Last week, we reported that the city of Austin had denied Lady Gaga permission to perform on the Doritos stage, a giant vending machine that the company erects right in the middle of downtown Austin, a SXSW landmark you cannot miss. The city had opted not to give Doritos the permit on the entirely reasonable [...]
Every day, Daily Downloads offers 10 free and legal mp3 downloads, plus free and legal live sets from around the internet. Today's free and legal mp3 downloads: Andrew St. James: "A Prayer for East Oakland" [mp3] from Doldrums The Black...
The first full week of February’s best new indie rock songs and albums includes anticipated releases from well-known indie bands we’ve covered extensively over the years, like Xiu Xiu, Broken Bells, Cymbals, and Bombay Bicycle Club. Other bands and artists that we were previously less familiar with, like Water Liars and Juan Wauters, definitely made [...]Show More Summary
James Hinton, better known as the Range, caught a lot of ears last year with unique electronica that is highly syncopated and hyper-melodic, with just the right dabbling of strange samples of people talking. It led to his debut LP Nonfiction getting many comparisons to Aphex Twin’s Richard D. James Album. Later this month the [...]
The best episode of the original Arsenio Hall Show that I ever saw was an early-’90s one where Prince essentially took over the entire show for its full running time, performing a bunch of songs and displaying a mind-boggling level of stagecraft and charisma. He’s doing it again tonight. Tonight’s episode of Arsenio is devoted [...]
The Vivian Girls played their last show ever just a few nights ago, and now that band’s former bassist Katy Goodman is already moving on. This spring, she’ll release Hour Of The Dawn, the third solo album that she’s recorded under the name La Sera. In a press release, Goodman talks about how she didn’t [...]
Swedish band Holograms release the music video for the track “Lay Us Down” from their sophomore album, Forever. The 7-minute, black-and-white video has intense visual moments. It starts with an introduction saturated with the ethereal sounds of a church choir, photographs and fast-forwarded videos flashing on the screen. After a brief quote from the late [...]
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Wild Beasts have been the source of an enormous amount of great music lately. Aside from their outstanding new album, Present Tense, there have been remixes of their songs by such wildly different artists as Factory Floor and The Field, not to mention recent covers of Leonard Cohen and Miley Cyrus. And, of course, they [...]
Summer Camp are a cheery indie-pop duo from Britain who have a habit of making incredibly charming music videos that often subvert the idea of what you might expect from a cheery indie-pop duo from Britain. Whether they’re filming backwards like the Pharcyde, parody news anchors, or performing the most adorably twee kidnapping and murder, [...]
Last month, Phantogram released their new album, Voices, which was preceded by singles “Black Out Days” and “Fall In Love.” The band stopped by Letterman last night to play a song that wasn’t released as a single, “The Day You Died,” which is nonetheless incredibly catchy and worth your time. Watch it below. Voices is [...]
The London producer Fort Romeau has an evocative, atmospheric take on house music that echoes both the genre’s primal mid-’80s Midwestern psychedelic computer-funk beginnings and the young Aphex Twin’s theoretical early-’90s take on same; his 2013 track “Stay True” was a personal favorite. Later this month, he’ll release a new EP called Her Dream, and [...]
Right now, Big K.R.I.T. is in the midst of his “Week Of K.R.I.T.” campaign, in which he offers up a new loose track every day. Things started off with the Rick Ross collab “New Agenda,” and now it continues with K.R.I.T. joining forces with an equally unlikely collaborator. “Lac Lac” is K.R.I.T.’s second encounter with [...]
Edmund was tired. 2% battery life and last night's clothes. Blood thick with sugar like raspberry jam. How meaningless a poker win seemed in the face of this grey morning. The morning seemed to have nothing to offer, it...
HBO’s Game Of Thrones takes on an unlikely hip-hop edge with a mixtape that will feature tracks by Big Boi, Common, and Wale. The mixtape, fittingly titled Catch The Throne, will be released in honor of the show’s season four premiere. The tracks are expected to be posted on Soundcloud around the time the season [...]
In the Largehearted Word series, the staff of Brooklyn's WORD bookstore highlights several new books released this week. WORD Bookstores are independent neighborhood bookstores in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Jersey City, New Jersey. Our primary goal is to be whatever...
Brooklyn synth wizard Oneohtrix Point Never works in a decidedly non-commerical field — queasy drone — but he has still figured out a few interesting ways to get that money. In the past few years, he’s put together a few commissioned musical works for interested parties, and a forthcoming 12? EP will collect three of [...]
One of the most dumbfoundingly awesome live shows I ever saw at SXSW was by British rock trio Esben And The Witch, whose monstrous swirl of noise threatened to chew up and swallow everyone within earshot. Esben’s new black and white performance video for “No Dog,” from their upcoming split 7-inch with Thought Forms, captures [...]
This Record Store Day (April 19), of Montreal will release a remastered vinyl pressing of their excellent 2004 album Satanic Panic In The Attic, whose 10-year anniversary arrives that same month. It will be a double-vinyl release, with the second disc containing unreleased tracks from those sessions, but it will also include something more recent: [...]