New York punks Big Ups made a really great debut album called Eighteen Hours Of Static earlier this year, and they’re about to follow it up by dropping a split 7? with Brooklyn’s Washer. We’ve already posted “Rash,” the first Big Ups song on that split. And now we’ve got the other one. “Not Today” [...]
The Orange County-based band the Growlers released their latest record, Chinese Fountain, back in September, and today they’ve shared a video for the single “Good Advice.” We caught the Growlers last weekend at Beach Goth Fest, an event that the band has thrown for the past three years alongside other surf- and psych-derivative acts. In [...]
In the weekly Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights notable new comics and graphic novels. Benn Ray is the owner of Atomic Books, an independent bookstore in Baltimore. The Mobtown Shank is his blog, and his comic Said...
Last night, Run The Jewels found a great way to celebrate the release of their monster sophomore album RTJ2: They hosted a screening of The Warriors, basically the best movie ever, at Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema. At the screening, they had a special guest: Nas, whose Mass Appeal label released RTJ2. And the old king took [...]
Soft Fangs is John Lutkevich, a Massachusetts native recording tremendous music in Brooklyn. “Dog Park,” from a five-song cassette EP coming soon on Seagreen, is almost certainly the most beautiful song you’ll hear today. It’s got the feel of mid-period Elliott Smith — the gently cooed downcast vocal, the lo-fi production, the effortless interplay between [...]
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds performed at Austin City Limits back in July, and a truncated version of that set will be aired on the ACL broadcast this weekend. Cave and the band played a slew of crowd favorites, including “Tupelo” and “Red Right Hand.” Their rendition of the classic American folk song “Stagger [...]
The first thing that struck me about Meanwhile’s “Icarus,” from the British pop auteur’s The Element Yes EP, was the beat. It’s an unbelievable dance-pop track, a hyperkinetic future-funk rhythm built on playfully spiky guitar figures. It sounds like something Berlin-era Bowie might’ve come up with if he’d still been snorting massive amounts of cocaine, [...]
Unless we’re counting RTJ2, my pick for the year’s best mixtape is Rich Gang: Tha Tour Part 1, the showcase for Atlanta freakout artists Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan. The two share the spotlight on most of the mixtape’s tracks, but both get a couple of solo moments to shine. One of those moments [...]
Costa Rica’s Las Robertas drop their first ever, appropriately fuzzed-out official video, for the group’s... Read more »
Indiana singer-songwriter Joseph O’Connell records under the name Elephant Micah. He’s got a new album called Where In Our Woods — his twelfth under the Elephant Micah name and first for Western Vinyl — coming early next year. Today he’s sharing “By The Canal,” a salt-of-the-earth folk tune that channels its melancholy into dreams of [...]
Work in Progress features an excerpt from Denis Johnson's new novel The Laughing Monsters. Stream live performances from the Pitchfork Paris music festival starting today. Tor.com interviewed author Nicola Griffith. New York magazine shared a "complete ebola-quarantine reading guide." Impose...
Kids have their fictional heroes. For some it might be Batman or Spider-Man or Katniss Everdeen. They’re usually good guys. Ariel Pink’s childhood hero was a villain: a burn victim with a razor glove and a passion for murdering teens while shouting some darkly comic puns. He had seen horror movies before A Nightmare On [...]
Metallica have announced that they will do a week-long residency on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson to commemorate the host’s departure. (Ferguson — who announced he was leaving the show shortly after Letterman earlier this year — will air his last episode sometime in December.) The band will sit down for an interview [...]
For old heads like me, David Lowery is best-known as the frontman for Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker. More recently, he’s been in the news for railing against the digital music system — efforts that have included calling out an NPR intern for admitting to file sharing. Lowery talks about all that — the musical [...]
Jessie Ware’s slow-burning soul ballad “Say You Love Me” is both my favorite song on her very good sophomore album Tough Love and one of my favorite songs of the year. Last night, Ware was a musical guest on Late Night With Seth Meyers, and she sang a warm, deeply felt version of the song, [...]
Every day, Daily Downloads offers 10 free and legal mp3 downloads. Today's free and legal mp3 downloads: Copper Lungs: "Cloud Nine" [mp3] David Bronson: "Songbird" [mp3] from Questions ET Anderson: "It's Not the Same" [mp3] from Et tu, ____? EP...
This week’s episode of Sonic Highways sees Foo Fighters heading to Nashville, where they will interview artists like Dolly Parton, Zac Brown, and Carrie Underwood. They’ll also unveil the third song from their upcoming album, following “Something From Nothing” and “The Feast And The Famine.” The new song is called “Congregation,” and you can listen [...]
The Zooey Deschanel/M.Ward duo She & Him signed to Columbia earlier this year, and last week, we learned the details of Classics, their first album as a major-label act. The album is a set of jazz and pop standards, which the duo recorded live with an orchestra. We’ve heard their take on Dusty Springfield’s “Stay [...]
If you ever thought it would be cool to own the breath of a celebrity, you may be in luck. Sia is offering up her own breath in a jar for a charity event in Australia this weekend. It will be up for grabs as a prize at the Adelaide Film Festival’s film quiz night. [...]
PJ Harvey has released a cover of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds’ 1994 track “Red Right Hand” that she recorded for the BBC TV series Peaky Blinders. It’s her second new recording since 2011?s Let England Shake — the other was a political protest song that was put out in August 2013 called “Shaker [...]