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Watch The National Cover Talking Heads In London

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Last night, as part of the tour behind their excellent new album Sleep Well Beast, the National played a show at London's Eventim Apollo. And as part of their encore, they played a song they've never covered before: "Heaven," the philosophical ballad from the Talking Heads' 1979 album Fear Of Music. It's a fairly faithful…

Watch Post Malone Cover Green Day’s “Basket Case”

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Right now, the usually-very-happy sing-rapper Post Malone is enjoying great success with the 21 Savage collab "Rockstar," currently the #2 song in the country. And he seems to be doing whatever he can to live up to that song's title, even if it means dangerous and unsuccessful stagedives. During his live shows, Post Malone has…

Pope – “Lil Stevie”

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Pope are three longtime friends from Texas who make bummed out, fuzzed out music together. Now based in New Orleans, the trio are getting ready to showcase their true talent with True Talent Champion, their third collection of '90s-indebted alt-rock, and they've already shared early songs "Talk Me Out Of It" and "David Caspian," one…

Book Notes - Pat Thomas "Did It! From Yippie To Yuppie: Jerry Rubin, An American Revolutionary"

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, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee...

Hear Arcade Fire’s Studio Cover Of John Lennon’s “Mind Games”

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Lately, Arcade Fire have been covering John Lennon's 1973 marital-discord anthem "Mind Games." They debuted it live at a Lollapalooza aftershow at Chicago's Metro last month, and they played it again during Lollapalooza itself. And now there's also a studio version. Arcade Fire recently recorded a Spotify Single for the streaming service. And in addition…

Rebecca Black’s “Wasted Youth” Sounds An Awful Lot Like The Julia Michaels Song She Covered A Few Months Ago

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Rebecca Black of "Friday" fame has a new EP out. It's called RE/BL and it features a song titled "Wasted Youth," which sounds an awful lot like another track that came out this year called "Uh Huh" written by the songwriter and burgeoning pop star Julia Michaels. Here's "Wasted Youth": ...and…

Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow (Remix)” (Feat. Kodak Black)

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Right now, the #2 song in the United States of America is "Bodak Yellow," an unlikely street-turned-crossover smash from unlikely great rapper Cardi B. Cardi's song title is a reference to Kodak Black, the troubled young Miami rapper, and the title serves as a tacit admission that she patterned her flow on the song after…

“867-5309? Is No Longer the Highest-Charting Phone Number in Music History

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

According to Billboard, Logic’s "1-800-273-8255," which features Khalid and Alessia Cara, is now the No. 3 song in the country. This is a historic occasion because that makes "1-800-273-8255? the highest-charting phone number (in the title of a song) in the Hot 100. Tommy Tutone’s ’80s hit "867-5309/Jenny," the prior record-holder, peaked at No. 4,…

Shorties (Jennifer Egan on Her New Novel, Stream the New Album by the Clientele, and more)

Jennifer Egan discussed her new novel Manhattan Beach with Publishers Weekly. NPR Music is streaming the Clientele's new album Music For The Age Of Miracles. The Think Again podcast interviewed author Claire Messud. Stream a new song by Petal. Celeste...

Watch Bruce Springsteen Join Paul McCartney At MSG

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Last night, Paul McCartney played the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden. During the encore, he brought out Bruce Springsteen to perform the Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There," which they've played live together before. They did the song not once but twice in a row. For their first rendition, Steven Van Zandt…

Book Notes - Margo Berdeshevsky "Before the Drought"

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, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee...

“Cash Me Outside” Girl Signs To Major Label

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

14-year-old Danielle "Cash Me Outside" Bregoli has signed a record deal with Atlantic Records, according to TMZ. Last month, she released her debut single, "These Heaux," under the name Bhad Bhabie and it's racked up 21 million views on YouTube. The track debuted at #77 on the Billboard Hot 100, which makes her the youngest…

Julia Jacklin releases Eastwick / Cold Caller 7? tomorrow

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : HearYa

photo credit: Nick McKinlay I became positively infatuated with Julia Jacklin last year when she released Don’t Let The Kids Win. It was one of my favorites of 2016. Now she’s release a 7? tomorrow. Here’s some more info on Cold Caller. “I started writing this song when my older sister told me she was [...]

CARE – “Icon” Video

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

At the end of last year and the beginning of this one, CARE released the expansive two-pronged album, LUV IN THE RUINS, and quickly followed that up with great videos for "Moonlight" and "Solitude" from it. Today, "Icon" gets an equally expressive clip. The song's a spectral emotional ballad, and Justin Majetich dons some bold…

Selena Gomez Was Laying Low This Summer Because She Had A Kidney Transplant

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Over the past few months, the pop star Selena Gomez has released a few big singles: The Kygo collab "It Ain't Me," the Gucci Mane collab "Fetish," and the great, Talking Heads-sampling "Bad Liar." But according to Gomez herself, she wasn't doing too much to promote those songs. Instead, she writes that she was "laying…

Watch Future & Cher’s Auto-Tuned Cover Of “Everyday People” In New Gap Ad

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Brands looooove to pair up unlikely artists to cover songs for commercials -- see Carly Rae Jepsen and Lil Yachty's "It Takes Two" Target ad -- and the latest team-up is Cher and Future. The GAP got them to cover Sly & The Family Stone's 1969 track "Everyday People," and they Auto-Tuned the hell out…

Watch The Killers Cover Davie Bowie’s “Fame” In The BBC Live Lounge

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

BBC Radio 1's month-long Live Lounge marathon marches onward... The next band to play it are the Killers, who are releasing their new album Wonderful Wonderful later this month. During the set, they played their lead single "The Man" and twisted it into a cover of David Bowie's "Fame." Full video isn't available just yet,…

BADBADNOTGOOD – “Confessions Pt III” (Feat. Colin Stetson)

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Last summer Toronto jazz-funk warriors BADBADNOTGOOD teamed up with experimental saxophonist Colin Stetson for a song called "Confessions Pt II." Unfortunately, it was not an Usher cover, but it was still pretty good. More than a year later, the band has revealed another track from the same sessions, appropriately titled "Confessions Pt III." Its combination…

premiere: Italy's HÅN shares her magical new single "1986"

Italian artist HÅN follows up one of the year's most stunning debut singles with another magical, crystalline dream-pop gem from her forthcoming EP. Like that poignant and slightly more mysterious debut "The Children", dramatic new single...Show More Summary

Watch Tom Waits’ Surprise Appearance With Mavis Staples Live At Lagunitas

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Last night, Mavis Staples performed at the Lagunitas Brewery in California, and she brought out Tom Waits for a rare live performance as a surprise to everyone in the audience. He joined her for a rendition of the Staple Singers' "Respect Yourself." You can watch video of them singing together below.

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