Stream Scott Bartenhagen Black Dane EP

The first song I heard from Central California songwriter Scott Bartenhagen was “Beacons,” which we premiered a few weeks ago. It’s a peaceful, pastoral track that turns dissonant toward the end in a burst of glowering chords, and the perfect introduction to Bartenhagen’s eclectic folk-jazz style. Today he’s shared the entirety of the Black DaneMore »

Mark Ronson – “I Can’t Lose (Lindstrøm Remix)” (Feat. Keyone Starr)

“Uptown Funk!” is great and all, but there’s a lot more than that to Mark Ronson’s laser-focused studio-pop album Uptown Special. One standout is “I Can’t Lose,” an expert piece of roller-rink pop that features the undiscovered R&B singer Keyone Starr. Ronson has now solicited a remix from Hans-Peter Lindstrøm, the Norwegian master of way-out… More »

Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) & Steve Reid – “Strings Of Life” (Derrick May Cover)

Before the legendary New York jazz drummer Steve Reid passed away in 2010, Kieran Hebden (bka Four Tet) collaborated with him on a variety of projects. They released three albums — Tongues (2007), NYC (2008), and the posthumous Live At The South Bank (2011) — and at one point covered the Detroit-based producer Derrick May’… More »

Big Talk – “What Happened To Delisa?”

It’s been four years since Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. debuted his solo project, Big Talk. He’s returning this summer with a new album, Straight In No Kissin’, which is preceded by the poppy single “What Happened To Delisa?” It starts off with a Strokes-like guitar riff and vocals, and soon picks up with a… More »

Band To Watch: Aquilo + “Better Off Without You (Body Language Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

When your band’s fourth show ever is at Glastonbury, the pressure is on. Luckily, Aquilo — the project from 20-something Brits Ben Fletcher and Tom Higham — are up for the challenge. More »

Hear No Devotion’s New Song “Death Rattle” In Permanence Album Trailer

No Devotion emerged from the ruins of the Welsh nu-metal band Lostprophets, who broke up in 2013 when frontman Ian Watkins was charged with and later sentenced to 35 years in prison for child sex offense. Watkins’ crimes definitely damaged the band’s legacy, but in spite of it all, the remaining members of Lostprophets decided… More »

Ariana Grande – “Break Free (easyFun Remix)”

PC Music has been quiet since the GFOTY controversy a few weeks ago, but they are slowly beginning to break their radio silence. GFOTY started tweeting again a couple of days ago, and the electronic music crew have just put out their latest release, a mix from easyFun. The identity of easyFun is still a… More »

ON AN ON – “Icon Love”

By Caitlin White / 11:13 am

ON AN ON are one of those bands that exist because of another band’s failure — that’s my favorite kind. The group’s former band, Scattered Trees, had already booked studio time when they broke up, so Nate Eiesland, Ryne Estwing, and Alissa Ricci took the slot anyway, and went ahead and recorded ON AN ON’… More »

Tamaryn – “Softcore”

Tamaryn has been grinding out psychic glitter-pop for a few years now, but her upcoming third record, Cranekiss, feels like a high water mark for the New Zealand auteur. We’ve heard maximalist desire anthem “Hands All Over Me” — which we named one of the week’s best songs — and the gauzy, careening title track. More »

Painted Palms – “Tracers” (Stereogum Premiere)

The first time I heard Painted Palms’ 2013 single “Spinning Signs,” I was instantly captivated (and slightly obsessed) by their psych-pop instrumentals. The band’s been quiet since Forever dropped last year, but now, cousins Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme are back with a forthcoming sophomore album, Horizons. Although the duo collaborated on song ideas via… More »

Santigold – “Radio”

By James Rettig / 10:59 am

What happened to Santi White? Ever since Santigold swapped out the “o” from her name, she’s been in descent. Her sophomore album, Master Of My Make Believe, never went anywhere, partly because of some major label messiness, but mostly because it was largely forgettable. In the years since, she’s been treading water with a serie… More »

Los Colognes – “Backseat Driver” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Caitlin White / 10:23 am

Sometimes, Los Colognes sound like they’re dipping a ladle into the honey-sweet freewheeling of the Allman Brothers; other times, they steer that idling back into tightly focused, bluesy rock full of bleary imagery. It’s hard to hear them and not immediately think of the brothers Knopfler and that rootsy, jazz-leaning indolence that made Dire Strait… More »

Dirty Ghosts – “Cataract” (Premiere)

By Misha Sesar / 9:59 am

San Francisco-based trio Dirty Ghosts’ new single “Cataract” will be featured on the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, Let It Pretend, as well as a soon-to-be-released Burger Records EP. Vocalist and guitarist Allyson Baker’s songwriting is heavily influenced by ’80s synth-punk acts, as well as fellow San Franciscan experimentalists Chrome. “Cataract” is upbeat and edgy, with… More »

Air Waves – “Milky Way”

By Peter Helman / June 29, 2015 - 7:08 pm

“Hold me, don’t let me go,” Nicole Schneit sings repeatedly on “Milky Way,” the first single from her upcoming album Parting Glances. On paper, that comes across as either a desperate plea or a romantic affirmation of love — or both — but tumbling casually out in Schneit’s unassuming and unaffected alto, it just sound… More »

Puff Daddy & The Family – “Finna Get Loose” (Feat. Pharrell)

By Tom Breihan / June 29, 2015 - 3:36 pm

At last night’s BET Awards, Diddy got much of the late-’90s Bad Boy Records roster back together and led them through a joyously nostalgic medley. The whole thing was just a blast: Mase! 112! The Lox! Faith Evans! Mario Winans! Lil Kim emerging through an onstage trap door immediately after Puffy fell on his a… More »

Stream Main Attrakionz 808s & Dark Grapes III (Stereogum Premiere)

By Tom Breihan / June 29, 2015 - 2:55 pm

In the early ’10s, the Bay Area duo Main Attrakionz helped pioneer a loose, drifting emotive rap style that turned out to have a reach way beyond the underground; a guy like past collaborator A$AP Rocky took a whole lot of his vibe from them. It’s been a while since we’ve heard from the group,… More »

The Weeknd – “Pullin Up” (Solo Version)

By Tom Breihan / June 29, 2015 - 2:16 pm

Earlier today, Meek Mill released his new almost-surprise album Dreams Worth More Than Money. There are some big-name guests on the album, and one of those guests is the Weeknd, who sings the hook on the slithery “Pullin’ Up.” And now, on the same day that the album has come out, the Weeknd has shared… More »

Frog Eyes – “Joe With the Jam”

By James Rettig / June 29, 2015 - 1:37 pm

Carey Mercer wrote the last Frog Eyes album, Carey’s Cold Spring, in an effort to come to terms with his throat cancer diagnosis and the death of his father. Two years later, he’s gearing up to put out a follow-up: Pickpocket’s Locket was written entirely on an acoustic guitar that he was left in hi… More »

Bad Bad Hats – “Fight Song”

By Grace Birnstengel / June 29, 2015 - 1:28 pm

Bad Bad Hats are the sweethearts of Minneapolis. The trio has one release thus far in their career, an EP called It Hurts, and are releasing their debut full-length, Psychic Reader, in a couple weeks. We premiered the second single, the title track, earlier this month, and now you can hear a new track called… More »

Lil Wayne – “Nothing But Trouble” (Feat. Charlie Puth)

By Tom Breihan / June 29, 2015 - 1:03 pm

Lil Wayne is apparently planning to unleash his Free Weezy Album upon the world over the holiday weekend, but his latest song doesn’t appear to have anything to do with that. Instead, “Nothing But Trouble” will appear on the soundtrack of 808, the new documentary about the iconic 808 drum machine. The song would count… More »

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