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Watch Coldplay’s Chris Martin Cover Linkin Park In Tribute To Chester Bennington

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Coldplay and Linkin Park hit their commercial and creative peaks around the same time, and both of them collaborated with Jay-Z, but they always seemed to occupy opposite ends of the popular-rock-band spectrum. And yet when Coldplay frontman Chris Martin covered Linkin Park's monstrous 2000 single "Crawling" last night, it sounded a whole hell of…

Weezer Made A Guns N’ Roses-Inspired Video For “Feels Like Summer”

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

I've always assumed that half the fun of being in Weezer was doing whatever the hell you wanted when it came time to make a music video. Whether Rivers Cuomo and company were galavanting around the Playboy Mansion or making a montage of every viral Youtube video, they're sure to go the unconventional route and…

Watch Oozing Wound’s Thrash-Attack Cover Of Blink-182’s “Dammit”

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Blink-182's 1997 pop-punk breakthrough banger "Dammit" is a defining song of its era, one that will immediately transport you back in time even if you didn't really like it when it was out. For their turn in the booth on the AV Club's AV Undercover series, in which bands pick songs to cover from an…

Julia Michaels – “Uh Huh” Video

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

We've been spreading the gospel of Julia Michaels since we talked to her earlier this year when she released her debut solo single, "Issues," and the behind-the-scenes pop songwriter put out its follow-up, "Uh Huh," last month. It's a great song, and now it's got a video to go along with it that opens with…

Michael McDonald Picks The Song Of The Summer

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Stereogum's annual Song Of The Summer contest is still anyone's game, and who better to assess this year's competitors than Michael McDonald? This fall the golden-throated, oft-imitated singer/songwriter will release Wide Open, his first album of original tunes in 17 years. The R&B legend famously lent his chops to hits by Steely Dan and the…

Book Notes - David Williams "When the English Fall"

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...

Stephen Stills & Judy Collins – “Everybody Knows” (Leonard Cohen Cover)

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Last month, longtime friends Stephen Stills and Judy Collins announced that, nearly 50 years after Collins served as the inspiration for Stills' CSN song "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," they were working together on their first-ever collaborative album, dubbed Stills & Collins. It's due out on 9/22, and today they've shared the first track from their…

Chester Bennington Turned Nü-Metal Universal

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

What was so startling about Chester Bennington's left-field rant this past May toward fans who weren't down with Linkin Park's EDM-influenced 2017 single "Heavy" (a duet with newcomer Kiiara, of scrambled-sample "Gold" fame) was that he cared about the idea of "selling out" at all. The tenor was disturbing ("I will punch you in your…

Looks Like Nine Inch Nails Anonymously Released New David Bowie Remix Months Ago

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Last night, Nine Inch Nails played their first show in three years and its emotional highpoint was a haunting David Bowie cover, which it turns out Trent Reznor (or someone else who had access to it) uploaded to the internet months ago. Late last year, an uncredited remix of Bowie's ? (Blackstar) track "I Can't…

R. Kelly’s Alleged Captive Speaks Out

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

A BuzzFeed report published earlier today accused R. Kelly of brainwashing women and imprisoning them in a kind of abusive sex cult. R. Kelly has denied the allegations, and now Jocelyn Savage, one of the women allegedly being held captive by the singer, has spoken out. After her parents held a press conference, saying that…

Watch “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” Singer Partner With UN For “SDGs” PSA

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Last year, Piko-Taro -- the fictional pop artist created by Japanese comedian Kazuhito Kosaka -- became the record holder for the shortest song to ever chart on the Billboard Hot 100 when his goofy "Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen" became a viral hit thanks to a Justin Bieber tweet. Now, he's partnering with the United Nations for a PSA…

Classixx – “Right Now” (Van Halen Cover)

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Los Angeles dance duo Classixx covered Van Halen's For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge track "Right Now" for a new compiliation that features rarities and unreleased tracks from artists associated with the label Innovative Leisure. Classixx released a new album, Faraway Reach, last year. Check out their Van Halen cover below.

Coldplay – “Miracles (Someone Special)” (Feat. Big Sean)

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Of course Coldplay's song with Big Sean is called "Miracles (Someone Special)," a song title so quintessentially Coldplay that they've actually used it once before. What's more surprising is that the song is actually pretty good, continuing the hot streak Coldplay have been on with the tracks we've heard from their upcoming Kaleidoscope EP, including…

Mappe Of – “Ruin”

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Mappe Of is the moniker of Canadian musician Tom Meikle, who makes delicately arranged, electronically-tinged folk music in the post-Bon Iver vein. A Northern Star, A Perfect Stone, his debut collection of otherworldly, atmospheric soundscapes, will arrive later this month, and he's already shared early tracks like "Cavern's Dark," "Nimbin," and "Peaceful Ghosts." Today he's…

Vanilla Ice Reveals That He Just Straight-Up Bought “Under Pressure” From Queen

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Vanilla Ice got famous on the back of the monstrously huge 1990 single "Ice Ice Baby," a song that was recorded when you could still get away with releasing rap songs with uncleared samples. "Ice Ice Baby" famously sampled David Bowie and Queen's 1981 classic "Under Pressure." Once upon a time, Ice famously attempted to…

Girls Girls

The Young Disciples & Co. - Girls Girls Girls I have not been writing here too much because I am embarrassed at how little new music I've listened to this summer. I know the point of this whole thing is...

Jet Un-Retire With Shitty New EDM Song

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Five years after their well-earned breakup, noted funny and bad Melbourne cock-rock band Jet, of "Are You Gonna Be My Girl?" and "Cold Hard Bitch" fame, seems to be back and open for business. How has Jet adjusted to the times? Well, by returning via singer and guitarist Nic Cester’s one-off collaboration with Italian electro-house…

James Murphy Discusses His Role In David Bowie’s Blackstar

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Earlier today, James Murphy went on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show to guest DJ a segment and talk about his picks. At one point, he played David Bowie's 1983 Let's Dance track "Without You," and he prefaced it by talking about his contributions to Bowie's final album, Blackstar. He performed percussion on two songs…

Someone Made A Version Of The Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” Video With The Sesame Street Muppets

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Spike Jonze's 1994 video for the Beastie Boys banger "Sabotage" is one of the all-time great music videos, a fake opening-credits sequence for a '70s cop show that really should've existed. Follow That Bird, meanwhile, is a 1985 movie about a villainous giant-bird social worker who tries to make Big Bird leave Sesame Street and…

Gotcha Covered: “Ain’t No Sunshine”

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Bill Withers cut one single in 1967 as his (and anybody's) sole release for the one-and-done label Lotus: his own uptempo if downbeat composition "Three Nights And A Morning," backed with a Motown-esque version of Irving Berlin's "What'll I Do." Despite a pop-friendly arrangement by Mort Garson -- a year after he arranged the Sandpipers'

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