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George Harrison – “The Inner Light” (Alternative Take) (Stereogum Premiere)

2 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Next week, Universal Music Group will release the George Harrison box set The Apple Years 1968-75, which collects Harrison’s first six solo albums, as well as a treasure trove of rare and unreleased songs. One of those bonus tracks is an instrumental alternate take of “The Inner Light,” a 1968 Beatles song that the band [...]

Beyoncé And Jay Z Are Allegedly Working On An Album Together

2 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Talented, world-conquering musical spouses Beyoncé and Jay Z have been on tour together for months, and they’ve made it a point to counter divorce rumors on stage and in the studio. Well, here’s one way to demonstrate your oneness: According to DJ Skee, multiple unnamed sources have confirmed that the couple are working on an [...]

JUNGLE. – “The Heat (Joy Orbison Remix)”

2 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

JUNGLE. spent the first half of this year building momentum that climaxed with the release of their debut album in July. Now they’re poised to ride out the second half of 2014 inviting other artists to remix the songs on that album. And just as this group knows how to write a tune and pick [...]

Angel Olsen – “All RIght Now” + “High & Wild” Video

2 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

I have to believe Angel Olsen could do a killer cover of “All Right Now,” Free’s 1970 classic rock staple. But “All Right Now,” one of five bonus tracks on the deluxe version of Olsen’s awesome Album Of The Week-winning Burn Your Fire For No Witness, is an original. Although Olsen started rocking out on [...]

Watch Strand Of Oaks’ Dramatic Cover Of Asia’s “Heat Of The Moment”

2 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Strand Of Oaks released the intense and gorgeous album HEAL earlier this year, and just yesterday, we heard his sincere cover of the National’s “Pink Rabbits.” But Timothy Showalter doesn’t just cover his contemporaries in scraped-out indie. In the most recent episode of the A.V. Club’s all-covers video series A.V. Undercover, Strand Of Oaks take [...]

Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) – “Dying To Live” (Edgar Winter Cover)

2 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Next month, the newly honored Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Yusuf Islam, who used to be named Cat Stevens, will release a new LP, his first in five years, called Tell ’Em I’m Gone. He’ll follow that up with an international tour that will, for the first time in 35 years, bring Islam to [...]

Nicholas Krgovich – “City Of Night” & “Along The PCH On Oscar Night (Nite Jewel Remix)”

2 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

We premiered Nicholas Krgovich’s soft-rock-meets-indie-rock gem “Along The PCH On Oscar Night” and praised the “gawky charisma” of its video. Now here’s longtime collaborator Nite Jewel’s remix, which transports the track from Pacific coast highways to the upper reaches of the clouds. Meanwhile, Krgovich also recently shared a second track from his upcoming album On [...]

Pixies – “Ring The Bell” Video

2 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Earlier this year, the Pixies released their divisive new collection Indie Cindy and have been putting out music videos intermittently since the their first reunion EP. The latest is for “Ring The Bell” and it was directed by Lital Mizel and Adi Frimmerman, two Pixies fans who recorded a viral video of themselves lip-synching to [...]

Watch Lorde Cover Kanye West & Bon Iver In Concert

2 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Lorde is trotting out two new covers on her U.S. tour, which kicked off last week in Philadelphia: Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights” and Bon Iver one-off “Heavenly Father.” She’s previously covered Kanye’s “Hold My Liquor,” the Replacements’ “Swingin Party,” and Son Lux’s “Easy” at her live shows. Watch video of her performing the new covers [...]

Beyoncé And Jay Z Bang Bang Video, Part 1

2 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Beyoncé and Jay Z have released the first part in a trilogy of short films called Bang Bang. The visuals were directed by Dikayl Rimmasch and appeared on screen during their On The Run joint tour, which wrapped up in Paris on Sunday. The clip was inspired by French new wave and Bonnie and Clyde, [...]

Riding High On “Anaconda,” Sir Mix-A-Lot Plans Reunion With The Presidents Of The United States Of America

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

With “Anaconda,” Nicki Minaj brought Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” back into the mainstream pop culture conversation, after it had been relegated to the world of wedding parties and high school dances for decades. In an interview with Billboard, Sir Mix-A-Lot revealed that he was reviving a collaborative project that he started in the ’90s [...]

Watch Nicki Minaj Join Beyoncé On “Flawless” Live In Paris

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Beyoncé and Jay Z’s On The Run tour is currently making its way across Europe. On Friday night at their first of two shows in Paris, Nicki Minaj joined Bey on stage to perform their “Flawless” remix live for the first time dressed in coordinating Versace outfits. On social media, Minaj quoted a line from [...]

Hear Mac DeMarco Cover Burt Bacharach In Wacky Video Intro To New Guitarist

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Mac DeMarco is no stranger to messing with people. When I saw him perform a couple weeks ago at FYF Fest, he introduced one of his most popular songs, “Blue Boy,” as “Big Big Big Dirty Diaper.” He’s also no stranger to covers, as his recent acoustic cover of Angel Olsen’s “Lights Out” reminds us. [...]

The Week In Pop: So, What Else Does “All About That Bass” Singer Meghan Trainor Have To Offer?

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

“All About That Bass” is a great song. It is not a cool song, but hopefully by now we all realize cool is not the same thing as great. Meghan Trainor’s breakout single, which celebrates the sex appeal of larger women, is also not quite as smart or important as Trainor thinks it is — [...]

Lucki Eck$ – “Hidden Place” Video

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Last month, one Mixtape Of The Week went to the young Chicago rapper Lucki Eck$ and his transcendently zooted tape Body High. Maybe the greatest track on that tape was “Hidden Place,” on which Eck$ raps over “A Hidden Place,” the forever-classic opener from Björk’s Vespertine. In the new “Hidden Place” video, we see Eck$ [...]

Mixtape Of The Week: Que Can You Digg It?

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

“My name is not OG Bobby Johnson,” the Atlanta rapper Que felt compelled to tell the crowd when I saw him jump onstage at the Fool’s Gold SXSW showcase this year. This is probably something Que says a lot. For the early months of the year, Que’s street-rap harangue “OG Bobby Johnson” was inescapable in [...]

The Smashing Pumpkins – “To Sheila” (Early Banjo Version) (Stereogum Premiere)

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

We’ve already heard a couple cool curiosities from Smashing Pumpkins’ deluxe Adore reissue, including Diddy’s long-buried remix of “Ava Adore” and an alternate version of “Blissed And Gone.” Now here’s another: A gentle banjo rendition of “To Sheila” that predates the even gentler acoustic-guitar-based album take. Who knew Billy Corgan invented Sufjan Stevens? Hear the [...]

Dean Blunt – “50 Cent” & Black Metal Details

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Dean Blunt has lurked in the shadows of experimental and pop music for about half a decade now, first with Inga Copeland in the project known as Hype Williams, but last year felt like a serious breakthrough. Last year he dissolved his partnership with Copeland (who is currently doing great things, which we’ve written about [...]

Book Notes - Laird Hunt "Neverhome"

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...

Hiss Golden Messenger – Lateness Of Dancers [album review]

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : HearYa

When I read that Michael Taylor, the main component of Hiss Golden Messenger, had compiled William Tyler, Megafaun members Phil and Brad Cook, Mountain Man member Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, and long-time musical cohort Scott Hirsch for his Merge debut; I was literally giddy with excitement. That is a collection of pros, not making music for any [...]

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