Yesterday, Shamir released his debut album Ratchet, a great record of ebullient dance-pop. But Shamir wanted to be a country singer before he became a rising indie star, and his songs still work when you strip away all the cowbells and strutting basslines. Shamir proves that in the latest Take Away Show, the video series […]
The Guardian interviewed Laurie Anderson. The Rumpus interviewed author Mark Danielewski about his new novel The Familiar. Aquarium Drunkard interviewed musician Jim O'Rourke. The Guardian listed the top rural noir novels. Detroit Metro-Times interviewed Michaelangelo Matos about his new book...
Dancing With The Stars wrapped up its 20th (!) season last night, and Sia joined the celebration to sing her 1000 Forms Of Fear single “Elastic Heart.” Judge Julianne Hough and her brother, Derek, took part in an elaborately choreographed performance that pits two adults and the child versions of themselves against each other, and […]
Over the weekend, Layzie Bone, of the great Cleveland rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, was on his way to a show in Riverton, Wyoming, the sort of tidbit that makes me wish I knew more about Wyoming’s rap scene. On the road, he saw a driver swerve erratically and spin out. On the side of the […]
David Letterman’s last-ever Late Show will air tonight. But if Letterman somehow doesn’t make it to work today, last night’s show was a pretty good one to go out on. The episode had appearances from a couple of American legends who also happen to be perverse old kooks. Bill Murray, maybe Letterman’s favorite guest ever, […]
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I’ve been pinging around a couple European countries for these last few weeks that I’d never been to before, across five borders and three currencies and at least five languages, with plenty of time to think. Trains are good for thinking, aren’t they? I’d missed the steady mechanical whoosh and the panorama of a thousand […]
A$AP Rocky has shared another track from his upcoming sophomore album, At.Long.Last.A$AP. Lil B was the first one to share the song. This is the second track we’ve heard from the record in the past few weeks, following the following the Miguel/Mark Ronson/Rod Stewart team-up “Everyday.” The new track is called “LSD,” and it’s a […]
Paradise of Bachelors is set to release Whine Of The Mystic by Nova Scotia’s Nap Eyes. Nap Eyes consists of Josh Salter (bass), Seamus Dalton (drums), and Brad Loughead (lead guitar) and Paradise of Bachelors is calling them the greatest band you’ve never heard of. I don’t how you would disprove that so I’m going [...]
Did you know Snoop Dogg has his own online weekly talk show? I didn’t! But he does — it’s called GGN (Double G News), and he just brought Killer Mike on the show to smoke some weed and chat. They run through a bunch of topics together: how Killer Mike got started, the formation of […]
If the music paints a grand, expansive prairie vista it just takes the rich vocals to usher in the majestic herd of bison (and all this from a London band!). Yes, ‘Atlas Sky’ is that kind of song, a cinematic experience that reveals its greatness over several acts. Show More Summary
Kanye West’s night-closing Billboard Music Awards performance on Sunday was heavily censored for everyone watching along at home, as he performed “All Day” and “Black Skinhead” with long periods of silence breaking up each of them. The next day, TMZ reported that Kanye didn’t do a dress rehearsal, and a source was quoted as saying: […]
Pete Townshend turns 70 today — happy birthday, Pete! — and the Who member celebrated by putting out “Guantanamo,” a politically minded track that serves as one of two new songs featured on the upcoming solo best-of compilation, Truancy: The Very Best Of Pete Townshend. “I thought this song might never see the light of […]
Because he’s been through the wringer himself, Jason Isbell is one of the few country singers right now who could manage to give us a decent approximation of B.B. King’s “The Thrill Is Gone.” And because he’s an incredible guitarist with enormous respect for a massive talent like King, Isbell made it a point to […]
What the hell is going on in Philadelphia lately? It seems like every time I turn around there’s another incredible punk act or all-girl band that completely slays indie rock stereotypes. The latest from the city of brotherly love to buck preconceived notions are the soulful and clever collaborators STS and RJD2, who just released […]
METZ - "Spit You Out" This is queasy-making music. "Spit You Out" is built on an unrelenting bass riff that bores a hole straight into your brain. Churning along with the giant drums is a slimy guitar riff, and...
I can’t decide if naming your band Weed is brilliant or lazy, but it seems to be working out well for the Vancouver gloom-rock trio. We premiered their excellent new album Running Back this spring, and now they’ve dropped a video for one of the tracks, “Thousand Pounds.” Directed by Courtney Garvin of The Courtneys, […]
When Jay Z made his video for “Picasso Baby” two years ago, he took over New York’s Pace Gallery and rapped the song for six straight hours rapping directly into the faces of each of the cultural dignitaries who were there to witness it. One of those dignitaries was the Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovi?, […]
When most people think of Paul Simon, it’s as a singer-songwriter and not a producer. But it’s thanks to Simon that the world knows about Jackson Carey Frank at all, really. He produced Frank’s sole eponymous album, 1965’s Jackson C. Frank, and helped popularize what might be Frank’s best-known song, “Blues Run The Game,” via […]