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First Impressions Of Apple Music

Less than 90 minutes after I began downloading Apple’s new mobile-phone operating system, the voice of London grime rapper Skepta was yawping in my headphones: “This ain’t a culture/ It’s my religion.” Those lines could almost describe how, for most of the past decade, many devotees have approached the company that Steve Jobs built; the… More »

By: Marc Hogan / June 30, 2015 - 5:05 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

This was the first official week of summer, and appropriately, things seemed to slow down a little, while the best songs felt decidedly warmer than usual: some country sweetness; some punk-rock sweat; some uplifting funk; some infectious pop; Janet Jackson. Yep, it’s getting hotter around here. And this week, this is what it sounded like. More »

By: Stereogum / June 26, 2015 - 1:39 pm

Royal Trux Albums From Worst To Best

Royal Trux just might be the most misunderstood band in indie rock. But their influence can be seen in contemporary bands like Liars, the Kills, Sleigh Bells, MGMT, Primal Scream, of Montreal, and others. On the surface, they’ve never been the easiest to digest upon first listen, from Jennifer Herrema’s gravely grunts and growls, to… More »

By: Brian Mock / June 25, 2015 - 1:52 pm

Artist Portraits From Firefly 2015 Sunday

Firefly is now officially over, but the buzz lingers. How could it not? The Killers covered Kings Of Leon, Sturgill Simpson had EDM kids do-si-doing in the mud, and Morrissey trolled every carnivore in sight. In the quieter moments, Mallory Turner took portraits of some of the festival’s rising stars. Check out her Sunday work… More »

By: Stereogum / June 22, 2015 - 12:52 pm

Artist Portraits From Firefly 2015 Saturday

Firefly’s third day began with a massive Paul McCartney hangover. Luckily, that quickly gave way to a new batch of talented artists on the festival’s seven stages (and smaller performances scattered throughout). Mallory Turner photographed some of them; see them in the gallery above, and check out more from Thursday and Friday here. More »

By: Stereogum / June 21, 2015 - 12:29 pm

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