It’s at least a little bit insane to write a column called The Week In Pop this week and not write it about Taylor Swift. A lot of times we use this space to tackle one of the week’s biggest pop releases, and Swift’s new 1989 is as big as they come in 2014. It’s [...]
After Sleater-Kinney recorded their comeback album No Cities To Love, Carrie Brownstein joined Fred Armisen to film the fifth season of Portlandia. The series doesn’t return until January, but a new goth-themed teaser video arrived today just in time for Halloween. In the clip, Brownstein and Armisen play goths who are super stoked to plan [...]
Don Devore, the former guitarist for the theatrical Philadelphia hardcore band Ink & Dagger, now leads the new Brooklyn band Sick Feeling. “Liberal Arts” is the first single from their forthcoming debut album Suburban Myth, and it’s a roiling blast of ranchor, all garbled screams and hammering rhythm-section onslaught. If you close your eyes when [...]
A few months after he came home from a years-long prison stay in March, Baton Rouge rap hero Lil Boosie was planning to release a commercially-available album. He cranked out a ton of singles, but the album never came out. Maybe it never will. And now, all of a sudden, he’s got a new mixtape [...]
Noctilucence refers to cloud-like formations made up of tiny ice crystals that shine bright in a deep twilight just after the sun has set. Although noctilucent clouds are fleeting by nature — they’re only visible at a certain time in certain parts of the world — Mark McGuire has harnessed the electric glow of clouds [...]
After releasing the gut-kicking album INNOCENCE earlier this year, the brotherly Virginia psych-rock trio Pontiak (who are, full disclosure, friends of mine) are about to release a new limited-edition two-song 7? on the small Portuguese label Revolve. The A-side is “Underneath Us Like A Snake,” a slow, ominous, synth-buzzing crawl. Give it a listen below. [...]
Earlier this year, the iconoclastic Chicago singer-songwriter Willis Earl Beal left XL, his label, and threw himself into the chaotic, uncertain world of self-released records to get his Experiments In Time album out into the world. Valerian Zamel directed a video for Beal’s song “I AM.,” and it’s all smeary point-of-view shots, filmed from the [...]
We go our first taste of Aquilo's latest EP with the beautiful and intimate I Gave It All a couple of weeks ago, and now we've got the SOHN-produced Human, painting their already expansive sound with his soulful brush. Aquilo – Human was originally published on The Blue Walrus.
Today, Public Enemy announced that they will be reissuing deluxe editions of both 1988?s It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back and 1990?s Fear Of A Black Planet, which will include quite a few exclusive add-ons, including rare bonus mixes, instrumental re-workings, and essays by both Questlove of the Roots and Andres [...]
Team Spirit, the Brooklyn garage-rockers led by the former Passion Pit keyboardist Ayad Al Adhamy, have built up an enviable catalog of goofy, fun music videos. Their new clip, for “Satisfaction,” might not be their best, but it still has the anarchic spirit of its predecessors. Director Alex Russek shot the video at New York’s [...]
The Thyme Machine From: Lancaster, England The Amateur Taxidremist from Lancaster's The Thyme Machine is the sound rattling around Karl Pilkington's head as he wanders around a museum of taxidermy. It's the northern wit of the Lovely...Show More Summary
Chicago drill overlord Chief Keef may have lost his label deal, but when he gets together, he will still be a force on the mixtape underground. I have high hopes for the forthcoming Back From The Dead 2, the sequel to the tape that helped build Keef’s name in the first place. “Paper,” a track [...]
Damien Rice has been on hiatus for eight years, but last month we heard a single off his forthcoming release, My Favourite Faded Fantasy. Today, the Irish singer-songwriter shares a new song, “The Greatest Bastard,” accompanied by a stylized performance video promoting the new record. “The Greatest Bastard” is a gorgeously lonely and ruminating track [...]
Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis leads the riff-rock side project Sweet Apple, but the band’s namesake is Dave Sweetapple, the Witch member who also plays in Sweet Apple. He’s the star of the band’s new Halloween-themed video for “Reunion,” a triumphant track that features fellow indie legend Robert Pollard on videos. (It’s on The Golden Age [...]
EMBASSYLIGHTS - "Inside-Outside". It is too easy to overcollaborate. Working with someone else, with someones else, it doesn't take much to fill every gap, plug every hole, fit another new idea into every open space. So all credit t...
Memphis’ girl gang Nots have evolved into their wildest incarnation yet. Beginning as a collaboration between guitarist Natalie Hoffman and drummer Charlotte Watson, the band bulked up for the release of their first full-length LP, We Are Nots, adding Madison Farmer on bass and Alexandra Eastburn on synthesizer to sharpen the edges of their jagged [...]
New York punks Big Ups made a really great debut album called Eighteen Hours Of Static earlier this year, and they’re about to follow it up by dropping a split 7? with Brooklyn’s Washer. We’ve already posted “Rash,” the first Big Ups song on that split. And now we’ve got the other one. “Not Today” [...]
The Orange County-based band the Growlers released their latest record, Chinese Fountain, back in September, and today they’ve shared a video for the single “Good Advice.” We caught the Growlers last weekend at Beach Goth Fest, an event that the band has thrown for the past three years alongside other surf- and psych-derivative acts. In [...]
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...
Last night, Run The Jewels found a great way to celebrate the release of their monster sophomore album RTJ2: They hosted a screening of The Warriors, basically the best movie ever, at Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema. At the screening, they had a special guest: Nas, whose Mass Appeal label released RTJ2. And the old king took [...]