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Stream SOPHIE’s Full Boiler Room Set

Earlier today, SOPHIE teamed with A. G. Cook for the single “Hey QT,” which is one of the best new songs you can hear right now. That song debuted during dance night in Los Angeles at the Boiler Room last weekend, which also included a DJ set by SOPHIE. Now you can stream that entire [...]

See Rick Rubin Cold Chillin’ In An Ice Bucket For His ALS Challenge

It was Eminem who finally put Rick Rubin up to the ice-bucket challenge, and not surprisingly, the producer/guru decided to take the whole thing to the next level. Rubin filled an entire bathtub with ice water, climbed in with just a bathing suit on, and then had several buckets poured over his his head. He [...]

Pearls Negras – “Make It Last” Video

The three teenage lady-rappers of Brazil’s Pearls Negras are those kids you’re not cool enough to hang with, but really really would like to, or at least glean some fashion advice from. “Make It Last” is one of the six deliciously bouncy tracks on their debut mixtape, Biggie Apple, which was released earlier this year. [...]

Stream Ballet School The Dew Lasts An Hour

We named Ballet School a Band To Watch because their winterfresh guitar-music-disguised-as-keyboard-music was sleek, stylish, and — above all else — a rush. The Berlin trio demonstrated their future-pop mastery on recent singles “Cherish” and “Lux,” and now the album from whence they came is streaming online in full. Stream The Dew Lasts An Hour [...]

Songs: Ohia – “Ring The Bell – Working Title: Depression No. 42?

The late Jason Molina’s music continues to reach new weary hearts by way of Secretly Canadian’s reissue campaign. Following last year’s deluxe Magnolia Electric Company will be Didn’t It Rain, one of Songs: Ohia’s most treasured confessionals. As with the previous reissue, this one will be accompanied by a bonus disc of demos. Today the [...]

Book Notes - Matthea Harvey "If the Tabloids Are True What Are You?"

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...


It’s understandable that LVL UP haven’t released an album in three years, as they’ve been busy as hell running their label, Double Double Whammy, but that’s not all. The Brooklyn-based band has been working on their forthcoming Hoodwink’d for the last couple years, and the results are seriously exciting. We already heard “Soft Power,” and [...]

Stream Yob Clearing The Path To Ascend

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the new album from Oregon doom trio Yob, Clearing The Path To Ascend, and rather than repost my entire review here, I’ll leave you with the two sentences that matter: “Yob are the best doom band in the world today, and Clearing The Path To Ascend is the [...]

Stream Swet Shop Boys Swet Shop EP

When I spoke with Heems over the winter, he mentioned an upcoming EP with British actor Riz Ahmed (AKA Riz MC) under the name Sweatshop Boys. Turns out they’re spelling it Swet Shop Boys (pun), and their Swet Shop EP is out in the world now. Here’s what Heems had to say about it back [...]

Stream Interpol El Pintor

NYC post-goth now-trio Interpol announced their “comeback” album, El Pintor, at the beginning of this summer. They’ve already premiered a couple really good new songs, “All The Rage Back Home” and “Ancient Ways, “and today, they unveil the rest. El Pintor is streaming in full over at NPR — give it a listen and let [...]

Stream Krieg Transient (Stereogum Premiere)

It’s been a weird year for Neill Jameson, aka Imperial, the man behind the seminal American black metal project Krieg. If you follow the guy on Facebook, you know he’s constantly dealing with bullshit, and that has increased exponentially over the last few weeks. He works in this record store in New Jersey, whose customers [...]

More From The LA Underground

After delving in the long undergrowth of the LA Underground last week I uncovered a lot more than the five bands I featured in last weeks post (Going Underground #22). So here are five more LA bands that you really need to hear and one you should already have heard.... Show More Summary

This Is The Ether: Reintroducing Merchandise

When you drive through Tampa’s Seminole Heights neighborhood, you will pass an endless collection of gas stations and strip malls, the latter seeming to surrender their final delayed breath into the aqueous Florida air. You will pass a laundromat whose wan teal sign looks as if it hasn’t been touched since the 1950s. You will [...]

listen to SOPHIE’s Boiler Room LA set

So many new SOPHIE jams in this set. Not sure we’re ready for GvsB IV:... Read more »

London Grammar – “Strong (Claude VonStroke Remix)”

“Strong” is one of the highlights from last year’s London Grammar debut, If You Wait, centered around a characteristically strong vocal performance from Hannah Reid, diffuse drumming, and xx-style guitar licks. The song serves as their next single and is highlighted with a remix EP featuring remixes by Evian Christ and Claude VonStroke. We’ve already [...]

2:54 – “In The Mirror”

The gothy, dreamy, doomy British sister act 2:54 are coming back this fall with their new album The Other I, and that’s good news, since their rich and retro sound is about as autumnal as it gets. We’ve already posted the majestic first single “Orion,” and now they’ve shared the heavy, churning follow-up “In The [...]

This Week's Interesting Music Releases - August 26, 2014

Gemma Ray's Milk for Your Motors and Ty Segall's Manipulator are the two new albums I can most recommend this week. Archival releases include a remastered edition of The Unicorns' Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?. What...

Merely – princess hervor

[merely's Nirvana is out next month on Sincerely Yours]

QT – “Hey QT”

It was only a matter of time before PC Music began seeping into the major-label world, and now SOPHIE and A. G. Cook’s collaborative project QT has made its debut via XL Recordings. The song was debuted during a show at the Boiler Room in Los Angeles last Friday (which included live sets from Oneohtrix [...]

Stream Jeezy Seen It All

Atlanta drug-rap motivational speaker Jeezy has now made five proper studio albums, as well as a neverending string of mixtapes. As far as the album-albums go, all of them are good, and a couple of them are great. Seen It All, Jeezy’s latest, is more in the “good” column than in the “great” one, but [...]

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