Week in Pop: xCephasx, Krystle Warren, QOQO ROBOQS

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CHUCK, Indian Agent, Maston, Pool Holograph, guest selections by Dent May.

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Sjimon Gompers | August 19, 2017

The persistence & ever-evolving proliferation of Vancouver's xCephasx, oka Cephas Munga; photographed by Mescondi, aka Conor Cunningham.

With our hearts & thoughts with everyone in Charlottesville, Spain & everywhere in the world where people have been hurt by hate—Impose’s Week in Pop continues to fight against injustice & intolerance of others everywhere & championing the arts & activists of love & creative light. So with councils & committees collapsing in the face of our current crisis state of civic calamity—we now turn toward the latest breaking media exclusives with some of the week’s buzz you have may have missed, such as Lushlife started a project called Skull Eclipses with Botany & dropped a track featuring harp from Mary Lattimore timed for watching Monday’s solar eclipse; at long last Lil B dropped the highly anticipated Black Ken mixtape; the compilation Philia: Artists Rise Against Islamophobia is available now via Floating House Recordings ft. contributions from Fruit Bats, The Dodos, Mac DeMarco, Small Leaks Sink Ships, Vetiver, etc; DOOM announced the first KMD album in 25 years with Crack in Time & dropped “True Lightyears” ft. Jay Electronica; Wolf Eyes dropped the new album No Hate as a benefit for Heather Heyer; Chelsea Wolfe dropped the “16 Psyche” video from Zev Deans off of Hiss Spun available September 22 through Sargent House with a fall tour; Gucci Mane announced the new album Mr. Davis available September 15 & dropped “I Get the Bag” ft. Migos; Car Seat Headrest dropped “War Is Coming (If You Want It)”; Shabazz Palaces dropped the Neil Ferron video for “Shine a Light” feat. Thaddillac off of Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star/Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines available now via Sub Pop; Jamila Woods dropped the Ashley Huicochea, Sam Bailey & Vincent Martell video for “LSD” ft. Chance The Rapper; Radiator Hospital announced the new album Play the Songs You Like available October 20 through Salinas & dropped the video for “Dance Number”; Ariel Pink dropped “Feels Like Heaven” off the upcoming album Dedicated to Bobby Jameson available September 15 through Mexican Summer; Lupe Fiasco dropped the “Made in the USA” video; Hundred Waters dropped the Allie Avital video for “Fingers”; Sam Evian, oka Sam Owens, announced the Chris Cohen collaborative EP Need You available October 6 through Saddle Creek & dropped the title track; Logic dropped the video for “1-800-273-8255” ft. Alessia Cara and Khalid & starring Don Cheadle; Kevin Morby dropped the Hugo Jouxtel video for “Downtown’s Lights” off the Dead Oceans album City Music; At the Drive In dropped the Rob Shaw video for “Call Broken Arrow”; Mac DeMarco’s bro Sam Vance-Law dropped the debut single “Pretty Boy”; Justin Bieber x BloodPop® (fka Blood Diamonds) dropped “Friends”; Slow Magic dropped “Lights” ft. Tropics off the upcoming album Float available October 6 from Downtown/Interscope; Beshken dropped the EP For Time is the Longest Distance Between Two People; Asher Monroe dropped the lyric video for “Hurricane” off the debut solo album Inner Warrior; BOGA dropped the Valentina Avayu video for “What Do You Say”; Four Tet dropped a curious new cut; No Malice dropped the video for “So Woke” off the album Let the Dead Bury the Dead available today; M83 dropped the David Wilson video for “Do It, Try It”; King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s Mild High Club collab Sketches Of Brunswick East will be available physically in October via ATO; Brand New dropped Science Fiction; Wilco dropped “All Lives, You Say?” as a Southern Poverty Law Center benefit & dedicated to Jeff Tweedy’s late father Robert L. Tweedy; NVDES delivered a look at the Jenna Josepher & Giulia Marsico video for “Dancer From New York” & the visual for “Sugar” both off of La NVDITÉ, Vol. 1 EP available now via Maison Nvdité/Kobalt Music Recordings; Alice Glass dropped her debut solo EP; Future Feats dropped the video for “Cities in Wonder”; MNEK dropped an acoustic rendering of “Paradise”; QOTSA dropped the Jonas Åkerlund video for “The Way You Used To”; The War on Drugs dropped “Up All Night”; Perfume Genius covered Mary Margaret O’Hara’s “Body’s in Trouble”; MUTEMATH dropped the video for “WAR”; Deap Vally dropped the John Stavas video for “Turn It Off” featured off their new album FEMEJISM; A$AP Ferg dropped the mixtape Still Striving; Kirin J Callinan x Alex Cameron dropped the Danny Cohen video for “Big Enough”; Grizzly Bear dropped the Beatrice Pegard video for “Mourning Sound” starring Clémence Poésy; Cones (LA sibling duo of Jonathan & Michael Rosen formerly of Eleanor Friedberger’s band) dropped the video for “Back In The Brain” available now from Canvasback Music; Hope Sandoval & the Warm Intentions announced the Son of a Lady EP available September 15 & dropped “Sleep”; Jaden Smith dropped the Ian Frequency produced track “Diamonds v1”; Dirty Projectors dropped the Cool Your Heart (Remixes) EP; Death From Above announced the new album Outrage! Is Now & dropped the video for “Never Swim Alone”; Perfume Genius’s “Otherside” featured on “So You Think You Can Dance”; Miley Cyrus dropped the Diamond Martel video for “Younger Now”; Lil Peep dropped the Sus Boy & Nick Koenig video for “Awful Things”; James Holden’s new album The Animal Spirits available November 3 & dropped “Pass Through Fire”; Weezer announced the new album Pacific Daydream available October 27 through Crush Music/Atlantic Records & dropped “Mexican Fender”; Hot Snakes announced a new album slated for spring 2018 courtesy of Sub Pop & news of tour; the Knife announced new live film/album/photo book Shaking the Habitual: Live at Terminal 5 available September 1 from Rabid; anticipated documentary L7: Pretend We’re Dead will be available October 13, peep the trailer; Kelela announced tour; Noname announced tour; Kid Cudi announced tour; hype for Rolling Loud Festival Bay Area edition ft. Lil Wayne, Travis Scott, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, 21 Savage, etc; Logic appeared on Rick & Morty; JAY-Z talks therapy & also addressed some controversies in recent interview as well; Sharon Van Etten & Maggie Rogers covered Sheryl Crow’s “If It Makes You Happy”; Deadmau5 danced to Radiohead at his wedding; Marky Ramone’s marinara sauce; DJ Inga Mauer versus security at Flow Festival in Helsinki; we hope Nile Rodgers gets well soon; Bell and Sebastian percussionist Richard Colburn got stranded at a North Dakota Walmart; Chuck E. Cheese’s animatronic band might be phased out; Noel Gallagher is headlining “We Are Manchester” benefit show at Manchester Arena; in the wake of the ugly neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Solange deleted her twitter; Killer Mike’s anti-Confederate merch & also dropped a freestyle; and Gene Simmons is still talking about that botched devil horns trademark attempt & other boasts.

As we carry onward, it is our pleasure & privilege to present the following interviews, insights, & exclusives from xCephasx, Krystle Warren, QOQO ROBOQS, CHUCK, Drinker, Grip Tight, Indian Agent, Maston, Pool Holograph, featuring guest selections by Dent May & more—in no particular order.

Week in Pop Table of Contents:

1. xCephasx
2. Krystle Warren
3. QOQO ROBOQS
4. CHUCK
5. Drinker
6. Grip Tight
7. Indian Agent
8. Maston
9. Pool Holograph
10. Week in Pop media roundup
11. special guest selections courtesy of Dent May

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