R. Kelly has a new album out as Trapped in the Closet returns


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R. Kelly fans have a lot to look forward to. First, of course, there’s his return to the closet. Yeah, you know that he is working on a whole bunch of new chapters of his epic hip hopera Trapped in the Closet, which will premiere right here on this very channel this fall. Now comes the news that he is plotting an equally epic North American tour called, naturally, “The Single Ladies Tour.”

Plus, R. Kelly is working on some new musical material, which he promises will be less love and a lot more lust. Yeah, R. Kelly is back. “When you’ve done twentysomething years, man, of giving people what they want, and satisfying people — people like to say they’re making babies off your music, they’re doing all this — it makes me feel good, but at the same time, it makes me say, ‘OK, now it’s time to go and do something that’s in me that I want to do and get out,’” he said in an interview with the Washington Post. But now that he has the excellent, but lovey dovey “Write Me Back” and 2010’s “Love Letter” out of his system, Kells promises that the new album will mark a return to the Kells we know and love best, according to the AP story. “The name of my next album is Black Panties– that’s my next 12 Play” he said. “I’m going to have some fun on it.” Hells yeah, Kells.

While the singer writes new songs, he is also working on new material for Trapped in the Closet. He’s been filming in Chicago and told the AP that there are new characters and more surprises in store for fans, plus an explanation of what the mysterious “package” is (FINALLY!). Before the show returns this fall, take a stroll down memory lane and watch the first chapter, after the tour dates.

Here are R. Kelly’s Single Ladies Tour dates:

10-13 Columbia, SC – Township Auditorium
10-14 Birmingham, AL – BJCC Concert Hall
10-18 Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
10-21 Miami, FL – JL Knight Center
10-23 Memphis, TN – Orpheum Theater
10-25 Chicago, IL – Arie Crown Theatre
10-31 Oakland, CA – Paramount Theatre
11-02 Los Angeles, CA – Nokia Theatre LA Live
11-07 Houston, TX – Jones Hall
11-08 Dallas, TX – Verizon Theatre
11-10 Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee Theatre
11-11 Cincinnati, OH – P&G Theatre: Aronoff
11-14 Louisville, KY – Palace Theater
11-15 St. Louis, MO – Fox Theatre
11-17 Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
11-21 New York, NY – MSG Theatre
11-24 Washington, DC – Constitution Hall
11-27 Baltimore, MD – Lyric Theatre
11-29 Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theater
12-02 Columbus, OH – Veterans Memorial
12-06 Cleveland, OH – State Theater
12-07 Merrillville, IN – Star Plaza

Here’s the very first chapter of “Trapped in the Closet”:

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Trapped in the Closet returns to IFC this fall

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15 That ’70s Show Quotes to Help You Unleash Your Inner Jackie

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When life gets you down, just ask yourself: what would Jackie do? (But don’t ask her, because she doesn’t care about your stupid problems.) Before you catch That ’70s Show on IFC, take a look at some quotes that will help you be the best Jackie you can be.

15. She knows her strengths.

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14. She doesn’t let a little thing like emotions get in the way.

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13. She’s her own best friend.

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12. She has big plans for her future.

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11. She keeps her ego in check.

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10. She can really put things in perspective.

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9. She’s a lover…

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8. But she knows not to just throw her love around.

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7. She’s proud of her accomplishments.

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6. She knows her place in the world.

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5. She asks herself the hard questions.

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4. She takes care of herself.

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3. She’s deep.

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2. She’s a problem solver.

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1. And she’s always modest.

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Five great musical moments in “Marie Antoinette”


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Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” starring Kirsten Dunst as the young queen and Jason Schwartzman as the king of France airs tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET. Coppola has a way with music. She’s always integrated music into her films as an equal partner in telling the story. On her debut feature “The Virgin Suicides” she conscripted French band Air (check out our interview with them here) to do the ethereal soundtrack; “Lost in Translation” featured songs by Peaches, Nick Lowe, The Chemical Brothers, and a Japanese cover of a Sex Pistols song. When crafting the soundtrack to “Marie Antoinette,” Coppola was not married to the period of the piece, instead turning to a delightfully anachronistic combination of the Swedish dream pop band The Radio Dept. and 80s contributions from bands like Bow Wow Wow and Adam and the Ants. The interplay between the music and the movie adeptly played against each other to create cinematic magic. Don’t believe us? Watch the clips below and see for yourself, then be sure to tune in to “Marie Antoinette” tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Here are five great musical moments in Coppolla’s “Marie Antoinette”:

Siouxsie and the Banshees “Hong Kong Garden”

Bow Wow Wow “I Want Candy”

New Order “Ceremony”

The Cure “Plainsong”

The Radio Dept. “Keen on Boys”

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“Marie Antoinette” airs tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET

Exclusive premiere: DAD “Sensation”


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When you’re a Parisian band about to cross the pond for the first time, it always helps when you perform in English. Another boon for DAD, is sounding a bit like TV On The Radio and not unlike Grizzly Bear. But this French five piece isn’t just a sounding board of American cool, they own this sound, mixing spoken word group-vocals, keyboards, drums and glockenspiel like they belong together. In fact, their drummer often plays the glockenspiel whilst he drums.

Their upcoming album “Vitro” comes out this September on Obliqsound, for which the band will tour a few key locations in the US and Canada. We required the usual pound of flesh to grant them entry, of course. Here’s lead singer Gabriel Gorman delivering that to us, hot and Brûléed.


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Tour dates:
15/09 Toronto – The Garrison
17/09 Hamilton – The Casbah
18/09 Ottawa – The Mercury Lounge
19/09 Montreal, Pop Montreal – O Patro Vys
21/09 Burlington,VT – The Monkey House
22/09 Boston, MA – The Middle East Upstairs
23/09 Brooklyn, NY – Spike Hill
26/09 New York, NY – The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2

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Exclusive Look at Bad Plus “Made Possible”


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The Bad Plus has spent more than a decade redefining what most people think of jazz, instead making music that even rock fans find irresistible. The trio of piano, bass, and drums is never limited by the fact that they just have three instruments. Rather bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King have been quietly churning out genre-bending tunes and genre-blind covers of Aphex Twin and Nirvana for years. Through their imaginative original compositions, relentless touring, and their inspired covers (“For All I Care,” their all-covers collaboration with vocalist Wendy Lewis is definitely worth a listen), the group has reached audiences across all demographics.

Bad Plus is now readying their ninth studio album, “Made Possible.” On the album, the group adds layers of synthesizer and electronic drum sounds to their already eclectic piano-drum-bass songwriting. The addition of the electronica accoutrements adds a depth of sound and a playfulness to the so-called jazz tunes. It’s an ingenious take on an old craft and manages to create a sound all their own. Bad Plus plays their jazz like it’s rock or, perhaps, they play their rock like it is jazz. Either way Bad Plus proves, once again, that musical genres, jazz or otherwise, are simply words that no musician should be tied to. Music fans everywhere will reap the rewards of that effort.

Watch this documentary short about the new album from Bad Plus, “Made Possible”:

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