Ariana Grande’s sophomore set My Everything, out this week, is part of at least two long legacies. The more obvious of those is the tradition of children’s TV stars stepping into the industry machine and walking out pop stars on the other side. The album is exceptional for what it is — a compendium of [...]
Sea Oleena will soon release an album titled Shallow, though her new single, “If I’m,” sounds anything but. It’s a wonderfully atmospheric piece that stretches the definition of a singer-songwriter to its most ambient and spacious limit. Oleena’s work has been deservedly compared to Grouper’s most song-oriented material, but “If I’m” weaves in some snapping [...]
SOHN is a British-born and Vienna-based dance producer who got some shine for remixing Disclosure and who released his debut album Tremors earlier this year. Today, he’s shared a non-album loosie called “The Chase,” a warm, bubbling synth-soul track with some lovely adult-contempo vocals and a strong sense of atmosphere. Give it a listen below. [...]
Shakey Graves is loved by HearYa cult member, SafariMan like no other. When he lived in Austin, SafariMan stalked Shakey around the greater Austin metro area seeing him every venue imaginable. Shakey Graves shook off SafariMan long enough to record a follow-up to the excellent Roll The Bones. It is called And The War Came [...]
Win Butler never met a Canadian celebrity basketball game he didn’t want to take part in, and next month, he’ll share the court with some fellow indie rock heavy hitters at this year’s Pop Vs. Jock charity game. The game is an annual part of the Pop Montreal festival, and both Win and Will Butler [...]
Experimental guitarist Luke Wyatt aka Torn Hawk might get the award for most accurate song title of the week. “I’m Flexible,” the first single off his upcoming Let’s Cry And Do Push Ups At The Same Time, mangles synths, drum machines, and guitar playing in the same way he has through many releases, but here [...]
A Portland chef has created a nine-course meal as an homage to author Haruki Murakami. Bruce Springsteen has co-authored a children's book. PopMatters previewed September's new music releases. The Daily Express listed the best books about serial killers. Paste listed...
Have you ever watched Fullmetal Alchemist? I haven’t! Luckily, I had Jordan Lee — the mind behind the beautiful chamber-folk band Mutual Benefit — to tell me all about the series, and his experience watching it with his little brother. (It’s sort of like Disney’s Life-Size, with Lindsay Lohan and Tyra Banks? Except anime, and [...]
Last year, the Boston band (and Band To Watch) Krill landed a spot on our list of the Best New Bands Of 2013 on the strength of their album Lucky Leaves. More recently the band explored the concept album in miniature with the EP Steve Hears Pile In Malden And Bursts Into Tears, which amplified [...]
Every day, Daily Downloads offers 10 free and legal mp3 downloads. Today's free and legal mp3 downloads: Dylan Jakobsen: Stateline EP [mp3] Josh Hoover: Sampler album [mp3] Liz Frame: "Sooner" [mp3] Rice Cultivation Society: "Cellphone" [mp3] Robyn Cage: Tales of...
As the former frontman of LCD Soundsystem, James Murphy has earned enough goodwill that he can spend the rest of his life farting around with film scores and coffee, and nobody will have any right to get mad about it. Murphy’s latest project is very much in the farting-around category, but it’s pretty interesting in [...]
London band the History Of Apple Pie are getting ready to release their new album, Feel Something, and today they share a new single titled “Jamais Vu.” It follows “Tame” and “Don’t You Wanna Be Mine?”, the latter of which came out as a standalone single last year. The new song’s title refers to the [...]
So, here we are on August 28th and I have neeeeearly made it through another Pale Imitation Festival. Nearly. We still have tonight’s awesome show with eagleowl, Ian Humberstone and Smackvan, and then the closing party on Saturday with PAWS, Halfrican and Et Tu Brute! and then I will sleep for a week, and lock […]
Zola Blood are back with another exciting groove in the shape of Meridian Zola Blood – Meridian was originally published on The Blue Walrus.
Back in March, I wrote about the band High Spirits, and the man behind High Spirits, Chicago’s Chris Black. Black is a prolific and versatile musician who contributes to lots of bands, most notably the three acts which are more or less his and only his: High Spirits, Superchrist, and Dawnbringer. Dawnbringer is the most [...]
The former members of the British band Lostprophets have, uh, been through some shit since their ex-singer went to prison for sex offenses so vile that they’re hard to think about. But the other members of the band stayed together, forming a new group called No Devotion with former Thursday sing-screamer and current United Nations [...]
We are not exactly hurting for new Young Thug music. Tomorrow, in fact, 1017 Brick Squad will release 1017 Thug 3, a new collection of music that Thug recorded before he was estranged from Gucci Mane’s old label. 1017 Thug 2, which came a couple of months ago, was the same kind of deal. The [...]
Illinois-based band Warren Franklin & The Founding Fathers are releasing a split EP next month with Mikey Erg of the late and great New Jersey punk band The Ergs. On it, there’s one original track from each artist and they also both cover one of each other’s songs. “Please Return” is the Warren Franklin original [...]
Could someone ask Adele to hurry up with that new album? Because the music business needs it now more than ever. Billboard reports that the U.S. record-buying public paid money for just 3.97 million albums last week, which means record sales for this week are the lowest they’ve ever been in a single week since [...]
Earlier this month the Drums previewed snippets of three new songs from Encyclopedia, their first album in four years, in a neat little sampler video. Today they’ve unveiled another such video, and in addition to the promising musical content, there’s some light comedy (dramedy?) featuring Drums members Jacob Graham and Jonathan Pierce. Hear parts of [...]