As the authoritarian media clamp-down/crackdown continues, Impose’s Week in Pop remains emboldened in the face of excessive draconian adversity in all guises by remaining committed to the cause of covering as much of the underground & above-ground sectors as possible. With a host of breaking exclusives to present, we first provide you with your quick rundown of some of the week’s biggest buzz with news that Beyoncé issued a statement in support of LGBTQ students; Arca announced the follow up to 2015’s Mutant with word of the forthcoming self-titled available April 7 through XL Recordings & dropped the Jesse Kanda video for “Anoche”; Jay Som dropped the Charlotte Hornsby & Jesse Ruuttila video for “Baybee” off the upcoming album Everybody Works available March 10 from Polyvinyl/Double Denim Records; Speedy Ortiz dropped “In My Way” off Our First 100 Days; Dude York just released their Hardly Art debut Sincerely & dropped the Cahn Nguyen & Claire Buss video for “Love Is”; Jeanette Wall’s Band Practice & Catherine Cohen ready their collaboration Friends Live #1 for release March 3 via JMC Aggregate, featuring an exclusive interview via our friends over at The Le Sigh; Thundercat dropped the album Drunk; Future announced the new album HNDRXX with tracklist & all; Lana Del Rey dropped the Rich Lee video for new single “Love” along with some mysterious & cryptic dates; At the Drive In announced their first album in 17 years with in•ter a•li•a available May 5 through Rise Records & dropped the lyric video for “Incurably Innocent”; Jay Z is the first emcee to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame; Rihanna has been bestowed the honor of being Harvard University’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year; M.I.A. asked Radiohead to play Meltdown; Plastic Jesus’ presented Kanye West made in the image of Jesus Christ statue on Hollywood Blvd & La Brea; Calvin Harris x Frank Ocean x Migos collaboration “Slide” dropped; Migos dropped their “Deadz” video they made with DAPS featuring 2 Chainz; Ride dropped “Charm Assault” (first single in 20 years) off the upcoming Wichita Records release available this summer & then later dropped “Home is a Feeling”; Gucci Mane announced his first tour ever with The Trap God Tour happening April 5-May 6 & dropped his Nicki Minaj collaboration “Make Love” off the upcoming album Drop Top Wop; Future dropped the Sam Lecca video for “Super Trapper”; Lil B produced & arranged the instrumental track “Enter the Depths” for Marvel’s series revival of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Panther; Aphex Twin logo & typeface designer Paul Nicholson dropped original blueprints; Mise en Scene signed to Light Organ Records, announced news of SxSW dates & dropped “Show Me You’re Real”; Ted Leo launched a Kickstarter to crowdsource funding for his upcoming album; Spoon dropped the Marcel Dzama video for “Can I Sit Next to You” off the upcoming album Hot Thoughts; ANOHNI dropped the Colin Whitaker video for “Paradise” starring Eliza Douglas; Best Coast presents Don’t Sit Down: A Benefit Standing w/ Planned Parenthood happening March 4 in LA at the El Rey Theatre; Dirty Projectors dropped their self-titled three days early; the 1975 covered Sade’s “By Your Side”; John Mayer dropped insights about new Frank Ocean material; Sadistik signed to Equal Vision Records with news of upcoming album Altars & tour with Nacho Picasso; Amanda Palmer announced the collaborative album with The Legendary Pink Dots’ Edward Ka-Spel titled I Can Spin a Rainbow available May 5 & May 17-June 16 tour dates; Joakim dropped the title track “Samurai” off the album of the same name available March 17 from Tigersushi/Because; Treefort Music Fest hype for the Boise festival happening March 22-26; BRIT Awards hangover hype; Foo Fighters to headline Glastonbury; The Mountain Goats announced the new albumGoths available May 19 from Merge & dropped “Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back to Leeds”; British Sea Power dropped “Keep On Trying (Sechs Freunde)” off the upcoming album Let the Dancers Inherit the Party available March 31; watch the Sammy Slabbinck & Adam Cohen video for Leonard Cohen’s “Traveling Light” featured off the late great’s last album You Want It Darker; Hot Boys reunion hosted by LeBron James; Paul McCartney & Ringo reunited in the studio; Katy Perry dropped the Matthew Cullen video for “Chained to the Rhythm” ft. Skip Marley; Drake celebrated Rihanna’s birthday; Wavves’ Nathan Williams is looking to crowdsource a billboard featuring some pretty choice images of political dissent; Beyoncé will not be headlining Coachella this year; Jimmy Chamberlin is selling gear from the Smashing Pumpkins eras; David Pajo compared Billy Corgan to our current POTUS; Princess Nokia, oka Destiny Frasqueri, versus a sexist male student at Cambridge University; Modern Baseball are taking a break; we continue to wish Bad Brain’s Paul “H.R.” Hudson a speedy post-brain surgery recovery; Mykki Blanco’s uncomfortable Delta flight; Alice Glass versus new music; Frank Ocean & Hova kvetched about the abysmal state of modern day radio model & more via Ocean’s Beats1 radio show “Blonded”; Bono met the new veep; Frances Bean Cobain remembered her iconic father on what would have been his fiftieth birthday; and we mourn the passing of the iconic Leon Ware.
And as the world turns, it is our esteemed pleasure & privilege to present the following wealth of exclusives, insights & interviews from Dinowalrus, Kate Grom, Versing, La Drones, Memoryy, Vassals, featuring guest selections by Half Waif & more—in no particular order.