The Bounce: This Week In Music News

By Ally Schweitzer

Oakland's Fantastic Negrito took home the big prize in NPR's Tiny Desk Concert contest.
Oakland's Fantastic Negrito took home the big prize in NPR's Tiny Desk Concert contest. Facebook

Bandwidth’s Friday roundup of local and not-so-local music news.

NPR announces the winner of its national Tiny Desk Concert contest. [NPR]

Is it OK that the victor was once signed to a major label? [The Key]

After Kanye West runs up on stage while Beck accepts his Grammy award for Album of the Year, the most common reaction is a lot like this one. [Rolling Stone]

But those people are wrong. [Guardian]

And Sam Smith didn’t thank Tom Petty at the Grammys, though maybe he should have. [Washington Post]

P.S., the Grammys are terrible. [L.A. Weekly]

Popular music is very, very white. [Consequence of Sound]

What’s bamabounce? Now you know. [Fact]

Drake got all Beyonce on us and released a surprise project. [Fader]

FKA Twigs is locked in another battle over her name. [Billboard]

Kendrick Lamar releases an incredible new song, “The Blacker the Berry,” and author Michael Chabon annotates its lyrics. [Spin]

Jack White‘s management denies that he’s a guacamole-munching, college show-shunning prima donna. [Pitchfork]

U Street reggae spot Patty Boom Boom is closing. [Washington Post]

What’s the future of music in Dupont Underground? [D.C. Music Download]

An interview with Mingering Mike, the D.C. outsider artist famous for his handmade pretend records (and the subject of a forthcoming Smithsonian exhibit). [Guardian]

Oooh, Missy Elliott says she’s working on music with Timbaland. [Hypetrak]

These are the bands that should represent D.C. at SXSW. [Washingtonian]

Washington City Paper publishes its annual Spring Arts Guide, including concert picks. [Washington City Paper]

Here’s a short history of LGBTQ record labels. [Pitchfork]

Hey, it’s new music from D.C.-area talents Pree, Ace Cosgrove, Drew Dave and Beyond Modern. [GoldFlakePaint, Complex, Respect MagArtistic Manifesto]

Check out new videos from D.C.’s Polyon and Spoonboy. [DCist, D.C. Music Download]

You can stop tweeting now, Diplo. No, really! Just stop. [Pitchfork]

On Bandwidth: A dig into the gruesome yet danceable new single from D.C.’s Brutalism; a chat with Soulection affiliate Chris McClenney, who says music production is just too easy these days; the best local music merch, examined; Frederick band Seaknuckle on making music to make themselves dance; a playlist of the finest Tiny Desk Contest submissions from D.C.