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Wavves – “Animal”

Wavves will release a new album in May, and today they debuted its latest single, "Animal." The track follows "You're Welcome" and "Daisy," both of which came out earlier this month. "Animal" is a fuzzy guitar-pop anthem; listen to it below. …

The Decemberists Announce Their Own Music Festival Travelers’ Rest

The Decemberists have made their own festival! It's called Travelers' Rest, and the inaugural edition will take place on 8/12-13 at the Big Sky Brewing Company Amphitheater in Missoula, Montana. (Colin Meloy was born and raised in Montana, hence the location.) The Decemberists will headline both days, and the rest of the lineup is rounded…

Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, & Nico Muhly’s Planetarium Album On The Way

Back in 2013, Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner (of the National), Nico Muhly, and drummer James McAlister, alongside a string quartet, performed an original composition titled Planetarium for the Brooklyn Academy Of Music. The program featured a number of songs inspired by the solar system, and ran over four nights that March. Now years later, it…

Swet Shop Boys Showed Me How To Embrace Both Sides Of My Culture

There’s a moment in every native-born minority’s development when they first learn they aren’t white. That’s not to say that prior to that discovery they were clueless as to their skin color, but that the significance of the difference doesn’t truly phase you until you’re explicitly presented with it: that being of one identity inherently…

Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Nathan Salsburg – “Wallins Creek Girls”

Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Nathan Salsburg -- a guitarist and curator of the Alan Lomax Archive who tours with Joan Shelley's band -- will release a collaborative EP as part of Record Store Day 2017. The EP includes three songs, and the duo shared one of them today. "Wallins Creek Girls" is one of many…

Wiki – “Icarus” Video

New York City rapper Patrick "Wiki" Morales is back with his new single and accompanying visual, "Icarus." The video features Wiki looking like an old wise man walking along the side of an ice-encrusted road and wandering through the woods with a mahogany cane. The video's main setting looks like the ruins of an Irish…

Julien Baker – “Good News (Piano Version)”

Julien Baker has contributed a heart-wrenching piano version of her Sprained Ankle track "Good News" for the anti-Trump Our First 100 Days project. You can listen to it below, and make sure to check out her brand new track "Distant Solar Systems" that came out last week. …

Soccer Mommy – “Last Girl” & “Be Seeing You”

Last year, NYC-via-Nashville musician Sophia Allison put out For Young Hearts -- it wasn't her first release as Soccer Mommy, but it was the most fully-formed to date, and it led us to name her one of the best new artists of 2016. Allison is back with a couple of new songs on a 7",…

Tigers Jaw – “Guardian”

Tigers Jaw's excellent 2014 sophomore album, Charmer, was recorded while more than half the band's members had one foot out the door. So the Tigers Jaw of 2017 has a pared-down lineup -- the core crew of Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins are all that remains -- but they have the same sort of tight,…

Discogs Sets New Most Expensive Sale Record With $18K Vinyl

Have we reached peak vinyl? Apparently not. Last year, an original promotional copy of Prince's legendary "Black Album" sold for a cool $15,000, becoming the most expensive record ever sold on Discogs. Now, less than a year later, that record has already been broken. Someone with entirely too much money to spend has just purchased…

This Baby Looks Like Ed Sheeran

It's a baby! She looks like Ed Sheeran! Do you see it? I'm sorry, baby! I'm sorry, Stereogum readers! E! Online has more about this Sheeran baby. …

Rick Ross Sounds Like A Rap Star Again

Every rap empire goes into decline eventually, but Maybach Music Group hit its decline phase before it ever really became an empire. Crew figurehead Rick Ross has, over the past few years, slowly slid into his dotage, releasing sleepy and indolent music that didn't seem that concerned with seizing anyone's imagination. I liked Ross' last…

Eric Matthews – “Exactly Like Them” Video

Eric Matthews, one half of the pioneering chamber-pop duo Cardinal, is about to release his first solo album in nine years. Too Much World is out on Friday, and in anticipation of the LP's impending arrival, Matthews has shared a new music video for its oddly Sugar Ray-inspired lead single "Exactly Like Them." The clip,…

Cat Clyde – “The Meadow”

Following the release of Cat Clyde's single "Mama Said," the Ontario native has shared the gritty and blues-tinged track "The Meadow." There is a mischievous and empowered center to Clyde's new single. The stomping naked drums of "The Meadow" conjure the feeling of a maddening dance circle, something of the likes of Where The Wild…

Watch Woods Play In The Woods For Their Take Away Show

DIY folk-rock institution Woods are one of our great ramshackle lo-fi bands. That makes them a perfect fit for the Take Away Shows, the long-running video series from the French website La Blogothèque, which finds bands playing in the wild, without amplification or special lighting or anything that might take away from the purity of…

Skating Polly – “Hail Mary” Video

Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse, the two stepsisters behind the Oklahoma City trio Skating Polly, were not yet born when Veruca Salt were taking over alt-rock radio. (Mayo is 21, and Bighorse is 16; they were 14 and nine, respectively, when they started the band.) But they still got Veruca Salt co-leaders Louise Post and…

Wayne Coyne, Biz Markie, & Portugal. The Man Appear On Chipotle’s New Kids TV Show

RAD Lands is a new unbranded kids TV series produced by Chipotle featuring celebrity chefs Duff Goldman and Amanda Freitag and a number of musicians including Wayne Coyne, Biz Markie, Neon Trees, and Portugal. The Man. You read that right! It was created by the team responsible for Yo Gabba Gabba!, another kids' show that…

Hear Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth Deconstruct “Up In Hudson” On Song Exploder

Dirty Projectors mastermind Dave Longstreth is such a meticulous composer that he's a natural for Song Exploder, the podcast on which songwriters pick apart and explain all the individual parts of their songs. Longstreth is the latest guest, and he appears to talk all about "Up In Hudson," one of the early singles from the…

Kevin Morby – “Come To Me Now”

Kevin Morby, the folk-rocker who used to play in Woods and the Babies, is following up last year's Singing Saw with a new solo album called City Music. Written at the same time as Singing Saw, City Music functions as a kind of urban companion piece to that record. "It is a mixtape, a fever…

Aimee Mann – “Goose Snow Cone” Video

Aimee Mann's new album, Mental Illness, will be out at the end of the month and we recently published an interview with her on the subject. Today, Mann released a video for the LP's lead single "Goose Snow Cone," directed by Rob Hatch-Miller and Puloma Basu. In the clip, Mann helps out a friend whose…

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