Watch Albert Hammond Jr. Play New Songs “Losing Touch” & “Born Slippy” At Primavera Sound

Albert Hammond Jr. plays guitar in the Strokes, and like that band’s frontman, Julian Casablancas, he’s pursued a successful solo career alongside the band’s continued existence. Actually, Momentary Masters will be Hammond’s third solo album, and it comes out in July. During his show at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound Festival, the Hammond performed two new song… More »

Crocodiles – “Hard” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

San Diego’s Crocodiles released their new LP, Boys, earlier this month, and we’ve already seen the brooding, antique-looking video for the first single, “Crybaby Demon.” Today, we’re premiering a visual accompaniment to the track “Hard.” The Kelsey Henderson-directed video is a series of faded film clips of a bunch of punks acting, well, hard. The… More »

Ian MacKaye Unearths Fan Letter From 14-Year-Old Dave Grohl

Before he was best friends with David Letterman, before he was a Foo Fighter, before he was the drummer in Nirvana, before he was the drummer in Scream, Dave Grohl was the cute kid pictured above. That cute kid wrote a letter to Ian MacKaye when he was 14, asking the Minor Threat (and later… More »

The Fresh & Onlys – “Sunglasses” (Stereogum Premiere)

San Francisco rockers the Fresh & Onlys are releasing an Early Years Anthology that works as a sort of counterpart to their 2008 self-titled debut. It will be out at the end of August via John Dwyer’s Castle Face Records. In honor of the collection, Dwyer, who is also a member of fellow San Francisco… More »

Frank Black Is Cool With Streaming Because iTunes Is Apparently Too Confusing

Frank Black spoke to The Daily Beast‘s James Joiner about the making of Pixies’ forthcoming record, and inadvertently, about how confusing iTunes is. I get it. Every time my computer asks me if I want to update iTunes I angrily close the window like, “Hell no!” Each new format is less convenient than the last,… More »

Stream Malportado Kids Total Cultura

Providence, RI’s Malportado Kids make music that casual observers might label as “world music” if they weren’t aware that the band’s members, Victoria Ruiz and Joey La Neve DeFrancesco, also front the prominent political punk band Downtown Boys, who just released their latest record, Full Communism. My personal beef with a genre label like “world… More »

Lee Bannon – “Disneµ Girls”

By Tom Breihan / 1:32 pm

In a few short years, the producer Lee Bannon has gone from making dusty throwback rap beats to foggy, dystopic jungle music to ominous experimental synth-drone. His new album Pattern Of Excel is coming out this summer, and he says it’s the last thing he’ll release under that Lee Bannon name. We’ve posted first single… More »

The 10 Best Stereolab Songs

While grunge was peaking, Britpop was winding down, and hip-hop was in the midst of being codified as pop’s lingua franca, Stereolab were just getting warmed up in pursuit of a throwback art-deco futurism. From their formation in 1990 to the beginning of their “indefinite hiatus” in 2009, the London-based “Groop” — centered around songwriter… More »

Prefuse 73 – “Search The Sky”

By Tom Breihan / 12:50 pm

Guillermo Scott Herren, the producer who records as Prefuse 73, started out as a backpack-rap deconstructionist and then fell in love with Spanish folk music, and it’s hard to know what to call his music anymore. He’s been quiet for the past few years, but thus far this year, he’s already released one EP, ForsythMore »

Dan Svizeny – “Dreams Came True” (Stereogum Premiere)

“Dreams Come True” is a weird title for a rock song to have. We expect our rock to stick to the well-trod path of regret and surliness — looking back on things fondly isn’t really done. It’s hard to make out all of Dan Svizeny’s words under the fuzz, but the track certainly sounds hope. More »

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