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Atomic Books Comics Preview - July 4, 2015

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...

The Chemical Brothers – “EML Ritual” (Feat. Ali Love)

The Chemical Brothers’ debut album just turned 20 years old a week ago, and the duo are currently gearing up to release Born In The Echoes, their first LP in five years. We’ve already heard “Sometimes I Feel So Deserted,” the Q-Tip-featuring “Go,” and St. Vincent collab “Under Neon Lights,” and now they’ve just shared […]

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

Tomorrow we’re gonna recognize the 239th anniversary of America’s independence and the 10th anniversary of Sufjan Stevens’ epic independent LP Illinois. In honor of the day, Hrishikesh Hirway of the great music podcast Song Exploder asked me and a few dozen writers and entertainers (including Jim James, Matt Berninger, Nick Zammuto, Will Butler, and other […]

Streaming Music Now More Expensive For Chicagoans

If you live in Chicago and you’re paying for a subscription to any music, TV, or movie streaming service, well, now you’ll have to pay a little more for that subscription — nine percent more, to be exact. As The Chicago Tribune reports, Chicago’s Finance Department just voted on Wednesday to extend the city’s amusement […]

White Reaper – Last 4th of July [music video]

2 days agoMusic / Indie Music : HearYa

If you enjoy watching some guys beat the shit out of a mid-sized American sedan (circa 1984); you are in luck. White Reaper’s timely new video is exactly that for all of 1:54. The track is a quick blast of punk before you head out for the fireworks. White Reaper’s Does It Again: a raucous [...]

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The week began on, like, Tuesday with the launch of Apple Music and it pretty much ended on Thursday because of the three-day weekend, and frankly, not a whole hell of a lot happened in between. It kinda felt like everyone besides Trent Reznor took the week off and nobody even bothered to release any […]

Corey James Bost & Sara Bost bring the music to Nashville!

In many ways this announcement has been one of the most difficult ones for me this year. Not because I don't feel strongly but precisely because I do! While I'm fairly new to the world of both these musicians and their collaborativeShow More Summary

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Tom’s off 5 Best Videos duty this week, so I’m taking over. The last time I was tasked with arranging this list, Rihanna dropped the video for “American Oxygen” exclusively on Tidal and I speculated on whether or not it would have been worthy of inclusion if I had been able to view it. This […]

Illinois Turns 10

Like almost everything else about it, the release date of Sufjan Stevens’ Illinois is almost too perfect. It’s one thing to write an album about what it means to want to believe in your country during a time when many people struggled to believe in anything. It was something else to release that album on […]

Glastonbury 2015 Retrospective - Saturday's Highlights and Lowlights

Saturday's Highlights 1. The Weather After the rather miserable cloud and rain of Friday the sun got his hat out of the wardrobe and decided to wear it! Hearts lifted, particularly for those, like me, who had a number of bands on the outside stages on the must see list. Show More Summary

Run The Jewels Announce Beats 1 Radio Show WRTJ, Begins Tonight

Run The Jewels join the long list of artists that will have their own Beats 1 radio show. The rap duo has just announced that the inaugural edition of their program, which is called WRTJ mimicking terrestrial radio call letters, will begin tonight. It’ll air every Friday at 9PM EST. They’ve offered a quick preview […]

Watch Ceremony Cover The Cure With Patrick Stickles In Brooklyn

Last night, Ceremony continued the tour behind their new album, The L-Shaped Man, at Brooklyn’s Shea Stadium. They brought Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles — who used to live at the venue and helped to get it up and running — on stage to perform a cover of the Cure’s “Just Like Heaven.” Full video […]

Foo Fighters Turns 20

For many people, Dave Grohl will always be the drummer from Nirvana first and foremost, the frontman of Foo Fighters second. But the first Foo Fighters album turns 20 tomorrow, which means at this point there has to be many others who first became aware of Grohl because they heard “Everlong” on the radio or […]

Father John Misty Explains The Origin Of His Great New Arcade Fire Cover

Father John Misty debuted his great new cover of Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” earlier this week and, in a new interview with NME, he opened up about the inspiration behind choosing the song, and it turns out to have been for completely mundane, contractual reasons. Basically, his manager said he had to do a cover […]

Fran Lobo – “Back Again” (Stereogum Premiere)

London-based Fran Lobo has a beautiful, intoxicating soul-filled voice. It has an intriguing smoothness that feels dark and confident. She’s someone you don’t want to mess with. “Back Again” features sounds from a vintage keytar paired with simple beats and haunting vocals. It’s a breakup song that shows even after all the tears, Lobo can […]

Stream Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge Twelve Reasons To Die II

Next week, Ghostface Killah will release Twelve Reasons To Die II, his third album in eight months after 36 Seasons and his BADBADNOTGOOD collab Sour Soul. It’s also a sequel to 2013’s Twelve Reasons To Die, and here he continues the story he began to tell with cinematic rap composer Adrian Younge two years ago. […]

Livestream Wireless Festival 2015

New Look Wireless Festival kicks off today and goes through the weekend in London at Finsbury Park, and the entire event will be livestreamed via Yahoo. Headliners for the festival include Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Nicki Minaj, and other acts performing include A$AP Rocky, Mary J. Blige, Major Lazer, Pusha T, Charli XCX, Rae Sremmurd, […]

Eminem – “Phenomenal” Video

Eminem has released the high-budget, action-fueled video for his new Southpaw soundtrack single “Phenomenal,” which premiered exclusively on Apple Music (and includes some Apple Watch and iPhone product placement — synergy!). It begins with the rapper breaking out of the hospital, and follows him as he meets the Big Bad of the video and exchanges […]

Book Notes - Sarah McCoy "The Mapmaker's Children"

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...

Bo Carter’s Estate Sues Rod Stewart For Covering 87-Year-Old Blues Standard

The estate of early blues musician Armenter “Bo Carter” Chatmon, who died in 1964, has filed a lawsuit against Rod Stewart, Universal Music, and Capitol Records for the inclusion of a song called “Corrina, Corrina” as a bonus track on Stewart’s 2013 album Time. The slightly differently titled “Corrine, Corrina” is a traditional 12-bar blues […]

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