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Fraser A. Gorman – Slow Gum (album review)

3 days agoMusic / Indie Music : HearYa

You have to have balls of steel or gobs of talent if you’re going to come off looking like Bob Dylan on your debut album cover. Fraser A. Gorman is a 24 year-old from Melbourne, Australia and while I can’t speak of his balls; I can most certainly speak to his talent. Like fellow Australian [...]

Active Child – “1999” Video

“1999” is the impossibly delicate, nostalgic lead single off Active Child’s new album, Mercy. It sets the tone for a shimmering, shy record that’s got one foot in the past and one finger on the pulse of the future. Pat Gross also shared “Mercy” and “Never Far Away” prior to the album’s release earlier this […]

Watch Beck & Thurston Moore Perform With Cowboys For Doug Aitken’s Station To Station

Last night, Beck appeared at the Barbican Centre in London as part of Doug Aitken’s Station To Station art project. He was responsible for putting together a performance that The Guardian called “part concert, part theatre,” and brought Thurston Moore, Simon Armitage, Jemima Foxtrot, and Luke Wright up on stage to accompany him. The whole […]

Watch Rick Astley Cover “Uptown Funk” At London ’80s Festival

While I am currently listening to the original version of “Uptown Funk” on the newly launched Apple Music, another cover of the ubiquitous Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars track has surfaced. On Saturday, Rick Astley tried his hand at a version of the funky pop song during London’s ’80s-centric festival Let’s Rock London. Of course, the man […]

Stream Scott Bartenhagen Black Dane EP

The first song I heard from Central California songwriter Scott Bartenhagen was “Beacons,” which we premiered a few weeks ago. It’s a peaceful, pastoral track that turns dissonant toward the end in a burst of glowering chords, and the perfect introduction to Bartenhagen’s eclectic folk-jazz style. Today he’s shared the entirety of the Black Dane […]

Mark Ronson – “I Can’t Lose (Lindstrøm Remix)” (Feat. Keyone Starr)

“Uptown Funk!” is great and all, but there’s a lot more than that to Mark Ronson’s laser-focused studio-pop album Uptown Special. One standout is “I Can’t Lose,” an expert piece of roller-rink pop that features the undiscovered R&B singer Keyone Starr. Ronson has now solicited a remix from Hans-Peter Lindstrøm, the Norwegian master of way-out […]

Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) & Steve Reid – “Strings Of Life” (Derrick May Cover)

Before the legendary New York jazz drummer Steve Reid passed away in 2010, Kieran Hebden (bka Four Tet) collaborated with him on a variety of projects. They released three albums — Tongues (2007), NYC (2008), and the posthumous Live At The South Bank (2011) — and at one point covered the Detroit-based producer Derrick May’s […]

Big Talk – “What Happened To Delisa?”

It’s been four years since Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. debuted his solo project, Big Talk. He’s returning this summer with a new album, Straight In No Kissin’, which is preceded by the poppy single “What Happened To Delisa?” It starts off with a Strokes-like guitar riff and vocals, and soon picks up with a […]

Album Of The Week: Vince Staples Summertime ’06

If the cover art of Summertime ’06, the first proper album from the Long Beach rapper Vince Staples, looks familiar to you, that’s not an accident. That Summertime ’06 cover is, of course, the cover of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, tweaked just slightly in that it now recalls ocean waves rather than wavforms or mountains. […]

Mark Kozelek Shares Tribute To Yes’ Chris Squire

Mark Kozelek released the covers compilation Like Rats in 2013, and among the songs included was a re-working of Yes’ 1978 ballad “Onward.” Chris Squire, Yes’ bassist and backing vocalist, passed away at the age of 67 on Sunday after being diagnosed with acute erythroid leukemia less than six weeks before, and Kozelek, who has […]

Glastonbury 2015 Retrospective - Thursday's Highlights and Lowlights

The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts (to give the Festival it's full title) is over and the big clean up has started so it's time to run the roost over the 2015 vintage starting with Thursday. Thursday's Highlights 1. Show More Summary

Ben Browning – “Friends of Mine” Video

Cut Copy bassist Ben Browning released his solo debut Turns a few weeks back, and he’s just shared a video for album track “Friends Of Mine.” It’s a nostalgia-bound look at what goes on in a single apartment, with a cast of characters going about their daily lives with a rote boredom as Browning looks […]

The Black Market – The Month In Metal: June 2015

June was not especially kind to big-name metal bands. Its brightest moment for such acts came courtesy of Iron Maiden, who announced the impending release of their upcoming 16th studio album. It’s good to see Maiden back in action, especially given that vocalist Bruce Dickinson has freshly entered remission from cancer. However, as far as […]

Band To Watch: Aquilo + “Better Off (Body Language Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

When your band’s fourth show ever is at Glastonbury, the pressure is on. Luckily, Aquilo — the project from 20-something Brits Ben Fletcher and Tom Higham — are up for the challenge. The up-and-coming band specializes in making dreamy electronic music that crashes over you like a sonic wave. It’s beautiful and honeyed and full […]

Hear No Devotion’s New Song “Death Rattle” In Permanence Album Trailer

No Devotion emerged from the ruins of the Welsh nu-metal band Lostprophets, who broke up in 2013 when frontman Ian Watkins was charged with and later sentenced to 35 years in prison for child sex offense. Watkins’ crimes definitely damaged the band’s legacy, but in spite of it all, the remaining members of Lostprophets decided […]

Preview John Grant’s Grey Tickles, Black Pressure In A Very Bloody Album Trailer

In 2013, the former Czars frontman John Grant, who’d just come off releasing an Americana album, gave us the fantastic disco-house LP Pale Green Ghosts. And now he’s moving onto something else entirely, recording his new album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure with St. Vincent/Modest Mouse producer John Congleton. We don’t yet know much about it, […]

Ariana Grande – “Break Free (easyFun Remix)”

PC Music has been quiet since the GFOTY controversy a few weeks ago, but they are slowly beginning to break their radio silence. GFOTY started tweeting again a couple of days ago, and the electronic music crew have just put out their latest release, a mix from easyFun. The identity of easyFun is still a […]

ON AN ON – “Icon Love”

ON AN ON are one of those bands that exist because of another band’s failure — that’s my favorite kind. The group’s former band, Scattered Trees, had already booked studio time when they broke up, so Nate Eiesland, Ryne Estwing, and Alissa Ricci took the slot anyway, and went ahead and recorded ON AN ON’s […]

Tamaryn – “Softcore”

Tamaryn has been grinding out psychic glitter-pop for a few years now, but her upcoming third record, Cranekiss, feels like a high water mark for the New Zealand auteur. We’ve heard maximalist desire anthem “Hands All Over Me” — which we named one of the week’s best songs — and the gauzy, careening title track. […]

Book Notes - Bill Hillmann "Mozos"

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...

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