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Chastity Belt – “Joke”

“Let’s light everything on fire” is a good enough rallying cry, but when it comes from the perpetually chill mouth of Julia Shapiro, it sounds more like burning everything down is the only way to get away from it all. Chastity Belt’s new track is the polar opposite of Shapiro’s other band Childbirth’s masterpiece “I […]

Watch Noel Gallagher Play “Don’t Look Back In Anger” With A Choir At Belfast Tour Opener

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ sophomore album Chasing Yesterdays came out yesterday, and he kicked off his tour to support it in Belfast last night. Gallagher has previously hinted that he would reunite Oasis for the right amount of money (a lot), and fans got a taste of what that might be like when he […]

Joanna Gruesome – “Honestly Do Yr Worst”

Last month, the Welsh band Joanna Gruesome announced that they will release their sophomore album Peanut Butter this summer, 10 tracks produced by MJ of the Leeds-based band Hookworms. We all got pretty fucking stoked on the impending arrival of this new record, so much so that we named its lead single “Last Year” one […]

WORD Bookstores Books of the Week - March 4, 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...

Braids – “Taste”

Braids has always been intense. After all, this is the band that constructed an eight-minute epic around the words, “I’m fucked up.” But the Braids of Deep In The Iris are marked by an emotional directness that was previously only occasionally bubbled to the surface. “Miniskirt” was the pinnacle of that — and you can […]

Creepoid – “American Smile” (Stereogum Premiere)

Gloomy Philadelphia quartet Creepoid announced that they’ve signed to Collect Records, and will release their third full-length LP this summer. Cemetery Highrise Slum was produced and mixed by Peter Mavrogeorgis, who is best known for his work on the National’s High Violet and Sharon Van Etten’s Tramp. “American Smile” is Cemetery Highrise Slum‘s first single […]

Sorry, Those Aren’t Morrissey’s Shoes On eBay

Today in Morrissey-related news, the singer has taken to his website to warn fans away from buying eBay items that are masquerading as authentic memorabilia. The post on True To You is entitled “Ebay (yawn).” Morrissey writes: The Morrissey clothes and shoes currently being sold on ebay to the ‘highest, saddest bidder’, are not mine, […]

Here’s Prince As A Middle School Jock

We recently saw a bunch of rock stars’ high school yearbook photos; now Deadspin has uncovered the above photo of Prince as an afro-rocking middle school basketball star. The photo has been online before in blurrier forms, but now it’s clear as day. There’s also this tweet, which confirms Dave Chappelle’s assertion that Prince can […]

Shorties (The Stage Adaptation of A Confederacy of Dunces, Songs Inspired by Literature, and more)

Nick Offerman will star as Ignatius J. Reilly in a stage adaptation of John Kennedy Toole's novel A Confederacy of Dunces. Up on the Sun listed songs inspired by literature. Numero Cinq interviewed author Diane Williams. Stereogum interviewed the members...

Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock Says “The Best Room” Is About A UFO Encounter

In March 1997, thousands of people in Phoenix saw lights in the sky, and the “Phoenix Lights” story is one of the great mythical UFO sightings in history. Isaac Brock was there. The Modest Mouse frontman recently told Studio 360’s Kurt Anderson the story: He was on his way to master the album The Lonesome […]

Stream Aero Flynn’s Self-Titled Debut Album

Aero Flynn is yet another Justin Vernon-approved project coming out of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. And while on the surface, Josh Scott’s new project bears some similarities to the Bon Ivers and Volcano Choirs of the world, he doesn’t come across as another lonely woods rock imitator. Even with the cross-pollination from members of Vernon’s many […]

Watch GZA Play The Tonight Show With Tom Morello & The Roots

Last night, the same night that his Wu-Tang colleague Raekwon was one of Kanye West’s surprise guests in London, GZA served as the musical guest on The Tonight Show. He performed his new single “The Mexican,” an interpolation of Babe Ruth’s 1972 funk-rock classic. Tom Morello, also featured on the song, shared the stage, and […]

Daily Downloads (Tidelands, Grooms, and more)

Every day, Daily Downloads offers 10 free and legal mp3 downloads. Today's free and legal mp3 downloads: Boon: Rome EP [mp3] Josh Garrels: Jacaranda album [mp3] Lunic: "Moving On" [mp3] Lunic: "Don't Look Now" [mp3] Patrick Joseph: Foot in the...

Solid Sound Lineup 2015

The Wilco-curated Solid Sound festival has announced their 2015 lineup. Unsurprisingly, Wilco will play on two of the nights, and Tweedy will take up another slot. Other artists on the bill are Mac DeMarco, Parquet Courts, Shabazz Palaces, Real Estate, Jessica Pratt, Ryley Walker, and Cibo Matto. The comedian lineup is pretty strong as well, […]

Buxton – Half A Native [album review]

2 days agoMusic / Indie Music : HearYa

Band get a following in the local area. Band gets signed to a label. Band puts out solid album. Band leaves local area, works with new challenging producer and expands sound without abandoning what got them there. Its a story as familiar as tying your shoes. And yet, it is one I’ve yet to tire [...]

Watch Kanye West Peform A New Song With Vic Mensa And “C.R.E.A.M.” With Wu-Tang Clan At Surprise London Show

Kanye West’s been hanging out in Europe over the past week since his appearance at the Brits, and tonight he performed a last-minute surprise concert at London’s KOKO that sold out in minutes. During the show, Kanye brought out a bunch of guests, including Wu-Tang Clan, Big Sean, Raekwon, Vic Mensa, Skepta, and CyHi The […]

mp3: download Noah’s MOOD mixtape

Download Japanese producer Noah‘s dreamy new MOOD mixtape, out today via flau, here.

Deadheads Denied Camping, Overnight Parking For Farewell Shows

The Grateful Dead’s three-night farewell shows don’t seem like they’re shaping up to be a great time for the band’s most dedicated followers. Over the weekend, we reported that tickets for the event were being scalped for as high at $10,000. And now, Chicago’s police and fire departments have decided not to let Deadheads camp […]

Stars – “Trap Door” Video

Stars have released a meta-commentary on the way that music videos and singles are chosen these days by prefacing the new video for “Trap Door” with the thought process that eventually spurred the visual’s creation. It boils down to one thing: radio airplay. So here is director Anthony Von Seck’s video for “Trap Door,” one […]

Lizard Kisses – “In The Morning” Video

Cory Siegler and her boyfriend Marc Merza are the driving force behind the earnest, dreamy vibes of Lizard Kisses. While mostly operating as a duo, they often collaborate with other members of the Brooklyn music community and cite the project as a catalyst for building friendships. Close readers will remember that Jordan Lee of Mutual […]

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