Week in Pop: Choir Boy, Friend Roulette, JJ MAZZ

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Motorama, Sleep Clinic, TRAITRS, guest selections by Weyes Blood.

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Sjimon Gompers | October 21, 2016

The timeless devotion & unstoppable drive of Friend Roulette; press photo courtesy of the band.

With the internet breaking like the state of the world’s anemic unions, Impose’s Week in Pop brings you a few of the week’s late breaking exclusives & accompanying insights. Presenting a rundown of just a handful of current headlines we’re following, Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, oka Sad13 dropped “Devil in U”; Kendrick Lamar is working with Rick Rubin; Kate Bush dropped “King of the Mountain” off her new triple-live-album Before the Dawn available November 25; Gucci Mane announced follow-up to Woptober with The Return of East Atlanta Santa available December 16 through Atlantic; D.R.A.M. released his hotly anticipated big debut album BIG BABY D.R.A.M. & dropped “WiFi” ft. Erykah Badu; Porches’ Aaron Maine dropped the Maya Laner video for “Shaver” off the Water EP; Charles Bradley shared some intimate insights; Austra announced the new album Future Politics available January 20 from Domino & dropped the new THAT GO video for “Utopia”; Låpsley covered Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work” with her North American tour spanning November 2-18; Tyvek announced a follow up to 2012’s On Triple Beams with word of the new album Origin of What available November 4 from In the Red & dropped “Girl On A Bicycle”; Trash Talk dropped the Tangle EP; Body/Head, Kim Gordon & Bill Nace, announced the live album No Waves available November 11 from Matador; Deerhoof announced tour dates with Red Hot Chili Peppers & dropped “Risk Free” off upcoming I Thought We Were Friends 7″ available November 18 from Famous Class; Deerhunter opening for Kings of Leon this January; new Grizzly Bear album is 90 percent done; Jay Z Reasonable Doubt pop-up shop in NYC at D&D Studios October 20-23 to celebrate the iconic album’s twentieth anniversary; Bon Iver promoting gender equality via #2amillion; Lindstrøm dropped the Oliver Clegg video for “Closing”; Juan MacLean dropped his “Discogs Mix 52” as part of the Crate Digger series; Chance the Rapper dropped the video for “How Great” ft. Jay Electronica; Eminem dropped “Campaign Speech”; The Afghan Whigs’ twentieth anniversary reissue of Black Love will be available November 25 & they dropped an acoustic version of “Go To Town”; Common, Hamilton director Thomas Kail & “How to Make It in America” creator Ian Edelman producing a Fox sitcom titled “93 Til Infinity”; Sky Ferreira to star in Jonas Akerlund’s (director of Beyoncé’s Lemonade) Lords of Chaos movie; no wave icon James Chance announced the new album The Flesh Is Weak available November 11 from True Groove Records; The Flaming Lips announced the new album Oczy Mlody & dropped a listen to “The Castle”; Jeff Mangum dropping hints of a new Neutral Milk Hotel album; The Magnetic Fields announced upcoming tour; Radiohead to headline Glastonbury 2017; Kanye West is not having any imitators & said there will not be a Watch the Throne 2 citing Apple/Tidal issues; Porter Robinson dropped a behind-the-scenes look at his Madeon collaboration for the animated short “SHELTER”; Frank Ocean’s new albums Blonde & Endless are disqualified for the Grammys due to not being submitted & interviewed at White House State Dinner; Christopher Owens opened up an Etsy store; Heems’ television show didn’t get picked up; Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize in Literature has been removed from Dylan’s website after ignoring the Nobel comittee’s efforts to get in touch; James Franco and the head-butt incident at a Lana Del Rey show; Azealia Banks versus Russell Crowe, Azealia Banks versus RZA & Azealia also dropped the freestyle “So Ghetto”; The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney versus Lady Gaga; Phil King left Lush forcing show cancellations; David Bowie’s final songs revealed; we lament the passing of Chess Records co-founder Phil Chess; and Morrissey got a decidedly pork-stuffed sandwich named after him by a Riot Fest food vendor.

Now it is our privilege & pleasure to present the following interviews, insights & exclusives from Choir Boy, Friend Roulette, JJ MAZZ, Motorama, Mathew V, Sleep Clinic, TRAITRS, Zenxienz, featuring guest selections by Weyes Blood & more—in no particular order.

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