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New Williamsburg Venue Brooklyn Steel Opening In April With PJ Harvey, Decemberists, Animal Collective

Bowery Presents -- the concert promoter responsible for booking Bowery Ballroom, Terminal 5, and Music Hall Of Williamsburg (among others) in New York, and a…
James Rettig | December 5, 2016 - 5:39 pm

Yasiin Bey Announces Two More Albums

A few weeks ago, Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) announced a series of farewell shows in New York City and Washington, DC that…
James Rettig | December 5, 2016 - 2:35 pm

Ab-Soul – “Threatening Nature”

Ab-Soul's These Days... follow-up DWTW has been at the center of some controversy with Top Dawg over the last few weeks with regards to its…
James Rettig | December 5, 2016 - 12:58 pm


Stream Old Gray Slow Burn

In the middle of Old Gray's sophomore album, Slow Burn, the band gives the floor over to New Hampshire-based performance artist William James, who recites…
James Rettig | December 5, 2016 - 12:02 pm

The Last Shadow Puppets – “This Is Your Life” (Glaxo Babies Cover) Video

Last week, the Last Shadow Puppets put out their Dream Synopsis EP, which was mostly made up of covers, including songs by Leonard Cohen and…
James Rettig | December 5, 2016 - 9:39 am

Katie Gately – “Lift” Video

The wormy, weird pop music on Katie Gately's debut full-length, Color, led us to include the LA-based musician on our Best New Bands Of 2016
James Rettig | December 2, 2016 - 4:54 pm

Chance The Rapper Returning To SNL This Month

Saturday Night Live has just announced its musical guests for the rest of the year. Most notably, Chance The Rapper will perform on the 12/17…
James Rettig | December 2, 2016 - 4:20 pm

Perfume Genius Sings On The New John Legend Album

John Legend released his new album, Darkness And Light today, and it has credited guest spots from Chance The Rapper, Kamasi Washington, and Alabama Shakes'
James Rettig | December 2, 2016 - 2:37 pm

The Feelies – “Been Replaced”

The Feelies returned in 2011 with Here Before after an almost two-decade-long absence, but it hasn't taken them nearly that much time to come up…
James Rettig | December 2, 2016 - 2:00 pm

Young M.A – “Eat” Video

Young M.A has been understandably slow to follow-up on the success of "Ooouuu," and her new freestyle "EAT" is certainly not a proper next step,…
James Rettig | December 2, 2016 - 1:12 pm

2016 In Review

25 Great EPs From 2016

In an age when major-label artists are putting out bloated albums in an effort to rack up the most streaming equivalent units, it can sometimes…
James Rettig | December 2, 2016 - 12:00 pm

Dams Of The West – “Tell The Truth” Video

Vampire Weekend drummer Chris Tomson is releasing his debut solo album, Youngish Americans, under the name Dams Of The West early next year. When he…
James Rettig | December 2, 2016 - 10:50 am

Watch Kurt Vile’s Wacky New Year’s Eve Show Commercial With Philadelphia Eagles’ Connor Barwin

It's been over a year since Kurt Vile released his most recent album, b'lieve i'm goin down, but he's still touring strong in support of…
James Rettig | December 2, 2016 - 10:19 am


Sports – “Reality TV” Video

Last year, Sports put out their endlessly charming sophomore album, All Of Something, and it's getting a cassette reissue this month alongside a tape release
James Rettig | December 1, 2016 - 12:11 pm


Sam Skinner – “Learn”

Pinegrove's Cardinal was just named one of our best albums of the year and while Evan Stephens Hall's remarkable voice and sharp lyricism provide the…
James Rettig | December 1, 2016 - 11:17 am

Comments from James Rettig

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December 2, 2016 on 25 Great EPs From 2016
Kississippi was on last year's list, bloc! C'mon, keep up :P It is very good, though.
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December 2, 2016 on 25 Great EPs From 2016
There is! Tomorrow if all goes according to plan.
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
damn that was quick!! but same ^__^
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December 1, 2016 on Sports – “Reality TV” Video
stop, it hurts too much
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
It's not!! Just a technical glitch, hopefully will be sorted out soon.
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November 30, 2016 on Gucci Mane’s Beautiful Victory Lap
tis my top secret DJ alter ego! i can't comment on anyone else's ;)
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November 28, 2016 on Join Us At A Stereogum Christmas Show In Brooklyn
I understand the comparison, but no one asked for 9/11. Almost half the (voting) populace asked for Donald Trump. I agree that it's time to take action, but as a queer person it doesn't come as a surprise to me that half the country despises me, and I've been working. But interesting assertion that no one has died given all the police brutality we've seen this year alone...
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November 10, 2016 on Turtlenecked – “Boys Club”
Nah, gonna use my very small platform to encourage people to vote for the viable candidate who does not personally want me and every other marginalized person in this country to either not be here or live in fear for the rest of their lives. But thanks!
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November 8, 2016 on Animal Collective Endorse Clinton, Urge Fans Not To Vote Third Party
They just display as attributed to an artist called "-" -- I tried that when they all first came out.
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November 7, 2016 on New The xx Album I See You Apparently Coming Soon
Mothers were on last year's list.
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November 1, 2016 on Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2016
As I stated in the intro and in a few comments down below, we don't take the parameters of this list that seriously, and obviously there's always going to be exclusions. Don't think I'd classify that as lazy! This list is just an excuse to give special attention to new(ish) music we've been excited about all year. No deeper than that...
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November 1, 2016 on Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2016
choosing to believe that this is a parody of a stupid comment for my sanity
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November 1, 2016 on Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2016
This is true! Though honestly the criteria for this list is so loose that nothing really makes any sense. We just want to celebrate some new-ish artists that put out good music this year, but that doesn't lend itself to a grabby headline :P
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November 1, 2016 on Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2016
New stuff next year for Kissi I think! They just missed the cutoff for BNB last year, so decided to slip them in here :) And yeah, we've been on the Mitski train for a while now so she wasn't considered. If we had done a list in 2014 (we skipped that year), she would've def been on it.
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November 1, 2016 on Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2016
I really do not like Whitney (though some other staffers like them, but not enough to make the list), but Car Seat Headrest was on last year's list :)
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November 1, 2016 on Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2016
It's eligible next week! I am voting for it.
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October 28, 2016 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Yah, I've fixed. Wooooo I'm so excited for everyone to hear this!! It's so special
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October 20, 2016 on Stream Mannequin Pussy Romantic
Got a nice lil surprise for all you KKBheads next week :) ;) :)
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October 14, 2016 on Stream Kero Kero Bonito Bonito Generation