Something that’s gotten a bit lost in the recent War On Drugs saga: Mark Kozelek can write an absolutely incredible song. There were a whole bunch of them on Benji, the astounding album that Sun Kil Moon released earlier this year. And now there’s another one. Kozelek is going to release a new single called [...]
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars will perform their new single “Uptown Funk” on Saturday Night Live this weekend and NBC has released the promos for the show which feature the two of them going head-to-head with host Cameron Diaz. They do some Nardwuar-esque awkward still posing and Diaz gets frustrated with them for not saying [...]
James Blake has been playing a lot of new material on his BBC Radio 1 program over the past few months — including tracks like “200 Press” and “Building It Still” — which demonstrates that he’s hard at work on a follow-up to 2013?s Overgrown. In a recent interview with The Miami New Times, he’s [...]
Mark Ronson was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live last night and he brought out Bruno Mars and Mystikal to perform their respective songs from his upcoming new album, Uptown Special. Mars sang their lead single “Uptown Funk” in his first SNL appearance since 2012 (when he performed “Locked Out Of Heaven,” which Ronson [...]
A list of the past week's Largehearted Boy features: Book Notes: (authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates to their book) Ben Marcus for his short story collection Leaving the Sea Cassandra Troyan for her poetry collections Blacken...
For the seventh straight year, I am aggregating every online "best of 2014" book list I find. Please feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online media list I have missed....
Every day, Daily Downloads offers 10 free and legal mp3 downloads. Today's free and legal mp3 downloads: The 14ers: Get Some EP [mp3] The Banner Days: The Banner Days Sampler EP [mp3] Brian Lopez: "Be My Baby (Ronettes cover)" [mp3]...
Another new Charli XCX song has surfaced from her upcoming sophomore album Sucker. “Breaking Up” is another punk-inspired more in the vein of the recently released (and pretty great) “Gold Coins” rather than the sugary sweetness of her solo hit “Boom Clap.” The chorus is pretty damn great: “You say you love me/ Okay, let’s [...]
Recent Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Peter Gabriel debuted a new song at a show in Torino, Italy on Thursday night. It’s apparently called “What Lies Ahead” and it opened the acoustic portion of his Back To Front tour. This is Gabriel’s first original song since the Oscar-nominated WALL•E theme “Down To Earth” [...]
All through November, Red Bull Sound Select is running the event 30 Days In LA, during which they schedule a show a night, always at a different venue, bundling some of their own RBSS artists with artists like Run The Jewels, Phosphorescent, Cut Copy, and a bunch of others. Last night, it was Air Review, [...]
Jon Hopkins did a BBC Essential mix last night featuring music from Dan Deacon, Panda Bear, Joy Orbison, and an unreleased track of his own. The track is called “Interlude” and shows up a few minutes into the mix. “It feels amazing to be part of a mix series that has been going for 20 [...]
TV On The Radio just put out their new album Seeds — which we think is pretty good — and they stopped by Letterman to perform “Happy Idiot” for the show. Tunde Adebimpe looks stylish in what appears to be a one-piece jumpsuit and the rockers give it their all for the performance. Letterman seems [...]
Metallica rounded out their residency on Ferguson with a performance of “Sad But True” from their 1991 self-titled record. The band has been on the show all week and have played some of their best songs, including “Hit The Lights,”" Fuel,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” and “Enter The Sandman.” After all these years, Metallica [...]
Weezer and MS MR’s Lizzy Plapinger got together to play a stripped down version of “Go Away” at the SiriusXM studios. The track was co-written and originally sung by Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino for Everything Will Be Alright In The End, but Plapinger serves as a fine substitute. Watch them perform together below. Everything Will [...]
The platinum edition of Beyoncé’s self-titled album drops next week, and the pop star has shared a video for “7/11,” one of two new songs that are included in the release. The video starts off with Beyoncé dancing on a balcony with a Kale University sweater on and follows her through some rooms in various [...]
Everyone seems to want to voice their opinion on the merits of streaming music following Taylor Swift’s decision to pull her albums from Spotify. The latest to chime in is Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge and he made a pretty weird comparison in a new interview with Faster Louder. “I tell people condoning streaming is like [...]
This week we looked at 26 bands from the NYC rock resurgence of the ’00s (i.e., the bands that were cool when I started this blog 75 years ago). Meanwhile, several bands that were popular 20 years ago — Soundgarden, Faith No More, the Smashing Pumpkins — released surprisingly strong tracks. Chumped’s Teenage Retirement was [...]
David Bowie’s career retrospective David Bowie Is made its U.S. debut at the Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago just about two months ago when it kicked off with an official “David Bowie Day.” In that time, it’s become a hotspot for celebrities to visit while in the city: Usher brought his kids there this week, [...]
Rick Ross lost some weight recently thanks to a fruit-heavy diet (RossFit isn’t real, unfortunately), and when he proclaimed his love of pears to an interviewer last summer, he instantly became the stuff of Vine legend. Rozay’s “Shout out to all the pear” quote became one of 2014?s biggest memes — never mind that Ross [...]
As we settle into winter and the year begins to wind down, there are fewer new releases to talk about a whole lot of old ones to dig through. This week brought in an array of singles suggesting that 2015 has some exciting releases to look forward to. There might even be a new Pusha [...]