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Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - July 2, 2015

In the weekly Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week, the Montreal bookstore recommends several new works of fiction, art books, periodicals, and comics. Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is one of Montreal's premiere independent bookstores. Grip by Gilbert Hernandez...

Aye Nako – “Worms”

Aye Nako’s songs often sound something like a nightmare, except that nightmare is a reality that people live through every day. Their lyrics confront trauma and try to get a grip around it, no matter how tenuous that hold may be. On “Worms,” the second track we’ve heard from their upcoming EP The Blackest Eye […]

The Alchemist – “Voodoo” (Feat. Action Bronson)

Always-busy stoner-rap producer the Alchemist is about to release a new mostly-instrumental album called — swear to God — Retarded Alligator Beats. The album only features one guest, and that guest is Alc’s frequent collaborator Action Bronson. Show More Summary

Marina & The Diamonds – “Blue” (Holychild Remix) (Stereogum Premiere)

Marina & The Diamonds aka Marina Diamandis is one of the UK’s most excellent, reliably off-kilter alt-pop stars. She put out a new album called Froot via Neon Gold this spring and is currently touring internationally in support of it. On the US side of things, brat-pop duo Holychild just released their debut album a […]

Watch Tove Lo Sing “Talking Body” On Conan

The Swedish pop singer Tove Lo only released her sharp-as-hell debut album Queen Of The Clouds last year, but she’s already visited Conan twice. The second of those came last night, when she served as musical guest and sang her flirty single “Talking Body.” She’s got a presence that not too many straight-up pop prospects […]

Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi – “The Sun Today”

Alela Diane is a woman who understands uncertainty. In the past four years, she’s grappled with the kind of devastating, tumultuous circumstances that would bench most people, yet she’s emerged with three albums during these shifts. I first came to her music in 2011 because of my unmitigated obsession with Fleet Foxes in college, when […]

Rick Ross Out Of Jail On $2 Million Bond

Rick Ross was arrested last week and charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, and aggravated battery. Ross and his body guard, Nadrian James, reportedly got into a fight and pistol whipped two workers at his Georgia home. Initially, the court denied Ross bail but today TMZ reports that he has paid $2 million at his bond […]

New Aphex Twin EP Orphaned DJ Selek 2006-08 Out Next Month

You know Aphex Twin is fully back when he’s bringing the alter-egos out of storage. Richard D. James ended a long silence last year when he released the excellent Syro, the first new Aphex Twin album in over a decade. He followed it up earlier this year with the Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP. […]

The Phoenix Foundation – “Give Up Your Dreams” (Stereogum Premiere)

“How does one transition from a mortal to a God?” wonders Sam Flynn Scott, frontman for The Phoenix Foundation, on their latest track “Give Up Your Dreams.” The Wellington, New Zealand six-piece hit that sweet spot between bubblegum psych-pop, prog-rock, and deeper, existential quandaries like the one quoted above. We premiered their single “Mountains,” along […]

Stevie Wonder Albums From Worst To Best

Steveland “Stevie Wonder” Morris is an indisputable icon of American music, but in many ways is best understood as a part of a separate tradition — that of the musical prodigy. Like Mozart, Mendelssohn, Earl Scruggs, and Alex Chilton before him, Wonder composed and performed songs as a young child that inextricably transformed the contemporary […]

Mew Part Ways With Guitarist And Founding Member Bo Madsen

Mew and guitarist Bo Madsen announced today that they will “part ways for the time being” after 20 years playing together. The Danish band released their latest full-length, +-, this past April, which we named Album Of The Week and later listed as being one of the best albums of the year so far. Madsen […]

Bands Protest Fellow Warped Tour Act Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

The 23-year-old acoustic singer-songwriter Jake Mcelfresh, who works under the name Front Porch Step, has been facing a number of allegations of sexual misconduct and harrassment in the past few months. Numerous underage teenage girls have accused him of engaging in inappropriate and predatory text and social media relationships with them, including sending and soliciting […]

Shorties (An Interview with Vendela Vida, Stream the New Veruca Salt Album, and more)

Bookworm interviewed Vendela Vida about her new novel The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty. NPR Music is streaming the new Veruca Salt album Ghost Notes. Salon interviewed Jonathan Galassi about his debut novel and the state of publishing. Mary Bonney discussed...

Watch Bruce Springsteen Join Brian Wilson Onstage In New Jersey

Last night, the insular Beach Boys sonic genius Brian Wilson played a show at Holmdel, New Jersey’s PNC Bank Arts Center, and he was joined by one of the few people who can really call Wilson a peer. As NJ.com reports, New Jersey king Bruce Springsteen came to the stage to join Wilson for a […]

Daily Downloads (Ty Segall, Frugal Father, and more)

Every day, Daily Downloads offers free and legal music and/or stream. Today's free and legal mp3 downloads: Anda Volley: Are You Armed? album [mp3] Birdstriking: Live on WFMU [mp3] Cave Needles: Cave Needles album [mp3] Eartheater: Live on WFMU [mp3]...

Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money” Video

Take a deep breath and savor the moment. We’re going to have a very short time before the parents’ groups of the world start loudly freaking the fuck out over Rihanna’s new video for “Bitch Better Have My Money,” so we need to appreciate every moment that that isn’t happening. Rihanna shared a preview of […]

Daphne Lee Martin covers Gods & Monsters (Lana Del Ray)

2015 Connecticut Music Awards Singer/Songwriter of the Year Daphne Lee Martin's latest latest album, Fall On Your Sword (Fall 2015) is her fourth LP, and the first to be completely self-produced and self-released. This new collection...Show More Summary

Summer Mixtape 2015

Today is the hottest day of the year (and the last decade) here in the UK, so it was about time we put together a playlist of a few of our favourite songs for the summer. Summer Mixtape 2015 was originally published on The Blue Walr...

Prince Removes Music From All Streaming Services Except Tidal

Apple finally launched their much-discussed streaming service Apple Music this week, and they’ve managed to snag some fairly impressive exclusives like Thom Yorke, Dr. Dre, and Taylor Swift. But Jay-Z’s Tidal also had a win today, as Pitchfork reports that Prince has removed his entire catalog from all streaming services except Tidal. A note on […]

The Libertines Announce New Album Anthems For Doomed Youth

The Libertines reunited last year and said that they’d be releasing a new album for the first time in 11 years. Pete Doherty, Carl Barât, and co. have been playing songs from the new record live at festivals over the past month, and now they’ve officially announced the details of the comeback LP: It’s called […]

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