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BJ The Chicago Kid – “When A Woman’s Fed Up” (R. Kelly Cover)

23 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

BJ The Chicago Kid is one of those under-the-radar R&B singers who still has the potential to bubble up into mainstream stardom at any time. His 2012 mixtape, Pineapple Now-Laters, remains one of the most overlooked tapes of its kind. Now it’s three years later and he’s still grinding away on his forthcoming major label […]

Black Sabbath Announce Farewell Tour Dates

23 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Black Sabbath have announced their farewell tour after nearly five decades together as a band — albeit a band with many different lineups. This lineup — featuring three of four original Sabbath members (drummer Bill Ward is still on the outs) — will begin their final tour in January 2016. And they’ve declared that after […]

Keith Richards Dismisses All Rap Music

23 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Keith Richards has been radiating dangerous levels of cool for a solid five decades now. But every once in a while, something comes along to remind you that, oh right, he’s 71 years old. Case in point: Richards recently expressed his opinions about the entire decades-old genre of rap music to the New York Daily […]

Windhand – “Hyperion”

Richmond, Virginia doom metallers Windhand are about to follow up their great 2013 album Soma with a new one called Grief’s Infernal Flower, and we’ve already posted their new songs “Two Urns” and “Crypt Key,” both of which slay. But the best of the new Windhand songs that we’ve heard is “Hyperion,” the one that […]

Stream Ben Folds So There

So There is the product of Ben Folds’ orchestral collaboration with the New York-based sextet yMusic, and over the course of the summer we’ve heard several singles off the album. The piano-pop offering “Capable Of Anything” and “Phone In A Pool” debuted in June, and today, Folds is premiering the entirety of So There, a […]

Silver Jews’ David Berman Recites A Poem From Third Man Books’ Frank Stanford Collection

Jack White’s Third Man Records has become something of a haven for all kinds of special releases — vinyl or otherwise — and today they’ve shared a video of Silver Jews’ David Berman reciting a poem by Frank Stanford. The poem is from a recent Third Man Books release called Hidden Water: From The Frank […]

Watch Ethan Hawke As Chet Baker In Born To Be Blue Preview

In 2009, Robert Bundreau released The Deaths Of Chet Baker, a short film that explored the many myths surrounding the death of the legendary jazz trumpeter. Baker was found dead below a hotel window in Amsterdam in 1988 with serious wounds in his head. He was only 59. Baker led a hard life colored by […]

Watch A Peace Corps Volunteer Use Pearl Jam’s “Even Flow” To Teach 100 Ethiopian Kids English

When Pearl Jam’s “Even Flow” first came out, the biggest question about it was: “What in the hell is he talking about?” Eddie Vedder’s muttered lyrics barely seemed to be in English. And yet the song is now apparently helping a whole school full of Ethiopian kids learn the language. Alternative Nation has posted a […]

Metric – “Lie, Lie, Lie”

We’ve already heard a bunch of tracks from Metric’s upcoming sixth album, Pagans In Vegas. “The Shade,” “Cascades,” “Too Bad, So Sad,” and “Fortunes” have all been fine but not great, and this one continues along those lines. Emily Haines captures some of the spunky energy here she had back in the Old World Underground […]

The Unflinching Gaze Of Chvrches

Tucked away in the corner of a thriving Swedish tech company’s Manhattan office, three Scottish musicians are staring intently at their streaming analytics. The stats are good. “So it can’t all just be our mums listening,” Chvrches lead singer Lauren Mayberry laughs. She’s flanked on the couch by her bandmates Iain Cook and Martin Doherty, […]

Watch Arcade Fire Record With James Murphy In The Reflektor Tapes Preview

We’ve seen a couple trailers so far for Arcade Fire’s documentary The Reflektor Tapes. Arcade Fire Tube points out that the latest teaser features in-studio footage with producer James Murphy. The scene reveals that the band painted their faces for the recording session, presumably to really get into that Haitian spirit. Watch below. The Reflektor […]

Book Notes - Matthew Salesses "The Hundred-Year Flood"

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...

Hop Springs Eternal

Hop Along From: Philadelphia, United States Philadelphia is pumping out some great bands at the moment. The blog has already featured Revolution I LoveYou, Girlpool, obviously, Radiator Hospital and the brilliantly named Cyberbully Mom Club (Hospital Pass). Show More Summary

dd elle – “unrequited”

After a bunch of projects under different names over the years, New Jersey producer Dan Casey seems to have settled on the moniker dd elle, at least for now. He’s been putting out gentle electronic tunes under the name for over a year now, and he’s gearing up to release his debut EP: u will […]

listen to another track from Empress Of’s stellar debut LP Me

Empress Of just dropped this one over on her Facebook; “Standard” is one of our... Read more »

Fresno Teen Arrested For Instagramming Eminem Lyrics

The Fresno Bee reports that on Tuesday, Fresno police arrested a 15-year-old boy for posting Eminem lyrics on his Instagram account. The boy, whose name has not been revealed, shared lyrics from the Eminem song “I’m Back” which reference the Columbine killings, and when police raided his home, they found guns, ammunition, and a bulletproof […]

Hear Marc Maron Interview Richard Thompson And Lemmy Kilmister On WTF

The subjects of our two most recent Counting Down features — in which we provided a detailed breakdown and ranking of a musician’s discography — were Richard Thompson and Motörhead, which makes Marc Maron’s latest WTF segment a welcome coincidence. Though Thompson and Lemmy Kilmister exist in very different rock and roll realms, Maron paired […]

Baloji – “Capture” (Feat. Petite Noir & Muanza) Video

Baloji is a Congolese rapper who now lives in Belgium but constantly returns to his native country. He self-directed his new video for “Capture” along with Olugbenga Adelekan/OLU (of Metronomy) and shot the entire thing in Congo with Yannick Ilunga (aka Petite Noir, whose new album is streaming today) and Muanza. “Capture” is the first […]

Stream Petite Noir La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful

Petite Noir is Yannick Ilunga, a South African pop chameleon whose music draws on R&B and crunch-rock and new wave and forward-thinking dance music. All those ideas swirl around on his debut album La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful, an impossible-to-categorize piece of work that sounds very much like one person’s vision. We’ve […]

Empress Of – “Standard”

Empress Of has been pretty quiet in the run-up to the release of her debut album. Me comes out next week, though, and the promotional push has officially kicked into high gear. After radio silence since the release of “Kitty Kat” back in July that accompanied the official album announcement, this week we’ve seen the […]

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