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R.I.P. Maggie Roche

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:14:37 +0000

Maggie Roche, a member of family vocal group the Roches, has died at age 65. Pitchfork points us to a Facebook note from sister and bandmate Suzzy confirming that Maggie passed away after a long struggle with cancer. Suzzy wrote, "She was a private person, too sensitive and shy for this world, but brimming with…

Watch Ben Gibbard & Julien Baker Play Death Cab For Cutie’s “Photobooth” In Chicago

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:48:59 +0000

Julien Baker has covered Death Cab For Cutie's "Photobooth" before, and last night she did so alongside Death Cab's lead singer. Baker is opening for a run of Ben Gibbard shows right now, and last night at Chicago's Thalia Hall the two singers performed the Forbidden Love EP favorite together. Watch footage below. …

Stream Pinegrove’s New Live Album Elsewhere

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:02:51 +0000

Rootsy New Jersey indie rockers Pinegrove, whose Cardinal was one of the absolute best albums of 2016, have released a new live album called Elsewhere. It was recorded near the end of a year when they played nearly 200 shows, and their road-tested experience shows in the quality of their performance. The album is available…

Watch Priests, Dirty Projectors, Waxahatchee, Ted Leo, & More Play DC Anti-Fascism Protest

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:45:15 +0000

Donald Trump was unable to secure any relevant musical talent for his inauguration festivities, but a wealth of today's best musicians took the stage in DC to protest him on Inauguration Day. No Thanks: A Night Of Anti-Fascist Sounds In The Capital Of The USA went down at the Black Cat featuring performances by Priests,…

Frank Ocean Shares Message About Donald Trump’s Inauguration

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:15:00 +0000

Frank Ocean rarely gives any kind of public statement, but he chose to comment on yesterday's presidential inauguration. On his Tumblr, Ocean touched on the relatively poor turnout for Donald Trump's inauguration, Trump's "struggle speech," and how much he'll miss having the Obama family in the White House. Read Ocean's full message below. …

Watch Audioslave Reunite At Prophets Of Rage’s Anti-Inaugural Ball

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:03:07 +0000

Prophets Of Rage, the supergroup combining members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill, held its Anti-Inaugural Ball in LA last night, and as promised, the RATM alumni's previous supergroup Audioslave reunited for the first time in 12 years. The Chris Cornell-fronted combo performed a three-song set at Teragram Ballroom along with…

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:14:42 +0000

Fuck this week. Fuck this day, in particular. Here are some videos. …

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:53:05 +0000

Whelp, today was a day. Donald Trump is officially the 45th president of the United States, and we spent most of the day blogging while watching live streams of the action in DC. 2017 is off to a bleak start, but we have some really inspiring music to be thankful for. Get into it below.

Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:32:15 +0000

Well, it is a dark day. President Trump's speech did nothing to quell fears about the impending dystopian hellscape. If you don't care about music blog content today … understood. However, as Julien Baker points out, it helps to remember "the importance of the liberty we defend in the preservation of art as a powerful…

Will Oldham – “In Good Faith”

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:11:28 +0000

Will Oldham, the musician and actor behind Bonnie "Prince" Billy and many other creative ventures, has done an interview and recording session with the website Fogged Clarity each January for the past five years. His latest interview is online today, and along with it comes "In Good Faith," a new Oldham song addressing the 2016…

Stream The Don’t Stop Now Covers Comp Feat. Abi Reimold, Jeff Rosenstock, The Menzingers, & Many More

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:54:07 +0000

Don't Stop Now is a brand new compilation of covers benefitting the ACLU, released today in wake of Trump's inauguration. Abi Reimold covers Angel Olsen's "Those Were The Days," Jeff Rosenstock does "Jet Ski" by Bikini Kill, Anika Pyle (of Chumped fame) took on "Dark Moon" by Bonnie Guitar, and Chris Farren interpreted "Bamboo Bones"

Alison Krauss – “Windy City” (The Osbourne Brothers Cover)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:34:04 +0000

We could all probably use some kind of tonic after witnessing what we just witnessed. This isn't going to make everything better, but it's something. Next month, the great trad-country star Alison Krauss will release Windy City, a collection of covers of classic country songs. We've already posted its first single, Krauss' version of Brenda…

Angel Olsen – “Fly On Your Wall”

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:11:57 +0000

Today marks the beginning of Donald Trump's presidency, and among the many musical acts of resistance is the Our First 100 Days campaign, an anti-Trump charity initiative featuring new songs from a wealth of today's best musicians. Subscribers can download all the songs for a minimum of $30 with proceeds donated to a range of…

Future – “Poppin’ Tags” Video

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:52:04 +0000

Future and DJ Esco released "Poppin' Tags" alongside "Ain't Tryin" toward the end of last year on an episode of OVO Sound Radio. The new video for the track takes place in Dubai, and features an extremely cute white dog and a bunch of ATVs. Check it out below. …

Watch The National Play New Song “Turtleneck” At DC Planned Parenthood Benefit

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:36:32 +0000

The National have been working on a new album for a while, and right now, they're in DC to take part in various protests. Last night, they played a Planned Parenthood benefit alongside Common. And while there, they played new song that -- for this band, especially -- was oddly funky, jammy, and frenetic. It…

United Nations – “Stairway To Mar-a-Lago”

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:18:37 +0000

For reasons you might be able to figure out, this is a big day for protest songs. And now here's another one. United Nations, the great hardcore band led by Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly, have been a bit quiet ever since they released their 2014 LP The Next Four Years, an album with a title…

Emma Ruth Rundle – “Forever, As The Setting Son”

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:08:09 +0000

LA musician Emma Ruth Rundle has added her contribution to the growing wave of protest and benefit music in light of Donald Trump's inauguration today. "Forever, As The Setting Son" is a powerfully brooding ballad from the Marriages and Red Sparrowes member, and all proceeds from the track benefit Planned Parenthood. Rundle shared this statement…

Saba – “Monday To Monday”

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:02:59 +0000

Last year, the inventive young Chicago rapper Saba came out with the soulful, introspective mixtape Bucket List Project, landing in our Album Of The Week column in the process. Today, he's followed it up with the new work-ethic anthem "Monday To Monday," a song with a moody, synthetic sound that's far-removed from the organic thump…

Watch Solange Perform At DC Peace Ball

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:50:42 +0000

Solange performed in DC last night as part of the Busboys And Poets' Peace Ball, which took place at the National Museum Of African American History & Culture. Angela Davis welcomed Solange to the stage, after sharing some moving and encouraging words. "Certainly in our resistance we need art. We need music. We need poetry,"

UNKLE – “Sick Lullaby” (Feat. Keaton Henson)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:39:46 +0000

Sometime this year, UNKLE, Mo'Wax label founder James LaVelle's long-running trip-hop project, is coming out with a new album called The Road. And for its first single, LaVelle has teamed up with the spotlight-shy UK folk-rocker Keaton Henson to make a moody, mournful, beatless track called "Sick Lullaby." Check it out below. …

Grim Streaker – “Guts”

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:30:55 +0000

"Guts" kicks off with a single yearning and resounding "Oh!" one that launches straight into a knotty wire of guitar histrionics and bleary drum pounding. The debut single from Brooklyn's Grim Streaker holds this momentum for two relentless minutes of soaring punk, but draws allusions to contemporary garage rockers such as Twin Peaks as well…

Migos – “What The Price”

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:19:17 +0000

Migos just scored an absolute monster hit with "Bad & Boujee," and in recent weeks, they've also shared videos for their songs "Call Casting" and "T-Shirt." All of this is leading up to the release, next week, of the album Culture, which is a very good reason to be excited. Today, they've shared another new…

MUNA – “Crying On The Bathroom Floor”

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:06:28 +0000

The Los Angeles synthpop group MUNA, a 2015-vintage Band To Watch, are coming out with their debut album About U next month, and we've posted first single "I Know A Place." Today, they've shared the shimmery, blippy track "Crying On The Bathroom Floor," a song named after something that some of us will probably do…

Cass McCombs – “I’m A Shoe” Video

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:02:21 +0000

Cass McCombs released his most recent album, Mangy Love, last year, and today he's debuting the video for one of its stand-out tracks "I'm A Shoe." The Rachael Pony Cassells-directed clip follows McCombs as he skateboards around a washed-out cityscape on a bleak day. Watch below. …

Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – January 2017

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:01:04 +0000

Welcome to Stereogum’s monthly jazz column! Jazz has an amazing and exhaustively documented past; classic albums are constantly being reissued, and newly discovered live recordings are unearthed seemingly on a weekly basis. But there’s also a ton of fantastic music being made right now, by young and living musicians, and it deserves just as much…

Watch Zack De La Rocha Join Run The Jewels In DC

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:51:22 +0000

Run The Jewels weren't supposed to play Washington, DC the night before Donald Trump's inauguration. They were going to hit that stage earlier, but a water main break forced them to reschedule, and there they were. It's hard to imagine a more perfect confluence. During their set, Killer Mike spoke some impassioned words, and the…

Uniform – “The Killing Of America” Video

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:32:40 +0000

NYC noise-rock duo Uniform are releasing their sophomore LP Wake In Fright today, on a very dark, very scary Inauguration Day. That timing feels all too appropriate given the apocalyptic tenor of their music, and they're getting into the patriotic spirit by releasing a grim new video for early single "Killing Of America." …

Protest Comp Battle Hymns Has New Songs From Stephen Malkmus, Carrie Brownstein, Carl Newman, & More

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:23:11 +0000

You may have already heard something about this, but in a few hours, Donald J. Trump is going to become the President of the United States of America. These are dark and dire times, and the long-running Pacific Northwest indie rock duo Quasi have responded by uniting some of indie rock's biggest names for the…

iLoveMakonnen Comes Out As Gay

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:49:58 +0000

ILoveMakonnen, the Atlanta sing-rapper and former Drake associate who helped push Atlanta rap toward a spacier and weirder sound, has never spoken about his sexuality. This, in itself, was a radical act in a world as historically heteronormative as rap. But last night on Twitter, Makonnen announced proudly to the world that he is gay.

Joey Bada$$ – “Land Of The Free”

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:39:17 +0000

Today is Inauguration Day, Joey Bada$$'s birthday's, and the one-year anniversary of his debut album's release. The Brooklyn rapper is celebrating all three occasions -- well, celebrating two and enduring another -- with the release of "Land Of The Free," the first single from his upcoming sophomore album AABA. "Obama just wasn't enough, I need…

New Mount Eerie Song Appears On ACLU Benefit Comp Is There Another Language?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:09:33 +0000

Phil Elverum is working on a new Mount Eerie album, and one from it, "Crow," appears on a new compilation album to benefit the ACLU. Is There Another Language?, curated by Ben TO Smith of Gezellig Records and Peter McCarville of Best Friend, also features a new song from the Pains Of Being Pure At…

Dashboard Confessional Cover Julien Baker, Sorority Noise, & The 1975 On Surprise EP

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:37:47 +0000

Dashboard Confessional have been posing with Julien Baker and raving about Sorority Noise shows on their official Facebook page, and now the '00s emo veterans have covered songs by both artists on a new surprise EP. In addition to Baker's "Sprained Ankle" and Sorority Noise's "Using," Dashboard's Covered And Taped also features intimate, acoustic renditions…

Young Thug – “Guwop” Video

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:12:26 +0000

Young Thug already shared one Jeffery video this week, and now he's back with another. While the "Wyclef Jean" visual was a bonkers meta parody of a rap video, "Guwop" is more standard rap video fare, showing Thugger hanging out and gambling with Quavo, Offset, and Young Scooter. Watch the Garfield Larmond-helmed clip below. …

Kid Rock Could Be The “Billy Joel At MSG” Of Little Caesars Arena

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:47:55 +0000

Little Caesars Arena, Detroit's new entertainment and sports complex and the future home of the Red Wings and the Pistons, is opening in September. And, as Crain's Detroit Business reports, it'll be christened with four shows by hometown "hero," vocal Trump supporter, and renowned glass dildo collector Kid Rock. …

Third Man Detroit Details New Vinyl Pressing Plant And Opening Day Celebration

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:47:35 +0000

Third Man opened up a record store in Detroit, and now they'll be the first label to operate "a fleet of brand new, environmentally efficient pressing machinery within a purpose-built manufacturing infrastructure." The Third Man vinyl pressing plant will officially open on 2/25 in Detroit's Cass Corridor neighborhood. According to a press release, "the facility…

Damaged Bug – “Bog Dash”

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:21:30 +0000

What a surprise, John Dwyer is back with more music! The ever-prolific Thee Oh Sees frontman released his latest album with the band, An Odd Entrances, just a few months ago, and that one was a companion LP to August's A Weird Exits. Between the two of those albums, Dwyer also released a 7" under…

Stream Sam Skinner Danny Through Junior EP

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:28:46 +0000

Pinegrove are one of those bands with many talented songwriters in the mix, though Evan Stephens Hall is the one who gets the spotlight in that lineup. Thus, his bandmates channel their own inspiration into other projects. Nandi Rose Plunkett has impressed us with Half Waif, and now Sam Skinner is releasing his own debut…

Arcade Fire – “I Give You Power” (Feat. Mavis Staples)

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:34:59 +0000

Arcade Fire just released a surprise new song called "I Give You Power," which features the legendary singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples. This is the first recording we've heard from the band since 2013's Reflektor. Arcade Fire tweeted a message to fans, and noted that proceeds from the song will benefit the ACLU.

Giorgio Moroder – “Good For Me” (Feat. Karen Harding) Video

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:25:33 +0000

Back in November, Italian disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder released his first single since 2015's Déjà Vu, the Karen Harding-featuring "Good For Me." Today the song gets its own video, which functions mostly as a spotlight for Harding, but also features Morodor holding it down at the club and dancers in what look like knock-off masks…

Premature Evaluation: Japandroids Near To The Wild Heart Of Life

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:09:30 +0000

You have to feel for Japandroids. For their second album, they achieved such a perfect distillation of their sound, a rock record so nourishing and exciting and fun, that it was hard to imagine that they'd ever hit those heights again. So they take that follow-up about as seriously as they can. They took nearly…