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The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:53:36 +0000

Congratulations: You all made it through one year of Trump's four (!) year presidency. A round of applause all around! Who knows what 2018 will bring aside from chaos and misery. As we stare down a possible government shutdown, these are the songs you should listen to.

Fischerspooner – “TopBrazil” Video

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:43:31 +0000

Last year saw a smattering of new Fischerspooner tracks including the Michael Stipe co-write "Have Fun Tonight," the Caroline Polachek collaboration "Togetherness," and the delightfully titled "Butterscotch Goddam" featuring Johnny Magee. Today they've returned with another track written with Stipe from the upcoming album he produced for them, Sir. It's called "TopBrazil," and it arrives…

Robert Pollard Is Releasing A Parody Country Album Named Blue Balls Lincoln

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:38:09 +0000

Guided By Voices' Robert Pollard releases approximately one million albums every year, and his latest is not a conventional one by any means. He's adopted a parodic country music alter ego named Cash Rivers -- who he first unveiled on a 7" last year -- and will be releasing an album called Blue Balls Lincoln

Pearl Jam’s Website Leaks 2018 Baseball Stadium Tour Dates

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:17:18 +0000

It looks like Pearl Jam are going on a baseball stadium tour later this year. For a brief time today, the band's official website listed the dates of the tour, which has yet to be officially announced. The last time the band toured was in 2016. They're also headlining Madrid's Mad Cool Festival later this…

No Age’s Dean Spunt On Their New Album, Navigating The Industry, & The Late Grant Hart

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:17:15 +0000

Ten years ago, it seemed like No Age would never stop making noise. The Los Angeles duo (guitarist Randy Randall, drummer/singer Dean Allen Spunt) introduced themselves with the one-two punch of their 2007 compilation Weirdo Rippers and their Sub Pop debut Nouns, and we named them a Band To Watch. These releases found them splicing…

Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Named Their New Daughter Chicago West

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:36:01 +0000

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian recently welcomed their third child, this time by surrogate. Today, Kardashian announced on her blog that they've named the girl Chicago West, completing a trifecta of unconventional baby names begun by North and Saint. Welcome to the world, baby Chicago!

Jerry David DeCicca – “Watermelon”

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:13:01 +0000

The second single from Jerry David DeCicca's forthcoming album, Time The Teacher, goes down just as smooth as the title track. "Watermelon" puts DeCicca's melancholic, Bob Dylan-esque moan at the forefront, surrounded by a soft choir, fluttering horns, and a delicate piano progression. DeCicca starts with a watermelon -- "pink as the sunset, green as…

Stream Bedbug I’ll Count To Heaven In Years Without Seasons

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:06:16 +0000

Earlier this month, Bedbug released "Lilies," the first and only single from the Boston-based project's new album I'll Count To Heaven In Years Without Seasons. It's a fantastic song, a warm and hypnotic lo-fi pop gem that's indicative of what's on the rest of the album, which is out today. I'll Count To Heaven In

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:49:39 +0000

Here's the thing about Justin Timberlake's "Supplies" video: It's fucking hilarious. The little kid telling us to die? The guy with the collar made out of guns? The wall of TV screens, all of them showing vague bad things, being shorted out by the mere presence of Timberlake? It's the clumsiest possible attempt to depict…

Strand Of Oaks’ Harder Love Is A Glimpse Of What Hard Love Could Have Been

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:24:50 +0000

Almost exactly 11 months ago today, Tim Showalter released his fifth album under his moniker Strand Of Oaks, Hard Love. After the breakthrough and acclaim that came with 2014's HEAL, there was some anticipation: That he'd finally settled into his groove as a songwriter and performer, that there could be another record's worth of deeply…

The Number Ones: Tommy Edwards’ “It’s All In The Game”

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:11:23 +0000

The Number Ones is a new column where I'll review every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present. It is, in other words, a shameless ripoff of the great British blogger Tom Ewing's long-running column Popular,

Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet – “The Water Rises / Our Street Is A Black River”

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:58:28 +0000

Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet have teamed for the first time for a new album together, Landfall, that's coming out next month. The two experimental artists have already shared one song from it, "We Learn to Speak Yet Another Language, and today they're releasing a pair of tracks that show up side-by-side on the album,…

Dreezy – “2nd To None” (Feat. 2 Chainz)

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:49:14 +0000

Chicago sing-rapper Dreezy is an underrated figure, a low-profile major-label back-burner type even though she's made great singles with people like Jeremih ("Body") and Gucci Mane ("We Gon' Ride"). Today, she's got another great one with another established star. On "2nd To None," Dreezy teams up with 2 Chainz to talk slick over an airy…

Stream St. Beauty Running To The Sun

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:40:02 +0000

Our first exposure to St. Beauty was as part of "Hell You Talmbout," the massive Wondaland Records posse cut headlined by label head Janelle Monae. Since then the Atlanta duo of Alex Belle and Isis Valentino has been honing their blend of synth-pop, vintage R&B, indie-rock, hip-hop, et al, streamlining their influences into something singular…

Beth Ditto – “I’m Alive” (Tommy James & The Shondelles Cover)

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:29:37 +0000

Last year, the former Gossip singer Beth Ditto released her solo debut Fake Sugar, a strong and underrated album of sleek and modernized blues-rock. Today, she's followed it up with the driving, riff-happy standalone single "I'm Alive." It's a cover of a truly great 1968 garage-rock single from Tommy James & The Shondells, written by…

Stream Closer All This Will Be

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:11:28 +0000

This week's reigning Album Of The Week is All This Will Be, the crashing, expressionist debut from the New York screamo trio Closer. It's a raw, ferocious album that calls back to the classic era of late-'90s and early-'00s post-hardcore, but it also feels very much by its own thing, anchored by frontwoman Ryann Slauson's…

Watch Grizzly Bear Perform “Losing All Sense” On Conan

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:04:08 +0000

Last year, Grizzly Bear released a new album, Painted Ruins, and they've been sporadically making the TV rounds since then, appearing on Colbert, Jools Holland, CBS This Morning, and now Conan. They popped up last night to perform "Losing All Sense," and you can watch it below.

Sigur Rós Soundtracking Black Metal Movie Starring Sky Ferreira

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:03:19 +0000

Sigur Rós and Sky Ferreira are two beloved musical artists who've been taking their sweet time releasing new LPs, and one of the things they've been doing instead is working on a movie about Norwegian black metal called Lords Of Chaos. We already knew Ferreira was acting in Lords Of Chaos -- which is directed…

Kodak Black Arrested On Weapons And Child Neglect Charges While Livestreaming

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:54:57 +0000

Kodak Black has been arrested again. Complex reports that Broward Sheriff deputies raided the 20-year-old Florida rapper's house last night and arrested him on charges of grand theft of a firearm, child neglect, possession of marijuana, two counts of possession of a weapon by a felon, and two counts of probation violation.

Watch Franz Ferdinand Perform “Always Ascending” On Fallon

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:54:51 +0000

Franz Ferdinand are releasing a new album called Always Ascending in a couple weeks, and last night the Scottish rockers stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform the title track from it. Watch the performance below. Always Ascending is out 2/9 via Domino.

Def Leppard Finally Stream Their Classic Albums

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:36:50 +0000

Long-running pop-metal greats Def Leppard were, until today, one of the last multi-platinum titans whose music still wasn't available on streaming platforms. But Musically reports that the band's entire catalog will be available today on music streaming platforms (as I'm writing this, the albums are up on Apple Music but not Spotify).

St. Vincent – “New York (Kelly Lee Owens Remix)”

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:35:38 +0000

Welsh producer Kelly Lee Owens, who we named one of the most exciting new artists of last year, has remixed a song from St. Vincent's latest album, MASSEDUCTION. She took the balladry of "New York" and turned it into a shadowy groove more befitting of a club (a cool club, anyway), and you can listen…

(Sandy) Alex G – “Fay”

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:22:55 +0000

Last year prolific lo-fi luminary (Sandy) Alex G leapt into a new echelon of fame, fidelity, and (arguably) overall quality with Rocket, his second album for Domino (DSU forever, though). Today he's back with "Fay," a melancholy indie-rock ballad that floats casually through Pavement space while exploring the sort of tweaked sonic abstractions littered across…

Yams Day Shut Down Amid Brawls And Reports Of Gunshots

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:05:55 +0000

For the past two years, the members of A$AP Mob have honored their late mastermind A$AP Yams with Yams Day, an all-star New York rap show. Last night's show was scheduled to be the first Yams Day at the Bronx's New York Expo Center after a couple of years at the Theater At Madison Square…

Hinds – “New For You” Video

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:27:21 +0000

Madrid garage rock four-piece Hinds found success in this side of the Atlantic with their debut album, Leave Me Alone. Since then, they’ve performed on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and covered Dead Ghosts’ "When It Comes To You" for a compilation in support of Planned Parenthood.

Machine Gun Kelly To Play Tommy Lee In Netflix’s Mötley Crüe Biopic

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 03:43:22 +0000

Colson Baker, better known as pop-rapper Machine Gun Kelly, has been cast in Netflix's new Mötley Crüe biopic. MGK has been carving out a little side gig for himself as an actor, most recently in Cameron Crowe's Roadies and the very stupid techno-thriller Nerve, and Variety reports that he's now set to play Tommy Lee…

Tinashe – “No Drama” (Feat. Offset) Video

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:03:49 +0000

Tinashe and Offset released a strong new collaboration called "No Drama" this morning, but unfortunately it's been all drama for Offset today. Nonetheless, the pair are forging ahead with the song's official video. It's a very good video, too, with a strikingly styled Tinashe gliding through some impressive dance moves. Watch below.

Faith Healer – “& Waiting” Video

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:30:21 +0000

The Edmonton duo Faith Healer released a second collection of easygoing retro guitar-pop jams called Try ;-) last year. Today they're back with a video for the album's lovely, loping "& Waiting." They tell The Fader they shot it on their iPhones on the beach in Pensacola the morning after a horrible show in New…

Tom Hardy’s 1999 Rap Mixtape Has Been Unearthed

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:14:07 +0000

Falling On Your Arse In 1999 is a previously unreleased collaboration between a DJ named Eddie Too Tall, aka writer and director Ed Tracy, and a rapper named Tommy No. 1, aka Tom Hardy. Yes, that Tom Hardy. As Noisey points out, Tracy quietly uploaded the not-quite-finished rap mixtape to Bandcamp earlier this month, and…

The Number Ones: The Elegants’ “Little Star”

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:06:22 +0000

The Number Ones is a new column where I'll review every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present. It is, in other words, a shameless ripoff of the great British blogger Tom Ewing's long-running column Popular,

Ty Dolla $ign – “Ex” (feat. YG) Video

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:47:14 +0000

"Ex" was one of the better offerings on Ty Dolla $ign's lukewarm album from last October, Beach House 3. The song is funky and smooth and about infidelity -- but in a fun, groovy way! It sounds like something that would play at a club that only allows attractive people inside, which is exactly what…

Gotcha Covered: “God Save The Queen”

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:39:04 +0000

It was 40 years ago this month -- January 14, 1978, in San Francisco's not-long-for-this-world Winterland Ballroom  -- that the Sex Pistols' doomed US tour finally came to an end and with it, the band as an ongoing legitimate concern (at least until the inevitable reunion). Johnny Rotten's famous last words, bitterly introspective and defeated,…

Hovvdy – “In The Sun”

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:34:55 +0000

Austin-based Hovvdy make dusty, wistful indie rock with a warm center. We've already heard "Late," "Petal," and the title track from their forthcoming sophomore album, Cranberry, and today they share "In The Sun." Hovvdy half Will Taylor describes it as "a song about falling into sync with someone and staying home a lot, and about…

Mad Cool Festival 2018 Lineup

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:18:58 +0000

Madrid's Mad Cool Festival already had a pretty stacked lineup, especially if you're a fan of rock, and even more so if you're a fan of alt-rock greats from the '90s. Anchored by heavyweights like Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, and Queens Of The Stone Age, the fest also boasted some more unique headliners like…

Having Conquered Britain, Dua Lipa Is Coming For America Next

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:02:12 +0000

"New Rules" is a great song. Using the ingredients of the moment -- nimbly tapped tropical-house keyboards, complex but airy drum programming indebted to Africa and the Caribbean, a morphing stylistic terrain that veers from booming rock-indebted bridges into surging dance-infused choruses -- it serves as a contagious canvas for 22-year-old British pop singer Dua…

The Soft Moon – “Choke”

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:38:21 +0000

Early next month, Luis Vasquez will release a new album under his moniker the Soft Moon titled Criminal. We've already heard previews of it with "Burn" and "It Kills," and now he's shared another new track called "Choke." The song picks up where its predecessors left off; it's another caustic and snarling piece of industrial-tinged…

August Greene – “Optimistic” (Feat. Brandy)

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:24:38 +0000

Renowned hip-hop artist and actor Common, drummer Karriem Riggins, and pianist Robert Glasper are set to release their first album under the moniker August Greene in March. For its lead single, the trio brought on the heart of '90s pop-R&B, Brandy, to cover Sounds Of Blackness' 1991 track "Optimistic." The song is typically carried by…

The Sea And Cake – “Any Day”

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:17:06 +0000

We haven't heard from sophisticated Chicago pop tinkerers the Sea And Cake in a while; their last album, Runner, came out about six years ago. But this spring, they'll return with the new LP Any Day, which features flute and clarinet from Brian Wilson collaborator Paul Von Mertens. They've just shared the album's title track,…

Kirin J Callinan Removed From Laneway Festival Lineup After Complaints

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:07:20 +0000

Kirin J Callinan was discreetly removed from the Laneway Festival 2018 lineup after organizers took heed of complaints over the Sydney-based provocateur's recent behavior. Last November, Callinan sparked controversy when he flashed his penis on the ARIA Awards red carpet. Though the act was undoubtedly grossly inappropriate, Callinan chose to expose himself during the least…

Jermaine Dupri Says That He Influenced Atlanta Hip-Hop Culture More Than OutKast Did

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:00:14 +0000

As a producer and a label boss, Atlanta rap veteran Jermaine Dupri had a huge impact on a whole lot of careers, helping to introduce people like Kriss Kross, Usher, Da Brat, and Bow Wow to the world, as well as making hit records on his own. He's a very important figure in the history…