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The War On Drugs – “Pain” Video

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:17:40 +0000

Later this week, the War On Drugs will release their excellent new album A Deeper Understanding. And this morning, the band has followed the moving "Holding On" video with an absolutely gorgeous one for the recent single "Pain." For this one, director Emmett Malloy shot the band on lush 16mm black-and-white film as they played…



Common Holly – “Nothing”

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:10:00 +0000

Montreal's Common Holly -- the indie-rock singer-songwriter born Brigitte Naggar -- has shared stages with impressive names like Half Waif and Land Of Talk, and she has more dates coming up with Tim Darcy and Majical Cloudz's Devon Welsh among others. Naggar has the music to back up those big associations, too. "Nothing," from her…



“Seriously Ill” Charli XCX Apologizes For Canceling Summer Sonic

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:06:10 +0000

Charli XCX has always held a special place in her heart for Japan. She filmed her great "SuperLove" video in Toyko and collaborated with J-pop stars Yasutaka Nakata and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu on the track "Crazy Crazy." And this past weekend, she was slated to perform at the Summer Sonic festivals in Tokyo and Osaka,…



Andrew Hung – “Animal”

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:51:47 +0000

Benjamin John Power, one half of the great UK duo Fuck Buttons, has built himself a thriving solo career, releasing music under the name Blanck Mass. And now Andrew Hung, the other half of Fuck Buttons, is following his lead, getting ready to release his full-length solo debut Realisationship. We've posted the early solo song…



Diane Coffee – “Eclipse” (Pink Floyd Cover) Video

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:50:10 +0000

The only thing anybody in this country can talk about today is the solar eclipse that will sweep across the US map like some cosmic forward-slash this afternoon. That apparently extends to the music world: We've already posted Absolutely Free's cover of the Frankie Valli/Walker Brothers classic "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore," and you've…



James Murphy Implies He Ended LCD Soundsystem On A Lark To Drive MSG Ticket Sales

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:28:49 +0000

LCD Soundsystem's final show at Madison Square Garden -- or, in any case, the band's final show for about five years -- entered into the annals of New York rock legend almost as soon as it was announced. And James Murphy has talked before about how nobody expected his band to sell out the historic…



Absolutely Free – “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore” (Frankie Valli Cover)

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:20:37 +0000

The first artist to record Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio's "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)" was Frankie Valli, for whom it was the first solo single in a decade after a string of hits with the Four Seasons. Valli's 1965 single didn't make much of an impression, though, especially compared to how the Walker…



St. Vincent’s New Album Is “All About Sex And Drugs And Sadness”

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:02:25 +0000

St. Vincent released the new single "New York" earlier this summer, and she's heading out on tour this fall. She also debuted a new song called "LA" live recently. So we know she's working on a new album. And now, thanks to a new profile in The New Yorker, we know a few more things…



Watch Radiohead’s Thom Yorke & Jonny Greenwood Play Rarities At Italian Earthquake Benefit

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 22:20:07 +0000

Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood played a rare stripped-down show as a duo tonight at the Macerata Sferisterio. It was a benefit show for the Italian region of Le Marche, which suffered a huge earthquake around this time last year. They performed a number of rarities: "Faust Arp" and the unreleased "Follow Me Around,"



Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment – “Gimme A Call” (Feat. Taylor Bennett)

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 19:45:59 +0000

Chance The Rapper's brother Taylor Bennett just put up a playlist of unmixed, throwaway tracks that includes an unreleased song from Chance and the Social Experiment called "Gimme A Call" that features a verse from Bennett. The Social Experiment's last release was 2015's Surf. Bennett says that the playlist will only be available for a…



Watch Foo Fighters & Rick Astley Play A Grunge “Never Gonna Give You Up” In Japan

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 18:08:48 +0000

Foo Fighters played Japan's Summer Sonic Festival this weekend and so too did Rick Astley, so of course (?) they got together during the Foos' headlining set to perform a grungy rendition of Astley's eternal meme and '80s hit "Never Gonna Give You Up." "This is fuckin’ crazy -- I just met him two minutes…



Rick Ross Salutes Prodigy & Chester Bennington At Billboard Hot 100 Fest

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 16:45:27 +0000

Rick Ross headlined the Sun Stage last night (8/19), capping off a day-long party of genre-hopping hysteria on Billboard Hot 100 Festival’s second-biggest stage. Ross has hits, and he let it be known. Whether it was his own tracks or features on the smashes of others, the Maybach Music leader made the most of his…



Watch Britney Spears Cover Bonnie Raitt’s “Something To Talk About”

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 16:31:30 +0000

Britney Spears is still doing her Piece Of Me Las Vegas residency -- though it's scheduled to wrap up at the end of the year -- and there aren't many variations in her setlist from performance to performance. But last night she decided to sing a cover of Bonnie Raitt's "Something To Talk About." She…



Morrissey Shares Eulogy For Dick Gregory

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 16:02:30 +0000

Comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory died this weekend and Morrissey has shared a eulogy for the late figure via his nephew's Facebook page alongside a picture of the two of them together. Here's the euology: Dick Gregory, America's last hope, dies, aged 84. He knew how all aspects of the…



Watch Jay-Z Pay Tribute To Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington By Performing “Numb/Encore”

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 14:33:29 +0000

Jay-Z and Linkin Park will, of course, be forever intertwined because of their collaborative 2004 Collision Course mash-up EP. Last night, at his first show since Chester Bennington's death last month, Jay-Z paid tribute to his late collaborator by performing "Numb/Encore" at the V Festival in Staffordshire, England. Check out video via Pitchfork below. …



Watch St. Vincent Debut New Song “LA” In Tokyo

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 14:21:46 +0000

Last night, St. Vincent played her first show since releasing a new song, "New York," and announcing her forthcoming Fear The Future tour. She has a new album on the way, of course -- she recently talked a little about it in a new interview -- and at last night's festival set at Summer Sonic…



Watch Marijuana Deathsquads Score 1920s Dada Films With Justin Vernon

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 14:07:02 +0000

On Thursday night at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Marijuana Deathsquads played new scores that they wrote to soundtrack 1920s experimental short films by Dada artists Hans Richter, Viking Eggeling, and Rene Clair. The Twin Cities-based noise collective recruited Bon Iver's Justin Vernon to perform alongside them -- Marijuana Deathsquads' ringleader Ryan Olson also…



Watch The Killers’ Promo Video For Mayweather Vs. McGregor Fight

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 13:40:35 +0000

Next week, there's a big fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, and the Killers recorded a promo for the match (which will air on Showtime PPV) featuring the band performing their recent single "The Man" (from their new album Wonderful, Wonderful) in a boxing ring in the middle of the desert. The fight's taking…



40 Years Ago Today NASA Sent A Mixtape To Aliens

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 13:32:13 +0000

Forty years ago today, NASA launched the space probe Voyager 2 -- it's currently a little less than 11 billion miles away from Earth -- and a couple weeks later it was followed by Voyager 1, which has surpassed its twin and is now around 13 billion miles away. Both spacecrafts contain a 12-inch, gold-plated…



Gucci Mane Mixes Old Hits & New At Billboard Hot 100 Festival

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 23:37:42 +0000

Gucci Mane hit the main stage just after 6 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 19) at the Billboard Hot 100 Festival riding off a DJ set that delivered cuts from Migos, 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert and, most significantly, "Classical (Intro)," off his 2009 major-label debut, The State Vs. Radric Davis. And when he arrived he came…



Chance The Rapper Gives Terminally Ill Teen Coldplay Tickets

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 19:00:15 +0000

Chance The Rapper is the closest thing we have to a real life superhero, having spent the year so far working to save SoundCloud, donating more than $1 million dollars to Chicago Public Schools, and providing the youth with valuable work experience. He continued his parade of heroic deeds this Thursday when he gave the…



Trent Reznor Details His Vietnam War Score

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:54:48 +0000

Back in January, it was announced that Nine Inch Nails collaborators Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross would be scoring the upcoming 10-part, 18-hour Ken Burns documentary "The Vietnam War." Now they've shared more details about the project, with the 17-track, two-disc package out next month. In addition, the film's 38-track companion soundtrack -- which features…



Trump Will Skip Kennedy Center Honors After Lionel Richie And Other Honorees Threaten Boycott

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:10:42 +0000

Since its inception in 1978, the annual Kennedy Center Honors has celebrated the "extraordinary careers of five artists whose talent and ingenuity have enriched and shaped cultural life in America." Traditionally, the White House hosts a reception prior to the show where the president congratulates each year's honorees. But of course our current White House…



Clipping. – “The Deep”

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:31:12 +0000

The latest episode of the popular weekly public radio show This American Life is entitled "We Are In The Future," so naturally the producers commissioned the futuristic art-rap trio Clipping. for an original song. That contribution, entitled "The Deep," is a five-and-a-half minute rumbling epic "based on the underwater mythology of the 90s Detroit electro…



Stream Brand New Science Fiction

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:15:54 +0000

Brand New launched a pre-order for their fifth album earlier this week, and soon after people started getting CDs in the mail containing it. It then went up order on their Procrastinate! Music Traitors website and now, a couple days later, the album is available on streaming services. It's Brand New's first new album since…



St. Vincent Discusses New Songs And Whether They’re About Cara Delevigne

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:01:49 +0000

We now know the names of six songs on St. Vincent's upcoming, still yet-untitled fifth studio LP. In an interview with the Guardian, Annie Clark discussed briefly how her 18-month relationship with supermodel Cara Delevingne may have influenced the songs on the album, which in addition to the previously released "New York," will include tracks…



James Murphy Shares Note On American Dream: “It’s The Best I’ve Felt About An LCD LP Ever”

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 15:32:02 +0000

We're officially just two weeks out from the release of LCD Soundsystem's long-awaited reunion album American Dream, and James Murphy has taken to Facebook to address some final matters before then. First and foremost, he has unambiguously confirmed that "yes, that's the cover." But it's not all bad news! He also shared that anyone who…



Father John Misty Says Goodbye To Chuck E. Cheese’s Animatronic House Bands

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 15:02:13 +0000

The latest antics from our merry media-meister Father John Misty probably won't dispel our bitter Twitter-miser Ryan Adams' opinion of him as "the most self-important asshole on earth." In response to the absolutely tragic news that the Chuck E. Cheese house-band is breaking up, FJM took to Facebook to pen a moving eulogy of their…



JAY-Z Addresses Clashes With Kanye And Solange, Controversy Over His “Jewish People” Lyric

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:35:08 +0000

JAY-Z's been unpacking his latest album 4:44 over the past few weeks on his TIDAL video series Footnotes. But if a tree falls in the forest and it's a TIDAL exclusive, does it even make a sound? Hov doesn't seem to care, and you can only listen to his first real interview since 4:44's release…



Ryan Adams Calls Father John Misty “The Most Self-Important Asshole On Earth”

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 11:23:12 +0000

Ryan Adams is on one! Last month, Adams hilariously roasted the shit out of the Strokes on Twitter. And now he's moving on to some of his other rock peers. Early this morning, Adams took aim squarely at his fellow roots-rock wiseacre Father John Misty, calling him "the most self-important asshole on earth" and calling…



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

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:01:03 +0000

On Tuesday Belle & Sebastian accidentally left their drummer in a North Dakota Walmart. Otherwise this week can go fuck itself.



The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:16:13 +0000

Did you hear the news? Gordi and Queens Of The Stone Age made an album together! What a wonderful, totally unexpected surprise. Speaking of surprises: brand new Band New is out and we just might be gearing up for Taylor Swift's inevitable singer-songwriter album. The week has been ripe with exciting music news and terrible…



Kanye West & Kid Cudi’s Japan Trip Is Reportedly For A Surprise Recording Project

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:53:47 +0000

Earlier this year, we were seeing reports that Kanye West, recovering from public breakdowns and hospitalization, was working on music in a remote Wyoming cabin. And today, we're seeing more reports that West is working on new music, but now those reports are different. West and Kid Cudi have been spotted in Japan over the…



Future Cancels Charlottesville Concert Out Of Respect For Terrorism Victims

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:29:42 +0000

On Saturday night, Future and Lil Yachty were set to perform at Charlottesville's John Paul Jones Arena, a welcome-week concert for the students who are arriving at the University Of Virginia. But then, this past weekend, neo-Nazis and white supremacists marched on Charlottesville, a violent and chaotic brawl of a demonstration that ended when one…



Bob Dylan Shares A Christmas Story By Roland Janes

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:23:18 +0000

This coming Sunday, 8/20, would be the 84th birthday of rockabilly guitarist and producer Roland Janes, who passed away in late 2013. In his honor, Bob Dylan has shared a Christmas story by Janes on his website. Recalling a time they met in Memphis, Dylan writes:…



Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – August 2017

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:10:10 +0000

One of the first lessons I learned when I was first getting into jazz, back at the dawn of time, was Follow The Sidemen. If you hear a record that kicks your ass, write down the players' names and start looking for them. If Rudy Royston or Tyshawn Sorey or Johnathan Blake is on drums,…



Be Here Now Turns 20

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:16:26 +0000

Be Here Now was the beginning of the end for Oasis. You know the story: Going into 1997, the Gallagher brothers were larger than life, unstoppable. In their native England, they were critically respected and massively successful commercially, having become the rock 'n' roll stars they once sang about becoming, but also becoming tabloid-fodder fixtures…



Premature Evaluation: The War On Drugs A Deeper Understanding

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:40:27 +0000

You guys ever see that Wilco documentary I Am Trying To Break Your Heart? I love that flick, but there's one scene in particular: Wilco are in the studio, recording what will eventually come together as their 2001 masterpiece, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, and the late Jay Bennett is explaining how they're developing the track "Poor…



Joe Scarborough Says His New EP Was Influenced By Weezer And M83

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:30:46 +0000

Joe Scarborough, in addition to being a former Republican congressman and superficially anti-Trump talking head, is also a musician. Like fellow titans of rock Bon Jovi and Daughtry before him, he has taken his surname as his band name: they’re called Scarborough, and they have a new EP called Welcome To The Monkey House out…



Taylor Swift’s Social Media Profiles Are Now Just A Blank Space

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:01:59 +0000

We've been expecting a year-end album rollout from Taylor Swift, and having emerged victorious from her in court, she might just be initiating that rollout today. Swift has largely deleted her social media presence: erasing her profile pictures, unfollowing everyone on Twitter and Instagram, clearing out her entire slate of Instagram photos, and even wiping