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Hear An Alternate Mix Of Led Zeppelin’s “The Rain Song” From Houses Of The Holy Reissue

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

It’s amazing to think that there’s any sort of still-unreleased Led Zeppelin music lying around after all these years. But next month, the band will reissue two of their classics, 1971?s Led Zeppelin IV and 1973?s Houses Of The Holy. Both reissues include bonus tracks, and the Houses Of The Holy reissue includes an alternate [...]

Aretha Franklin – “Rolling In The Deep” (Adele Cover)

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

You can make a pretty strong case that Aretha Franklin is the strongest female pop singer — or, hell, the strongest pop singer of any gender — of all time. And on her new album Aretha Franklin Takes On The Great Diva Classics, she takes on some of the best-known songs of peers and competitors [...]

Watch Beyoncé Join Jay Z, Sting Join No Doubt At Global Citizen Festival

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Last night, the Global Citizen Festival was held in Central Park to a sold out crowd of around 60,000 people. Jay Z and No Doubt were at the top of the bill and both of them were joined by special guests for the charity event. Fresh off the end of their joint tour, Jay brought [...]

Watch Ariana Grande & The Weeknd Play SNL‘s 40th Season Premiere

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Ariana Grande mumbled her way through her debut Saturday Night Live appearance for the show’s 40th season premiere last night. She sang My Everything single “Break Free” and was joined by the Weeknd to perform their duet “Love Me Harder.” Watch the two performances below, plus her promos with host Chris Pratt. “Break Free” “Love [...]

Ab-Soul – “W.W.S.D.”

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Rapping over Jackson Browne’s classic “These Days” sounds like it shouldn’t be something that works, but Ab-Soul gets the most out of it on “W.W.S.D” and turns it into something genuinely affecting. It’s an odd choice, but he takes a backseat to the song itself and, when he does rap, he’s confessional and sentimental. “The [...]

Brown Brogues – You Don’t Know

Brown Brogues – You Don’t Know from HAUS OF PINS on Vimeo. I know I don’t usually carpet bomb you with posts about the same damn thing on absolutely every form of media I use, but well, this is just too splendid not to. This video is for a song from Brown Brogues‘ split Cassette […]

Watch Norah Jones Cover George Harrison On Conan

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

George Harrison Week on Conan is coming to an end today, and all week, people like Beck and Paul Simon have stopped by the show to cover songs from the late Beatle. Last night, Norah Jones was the show’s musical guest, and she did a tasteful and pretty version of “Behind That Locked Door,” a [...]

Book Notes - Stuart Rojstaczer "The Mathematician's Shiva"

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...

Luke Winslow-King – Everlasting Arms [album review]

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : HearYa

In my review of his Bloodshot debut, The Coming Tide, I compared Luke Winslow-King (LWK) to Justin Townes Earle (JTE). For one they both have three names. Second, they both have a dedication to the way music used to be and the ability to pull it off. I caught LWK’s set at the Bloodshot SXSW [...]

Polaris Winner Tanya Tagaq Responds To PETA Takedown

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Tanya Tagaq received some attention for her encouragement of eating and wearing seal along with saying “Fuck PETA” during her acceptance speech for the Polaris Music Prize. First, though, if you haven’t seen that performance, please go watch it. Tagaq (who formerly was best known for her performance on Björk’s Medulla) took something as ancient [...]

Snootie Wild – “Made Me (Remix)” (Feat. Jeremih & Lil Boosie)

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Snootie Wild is a North Memphis rapper and a part of Yo Gotti’s CMG crew, and his twinkling, rumbling K Camp collab “Made Me” has lately been making the transition from regional hit to national hit. The new remix should seriously hasten that process. The two guests on the remix — slippery Chicago R&B singer [...]

Devon Williams – “Around In A Maze (Ice Choir Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

“Around In A Maze” is a lovely retro power ballad on former Lavender Diamond guitarist Devon Williams’ latest solo album Gilding The Lily. Williams is releasing a digital single for another song from that album, “All I Have To Do,” and for the B-side he commissioned Ice Choir (aka former Pains Of Being Pure At [...]

JEFF The Brotherhood – “Come In Alone” (My Bloody Valentine Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Later this month, JEFF The Brotherhood, the duo of fuzz-rocking Nashville hessian brothers, will release Dig The Classics, their EP of cannily chosen covers. The EP includes the band’s takes on songs from people like Beck and Teenage Fanclub. And below, we’ve got their version of My Bloody Valentine’s guitars-bending-through-light classic “Come In Alone,” as [...]

Stream Steve Arrington WAY OUT (80-84) (Stereogum Premiere)

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Last year was a big one for Steve Arrington, a member of the influential Dayton funk band Slave — one of the most sampled bands in hip-hop history — and a solo star in his own right with Steve Arrington’s Hall Of Fame. He released Higher, a collaborative album with modern disciple Dam-Funk, guested on [...]

Now Thom Yorke’s Teasing New “A Wolf At The Door” Lyrics, For Some Reason

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Over the weekend, both Thom Yorke and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich teased the world by tweeting an image of a mysterious white vinyl record. We didn’t know what that meant, and we still don’t. And now Yorke has added another layer. He’s tweeted an image of a lyric sheet for “A Wolf At The Door,” [...]

Book Notes - George Lerner "The Ambassadors"

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...

Andy Stott – “Violence”

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Manchester producer Andy Stott has been making music for about a decade, but he truly found his voice with a pair of grim and dubby EPs in 2011. Then, more importantly, he found another voice. Pairing with opera singer Alison Skidmore, Stott crafted 2012?s Luxury Problems, a breakthrough in every possible way. Though he did [...]

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Before I get into this week’s picks, allow me to point out that Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea made a video for a song called “Booty.” Hype Williams directed it. It is exactly what you expect it to be. It came out a few years ago, and it has five million views already. At this [...]

Director Mark Pellington Details His Falling Out With Trent Reznor

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Mark Pellington is a music video director most famous for doing Pearl Jam’s iconic “Jeremy” clip. He also directed the movies Arlington Road and The Mothman Prophecies, and more recently, he worked with Chelsea Wolfe on her short film Lone. In 1999, Nine Inch Nails hired him to make the video for “We’re In This [...]

Queen – “There Must Be More To Life Than This” (Feat. Michael Jackson)

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

So, uh, Queen and Michael Jackson once recorded a song together. Did you know this? I didn’t know this. Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson, two of the greatest and most distinctive pop-music vocalists of all time, both recorded their parts for a power-ballad duet called “There Must Be More To Life Than This” during the [...]

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