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Van Halen To Play Jimmy Kimmel In First U.S. TV Performance With David Lee Roth

It seems literally impossible that a DLR-fronted version of Van Halen have never before performed live on American television, but apparently that’s the case, because the band’s upcoming two-night stand on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live is being touted as “Van Halen’s first U.S. television performance with original lead singer David Lee Roth.” How is that […]

The Strokes Saw Bowfinger To Calm Down Before Their First Gig

The Guardian interviewed guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. and producer Gordon Raphael for a new feature about the early days of the Strokes, and it includes some interesting tidbits. For instance: Hammond explains that before playing their first show, the band was so nervous that they decided to calm down by seeing the Eddie Murphy/Steve Martin […]

Hudson Mohawke – “Very First Breath” (Feat. Irfane)

Last weekend I watched Scottish DJ/producer Hudson Mohawke close out the Fader Fort — the hottest ticket at SXSW thanks to free drinks and rampant surprise guests in addition to the generally high quality of the lineup — and he blew me away even though his buddy Kanye West never showed up like the whole […]

Damaged Bug – “The Mirror”

John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees has a synthesizer side project called Damaged Bug — this guy is good at naming bands. (See also: Coachwhips, Pink And Brown, Yikes, Sword And Sandals, the Hospitals, and Dig That Up, It’s Alive.) Anyway, Dwyer previously released Hubba Bubba last year under the Damaged Bug name, and he’s […]

tUnE-yArDs – “Wait For A Minute” Video

After making videos for the Nikki Nack singles “Water Fountain” and “Real Thing,” Merrill Garbus’ tUnE-yArDs project has just dropped a new clip for the single “Wait For A Minute.” This one stands as a departure from tUnE-yArDs’ usual madcap technicolor Pee Wee’s Playhouse style, relying instead on disorienting, distorted video effects. It’s busy enough […]

Walleater – “Swallow You”

I grew up in the Northwest, so when I hear ’90s alt rock influences like the ones on Walleater’s “Swallow You” it always initially reminds me of the way grunge music permeated my formative years. Walleater hail from Leeds, though, and they draw more on Swervedriver’s shoegaze than Soundgarden’s foreboding, smoothing out the noisy guitar […]

True Grit

U.G. From: Leicester, England British rapper U.G's Coming of Age in Britain is an impressive piece of gritty street poetry, a stunning reflection of the realities of British life for the young in 2015. From smoking weed and tweetingShow More Summary

Death Grips Announce World Tour

After first trolling the world by not showing up when they said they would, Death Grips are now trolling us by showing up when they said they wouldn’t. Which is to say that they announced their breakup on a napkin last July, and now, nine months and 18 Stereogum posts later, not only do they […]

Stereogum x Exploding In Sound’s Austin Invasion 2015 Yearbook

Congratulations to the SXSW Class Of 2015! We are honored that you could join us at Stereogum x Exploding In Sound’s Austin Invasion this year, and we hope that you cherish the memories we made together. Because you’re all so great, we’ve put together a little yearbook-style recap of the event, and bestowed upon you […]

Album Of The Week: Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

How can something so small and specific sound so huge? A week after Kendrick Lamar made a huge, sprawling, uncompromising album about what it means to be black in America, here comes Courtney Barnett with an album of songs about looking at roadkill or trying to decide whether you want to go out tonight. It’s […]

Birmingham’s Sloss Festival Announces Inaugural Lineup

Alabama is getting a new music festival in the form of Sloss, a new music and arts festival that will take place over two days in Birmingham. The inaugural lineup is led by Modest Mouse, Band Of Horses, Primus, and local soul band St. Paul & the Broken Bones. The fest also promises that another […]

Outside Lands 2015 Lineup

Outside Lands has just announced the lineup for the eighth iteration of the San Francisco-based festival. This year’s headliners are Elton John, Mumford & Sons, and the Black Keys, and other top draws include Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, D’Angelo And The Vanguard, and St. Vincent. The rest of the lineup is made up of […]

Algiers – “Irony. Utility. Pretext.” Video

After “But She Was Not Flying” and “Blood,” I didn’t expect gospel-electro-noise-punk anomaly Algiers to release something for the club. But the drum-machine rhythm and house melody that drive “Irony. Utility. Pretext.” are undeniably dance-floor ready. Show More Summary

Cuushe – Daze

Japan’s Cuushe unveils another hypnotic track from her excellent new “noir storybook” / EP, Night... Read more »

Stream Faith Healer Cosmic Troubles

On the opening track for Faith Healer’s debut record Cosmic Troubles, Jessica Jalbert clutches onto the train of “Sweet Jane“‘s dress and drags her down into an anti-drug PSA. It’s the perfect opener for an album that’s riddled with sly, self-deprecating references to classic, bluesy acts like the Velvet Underground, the Band, and ’60s lo-fi […]

Stream Only Real Jerk At The End Of The Line

Imagine if Mike Skinner, better known as the Streets, had somehow been the frontman of Lit, of “Steal My Sunshine” fame. That’s pretty much the vibe of Only Real, the slurry-goofy UK sing-rap trickster. We’ve posted his “Can’t Get Happy” and “Cadillac Girl” videos. And next week, he’ll release his full-length Jerk At The End […]

Brian Wilson – “Sail Away” (Feat. Al Jardine & Blondie Chaplin)

Brian Wilson, the erratic genius who made the Beach Boys great, has been working on a new collab-heavy solo album called No Pier Pressure, and we’ve heard the early single “The Right Time.” The new song “Sail Away” reunites Wilson with his former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, recreating some of the […]

Q&A: NEEDS On Their Debut Self-Titled LP + “Rescue Don” (Stereogum Premiere)

Vancouver is a city that boasts one of the highest costs of living in Canada and has more musicians trying to make things work within its boundaries than there is room for. NEEDS is a five-piece hardcore band facing the seemingly impossible task of carving out their own space within the city’s disparate music scene, […]

Stream Follakzoid III

Although the title might deceptively imply that this is Follakzoid’s third album, III is actually the follow-up to their 2013 debut II. We’ve previously heard “Electric” from the album, but now the entire four-song release is available to stream. The Chilean psych rock group, composed of Diego Lorca, Juan Pablo Rodriguez, and Domingo Garcia-Huidobro, make […]

Stream The Staves If I Was (Stereogum Premiere)

If I Was is an album about coming undone and all the possibilities that pass before your eyes while you’re unraveling. It’s the second full-length album from the Staves, a trio of English sisters whose voices caught the ear of Justin Vernon. The Bon Iver founder not only produced their album but also worked with […]

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