The main reason is that during trial, it’s difficult to have a client who’s not accessible. I’m doing this mainly for the trial preparation aspect.”

Herriford also rejected Ta’s request that Peterson at least keep his ankle monitor on.

The 10-day trial has now started, with opening statements to begin next Monday (December 12).

Defence lawyer George G. Mgdesyan told the court yesterday that his client never attempted to bribe or intimidate anyone despite Megan telling authorities that Peterson apologised, offered her money, and begged her to stay quiet in the aftermath of the shooting because he purportedly was on probation at the time.

“She says that my client told her to lie and offered her money because he’s on probation and didn’t want to get arrested. My client has never been on probation,” Mgdesyan said.

“If he’s required to have a monitor on his ankle in front of jurors, I think it’s just punitive. It doesn’t serve any purpose. If he’s going to dissuade a witness, all probation is going to know is where he is. It doesn’t mean he can’t meet with that person,” he added.

Lanez has denied trying to buy Peet’s silence following the incident.

Earlier this year, Megan Thee Stallion told Rolling Stone that the other woman with her during the shooting – her former close friend Kelsey Harris – told her after the incident that Peterson offered to invest in her business in exchange for her silence.

Harris was riding in the SUV with Peet and Peterson the night of the alleged firearm assault. She appeared at a hearing in September and was ordered to return this month under a subpoena from prosecutors.

At a preliminary hearing in 2021 a police investigator said that Peet claimed that she heard Peterson shout, “Dance, bitch”, as he allegedly opened fire with a semiautomatic 9mm handgun on a residential street in the Hollywood Hills.

Prior to the gunfire, the detective testified, the group had allegedly got into a verbal fight inside the vehicle over Peterson’s claim that he’d been romantic with Peet behind Harris’ back.

Peterson was formally charged in late 2020 with one count of assaulting Peet with a semiautomatic firearm in a manner that “personally inflicted great bodily injury” and one count of carrying a concealed, loaded, and unregistered firearm in a vehicle.

A protective order bars Peterson from contacting Peet in person or otherwise.

If he’s found guilty as charged at the trial, he could serve a maximum prison sentence of 22 years and eight months.

Last month, Megan Thee Stallion responded to a lyric on Drake and 21 Savage’s new collaborative album ‘Her Loss’ that appears to reference her being shot.

She posted a series of tweets demanding unnamed rappers stop referencing her shooting, beginning by demanding that they “stop attaching weak ass conspiracy theories in bars to my name”.

In a separate tweet, she wrote: “Stop using my shooting for clout… Since when tf is it cool to joke abt women getting shot!”



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Sons of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Iron Maiden’s Janick Gers share collaborative single

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Noah Yorke, the son of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, has teamed up with Dylan Gers, the son of Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers, on a new single called ‘Red Skies’.

Announcing the moody and atmospheric collaboration on social media recently, Dylan wrote: “I hope you enjoy the inner workings of our minds.”

Noah, meanwhile, said that the Michael Smith-produced song was “written and sung by [Dylan] with me on 12 string, bass, vocal harmonies, and piano and some other bits”. He added: “We’re really proud of it. We hope you enjoy.”

‘Red Skies’ arrives via independent label Sly-Tone – tune in below:

Noah Yorke released his first track under his own name ‘Trying Too Hard (Lullaby)’ in September 2021. He’d previously dropped material under the alias Alec Owen, including 2020’s ‘L.E.T.H.A.L.’ album.

Additionally, Noah was a member of London duo Hex Girlfriend (via Consequence). Last month the musician shared the single ‘Lucky Black Cat’, which was “very inspired by Nick Drake and Bruce Springsteen”, as he explained on Instagram.

“It is about the twists and turns of fate and feeling, and my own personal feeling of gratitude for the people i am lucky enough to be around and the things i have managed to do this year,” he said.

Meanwhile, Thom Yorke is currently out on a North American headline tour with The Smile.

In a four-star review of the group’s concert in Brooklyn, New York last month NME wrote: “For a project born in isolation, the trio’s live performance feels like a triumph […] Much like their very first show, The Smile emerges at Kings Theatre spectacularly.”



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Arctic Monkeys announced as headliners for NOS Alive 2023

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Arctic Monkeys have been announced as a headliner for NOS Alive 2023 – find all the details below.

  • READ MORE: The NME Big Read – Arctic Monkeys: “We know more tricks now, but we’re still rolling on that same instinct”

The festival is due to take place in Lisbon, Portugal between July 6-8 next year. It was recently revealed that Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lizzo, The Black Keys and Sam Smith will all be performing.

Today (December 6) it’s been confirmed that Arctic Monkeys will top the bill at NOS Alive on Friday, July 7, 2023.

Tickets for the festival are on general sale now – you can purchase yours from here. See the announcement posts below.

The news of Arctic Monkeys’ forthcoming NOS Alive appearance comes after the band added new European dates to their 2023 world tour. Alex Turner and co. are set to hit the road next spring in support of their acclaimed seventh album ‘The Car’.

A run of UK and Ireland stadium shows is scheduled for May and June, with a North American leg following in September. The Monkeys will be in Europe in late April and early May before returning for extra gigs in July.

AM are also lined up to top the bill at next year’s edition of Open’er Festival and Bilbao BBK Live in Spain. They’re currently rumoured to be one of the two remaining headliners for Glastonbury 2023 following the confirmation of Elton John last week.

Meanwhile, Arctic Monkeys’ singles ‘Body Paint’ and ‘There’d Better Be A Mirrorball’ appeared on NME‘s ‘best songs of 2022’ list this week at Number 24 and Number Five, respectively.

NME praised frontman Turner’s “truly earnest, open, romantic and human” lyrics on the latter track, calling it a “slow-dance waltzing beauty”.



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