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Watch TV On The Radio Perform “Happy Idiot” on Letterman

TV On The Radio just put out their new album Seeds — which we think is pretty good — and they stopped by Letterman to perform “Happy Idiot” for the show. Tunde Adebimpe looks stylish in what appears to be a one-piece jumpsuit and the rockers give it their all for the performance. Letterman seems [...]

Watch Metallica Finish Their Week-Long Residency On Ferguson

Metallica rounded out their residency on Ferguson with a performance of “Sad But True” from their 1991 self-titled record. The band has been on the show all week and have played some of their best songs, including “Hit The Lights,”" Fuel,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” and “Enter The Sandman.” After all these years, Metallica [...]

Watch Weezer Play “Go Away” Acoustic With MS MR’s Lizzy Plapinger

Weezer and MS MR’s Lizzy Plapinger got together to play a stripped down version of “Go Away” at the SiriusXM studios. The track was co-written and originally sung by Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino for Everything Will Be Alright In The End, but Plapinger serves as a fine substitute. Watch them perform together below. Everything Will [...]

Beyoncé – “7/11? Video

The platinum edition of Beyoncé’s self-titled album drops next week, and the pop star has shared a video for “7/11,” one of two new songs that are included in the release. The video starts off with Beyoncé dancing on a balcony with a Kale University sweater on and follows her through some rooms in various [...]

Streaming Music Is Like “Killing Elephants For Their Tusks” Says Blink-182 Guy

Everyone seems to want to voice their opinion on the merits of streaming music following Taylor Swift’s decision to pull her albums from Spotify. The latest to chime in is Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge and he made a pretty weird comparison in a new interview with Faster Louder. “I tell people condoning streaming is like [...]

Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

This week we looked at 26 bands from the NYC rock resurgence of the ’00s (i.e., the bands that were cool when I started this blog 75 years ago). Meanwhile, several bands that were popular 20 years ago — Soundgarden, Faith No More, the Smashing Pumpkins — released surprisingly strong tracks. Chumped’s Teenage Retirement was [...]

Watch of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes Cover “Moonage Daydream” & “Hang Onto Yourself” At MCA Chicago’s “David Bowie Is” Exhibit

David Bowie’s career retrospective David Bowie Is made its U.S. debut at the Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago just about two months ago when it kicked off with an official “David Bowie Day.” In that time, it’s become a hotspot for celebrities to visit while in the city: Usher brought his kids there this week, [...]

America’s Pear Farmers Thank Rick Ross

Rick Ross lost some weight recently thanks to a fruit-heavy diet (RossFit isn’t real, unfortunately), and when he proclaimed his love of pears to an interviewer last summer, he instantly became the stuff of Vine legend. Rozay’s “Shout out to all the pear” quote became one of 2014?s biggest memes — never mind that Ross [...]

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

As we settle into winter and the year begins to wind down, there are fewer new releases to talk about a whole lot of old ones to dig through. This week brought in an array of singles suggesting that 2015 has some exciting releases to look forward to. There might even be a new Pusha [...]

Chromatics – “White Light”

A truly beautiful new Chromatics song has emerged to usher us into the weekend. “White Light” sounds like its title suggests, all soft tones and ethereal glimmers. Ruth Radelet’s sighing melodies here might as well be moonbeams. It’s a gorgeous piece of work; we owe Johnny Jewel our gratitude for continuing to clear out his [...]

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Run The Jewels and Arca and Belle & Sebastian and a generous handful of other artists made really good videos this week, and I couldn’t find room for any of them. There were too many good videos this week. This is one of those weeks where everything in the top 5 is straight fire, though [...]

Watch 6 Songs From Showtime’s Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued Starring Jim James, Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, & More

The all-star Bob Dylan tribute band known as the New Basement Tapes released Lost On The River, their album of refurbished Dylan songwriting scraps, earlier this month. Tonight at 9 p.m. EST Showtime will air Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued, a special in which the band — featuring Jim James, Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, [...]

James Murphy Will Drum For Reunited NYC Art-Punks Dungbeetle This Weekend

Before James Murphy was an ultra-hip DJ, he was a punk. This weekend he’ll go back to those roots by sitting in on drums for NYC art-punks Dungbeetle at their reunion show. The reunion is taking place Saturday at the release party for the latest issue of Radio Silence at Le Poisson Rouge. Stephin Merritt, [...]

Skrillex – “Fuck That” Video (Dir. Nabil)

Hiro Murai has been seriously challenging Nabil’s stranglehold on the whole Best Video Director In The World thing this year, but here’s another strong entrant from Nabil. Skrillex recruited the director to turn his minimal uptempo Recess track “Fuck That” — OK, relatively minimal; the wub-wubs are barely perceptible! — into a street-fighting saga that [...]

Book Notes - Sean Manning, Jack Pendarvis, Heather Havrilesky, Phil Hanrahan, Laura Lippman, Emily Chenoweth "Come Here Often?"

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...

Watch Sky Ferreira Debut New Material & Cover Hole’s “Asking For It” With DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith

Sky Ferreira debuted new material at the Belasco Theater in L.A. last night. She also brought DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith on stage for a cover of Hole’s “Asking For It.” Additionally, Ferreira told Billboard that she’s working with Night Time, My Time producers Ariel Rechtshaid and Justin Raisen again on her next album as well [...]

Waves of Emotion

Circa Waves From: Liverpool, England Warning this review may contain some scouse musical stereotypes. See if you can find them all. There are no prizes it's just for fun. Wednesday 19th November was my first time visiting Heaven as you might expect from The Devil and I got a little bit lost. Show More Summary

mp3: Chromatics – White Light

Johnny Jewel keeps the hits coming with another previously unreleased Chromatics track, the dreamy, slow-burning... Read more »

YouTube Music Awards Will Return Next Year

YouTube inaugurated its Music Awards show last year but took a hiatus in 2014 after experiencing minimal viewership. Today, YouTube announced that the show will return in 2015 with a new priority: to make music “the headline act.” It seemed like an overwhelming feeling of discomfort was the headliner last year (Chris described the show [...]

The Smashing Pumpkins – “Drum + Fife”

Earlier this week, the Smashing Pumpkins released the fantastic “Tiberius,” the third single from their upcoming Monuments To An Elegy. As far as I’m concerned, that song was the single best thing Billy Corgan has done since Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness. (IMO, the first two Monuments singles, “Being Beige” and “One And All,” [...]

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