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Sorority Noise – “Wesleyan’s Best Dressed” (Stereogum Premiere)

Since we haven’t covered Sorority Noise on Stereogum yet, here’s a little primer: The Connecticut four-piece put out their debut album, Forgettable, earlier this year. It’s a charming collection of down-on-your-luck soft punk songs, filled with self-loathing lines and sarcastic quips that are mostly used as a defense mechanism. It’s nostalgia-tinged music that borders on [...]

Belle And Sebastian Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance Details

Belle And Sebastian teased their new album Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance a few weeks ago, and the official details have finally been announced. The record will be out on January 20th in the United States and on the 19th in Europe. It was produced by Ben H. Allen III, who has also worked [...]

Wilco Reveal Tracklists For Rarities & Greatest Hits Comps

As promised, Wilco will release a pair of compilations in conjunction with their 20th anniversary. What’s Your 20? Essential Tracks 1994-2014 is a double-disc 38-track greatest hits collection. Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014 is a 4-CD/4-LP box set of rare studio and live recordings. Both of them sound like the sort of thing Wilco [...]

Rancid – “Already Dead”

Berkeley punk greats Rancid announced their new album Honor Is All We Know a few weeks ago, and they’ve already posted video of themselves playing three new songs and shared the first single “Face Up.” “Already Dead,” the latest song that they’ve shared, is the best one we’ve heard yet. The song does that great [...]

Stream Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics

Aretha Franklin takes on the divas on her new album, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics. We’ve already heard her renditions of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep,” which also had a memorable Letterman performance. The rest of the record features covers of Etta James, Gladys Knight, Barbra Streisand, [...]

Kesha Suing Dr. Luke For Sexual Assault And Emotional Abuse

Kesha’s music career has been intertwined with Dr. Luke’s, and today the pop star levied some serious accusations against the superproducer born Lukasz Gottwald. She’s suing Gottwald over 10 years of sexual, physical, verbal, and emotional abuse that allegedly left her on the verge of death. Here’s an excerpt from TMZ’s report: According to a [...]

Watch The National Play Intense Music Teachers On Comedy Bang! Bang!

The National have appeared on practically every even vaguely prestigious televisions show out there. (They’re presumably still finding a way to write them into The Knick.) And they’re one of many indie bands who will show up on this season of Comedy Bang! Bang!, the IFC show built from the popular comedy podcast. They’re in [...]

Future Islands – “Seasons (DJ Dodger Stadium Remix)”

Baltimore synthpop iconoclasts Future Islands are one of 2014?s great indie success stories. They’ve been great forever, but they’re now headlining bigger and bigger rooms on the strength of their great new album Singles. DJ Dodger Stadium, the L.A. duo of dance producers Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy, have been more of an under-the-radar [...]

Book Notes - Darcey Steinke "Sister Golden Hair"

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...

William Arcane – “Reckless”

William Arcane’s new EP Reckless was already shaping up to be a great one in light of “Stay A While” and “Sunfades,” and the title track does nothing to disparage that notion. Those who found Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes uninviting might find more warmth, melody, and immediacy to latch onto here, but the sound and feeling [...]

Ricked Wicky (Robert Pollard) – “Mobility”

Less than a month ago, Guided By Voices announced their for-real-this-time breakup, and it probably shouldn’t suprise anyone that frontman Robert Pollard already has a new thing up and going. Pollard’s new project is called Ricked Wicky, and in a piss-take press release, he calls it a “sophisticated arena rock band.” (He also says it’s [...]

Shura – “Indecision”

Shura does that mid-period Madonna/”Time After Time” version of melancholic retro synthpop better than just about anybody. Here’s another example of her excellence: “Indecision,” her first single since signing with Polydor, is the most uptempo track we’ve heard from her after ace ballads “Touch” and “Just Once.” It’s got the neon sparkle of an old [...]

Stream Swallowed Lunarterial (Stereogum Premiere)

Dark Descent Records exists to make people like me horribly happy. They release music most often described as “metal of death.” That phrase covers all kinds of death metal, from death/doom to war metal (aka black/death) to melodic black metal and beyond, but the awkward phrasing serves as a symbolic beacon, indicating the high likelihood [...]

Stream Girlpool & Slutever’s Split EP

Recent Band To Watch Girlpool are making their way to the East Coast for a tour with raucous L.A.-via-Philly punks Slutever. (If you’re not familiar with Slutever, they’re pretty fucking great — they’ve been releasing some scattered songs and demos over the past few years. Some highlights include “I Can Dream The Rest Away” and [...]

Mark McGuire – “Noctilucence”

Earlier this year, the former Emeralds guitarist Mark McGuire released Along The Way, a dizzily gorgeous mostly-instrumental album. He’s just announced plans to follow it up with Noctilucence, a new five-song EP named after the phenomenon of clouds glowing at night. The EP’s title track is also its centerpiece, a 12-minute instrumental that glimmers and [...]

Strange Babes – “Holiday” (Stereogum Premiere)

Pop-rock trio Strange Babes are pals with fellow New Zealand natives Popstrangers, but whereas Popstrangers relocated to London, Strange Babes are based in Los Angeles. The new digs must be rubbing off on them: “Holiday,” the lead single from their upcoming debut album, sounds like California sunshine with traces of melancholy lingering in the ether. [...]

Voyeur of Discovery

The Voyeurs From: London, England Regular readers may recall me eulogising about London glamage rockers Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs (Charlie Boys) well they're back with a notable absence from the name. The Voyeurs still includes Charlie...Show More Summary

Bo Ningen – “CC” (Feat. Jehnny Beth) Video

British postpunkers Savages recently got together with the Japenese heavy psych band Bo Ningen to record the forthcoming Words To The Blind, a single-track 37-minute collaborative album. Before that, Savages frontwoman Jehnny Beth showed up on “CC,” a feral fuzz-rock bugout from Bo Ningen’s recent III video. She’s in that song’s brand-new video, too, shadowboxing [...]

Diarrhea Planet – “Bamboo Curtain”

Irreverent Nashville punks Diarrhea Planet are releasing a new EP called Aliens In The Outfield next month. So far, they’ve shared an Adventures Of Pete And Pete-themed video for “Platinum Girls” and the lightweight “Heat Wave.” Their latest song, “Bamboo Curtain,” is another crystal clear take on ’90s revivalism, complete with background oohs and ahhs [...]

DrDr – Struggling

Brighton electronic trio DrDr are back with a four track EP on Glyph Recordings. Struggling is the follow-up to Take It Lying Down released last year and clearly shows that the group has evolved to a much more mature sound. This is best expressed in the seemingly meticulously care they’ve put into the title track. Show More Summary

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