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Laura Stevenson – “Torch Song”

Laura Stevenson is such a badass that she named her new album Cocksure, slyly subverting a dick joke with the further wordplay of weaponry. Is it any surprise this album was written and arranged in the attic of a 19th-century Victorian house that formerly served as a brothel? Her wit isn’t the only thing worth […]

Adele’s 25 Reportedly Out In November

Adele’s 2011 sophomore album 21 remains the highest-selling album of this decade (as well as being a really good album), and she may finally be ready to follow it up. Last year, she seemed to tease the impending release of a new album called 25 on Twitter, but then we learned that it wouldn’t be […]

Check Out St. Vincent’s New Signature Guitar

St. Vincent’s Annie Clark is one of our greatest working guitar heroes, and so it’s only right that she’s now getting her own signature guitar. The guitar manufacturer Ernie Ball has just unveiled the St. Vincent Signature Guitar, which Clark designed with help from the company’s team of engineers. Clark actually debuted the guitar earlier […]

U2 – “Song For Someone” Video (Version 2)

The video for U2’s “Song For Someone” off their new album Songs Of Innocence was widely publicized: It was teased, billed as a short film, and starred Woody Harrelson. But apparently they wanted to make a more traditional Bono-in-the-wilderness version of it for posterity’s sake. So now we’ve got just that, a beautifully shot black-and-white […]

FIDLAR – “Leave Me Alone”

Los Angeles punkrockers FIDLAR are on the verge of releasing their new album Too, and we’ve already heard a few of its songs: “40oz On Repeat,” “West Coast,” “Drone.” Today, they’ve shared a commendably snotty new pop-punk number called “Leave Me Alone,” and they’ve shared it in the form of a video where a doll’s […]

Foxing – “The Magdalene”

“The Magdalene” is the first single we’ve heard from St. Louis’ Foxing since they reissued The Albatross last year, and it marks a towering, majestic return. This is a song about Catholic guilt, and Foxing more than hint at that with both the title and its inaugural lyrics: “I’m going down with a rosary.” Connor […]

Fine Print – “Really”

Fine Print are a UK duo who mix old-school jazz and R&B with electronic impulses. Tomorrow they’ll release their debut self-titled EP, and we’ve already heard the playful “Can’t Lie” and the skeletal, devastating “Tell Me.” Today the band share another song from the EP, the funky, self-reflective “Really.” It’s probably the most upbeat thing […]

Jim James – “Take Care Of You” Video

The new movie No Escape is sadly not a remake of the 1994 B-movie in which Ray Liotta tries to survive in a dystopian prison colony. Instead, it’s a thriller about Pierce Brosnan trying to help Owen Wilson’s family escape a Southeast Asian coup. It look pretty good! The new movie also features “Take Care […]

Big K.R.I.T. – “86”

Like a lot of rappers, Mississippi’s Big K.R.I.T. has the issue that he can sometimes come across a big too sincere. Unlike a lot of rappers, though, he can seemingly turn that off and crank out an absolute country-rap monster whenever he feels like it. The new trunk-rattling anthem “86” is one such banger. K.R.I.T. […]

Stream Joan Shelley Over And Even

Joan Shelley’s new set of intimate, spellbinding folk songs Over And Even is so good that she’s already made it into our best songs of the week column twice — first, for the idyllic effervescence of “Stay On My Shore,” then a few weeks later with the album’s subtly cosmic title track. Shelley is accompanied […]

Jay Rock – “Easy Bake” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Black Hippy OG Jay Rock is on the cusp of releasing his new project 90059, and he’s already shared the title track featuring SZA, “Gumbo,” “Parental Advisory” and “Pay For It.” Jay Rock was a guest on Eminem’s uncensored Sirius XM radio show Shade 45 last night, and DJ Kay Slay played another new track […]

Worriers – “Chasing” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Don Giovanni signees Worriers released their Laura Jane Grace-produced LP, Imaginary Life, earlier this month. The album weaves the personal and the political together into a collection of punk songs that encourage self-reflection but are still hook-heavy and danceable. Before its release, Worriers debuted the video for “Most Space,” in which the band takes an […]

A Pregnant Light – “No Longer N 2 U” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

A Pregnant Light isn’t the same black metal band it was a few years ago, and it’s surely more appealing to a wider audience because of it. And while Damian Master, the lone force behind A Pregnant Light, has taken us on compelling journeys through shoegaze, hardcore, metal, and punk over the course of 14 […]

Watch Ashley Monroe Perform “I Buried Your Love Alive” On Conan

Ashley Monroe is a Nashville veteran, and she released what amounts to her sophomore album this year, an excellent, eclectic countrypolitan stunner called The Blade. We premiered one of the album’s swampiest, gothic tracks called “I Buried Your Love Alive,” and that was the song Monroe selected to perform for her appearance on Conan last […]

Alex G – “Bug” Video

The lo-fi singer-songwriter Alex G is only 22, but he’s already getting ready to release his seventh album Beach Music. He’s not in the video for first single “Bug.” Instead, Micah Van Hove directs a story about a photogenically scuzzy young couple who spend a stoned, romantic afternoon in the sunshine. There’s nothing revolutionary about […]

Sports – “Reality TV”

Recent Band To Watch and Father/Daughter signees Sports have the uncanny ability to fit a universe of worry into several minutes of dizzying pop-punk, and no matter how specific Carmen Perry’s lyrics are, they sound relatable to anyone standing on the precipice of adulthood. The band’s newest single, “Reality TV,” is a shout-out to the […]

PWR BTTM – “West Texas” (Stereogum Premiere)

There’s a saying that goes something like, “You can outrun the situation, but you can’t outrun yourself.” I feel like it’s used in TV shows and movies a lot in lieu of anything actually interesting to say, but it’s pretty good advice on the surface — a way for someone reach some sort of big […]

Ricked Wicky – “Poor Substitute” (Stereogum Premiere)

Is the Earth still spinning? Check. Is Robert Pollard’s heart still beating? Check. Then you can be sure a new batch of brilliantly demented lo-fi pop tracks is forthcoming. The Guided By Voices frontman is about to release another project with Ricked Wicky, his latest rock ‘n’ roll ensemble. Swimmer To A Liquid Armchair is […]

Watch John McEnroe Try To Cover Nirvana’s “Territorial Pissings”

Have you ever heard tempestuous tennis great John McEnroe talk about music? It’s fucking weird, man. I once caught an episode of Morning Joe that had McEnroe and Joe Scarborough enthusing about the Replacements, a propos of absolutely nothing. And today, we get the confounding video of McEnroe, onstage at a bar in the Hamptons, […]

Book Notes - Cara Nicoletti "Voracious"

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...

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