Valkyrie – “Wintry Plains” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Michael Nelson / 10:37 am
It's been too long since Baroness' last album, 2012's Yellow & Green. The delay is totally understandable, of course -- Baroness were involved in a horrible bus accident that left them physically and psychically shattered -- but that doesn't sate one's hunger to hear more of the Virginia band's dizzying twin-guitar pyrotechnics and epic sludge… More »

Hot Chip – “Burning Up”

By Caitlin White / 10:20 am
Hot Chip kicked off the year teasing their new album Why Make Sense? by tweeting out the initially cryptic website, later revealing it was their new album's title alongside its first track, the soothing synth jam "Huarache Lights." Since then we've also heard aggressive electro-ballad "Need You Know" and today, "Burning Up." This latest song… More »

The Unicorns’ Alden Penner Announces New EP & Tour With Michael Cera

By Tom Breihan / 9:59 am
Canadian spaz-pop greats the Unicorns got back together for a few shows last year, and we still don't know where their reunion will lead. But right now, band member Alden Penner is staying busy on his own. Earlier this year, he collaborated with the flinchy actor (and former Mister Heavenly bassist) Michael Cera on the… More »

Strange Wilds – “Pronoia” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Peter Helman / 9:58 am
Although their roster has branched out in recent years, Sub Pop made their name on loud, angry guitar music from the Pacific Northwest. So it's only fitting that hardcore Olympia punks Strange Wilds signed to the Seattle label last year, and their debut LP for Sub Pop, Subjective Concepts, is coming this summer. First single… More »

Stream Warm Soda Symbolic Dream (Stereogum Premiere)

By Patrick Hosken / 9:49 am
The mustached Matthew Melton leads Warm Soda, a fizzy quartet rooted in garage rock but more elastic than your humdrum guitar-based noisemakers. In fact, Warm Soda aren't what you'd call "noisy," at least not in the way that term is typically applied today. Their pressurized third LP, Symbolic Dream, bounces with keyed-up drums and hook… More »

Ezra Furman – “Lousy Connection” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Patrick Hosken / 9:29 am
Let's talk about Ezra Furman for a minute. He's an idiosyncratic, Chicago-grown, San Francisco-residing songwriter who creates collections of songs that, on the surface, don't sound like they belong together. He'll spray horns on a guitar-punk tune or drop brassy sounds on top of acoustic rhythms to achieve a kind of throwback (but not contrived)… More »

Refused – “Elektra” + Freedom Details

By Tom Breihan / 9:21 am
Here's some fucking incredible news that nobody was expecting: Refused are fucking back! With a new album! The great Swedish hardcore band broke up almost immediately after releasing their 1998 masterpiece The Shape Of Punk To Come. They got back together to tour in 2012, then claimed that they were done once those dates wrapped… More »

Elbow – “What Time Do You Call This?”

By Tom Breihan / 9:00 am
The perpetually sad British band Elbow came back last year with their The Take Off And Landing Of Everything album, and now they've got a new single on the soundtrack of Man Up, a British relationship comedy with Simon Pegg and Lake Bell. "What Time Do You Call This?" is a groggy, sweeping thing, exactly… More »

Mike Viola – “Stairway To Paradise” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Peter Helman / April 26, 2015 - 10:14 pm
Mike Viola's voice has a pleasingly worn quality to it, and his music is easy to sink into -- it welcomes you in like the cracked leather of your favorite armchair or a dog-eared copy of your favorite book. Viola fronted the Candy Butchers in the late '90s and early '00s, but since then, he'… More »

Jeremih – “Planes (Remix Feat. Chance The Rapper)”

By James Rettig / April 25, 2015 - 3:54 pm
Chance The Rapper has shared a remix of Jeremih's "Planes" that he made with his band the Social Experiment, which incorporates the heavily jazz-inspired vibes of their other songs. The track, which originally featured J. Cole, has a new verse from Chance that borrows some elements from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory's "I've Got… More »

Gacha – “Let Me Love You” & “Waterfalls” (Feat. TBA)

By Caitlin White / April 24, 2015 - 4:38 pm
Berlin producer Gacha's pearly, electronic comedowns are soothing above all. In advance of releasing his debut full-length Send Two Sunsets, we premiered the title track, and now he's shared two others. "Let Me Love You" is not a Ne-Yo cover, but a lingering command that's far more meditative than demanding. On "Waterfalls," he's once againMore »

John Metcalfe – “Just Let Go” (Feat. Natasha Khan)

By Chris DeVille / April 24, 2015 - 4:08 pm
Violinist John Metcalfe is an expert at bridging the classical and pop worlds, and his latest single does just that. "Just Let Go," from Metcalfe's upcoming The Appearance Of Colour casts Bat For Lashes singer Natasha Khan's AutoTuned vocals against a mystically creeping orchestral slow build and, eventually, a deconstructed trip-hop thump. It's a marvelou… More »

Giorgio Moroder – “Tom’s Diner” (Feat. Britney Spears) (Suzanne Vega Cover)

By Caitlin White / April 24, 2015 - 2:08 pm
Giorgio Moroder's new album Déjà Vu is his first in 30 years, and it also features a ton of wacky and unexpected high-profile pop star collaborations. The wackiest and most genius might be Britney Spears covering Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner," which has made it online a little earlier than expected. Listen to Moroder and Britney'… More »

Towkio – “Reflection” (Prod. Kaytranada)

By Caitlin White / April 24, 2015 - 12:24 pm
I was gaga for Towkio's gooey, ebullient "Heaven Only Knows." We even chose it as one of the best songs that week, and given Chance's assertion that .Wav Theory was one of the year's best releases, anticipation began to build. "Reflection" is a total 180 from Towkio's jazz-addled joy. It's a warbly, EDM downer about… More »

Heather Woods Broderick – “A Call For Distance”

By Caitlin White / April 24, 2015 - 12:16 pm
Yes, Heather Woods Broderick is Peter Broderick's sister. And yes, she works closely with Sharon Van Etten, and has been a part of Horse Feathers, Efterklang, and plenty of other collaborations. This summer, however, belongs solely to Heather. She's releasing her first solo album, Glider, through Western Vinyl, and "A Call For Distance" is the… More »

Mini Dresses – “Are You Real” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Chris DeVille / April 24, 2015 - 11:13 am
Like so many great bands, Mini Dresses started out as a home recording project. Since then, singer/bassist Lira Mondal and guitarist Caufield Schnug have made an Austin-to-Boston move, acquired a Tascam 488 home recording console, and teamed up with drummer Luke Brandfon. "Are You Real," from the band's upcoming cassette EP FOUR, exudes a groovy… More »

Sia – “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Bleachers Remix)”

By Tom Breihan / April 24, 2015 - 11:01 am
Sia Furler and Jack Antonoff are two music-business insiders now finding ways to weird up the mainstream on their own. Furler wrote hits for people like Rihanna before finding her own transgressive performance-art style of pop stardom. Antonoff, meanwhile, is a member of Fun. and a Taylor Swift collaborator, and he records excellently playful and… More »

King Cyst – “Chinese Wind”

By Caitlin White / April 24, 2015 - 10:31 am
Remember in Anchorman when Will Ferrell starts talking about playing the "yazz flute"? Your reaction to that scene will probably determine how you'll feel about King Cyst. The Brooklyn group started out as a mostly instrumental Doors tribute band, and their first album was called Real Pussy, so none of their sardonic posturing on "Chinese… More »

Stream Sheer Mag II EP

By Tom Breihan / April 24, 2015 - 10:27 am
The Philadelphia band Sheer Mag walk an interesting line. They play bluesy, choogling, Camaro-revving classic rock -- straight-up Dazed & Confused-soundtrack cruise music. But they're a DIY punk band, so they play it scrappily and noisily, with the lowest fidelity you can imagine. That's a tough combination to pull off, but Sheer Mag do it,… More »

God Damn – “Vultures” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Patrick Hosken / April 24, 2015 - 10:04 am
God Damn are Thom Edward and Ash Weaver, two blasphemous Brits whose brain-bashing brand of sludge-rock barrels into focus on "Vultures," the menacing title track from the band's upcoming debut. As an introduction to this UK-based power duo, "Vultures" works overtime, chopping itself open in medias res as Edward's guitar work hops from assaulting to… More »

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