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Izzy's Fizzy Pop Slot - Squalloscope

Squalloscope Vienna, Austria Tonight is the first in an irregular series where Fizzy Izzy from music blog Flies4Fries opens up her treasure chest to bring you some gems she's picked up on her travels around the virtual musical world.The first pop pearl from Izzy's box of tricks comes from Anna Kohlweis the one-woman force behind Squalloscope. Show More Summary

Microwave – “Lighterless”

After signing to SideOneDummy Records last year, Atlanta punks Microwave quickly turned out a an impressive split 7? with Head North. A little less than a year later, they have returned with “Lighterless,” presumably the first single from their as-yet-untitled new LP. With a chugging, driving bass line during the verses, a rousing pre-chorus, a […]

J&L Defer – “Nowhere”

J&L Defer have put the finishing touches on No Map in their native Switzerland after killing a bunch of festivals in the US, including our unofficial SXSW bash. We’ve already posted the lead single “Hard Fiction Road,” and today they followup with “Nowhere.” You probably noticed the meandering motif, and that characterizes their sound in […]

Stream Foozle Romantic Comedies

The bitter truth about romantic comedies is that we never see what happens after the credits roll. Logically and through experience, we know that the fairytale relationship probably doesn’t last. Communication breaks down, people change, inexplicably drift apart. But for a few hours, we take comfort in the naïveté, in believing that love lasts forever […]

Salt-N-Pepa, Lisa Loeb, Biz Markie To Play Crystal Pepsi Concert

Last summer, I decided it would be cool to walk around with a big VHS camera and record everything I did. The early ’90s are 25 years(!) in the rear-view mirror now, but nostalgia for the era still runs strong through me. Apparently, the same is to be said for officials at Pepsi, who announced […]

CVS At Night – “Mudd Club” (Feat. Maria Usbeck)

CVS At Night is a Latin-tinged Brooklyn rock quartet that includes members of Samson The Truest, Evi Antonio, and Yellow Eyes. “Mudd Club,” from the group’s self-titled debut EP, features guest vocals from the majestic Maria Usbeck, who released her impressive solo LP Amparo — one of our 50 Best Albums Of 2016 So Far […]

Nite Jewel – “Running Out Of Time (Julia Holter Remix)”

Nite Jewel and Julia Holter both make hazy, flickering forms of personal, auteurist pop music. But the two artists are vastly different from one another, and it’s pretty fascinating to hear what happens when we get to hear the fingerprints of both on a song. Last month, Nite Jewel, Ramona Gonzalez’s soft-focus electro-pop project, released […]

Aldous Harding – “Stop Your Tears”

New Zealand singer-songwriter Aldous Harding has served as support for prominent American artists when they make it to that region, including Perfume Genius, Mac DeMarco, US Girls, Eleanor Friedberger, and Mutual Benefit. However, she has never before played on American soil, and until this fall, her eponymous 2014 debut LP had never been released in […]

Pfarmers – “Red Vermin”

Made up of Danny Seim (Menomena), Bryan Devendorf (The National), and horn player Dave Nelson (Sufjan Stevens, David Byrne & St. Vincent), Pfarmers have the kind of indie-rock credibility that set expectations impossibly high from fans of those respective projects. Joint ventures with this much built-in legacy often falter under the weight of their musical […]

Nas & Erykah Badu – “This Bitter Land”

The forthcoming movie The Land is an independent drama about skateboarder kids in Cleveland. Erykah Badu acts in the movie, and Nas is among its executive producers. (We posted a trailer a few months ago.) So it’s not a surprise to hear Badu and Nas team up on “This Bitter Land,” a song from the […]

Galway, Ireland Singer/Songwriter Ultan Conlon Drops New Single; Debuts in U.S.

Galway singer/songwriter Ultan Conlon is recognized in his native Ireland as an accomplished songwriter. His heartfelt and intricate compositions are legendary on the Emerald Isle, […] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

Jidenna – “Little Bit More” Video

There’s still no telling when Long Live The Chief will drop, but there are going to be a few bangers on there based on what we’ve heard so far. One such song is the breezy island-kissed romp “Little Bit More.” Today, Jidenna’s given it the visual treatment. It’s fittingly shot in the Caribbean, and it’s […]

Watch Autolux Rip Through “Brainwasher” On Conan

LA trio Autolux brought their slick, futuristic, multi-genre blend to Conan last night. They performed the groovy, rhythmic assault that is “Brainwasher” off of their excellent album Pussy’s Dead. Their onstage presence isn’t necessarily the most electric; it’s more hypnotic and amazing in its precision and technical prowess. Drummer Carla Azar is a wonder to […]

Psychic Ills – “Baby” Video

The long-standing New York psych rock band Psychic Ills released their most recent album, Inner Journey Out, back in June on Sacred Bones, and today they’re debuting a video for its single “Baby.” The Jason Evans-directed clip follows an urban cowboy as he ventures around town. It’s a lonely and beautifully shot short film; watch […]

Eddie Money Fires Back At “Chemo” Drummer And His “Groupie” Fiancée In New Court Filing

We’ve learned a lot of strange things in 2016, and on that list, the idea that ’80s AOR star Eddie Money is a complete dick is probably pretty low. Still, it’s pretty interesting! Last month, we reported that Money’s former touring drummer Glenn Symmonds and Tami Landrum, Summonds’ fiancée, are both suing Money. Symmonds is […]

Nouvelle Vague – “Athol Brose” (Cocteau Twins Cover)

The last time we posted about Nouvelle Vague, Michael Jackson had about two weeks left to live. To refresh your memory, the French group “seeks to reinterpret classic new wave and post punk songs as Bossa Nova.” This Fall, Nouvelle Vague — featuring core members Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux as well as singers including […]

Liam Betson – “The Comedians”

With 2014’s The Cover Of Hunter, Liam Betson transitioned from recording as Liam The Younger to releasing music under his given name. Next month, he’ll put out another album (his sixth in total), called Austerity Measures — “Perhaps these songs will help convey the love and hope I often feel, despite my ignorance,” he says […]

Clipping. – “Baby Don’t Sleep” Video

We don’t often hear about people leaving hit Broadway plays to focus on their grinding, experimental noise-rap groups, but that’s what Daveed Diggs is doing. Earlier this month, Diggs finished up his run on Hamilton, where he won a Tony and a Grammy for playing the dual role of Thomas Jefferson and Marquis De Lafayette. […]

Skott – Porcelain / Wolf

The story goes that she grew up in a commune, surrounded by folk musicians and had a childhood unaware of contemporary music, but while thee traditional folk influences are few and far between - the glacial serenity and near-mystical vocal range are right at the centre. Skott – Porcelain / Wolf was originally published on The Blue Walrus.

Shorties (The Man Booker Prize Longlist, New Music from Lydia Loveless, and more)

The longlist for the 2016 Man Booker Prize has been announced: All That Man Is by David Szalay Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet Hot Milk...

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