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Hit-Boy – “Automatically” & “Show Me Something” Videos

Hit-Boy is mostly known for being a consistently great producer, but he’s also a capable rapper in his own right. Today, he released a pair of new tracks, both with music videos provided by Psycho Films. “Automatically” finds Hit-Boy introspectively documenting his rise to success over a soulful piano sample and production from SmokeyGotBeatz, while […]

Viet Cong Drummer Mike Wallace Shares Photo Essay About Playing SXSW With A Broken Hand

Say what you will about Viet Cong, but the Calgary-based band’s drummer Mike Wallace is one of the best that we saw at SXSW. He might even be the best, considering the fact that he made it through the majority of their shows playing one-handed. Wallace injured his left hand before Viet Cong played a […]

new Jamie xx – Loud Places

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Jamie xx – “Loud Places” (Feat. The xx’s Romy Madley Croft)

After cranking out occasional solo tracks for a few years, the xx’s production mastermind Jamie xx announced plans to release his first solo album In Colour earlier this week. And today, he’s shared the new song “Loud Places,” a collaboration with his xx bandmate Romy Madley Croft. You might expect a song that features two […]

Q&A: Chilly Gonzales On Chambers, Poptimism, And Life As A Musical Genius

Chilly Gonzales has lived so many musical lives it’s hard to keep them straight. Born Jason Beck, he’s a classically trained pianist, composer, and self-proclaimed musical genius (hey, somebody has to say it, right?) who has co-authored musicals; pursued the alt-rock path as the frontman of Son; set Guinness records for piano-playing; tried his hand […]

Fred Thomas – “Every Song Sung To A Dog” (Feat. Andrew W.K.)

Death never gets any fucking easier to deal with. Whether it’s a dog or a person, if you love someone then losing them feels inexplicable no matter how old you are or how much preparation you have for the inevitable. Actually, one of the only things that has helped me cope with my own losses […]

Watch Nardwuar Remind Migos Who Introduced Them To Zaytoven

Nardwuar is one of my favorite interviewers in the world because no matter who he interviews, he acts exactly the same, whether rappers known for their antics like Odd Future or feminist punk scions like White Lung. Luckily for us, both Nardwuar and Migos were at SXSW this year and met up for an interview. […]

Fans With Parquet Courts Tattoos Get Free Concerts For Life

If you have chosen to emblazon your body with a tattoo in tribute to Brooklyn indie-rock mainstays Parquet Courts, then good news! Your decision will earn you free admission to Parquet Courts concerts for life. The band members explain in a recent post on their website: Got a Parquet Courts tattoo? What the hell were […]

Beastie Boys Win Paul’s Boutique Sampling Lawsuit

Hey, the Beastie Boys won another court case! Last year, a court ruled that the makers of Monster Energy Drink would have to pay the group $1.7 million for unauthorized use of their music. And now, the Beasties are being let off for unauthorized use of other people’s music. The label TufAmerica, which struck a […]

Mavis Staples – “Your Good Fortune”

Today the 75-year-old singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples announced that she will release a new EP at the end of April. Future-soul artist Son Little produced Your Good Fortune and wrote two of the four songs, the title track, and “Fight.” Staples has covered both Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “See That My Grave Is […]

Watch Brandon Flowers Perform New Song “Dreams Come True” Live In Las Vegas

Earlier this week Killers frontman Brandon Flowers debuted his new single “Can’t Deny My Love” and took it to The Tonight Show. Before all that, he played a gig at Bunkhouse Saloon in his hometown of Las Vegas, where he performed other material from his new solo album The Desired Effect. For instance: Album opener […]

Book Notes - John Renehan "The Valley"

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, George Pelecanos, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee...

Trappings of Success

Pony & Trap From: London, England London based duo Pony & Trap, who released one of the Devil's top 20 tracks of 2014 Time to Engage (The Best of 2014 #2) are out of the traps early for a crack at the Devil's top 20 of 2015 with another stonking single. Show More Summary

The Week In Rap: Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson, & Major-Label Rap’s Age Of Weirdness

Not that long ago, major recording companies employed whole offices full of people whose whole purpose was to shape and mold rappers, to turn them into hitmakers. Maybe those people still exist. Maybe they’re up late at night, trying to figure out how to make Kid Ink happen. But the big labels, for the most […]

Tink – “Ratchet Commandments” Video

Tink and Timbaland continue their partnership in the video for her latest song “Ratchet Commandments.” The Chicago rapper dons a series of costumes from choir girl to Egyptian queen to preach her anti-Instagram “you can’t sit with us” message that might be catchy but suffers from some serious slut-shaming vibes. The song takes place in […]

Q&A: OK Go On 10 Years Of Making Viral Videos

One Of Those Treadmill Guys. Regardless of how many years he is eventually blessed to squeeze out of this corporeal existence, this is the epitaph OK Go vocalist/guitarist Damian Kulash is absolutely certain will be carved into his tombstone. And he might very well be right. After all, the Los Angeles-by-way-of-Chicago indie rockers’ 2006 video […]

Funktionslust – A Different Street

There's rich, R&B vocals from Sage Redman layered over fast-paced, skittish beats, booming bass, and electronic grooves that twist and turn in and out of tune, in and out of time, developing into a vital skewed-pop ride. Funktionslust – A Different Street was originally published on The Blue Walrus.

Thin Lips – “Nothing Weird” (Stereogum Premiere)

“Nothing Weird” initiates with an anxious torrent of situational descriptions, visible conversational pauses that indicate some kind of internal conflict. Allusions to nail biting, tongue biting, and nervous glances surface before Chrissy...Show More Summary

Hollow Sunshine – “Careful Travel” (Stereogum Premiere)

Hollow Sunshine’s music occupies some liminal space in between shoegaze and sludgy metal, imbued with all the melodic sensibilities of the former while embracing the slow build-up and attention to detail of the latter. “Careful Travel” — the second single from their upcoming sophomore LP Bring Gold — is on the softer side of the […]

Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Tops The Album Charts

Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly has come in at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top 200 chart. The album — which was officially released (with some snafus) on 3/15 — comes in with 363,000 equivalent album sales (actual sales + streaming) over the past week. It’s the second-largest sales week this year after Drake’s If […]

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