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J. COLE GETS TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Artist opens door to new album. (4/20a)
FROM SIR, WITH LOVE (UPDATE)
An embarrassment of riches (4/20a)
YEEZY'S ONE-TWO PUNCH
Kanye's been busy; now he can dive back into Twitter. (4/20a)
VIVENDI EXPLORING UMG IPO
Pass the cheese puffs, s'il vous plaît. (4/20a)
TOP MONEYMAKERS: DRAKE AND CARDI CLEAN UP
It's not fair to the rest of the kids. (4/20a)
ASK YOUR TASK FORCE
Tina gets advice, whether she wants it or not.
WHEN PUBLISHERS GET MASTERFUL
Why the recording side still holds an allure.
DOES THIS PIZZA TASTE WEIRD TO ANYBODY ELSE?
I actually ate, like, five pieces. But still.
ROBOT MUSIC SUPERVISORS
It's already happening.
THE B-SIDE
BNQT (Dualtone)
3/13/17

WHAT IT IS: Conceived and led by Eric Pulido of Midlake, BNQT is a new indie supergroup. The introductory set includes 10 original songs and features five vocalists—Ben Bridwell of Band of HorsesAlex Kapranos of Franz FerdinandFran Healy of TravisJason Lytle of Grandaddy and Pulido—who wrote and sang two tracks each, with backing from other Midlake members McKenzie Smith (drums), Joey McClellan (guitar) and Jesse Chandler (keys). The concept of BNQT (pronounced “Banquet”) came to Pulido while touring for Midlake’s 2013 release, Antiphon. Gathering a number of contrasting yet complementary artists he’d befriended or shared the stage with, Pulido set out to establish a new creative environment untethered from other work. It’s “like a poor man’s version of the Traveling Wilburys,” he says.
ALBUM: Volume 1
RELEASE DATE: 4/28
SINGLE: “Restart”
LIVE: SXSW
INTERNET: Key Spotify playlists include New Music Friday, New Indie Mix, Viral Hits
RADIO: Early AAA radio support at WXRTKBCOKCSNKEXPWFUVKCMPWAPSBirmingham Mountain RadioKCRWKUTXKXTKTBGWFPKWTMDKGSR, more; early Alternative spins at WEQXKBZTXTRAWRFFXMU, more.
PRESS: PitchforkStereogumSpinNME, et al
BOOKING: Frank Riley/High Road Touring
PUBLISHING: Self-published/Wixen/Universal/Kobalt
MANAGEMENT: Darin Harmon/3D Management