Pharrell Williams is, of course, having a titanic year, and he’s spent the past 24 hours being all over daytime TV. Yesterday, during an interview with Oprah Winfrey on her Oprah Prime tour, he went into a full-on sobbing fit after Oprah showed him videos of people around the world dancing to his song “Happy.” [...]
[directed by Naomi Yang]
Eels have been teasing their reflective singer-songwriter set The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett all year, and now the full album has arrived online. If you dug the very pretty “Agatha Chang,” “Where I’m From,” and “Mistakes Of My Youth,” dig into the whole LP at The New York Times. The Cautionary Tales Of [...]
When I saw Emma Ruth Rundle perform with one of her main bands, Marriages (she also plays in Red Sparrowes), in Boston last July, her group was the hypnotic and gripping opening act for Deafheaven. Now the LA-based singer/guitarist has taken a short break to release Some Heavy Ocean, her debut solo album, from which [...]
Timothy Showalter has been releasing haunted, personal folk-rock as Strand Of Oaks for years, and now he’s ready to move up in the world with his new album HEAL. The album’s first single is the ragged rocker “Goshen ’97,” which has some triumphant guitar soloing from J Mascis. And in the new video, from The [...]
’80s new-wave legends Echo And The Bunnymen are still making grand, sweeping, dramatic anthems, and they’ve got an album full of them called Meteorites coming out soon. First single “Lovers On The Run” is no “Bring On The Dancing Horses,” but it’s still an impressively monolithic whoosh of a song. Listen to it below. (via [...]
Pluto, the last album from Atlanta sing-rap auteur Future, was one of those albums that absolutely changed the face of rap, and Future’s voice has been possibly the most inescapable presence on rap radio over the past two years. He is a big, big deal. And for many of us, his new album Honest, which [...]
The Afghan Whigs' first new album in 16 years, Do to the Beast, is out today. I can also recommend the following new releases: Cloud Cult's Unplug, Courtney Barnett's The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, Woods' With...
The sun is shining and we've got a new track from the wonderful The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart that is a light and joyful piece of foot-tapping indiepop. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Eurydice was originally published on The Blue Walrus.
Between Swans and the Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, this has already been a ridiculously strong morning for new music. And now Twin Shadow have taken a break from their UNDER THE CVRS project, in which George Lewis, Jr. has been persistently knocking out beautiful covers on YouTube, to give us a brand-new near-masterpiece [...]
If rock-critic clichés never existed, Galaxie 500 would have had to invent them. Named after a classic model Ford that none of the band members had ever actually driven, Galaxie 500 — vocalist/guitarist Dean Wareham, bassist/vocalist Naomi Yang, and drummer Damon Krukowski — began like many eighties bands reared on rock and roll radio and [...]
New York postpunk legends Swans gave us their thundering monster The Seer in 2012, and they’re about to follow it up with the new album To Be Kind, a ferociously anticipated album for people who like to have their neural cavities caved in by music. “Oxygen,” the To Be Kind track that the band just [...]
Vulture ranked all 64 of Stephen King's books. Drowned in Sound and Flavorwire interviewed Greg Dulli about the Afghan Whigs reunion. Wondering Sound interviewed Aimee Mann and Ted Leo about their new duo, The Both. Roxane Gay explored the reasons...
New York indie-poppers the Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are back with their new album Days Of Abandon next month, and they just about knocked us dead with the LP’s first single “Simple And Sure.” They’ve now shared single number two, and it’s nearly as impressive. “Eurydice” sticks with the band’s early-’90s dream-pop aesthetic, [...]
Real Estate previously worked with New York underground-comedy overlord Tom Scharpling on their “Easy” video, and now Scharpling is back to direct their new video for “Crime,” from the gorgeously zoned-out new album Atlas. The video features comedy types like Andy Daly and Nick Kroll. In one of those meta tricks that Scharpling pulls off [...]
London producer Throwing Shade‘s shimmery, Emily Bee-assisted “cosmic R&B” confection “Sweet Tooth” gets a quite... Read more »
Every day, Daily Downloads offers 10 free and legal mp3 downloads. Today's free and legal mp3 downloads: The Belle Brigade: When Everything Was What It Was EP [mp3] Chatham County Line: Rendezvous album [mp3] Elliott Moss: "Slip" [mp3] Erin McKeown:...
We are now in the week between Coachella weekends, and that means Southern California is now crawling with bands with relatively open schedules, and at least a few of them will spend their time showing up on L.A.-based late-night talk shows. Last night, that meant MGMT showed up on Conan to do a relatively straightforward [...]
Cloud Nothings have put out one hell of an album with Here And Nowhere Else and the opening “Now Hear In” is one of the best moments on it. Frontman Dylan Baldi stopped by Boston’s RadioBDC to perform the song on acoustic guitar, and even stripped down it’s still an incredible powerful thing to behold. [...]
In the upcoming compilation I Saved Latin! A Tribute To Wes Anderson, bands will cover a variety of artists whose songs have iconically popped up in scenes in Wes Anderson’s films. In case you don’t know the reference, the title comes from Jason Schwartzman’s perfectly read line from Rushmore. The first taste we’ve gotten from [...]