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The Cure on the Main Stage at Bestival Toronto finale. Photo: Cherryl Bird

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FKA twigs and Bill Skarsgård Star in ‘The Crow’

Bill Skarsgård and FKA twigs at the Kingsway Tram Tunnels
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 25: Bill Skarsgård and FKA twigs at the Kingsway Tram Tunnels for “The Crow” on June 25, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images for Lionsgate)

FKA twigs, stars alongside Bill Skarsgård and Danny Huston in The Crow, a reimagining of the original 1994 film set for release this summer. The British vocalist and performance artist, whose given name is Tahliah Debrett Barnett, is known for her creativity, style, bold stage presence and cutting-edge music and video productions. She plays singer Shelly Webster, soulmate to Eric Draven (Skarsgård) in the dark and moody fantasy. Her music has been part of the soundtrack of many productions. Two Weeks has been featured in Mr. RobotThe OriginalsHightownPowerDark Matter, a Burberry men’s fragrance ad starring Adam Driver, and was the opening theme music in season two of the Brazilian telenovela Hidden Truths. In the trailer for The Crow, we hear melodic industrial vocals and a wailing guitar from the track Take What You Want by Post Malone, featuring Ozzy Osbourne and Travis Scott, but it’s yet to be confirmed if FKA twigs sings in the film. We also catch glimpses of her dancing in the trailer as she does in her music videos. The Crow 2024 movie is based on the anti-hero character from the graphic novel by James O’Barr. The above photo of FKA twigs and Skarsgård was taken in the Kingsway Tram Tunnels in London, England on June 25.

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Hall of Fame songwriter rewrites Beatles story

Gary Burr’s debut novel, Reunion, A Rock ‘n Roll Fairy Tale captures the No. 1 spot in new releases on Amazon days before its release. The award-winning songwriter has written hits for musicians like Reba McEntire, Christina Aguilara, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney, and Garth Brooks and collaborated with music legends like Carole King and Ringo Starr. His fictional novel removes Mark David Chapman, the man who shot John Lennon, from the equation in a freak auto accident. The book imagines a Beatles reunion concert organized by Paul McCartney, exploring old grievances and rekindled friendships. The clincher is the reunion concert with all the Fab Four members, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and — John Lennon — all in a room together, deciding if they will step out onto the stage 28 years after the Beatles break-up.

New comic book looks at Eminem’s life 

Rapper Eminem now has a comic book about his life. Unlike most comic book heroes who have a single alter ego, Marshall Mathers, also known as “Eminem” and “Slim Shady,” stands out with his dual personas. Considering the intense drama, tragedy, and triumph that have marked his life, the publishers suggest that it’s a wonder he doesn’t have a third alter ego. The 22-page Eminem biography released on July 17 was written by Eric M. Esquivel and illustrated by Martin Gimenez. It’s part of the Orbit comic book series, which has published stories about musicians John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Alice Cooper, David Bowie, and Ozzy Osbourne. They plan to release rapper comic book biographies featuring Tupac, The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, and Megan Thee Stallion later this year.

Father and Son Duo – Dueling Pianos — Toronto

Juno winning pianist and producer Eddie Bullen along with his son Quincy have put together beautiful arrangements for two pianos of classical, jazz and pop music punctuated with commentary about their relationship and their unique family history on their tours of Canada and China. Witness their upcoming performance live at Beaches United Church (140 Wineva Ave.) on July 23 and 24, with proceeds going to the Michael Garron Hospital Foundation.


Sueco drops new single ‘Outta My Head’

Sueco just released the video and the single Outta My Head from their forthcoming album Attempted Lover (album title of the year) in July. Positioned as alternative, they’re really just an old-school post-punk garage band with an impeccable sense of rhythm. They’re disarming in the video as a bunch of friends hanging out — in their parent’s garage. The music will take you back if you’re over 30 and be relatable if you’re not. Outta My Head is about a boy who thinks an evil girl is trying to lure the stud-faced singer into a relationship. He thinks that if he falls for her, he’ll look weak and lose his bad boy image. The cruel girl treats him like a tool so he tries to act cool, hence the angel vs. devil dichotomy in the lyrics. He struggles, but would rather die than look like a fool. “Found out that heaven is a place/Where you’re outta my head,” he sings. It’s the sing-song sounding melody, “Laa la-la-la la-la la-la … ” that does it for me. At the pace it’s going, the video should get 50,000 views in 23 hours (on June 29). Sueco’s 2019 debut single Fast reached gold status and attracted Offset and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie for the official remix. After his first full-length project Miscreant, he teamed up with Ty Dolla $ign, Wiz Khalifa, and Lil Yachty for Speed Of Life, Papa Roach on Swerve (feat. Fever 333 & Sueco), and Illenium on Story Of My Life (feat. Sueco & Trippie Redd).


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