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Watch Mac DeMarco Breeze Through “Let Her Go” On Conan

Mac DeMarco brought his goofy antics and trademark toothy grin to last night's episode of Conan. He performed a high-energy rendition of his breezy Salad Days track "Let Her Go." It also looks like the singer stumbled across a giant O'Brien head backstage, and was rightfully confused judging by the look on his face i… More »

By: James Rettig / 8:24 am

Wilco Cancel Indianapolis Show In Protest Of Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Last week, Indiana governor Mike Pence signed a disgusting piece of legislation into law that will allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT people based on the grounds of "religious freedom." (Well, the actual wording of the law is a little more complicated than that, but that's what it will end up doing i… More »

By: James Rettig / March 30, 2015

Dolores Haze – “The Haze” (Stereogum Premiere)

Dolores Haze have an aura about them, an unfuckwithable attitude that makes them a force to be reckoned with. After building up a following on the Stockholm underground, they're set to make their international debut next month with the Accidental EP, a brightly burning collection of top-heavy punk tracks that come with a sinister bite. More »

By: James Rettig / March 30, 2015

Watch Destiny’s Child Reunite At Stellar Gospel Music Awards

It's not exactly the Destiny's Child reunion anyone wanted, but Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland joined Michelle Williams on stage at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards over the weekend to perform their collaborative track "Say Yes," whose video was nominated for an award at the show. You can watch some Instagrams of the performance… More »

By: James Rettig / March 30, 2015

The Smashing Pumpkins – “Drum + Fife” Video

The Smashing Pumpkins have shared a video for the Monuments To An Elegy track "Drum + Fife," which was directed by the duo of Robin Antiga and Jimmy Ahlander. "I asked, albeit in an allegorical way, for the video to represent what our returning soldiers are going through with PTSD, and I feel that… More »

By: James Rettig / March 30, 2015

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Thanks for pointing this out :)
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March 16, 2015 on Surprise! Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Is Out Now
I'll bite: they have six perfect songs, which is more than most bands. Get their whole EP and then listen to "Driver" and "Interference Fits." Other than that, wait for the next album or whatever they do next. But also I love the Graves interview because I don't care about Radiohead so feel free to discount me or whatever. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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March 14, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
i don't get it i am currently trying to "find myself" in bushwick, brooklyn why the snark gabriela
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March 4, 2015 on Preview James Murphy’s Score From Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young
of Montreal is one of my favorite bands but, while Aureate Gloom is fine, it's hardly essential. His last two albums have been better explorations of the same sound. Here's our Q&A with Barnes from last fall where he talks about the new album, if you're looking for something to read about it.
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March 3, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Pile You’re Better Than This
Ay, I was at their Boston Calling set too! It was so great, and it was my first time seeing them live. I want to see them on their own soon, though -- I really wanted to go to those shows where they played two albums back to back, but couldn't get tickets fast enough. A few of my friends went and said it was amazing.
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March 1, 2015 on Taking Back Sunday/Brand New Beef Is Still Hot After 15 Years
This is my favorite emo throwback that I like to put on when I'm drunk:
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February 28, 2015 on Taking Back Sunday/Brand New Beef Is Still Hot After 15 Years
FYI, for right now to post images in comments you have to use HTML. So something like: img src="image url here" with < > around that! The image should auto-render when you just post the URL, but it's not at the moment -- we're working on it. Also, guiriguiri, the reason an extra row is showing up top is because you have it zoomed out to 75%. Not sure why that is, but if you keep zoom at 90%, that doesn't seem to happen.
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February 28, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Hmm... I don't know if it necessarily would have changed anything. I think they were unfairly pigeon-holed into the "emo scene" well before Devil & God came out, and it would have been almost impossible to gain any real recognition/plaudits from the ~mainstream indie press~, if that's what you're getting at. (I think?) But I also think everything on Devil & God is just as interesting and experimental as the demos -- it's one of my favorite rock albums of the past decade, but it was never going to rise above the scene. "Cleanser" is a great track though, as is "Fork and Knife" and a few of the others. I also think they were a lot more forward-leaning on Daisy than they're given credit for. I practically ignored that album until last year (I think it was actually Michael who told me to give it another listen), and it's really, really good. I'm also hopeful that whenever/if ever they get around to releasing a fifth album, it'll get the attention it deserves.
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February 28, 2015 on Taking Back Sunday/Brand New Beef Is Still Hot After 15 Years
I mean, it came out when I was like 13 (uh oh) so it definitely holds a special place in my heart, since it's exactly the kind of album you want to listen to when you're that age. Objectively as a critic, I know We Have The Facts and The Photo Album are better as a whole, but I think Plans got slagged in the press/popular opinion because of the whole "oooh, indie band crosses over to major label" undercurrent that was kind of strong in those days. And there's really not a bad song on the album -- save maybe for "Different Names" -- and some all-time classics: "What Sarah Said," "Crooked Teeth," "Marching Bands," even "I Will Follow," though that one's been ruined by countless Youtube covers.
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February 28, 2015 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
For the record: I'm a major Brand New fan, and think they're an infinitely better band than TBS! Willing/eager to talk all things Brand New, since I know we haven't really posted about them ever.
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February 28, 2015 on Taking Back Sunday/Brand New Beef Is Still Hot After 15 Years