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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This week, the YouTube Music Awards rebranded from an actual award show, albeit a knowingly janky and slapdash one, to a weird “let’s dump a bunch of big videos online at once” stunt. I can’t pretend to understand what’s going on there, but it did result in a whole pile of great videos. This week, […]

Death Grips – “I Break Mirrors With My Face In The United States” Video

Death Grips have shared another video from Jenny Death, the second disc of their double-album The Powers That B. This time it’s the frantic electro-noise-rap rave-up “I Break Mirrors With My Face In The United States,” following “On GP” last week. The clip is basically just an insane MC Ride selfie, yet it’s still highly […]

SBTRKT – “FLAREtWO”

SBTRKT didn’t wait long to drop new music after last fall’s Wonder Where We Land. Only a few months after the release he premiered six new songs on a takeover of Benji B’s BBC Radio 1 show. And while Wonder pursued a smoother, playful bent among its murky electronics, today’s new “FLAREtWO” is jagged and […]

Young Guv – “Ripe 4 Luv” Video

On the side, the Fucked Up guitarist and former No Warning frontman Ben Cook records shivery, synthy power pop under the name Young Guv. He released his Ripe 4 Luv album a little while ago. The new video for the title track, from director Danielle Nemet, is made entirely of black-and-white footage of British boxers […]

Know Your Beach Bands

In the mid-’00s, we witnessed a torrent of new bands with “wolf” in their names. Among the acts with lupine roots were Wolf Parade, Wolfmother, We Are Wolves, Sea Wolf, Wolf & Cub, and more. It got old, as trends do, and we reached Canis lupus critical mass in 2009 with Wolf Gang. The gentler […]

Chief Keef Fans Love To Record Themselves Turning Up To “Faneto”

Chief Keef’s biggest hit is undoubtedly “I Don’t Like,” the song that went viral, got a star-studded Kanye West remix, and made Keef a hip-hop household name. But Chicago street blog Kollege Kid (via The Fader) argues that “Faneto,” which first appeared on Keef’s October 2014 mixtape Back From The Dead 2 and is earmarked […]

Going Underground #30

Isn't that bloody typical you wait ages for a Going Underground feature and then two pop up within 24 hours. After yesterday's trip across the Atlantic today's fumble in the musical undergrowth is a lot closer to home. Today I present you with 6 great artists you need in your life from the underground music scene in York. Show More Summary

Oscar – “Daffodil Days” Video

Oscar is a London singer with a difficult-to-Google name, and his single “Daffodil Days” is a halfway-to-Britpop burst of guitar-spangled melody. The song might radiate optimism, but its new video sure doesn’t. Instead, the “Daffodil Days” clip is an almost-apocalyptic narrative about no-hope British kids trying to make do for themselves. Laurie Lynch directed it, […]

TCTS – “For Life”

TCTS aka house producer Sam O’Neill has been readying his Body EP for a few months now, and it finally comes out next week. O’Neill was born in Manchester but now works out of London, and has come up under the tutelage of MTA label bosses Chase & Status. Prior to the EP release O’Neill […]

MG – “Europa Hymn” Video

Depeche Mode founding member Martin Gore previously announced his solo album MG and shared the single “Europa Hymn.” It’s a calm, galactic song that has the “sci-fi” and “filmic” qualities that Gore says represent the sound of the entire album. In that vein, the video for the clip is a simple, drawing-based clip directed by […]

In Rare Interview, Bill Withers Says He Likes The Big Bang Theory And Taylor Swift, Katy Perry Not So Much

Rolling Stone recently spent two whole days with Bill Withers for an extensive feature to correspond with his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 76-year-old icon rarely does interviews, especially since he decided to leave the industry about three decades ago. Apparently, he still isn’t sure if he’s going to attend […]

Limp Bizkit Frontman Confirms He Is Not Robert Durst

In one of the more amusing press mixups lately, the AP issued a correction last week stating that alleged murderer Robert Durst from HBO’s true-crime documentary The Jinx was not, in fact, the frontman of Limp Bizkit. Apparently Fred Durst — the actual frontman of Limp Bizkit — has been hearing a lot about this. […]

Book Notes - Skip Horack "The Other Joseph"

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, Kevin Brockmeier, George Pelecanos, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee...

Red Death – “Permanent Exile”

The D.C. band Red Death, which includes members of groups like Coke Bust and Secretarian Violence, play ’80s-style crossover thrash with brutal, bone-crunch hardcore simplicity. They’ll release their debut album Permanent Exile next month, and the title track is a blast of ridiculously fun and angry mosh music that says everything it needs to say […]

Cobain: Montage Of Heck: The Stereogum Review

Cobain: Montage Of Heck is a movie about the frontman of Nirvana, but it isn’t about Nirvana. The word Bleach is never uttered. Dave Grohl was not interviewed, and his entry into the band is not addressed; he’s just there all of a sudden as the archival footage shifts into the Nevermind era. Even the […]

Hear New Eminem Music In The Trailer For Jake Gyllenhaal’s Boxing Drama Southpaw

Eminem has already achieved sports-movie immortality thanks to the rap-battle scenes in 8 Mile, and he was originally cast as the lead of Training Day director Antoine Fuqua’s forthcoming boxing movie Southpaw. Instead, the movie got made with Jake Gyllenhaal as the star. (It’s also got a pretty impressive supporting cast that includes Forrest Whitaker […]

Watch Blur Play “There Are Too Many Of Us” At Magic Whip Secret Show (Stereogum Premiere)

Last Friday, Blur played a secret show for 300 people at the West London club Mode. Can you even imagine? I’m a lifelong Blur fan who has seen the band at clubs that would, in most circumstances, be considered pretty small, and I will be the first to say: That is a goddamn TINY room […]

Son Lux – “Change Is Everything”

Son Lux have announced the follow up to 2013’s Lanterns and shared the first single, the aching, dramatic “Change Is Everything.” Though Son Lux is masterminded by Ryan Lott, they are now a trio: drummer Ian Chang and guitarist Rafiq Bhatia are part of the group’s current iteration. Their new album Bones will be out […]

Roots Manuva – “Facety 2:11? (Prod. Four Tet)

Back in the days before grime, Roots Manuva seemed like the great hope for UK rap. His heavy, craggy voice could’ve only come from a man who has seen some things, and his 2001 album Run Come Save Me seemed like a logical rap response to Massive Attack’s Mezzanine. He’s just returned with a new […]

Records / Earl Sweatshirt: I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside

Earl Sweatshirt is rap’s most compelling and frustrating redemption story. We root for Earl to be cocky again, to spit with the mind-boggling flow that characterized EARL (2010), to step out of the internet’s murkier shadows and into the spotlight we’ve reserved for him once he gets a little pop in his sound. Show More Summary

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