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Crescendo Rising

Cre.scen.do From: Los Angeles, California, United States Gatsby from LA quintet Cre.scen.do is the sound of Sarah Records on their summer holidays. Gatsby sounds like a sun kissed St Christopher, a sunbathing Sweetest Ache, a free and easy Field Mice. It jangles, it swoons, it swoops and it charms. This is pop music in it's purest form. Listen Visit Cre.scen.do - Facebook

Helado Negro – “I Krill You” Video

Electronic musician Roberto Carlos Lange will soon put out Double Youth, his new album under the long-running moniker Helado Negro. We’ve already heard the new single “I Krill You” (which somehow wasn’t already used as a title by the band Krill), and now he’s shared a video for the song. Blending glittering streamers, footage of [...]

Júníus Meyvant – “Color Decay”

That impressively bearded fellow in the picture above is Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson, whose songwriting alias is the slightly more pronounceable Júníus Meyvant. The Icelandic artist just put out his debut single, “Color Decay,” a polished slice of bright folk-pop buoyed up by a sprightly horn arrangement. It’s already a hit in his native country, and [...]

Check Out The New Amy Winehouse Comic Book Released On The Third Anniversary Of Her Death

Amy Winehouse died three years ago today, and to commemorate her death, the comic book company Bluewater Productions, which seems to specialize exclusively in quickie comic-book bios of dead celebrities, has published a Winehouse comic called Tribute: Amy Winehouse. The book, which Michael L. Frizell wrote and Jayfri Hashim drew, exists in the grand tradition [...]

Hemingway – “No Hard Feelings” (Stereogum Premiere)

We looked back at the “golden era” of emo this week, but let’s not forget that there’s still plenty of great music along those genre lines being made today. “No Hard Feelings” is from Hemingway’s upcoming debut album, Pretend To Care, and it screams ’90s in a good way. The Portland band is achingly honest, [...]

Pharrell Williams – “Come Get It Bae” (Feat. Miley Cyrus) Video

Pharrell acts as a photographer at a fashion shoot in the video for “Come Get It Bae,” which is his next single from G I R L. Miley Cyrus, who contributed vocals to the song, also shows up about halfway through in a goofy outfit. And maybe I’m reading too much into things, but even [...]

Watch The Hold Steady Play Conan

Since approximately 2008, Craig Finn’s been sounding less and less like the crazy drunk guy accosting you on the street and more and more like the singer of an actual rock band (and a huge one at that). But that doesn’t mean he can’t still bring the whole madman-poet thing, as anyone who’s seen the [...]

Kid Rock Subpoenaed To Produce Glass Dildo As Evidence In Insane Clown Posse Lawsuit

Well, this is probably the classiest story on the music internet this morning. Andrea Pellegrini, a former publicist for the Insane Clown Posse, is suing the Detroit duo for sexual harrassment, and among other allegations, she claims that the former ICP and Psychopathic Records employee “Dirty Dan” Diamond tried to give her a glass dildo [...]

DeadJournalist July 2014 Mixtape, Part 2

The last month has had so many great new releases, I've decided to post two mixtapes for July 2014. This mixtape features 40 songs, including new tracks by Saint Pepsi, Generationals, Slow Magic, alt-J, Zola Jesus, Sharon Van Etten and TOPS.

Shura – “Just Once”

The fragile, beautiful debut single “Touch” put Moscow-via-London singer Shura on the map. Now her second single has arrived, and it’s described as a prequel to the first one. Like “Touch” before it, “Just Once” distills the essence of ’80s pop classics like “Time After Time” and “Like A Prayer” and gently breathes it into [...]

Bloc Party’s Kele Announces New Solo Album Trick

Bloc Party is still a going concern, but frontman Kele Okereke went solo in 2010 with his own dance-flavored album The Boxer, and he’ll do it again later this year with a new album called Trick. Since recording his last album, Kele has gone deeper into the dance-music world, DJing every week, and the short [...]

The Range – “Rayman”

Portland label Dropping Gems will soon release their fourth annual Gem Drops compilation, and today you can hear the contribution made to that comp by James Hinton, aka the Range, titled “Rayman.” The song is only three-and-a-half-minutes long, and Hinton takes his time building it up, but ultimately hits the sort of blissed-out peak that [...]

Bleached – “Poison Ivy” Video

Yesterday, the tough L.A. garage-poppers Bleached released their three-song For The Feel EP; we posted the title track a little while back. The band has a new video for their sneery, catchy EP track “Poison Ivy.” It captures their performance on the pilot of the Check Yo Ponytail TV show’s pilot episode, as well as [...]

Saintseneca Withdraw From Fest Headlined By R. Kelly, Plan Alternative Concert To Benefit Sexual Assault Victims

Here in Columbus, people are always trying (and failing) to put together a major music festival. The latest attempt is the self-explanatory Fashion Meets Music Festival, which is set to go down Labor Day weekend at various Downtown venues, SXSW-style. The fest lineup trickled out little by little, and at first, it mostly caused a [...]

Watch The Only Known Live Footage Of Pre-Slint Band Squirrel Bait

One of the best qualities of Breadcrumb Trail — Lance Bangs’ fantastic documentary on Slint, released earlier this year — is the wealth of rare footage Bangs’ unearthed, and how naturally it flows into the story. No mention is made of the great effort required to obtain that footage; Bangs simply includes it where it [...]

Tallesen – Strike Silver, Love Green

Tallesen‘s Stills Lit Through is out October 6 on Software.

Ladada – “Coin Toss” (Stereogum Premiere)

Ladada is Josiah Schlater, a Virginia Beach musician who used to play with the mall-punk heroes Mae among other bands. Now he’s doing his own thing, and that thing is whimsical lo-fi garage pop recorded in a storage unit. “Coin Toss,” from Ladada’s forthcoming self-titled EP, is rock ’n’ roll fun that reminds me of [...]

Middle School Metal Band Gets Court Approval For That Huge Record Deal

As previously reported, Unlocking The Truth, a metal trio made up entirely of Brooklyn eighth graders, recently signed a Sony deal that could potentially be worth as much as $1.8 million. For the deal to go through, the members of the band had to get permission from a Manhattan judge. And as the New York [...]

WORD Bookstores Books of the Week - July 23, 2014

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...

James Murphy Scoring Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young Co-Starring Ad-Rock

The former LCD Soundsystem leader James Murphy last worked with filmmaker Noah Baumbach when he put together the dazed L.A. studio-pop score for Baumbach’s deeply uncomfortable 2010 movie Greenberg. And now, as SPIN points out, the two are working together again, as Murphy has done the score for Baumbach’s forthcoming film While We’re Young, which [...]

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