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Lupe Fiasco Offers To Destroy Copies Of His Album Lasers With An Actual Laser

It took a massive campaign from fans, complete with actual in-person demonstrations, to convince Atlantic Records to release Lupe Fiasco’s 2011 album Lasers, and the album promptly debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts. That should be a triumphant story, but Lupe himself is evidently not too happy with Lasers today. As Complex reports, he […]

The SpongeBob Musical Includes New Music By David Bowie, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, & More

SpongeBob SquarePants is making its way to Broadway. According to Entertainment Weekly, a musical based on the popular long-running Nickelodeon series will debut in June 2016 in Chicago, with a move to New York planned after that. Director Tina Landau and music supervisor Tom Kitt have arranged for a bunch of big names to contribute […]

Zac Efron’s EDM Movie Had One Of The Worst Openings Ever

Finally, the headline we all saw coming when Warner Bros. released the trailer for We Are Your Friends back in May. Max Joseph’s directorial debut opened last Friday to an estimated $1.8 million dollars in 2,333 theaters. If those numbers just look like meaningless data points to you, then you can interpret them this way: […]

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2015

When the other Black Market guys and I set about assembling this month’s column, we ran into a philosophical disagreement about whether a certain band qualified for inclusion. This is standard for us — we have this kind of dispute just about every month. But where the subjects of these debates are usually metal-ish bands […]

Wavves – “My Head Hurts”

Nathan Williams will put out his latest album as Wavves, V, this coming October, and though the roll-out has been sticky (to say the least), the songs we’ve heard so far are promising. “Way Too Much,” “Flamezesz,” and “Heavy Metal Detox” are all pop-tinged surf-guitar driven singles, and today, Williams has offered up a new […]

Book Notes - Joe Meno "Chicago Noir: The Classics"

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...

Empress Of – “Hot N Cold” (Katy Perry Cover)

Katy Perry wouldn’t strike consistent, worthwhile pop gold until Teenage Dream, but her first two big singles — “I Kissed A Girl” and “Hot N Cold” — were kitschy, if a little grating, songs that will nonetheless be remembered fondly because they launched the career of one of today’s biggest stars. “Hot N Cold” in […]

iLoveMakonnen – “Trust Me Danny” Video

Danny Wolf is the 18-year-old Atlanta-based producer who’s both the subject of and the engineer behind iLoveMakonnen’s new single. “Trust Me Danny” comes accompanied by a hedonistic video, in which Makonnen chills in the maroon-tinged lighting of a house party and raps about “Danny,” his drug hookup for the night. DJ Spinz and Larry League […]

Stream Widowspeak All Yours

Widowspeak are the country dream-pop duo of Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas, who soldiered through the decidedly non-glamorous life as musicians in Brooklyn for several years before decamping to the wide open spaces of the Catskills/Hudson valley. As someone who visited that part of the country for the first time a week ago, I […]

Jeezy Shares New Single “God,” Lengthy Message About The State Of Black Men In America

Atlanta rap king Jeezy released Seen It All, his last album, just a year ago, and this morning, he announced plans for its follow-up. Jeezy’s new album, out in November, doesn’t have a title track yet, but it does have a first single. Complex reports that fellow Atlantans TM88 and Southside produced the tense, buzzing […]

Carrie Brownstein Announces Book Tour

Carrie Brownstein has announced a book tour in support of her upcoming memoir, Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl. The book is out on 10/27, and that night she’ll hold a release party in Brooklyn with Questlove as a special guest, and she’ll spent the next few weeks on the road making stops in some […]

Chad Valley – “Seventeen”

The last thing we heard from the Oxford, UK singer and spell-caster Chad Valley was the 2012 synth-streaked ’80s-pop pastiche Young Hunger, an album that featured collaborations with people like Twin Shadow. He’s still playing around with those sounds on the new album Entirely New Blue, but he’s doing it to more personal ends. The […]

Hear Siouxsie Sioux’s First New Song In Eight Years From Hannibal’s Series Finale

Siouxsie Sioux hasn’t released any music since the release of her debut solo album Mantaray back in 2007, but she contributed her first new song in eight years to the soundtrack for Hannibal’s series finale over the weekend. The track was co-written with the show’s composer Brian Reitzell. It’s called “Love Crime.” Reitzell had the […]

Slayer – “Cast The First Stone”

In a few weeks, metal overlords Slayer will release their new album Repentless, their first album since 2011’s very good World Painted Blood and their first since the 2011 death of longtime guitarist Jeff Hanneman. The band shared first single “When The Stillness Comes” way back in April, and now they’ve dropped “Cast The First […]

Happy Bank Holiday

Yay it's Bank Holiday Monday in the UK today, a day to kick back and do absolutely nothing. Well nothing except listen to these kicking holiday related tunes I've curated for your bank holiday enjoyment... Holiday - Isolation is a Lonely...Show More Summary

Gardens & Villa – “Everybody” Video

Two weeks ago, Gardens & Villa released their third record, Music For Dogs, and today they’ve shared a new video for “Everybody.” Most of it was shot with a Super-8 camera in their new artist residency at Glassel Park in Los Angeles, where they also recorded much of the new album. The video uses footage […]

Chance The Rapper Critiques Miley Cyrus For Wearing Dreadlocks, Saying “Mammy” At VMAs

Among the most awkward undercurrents of last night’s MTV Video Music Awards was Miley Cyrus’ continued racial tone-deafness. Cyrus, who has taken heat in the past for carelessly appropriating black culture, included two different sets of fake dreadlocks among her many costume changes. And in a sketch about making pot brownies with Snoop Dogg, she […]

Frankie Broyles – “Color Set” (Stereogum Premiere)

Earlier this month, just a few hours before Deerhunter launched the countdown clock that led to the news of their new album Fading Frontier, guitarist Frankie Broyles announced plans to strike out on his own. We already shared “Capturer,” one of two songs on Broyles’ debut solo 7?, and today the other track is revealed. […]

OBN III’s – “Let The Music” (Stereogum Premiere)

OBN III’s make beer-swillin’, guitar-totin’, good old fashioned American rock ‘n’ roll, the kind of thing that you’d blast a little too loud while getting a little too day-drunk at a backyard BBQ. The Austin band are gearing up for the release of their fourth studio album, Worth A Lot Of Money, and they’ve moved […]

Stream Blank Realm Illegals In Heaven (Stereogum Premiere)

The Brisbane band Blank Realm play a form of DIY guitar-rock that vacillates back and forth between shimmering psych-pop and bluesy punk. Later this week, they’ll follow up their 2014 album Grassed Inn with the new LP Illegals In Heaven. We’ve posted the early tracks “River Of Longing,” “Palace Of Love,” and “Too Late Now.” […]

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