After a quiet couple of years, Lemonade announced a new album, Minus Tide, and shared the gorgeously disorienting “Stepping” a few weeks back. New single “Orchid Bloom” is a similarly effervescent gem of swooning electronic dance-pop, effortlessly marrying rhythmic propulsion with Callan Clendenin’s soaring vocals. Show More Summary
Future’s album Honest, which finally came out back in April, was a fine piece of work, but there are songs that didn’t make the album that hold up as well as what’s on it. One of those tracks was “Rock Star,” a Nicki Minaj collaboration that fell victim to sample-clearance issues. Specifically, the song uses [...]
It’s been just about four years since we last heard from sludge metal veterans Harvey Milk (2010?s A Small Turn Of Human Kindness) who broke up in 1998 and reformed 10 years later sounding even stronger than they did in their heyday. Now, member Stephen Tanner has announced a solo album for Thrill Jockey, and [...]
Judas Priest is heavy metal personified. The most important innovator in the genre’s progression after Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Judas Priest’s influence looms immensely on not only heavy metal’s music, but its visual presentation as well. Historically, the Birmingham band fits neatly in the genre’s second wave alongside Scorpions, UFO, Rainbow, and KISS, a [...]
Bruce Springsteen was a Boss for decades before he was a director, but now he’s both. As previously announced, Springsteen makes his directorial debut with Hunter Of Invisible Game, a 10-minute short film that he co-directed with Thom Zimny. (It also serves as a music video for the song, of the same title, from Springsteen’s [...]
With her 2013 debut album Perfectly Imperfect, Elle Varner proved you can still make compelling R&B in a traditionalist mold. She’s been leaking promising material from follow-up 4 Letter Word recently — including the great “Little Did You Know,” which we covered in The Week In Pop back in April — and today she’s unveiled [...]
It’s pretty common for remixes to deliver more club-friendly versions of the songs being remixed, so what we have here is especially satisfying. Sylvan Esso’s “Hey Mami” (off their self-titled Album Of The Week debut) was already a pretty danceable song, so the duo enlisted the delightful chamber-pop outfit Landlady for an orchestral remix. Bass [...]
Guitarist Steve Gunn is a member of Kurt Vile’s backing band the Violators, and last year, he brought a certain expansive fingerpicked beauty to his John Fahey-inspired solo album Time Off. He’s recently announced plans to follow that one up with a new full-band solo effort called Way Out Weather, which, by all indications, will [...]
In the Largehearted Word series, the staff of Brooklyn's WORD bookstore highlights several new books released this week. WORD Bookstores are independent neighborhood bookstores in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Jersey City, New Jersey. Our primary goal is to be whatever...
Every day, Daily Downloads offers 10 free and legal mp3 downloads. Today's free and legal mp3 downloads: Abbie Barrett and the Last Date: "Here to Stay" [mp3] from The Triples Abbie Barrett and the Last Date: "Kingdoms and Castles" [mp3]...
When we first heard former Books member Zammuto’s new single, “Great Equator,” it came with a fascinating clip showing how he created glitchy beats directly via damaging and recording vinyl records. In the new video for that song, we see a bit of that once again, as the camera zooms in to get microscopic views [...]
“High Street,” a soft and emotive collaboration with the veteran London grime rapper Skepta, was one of my favorite songs from Blood Orange’s great 2013 album Cupid Deluxe. And now, as part of the ongoing music video series from the online fashion retailer SSENSE, Lucy Luscombe has directed a low-key and pretty video for the [...]
Whirr is the shoegaze project Nothing bassist Nick Bassett formed after leaving Deafheaven. (Bassett and Nothing founder Dominic Palermo also have a project called Death Of Lovers; busy guy!) Whirr’s second full-length, Sway, is coming this fall and was recorded at Oakland’s Atomic Garden with Sunbather producer Jack Shirley. It’s preceded today with the gorgeous [...]
Earlier this year, Hole’s classic Live Through This turned 20, and today, the woman behind that album, Courtney Love, turns 50. Happy birthday, Courtney! To recognize the occasion, Courtney did a guest post for XO Jane on the 50 Obsessions She Couldn’t Live Without On Her 50th Birthday. Those events coincide — randomly? deliberately? — [...]
Last year, Mary Timony, the former Helium frontwoman and Wild Flag co-leader, founded a new power trio called Ex Hex. They were one of the best bands I saw at this past year’s SXSW — a fun-as-hell supercharged take on Ramones punk and Cheap Trick power-pop, direct and catchy beyond belief. We’ve posted their debut [...]
Two years ago Light In The Attic reissued Donnie & Joe Emerson’s 1979 LP Dreamin’ Wild, the album that yielded “Baby,” a song lovingly covered that same year by Ariel Pink and Dâm-Funk. Last month the label released another Emersons collection called Still Dreamin’ Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-81. One of the highlights from that [...]
Paris-London power duet SAF put out only days ago Feel This Way, a collection of club mixes featuring Los Angeles native Gamble & Burke – a far cry from their previous EP Nailstorm whose biting sound sent shivers down spines. Introducing: SAF was originally published on The Blue Walrus.
Last week, Weezer revealed the cover art for their forthcoming Everything Will Be Alright In The End, and in our post on the subject, I guessed that the album’s then-unannounced release date would “surely emerge via video transmission within the next three weeks.” Well, it only took one: Per the band’s new YouTube clip, Everything [...]
We Were Promised Jetpacks is part of a triumvirate of fine Scottish sad-sack indie rockers on Fat Cat that also includes Frightened Rabbit and the Twilight Sad. The Jetpack crew splits the difference between Frightened Rabbit’s straightforward, amped-up singer-songwriter fare and the Twilight Sad’s horizon-spanning epics, and they add their own flavor in the form [...]