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TV Party: Speedy Ortiz x Nashville

2 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

TV Party is a new Stereogum feature in which Kelly Conaboy, who you might know from our former sister-site Videogum (R.I.P.), will chat with musicians about their favorite TV shows, TV shows they’re currently watching, or TV shows they hate. Think of it as part TV recap, part interview, part transcript of someone else’s Gchat. [...]

Check Out The Smiths’ ’86 USA Tour Rider

2 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

When the Smiths were touring behind The Queen Is Dead in 1986, they were fueled largely by cheese sandwiches and booze. (Also, some of them ate tuna, which seems at least a little bit murderous.) So explains the US tour rider that appeared on Twitter yesterday. Check out all the exceedingly reasonable requests below. (via [...]

Fyfe – “For You” (Stereogum Premiere)

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

The promising young British musician Paul Dixon performs R&B-inflected experimental pop under the name Fyfe (not to be confused with Guillemots frontman Fyfe Dangerfield, another great British musician). Last year Dixon racked up a lot of streams with a strong initial run of singles including “Solace” and “Conversations.” Today he unveils “For You,” another fine [...]

new Shabazz Palaces – “They Come In Gold”

Here’s the long-awaited first track to be unveiled from Shabazz Palaces‘ lush, dizzyingly brilliant new... Read more »

Watch Sharon Van Etten Cover Bruce Springsteen

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

The New Jersey native Sharon Van Etten has just joined the long, long list of indie types who have covered Bruce Springsteen. In her case, she did a soft, emotive solo-piano version of “Drive All Night,” a slow, grand centerpiece from The River. She did it for The A.V. Club’s new video series Pioneering, performing [...]

Shorties (The New York City of Dylan, The Musical Influences of tUnE-yArDs, and more)

BBC News explored the New York City of poet Dylan Thomas. Wondering Sound explored the influences behind tUnE-yArDs' music. Author Juliet Escoria interviewed herself at The Nervous Breakdown. Ad Hoc explored the music genre "mutant techno." LinguaLift lists lesser-known Russian...

Jon Hopkins – “We Disappear” (New Version Feat. Lulu James)

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

The instrumental track “We Disappear” was the first song on Immunity, the album of conceptual, leftfield dance music that the British producer (and Brian Eno buddy) Jon Hopkins released last year. He’s just put together a new version of the song, and this one features an airy vocal from the spirited British soul singer Lulu [...]

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

In keeping with my newfound traditions of saying nice things about Gwar in the intros to these posts, the music-related video I enjoyed most this week was this, the YouTube commercial for Gwar’s Gwar-B-Q festival, which includes one of Dave Brockie’s final performances under all that latex. Gwar-B-Q goes down 8/16 in Richmond, and it [...]

Watch John Darnielle, Justin Vernon, & Megafaun Cover Grateful Dead’s “Friend Of The Devil”

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Lately, Justin Vernon has been playing a few random shows with the North Carolina band Megafaun, his friends and former DeYarmomd Edison bandmates. They played a secret show in Durham together, and then Vernon joined them for a Johnny Cash cover in D.C. (Thanks to reader Colleen for the tip.) And two nights ago, back [...]

Iggy Pop, Nick Cave & Thurston Moore – “Nobody’s City” (The Gun Club Cover)

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

A key part of the early L.A. punk scene, the Gun Club brought a sort of dessicated blues glamor to the scene where hardcore was being born. A new tribute album called Axels & Sockets will honor the band and its late frontman Jeffrey Lee Pierce by collecting tracks from the Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions [...]

First Aid Kit – Stay Gold: Out on June 10th

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : HearYa

As I discussed in my post about Pony Boy, I get revved up every time I see a reference to The Outsiders. Combine that with a band that I love, and it is too much for me to take. HearYa has been enamored with First Aid Kit since seeing them cover Fleet Foxes way back [...]

Word of Mouths

Bestial Mouths From: Los Angeles, California Since LA outfit Bestial Mouths were first featured on the blog in 2012 (From the Mouth of the Beast) they have been creating quite a stir including an exciting performance at SXSW alongside founding member of Bauhaus David J. Show More Summary

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2014

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

In last month’s Black Market, we spent a lot of space celebrating the triumphant returns of numerous kings: Agalloch, Triptykon, Thou, Eyehategod … even the mighty Metallica came back to us with their strongest material in decades. We witnessed a similar wave in April, but this time, the old gods were not so beneficent: Three [...]

Hear Arcade Fire’s Live Reflektor Outtake “Get Right”

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Before Arcade Fire released their Reflektor album last year, they aired a TV commercial that had a short clip of a song that didn’t end up on the final version of the album. Now, a muddy bootleg live version of the track, which may or may not be called “Get Right,” has made its way [...]

Perfect Pussy – “Candy’s Room” (Bruce Springsteen Cover)

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

On Bruce Springsteen’s miserable, charged-up 1978 masterwork Darkness On The Edge Of Town, “Candy’s Room” starts out as a tense sputter about a girl before exploding into a sunburst melody about a girl. And now Syracuse noise-punks Perfect Pussy, led by actual girl Meredith Graves, have recorded a cover of the song, starting it out [...]

Kirin J Callinan – “Constant Craving” (k.d. lang cover)

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

In 1992, the Canadian country-music revisionist k.d. lang won a bunch of awards for “Constant Craving,” her sweeping and inescapable heartbreaker. And now the slithering Australian noise-pop rasper Kirin J Callinan has recorded a characteristically grimy cover of the song. The Callinan version has strobing rave synths, humungous industrial drum machines, an a guest vocal [...]

Watch Arcade Fire Cover Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven” In St. Louis

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Arcade Fire, on their current tour, are starting to adapt the practice of playing locally significant covers in different towns (see: “Dust In The Wind” in Kansas City), and St. Louis is the home to rock and roll originator Chuck Berry. So it’s only right that the band played a Berry song — a honking, [...]

video premiere: Sylvan Esso – Play It Right

We loved this one way back when it was a Mountain Man song, and with... Read more »

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

The internet’s favorite target this week was Avril Lavigne’s garish, shrill, quite-possibly-racist “Hello Kitty” video. I didn’t see it until I’d read a bunch of euphorically annoyed online chatter about it, and I honestly expected to really like it, since liking music videos that nobody likes is sort of my thing. But jeez, no, yee. [...]

Hannah Diamond – “Attachment”

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

British singer Hannah Diamond feels and sounds like a pop star on “Attachment,” but with something slightly off. There’s the odd music-box melody, slight pitch-shifting to her voice, and those glistening/glitching beats that are so polished they give off sun glare. Then there’s the faint sadness of the starry-eyed hook as Diamond lovingly sings, “Though [...]

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