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Watch Tori Amos Cover Radiohead’s “Creep” In NYC

2 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Tori Amos covered Radiohead’s “Creep” during a show at The Beacon Theater in New York on Wednesday night. The Grammy-nominated singer, who released her fourteenth album Unrepentant Geraldines earlier this year, is no stranger to the band: She previously covered “Karma Police” back in 2005. Watch Amos sing the Radiohead classic below. Unrepentant Geraldines is [...]

Weird Al’s Ice Bucket Challenge Is The Best Yet

2 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

The ALS ice bucket challenge has been inescapable on the internet over the past few weeks. Celebrities like Eddie Vedder, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, and Bon Jovi have all gotten in on the action. The latest singer to do so is “Weird” Al Yankovic, who got iced while sitting next to his wife. He decided [...]

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

2 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

This week’s big videos were Iggy Azalea’s take on Kill Bill and Ariana Grande’s take on (I guess) Barbarella, and they were both straight trash. You can make a good pop video by making a pastiche of a particular movie; 2Pac doing Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome springs immediately to mind. But that’s not enough. The [...]

Book Notes - Laura Ellen Joyce "The Luminol Reels"

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, George Pelecanos, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee...

Watch Arcade Fire Cover Neil Young’s “Come On Baby Let’s Go Downtown” In Winnipeg

2 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Arcade Fire did yet another cover at their Winnipeg show last night. This time, Win Butler wore his paper mache head while they performed Neil Young’s “Come On Baby Let’s Go Downtown” from his 1975 album Tonight’s The Night. Arcade Fire’s next stop will be in Washington, DC and the Reflektor tour wraps up at [...]

The Week In Pop: In Praise Of Wiz Khalifa’s Polarizing Pop Career

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Some rappers tell jokes, others are jokes. (Big Sean, that lovable cornball, is an amalgam of the two archetypes.) Ever since Wiz Khalifa floated on a cloud of kush smoke from the mixtape underground into top 40 rotation, Pittsburgh’s most famous MC has been in the latter category — a laughingstock among self-proclaimed real hip-hop [...]

Michael Jackson – “A Place With No Name” Video

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

A video for Michael Jackson’s “A Place With No Name” from his posthumous album XSCAPE has been released by his estate and label, Epic Records. It premiered on Twitter tonight and was simultaneously broadcast in Times Square in New York. The video was previewed before its release on tonight’s episode of So You Think You [...]

Plastic Animals

Plastic Animals – Floating from Song, by Toad on Vimeo. I know tonight at the Queen’s Hall is mostly being discussed in terms of being the last ever Meursault show, but of course opening for them are another Song, by Toad band: Plastic Animals. I always thought of Plastic Animals as a band with real […]

Watch Arcade Fire Mime Loverboy’s “Working For The Weekend” & Cover Feist’s “I Feel It All” In Calgary

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

On their most recent tour, Arcade Fire have been covering some locally significant song in just about every city they visit; it’s how they ended up covering Huey Lewis & The News’ “Back In Time” earlier this week. Last night, the band treated the crowd in the Canadian city of Alberta to two such covers [...]

Watch Hamilton Leithauser Cover John Cougar

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Back when he called himself John Cougar, John Mellencamp scored his first-ever hit with his 1979 single “I Need A Lover,” and Pat Benatar would cover the song later that year on her debut album In The Heat Of The Night. But for all its classic-rock pedigree, it’s a weird song, a nearly six-minute vamp [...]

Book Notes - David Connerley Nahm "Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky"

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, George Pelecanos, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee...

iLoveMakonnen – “Tuesday (Remix)” (Feat. Drake)

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

“Club Going Up On A Tuesday” is a regional hit from the Atlanta sing-rapper iLoveMakonnen, one of those songs that’s just starting to bubble on the internet. That means it’s exactly the sort of song that Drake is going to suddenly jump on. Drake’s got a pattern of throwing verses on every new, blowing-up thing [...]

The Partysquad – “Wake ‘M Up” (Stereogum Premiere)

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Production duo the Partysquad have remixed A-Trak, lent beats to M.I.A.’s Matangi, scored a top-10 single on Beatport with “#PantsDown,” and racked up a dozen hits in their native Netherlands. Earlier this summer they raised their Stateside profile a bit with a Maya-assisted summer mixtape. Now they’re ready for an even bigger look: Tomorrow Mad [...]

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NONI WO - "Solarstorm". An ice-bath of rainforest, an iceberg of hot shower; a hot-cold of thing. "Solarstorm" is texture and temperature, weight and heat. It's a pop-song all melting, freezing, evaporating on a horizontal plane. Folding patterns of...

Hear A New Song From Diplo & Skrillex’s Jack U

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Diplo and Skrillex are both at the top of their respective games — the former has the pop music world on lock and the latter is the reigning EDM king — so it’s interesting to see what they come up with when they work together. BBC Radio 1 broadcasted a set last from Diplo’s Las [...]

Watch Vic Mensa Cover The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” At Lollapalooza

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Up-and-coming Chicago rapper Vic Mensa took some time out of his Lollapalooza set to cover the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.” I can’t tell if it’s the sound quality or if he filtered the song through a bunch of noise, but it’s a lot louder and more chaotic than the original and certainly managed to [...]

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

This week, I was something like the 75 millionth person to watch Kiesza’s “Hideaway” video, and holy hell, that thing is great. I don’t know what kept me from clicking play on it for this long. “Hideaway” was already a monster hit before I watched it, and the video has been up online since February; [...]

Beyoncé To Receive MTV VMA’s Video Vanguard Award

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

MTV has announced that that Beyoncé will perform at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards and will be awarded with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, which has been given to artists like Madonna, the Beastie Boys, U2, George Michael, and Janet Jackson in the past. Last year, Justin Timberlake won the award and performed [...]

Spray Paint – “Cussin”

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Is there a regional reason why people say “swearing” or “cursing” instead of “cussing”? There must be. Whenever people talk about “swear words,” it always sounds weird and prissy, for reasons I can’t quite understand, and yet that’s how just about everyone in the media universe describes the words your parents would wish you didn’t [...]

Morrissey Announces Live Return, Disses Label, Laments Lack Of TV Promo In Latest Statement

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

As always, Morrissey’s latest post on his fan site True To You is mostly incoherent rambling. The main through-line seems to be his unhappiness with his latest album not getting the promotional push he thinks it deserves. He begins by thanking three Youtubers for uploading music videos of his new song “World Peace Is None [...]

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