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Warren Franklin & The Founding Fathers – “Please Return” (Stereogum Premiere)

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 [...]

Album Sales Hit Another All Time Low

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 [...]

Preview Three More Songs From The Drums’ Encyclopedia In A Funny Teaser Video (Stereogum Premiere)

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 [...]

Broken Bells – “Control” Video

Broken Bells like to add a dose of sci-fi levity to their music videos; consider, for example, the intergalactic adventures of their “Holding On For Life” clip. But the band’s new video for “Control” is the first time they’ve gone full-on Fox Mulder with it, patching together footage of crop circles and UFO encounters and [...]

Hear Diddy’s 16-Year-Old Remix Of Smashing Pumpkins’ “Ava Adore”

Oh man, 1998. Sean Combs, then a celebrated producer and tolerated MC known as “Puff Daddy,” was the hottest property in rap music; his Biggie-eulogizing ’97 LP No Way Out was well on its way to selling 7 million copies. The Smashing Pumpkins, meanwhile, were the hottest property in “alternative rock”; they were set to [...]

Wishbone – “School Of Fish” (Stereogum Premiere)

Earlier this month, we posted “I Make Sense,” an eccentric and wobbly piece of garage-psych from Phil Hartunian’s solo project Follies. That song will appear on an upcoming split with Wishbone, a full band made up of Hartunian, high school friend Jasper McMahon, and Harriet drummer Henry Kwapis. If “School Of Fish” is any indication, [...]

Zola Jesus – “Dangerous Days” Video

Zola Jesus returns this fall with the new album Taiga, and its first single, “Dangerous Days,” is a sweeping and beautiful piece of starry-eyed synthpop that couldn’t possibly be further from the gothic scrape-noise that Nika Roza Danilova started out making. In the new “Dangerous Days” video, we see Danilova singing by mountain lakes, on [...]

Literature – “Kites” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Literature’s new Chorus (which you can stream here) is a record that really earns the adjective “kaleidoscopic.” Their music is lovingly indebted to ’60s pop, while being in tune with the jangling textures of ’80s bands mining that same sound, but it’s also a record that sounds right at home with indie rock in the [...]

Premature Evaluation: Interpol El Pintor

Does the world need another Interpol album? I ask because El Pintor is best described as “another Interpol album.” This is objectively true in the sense that it is an album, and it is by Interpol, and there were others before it. It also feels subjectively true because El Pintor’s predecessors were already becoming difficult [...]

Watch Bob Mould Absolutely Kick Ass On Kimmel

The former Hüsker Dü/Sugar frontman Bob Mould is a punk rock legend, and it turns out that he’s also really, really great at performing on late-night TV talk shows. Remember when he ripped through “I Don’t Know You Anymore” on Conan? Jesus. Ridiculous. Last night, Mould was on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and he once again [...]

Stream Los Angeles Police Department’s Debut Album

When we named Ryan Pollie’s project Los Angeles Police Department a Band To Watch earlier this month, I had this to say about his debut album: “It’s built on regret, on making mistakes, or perhaps the even greater pain of not doing anything at all. There’s talk of caving too soon, of letting go, of [...]

CMJ Music Marathon 2014 Announces Initial Lineup

This year’s CMJ Music Marathon is once again coming to venues around New York City 10/21-25, which means countless music nerds around NYC will, once again, be getting nowhere near enough sleep. (Thankfully, it won’t overlap with the Village Halloween Parade this year, which means you won’t have to cuss softly to yourself when a [...]

Watch Arcade Fire Perform With Mavis Staples In Chicago

Two nights ago, Arcade Fire played the first night of a two-night stand at Chicago’s United Center, and they marked the occasion by covering Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love.” Last night, they upped the ante, inviting the Chicago soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples to the stage for a couple of songs during their [...]

listen to TOPS’ new LP Picture You Staring

TOPS‘ Picture You Staring is out next week on Arbutus [via Dazed]

New Bonnie “Prince” Billy Album Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues Out Next Month

Bonnie “Prince” Billy, aka Will Oldham, has announced the release of a new album called Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues, out September 23rd via Drag City. Here’s the album description from the label’s website: “At the locus of five corners, mythos is in the wind; a sea of tongues boils forth, mountains spurting forth [...]

Martin Scorsese Attached To Ramones Biopic

The 40th anniversary of the Ramones’ debut album is coming up in 2016 and the estate that controls the band’s image has a lot in the works. In an interview with Billboard, Ramones estate co-manager Jeff Jampol shed some light on new plans that they have coming up. Most exciting is a fictional film about [...]

Fox Is Making A Sitcom About Rivers Cuomo’s Life

If you’re a Weezer fan, you probably know a little bit about Rivers Cuomo’s college experience: he started at Harvard University in 1995, only a year after the release of The Blue Album, and attended intermittently until he graduated in 2006. Now, his experiences will be turned into a TV show. Cuomo teamed up with [...]

Tricky – “Sun Down” (Feat. Tirzah)

British trip-hopper Tricky has released another new song from his upcoming album Adrian Thaws. Previously, we’ve heard “Lonnie Listen” and “Nicotine Love.” This one’s called “Sun Down” and features vocals from London singer Tirzah, whose responsible for some of the best dance tracks of the past year in the form of No Romance” and “I’m [...]

The Coral Are Releasing A New Album Recorded 8 Years Ago

The Coral went on hiatus back in 2012 and, while they’re still not back together, they will be putting out some unreleased music. Frontman James Skelly announced on Twitter that an album that they recorded eight years ago called Curse Of Love will be out “in the next few weeks.” The album features “Wrapped in [...]

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