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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Father John Misty's "Total Enlightenment Forever" video fucking sucks. An attention-needy folk rock star makes a video where the kid from Home Alone plays a crucified Kurt Cobain: This should be the subject of a Father John Misty song, not an actual thing that Father John Misty did. And I might forgive all the bullshit…

Premature Evaluation: Slowdive Slowdive

We're used to reunions now. Burnt out on them, maybe. In the last five or 10 years, we've become accustomed to all our old favorites coming out of retirement or patching up their differences and dusting off the classics to give it another go. It's become baked into festival culture; it's inseparable from the cycles…

Stream Ryan Adams’ 17 Prisoner B-Sides

Ryan Adams is both extremely prolific and extremely generous. Thus, not only did his recent breakup album Prisoner generate 17 B-sides, but you get to hear all of them. If you buy his insanely elaborate Prisoner: END OF WORLD box set -- the one with the 2-D action playset -- the 17 songs are spread…

Stream Hoops Routines

Bloomington, Indiana's Hoops make blissed-out guitar-pop that hearkens back to the halcyon days of late-'00s chillwave. They're getting ready to soundtrack your summer with Routines, their full-length debut and the follow up last year's self-titled EP, and we've already heard early cuts like "Rules," "On Top," and "On Letting Go." The rest of the album…

Metallica Help Tribute Band Replace Their Equipment After It’s Stolen

When a Washington-based Metallica tribute band called Blistered Earth played in Portland on Saturday (4/23), their tour van was robbed and their equipment -- guitars, amps, drums, pedals and all -- was stolen. The band shared the unfortunate news on their Facebook a couple of days later, which immediately resulted in an outpour of support…

Matthew Sweet – “TRICK”

Matthew Sweet's forthcoming new LP Tomorrow Forever, the follow-up to 2011's Modern Art, was funded entirely via Kickstarter back in 2014. Thematically, the album deals with major shifts in Sweet's life: moving back to his native Omaha from Hollywood, the loss of his mother, and the subsequent writer's block that hit after his mother passed.

Majid Jordan – “Phases”

After releasing their self-titled debut album last year, the Drake-affiliated Toronto R&B duo Majid Jordan are back with the new single "Phases." It's a slick, chilly track with a jittery club beat that clashes nicely with the honeyed delivery of singer Majid Al Maskati. It's probably the weirdest song they've ever recorded, and it might…

Heather Woods Broderick – “Home Winds” Video

Heather Woods Broderick is releasing a new 7" alongside a publication of photography by Benjamin Swett to raise awareness and funds for the NRDC to fight climate change. The two artists collaborated on the project alongside Planthouse Gallery, whose founder Katie Michel had Swett photograph her mother's Home Winds Farm in Gladstone, New Jersey after…

The War On Drugs Announce World Tour

It won't be long now. Today the War On Drugs have officially released last week's Record Store Day single, the 11-minute sprawl "Thinking Of A Place," for mass consumption, and they've shared fall tour dates that will take them all around North America and Europe. The press release also promises details on their next album…

Shorties (May's Best New Books, Reconsidering Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Album, and more)

Signature recommended May's best new books. Drowned in Sound reconsidered Wilco's album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot album. The Record examined the musical moments in Jonathan Demme films. Literary Hub shared an excerpt from Josh Emmon's short story collection A Moral Tale....

Watch Pixies Bash Out “Bel Esprit” On Conan

It's weird to think that, years after their long-awaited reunion, a band like Pixies, genuinely venerated underground rock legends, can become simply one more band on the late-night circuit. But that's what they are now. Last night, Pixies showed up on Conan to knock out "Bel Esprit," one of the songs from their 2016 album…

PJ Harvey – “I’ll Be Waiting”

Yesterday, PJ Harvey announced that she was about to follow up her 2016 album The Hope Six Demolition Project with a new double-A-side single that would include the new songs "A Dog Called Money" and "I'll Be Waiting." "A Dog Called Money" debuted on BBC radio yesterday, and now both songs are out in the…

Vince Mira – “Una Vez”

After starting his music career by winning over the nation with Johnny Cash covers over 10 years ago, Seattle baritone Vince Mira is reemerging from settling down with his family. He is preparing for the release of his upcoming album El Radio, which features new single "Una Vez." The throbbing track is an epic buildup…

Watch Gorillaz Play Colbert With Pusha T, Digital Mavis Staples

Today's the day that Damon Albarn's Gorillaz make their long-awaited return with the guest-heavy new album Humanz. And last night, they were the musical guests on Stephen Colbert's Late Show. They made a huge spectacle out of the performance, doing the album track "Let Me Out" with a huge band and a full choir. Pusha…

Stream Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell Live

Asthmatic Kitty Records released a live Sufjan Stevens album today that was recorded on November 9th, 2015 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center in South Carolina. Stevens was touring Carrie & Lowell at the time and this live recording includes all of the songs from the album. In addition, the 16-track release features older…

Stream Prince’s Previously Unreleased Purple Rain Outtake “Electric Intercourse”

The posthumous raiding of Prince's vault is well underway, and with it comes the previously reported Purple Rain reissue in Deluxe and Deluxe - Expanded Edition (although, in all fairness to those overseeing this project, it was in the works before Prince's unexpected passing last year... and we get to hear a lot of rad…

Ja Rule’s Disastrous Fyre Fest Addresses Its “Unexpected Start”

If you were wondering what Ja Rule is up to these days, here's your answer: He's putting together a catastrophically halfassed music-festival experience! Yesterday, Billboard reported on everything going wrong with Fyre Fest, a new luxury festival in the Bahamas, which Ja Rule put together alongside entrepreneur Billy McFarland. …

DJ Khaled – “I’m The One” (Feat. Justin Beiber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper, & Lil Wayne) Video

DJ Khaled is still weirdly good at getting stars bigger than he is appear on his songs. Back in February, he teased the release of a new song called "I'm The One" -- not to be confused with "I'm On One," his collab with Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne. "I'm The One" is the…

Stream Kweku Collins’ New Grey EP

Kweku Collins' debut full-length Nat Love impressed us enough that we named him an Artist To Watch and one of the best new artists of 2016. And tonight, the young Illinois rapper/singer/producer has followed that album up with a new EP called Grey. At nine tracks, including the previously released "International Business Trip," Grey is…

Katy Perry – “Bon Appétit” (Feat. Migos)

Katy Perry is following up February's big comeback single "Chained To The Rhythm" with a new song called "Bon Appétit." It's not as #woke as "Chained To The Rhythm," but it does have 100% more Migos. Listen below. …

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