Ab-Soul – “47 Bars”

By James Rettig / February 28, 2015
Ab-Soul has shared a new track called "47 Bars," and it seems like he may not be entirely happy with his status as second fiddle over at Top Dawg Entertainment. "So don't ask me about Kendrick and Q, Jay Rock, Zaywop, and SZA's sexy ass too," he raps at the end of the track. "'Cause… More »

Will Butler – “By The Waters Of Babylon”

By Chris DeVille / February 27, 2015
The last of Will Butler's daily songs inspired by Guardian stories is "By The Waters Of Babylon," a mournful ballad written in response to ISIS ransacking the museum at Mosul and destroying dozens of ancient artifacts. Here's what the Arcade Fire sideman wrote about his creation:… More »

Krill – “Billy Madison Victory Song” (Billy Madison Cover)

By Chris DeVille / February 27, 2015
If you need some joy on this Friday morning, Krill have got you covered. The Boston band's contribution to Father Daughter's Record Store Day-rejected Faux Real II compilation is "Billy Madison Victory Song," their version of the triumphant anthem Adam Sandler and friends perform at the end of Billy Madison. It's so satisfying that… More »

George FitzGerald – “Full Circle” (Feat. Boxed In)

By Caitlin White / February 27, 2015
George FitzGerald has already made a name for himself as a DJ, producer and label head (he helms ManMakeMusic) but he's finally releasing his own debut album of this spring. It's called Fading Love, and you can slot it right next to the kind of cerebral, intimate electronic music of Caribou and Jon Hopkins. More »

Microkingdom – “Zero To Negative Diggity”

By Tom Breihan / February 27, 2015
Microkingdom are a sax/guitar/drums trio from Baltimore who play a sort of euphorically spazzed-out improv noise-jazz. They don't take themselves even remotely seriously, even if they're always pushing for the most extreme bug-out they can achieve. The group features Marc Miller, formerly of the great math-rock trio Oxes, on guitar, and they've recorded with people… More »

Jack Ü Release Surprise Album Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü

By James Rettig / February 27, 2015
Skrillex and Diplo have just released their debut album as Jack Ü. Their new production team-up got their start last year, and made waves with their Kiesza-featuring lead single "Take Ü There," which recently got an awesome remix from Missy Elliott. All day on Thursday, the two of them DJed on More »

Will Butler – “Madonna Can’t Save Me Now”

By James Rettig / February 26, 2015
Will Butler's song-a-day project for The Guardian marches on. So far, he's taken inspiration from newspaper articles about the Greek debt criss, the Soviet Union, and water scarcity in Brazil. Today's track is called "Madonna Can't Save Me Now," and it's about the scientific discovery of a black hole that's 12… More »

WAND – “Reaper Invert”

By Caitlin White / February 26, 2015
Cory Thomas Hanson is a member of many fine rock 'n' roll ensembles including Meatbodies, together PANGEA, and Mikal Cronin's backing band, and he fronts the Los Angeles psychedelic garage rock outfit Wand. When I came to post their new track "Reepar Invert" I immediately noticed their new album is named Golem. Now, this gave… More »

Cities Aviv – “Neutralizer” & “Graced And Blessed”

By Peter Helman / February 26, 2015
Cities Aviv has been an interesting, hard-to-pin-down presence in indie hip-hop for a few years now, pairing his shout-rap flow with highly textured electronic production that alternates between warm psychedelia and harsh distortion. Since the release of last year's Come To Life, he's been keeping himself busy lending his production talents and some More »

Garden City Movement – “Recollections”

By Tom Breihan / February 26, 2015
The airy, diffuse Tel Aviv synth-drift trio Garden City Movement landed on our radar last year with their twinkling Bengali Cinema EP and their stirring, gorgeously shot "Move On" video, one of last year's best clips. They're about to return with a new EP called Modern West. Its first single is a twitchy,… More »

Nick Catchdubs – “Full House” (Feat. Troy Ave & Heems)

By Tom Breihan / February 26, 2015
New Jersey's Nick Catchdubs might've started out as a DJ, but he's also a music-blog OG, and game recognize game. Back in the early '00s, Catchdubs' eponymous website had a lot to do with indie dorks figuring out how great rap and dance music could be. Since then, it's been fun to watch Catchdubs'… More »

Clark – “Silver Sun”

By Caitlin White / February 26, 2015
British electronic producer Clark has announced a new EP titled Flame Rave that splits the difference between solitary, headphone zone-outs and rave exaltation. He shared some of his thoughts about the new songs today along with our first taste of the project, "Silver Sun." It might have a bright name, but there's almost a Victorian-era… More »

TULA – “River” (Stereogum Premiere)

By James Rettig / February 26, 2015
Despite being around for almost five years, Berlin-via-Sweden quintet TULA only have a handful of tracks to their name, including a "Wicked Game" cover that picked up some well-deserved attention last year. It's easy to imagine the long time period between their formation and now as a series of meetings with different producers, working… More »

Young Guv – “Crawling Back To You” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Peter Helman / February 26, 2015
Young Guv is the alter ego of Fucked Up guitarist Ben Cook, and while he shreds majestically at his day job, his solo work is decidedly lighter and poppier. His latest album, Ripe 4 Luv, is due in March, and we've already heard two excellent (and very different) singles: the smoothly funky, Kaputt-esque "WrongMore »

Football, etc. – “Open” (Stereogum Premiere)

By James Rettig / February 26, 2015
Football etc.'s music is as emotionally potent as it comes, and the Houston band doesn't exactly need to reinvent the wheel to get their point across. But they manage to find nuance in familiarity, treading the well-worn ground of treacly Midwestern rock with particular panache. "Open" -- the closer to their upcoming Disappear EP --… More »

Florence + The Machine – “What Kind Of Man (Nicolas Jaar Remix)”

By Tom Breihan / February 26, 2015
"What Kind Of Man," the first single from Florence + The Machine's new album How Big How Bold How Beautiful, sounds very much like Florence + The Machine. It's a big, bold art-rock howler of a song, a song that isn't the slightest bit shy or reserved. It's light years removed from the meditative,… More »

Rich Homie Quan & Young Thug – “My Homie”

By Tom Breihan / February 26, 2015
Atlanta rap superfriends Rich Homie Quan and Young Thug have been making incredible music together, at a staggering rate, for months now. That partnership gave us one of last year's best rap full-lengths in the Rich Gang: Tha Tour Part 1 mixtape. Some of us have been feverishly anticipating a Part 2 ever since we… More »

Colleen – “Captain Of None” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Aaron Lindenberg / February 26, 2015
Colleen is the project of French multi-instrumentalist and composer Cécile Schott, whose loop-based atmospherics are too gentle to be computer-generated and too soft and surreal to be of this world. On the title track from her fifth LP Captain of None, Schott sings over a hypnotic rhythm played on viola da gamba, a Renaissance-era relative… More »

Will Butler – “You Must Be Kidding Me”

By Tom Breihan / February 26, 2015
Arcade Fire's Will Butler is spending this week writing one song a day, all of them inspired by articles in the British newspaper The Guardian. He's already tackled the Greek debt crisis on "Clean Monday" and a couple of stories from the former USSR on "Waving Flag." The latest song in the… More »

Fred Thomas – “Cops Don’t Care, Pt. II”

By James Rettig / February 25, 2015
Like "Bad Blood" before it, Saturday Looks Good To Me leader Fred Thomas' latest solo track, "Cops Don't Care Pt. II," is a wordy, weighty reflection. But unlike that track, which is caustic and filled with contempt at a relationship gone sour, this takes a more laid back approach for a significantly heavier topic,… More »

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