HOT: Most Musical Candidate?
Last week we wrote about the music cred of Democratic presidential hopefuls Beto O’Rourke (who was once in a band with Cedric Bixler-Zavala of At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta) and Pete Buttigieg, who wrote an essay for his college newspaper about post-911 musical tastes. O’Rourke had the edge in the cred race based on those accomplishments, but Buttigieg added to his credentials when his campaign leaked video of him playing (very well) the Spoon song “The Way We Get By” on piano. After the clip went viral, Spoon commented on social media: “So this guy can just do everyone’s job, huh.”
So this guy can just do everyone's job, huh https://t.co/lJkrdJZo3e— SPOON (@spoontheband) April 12, 2019
WARM: K-Pop Takeover Continues
After growing a legion of fervent fans in the U.S. over the past few years, last weekend Korean singing groups made their most high profile mark in the States yet. K-Pop’s biggest breakthrough moment was probably hit-making boy band BTS’s appearance as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. But the night before, girl group BLACKPINK scored high marks for its prime-time slot at the massive Coachella festival (where they’ll appear again this weekend), which many counted as one of the highlights of the event. Not that either group necessarily needed the added mainstream cred — BLACKPINK and BTS are both chart-topping acts in the U.S. and BTS has sold out several stadium concerts this year.
COLD: Remembering Nipsey
The death of Hip Hop hero Nipsey Hussle led to an outpouring of grief and widespread respect for the MC, who was tragically shot and killed late last month. During the memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on April 11, a letter from Barack Obama was read to mourners; the former president praised Hussle for seeing the potential in his community and striving to uplift it. The program at the service also included tributes from Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, YG and others. The ensuing funeral procession on April 11 attracted thousands of fans, but also more violence — a shooting along the procession’s route left four people injured and one dead.