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Laurel Halo Collaborates With Digital Pop Star Hatsune Miku In Berlin

What a time to be alive! Japanese digital pop star Hatsune Miku is heading out on her first tour of North America this spring, and yesterday, the pigtailed hologram was the centerpiece of a performance and art installation in Berlin called Still Be Here. Scored by experimental producer Laurel Halo, conceptualized by Mari Matsutoya, and […]

Mogwai – “Ether”

Scottish post-rock heroes Mogwai are releasing Atomic, a reworked version of their soundtrack for the BBC nuclear warfare documentary of the same name, in a couple of months. We’ve heard the creeping, dramatic lead single “U-235,” and now they’ve shared another new track, “Ether,” which debuted on Mary Anne Hobbs’ BBC Radio 6 show today. […]

Watch Red Hot Chili Peppers Cover David Bowie At Bernie Sanders Fundraiser

Red Hot Chili Peppers performed at a Bernie Sanders fundraiser at LA’s Ace Hotel last night, joining artists like Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth, and Killer Mike in campaigning for the presidential candidate. That terrifying image up at the top of this post is a bizarre face-morph blending Bernie Sanders and David […]

Tidal Donates $1.5M To Black Lives Matter

Jay Z’s music streaming service Tidal is donating $1.5 million raised at their Tidal X charity concert in October to Black Lives Matter and other social justice organizations, The Wrap reports. The company made the announcement yesterday, 2/5, the day that Trayvon Martin would have turned 21 years old. In addition to BLM, Tidal is […]

George Clanton's 100% Electronica getting cassette release; hear unreleased track "Make You Cry"

One of our favorite records of last year is getting a limited cassette release this month, complete with a handful of unreleased tracks and alternate versions on the b-side, courtesy of Greenville, SC, tape label Plastic Response... Continue reading…

Future’s EVOL Is Out Now

As promised, Future has just dropped his new album EVOL, only two days after its official announcement and two weeks after his last mixtape Purple Reign. This marks his seventh full-length release in the past 16 months, so even if you don’t buy our argument that Future might be the best rapper alive right now, […]

Ty Dolla $ign & HWLS – “Plays”

Yours Truly’s Songs From Scratch series pairs up vocalists and producers who might otherwise never work together, and it’s resulted in plenty of great collaborations. As Pitchfork points out, the latest installment teams up West Coast R&B playboy Ty Dolla $ign with Ta-ku and Kit Pop, the Australian production duo known as HWLS. Hear their […]

Kurt Russell Smashed An Actual 19th Century Antique Guitar In The Hateful Eight, Museum Isn’t Happy

There’s a scene in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie The Hateful Eight where bounty hunter John Ruth, played by Kurt Russell, grabs a guitar from his prisoner Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and smashes it against a beam in one the film’s many, many outbursts of sudden violence. (It is a Tarantino movie.) Gfycat gif Well, […]

Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

A “fun” fact about me is that I have never seen a football game. I’ve seen clips, of course, but not enough to really understand the rules or know any players. One thing I do understand, though, is Coldplay. So I’m super pumped for Sunday. See you at Blochead’s house. #BetterHalftimeShows why not just have […]

Gun Outfit – “King Of Hearts”

Gun Outfit just released their most recent full-length, Dream All Over, in October, but the Olympia band is quickly following that up with a new EP, Two Way Player. We’ve already heard “Expansion Pact” and “Make Me Promise” from the upcoming release, and today they’ve shared a third track, “King Of Hearts,” which features the […]

Meek Mill Placed On 90-Day House Arrest

Amid his ongoing beef with Drake (which bafflingly continues even though Drake clearly won), Meek Mill has had some more important matters to deal with. According to The FADER, a Philadelphia judge found him guilty of violating his parole in December, and today he was sentenced to a 90-day house arrest to begin on 3/1. […]

Majid Jordan – “King City” Video

Majid Jordan’s self-titled debut album is out today. To mark the occasion, the Drake affiliates have shared a new video for “King City,” a ballad that promotes the same breathy, pillowy aesthetic they lent to “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” but slower and with way more synth ripples. Director Common Good’s video tracks the end […]

Sheer Mag – “Can’t Stop Fighting”

Sheer Mag made waves with their first two EPs, and now the gritty, classic rock-indebted Philly band are back with another new song, “Can’t Stop Fighting.” Presumably the precursor to an upcoming release, the song uses Christina Halladay’s authoritative voice in the same way all the rest of the band’s songs do, espousing a rousing, […]

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos face off at Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, CA this weekend, and though some of us are mildly excited for the game, most of the ‘Gum staffers are looking forward to the halftime performance. It’s fated to be a shitshow, but it’s our shitshow, an all-American spectacle […]

Kanye Will Pay You To Be An Extra At His Album Release Fashion Show

It’s not quite an invitation to join M83 or become Stone Temple Pilots’ new lead singer, but it’s something. Spin points out that Kanye West is seeking 1,200 extras for his album release party/fashion show this coming Thursday at Madison Square Garden. According to an email blast from Onset Productions,, prospective extras can make $50 […]

Official Bob Marley Brand Cannabis Launches Today

The two things I remember most from my trip to Jamaica are Bob Marley and weed because both were ubiquitous. I know it may seem like a cliché or stereotypical view, but Marley is truly all over murals and T-shirts and his music can be heard wafting through the air along with the smell of […]

A$AP Rocky Voices Falcon In Marvel Avengers Academy Video Game

A$AP Rocky voices the superhero Falcon in the new Marvel Avengers Academy mobile game, as Spin points out. He’s on the voice cast alongside John Cena (The Hulk), Alison Brie (Black Widow), Kiernan Shipka (Spider-Woman), and Dave Franco (Tony Stark/Iron Man). “LISTEN TO ME SPEAK ON THIS GAME,” he announced his involvement on Facebook earlier […]

Smoke DZA – “Morals” (Feat. Snoop Dogg)

I tend to get kind of nervous whenever rappers use a biblical reference to title their works because they rarely live up to the lofty expectation the name aspires to. Harlem traditionalist Smoke DZA and Brooklyn producer Harry Fraud have linked for their collab album He Has Risen, and the first single, “Morals,” is not […]

Nap Eyes – Thought Rock Fish Scale [album review]

2 days agoMusic / Indie Music : HearYa

Photo by Colin Medley Their first album, Whine Of The Mystic, sort of arrived out of nowhere when Paradise of Bachelor heard it, liked it and re-released it to the world. Plaudits followed from buffoons like me and respected journalists as well. Soon, people were expecting a second album, leading to the dreaded sophomore album. [...]

Book Notes - Kathleen Spivack "Unspeakable 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, Kevin Brockmeier, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee...

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