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Artist To Watch: Mikko Joensuu

Ask almost any musician and you’ll get the same answer: Making albums is hard work. From the creative side, wrangling the abstract forms and ideas of music into a tangible presence, to all the technical aftermath, like the long list of minute tweaks that make a record sound good and correct, a lot of exertion…

video: Boy Harsher – Country Girl

Directed by Jae Matthews. Boy Harsher's Country Girl 12" is out October 27th via Ascetic House. Continue reading…

Beyoncé’s Lemonade Vinyl Accidentally Pressed With Canadian Punk Band’s Album

Certain copies of the recent vinyl release of Beyoncé's Lemonade were accidentally pressed with the first half of Canadian punk band Zex's 2017 album Uphill Battle. According to Pitchfork, select A-sides of the lemonade-yellow vinyl are instead the A-side of the Zex album, which was put out by Magic Bullet Records. Here's video of the…

Book Notes - Ariel Gore "We Were Witches"

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, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee...

New Music To Delight Your Ears - Even As We Speak

Even As We Speak From: The Past, Another Country Lovers of bittersweet indie pop are in for a treat with the announcement that legendary Aussie indie popsters and Sarah Record's alumni Even As We Speak have reformed to release an EP, The Black Forest, of brand new material, their first since 1993. Show More Summary

Curls – “Emotion”

Way back in 2005, Christopher Owens moved to San Francisco and formed a band called Curls. That band eventually broke up, and Owens used the songs he'd written with Girls, the late and lamented new band that he formed. After working as a solo artist for a few years, Owens has once again formed a…

Roadkill Ghost Choir announce False Youth Etcetera – 10/27/17

3 days agoMusic / Indie Music : HearYa

It has been over three years since Roadkill Ghost Choir released the excellent In Tongues, an album that made our way into 50 favorites of 2014. That album was built more around Americana, with liberal use of steel guitar and banjo. A fact that was reinforced in our live session. For this new album, they’ve [...]

Madeline Kenney – “Always” Video

The Oakland musician Madeline Kenney recently released her debut LP Night Night At The First Landing, an album of impressively layered indie rock that she recorded with producer Toro Y Moi. And today, she's come out with a video for the sparkling single "Always." In director Ben Smith's clip, Kenney and some friends lip-synch the…

Brian Wilson – “Run James Run”

Later this week, Playback: The Brian Wilson Anthology will be released. It's a collection of studio tracks and live recordings that celebrate the Beach Boy's long solo career, and it features two unreleased songs. One of them, "Some Sweet Day," was a leftover from the '90s, while "Run James Run" was written by Wilson in…

David Lynch Rejected A Nine Inch Nails Song For Not Being “Aggressive And Ugly” Enough For Twin Peaks

The strangest and most intense moment of David Lynch's recent Twin Peaks: The Return series was the one that featured Nine Inch Nails giving a convulsive performance of "She's Gone Away" smack in the middle of the episode. Trent Reznor says that he wrote the song, which appeared on the band's Not The Actual Events…

Linkin Park Announce Chester Bennington Tribute Concert At Hollywood Bowl

Linkin Park have announced that they will perform a special tribute show in honor of the late Chester Bennington, who died in July. The show will take place on 10/27 at the Hollywood Bowl; pre-sale tickets begin on 9/19 and general on-sale begins 9/22. It will be the first time the remaining members have performed…

Mirah – “Little Cup”

Mirah releases her new EP, Sundial, next month. The EP comprises six older Mirah songs newly arranged with a string quartet courtesy of composer Jherek Bischoff, plus a new song called "Sundial" also featuring Bischoff's strings. Last year, the two went on a co-headlining tour where the songs were initially debuted. Today we hear "Little…

Mannequin Pussy – “Emotional High” Video

Band To Watch alums Mannequin Pussy put out one of the best albums of last year, Romantic, and they've been touring pretty much non-stop in support of it -- they're currently opening for Japanese Breakfast. Today, they've shared a video for one of their sophomore album's highlights, "Emotional High," which follows the band around on…

CHVRCHES – “Call It Off” (Tegan And Sara Cover)

Last week, Tegan And Sara announced the stacked contributors list for their The Con X: Covers album celebrating the album's 10th anniversary. Today, they've shared CHVRCHES' version "Call It Off," which turns the wistful acoustic album closer into a sparkling and down-trodden dirge.

Stream Ponor Prah I Pepeo

It stands to reason that Croatia, a place that has seen a great deal of war and chaos, could produce some truly intense music. And over the weekend, Ponor, a hardcore band from Zagreb, released their sophomore album Prah I Pepeo. The LP, which comes four years after their debut Ovo Je Kraj, is a…

Circuit Des Yeux – “Black Fly”

Haley Fohr's latest Circuit Des Yeux album Reaching For Indigo is about a month out from release, and so far we've only heard one song from it, "Paper Bag." Today our colleagues at Spin present a second. "Black Fly" is a seven-minute stunner with verses like a Spaghetti Western score and a grandly operatic chorus,…

Shorties (Jennifer Egan on Her New Novel, Stream the New Album by the Clientele, and more)

Jennifer Egan discussed her new novel Manhattan Beach with Publishers Weekly. NPR Music is streaming the Clientele's new album Music For The Age Of Miracles. The Think Again podcast interviewed author Claire Messud. Stream a new song by Petal. Celeste...

Jarvis Cocker, Kevin Shields To Play Sigur Ròs’ Iceland Festival

Later this year, during the week between Christmas and New Years, Sigur Ròs will play their first shows in five years in their Icelandic homeleand. The band announced earlier this year that they'll play four straight nights at their own Reykjavik festival Norður Og Niður. And now they've also announced that some very impressive acts…

Steve Lacy – “4Real”

Steve Lacy, 19-year-old member of the Internet, has already had a hell of a 2017, producing for people like Kendrick Lamar and GoldLink and releasing his own solo debut Steve Lacy's Demo. And over the weekend, he shared a very cool new track, an off-kilter but deeply Prince-influenced jam called "4Real." Listen to it below.

Ian MacKaye Showed Up To Watch The Juggalo March

This past weekend, Insane Clown Posse fans marched on Washington to protest the FBI's decision to designate them as a gang. And DC punk's greatest luminary was there to take in the scene. Ian MacKaye -- co-founder of Dischord Records and former leader of Fugazi, Minor Threat, and about a half-dozen other great and important…

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