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Napalm Death – “Cesspits”

I was just talking to the Black Market guys about how November has been a somewhat slow month for new metal when out of nowhere: a new song from Faith No More, and FIVE SECONDS LATER, a new song from the untouchable British grindcore/death metal gods Napalm Death. “Cesspits” is the first song to be [...]

Faith No More – “Motherfucker”

The great alt-metal band Faith No More announced in September that they were hard at work on a new album to be released in 2015 — their first since 1997?s Album Of The Year — which would be preceded by a Record Store Day 7? with an A-side called “Motherfucker.” (The B-side is a J.G. [...]

Jacques Greene – “After Life After Party”

Montreal DJ Jacques Greene has released a the title track off his new EP, After Life After Party. You’ll probably recognize Greene as the glasses-wearing guy from Azealia Banks’”212” video, but he’s also well known for his fusion of EDM beats with R&B vibes. “After Life After Party” has a slow build, adding varied beats [...]

Lorde Explains Why She Insulted Diplo’s Penis

Lorde already seemed to be everywhere all the time, but ever since she took on this Hunger Games soundtrack it’s been Lorde, Lorde, Lorde, all the day long. That said, she also drew headlines last week for tweeting about Kim Kardashian’s ass and Diplo’s penis, so there’s that. She addressed the latter in a new [...]

Hear Arcade Fire’s Jeremy Gara & Richard Reed Parry On Damian Abraham’s Podcast

Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham has released his second installment of Turned Out A Punk, the podcast in which he talks with fellow punk-enthusiasts. This week he sat down with Arcade Fire’s Jeremy Gara and Richard Reed Parry to talk about growing up listening to punk, shows they’ve loved, and secret crushes on Paul Rudd. The [...]

Wu-Tang Clan – “Necklace”

The assembled forces of the Wu-Tang Clan are due to make their big return in a few weeks with their long-awaited reunion album A Better Tomorrow, and we’ve already heard tracks like “Ron O’Neal” and “Ruckus In B Minor.” “Necklace,” the latest track the group has shared, is a woozy, stumbling psych-rap lurch with dense, [...]

SZA – “Sobriety”

I was pretty underwhelmed by SZA’s major label debut Z after getting excited over the promise of her early string of singles and EPs. Something just didn’t connect with me there, but I’m really feeling “Sobriety,” a new single that the up-and-comer dropped yesterday. She’s leaning into her funkier side, sounding almost like a more [...]

Kevin Gates – “Out The Mud” Video

Next month, the fearsome Louisiana rapper Kevin Gates releases his new Luca Brasi 2 mixtape out into the world, and he’s already shared early tracks “Reasonable Suspicion,” “Crazy,” and the August Alsina collab “I Don’t Get Tired.” Now Gates has a video for another new song, the full-bodied drug-dealing anthem “Out The Mud.” Jerome D [...]

Leonard Cohen – “Suzanne” (From Live In Dublin) (Stereogum Premiere)

Leonard Cohen’s Live In Dublin concert film is coming soon on DVD and Blu-ray, and he’s previewing it today with some striking audio from the performance. Recorded at 02 Arena in September 2013, the Cohen classic “Suzanne” is rendered here with nimble guitar work, soothing backup vocals, and a gorgeous swell of strings, all topped [...]

Viet Cong – “Continental Shelf” Video (NSFW)

Next year, Viet Cong, the new band from the former Women members Matt Flegel and Mike Wallace, will release their self-titled full-length debut. Their new video for first single “Continental Shelf” is an ominous and creepy thing, a collection of context-free shots of masked women and angry dogs and disembodied werewolf hands. There’s nudity in [...]

Tobias Jesso Jr. Played His Fourth Show Ever In Someone’s Kitchen Last Night

It’s always a little bit nerve-racking seeing an artist perform live for the first time, especially one that’s been garnering a lot of hype on the internet. With only three readily available songs to his name (two of which are demos) and a list of producers for his debut album that include some of the [...]

Interpol Have Been Trapped In A Buffalo Snowstorm For 40 Hours

Interpol played the Newport Music Hall in Columbus on Monday, the same day snow covered much of the Midwest for the first time this season. It was a pretty scene here in Central Ohio, but further north the snow was way more intense. En route to Tuesday’s show in Toronto the band got held up [...]

Damon Albarn’s Africa Express Pays Tribute To Terry Riley’s “In C”

Africa Express is Damon Albarn’s project that brings together Western musical luminaries (Brian Eno, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner, Albarn himself) with Malian musicians. Last year, they released the Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes album. Show More Summary

Colleen Green – “Pay Attention” (Stereogum Premiere)

Last night Colleen Green debuted a new song called “Pay Attention” as part of the Sub Pop and Hardly Art’s weeklong takeover of Last Call With Carson Daly. It’s the lead single from I Want To Grow Up, Green’s first studio album after a fruitful home-recorded discography, coming this February on Hardly Art. She created [...]

WORD Bookstores Books of the Week - November 19, 2014

In the Largehearted Word series, the staff of Brooklyn's WORD bookstore highlights several new books released this week. WORD Bookstores are independent neighborhood bookstores in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Jersey City, New Jersey. Our primary goal is to be whatever...

Watch Chvrches Rework “The Mother We Share” In Moog Sound Labs

Chvrches released their debut full-length The Bones of What You Believe over a year ago, but the Scottish synth-pop trio are still riding on what was one of the best albums of 2013. Chvrches reworked and performed the record’s lead track, “The Mother We Share,” at the Moog factory in Asheville, North Carolina. The video [...]

Six Organs Of Admittance – “Wax Chance”

For years, Ben Chasny has been recording way-out instrumental guitar pieces as Six Organs Of Admittance. And for his new album Hexadic, Chasny invented a whole new system of musical composition, which he’s calling the Hexadic System. According to Chasny, he based “the tonal fields, chord changes, scales, and lyrics” of the album around this [...]

TOONS – “Sittin’ Back” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

The New York-based band TOONS released their self-titled debut earlier this year, an undeniably sunny collection of tracks that re-imagine goofy rock tropes. TOONS are fronted by Lost Boy?’s Davey Jones, accompanied by members of BOYTOY and Baked. The video for “Sittin’ Back,” directed by Séamus McGuire, is a semi-sarcastic, endearing homage to The Brady [...]

26 Essential Songs From The NYC Rock Resurgence

Mainstream American rock music, as you might recall, was in rough shape in the late ’90s. The Alt-Nation era had run out of road for the most part, giving way to legions of awful post-grunge and nu-metal bands soundtracking extreme energy-drink commercials and extreme-sports video games. These were dark times. This was at a time [...]

Watch Metallica Play Their Goofiest Song On The Late Late Show

Metallica are currently in the midst of a week-long run on Craig Ferguson’s just-about-to-end Late Late Show. On their first night on the show, Metallica returned to their thrash roots, busting out the classic Kill ’Em All opener “Hit The Lights.” Last night, they went a profoundly different direction. For whatever reason, they played “Fuel,” [...]

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