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Here Are The 2015 MTV VMA Performers

MTV has just announced that Pharrell, Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tori Kelly, A$AP Rocky, Twenty One Pilots, and the Weeknd will be performing at the Video Music Awards on Sunday, with more performers to be revealed over the course of the next few days. Watch the video announcement below. The 2015 #VMA performers […]

Potty Mouth – “Cherry Picking” Video

We named Potty Mouth’s latest single, “Cherry Picking,” one of the best songs of the week at the beginning of the month, and now the Western Mass-based band has presented us with an accompanying video. The Eliel Ford-directed short features members of the band coaxing one of their players out of bed in order to […]

Chris Christie Wrote An Essay For Born To Run’s 40th Anniversary

I spent this past weekend back in Jersey, where I grew up for the last 22 years, oblivious to the fact that Born to Run would be turning 40 this week. First, a night getting drunk in Asbury Park, followed by a party with college friends where the playlist inevitably trended towards Springsteen — an […]

Glenn Danzig To Guest On Portlandia

Wanna feel old? Portlandia is currently in its sixth season, and it’s going stronger than ever. Since Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein incorporate about as many special guests into their sardonic PDX-based satire as Taylor Swift’s 1989 tour, they’ve announced another today. Brownstein tweeted this telling picture of herself, Armisen, and Danzig decked out in […]

Yelawolf Defends The Confederate Flag

If you know anything about Yelawolf, you know he’s a white rapper from Alabama, so the news that he is down with the Confederate flag shouldn’t come as a total surprise. And yet! At a time when governments across the South are choosing to retire the age-old Civil War battle banner because of its racist […]

Hear Prince’s New Alternate Version Of “This Could B Us” From HITNRUN

Earlier this month, Prince announced that his new album, HITNRUN, will debut exclusively on Tidal, after he pulled his music from all other streaming services. The meme-inspired “This Could B Us” is not a new song — it originally appeared on Prince’s 2014 album Art Official Age — but its production has been reimagined for […]

Stream Silicon Personal Computer

Silicon’s new album, Personal Computer, is a commentary on our tech-addicted contemporary surroundings, as demonstrated by the singles “God Emoji,” “Burning Sugar,” and “Cellphone.” But while the New Zealander’s album could be a dark, alienating electronic work, Personal Computer is an inviting experiment in funky electro-pop. Show More Summary

Superchunk – “Born To Run” (Bruce Springsteen Cover)

Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run is 40 years old today, and we’re all celebrating the best way we know how. In Stereogum’s case, we ran a thoughtful essay about the album’s impact. Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan, meanwhile, dredged up an old live recording of his band’s triumphant “Born To Run” cover. Some details via SoundCloud: […]

The Bradford Cox Revue: Deerhunter Announce Tour With Atlas Sound

Deerhunter have announced North American tour dates in support of their eagerly anticipated Fading Frontier. The jaunt, which is sandwiched around previously announced European dates, will find frontman Bradford Cox pulling double duty: His solo project Atlas Sound is the opening act. Check out the dates below via Pitchfork. 10/17 Los Angeles, CA @ The […]

Q&A: Bernard Sumner On New Order’s Music Complete And The Ghosts Of Manchester

Whenever a band as iconic and deeply influential as New Order decides to release a new album, it’s cause for both celebration and concern. For longtime fans (like myself), it’s exciting when a group that has profoundly shaped your musical life for the past 35 or so years decides to put something new into the […]

Sylvan Esso – “Jamie’s Song”

New music comes to us via obscure channels in the late internet era, and today via WNYC’s science podcast, Radiolab, we’ve got a new song from North Carolina dance-pop duo Sylvan Esso. The song they wrote was inspired by one of the stories on the podcast, the somewhat harrowing tale of a girl named Jamie […]

Deafheaven’s New Bermuda Recalls Oasis, Red House Painters, Wilco

Deafheaven’s Sunbather was a masterpiece — it was Stereogum’s second-favorite record of 2013 and my own #1 by a significant margin. I wrote about it a lot, and could have written more. I love that record! The band’s upcoming Sunbather follow-up, New Bermuda, is easily my most anticipated album of 2015 — I almost get […]

Spencer Radcliffe – “Yankee”

Though Spencer Radcliffe’s songs are fragile and fragmentary, they contain entire histories of sound. “Yankee,” for instance, recalls downcast ’90s slowcore, Midwest emo at its most deconstructed, and the meticulous analog lo-fi of the Microphones among other inventive, insular music. Yet Radcliffe is an Artist To Watch because his creative presence is magnetic and his […]

The Good Life – “The Troubadour’s Green Room” Video

Everybody’s Coming Down is the fifth album from Cursive frontman Tim Kasher’s other band the Good Life, but it’s their first in seven years. “The Troubadour’s Green Room” is a wry indie-folker off the record about wonder, expectations and reality, and how they rarely match up. Today they’ve shared a crisp, line-drawn animation by Bryan […]

Kevin Devine – “Lovesong” (The Cure Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

Through his Devinyl Splits subscription series, which got underway at the beginning of this year, Kevin Devine has been spotlighting musicians he’s become friends with over his decade-plus career in the underground rock scene. In the two installments released so far, Nada Surf frontman Matthew Cawes and Devine covered each other, and Perfect Pussy frontwoman […]

Dinosaur Jr. Announce Special 30th Anniversary Shows

Dinosaur Jr. will play a series of shows at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom this December in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their debut album, Dinosaur. The band will play the album in its entirety during each of the six-night run of shows (12/3-12/8) and will then perform a career-spanning setlist. Dinosaur also advertised […]

Chvrches – “Leave A Trace (Four Tet Remix)”

Four Tet has remixed Chvrches’ Every Open Eye lead single “Leave A Trace.” The UK electronic musician opts for a slow buildup on his take, a stark contrast from the trio’s urgent everything-all-the-time style of instrumentation — Lauren Mayberry’s vocals don’t even kick in here until halfway through the seven-minute edit, and even then they’re […]

The Streets Of A Runaway American Dream: Born To Run 40 Years Later

That harmonica peal. It is one of the all-time great opening moments of any album ever, up there with the guitar and deranged growl of “Rocks Off” on Exile On Main St. or the snare hit at the beginning of “Like A Rolling Stone” on Highway 61 Revisited. Springsteen himself once commented on that snare […]

Motörhead – “Sympathy For The Devil” (Rolling Stones Cover)

After so many years in the game, British metal greats Motörhead have barely ever switched up their hearteningly simple attack. But on the rare occasions when we do get to hear Lemmy sing something other than a fast growl, it feels weirdly revelatory. Case in point: The band just released the new album Bad Magic, […]

Book Notes - Brandon Hobson "Desolation of Avenues Untold"

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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