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Vince Staples – “’06” (Full Version)

Last year, Vince Staples ended his great double album Summertime ’06 with “’06,” a deeply funky rap song that ended suddenly, after 48 seconds, with a burst of static. This was a very Vince Staples move: sacrificing a very good song just for the effect of jarring his audience, coming up with the most abrupt […]

Hazel English – I'm Fine

Hazel English's Never Going Home EP is out soon via Marathon Artists. Continue reading…

Cryonics Client Steve Aoki Plans To Keep Injuring Fans 200 Years From Now

I hope that big brand EDM is still inexplicably popular in 2216, because Steve Aoki — the fourth highest-paid DJ in the world — is getting cryogenically frozen! In a new Rolling Stone profile, the 38-year-old Aoki revealed that he’s paying the Alcor Life Extension Foundation $220K to stuff his body into a cryonic cylinder […]

Crying – “Wool In The Wash”

On their first two EPs Crying utilized chaotic, dance-able chiptune to anxious and energetic ends. Last year’s one-off “Patriot” saw them moving away from that sound, drawing from prog and arena rock as inspirations and revitalizing what is often derided as a canonically cheesy genre. The Brooklyn-based trio’s new album, Beyond The Fleeting Gales pulls […]

Hiss Golden Messenger – “Tell Her I’m Just Dancing” Video

Hiss Golden Messenger casually announced a new album, Heart Like A Levee, this past spring while playing “Happy Day,” one of its new tracks. Since then we’ve heard “Biloxi,” and it seems the album is shaping up to be solid. Today, M. C. Taylor’s band shares the new single “Tell Her I’m Just Dancing” along […]

Underworld – “Ova Nova” Video

Electro pioneers Underworld released Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future, their first album in six years, this past spring. After 20 years in the game, they’re still making good music. One of the standout tracks from the album is “Ova Nova,” and today they’ve given it the visual treatment. Concert footage of their spectacular […]

Band To Watch: Slow Mass

Let’s get one thing straight: Chicago’s Slow Mass is not a side project. Although drummer Josh Sparks and guitarist Josh Parks both play in the touring version of Into It. Over It., the quartet treats this as a full-time band, and it’s nothing short of a passion project. Each of the members comes from a […]

J. Cole Is One Of Rap’s Biggest Stars. Why?

Because of some quirk in ticketing, there was almost nobody on the floor to see J. Cole on Saturday night. All the seats were full at John Paul Jones Arena, where the UVA basketball team plays. But down on the floor, there was this vast expanse of open space. Maybe a third of the standing-room […]

Stream Zula Grasshopper

The Brooklyn-based quartet Zula have been playing around the local DIY circuit for ages now, and this Friday they’ll release a new LP titled Grasshopper. What impresses me most about a band like Zula is their unwillingness to abide by any particular genre conventions. Their points of inspiration come from so many different musical styles […]

Watch Chvrches Cover Calvin Harris & Rihanna’s “This Is What You Came For”

Chvrches performed a cover of Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s summer single “This Is What You Came For” (which was, of course, written by Nils Sjoberg, I mean, Taylor Swift — gosh, that seems like ages ago, huh?) for their appearance on the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. Watch their take on the track below.

IAN SWEET – “#23? Video

Band To Watch IAN SWEET are releasing their debut album in a few weeks, and today they’ve shared a video for early single “#23,” which we named one of the best songs of the week when it came out last month. In the vid, frontperson Jilian Medford hangs out at a Brooklyn basketball court and […]

Stream Iamsu! 6 Speed

The Richmond, California rapper Iamsu! makes breezy, endlessly likable party anthems that often veer confidently into introspection. And he has a habit of releasing albums full of that music with absolutely no advance warning. Back in March, he released the surprise album Kilt 3, and he’s now followed that up with the brand new 6 […]

video: Angel Olsen – Sister

Directed by Angel Olsen & Conor Hagen. My Woman is out September 2nd on Jagjaguwar. Continue reading…

Watch Albert Hammond Jr. Play “Losing Touch” On James Corden

One day, I have to imagine that James Corden will have the Strokes participate in his Carpool Karaoke series, and we’ll all feel weird about it. In the meantime, he can always keep booking Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. to play solo music on his show. Hammond last appeared on Corden’s show in February, when […]

Angel Olsen – “Sister” Video

Angel Olsen has unveiled a video for “Sister,” the third single after “Intern” and “Shut Up Kiss Me” from her upcoming album My Woman. It begins with Olsen meandering around a sunny farmer’s market and continues with a sharp depiction of mundane discontent and a lot of shots of Olsen wandering around the desert. It’s […]

Questlove Joins Pandora As “Artist Ambassador,” Radio Host

Pandora was one of the first music streaming companies to make a big splash, and it remains the most widely used streaming platform. But the company’s growth stalled out as the streaming wars escalated, with monthly listenership peaking at 81.5 million in 2014. Legally, the deck is stacked against online radio. Pandora in particular has […]

New Sleigh Bells Album Jessica Rabbit Out In November

Sleigh Bells have released two songs this summer — “Rule Number One” and “Hyper Dark” — and it turns out both will be included on the upcoming fourth album from the duo, which is called Jessica Rabbit (named after the Roger Rabbit character, of course) and will be released on 11/11. Per a listing from […]

Clipping. – “Air ‘Em Out” Video

Now that Daveed Diggs has completed his duties to Hamilton and to The Get Down, he’s gone back to work with clipping., his great Los Angeles noise-rap trio. Next month, the group will follow up 2014’s great CLPPNG with their new dystopian sci-fi concept album Splendor & Misery, and we’ve already posted their video for […]

DJ Shadow – “Nobody Speak” (Feat. Run The Jewels) Video

Earlier this year, DJ Shadow recruited Run The Jewels’ Killer Mike and El-P to spit furious verses on “Nobody Speak,” the best song on his new comeback album The Mountain Will Fall. Today, we get the video for the song, and it’s so fucking great. The clip, from director Sam Pilling, takes place at a […]

Watch Blood Orange’s Expressive, Powerful Conan Performance

It’s amazing that Blood Orange doesn’t appear on late-night TV more often. There are very few musicians out there, in the indie sphere or outside of it, who have a better understanding of how to create a moment. That’s what Dev Hynes did last night, when he was the musical guest on Conan. Sitting shirtless […]

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