In the starkly arty black-and-white video for their charged-up anthem “Best Of Friends,” we see the members of the anarchic, party-starting British band Palma Violets rocking out before a bored and hostile crowd and committing petty acts of street crime. It’s a far cry from the drunken revelry of their “We Found Love” video, but [...]
You don’t throw a music festival on the beach and neglect to invite Best Coast. Gulf Shores isn’t what Bethany Cosentino had in mind when she named her band, but even she saw the parallels: “This next song, it’s about California, but all of the things I talk about in it you guys have here.” [...]
Danny Brown Pomona Glass House 5-19-13 Danny Brown is a magnetic but troublesome figure in hip-hop. In the past month he's fallen under heavy scrutiny for receiving a blow job while performing i...
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Oh his new album Wrote A Song For Everyone, the former Creedence Clearwater Revival yowler John Fogerty has recruited a whole mess of famous people to help him revive a bunch of his old band’s songs. The album’s roster of guests is a pretty schizophrenic one; it’s got My Morning Jacket, Dawes, Jennifer Hudson, Kid [...]
Jungle Gym. Santiago, Chile We handed the boys in Toro y Moi an old camera... Read more »
Bleary San Diego rockers Crocodiles released Endless Flowers, their last album, just one year ago, and they’ve already announced plans to release Crimes Of Passion, its follow-up, due later this summer. Crocodiles frontman Brandon Welchez is married to Dum Dum Girls leader Dee Dee, and for this album, Crocodiles recruited a frequent Dum Dums collaborator, [...]
ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Dizzy Wright XXL Freshmen Live 2013 Club Nokia 5-18-13 Better Than... Actually being a freshman in high school Since 2008, hip-hop magazine XXL has named its "top freshme...
I couldn’t really tell you what Chic-A-Go-Go is, but it looks like a rad, ultra-low-budget kid’s show. The reason it’s popped up on my radar is because they hosted a lip-syncing performance by James Swanberg BKA Today’s Hits. This dude has been writing a song a day for years, with a great many of them [...]
Two of the year's most anticipated albums are released tomorrow, The National's Trouble Will Find Me and Daft Punk's Random Access Memories The Baptist Generals' Jackleg Devotional to the Heart, Beaches' She Beats, and Scout Niblett's It's Up to...
It’s genuinely not easy to keep track of the Stone Temple Pilots family tree: The band’s instrumental core (brothers Dean and Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz) have now parted ways with vocalist Scott Weiland three times. In 1997, they went on hiatus, which led to Weiland releasing a solo album, while the DeLeos and [...]
Over the weekend, Tame Impala announced that following a performance at Belvoir Amphitheatre on Saturday night (5/18), bassist Nick Allbrook would no longer be a member of the band, citing a need for time to “try and screw his head back on, and make an attempt to assimilate back into society.” Allbrook is also the [...]
With a pair of aggressively mindbending new songs, a fascinating video-projected-on-buildings PR stunt, and a powerful SNL performance, Kanye West pretty much owned the weekend. And now, we learn that the cover of his new album, hilariously titled Yeezus, is basically a jewel-case scribble, half-rendered in melted gold. The album’s cover art debuted, as all [...]
Young Chicago ’70s rock revivalists Smith Westerns are back next month with Soft Will, the Chris Coady-produced followup to their hailed breakthrough Dye It Blonde. “Soft” is an operative word, it seems: Based on lead single “Varsity” and today’s listen “3AM Spiritual,” the band’s retained their prodigal ability to craft carefree, swooning hooks that feel [...]
I’ve spent the past couple days packing up books, records and everything else I own in preparation for our move this weekend. While doing that I’ve also been converting the last of my CD collection to digital backups. This has led me to no small number of old favorites that I haven’t heard in a [...]
Glass Animals were one of the bands I was most looking forward to seeing in Brighton. I first wrote about them years ago, when there was no more than a couple of songs on their MySpace page (yes, that long ago), but they’ve been distinctly slow-moving since then. An EP was digitally released a year [...]
Taken from the group‘s forthcoming LP Soft Will, out June 25 on Mom+Pop.
Last year, Beck released Song Reader, an album that consisted only of sheet music. He then spent months declining all requests to play the songs on that album, so nobody knew for sure what Beck’s versions of those songs would sound like. But in July, Beck will play the whole album in London, with various [...]
True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season and Laverne & Shirley: The Sixth Season are the television highlights among this week's new DVD releases. The Criterion Collection releases an expanded edition of Haskell Wexler's Medium Cool Mel Brooks: Make A...