Soundtracks to comic book movies used to kick ass. The right combination of original songs, inspired covers, and curated classics can breathe life into otherwise blatantly commercial popcorn flicks. What separates comics from real life is tone –- color, texture, and feel — and bringing pen-and-ink creations into the realm of live action can be… More »
The Flaming Lips have always been weird, and they have a penchant for showing it off in pretty spectacular, and sometimes head-scratching, ways. They’re currently in the midst of an attempt to break the record of most concerts performed in 24 hours (a record held by Jay-Z — he did seven in that span back… More »
In the June 2, 2012 issue of the NME, Kevin Shields said the long-awaited third album from My Bloody Valentine –- the first since 1991’s classic Loveless –- is imminent. The UK mag quotes Shields as saying the album will be released “sooner rather than later,” perhaps even this year.
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Most of us go to work every day at jobs we find redundant, collaborating with people we don’t like. And, generally speaking, the pay is terrible, and the benefits are worse. Yet, we plod on. But for some estranged bandmates, not even the lure of millions in collective earnings and/or reflective hosannas from the pre… More »
Greg Dulli is the quintessential wounded animal-as-frontman. Across six albums and a handful of stellar EPs throughout the better part of the ’90s, Dulli and the Afghan Whigs left a swath of emotional and sexual destruction. Their early Sub Pop records were as raw lyrically as they were sonically, with a careful mix of confrontational… More »
It sputtered a bit out of the gate — though that widespread sentiment might be the result of the impossibly enormous expectations placed on Lena Dunham’s debut television series — Girls seemingly improved week-in, week-out. Its ten-episode first season concluded last night, so today we’ve picked the show’s best musical moments. While we’ll briefly acknowledge… More »
Sure, Radiohead have come up with some cool merch in their day but they’ve got nothing on potential collaborator Jack White.
Think about it: How many times have you found yourself in dire need of a stylish balsa plane that represents your choice listening tastes — but you can only find a Plane… More »
[Please welcome Michael Nelson to the Stereogum News Desk! Michael has served as the Editor-In-Chief of Long Island Press and Invisible Oranges, and you can find his tweets at @MPN666. Check out his inaugural post below, and feel free to say hello/ask him your burning Johnny Depp questions in the comments.]
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Summer Jam, the annual stadium concert thrown by New York rap-radio giant Hot 97, has been a tradition around the city since 1994, when its lineup included Arrested Development, SWV, and Black Moon. In the nearly 20 years since, the event has grown into a rap-scene circus that serves as an in-that-instant Polaroid of everything… More »
In the grand tradition of our month-plus-early list of the year’s best albums so far, here’s a look at the music videos that made us look twice this year. We get bombarded with these things every day, and so many of them seem to be made with minimal effort: Fuzzy stock footage, all-lens-flare romantic cinematography,… More »
The year isn’t half over yet. We know that. But since everyone starts unveiling their year-end lists in November, we figured we wouldn’t be too far out of pocket if we unveiled our favorites of the 2012 calendar year the week before Memorial Day.
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There’s been quite a spate of name-changery going on in the indie rock ranks right now, as people like DIIV (FKA Dive), VÅR (FKA War), and POP ETC (FKA the morning benders) have decided to change stuff up (albeit for different, completely respectable reasons). So, we figured it was time to take a look back… More »
Today, we lost the great MCA, at the way-too-young age of 47. We knew he’d been fighting cancer for years, but this is still the sort of news that wrenches you around and leaves you dizzy. It’s nearly impossible to capture or quantify the sort of impact that Yauch and the Beasties had on music… More »
It’s almost that time of year again: SUMMER FESTIVAL SEASON. Are you still deciding, last-minute, what you want to do and where you want to go? Or, maybe, telling your friends you’re interested in going to a festival if they do the legwork while secretly hoping that the festival in question just streams all of… More »
With the blossoming of Spring too comes the honored annual rite of Record Store Day, and this year’s celebration is rife with good exclusives and collectibles. We’ve come up with 10 especially noteworthy items for sale this Saturday, but you can’t go wrong, really, can you? Hit the gallery for our 10 Most Anticipated Record… More »
On Saturday, another batch of artists will join the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame at a lavish Cleveland induction ceremony. Plenty of them are artists well-worthy of canonization: Guns N’ Roses, the Small Faces, the Beastie Boys. None of this changes the weird reality that the Hall Of Fame is a fundamentally silly institution,… More »
COACHELLA BACK. And, this year, the bacchanalia stretches across two weekends featuring identical lineups, as well as an interim week of non-Coachella shows in L.A., so if you’re looking for live music in your city and there’s none to be had outside of that one bar band that always plays Happy Hour on Tuesdays at… More »
HBO’s medieval drama Game Of Thrones premieres April 1, and this season’s plot involves five different claims to the throne and these respective factions’ ongoing clobbering of one another (#TeamRobb). But, yet another mantle is up for grabs, one that involves absolutely nobody getting their head cut off; the claim to “your album of the… More »
From the Super Bowl to ULTRA, it’s been an awkward launch for MDNA. But to be fair, Madonna’s 12th album, while not stylistically groundbreaking, has its moments and it’ll certainly take more than a few negative reviews to keep them off the charts (she has more top 10 Billboard hits than any artist ever). With… More »
Ever since an October 2011 New York Times account of an absolutley ridiculous-sounding sold-out K-pop showcase at Madison Square Garden, I’ve been spending altogether too much time chasing the feeling that I got watching my first K-pop video. SHINee’s “RingDingDong.” I’ve been able to get that feeling pretty often. South Korea, see, has figured out… More »