Flea on life before the Chili Peppers: ‘I grew up running around naked’

The bassists new autobiography lifts the lid on a difficult, violent childhood and a conflicted relationship with Anthony Kiedis In his new memoir, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea recalls a Halloween night of genuine horror. At 13, he was trick-or-treating with friends when word spread through his neighborhood that a madman was firing a gun randomly in the street. The terrified kids scattered to find safety in their homes, but when Flea approached his parents house he noticed that all the front windows had been blown out and debris strewn all over the lawn. Once inside, he found his step-father, Walter, with blood smeared over his face and torso, a smoking pistol dangling by his side. He was the …

Can a Trumpet Silence a Gun? Terence Blanchard Wants to Try

In mid-July, trumpeter Terence Blanchard was on tour in Europe. News from home came fast and hard. New Orleans, his hometown, had been spared another flood, this time from Hurricane Barrys intense rains. Nearly five years to the day after Eric Garners death from a Staten Island policemans chokehold, U.S. Attorney General William Barr had ordered the case against Officer Daniel Pantaleo dropped; no federal civil rights charges would be filed. Meanwhile, President Donald Trumps tweets had suggested that four female Democratic Congress members go back to the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came (notwithstanding that three of them were born in the U.S.). Such headlines touch on the animating story lines behind Blanchards music. His Grammy-winning …

Rapper Riff Raff Accused of Having Sex With High Schooler

Once a celebrated Vine stara kind of human meme, as two others have accused him of rape. But Regalbutos videos brought the issue to the surface once again. I mainly posted my one video just to get things off my chest but it blew up overnight, Regalbuto told The Daily Beast. When you hear other girls saying the same story, its sad but its also relieving, because its good to feel that youre not alone in a situation like this, she added. In a statement, Riff Raffs lawyer said he categorically denies these baseless allegations of a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old. The artist, whose real name is Horst Simco, has previously denied all other allegations of sexual misconduct. Regalbuto …

Sleater-Kinney: Music has always been the playground of mens sexuality

The feminist punks new album, produced by St Vincent and inspired in part by a Rihanna song, is their most expansive yet. So why did their drummer just quit the band? By now, we know reunion culture is a con. The brief excitement of seeing a favourite band re-form is swiftly tempered by watching them resentfully trot out the hits and confront their mortality. Plus, the past is no longer a novelty but our perpetual groundhog day of recycled franchises and rebooted brands. Which is why Sleater-Kinneys surprise return, in 2015, nine years after they went on hiatus, was so refreshing. Not content to rehash old glories, the feminist punks had a brilliant new album, the riotous, new wavy No …

The Zen Master Who Transforms Artists Into Musical Giants

One can argue about the greatest musical achievement ever overseen by Wont You Be My Neighbor?s Morgan Neville and Jeff Malmberg, and premiering July 12isnt interested in chronological recitation; those looking for a timeline of Rubins triumphs will instead have to turn to Wikipedia. Rather, its an intimate snapshot of the master at work, which as one quickly learns, takes a most unconventional form. Known for his giant white beard and disinterest in shoes (this after he initially defined himself via a black beard and dark sunglasses), the 56-year-old producer moves with a Zen-like grace through the squeaky-clean Shangri-La, shepherding young and established artists alike to become their best selves by listening to their interior voices. Its a process that, …

After sex on the damp sheets, we passed out the worst moments from Mobys memoir

Natalie Portman has disputed the musicians account of their relationship. But fear not: his new book has plenty more steamy stories You can tell a lot about Mobys second memoir, the follow-up to his 2016 effort, Porcelain, from its title: Then It Fell Apart. You can tell even more from its preface, about how it came into being: After finishing the book, rather than go to therapy, I kept writing. Then It Fell Apart, charting Mobys lost decade, is a globe-spanning morality tale (so the publishers say) with so many dropped names that the index, if it had one, would make the book half as long again. Although it was published earlier in the month, this week it made headlines …

You want a dark Mel Gibson comedy about rich Jewish people? You got it!

Rothchild, a new film starring the polarising star is being touted around Cannes. If you dont get the gag, well, join the club Let me tell you something about the god that Mel Gibson worships up there in his private $42m, 17-acre church compound in Malibus Agoura Hills (congregation: 70). He and it will be a he is the one true god, who doesnt just forgive and forget, even if you dont meaningfully repent. He goes the extra 1,000 miles to ensure that at the Cannes film festival in the year 2019, the Hollywood trade press will be able to type the words: This is shaping up to be Mels market with a host of Gibson projects on sale. As …