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J Fernandez – “Between The Channels”

Chicago bedroom-pop experimentalist J Fernandez is readying his debut album Many Levels Of Laughter, the follow-up to his excellent Memorize Now EP from 2014. We’ve already heard the MIDI-ridden soother “Read My Mind” and today Fernandez has shared a “Between The Channels,” a mumbly, jangling track that occasionally includes bits of a warm, stunning string […]

Institute – “Cheerlessness”

The members of the band Institute come from the frothing, feral Austin, Texas punk scene; various people in the band also play in groups like Glue, Back To Black, and Wiccans. But on their own, Institute make a nervy, irradiated sort of garage-psych. There’s some 13th Floor Elevators in their sound, and some Cramps, too. […]

The Chronicals of Hernia

Kryzys - "Mam Dos?c?" [Buy] I wish I spoke every single language in the world. Every time, I listen to songs in a foreign language, I always wonder what they are singing about. I remember when I was growing...

Christopher Owens – “Selfish Feelings”

Fun fact: When Christopher Owens releases another solo album, he’ll have put out more music under his own name than he did as the frontman of Girls. Owens released his sophomore solo album A New Testament last year, and today, he’s shared a new song from “a forthcoming album.” We don’t know anything about the […]

The Week In Pop: Tori Kelly Is Evidence That Sometimes The Machine Gets It Right

Every once in a while the entire music industry seemingly conspires to turn an aspiring pop star into an overnight sensation. Sometimes that consensus is regrettable, as you already kno-ow. But occasionally the monolithic promotional machine gets it right, and we end up seeing Tori Kelly’s name and face all over the place. Victoria Loren […]

Ultimate Painting announce Green Lanes release, 8/7/15

5 days agoMusic / Indie Music : HearYa

Ultimate Painting were one of those acts that I had numerous times on my SXSW schedule but managed to miss at every turn. From what I’ve heard, that was my loss as their melodic psych-pop wowed audiences throughout the fest. Since then I’ve been spinning their 2014 debut with regularity and ruing my misfortune. So [...]

A$AP Rocky’s At.Long.Last.A$AP Features Kanye West, M.I.A., Lil Wayne, UGK

A$AP Rocky’s new album At.Long.Last.A$AP is only a couple of weeks away from release, but the LP has been shrouded in secrecy ever since we learned of its release. But a tracklist just hit the internet, and it’s pretty fascinating. We’ve heard a few of the tracks that’ll be on it: “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye […]

Algiers – “Black Eunuch” Video

Algiers were one of 2015’s first Bands To Watch, a trans-Atlantic gospel-punk trio of Southern ex-pats who make music steeped in revolutionary ideas. Their rage against the machine reaches a fever pitch in the jeering, flickering “Black Eunuch” video. It looks like a candlelit prayer service that devolved into a protest performance, the trio wailing […]

O-Face – “740 Turbo”

You’ll always have a special attachment to the car you drove during high school. Mine was a hand-me-down baby blue Saturn. It was a lot better than the shitheaps that most of my friends were driving, but it was still ugly as all hell and never seemed to work right. And I miss the stupid […]

Joy Division Fan Buys Ian Curtis’ House, May Turn It Into Museum

The former home of late Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis was up for sale earlier this year, and fans began an Indiegogo campaign to purchase it and turn it into a museum. The campaign didn’t get very far — it raised £2,001, 1 percent of the anticipated £150,000 goal. Joy Division and New Order member […]

Deadpool Flashes Run The Jewels’ Logo In Latest Marvel Comics Tribute

Like so many of us, the people at Marvel are big fans of Run The Jewels. And earlier this year, Marvel’s artists worked the group’s fist-and-gun hand sign into the covers of two of its books, Howard The Duck #2 and Deadpool #45. Right now, those Marvel people are busy remaking their entire comic-book universe […]

Nick Diamonds – “Bohemian Groove”

The Unicorns/Islands frontman and Serial music composer Nick Thorburn always has a few things in the works. And right now, he’s getting ready to release City Of Quartz, a new solo album under his Nick Diamonds alias. We’ve posted “The Sting” and “Witch Window,” and now he’s shared a new one, “Bohemian Groove.” It’s the […]

Daft Punk Release Limited-Edition Skateboard

For all the skate park bros that love jamming out to some vintage Daft Punk, the band has commissioned a limited-edition skateboard emblazoned with a big version of their logo surrounded with tinier versions of their logo covering the backside. Radical! It comes in two different colors — blue and orange — so you can […]

Five Years That's All We Got

Feldspar From: London, England Five Years, the new single from Feldspar isn't, as I was initially hoping, a cover of the Bowie song. After the first hearing I'm glad that it's not a cover, as good as a Feldspar cover of Bowie would be, because a new Feldspar song is like a precious jewel to be loved and treasured. Show More Summary

Death Cab For Cutie – “Black Sun (Dan Deacon Remix)”

If there was ever anyone that needed his wonderfully woeful voice and neat-box pop-rock fucked up by Dan Deacon’s mischievous touch, it’s Ben Gibbard. Death Cab For Cutie returned this year sans founding member Chris Walla with Kintsugi, their first album since 2011’s Codes And Keys, and Deacon has put the album’s first single “Black […]

48 Bands That Took 20 Or More Years Between Albums

What’s a legacy to a legend? For some, it’s a thing to be actively patrolled: endless tours, obligatory records, the noblesse oblige of the bassist getting to do the occasional side project. Constant existence, in other words. For others, it’s an ambient gift. You’ll always have a band to join; awestruck journalists will check on […]

Book Notes - Margaret Lazarus Dean "Leaving Orbit"

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...

Rich Homie Quan On His Rape Song: “If You Listen, It’s Just Good Music”

A while back, a number of tracks that Rich Homie Quan and Young Thug made together leaked. One of those songs was called “I Made It,” and it’s got a moment where Rich Homie Quan brags about rape: “I don’t want your ho, just want that cookie from her / She tried to resist, so […]

Speedy Ortiz – “Basketball (Demo)”

Carpark Records is about to celebrate its 16th anniversary with the release of a basketball-themed 12? picture disc compilation called Sweet Sixteen. The record includes new songs from people like Memory Tapes, Dog Bite, and Montag, as well as locked grooves from the likes of Dan Deacon, Toro Y Moi, and Speedy Ortiz frontwoman Sadie […]

Tame Impala – “‘Cause I’m A Man” Video

Tame Impala have shared a video for their Currents single “‘Cause I’m A Man.” It’s all done in slick 3D animation, and explores a world full of empty suit men that take on different heads depending on their situation — disco ball, wedding ring, and roses all float above their disembodied figures at one point. […]

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