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Jamie Hewlett: “Yes, Gorillaz Returns”

Jamie Hewlett — the artist side of Gorillaz, Damon Albarn’s virtual group — confirmed the band’s return in a series of Instagram posts earlier today. He posted three sketches of the band members, two of bassist Murdoc and one of guitarist Noodle. In the comments below the first image he posted, he said simply: “Yes. [...]

Quarterbacks – “Knicks”

The driving force behind Quarterbacks is Dean Engle, but their latest scant 55-second song “Knicks” highlights how essential drummer Max Restaino and bassist Tom Christie have become. Thick, booming drums and a carefully plotted bass line stretch the seconds into longer measures, as Engle holds an endearing one-sided conversation with a seemingly sad girl. He [...]

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The biggest song this week brought together three of the biggest names in music; it arrived with no warning and exploded into our lives. We talked about this last week — we talk about it all the time, or maybe we don’t even talk about it at all anymore, because we now take it for [...]

Red Sea – “On The Marble”

I saw Red Sea for the first and only time back in December when they played a show at a covert venue in what some might refer to as “Deep Brooklyn” (which really just means that it wasn’t off the L line), and to be totally candid, it was the best show that I saw [...]

Years & Years – “King (TCTS Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Years & Years kicked off 2015 by earning one of the most respected co-signs in the industry, the top vote in the BBC’s Sound Of 2015 poll. This victory puts the London trio of Olly Alexander, Mikey Goldsworthy, and Emre Turkmen in good company, as past winners include artists like Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith, and [...]

Pusha T Has Been Running An Instagram Account For His Dog

Pusha T is one of those rappers whose social media presence extends beyond the PR blasts and links to new music; his posts have personality — like the time he invited Lil Wayne to join GOOD Music after his problems with Cash Money. But aside from his own meticulous presence on Twitter and Instagram, Pusha [...]

Krill – “Tiger”

Next month, the DIY Boston skronk-rock trio Krill will unleash their new album A Distant Fist Unclenching upon the world, and we’ve already heard jittery songs like “Torturer” and “Foot.” The latest track that they’ve shared is “Tiger,” a rambling seven-minute bugout about a villager being mauled by a tiger. As with so much this [...]

Deerhoof – “Black Pitch” Video

Deerhoof continued their two-decade reign over noise-addled pop on last year’s La Isla Bonita, and now they’ve released a video for one of the record’s fuzzier, more-subdued moments, “Black Pitch.” The band’s firecracker frontwoman Satomi...Show More Summary

Matt Black

Matt Stockl From: Windsor, England Black Friday Riot List from young singer songwriter Matt Stockl is a scathing critique of consumerism that falls somewhere between Sleaford Mods and Billy Bragg. While the mainstream music scene becomes...Show More Summary

Father @ The Kymberle Project, Brooklyn 1/29/15

I pressed play on Father’s Young Hot Ebony mixtape this Sunday and I haven’t been able to listen to anything since. Sure, I’m late on realizing that Awful Records are probably the most promising new hip-hop collective of 2015, but they’re from Atlanta, and Southerners run on their own time too, so I think they’ll [...]

Watch Death Cab 2.0 Play “Black Sun” On Letterman

Death Cab For Cutie are on the brink of releasing their new album Kintsugi, and last night, they were on the Late Show With David Letterman to play their lush and synthy new single “Black Sun.” For most of us, this is our first chance to get a good look at the post-Chris Walla version [...]

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

The director Grant Singer came very, very close to topping this list for the second week in a row, an unprecedented feat and a clear sign that Singer is ready to bang with the Nabils and the Hiro Murais of the world. But then (spoiler alert) Kanye West had to come along with his adorable [...]

Watch FKA Twigs Debut “Figure 8? In Melbourne

During a show at Melbourne’s 170 Russell last night, FKA Twigs debuted the first new material she’s shared since the release of LP1. The track is apparently called “Figure 8? according to the uploader, and it’s a wispy thread of a song that reaches some moments of dissonance unlike anything she’s put out before (or [...]

Courtney Barnett announces Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit 3/24/15

2 days agoMusic / Indie Music : HearYa

Like Ryley Walker, I first heard of Courtney Barnett on a Best of 2014 list (see there is some use to those pointless exercises). Her double EP, A Sea of Split Peas was on the Paste list at #10. This track rocks with fuzzed out guitars, great lyrics. Fuck, even the video is awesome. I [...]


Chad VanGaalen - "Cut Off My Hands" So the other day at work I had to write this thing. Just a little blurb, said the email, about this guy here. He does 4D printing. Look at the notes if...

Atomic Books Comics Preview - January 30, 2015

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...

Hozier – “Problem” (Ariana Grande Cover)

Full disclosure: I tend to hate covers. If you’re going to cover a song, make it really different, make it unusual, or don’t record it at all. It can, however, be interesting to listen to someone genre-bend a track and transform it from pop R&B into something that anyone listening to classic rock radio wouldn’t [...]

It Sure Seems Like Neil Young’s Pono Player Is Bullshit

Last year, Neil Young launched a Kickstarter campaign to create a new digital music player called Pono, the idea being that it would serve as a high-quality alternative to the MP3s that he felt had degraded sound quality and fucked up the way everyone heard music. Young raised more than six million dollars on the [...]

Múm – “Slow Down” Video

Icy Swedish electronic band Múm have shared a video for “Slow Down,” a track off of their 2013 album Smilewound. The video is an experimental, impressionistic look at the opposing forces of “elemental man” and “elemental woman,” which is what directors F.D. Cristian and Elma Dögg Steingrímsdóttir call the two main characters that appear. “Essentially [...]

Frank Ocean And André 3000 Will Appear On Chance The Rapper’s Debut Album

Since the release of his breakout 2013 mixtape Acid Rap, Chance The Rapper has become something of a low-key star, and he’s also become a conundrum, an artist who doesn’t seem especially interested in pushing his career to new heights. Since Acid Rap, he’s busied himself throwing shards of new songs onto the internet without [...]

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