The Decemberists’ video for What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World single “Make You Better,” Parks & Recreation stud Nick Offerman plays the host of a low-budget 1970s German TV show where Colin Meloy and company are undertaking a mishap-laden performance. Bill Fishman directed the clip, which you can watch below. What A Terrible [...]
Grooms played Death By Audio’s farewell show last weekend, and the band’s relationship to the now-defunct DIY space runs deep. They’ve been practicing there since 2007, back when they were called Muggabears; principal songwriter Travis Johnson (the only original Grooms member remaining from those days) and A Place To Bury Strangers’ Oliver Ackermann ran their [...]
Williamsburg DIY venue Death By Audio, which became a staple in the Brooklyn scene after opening in 2007, has now closed its doors for the last time. On Saturday night, Lightning Bolt, JEFF The Brotherhood, A Place To Bury Strangers, and Grooms played the space out for good, but bands have been stopping by to [...]
The great and perpetually underrated Huntsville, Alabama rap duo G-Side were broken up for about a year, but they reunited last year and returned this year with an album called Gz II Godz. You probably haven’t listened to that album! Not that many people have! But you should! It’s great! G-Side are still going, and [...]
Jones - "You". There is a mechanic's garage on the corner. Where your little street meets the green, low-boughed boulevard, there is a small garage which always seems closed. Closed but not derelict: it is well maintained; clean windows,...
Warpaint and Daughter makes a pretty good match: the moody, punchy attitude of the former meets up with the moody, airy temperament of the latter, and you end up with a pretty good remix. The two bands have announced that they will rework each other’s tracks on a new split for Record Store Day 2015. [...]
This year, the established Atlanta rap star T.I. and the young insurgent Young Thug have already teamed up on T.I.’s rap-radio hit “About The Money” and Young Thug’s hyperactive “Eww Eww Eww” remix. They also got together for “We Want War,” a track from T.I.’s Hustle Gang mixtape G.D.O.D. 2. In its new video, from [...]
Terror Pigeon recently released their second full-length Live It Up Before You Die It Up!, a fantastic record full of exhilarating and exuberant songs that took four years to put together. At only ten tracks, the album is frustratingly short but feels complete: every song is essential and all of them feel like they’re part [...]
Killer Mike had a thick discography before he ever teamed up with El-P, and one of his many projects surfaced over the weekend. DJ Greg Street assembled Sunday Morning Massacres from shelved 2008 sessions. There’s a biblical theme, with Mike refracting lessons from Jesus and Judas, Cain and Abel, Samson and Delilah and others into [...]
“Do The Damage” doesn’t appear on Chasing Yesterday, the forthcoming sophomore album from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Instead, the peppy space-rock number is the B-side to “In The Heat Of The Moment,” the album’s first single. That didn’t stop Gallagher from making a video for it! Gallagher appears in director Mike Bruce’s new “Do [...]
After a few false starts, Lil Wayne finally seems ready to release his supposedly-final album Tha Carter V, which he’s split into two parts like it was a Hunger Games installment. In recent weeks, he’s shared tracks like “Gotti” and “Off Day.” Last night, he appeared at the American Music Awards, debuting his new single [...]
Grand Vapids hail from Athens, where they’ve honed a droning take on indie rock in the lineage of Galaxie 500, Low, and fellow Georgians Deerhunter. “Kiln,” from the band’s Drew Vandenberg-produced debut album Guarantees, is a fine demonstration of that style, all somnambulant beauty and shimmering, scraping white noise. The song seems to spend its [...]
Two weeks ago, Arcade Fire member Will Butler played a bunch of new solo songs at a secret Brooklyn show. Last week, he announced the coming release of his new solo album Policy. And today, he’s shared a trailer for the album, one that includes short clips of a bunch of new songs. The clips [...]
Almost two months ago, Neil Diamond played his home borough of Brooklyn for the first time at a secret show at Erasmus Hall High School, where Diamond attended for two years. In some of the Instagrams that were posted by fans at the time, you can see some heavy-duty cameras filming the performance and today, [...]
Next week, She & Him, the duo of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel, make their major-label debut with Classics, their collection of old jazz and pop standards. If you’re looking for a Christmas present for your mom, you could probably do worse; everything about this album seems calibrated to be as safe as it possibly [...]
Earlier this month, Band Aid released an anti-Ebola charity single of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” featuring contributions from some of the biggest names in music from the UK, including Bono, Sam Smith, Chris Martin, and One Direction. One conspicuously absent name from the guest list for the Paul Epworth-produced track was Lily Allen, who [...]
The Believer asked writers about their reading habits. NPR Music is streaming She and Him's new covers album, Classics. 23 online "best books of 2014" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy yesterday (bringing the total number...
The Strokes are no strangers to having their songs appear in commercials, but their latest placement is especially telling after Julian Casablancas made it clear last month that he was over New York City (and brunch) and that he had just moved out to the suburbs. Room On Fire track “Reptilia” soundtracks a new Volkswagen [...]
The British singer Hannah Diamond is part of PC Music, the conceptualist crew of peppy pop-music deconstructionists, and she might be the label’s greatest prospect for actual commercial success. Like her previous single “Attachment,” Diamond’s new song “Every Night” is half commentary on the idea of a sugary dance-pop, half really good actual sugary dance-pop. [...]
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