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Watch The PBS Documentary Hamilton’s America

Y’all heard about this play Hamilton? Apparently it’s quite popular — so big that PBS made a movie about it. In all seriousness, the 90-minute documentary is a rare chance to see professional performance footage of the original cast in action together on stage. So if you’re intrigued about the musical that dominated the Tonys […]

Soft Hair – “Relaxed Lizard”

Soft Hair is a duo comprising psych-pop sculptor Connan Mockasin and Sam Eastgate, the former frontman of the UK band Late Of The Pier who currently records as LA Priest. They’re set to drop their self-titled debut at the end of the week. We’ve already heard the woozy, warped “In Love” and “Lying Has To […]

Hand Habits – “All The While”

Hand Habits is the new project of guitarist and singer-songwriter Meg Duffy. She’s spent the past two years touring and recording with Kevin Morby and Seattle’s Mega Bog, but now she’s stepping out on her own, with her debut full-length Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void) set to arrive on Woodsist early next year. Tracked […]

The Chainsmokers – “Closer” (Feat. Halsey) Video

The Chainsmokers, everyone! In interviews, they come across as monstrous dipshits! But they also make very effective pop music! “Closer,” the Chainsmokers Halsey collab, is essentially a coffeehouse-folk duet with EDM synth-waves stapled on, and it’s been the #1 song in America for basically forever. (I really like it.) The song is only just getting […]

Minor Victories – “Cogs (Orchestral Variation)”

Minor Victories — the group made up of Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite, Editors’’ Justin Lockey, and Hand Held Cine Club’s James Lockey — released their debut self-titled album earlier this year, and they’re following it up with an instrumental reimagining of songs from the album called Orchestral Variations. It’s being released on vinyl […]

Common – “Red Wine” (Feat. Syd & Elena)

Astute Chicago hip-hop veteran Common is set to release his 11th studio album Black America Again in less than two weeks. We’ve already heard the title track featuring Stevie Wonder plus the Bilal-assisted pair “Home” and “Joy And Peace.” Today we get the aptly named “Red Wine,” a smooth, relaxing joint featuring Syd Tha Kid […]

Allison Crutchfield – “Dean’s Room” Video

Earlier this year, we found out that Allison Crutchfield had signed to Merge Records (also home to her twin sister’s project, Waxahatchee) and would be releasing her debut solo album next year. (Her most recent solo release was 2014’s Lean Into It EP.) Now, official details behind the release have been announced: The album’s called […]

Stream Clear Plastic Masks Nazi Hologram

Nazi Hologram is a jarring title, and it’s supposed to be. No, Clear Plastic Masks aren’t co-opting Third Reich iconography like countless punk-rock shock artists of the past; the title refers to the looming specter of fascism that’s haunting the political climate these days. Incidentally, the album hearkens to the darker, skuzzier reaches of psych […]

Stream Fluisteraars Gelderland EP

Fluisteraars put out one of the best metal records of the year last year in Luwte, an album of emotive black metal that achieved moments of both sorrow and euphoria through artful orchestration and, in particular, some masterful guitar work. Whereas Luwte was effortlessly refined, the Dutch trio’s new two-song EP Gelderland is comparatively savage […]

Bossie – “A Lot Like Love”

Toronto-based singer-songwriter Bossie inhabits a strange, amiable planet of ’80s synth pop and space rock in her latest single “A Lot Like Love.” Against Cure-esque guitar melodies, Anne Douris’ robotic vocals articulate, “When all you do is make connections/ And there’s no time to make sure you connect/ It looks like love from a distance/ […]

Metallica To Premiere “Atlas, Rise!” Via Halloween Masks

Metallica will release a new single, “Atlas, Rise!,” from their new album on Halloween at 3PM EST. It’s the third song we’ve heard from Hardwired … To Self-Destruct following “Hardwired” and “Moth Into Flame,” and they’re pairing it with a special event to celebrate the spooky holiday. Starting on Friday (10/28), select independent record stores […]

Run The Jewels – “Talk To Me”

Run The Jewels 3: It’s happening! Today, the duo of Killer Mike and El-P shared an absolutely monstrous new song called “Talk To Me,” a fiery rap track with production so heavy and layered that it might as well be shoegaze. It’s the first single from the duo’s forthcoming third album, which they’ve been teasing […]

King Krule Plays A New Song, Grimes Gets Rained Out At Beach Goth

This past weekend, the California band the Growlers held their annual Beach Goth festival in Orange County. This was the rare festival where you can catch Bon Iver, TLC, Reel Big Fish, and Gucci Mane in the same weekend. And during his set, as this Reddit thread points out, King Krule played what seemed to […]

Pharrell Williams – “Runnin'” & “Surrender” (Feat. Lalah Hathaway)

Pharrell Williams has had good luck with movie soundtracks; word to Despicable Me 2. And he’s now contributed a pair of new songs to the soundtrack of Hidden Figures, a forthcoming drama about three African American women who did crucial behind-the-scenes work in some historic NASA missions. “Runnin'” is almost a Neptunes approximation of an […]

Star Slinger – “We Could Be More” (Feat. D?WN)

Star Slinger has linked up with Skrillex’s OWSLA label for a new EP called We Could Be More. The six-song set includes collaborations with Tunji Ige, Sam Sparro, James Vincent McMorrow, and Sara Z, but perhaps most exciting is an appearance by D?WN on the title track. Today we’re premiering that song, which was co-written […]

Maybe Justin Bieber’s Purpose Is To Keep Telling British Fans To Shut Up

Justin Bieber appears to have a new thing, and that new thing is: Getting really upset when his fans scream at his shows. Bieber is touring the UK right now, and at three consecutive shows, he’s begged his fans to stop screaming during the part of the show where he makes his big, sincere speech […]

gorilla vs. bear presents: Still Corners tonight in Dallas

London's Still Corners bring their dreamy, sweeping synth-pop to Dallas' Prophet Bar, tonight in Deep Ellum. The group's beautifully cinematic live show is a must-see for fans of Beach House, Cocteau Twins, Chromatics, and the like... Continue reading…

Book Notes - Courtney Elizabeth Mauk "The Special Power of Restoring Lost Things"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee...

Book Notes - Amy Kurzweil "Flying Couch"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee...

Shorties (An Interview with Anne Carson, Warpaint on World Cafe, and more)

Weekend Edition interviewed poet Anne Carson about her new collection Float. Warpaint visited World Cafe for an interview and live performance. Ebooks on sale for $1.99 today: Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman...

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