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Watch Sturgill Simpson Get Intense And Grizzled On Fallon

The most talked-about musical performance from last night’s Tonight Show is definitely Daniel Radcliffe randomly rapping Blackalicious’ “Alphabet Aerobics.” But the best one was probably from the Kentucky singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson,...Show More Summary

Justin Vernon Is Starting His Own Music Festival

Justin Vernon is planning his own music festival. According to The Current, permits have now been approved for the Eaux Claire Music And Arts Festival, a new outdoor event that will take place in the Bon Iver singer’s hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The event is scheduled to take place on Friday, July 17 and [...]

Lapsley :: Falling Short

XL Recordings, home to the xx and Adele, recently signed eighteen year old Holly Fletcher A.K.A. Låpsley. She has been featured here on musicisart in the past as a favorite because the true intimacy of her songwriting showcases a woman wise beyond her years.  Her debut upcoming Understudy EP is set for release on January 5th […]

The Afghan Whigs – “Lost In The Woods” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Although the Afghan Whigs would do a killer cover version of Bon Iver’s “The Woods” and/or Kanye West’s “Lost In The World,” their song “Lost In The Woods” is an original from this year’s comeback album Do To The Beast. The song now has a video that’s appropriately set in the woods, involving an array [...]

Watch Blood Orange And Samantha Urbani Perform “It Is What It Is” On Kimmel

Blood Orange and Samantha Urbani were the musical guests on last night’s Kimmel, and they brought four backup dancers with them. They sang Cupid Deluxe track “It Is What It Is” and gave a thoroughly mesmerizing performance with some very involved dancing. Hynes even does a guitar solo near the end. They also wore two [...]

1989 Will Become 2014?s First Platinum Album In Its First Week

When we learned that no 2014 albums had yet gone platinum, we speculated that Taylor Swift’s 1989 would be the first to do so. And indeed, Billboard is projecting that Swift’s latest will easily sell a million copies this week. That will make it Swift’s third straight album to go platinum in its first week, [...]

Daily Downloads (Lauren Mann, Derek Webb, and more)

Every day, Daily Downloads offers 10 free and legal mp3 downloads. Today's free and legal mp3 downloads: Cabin Love: Thirty Nine album [mp3] Cara Mitchell: "Suspended Motion" [mp3] from Afraid of The Dark EP (out November 11th) Derek Webb: Lover...

FKA twigs – “Video Girl” Video

Before she got internet-famous by making music on her own, FKA twigs worked as a dancer in other artists’ videos. “Video Girl,” a song from her stunning debut album LP1, is about the feeling of being recognized as “the girl from the video.” Now, things have come full-circle, and she’s made her own video for [...]

Dr. Luke Sues Kesha’s Mom

Since the beginning of the Kesha/Dr. Luke situation, the producer has asserted that Kesha’s lawsuit was engineered by her mother, Pebe Sebert, as a way to get the pop singer out of her contract. Dr. Luke has already filed a defamation suit against Kesha, and now, according to TMZ, he has also filed a lawsuit [...]

Watch A Slick-Looking Beck Croon “Waking Light” On Conan

Just a little more than a month ago, Beck was a musical guest on Conan; he’d come through to cover George Harrison’s solo song “Wah-Wah” as part of the show’s George Harrison Week. Last night, Beck turned up on the show again, and this time he was there to sing one of his own songs. [...]

Watch Daniel Radcliffe Rap The Shit Out Of Blackalicious’ “Alphabet Aerobics” On The Tonight Show

This must be late-’90s underground rap week. First, we’ve got El-P doing his best work ever with RTJ2, and Harry Potter’s out here doing a Blackalicious song on The Tonight Show. If Shabaam Sahdeeq was ever going to stage a comeback, it better be now. “Alphabet Aerobics” is a classically gimmicky rap workout from Bay [...]

A Pressing Concern

Leonard Cohen - "Samson in New Orleans" Edmund imagines himself dying. He is in a white-linen bed or some such thing where the points of his feet show at the bottom and there is a plant in the window....

Download Future Monster Mixtape

Future has released his new mixtape, Monster, the follow-up to his sophomore studio album, Honest, which came out earlier this year. The mixtape was executive produced entirely by Atlanta’s Metro Boomin (though a few other producers show up throughout as well) and has a track featuring Lil Wayne. We’ve already heard the title track, “Break [...]

Watch Alexis Krauss, Carrie Brownstein, Cass McCombs, Eleanor Friedberger, Sia, & More In Joan Jett’s Voting For Women’s Rights PSA

Joan Jett recruited a whole bunch of people to appear in her women’s rights PSA that encourages people to vote in the upcoming midterm elections. “There are candidates running for office this November that have backwards views on women’s rights,” she says at the end of the video. “If you care about our right to [...]

Sylvan Esso – “Coffee (J. Rocc Remix)”

“Coffee” is a highlight on Sylvan Esso’s self-titled debut from earlier this year, and it’s just been given an update by Beat Junkies founder J. Rocc. He trades in Nick Sanborn’s sweeping synths for some wet newspaper beats that give the track more of an edge, but leaves Amelia Meath’s gorgeous vocals largely untouched. It’s [...]

Niia – “Body” Video + The Range Remix

R&B singer-songwriter Niia released her debut EP, Generation Blue, today. It contains the gorgeously ghostly track “Body,” which has gotten the video treatment and a remix from the Range. The video, directed by Tim Saccenti, plays like a sadistic fairy tale in black-and-white, with shadowy shots of a BDSM relationship intercut with ferocious dogs that [...]

Jacques Greene – “1 4 Me” Video

R&B experimentalist Jacques Greene has announced a new EP called After Life After Party with a new song and video for “1 4 ME.” It’s a stylish video for a slick song that plays off a trend I didn’t even know existed in which people ruin their new shoes in water and film it to [...]

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