Friday Music News

  • Legendary blues musician B.B. King has passed away at age 89. Late last year, King has to cancel several tour dates due to dehydration, and was receiving hospice care for the condition at the time of his death. After serving in World War II, King started his music career as a Memphis disc jockey and eventually became the famous “Beale Street Blues Boy” aka B.B. He will be remembered as one of the most talented guitarists to ever live. Watch a 1993 performance of his hit “The Thrill is Gone,” below and watch more videos on our video roundup in tribute to this legendary musician here. [Pitchfork]


  • Claifornia folk rock outfit Sun Kil Moon will drop their latest album Benji on June 2. They’ve shared a sprawling, new track called “Garden of Lavender.” Sit back and let them take you on a moving 10-minute journey. [Stereogum]

  • Run The Jewels tackle the heavy theme of police brutality in their video for “Early.” With the events in Ferguson still fresh and Baltimore still unfolding, Run The Jewels have impeccable timing. The animation paired with the lyrics really sends a powerful message. [Stereogum]

  • José González was the music guest on last night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! The singer-songwriter stopped by to promote his recent album Vestiges. Watch him perform “Leaf Off/The Cave” and “Killing for Love” below. Also, be sure to catch him live at Sasquatch! on May 24. [CoS]

  • Tom Waits made his final appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman and serenaded the outgoing host with a brand new (and appropriate) song, “Take One Last Look”. Watch it and his hilarious interview below. [Pitchfork]

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