K-pop has always lingered outside the periphery of mainstream American pop, a purely international affliction that never made its way over the Pacific outside of niche circles. PSY, its biggest crossover of the past decade, was a mostly a novelty gimmick, discarded after a few months for the next musical meme. The world of girl-group […]
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ed Sheeran expresses some frustration with his public perception. You see, he’s really quite successful, and he thinks it’s time people realized that: You have recently sold out three nights at Wembley Stadium, which is pretty incredible. What does that mean to you? I did it for the […]
[zbplayer] The Hot Dark is a collaborative post new wave jazz rock dance sextet (there’s a mouthful) from northern California whose uptempo, sprawling and diversely crafted songs have a way of pulling music lovers into their potions of vocals and instruments to listen more closely. Nearly two years since we first featured the band, The [...]Show More Summary
The English artist Stanley Donwood has designed every Radiohead album since The Bends, and he’s also done the art for Atoms For Peace and for Thom Yorke’s solo endeavors. Right now, Donwood’s work in display in the Sydney museum Carriageworks, in an exhibit called “The Panic Office.” As Pitchfork points out, Yorke created a score […]
This summer’s teen-dream mystery love flick is called Paper Towns, and it stars the inimitable model and celebrity BFF Cara Delevingne. Remember how The Fault In Our Stars took over last year’s summer? Well John Green has done it again — Paper Towns is another adaptation of one of his books. Honestly, it looks pretty […]
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...
Back in 2011, after NBA star Kevin Durant made fun of Lil B on Twitter, Lil B laid “the Based God’s curse” on Durant, saying that Durant would never win an NBA championship. Thus far, it’s held true. Durant has an MVP award but no rings, and his career has been a series of near […]
Last time SOAK did did a cover, she was singing us to sleep in Annie Clark’s dystopian future with a version of “Digital Witness.” Now, 18-year-old Bridie Monds-Watson has tackled Led Zeppelin’s iconic “Immigrant Song.” A stippled synthetic bassline underlies her brooding, restrained take, and she never strays into the kerosene explosion that made Robert […]
Nathan Williams’ Spirit Club just released their self-titled debut album last week, yet they’re already on to releasing material from LP2. “Fast Ice” is our first taste of the band’s next batch of songs, and it continues applying off-kilter psych idiosyncrasies to the beachy alt-rock Williams made his name on. “I’m so alone, but you’ll […]
If you’re listening for it, it’s easy to hear the influence of the Cure in everything that gloomy Scottish postpunkers the Twilight Sad have ever done. And it turns out that the admiration is mutual. The Twilight Sad are about to release “It Never Was The Same,” a track from their 2014 album Nobody Wants […]
Motion picture soundtracks have always fascinated me. In the Soundtracked series, composers and/or directors offer commentary on their film's soundtrack, and share insights into the creative evolution that melds music into the final film. Rachel Mason's The Lives of...
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Killers frontman Brandon Flowers rode ’80s new wave sounds to stardom, and he’s always been quick to pay tribute to those who came before him. Last night, Flowers played a show in London to support his really, really great new solo album The Desired Effect. (Seriously, that shit rules, don’t believe what you might read […]
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...
It’s been a while since I saw Rob St. John with a full band. It was his full-band, going electric, judas performance at the Retreat Festival back in 2000andsomethingsomething that I realised I didn’t just like his music, I thought it was fucking brilliant, and after a bit of determined stalking that’s kind of how […]
Jack Tatum’s shimmering indie-pop project Wild Nothing has been quiet since the release of the 2013 EP Empty Estate. But Tatum and his band recently embarked on a Converse-sponsored tour, and at a show in Brooklyn over the weekend, they debuted a new one called “Adore.” The song is the sort of breezy, pleasant old-school […]
Publishers Weekly previewed summer's best books. Courtney Barnett covered the Lemonheads and the Breeders at a recent show. The Millions interviewed author Anne Enright. Drunk in a Midnight Choir interviewed singer-songwriter and author Nick Jaina. Book Riot recommended books to...
The members of Coldplay are human beings alive in 2015, so like the rest of us, they’re all big Game Of Thrones fans; drummer Will Champions even played one of the musicians during the show’s Red Wedding season. And as part of the fundraising comedy marathon Red Nose Day, they’ve been working on a musical […]
Every day, Daily Downloads offers free and legal music and/or stream. Today's free and legal mp3 downloads: Caralis: "Be Automatic" [mp3] Caralis: "Clicks In" [mp3] Dorit Chrysler: Live on WFMU [mp3] Dottie Scharr: Dottie Scharr EP [mp3] Guns: "Ricochet" [mp3]...
Last year, Todd Terje put out It’s Album Time, his first full-length collection of songs. Since then, he’s released a series of singles from the album, all with their own new remixes. Now, the Norwegian producer has put together an official remix EP. It’s called It’s It’s Remix Time Time, and will be released via […]