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  • At first I thought it was an piece in The Onion, but no, Seattle rapper Macklemore really did appear with President Barack Obama this past Saturday morning for the weekly White House Address. (Did you catch Obama's sly "same love" pun?) And the topic is certainly no joke: the two addressed opioid addiction, calling on Congress to do more about the crisis. "Addiction is like any other disease: It doesn’t discriminate," Macklemore said. "It doesn’t care what color you are, whether you’re a guy or a girl, rich or poor, whether you live in an inner city, suburb or rural America. This doesn’t just happen to other peoples’ kids or some other neighborhood; it can happen to any of us." Watch below, and to find treatment in your area, call 1-800-662-HELP. [Spin]

  • In more local music news, we're sad to report that THEESatisfaction are no more. The duo of Stasia "Stas" Irons and Catherine "Cat" Harris-White wrote on their Tumblr, "After seven years of creating, touring, pushing boundaries and breaking through glass ceilings, THEESatisfaction has decided to end the group. We have decided to grow and take our individual careers to the next level." Cat will continue as SassyBlack, who just dropped her solo album, No More Weak Dates, last week. Watch the group's most recent KEXP Live performance on the blog here. [The Stranger]

  • As the great De La Soul celebrate the 25th anniversary of their sophomore album De La Soul Is Dead, they've dug into the vault for a previously-unreleased track from those 1991 recording sessions. Check out the single "Sho Nuff" below. "This album brings back so many good memories for us, we hope these songs provided a good soundtrack for your life as well," they write on their site, inviting visitors to sign their names digitally and stream the LP in full. "Show your appreciation and support the life of the culture and its classic albums." [Consequence of Sound]

  • Last year, Beck took part in the Station to Station project from California-based multimedia artist Doug Aitken. Aitken, with the help of director Florian Habicht (of the award-winning Pulp documentary Life, Death, and Supermarkets), have transformed Beck's concert at London's Barbican Theatre into the cinematic clip below. Watch: [Pitchfork]

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