Now Hear This: Nicki Minaj Getting A Sitcom, Afropunk Atlanta Cancelled And More!

Nicki Minaj is expanding her creative portfolio with a brand new sitcom! The pilot for the as-yet untitled show will be shot this winter for ABC Family. The show will be based on her life growing up in Queens with her family after emigrating from Trinidad and Tobago. The pilot is written by Kate Angelo, the writer of the 2014 Jason Segel/Cameron Diaz vehicle Sex Tape and a producer on Will and Grace. This will not be Minaj’s first time acting; she’s appeared on Saturday Night Live, in the films Ice Age: Continental Drift and The Other Woman — and she studied acting at LaGuardia High School in New York, and planned to be an actor before the whole music thing took off.

Bad news for people who were hoping to go to the Afropunk Atlanta festival this weekend — it was cancelled due to Hurricane Joaquin. In a statement, festival founder Matthew Morgan said:

Safety is always the #1 concern for any of our festivals, nothing is more important. Over the course of the past 10 years of AFROPUNK’s existence, there has never been a serious injury on site and we plan to keep it that way with this tough decision to cancel the fest. We’re looking forward to AFROPUNK ATLANTA 2016.

The lineup included performances by Flying Lotus, Santigold, Death Grips, Public Enemy, Thundercat, Saul Williams, Big Freedia and many more.

This news just further cements Unicorn Booty’s long-held anti-hurricane stance. Hurricanes: Get out of town! No one likes you! Beat it! Blow! (Over the middle of the ocean, preferably.)

Industrial music legend JG Thirlwell of Foetus, Manorexia and Steroid Maximus has announced he’s involved with the score to the new documentary about Canadian director Guy Maddin, The 1000 Eyes Of Dr. Maddin. Thirlwell is also responsible for the score to Adult Swim’s hit show The Venture Brothers. He’s also recently written a contribution to the a new opera based on the cut-up works of William S. Burroughs.

Kanye West is expected to debut music from his new album SWISH (originally So Help Me God) next Saturday at a Democratic National Convention fundraiser in San Francisco. The concert (with tickets ranging from $250 to $10,000) will be at the Warfield Theater. President Obama will also be in attendance… which could get awkward, considering Obama’s referred to Kanye as a jackass a couple times.

Noise-pop aficionados rejoice! The Jesus and Mary Chain are recording a new album, their first in over 15 years! Lead singer Jim Reid said “We actually just started recording. It’s early days, but I would say it’s a more mature sound for the Mary Chain.” Here’s hoping for another classic album!

Who don’t like Kids In The Hall? Well, get ready for the best news ever! The complete Mouth Congress discography is up on Bandcamp! What’s Mouth Congress? Only the pre-Kids punk band featuring Kids star Scott Thompson, Kids writer (and profesional towel-wearer) Paul Bellini, and their longtime friend Jeff Goode. With seventeen albums available, Kids fans should have a busy weekend!

Collage-pop act The Go! Team are touring the United States for the first time in five years! They’re out promoting their new album The Scene Between which came out last March. The current tour dates are:

10-08 Ebisu, Japan – Ebisu Liquid Room
10-10 Shizuoka, Japan – Asagiri Jam Festival
10-30 Bilbao, Spain – Bime Festival
11-07 Cardiff, Wales – Sŵn Festival
01-16 Chicago, IL – Venue TBA
01-18 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
01-19 Los Angeles, CA – Roxy
01-21 New York, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
01-22 Boston, MA – Sinclair
01-23 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
01-24 Washington, DC – Black Cat

Here’s hoping more dates will be added for their US Fans.

New Music This Week: Queen of the Stone Age Josh Homme’s side project Eagles Of Death Metal is releasing their new album Zipper Down today.

Matt Nathanson has a new one today also, Show Me Your Fangs.

Indie rockers Blitzen Trapper are releasing their eighth album All Across This Land.

A new LP pressing of synthesizer pioneer Bruce Haack’s lost concept album Haackula is coming out.

Clutch have a new hard-rockin’ album, Psychic Warfare.

Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa has a new live set today, Live At Radio City in a CD/DVD package.

Psychedelic friends of the Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, have a new album called The Light In You.

Residents composer Charles Bobuck is releasing a new collection, What Was Left Of Grandpa.

British pop band from the ’90s The Primitives have been remixed by the Argentine group MODULAR for a new EP, simply called The Primitives: Reworked By MODULAR.

Finally, a deluxe edition of Oingo Boingo’s 1985 classic Dead Man’s Party is coming out today.

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