All Blogs / Entertainment / Music / Indie Music / Popular


OK Go – “Interesting Drug” (Morrissey Cover) Video

Viral video masters OK Go also record music, and their latest track arrives with pointed timing. It's a cover of Morrissey's early solo single "Interesting Drug," a song that begins and ends with the phrase, "There are some bad people on the rise," with references to Russia and mistreatment of the poor sprinkled throughout. It's…

Read David Byrne’s Obituary For William Onyeabor

News of the great Nigerian funk musician William Onyeabor's death is spreading today, and it comes as no surprise that David Byrne has something to say about it. The former Talking Heads leader included Onyeabor's "Better Change Your Mind" on an African funk compilation released through his Luaka Bop label, and Byrne later spearheaded a…

Shadows And Light: Allison Crutchfield Forges Ahead

Allison Crutchfield’s career began between the hours of after-school snack time and dinner, when she and her identical twin sister Katie started their first band in their parents’ basement in Birmingham, AL. The Crutchfields were 15-year-old freshmen, and they called themselves the Ackleys. In spite of (or maybe because of) their humble origins,…

Alex Beta – Acid Test

This is the sort of electronica that never tires. A pulsing exchange of lost vocals,…

Taylor Bennett Comes Out As Bisexual

The Chicago rapper Taylor Bennett is best-known for being Chance The Rapper's younger brother, but he's also a promising artist in his own right. Two years ago, he released the impressive Broad Shoulders mixtape, which featured collaborations with Chance, King Louie, Joey Purp, and others. And today, Bennett took a big step out into the…

Matt Martians – “Diamond In Da Ruff”

Last year, the Internet's Matt Martians announced that he was gearing up to release his debut solo album, and today we're getting the first taste. The forthcoming LP, The Drum Chord Theory, is due out at the end of the month, and "Diamond In Da Ruff" was produced by both Martians and Steve Lacy. About…

Martin Scorsese’s Grateful Dead Documentary Coming To Amazon In May

As we all have at one point or another, Amazon seems to be in the midst of a Grateful Dead kick, first beginning development on a scripted series about the band back in 2015, and now acquiring their 50th anniversary documentary ahead of its world premiere at Sundance this month. Martin Scorsese served as executive…

The Spirit Of The Beehive – “Ricky (Caught Me Tryin’)” Video

Philadelphia five-piece the Spirit Of The Beehive put out an excellent EP last year, and we'll be treated to a full-length from them soon. The band's new album, Pleasure Suck, will be out in March on Tiny Engines, and they debuted its lead single, "Ricky (Caught Me Tryin')," today by way of NPR. It comes…

Jake Xerxes Fussell – “Have You Ever Seen Peaches Growing On A Sweet Potato Vine?” (Jimmy Lee Williams Cover)

Folk songwriter Jake Xerves Fussell is following up on his William Tyler-produced self-titled debut from 2014 this spring with What In The Natural World. The nine-track LP is preceded by Fussell's rustling Jimmy Lee Williams cover "Have You Ever Seen Peaches Growing on a Sweet Potato Vine?" Over a gracefully buoyant six minutes, Fussell's meditative…

Stream Lushlife My Idols Are Dead + My Enemies Are In Power

Yesterday, the Philadelphia rapper and producer Lushlife, a man who has blurred genres in smart ways for years now, released an urgent protest mixtape called My Idols Are Dead + My Enemies Are In Power. The tape is intended as a direct response to Donald Trump's election and inauguration, and Lushlife isn't offering it as…

Book Notes - Jordan A. Rothacker "And Wind Will Wash Away"

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...

Conor Oberst – “A Little Uncanny” Video & “Napalm”

Conor Oberst will release a new album in March titled Salutations, and its debut single, "A Little Uncanny," comes along with a Josh Rawson-directed video. The track opens in a dissonant haze, and eventually evolves into something more familiar and folksy. Salutations is a full band recording with the Felice Brothers and drummer Jim Keltner,…

Chrisette Michele Playing Trump Inauguration

After some considerable struggles, Donald Trump's inauguration has finally managed to land a few performers, though none of them are especially A-list. This morning, we learned that '70s cheese-pop king Tony Orlando would sing at an inauguration event. And now The New York Daily News reports that R&B singer Chrisette Michele has also joined the…

Dirty Projectors – “Up In Hudson”

Until now the Dirty Projectors have been cagey about what their new album would be called and when it would arrive, but in the meantime they've shared videos for two excellent new tracks, "Keep Your Name" and "Little Bubble." Today they've finally announced that it's self-titled and will be out in a few weeks. The…

New Music To Delight Your Ears Briefly - Skull Cult

Skull Cult From: Bloomington, Indiana If brevity truly is the soul of wit then 2017 promises to be a very witty year. After last night's post featuring the short, sharp songs of Beyond the Wall tonight's featured band Skull Cult are just as sharp, just as short and a tad louder. Show More Summary

Grime Pioneer Wiley Has Nothing Left To Prove

The veteran grime MC/producer Wiley and I are the same age: 37. Old enough to be old as fuck but young enough to feel like you're only starting to figure things out. But grime is such a young and fluid and fast-moving genre that you can be 37 and claim Chuck Berry status. Wiley pretty…

Watch Jim James Sing “The World’s Smiling Now” On James Corden

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James released his solo album Eternally Even last fall, and last night he turned up as the musical guest on James Corden's Late Late Show. On the show, he sang the jazzy album track "The World's Smiling Now," and he also wore gigantic sunglasses that made weird eyebrow-shaped shadows on…

Hear An Early Version Of Soundgarden’s “Beyond The Wheel” From Ultramega OK Deluxe Reissue

Soundgarden's 1988 album, Ultramega OK, will be reissued by Sub Pop in March, and today the band debuted an early version of "Beyond The Wheel." It's one of six early recordings that will appear on the album's remixed, expanded edition. This version was recorded in 1987 on an 8-track by Jack Endino and Chris Hanzsek…

Kelly Lee Owens – “Anxi” (Feat. Jenny Hval)

Back in 2015, London producer Kelly Lee Owens released a throbbing rework of Jenny Hval's "Kingsize," a move which clearly defined both her influences and her own brooding techno aesthetic. Now Hval is featured on the lead single from Owens self-titled debut album, which is the follow-up to her thumping EP Oleic from last year.

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - January 18, 2017

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. Kindred: A Graphic Novel...

Copyright © 2015 Regator, LLC