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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Right now, for two weeks running, the #1 hit in America is the Justin Bieber-assisted remix of "Despacito," Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's reggaeton hit. (Our own Chris DeVille wrote a great column about it.) The song was an international monster hit long before Bieber jumped on board, and the video for the all-Spanish version…

Hear J Mascis Talk About Adele On Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

J Mascis was on Marc Maron's WTF podcast today and, as Pitchfork points out, he talked about how much he likes Adele. "I got into Adele through The Voice," he admits, which is sort of weird considering she's been inescapable for a decade but, hey, if a corny cover is what encourages someone to check…

Watch Justin Bieber Bungle His #1 Hit “Despacito” Live In NYC

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

A guest feature from Justin Bieber helped propel Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s "Despacito" to become the first Spanish-language #1 single since "Macarena" in 1996, but you shouldn't expect Bieber to break out the Spanish parts on the song live any time soon judging by his pitiful spontaneous performance of it a New York club…

Watch Norah Jones Cover Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” In Tribute To Chris Cornell

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Last night, Norah Jones played a show at Detroit's Fox Theatre, the same venue where Soundgarden played their final show mere hours before frontman Chris Cornell died. And toward the end of her set there, Jones played a cover of "Black Hole Sun," Soundgarden's towering 1994 ballad. Jones' cover was a solo-piano affair, full of…

Watch Rivers Cuomo’s New Japanese Uniqlo Commercial

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo and Allister's Scott Murphy -- who record together under the name Scott & Rivers and released a Japanese-language album earlier this year -- appear in a new Uniqlo commercial singing a Japanese folk song in front of a mobile home. Watch via Reddit below. …

Book Notes - Susan Rieger "The Heirs"

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...

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

This week, I imagine that a lot of us spent some time thinking about Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun," a vivid and surreal little piece of work that imprinted itself deeply in many of our heads. Once upon a time, that thing would be on every time you came home from school and flipped on MTV.

Desiigner Rendered Utterly Speechless By Political Question On The Breakfast Club

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Desiigner was smiling and laughing, carefree as a bird, when Charlamagne Tha God hit him with a political question during his appearance on Power 105's The Breakfast Club Tuesday morning. With a face as serious as death, like a long-range shot from a sniper rifle: "What are your thoughts on Jeff Sessions' plan to create…

Tom Bright – Not The Life She Planned (premiere)

After spending much of last year locked-away recording new material, Derbyshire-raised Walrus favourite Tom Bright today releases his latest single Not The Life She Planned, and he was kind enough to give us the premiere. Tom Bright – Not The Life She Planned (premiere) was originally published on The Blue Walrus.

new Beach House – "Chariot"

Taken from Beach House's forthcoming B-Sides and Rarities compilation, out this summer on Sub Pop, featuring 2 unreleased tracks, as well as the "hidden track" from their 2006 debut, 2010's "I Do Not Care for the Winter Sun", and 2014's "Saturn Song". Listen to the previously unreleased "Chariot" below: Continue reading…

Mutoid Man – “Bandages” (Feat. Chelsea Wolfe)

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Boston-bred, New York-based rock heavyweights Mutoid Man, who include members of Cave In and Converge among their ranks, are nearing the release of sophomore album War Moans. We've posted "Melt Your Mind" and "Kiss Of Death," and today we present album closer "Bandages." It's not a Hot Hot Heat cover but rather a slow-burn behemoth…

Kanye’s Kid Tells Off Annoying Paparazzi Again

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

It's gotta be hard to be a kid when swarms of paparazzi are around all the time, trying to snap pics while you're just trying to go to ballet class or enjoy a nice lunch with your mom. North West, the famed spawn of noted famous people Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, has had just…

Watch Wavves Flip From Venue Balcony Into The Crowd In NYC

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Wavves' new album You're Welcome doesn't come out until Friday, but the band have already been busy touring behind it. And during their show at NYC's Bowery Ballroom last night, frontman Nathan Williams flipped from a balcony into the crowd below, joking that he was doing a "Swanton bomb," the finishing move of WWE wrestler…

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Amandla Stenberg – “Let My Baby Stay” (Mac DeMarco Cover) Video

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Teen actress Amandla Stenberg will star in the forthcoming drama Everything, Everything, and ahead of its 5/19 release she's sharing a cover of Mac DeMarco's "Let My Baby Stay." The song is featured in the film's soundtrack, and was originally released on DeMarco's 2014 album Salad Days. Check out Stenberg's rendition in the video below.

Watch Joan Shelley Play “Where I’ll Find You” On Jools Holland

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Joan Shelley appeared on Later... With Jools Holland last night to play "Where I'll Find You," off of her brand new self-titled album. Shelley kept the performance minimal and brought Nathan Salsburg along to accompany her. Watch their stirring performance below and read our Q&A with Shelley if you haven't yet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zz9tZIV6ckY …

TOPS – “Dayglow Bimbo”

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

The Montreal trio TOPS will release a new album this year, the follow up to 2014's Picture You Staring. We saw a video for the first single, "Petals," and today the band's debuting a new track called "Dayglow Bimbo." It's a subtly psychedelic daydream of a song; check it out below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBV-ndVoYD0&feature=em-uploademail …

Daddy Yankee Responds To Viral Radiohead “Gasolina” Video

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

A few weeks ago, a great viral video made the rounds featuring some live Radiohead footage synced up with Daddy Yankee's "Gasolina" -- they weren't the only ones to get that treatment -- and, in a new Rolling Stone interview about his more recent hit "Despacito," he addressed the Radiohead meme: …

Book Notes - Jessie Janeshek "The Shaky Phase"

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...

Girl Ray – “Preacher”

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

North London trio Girl Ray have shared another song off their anticipated debut, Earl Grey. "Preacher," which follows their last single, "Stupid Things," is a graceful and charming listen. Poppy Hankin's vocals are misty and feel hand-cut, like an intricate doily. Saloon-sounding piano and violin melodies weave in and out of her vocal intricacies. Listen…

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