Claire Lobenfeld

10 Cover Songs By Chvrches, Ranked

It was just over two years ago that Glasgow trio Chvrches first tapped their synth keys into our hearts with their dark, romantic pop. Aside from their Recover EP and full-length debut The Bones Of What You Believe, the band has given us a lot of listening material, covering songs by many other artists at… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / November 17, 2014

Lykke Li @ The Apollo, NYC 5/15/14

A "pathetic fallacy" occurs when, in a story, nature reacts to a human emotion: when everything is going wrong and a character says something like, "At least it's not raining," and then BAM! it rains. Lykke Li, the current queen of heartbreak, had the opposite effect on New York City last night. A rainy morning… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / May 16, 2014

The 10 Best M.I.A. Songs

M.I.A. is supposed to be a messenger, but the mission of her music is often obscured by critics' and listeners' schismatic view of her work. But before her war with the NFL, her allegiance with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, or those goddamn truffle fries, she was a neon prism at the end of a long… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / November 6, 2013

M.I.A. Says Her Super Bowl Middle Finger Was Actually A Godly Hand Gesture

M.I.A.'s Matangi is out today and along with the religious iconography that is referenced throughout the album, in a recent interview with NPR, the "Bad Girls" rapper has explained that the middle finger she gave at the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show is part of that spiritual expression. When asked why she… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / November 5, 2013

Stream Blood Orange Cupid Deluxe

The two tracks we've heard from Blood Orange's upcoming Cupid Deluxe, "You're Not Good Enough" and the Caroline Polachek-featuring "Chamakay," both garnered 5 Best Songs nods and today we have a full view of what else from the LP has potential to land on the list. His sophomore album is streaming… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / November 5, 2013

Porches. – “Townie Blunt Guts”

"Townie Blunt Guts" is a new track from Porches. that will appear as the A-side on a 7" split with fellow Westchester indie kids LVL UP. Miles noted when we premiered the B-side "Cross The Sea" that LVL UP was working with a steady current of Weezer influence and that's made it's way to… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / November 5, 2013

Tei Shi – “Nature Vs. Nurture” (Stereogum Premiere)

"Saudade" was always one of my favorite words (and one of the only I still remember well) from when I was studying Portuguese in college. We don't have a comparable word in English, but it loosely translates to a mournful sense of nostalgia and connectedness. Brooklyn-via-Bogotá-and-Vancouver singer Tei Shi has named her debut EP after… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / November 5, 2013

Broken Bells – “Holding On For Life”

Broken Bells, the side-project of Danger Mouse and the Shins' James Mercer, recently revealed they will release their sophomore album After The Disco in January with a teaser video and an eponymous short film. Today we get our first full taste of the music that's to come by way of theremin-imbued first single… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / November 4, 2013

Audion – “Motormouth”

As Audion, electro-architect Matthew Dear makes expansive, ascendant quilts of techno and new track "Motormouth" is one of his most intricate to-date. It's one of two new pieces that will appear on a career-spanning compilation Audion X, including standouts like "Mouth To Mouth" and "Kisses," that is out next month via Ghostly International's sister label… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / November 4, 2013

Hospitality – “I Miss Your Bones”

Last month, Brooklyn indie-pop trio and BTW-emeritus Hospitality teased their sophomore album Trouble, which is due out early next year. We got a sneak peak into the music on deck, but today the band has released the first full cut, "I Miss Your Bones" and it's packed with their signature sound of minimalist… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / November 4, 2013

Califone – “Frosted Tips” Video

Califone have released a video for their August-released single "Frosted Tips" and not a single person in the clip has the hair dye atrocity for which the song is named. Instead, the video features a falling flowerpot making its way to the ground from atop an extremely tall high rise, giving the viewer a… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / November 4, 2013

Watch Holy Ghost! Play Letterman

Holy Ghost! performed "Dumb Disco Ideas" from their new album Dynamics with a full band on last night's Letterman. Golf claps, Dave, for having an appropriately-named band as the musical guest on your Halloween show. Check out their appearance below. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / November 1, 2013

Flume – “Space Cadet” (Feat. Ghostface Killah & Autre Ne Veut)

Aussie electronic producer and DJ Flume is slated to release his mixtape Flume: Deluxe Edition later this month and it's shaping up to be a hybridist's dream. As you can see from "Space Cadet," in which he's enlisted Ghostface Killah and Autre Ne Veut as his guests, the tape will boast vocal appearances from a… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / November 1, 2013

Juana Molina – “Eras” Video

"Eras" is the first track Argentine singer Juana Molina gave us from her new album Wed 21 and now she has released an accompanying visual treatment. The clip features a dinner party so out of the norm that you really just need to watch it in all its bizarre glory. But the image… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / November 1, 2013

Stream M.I.A. Matangi

We've heard significant chunk of M.I.A.'s oft-delayed, "too positive" Matangi, but now it is available to stream in full before its release next Tuesday. On top of "Bad Girls," "Y.A.L.A.," "Bring The Noize," "Come Walk With Me," and "Only 1 U" the album features two collaborations with the… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / November 1, 2013

Beck Teams With Warby Parker On Glasses, L.A. Song Reader Event

On 11/24, Beck will perform his sheet music-only album Song Reader with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a grip of guests at L.A.'s Walt Disney Concert Hall. The orchestra will be conducted by Beck's father, David Campbell, and they will be joined on stage by Jarvis Cocker, Jenny Lewis, Childish Gambino, John C. Reilly,… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / November 1, 2013

Read Lou Reed’s Obituary, Placed By Laurie Anderson In Their Local Paper

Since Lou Reed's passing on Sunday, the outpouring of love and remembrance for the rock 'n roll legend has been legion. But today, his wife Laurie Anderson, an icon in her own right, has published her own. Her message of love for her husband appears in The East Hampton Star, the Long Island… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 31, 2013

Dum Dum Girls – “Lost Boys And Girls Club” Video

We started the day with "Lost Boys And Girls Club," a new track from recent S'gum interviewees Dum Dum Girls, but now the L.A. band has delivered a glossy -- at least it terms of the styling -- video for the cut. The video, which is a collaboration between the Dum Dums and H&M,… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 31, 2013

Atu – “Can Do It” Video (Stereogum Premeire)

Atu is an Ann Arbor-based producer who makes dreamy R&B beats, the power of which are especially strong due to his background as a classically-trained pianist and musician. For "Can Do It," from his spring-released EP Pictures Of Silence, the producer creates layers of sumptuous production which he layers, what sound like, obscured sample… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 31, 2013

Josh Tillman – “Car Chase Theme”

Call "Car Chase Theme" third wave Josh Tillman. The former drummer of Fleet Foxes, who also writes, records, writes essays, and does killer R. Kelly karaoke as Father John Misty, has been enlisted by his wife Emma Elizabeth Tillman to score her directorial debut film The History Of Caves. The sampling that we… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 31, 2013

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