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Shura Take Their Dancefloor Synthpop To Church At SXSW

By Caitlin White / March 21, 2015 - 2:30 pm

It’s easy to get lost in Shura’s ’80s-channeling doe-eyed pop without realizing how sad the songs are. The British trio is fronted by Alexandra Denton — who also writes most of their lyrics — and it wasn’t until I was sitting in a pew at Austin’s Central Presbyterian Church that the undertow of brokenness really… More »


Photos From Stereogum x Exploding In Sound’s Austin Invasion 2015

By Stereogum / March 21, 2015 - 2:18 pm

Yesterday, we threw a 14-hour unofficial SXSW showcase at Austin’s Hole In The Wall alongside the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Boston label Exploding In Sound Records. Thirty-one bands played two stages, from established names like Speedy Ortiz, Alex G, JEFF The Brotherhood, and Pity Sex to breakthrough acts like Wand, Girlpool, Dirty Dishes, and Krill. New Orleans’ Caddywhompus kicked… More »


Tobias Jesso Jr. Taught Piano Lessons At SXSW

By Chris DeVille / March 20, 2015 - 6:03 pm
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Last week Tobias Jesso Jr. shared sheet music for “Just A Dream,” the first song he ever wrote on piano. It was an unusual move for a modern musician, but it turns out there was good reason for it: For one of Tumblr’s IRL events at SXSW Friday afternoon, Jesso taught a roomful of fa… More »


PC Music And Kero Kero Bonito Make Their Spectacular U.S. Debuts At SXSW

By James Rettig / March 20, 2015 - 1:20 pm
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The internet is a weird place. I was a little nervous to see how acts like Kero Kero Bonito and all of the PC Music people would translate live because they were born and bred online, and everything they do is so thoroughly ingrained in online culture. At first, it was a little awkward seeing… More »


Vince Staples + Migos Struggle To Connect At SXSW

By Caitlin White / March 20, 2015 - 11:47 am

In a year for hip-hop that’s this stacked, Migos need to be completely on top of their shit. And they aren’t. The Atlanta trio have had a surefire string of mixtapes, sure. And there’s absolutely no denying that the rapid-fire Migos flow has changed the way we think about the possibilities of how quick a… More »


Action Bronson Debuts Mr. Wonderful, Serves Lunch At SXSW

By Chris DeVille / March 19, 2015 - 8:07 pm
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Action Bronson takes a classicist, no-bullshit approach to hip-hop — verbal wizardry over rock-solid beats with minimal gimmicks — but the man understands how to create a spectacle around his music. Consider the fanfare surrounding Bronson’s new album Mr. Wonderful Thursday at SXSW:… More »


Shamir And Courtney Barnett Have Their Coronation At NPR’s SXSW Showcase

By James Rettig / March 19, 2015 - 7:30 pm
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Shamir and Courtney Barnett have a lot more in common than you might think on first glance. Their careers seem to be following pretty much the same trajectory: Both built their buzz off of EPs — Northtown for Shamir, A Sea Of Split Peas for Barnett — and both of them have one breakout single… More »


The Week In Pop: Sam Hunt Brings Hip-Hop-Informed Country To SXSW

By Chris DeVille / March 19, 2015 - 1:58 pm
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It’s gotten to where you can’t read about Sam Hunt without reading about Drake. Hunt — a former college football quarterback and philosophy major turned rising country star — makes the connection explicit, morphing his own melancholy bro-country chestnut “Single For The Summer” into a cover of Drake’s drunk-dial lament “Marvins Room” during live shows. More »


Rae Sremmurd’s SremmLife Prospers At SXSW

By Caitlin White / March 19, 2015 - 12:24 pm

There’s something to be said for hedonism, for unabashedly glorying in your own desires, for recklessly pursuing the present. In a moment when rap has turned its face toward the social justice issues that plague society, Rae Sremmurd are looking squarely in the mirror. And they like what they see. Slim Jimmy and Swae Lee… More »


Viet Cong Played With A One-Armed Drummer At SXSW, Still Kicked Ass

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 19, 2015 - 11:35 am
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Viet Cong’s self-titled debut is the kind of album that makes references to certain musical epochs without confining itself to their particular genre conventions. The jangling sounds of a 12-string guitar easily lend themselves to psych sensibilities, but all of that meticulous melody is counteracted by hardened synths and a vacuum-sealed rhythm section, making Viet… More »


Vic Mensa Submits His Application For Superstardom At SXSW

By Chris DeVille / March 18, 2015 - 1:30 pm
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Vic Mensa’s 2013 mixtape Innanetape was the kind of project that creeps up on you, gradually ingratiating itself over days and weeks. In the 17 months since, Mensa has kept gradually but unmistakably building a head of steam, showing he’s every bit as fascinating as fellow Chicago upstart and longtime collaborator Chance The Rapper and… More »


Natalie Prass Embraces Her Rock Roots In SXSW Debut

By James Rettig / March 18, 2015 - 12:19 pm
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Natalie Prass’ SXSW debut was absolutely packed. She was squeezed onto the inside stage at Austin’s Cheer Up Charlie’s late Tuesday night, and it became readily apparent that it was much too small a space for an artist who has picked up as many fans as she has over the past few months. But eve… More »


Tibet House US Benefit Concert @ Carnegie Hall, New York 3/5/15

By Caitlin White / March 6, 2015 - 12:51 pm

Right before Patti Smith abandoned the low, throaty hum of her alto to burst into the growling second half of “Ghandi,” she spit on the Carnegie Hall stage. If it had been anyone else, the act would’ve seemed careless, like an afterthought, an accident maybe. It seemed like an act: not of attrition against the… More »


Paul McCartney @ Irving Plaza, NYC 2/14/15

By Ryan Leas / February 15, 2015 - 2:52 pm
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Every now and then, I take a trip to some other, quieter city and, like a lot of people who live here, get tempted to leave New York. And then things happen, like my day gets spontaneously rearranged around seeing Bruce Springsteen fill in for Bono when U2 plays in Times Square. Or, I find… More »


Sleater-Kinney Played Their First Show In 9 Years Last Night

By Stereogum / February 9, 2015 - 9:20 am
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While most of the world was struggling through an uneventful and inoffensive Grammys ceremony, a lucky few got to witness Sleater-Kinney take the stage for the first time in nine years last night to perform a full headlining show. The band went back to its roots, opening up its No Cities To Love tour at… More »


Father @ The Kymberle Project, Brooklyn 1/29/15

By Caitlin White / January 30, 2015 - 12:05 pm
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I pressed play on Father’s Young Hot Ebony mixtape this Sunday and I haven’t been able to listen to anything since. Sure, I’m late on realizing that Awful Records are probably the most promising new hip-hop collective of 2015, but they’re from Atlanta, and Southerners run on their own time too, so I think they’ll… More »


Photos: FIDLAR @ Regent Theatre, Los Angeles 1/23/15

By James Rettig / January 25, 2015 - 6:38 pm
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FIDLAR played their first show in ten months on Friday night at the Regent Theatre in Los Angeles, and our photographer Wilson Lee was there to capture the event. Looks like it got pretty rowdy! Check out all of the photos above, and watch them perform six songs below. More »


The Smashing Pumpkins @ Webster Hall, NYC 12/8/14

By Ryan Leas / December 9, 2014 - 11:20 am
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End-of-year lists — including ours — may have already hit the internet, but there are still a few releases left in these waning weeks of 2014. One of them is Monuments To An Elegy, the Smashing Pumpkins’ followup to 2012’s Oceania, and the first in a planned set of sister albums that Billy Corgan ha… More »


Watch Jonah Hill Cover Drake, Scarlett Johansson Cover New Order, Stephen Malkmus Cover The Black Crowes, Jarvis Cocker Cover Celine Dion For Vice’s 20th Birthday In Brooklyn

By Ryan Leas / December 6, 2014 - 4:18 pm
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There was a not-entirely-common sight down around the Brooklyn Navy Yard last night. Dozens of cabs lined the street, because depending on where you’re coming from the Navy Yard can kind of be a pain to get to, and also because NYC’s been doing this thing where it’s decided to just rain constantly in December,… More »


Photos: 38 Bands Say Goodbye To Death By Audio

By Peter Helman / November 24, 2014 - 11:26 am
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Williamsburg DIY venue Death By Audio, which became a staple in the Brooklyn scene after opening in 2007, has now closed its doors for the last time. On Saturday night, Lightning Bolt, JEFF The Brotherhood, A Place To Bury Strangers, and Grooms played the space out for good, but bands have been stopping by to… More »


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