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Lizzo breaks hearts with commanding new single “Cuz I Love You”

Lizzo | still from video

In case you’ve been living under a rock this past month, Lizzo has taken the pop world by storm and her new single, “Cuz I Love You,” is no exception. The single is the title track off her upcoming album, which drops on April 19, and is a dramatic turn from the unstoppable “Juice.” By contrast, “Cuz I Love You” features a crying Lizzo who belts about how much she loves you.

The music video was directed by Quinn Wilson and was shot in black and white. The overall effect is a sweeping, nearly film noir look of Lizzo in a confessional and at the head of the alter table in a church as she sings to an audience of men in tank tops. The song’s chorus , “I’m crying /  Cuz I love you,” is sung alternately by Lizzo and by the men, which creates an interesting narrative twist that is only evident in the video. Continue reading →

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Lizzo takes “Juice” to late night with Tonight Show performance

Lizzo | still from video

Remember when Lizzo released her single “Juice” with a video that shows the singer/rapper as a guest on a talk  showwhile she sings “I’m out here makin’ news”? Turns out that wasn’t too far from the truth. Just a week after announcing her forthcoming album Cuz I Love You, Lizzo has already performed the hit single on both daytime and late night TV. Continue reading →

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Lizzo rocks with the crowd and takes a sick flute solo performing “Juice” on The Ellen Show

Lizzo on Ellen | still from video

To paraphrase the Dead, Lizzo‘s “Juice” is a summer jam in the spring, fall, or winter. The Minneapolis rapper, singer, and dancer took to the stage of The Ellen Show this week for a performance of her current single, an uplifting celebration of self-love, that found Lizzo and her dancers rushing out into the stands to twerk with the audience and groove in the aisles, before darting down the steps and back onstage so the woman on the mic could grab her flute and take a solo. Because in case you weren’t aware, Lizzo is a sick flautist on top of everything else. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You tour is coming to the TLA

Lizzo | photo by Luke Gilford | courtesy of the artist

After captivating us with the magnetic single “Juice” earlier this month, Lizzo is back with news of a new album and tour. Cuz I Love You, Lizzo’s full-length major label debut, will be released on April 19 via Atlantic Records. She’ll kick off a North American tour with back-to-back Coachella performances this April before heading east and making a stop at the TLA on May 18. Continue reading →

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Lizzo is the star of her own show in “Juice”

 

Lizzo | still from video

It’s Lizzo‘s world, and we’re just lucky to live in it. After a steady series of hit singles over the last couple years, Lizzo is back today with her newest tune, “Juice,” a song that’s the kind of catchy you know will be stuck in your head for days to come (but you don’t mind at all because it’s that good). It’s accompanied by a fun, 80’s-inspired music video that turns the spotlight fully on the singer, proving that Lizzo is really great at being the star of her own show. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lizzo at The Foundry, Josh Ritter at Longwood Gardens

Lizzo | photo by Garrett Born | courtesy of the artist
Lizzo | photo by Garrett Born | courtesy of the artist

Can’t wait until Made in America to catch Lizzo live? The Minneapolis alternative hip hop act returns to Philadelphia for a performance at The Foundry. Following 2015’s LP Big Grrrl Small World, Lizzo released an EP Coconut Oil last year which features the singles “Good As Hell” and “Phone.” Check out the XPN Concert Calendar for more info. Continue reading →

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Heavyhitters Jay Z and J. Cole join Solange, Sampha, Lizzo and more at Made In America 2017

Photo by John Vettese

Christmas comes only once a year? False. See: Made in America announcement day. Philadelphia’s Labor Day party is back for another round, and with the announcement of this year’s lineup, we imagine the entire city is excited.

Headlining performances from Jay Z (obviously), J.Cole and The Chainsmokers top of the list of 50+ artists, with featured performances from Run The Jewels, Solange, Lizzo, SamphaMigos, and a heck of a lot more. The local scene is also well represented, as PNB RockBeach Slang, Mannequin Pussy and Queen of Jeans nab some earlier spots.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lizzo at The Foundry and Fruit Bats at Underground Arts

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Lizzo | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Minneapolis artist Lizzo is bringing her spunky style of alternative hip-hop to the Foundry at the Fillmore tonight. She is currently touring in support of her first release with Atlantic Records, Coconut Oil. Tickets and more information can be found on the WXPN Concert Calendar; watch the video for “Phone” below. Continue reading →

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Florence and the Machine release dramatic new song, “Big God”

Florence and the Machine | photo by Vincent Haycock | courtesy of the artist

Those of us anticipating Florence + the Machine’s upcoming High as Hope album can satiate our hunger for a little longer with the album’s newly released third single, “Big God.” Proving once again that the band are masters of melodrama, “Big God” is a moody piano ballad with stark dynamics and religious lyrical imagery that would fit comfortably on a Nick Cave record. The song also features high-profile collaborators Jamie xx and Kamasi Washington contributing songwriting and saxophone respectively. Continue reading →