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Watch Van Halen Make Their First US TV Performance With David Lee Roth On Jimmy Kimmel

David Lee Roth rejoined Van Halen, righting a longstanding historic injustice, in 2007. But somehow, Diamond Dave had not appeared on TV with his old band until last night, when they were guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live. With the band performing on the show, Kimmel shut down Hollywood Boulevard and put a huge stage on […]

Wilco Cancel Indianapolis Show In Protest Of Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Last week, Indiana governor Mike Pence signed a disgusting piece of legislation into law that will allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT people based on the grounds of “religious freedom.” (Well, the actual wording of the law is a little more complicated than that, but that’s what it will end up doing in effect.) In […]

Watch Destiny’s Child Reunite At Stellar Gospel Music Awards

It’s not exactly the Destiny’s Child reunion anyone wanted, but Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland joined Michelle Williams on stage at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards over the weekend to perform their collaborative track “Say Yes,” whose video was nominated for an award at the show. You can watch some Instagrams of the performance below, and […]

We Took The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle To His First Pro Wrestling Show In 35 Years

< 1 minute agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

In the crowd at a middle-of-nowhere North Carolina show, an earnest and bearded young man approaches John Darnielle, the Mountain Goats frontman. The young man slides in next to Darnielle, briefly and respectfully praising his music. This is nothing new. Young men in dark rooms have been approaching Darnielle for a couple of decades, and […]

Hot Chip – “Atomic Bomb (John Talabot Remix)” (William Onyeabor Cover)

1 minute agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Two years ago, David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label put out a compilation of old tracks from the little-known African synth artist William Onyeabor. Last year, some of those songs were reimagined for a remix album, including a cover from Hot Chip of the 1978 track “Atomic Bomb.” And earlier today, John Talabot shared his remix […]

Grimes Announces U.S. Tour With Lana Del Rey

2 minutes agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Grimes and Lana Del Rey are two of the most popular, polarizing, unmistakably unique figures in popular music, so in that sense they make perfect touring partners. On the other hand: What the hell?! Today’s announcement that Grimes will open for Del Rey’s summer North American tour dates is weird enough that Grimes had to […]

Watch A Locked-In Alt-J Play “Every Other Freckle” On The Tonight Show

3 minutes agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

On Monday night, Alt-J played Madison Square Garden and sold it out, which is crazy. And last night, they did musical-guest duty on The Tonight Show. On Jimmy Fallon’s stage, all four members lined up at the front of the stage, giving a visual cue that this is the type of band where all of […]

video premiere: Dylan Stark – Shelter

On his debut LP Heartland, young Portland producer Dylan Stark utilized thousands of samples from... Read more »

Herbert – “Strong”

28 minutes agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Experimental electronic musician Matthew Herbert has announced that he will release a new album, The Shakes, later this year. It’s his first full-length album under his Herbert moniker since 2006’s Scale. Last year, Herbert put out a series of EPs that served as a continuation of a series that he began in the mid-90s. He’ll […]

Watch Van Halen & David Lee Roth Bust Out “Hot For Teacher” & “Eruption” On Kimmel

28 minutes agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Two nights ago, for the first time in decades, Van Halen played songs on TV with David Lee Roth singing for them. Jimmy Kimmel Live shut down Hollywood Boulevard so the band could play in all their appropriately tacky neon glamor. And last night, they did it again. For the second night in a row, […]

FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks) – “Piss Off”

29 minutes agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Last month, we learned that all four members of Franz Ferdinand had teamed up with Sparks, the culty, idiosyncratic ’70s group who served as an inspiration to them, to form a new band called FFS. Together, the six members of the supergroup have recorded a self-titled debut album that’ll be out later this spring. They […]

Joni Mitchell Hospitalized

30 minutes agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Joni Mitchell was hospitalized yesterday after being found unconscious in her Los Angeles home. According to a statement on her website, she regained consciousness in the ambulance on the way to the hospital and, as of last night, was “currently in intensive care undergoing tests and is awake and in good spirits.” It’s unclear what […]

Label Markets Are Odd

I really like the Indepedent Label Markets I travel around to on a regular basis, but they are strange things to go to, I have to confess. Meeting devoted fans of our releases in places like London and Inverness who can go through the whole display and point out no more than maybe one or […]

WORD Bookstores Books of the Week - April 1, 2015

In the Largehearted Word series, the staff of Brooklyn's WORD bookstore highlights several new books released this week. WORD Bookstores are independent neighborhood bookstores in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Jersey City, New Jersey. Our primary goal is to be whatever...

Oh Wonder – Midnight Moon

Oh Wonder have been steadily gaining traction by producing some of the beautifully rich and elegant pop songs for the last few months, and 'Midnight Moon' may just be my favourite yet. Oh Wonder – Midnight Moon was originally published on The Blue Walrus.

Shorties (Finnegans Wake Set to Music, Ben Gibbard's Favorite Death Cab for Cutie Songs, and more)

Coming soon: Waywards and Meansigns, "Finnegans Wake collaboratively set to music, unabridged." Ben Gibbard listed his favorite Death Cab for Cutie songs at Vulture. VICE profiled author Colin Barrett. Stream a new My Morning Jacket song. The Millions interviewed cartoonist...

Daily Downloads (Fable, Josh Garrels, and more)

Every day, Daily Downloads offers 10 free and legal mp3 downloads. Today's free and legal mp3 downloads: Chase Coy: Youth Sampler EP [mp3] Fable: "Persuasion" [mp3] Front Country: Sake of the Sound album [mp3] The Helmholtz Resonators: "Vermillion Hue" [mp3]...

Artist of the Week – Pseudonym

[zbplayer] San Francisco musician Paul Desjarlais, aka, Pseudonym, sort of lives in an imaginary world, and has done so as far back as 1995, according to his own autobiographical details. Desjarlais, and the “other imaginary band members that pretty much live in my head,” has made his mark on indie pop over the past 20 [...]Show More Summary

Active Child – “Never Far Away”

15 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Active Child — the recording project of electronic musician Pat Grossi — took a nice, long break in between the release of his 2011 debut and its followup. In that time, he put out one new EP and mostly stuck to behind-the-scenes work. Grossi’s back later this year, though, with a new album called Mercy. […]

Lower Dens takeover: George W S Trow – Within the Context of No Context

Basically the most important piece of prophecy since Revelations. Nobody has ever thought so deeply... Read more »

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