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Shorties (An Excerpt from Han Kang's New Novel, Stream the New Allison Crutchfield Album, and more)

Read It Forward shared an excerpt from Han Kang's novel Human Acts. NPR Music is streaming Allison Crutchfield's new album Tourist in This Town. Stereogum and BrooklynVegan interviewed Crutchfield. Ebooks on sale for $1.99 today: Hannah Arendt: A Life in...

Shunya – Wonder N Wane

Shunya's Wonder N Wane rolls and trips along with a variety of squeaks, strums, and hooks, but is held together with a sinister bassline growling beneath the rich vocals of collaborator Hayley Phillipa Williams. Shunya – Wonder N Wane was originally published on The Blue Walrus.

Hear Japanese Breakfast Interviewed On Lena Dunham’s Podcast

Japanese Breakfast's excellent 2016 album Psychopomp was largely inspired by the death of frontwoman Michelle Zauner's mother. It's a collection of songs about finding hope in the face of despair. Psychopomp must have made its way to Lena Dunham because the Girls creator invited Zauner on her Women Of The Hour podcast to discuss the…

Stream Allison Crutchfield Tourist In This Town

We first heard word of Allison Crutchfield's debut solo album back in July with an announcement that she had joined her twin sister in signing to Merge. Since then she released the spectacular lead single "Dean's Room" and its equally spectacular follow-up "I Don't Ever Want To Leave California" and became the subject of our…

Ronika – “All Comes Back 2 U”

Nottingham pop auteur Ronika will release tomorrow her new album Lose My Cool, the follow-up to her 2014 debut Selectadisc. But before she does she's letting loose one final single from the album, the summery "All Comes Back 2 U." Ronika has proven herself a chameleon of styles, hopping from ebullient funk to decadently smooth…

Download Caroline Polachek’s Free Surprise Instrumental Album Drawing The Target Around The Arrow

Last month, the much-loved New York duo Chairlift announced their breakup, and they'll head out on a farewell tour this spring. In their breakup announcement, the duo said that frontwoman Caroline Polachek would be making music as a solo artist, and we already get to hear what she's up to. Today, Polachek has released a…

Cloud Nothings – “Enter Entirely”

We are ever so close to the new Cloud Nothings album Life Without Sound, but before unveiling the whole thing, Dylan Baldi's band has shared one more advance track to follow "Modern Act" and "Internal World." This latest track "Enter Entirely" is understated by Cloud Nothings standards, in keeping with the "vocal-heavy," "slowed-down" sound Baldi…

Trump Inaugural Committee Says Kanye Was Not Asked To Perform Because It’s A “Typically And Traditionally American” Event

Last month, when Kanye West met with President-Elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower, there was some speculation that maybe Trump would ask West to perform at his inauguration. After all, Trump has had a notoriously tough time finding big-name acts to play his presidential festivities. And here, however polarizing the man might be, he's got…

Ryan Adams – “Doomsday”

Right now, Ryan Adams is helping Liz Phair record her double-album comeback, which means he's already earned himself at least a year's worth of goodwill. And Prisoner, Adams' own new album, is shaping up nicely, as well. Adams will release Prisoner next month, and we've already posted his songs "Do You Still Love Me?" and…

Stream Japandroids Near To The Wild Heart Of Life

It's been nearly five years since Japandroids released their last album, the fiery instant classic Celebration Rock. And it's taken that amount of time for the Vancouver duo to finally come out with the follow-up. That follow-up is now here. Next week, Japandroids release their searing and triumphant third album Near To The Wild Heart…

The Life Electric - Their Outlaw Roadshow Video Session!

One of the great live music memories of 2016 for me will be seeing a completely immersed, energetic and triumphant Life Electric show at The Outlaw Roadshow New York. Helping close out a wild night of music, they brought a huge ear-to-ear smile on my face as they completely took over a room of strangers and made them their own. Show More Summary

Here’s What Bruce Springsteen Played At A Private Farewell Concert For Obama’s Staff

A few months ago, Barack Obama awarded Bruce Springsteen with the Presidential Medal Of Freedom. And last week, two days after Obama delivered his farewell address, Springsteen returned to the White House to play a private farewell concert for Obama and his staff. He played a 15-song acoustic solo set, joined only by Patti Scialfa…

Taxstone Denied Bail Over T.I. Concert Shooting

Daryl "Taxstone" Campbell, host of the popular hip-hop podcast Tax Season, was arrested earlier this week in connection to last May's deadly shooting at Irving Plaza. Yesterday, his bail was set at $500,000, but now, Reuters reports that a Manhattan judge has revoked his bail after a prosecutor said that a witness could link him…

Of Course Azealia Banks Wants To Play Trump’s Inauguration

After getting turned down by just about every big-name musician in the world, Trump's inauguration is finally assembling something resembling a lineup. The closest thing to a real get on the roster is Sam Moore of the legendary soul duo Sam & Dave; other than that, we've got...Jackie Evancho, 3 Doors Down, Tony Orlando, Toby…

James Hetfield Narrates Documentary About Porn Addiction

Metallica's James Hetfield serves as the narrator for Addicted To Porn: Chasing The Cardboard Butterfly, a new documentary from director Justin Hunt about the perils of porn addiction. According to Blabbermouth, Hetfield was previously interviewed in Hunt's 2010 film Absent, which was about absent fathers. Addicted To Porn: Chasing The Cardboard Butterfly will be out…

Nick Cave Scores New Movie, Appears In Viral Selfie

Nick Cave and his Bad Seeds/Grinderman bandmate Warren Ellis have a nice little side gig as film score composers. They recently did the score for the Jeff Bridges movie Hell Or High Water, which was written by Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, and now, according to FilmMusicReporter, they've composed the score for Sheridan's upcoming directorial debut…

Janelle Monáe, Maxwell To Perform At Women’s March On Washington; The National, Sleater-Kinney Playing Afterparty

Janelle Monáe and Maxwell will perform at the Women's March On Washington this weekend, the AP reports. "I am honored to join this critical movement to bring justice and equality to all," Monáe said in a statement. "Music has always been a powerful tool for galvanizing unity and I believe that singing and standing together,…

Ryan Adams Talks Whiskeytown, Recording New Jenny Lewis & Liz Phair Albums

Ryan Adams' new album Prisoner is coming out next month, and he's also been working on albums by Jenny Lewis and Liz Phair. Adams recently sat down with Zane Lowe to discuss all of his current projects, and although the full interview won't air until tomorrow, Apple Music has shared a few excerpts to whet…

Watch Austra Debut Future Politics Songs In A CBC Session

Austra are releasing their new LP, Future Politics, this Friday; it's a stunning work of synthpop that was crowned our most recent Album Of The Week. In the live session they did for CBC Music released today, the band performed seven cuts off the album, including the title track and lead single "Utopia," as well…

Paul McCartney Sues Sony Over Beatles Copyrights

Paul McCartney has sued Sony Music, asserting that he intends to reclaim US publishing ownership of Beatles songs that he wrote or co-wrote -- songs whose publishing is currently owned outright by Sony. Per the US Copyright Act Of 1976, songwriters can terminate old publishing agreements after 56 years. …

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