Bad Rabbits – “How High”

By Caitlin White / May 27, 2015 - 2:40 pm

Bad Rabbits are sometimes called post-R&B, a title that makes me excited for the future. If this is what’s going to come after R&B, it can’t come quickly enough. “How High” is all funk and bombast — brass thrusting to the forefront alongside Dua Boakye’s gritty yowling, slick and slippery gospel verses that spill into… More »

Future – “Fuck Up Some Commas (Remix)” (Feat. Rick Ross & Big Sean)

By Caitlin White / May 27, 2015 - 2:18 pm

Fuck Up Some Commas” is the rather obvious club-banger off Future’s Monster mixtape, and though I’m still reeling over how incredible this all-Spanish version is, Rick Ross and Big Sean jumped on a remix of the English version today. You’ve gotta hand it to Future, “fuck up some commas” is the coolest euphemism for spending… More »

The Good Life – “Everybody”

By Tom Breihan / May 27, 2015 - 2:06 pm

Tim Kasher, longtime frontman of the Omaha band Cursive, started the Good Life as a solo side project in 2000, but it quickly became a second band. The Good Life have released four full-length albums, but the last one was Help Wanted Nights, and that came out way back in 2007. But the dormant band… More »

London O’Connor – “Nobody Hangs Out Anymore” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Caitlin White / May 27, 2015 - 1:32 pm

At first it seems like information about London O’Connor is sparse, but really, it isn’t. There was his initial stunt, “A Song By London O’Connor” that mimicked a hostage situation before revealing the kidnapper to be O’Connor himself. Complex caught him in all his skateboarding-in-a-dress glory, and then he dropped a video game visual featuring… More »

The Rolling Stones – “Dead Flowers (Alternate Version)”

By Tom Breihan / May 27, 2015 - 12:40 pm

Next month, the Rolling Stones are going to release a deluxe reissue of their beyond-classic 1971 album Sticky Fingers, and they’re packing it with things like demos and alternate versions. We’ve already posted different takes “Wild Horses,” “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking,” and “Bitch.” And to add to your whole “holy shit, Sticky Fingers had… More »

PINS – “Molly” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Caitlin White / May 27, 2015 - 12:09 pm

After the sulky brooding of initial single “Too Little Too Late” and the dreamy flurry of “Young Girls” PINS are somewhere in between the two for their third single “Molly.” Casual drug joke references aside, the song is a moody, suggestive track that broods by on a bubbling guitar that eventually hijacks the song. The… More »

Girlpool – “Cherry Picking”

By Tom Breihan / May 27, 2015 - 11:23 am

The great Philly-via-L.A. acoustic punk duo (and recent-vintage BTW) Girlpool are a mere week away from releasing Before The World Was Big, their truly excellent debut album, and we’ve already heard “Ideal World” and the title track. They’ve now shared “Cherry Picking,” a lament about a relationship drifting apart. It’s clearly a one-take song, recorded… More »

Angelo De Augustine – “If I Could Fly” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Chris DeVille / May 27, 2015 - 11:20 am

Last year we were mesmerized by Angelo De Augustine’s hushed, harrowing Spirals Of Silence, a collection of songs that made lo-fi singer-songwriter stuff feel crystalline and otherworldly. One of the highlights from that record, “How Past Begins,” will serve as the basis for a new EP out early next month. “If I Could Fly” i… More »

Two Inch Astronaut – “Fifteen” (Taylor Swift Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

By James Rettig / May 27, 2015 - 10:59 am

Next week, cool blog/label Funeral Sounds will release a compilation to benefit Washington D.C.’s Casa Ruby, the only LGBTQ+ resource center in the area. These types of safe spaces are an invaluable resource to a community, and Funeral Sounds has put together an ace lineup of mostly local artists to show their support. Today, we’re… More »

Zachary Cale – “Sundowner” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Caitlin White / May 27, 2015 - 10:59 am

Even before you hear his guitar’s golden drone, Zachary Cale’s mesmerizing Louisiana drawl will suck you in. At 36, Cale is no stranger to his own singing voice, yet he manages to sound a little surprised by each warm, slurred phrase. Even this far into his career, Cale’s still got the element of surprise working… More »

Dog Party – “Sapphires” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / May 27, 2015 - 10:35 am

Everything about Dog Party’s particular brand of punk is roughly hewn and brambly. The band’s simplistic, daring instrumentation pairs with joint vocal harmonies that cradle an unparalleled confidence worthy of Exene Cervenka. But on a song like “Sapphires,” the audacity of Dog Party’s sonic endeavor does little to belie the lyrical anxieties beneath. This i… More »

Ecstatic Vision – “Astral Plane” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Michael Nelson / May 27, 2015 - 10:13 am

The Philadelphia trio Ecstatic Vision have toured with metal acts like YOB and Enslaved, and they’re signed to the metal-associated label Relapse Records, and they look like a metal band. But Ecstatic Vision’s forthcoming five-song debut, Sonic Praise, only occasionally intersects with metal, and when it does, it resembles bands like Hawkwind or Monster Magnet… More »

Palmistry – “Memory Taffeta” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Chris DeVille / May 27, 2015 - 10:03 am

Palmistry is Benjy Keating, a London producer who makes effervescent hybrid pop tinged with deep melancholy. “Memory Taffeta,” Keating’s latest single, merges dancehall and R&B into something alien yet instantly recognizable, one of those musical archetypes that feels like it has always existed yet sounds unmistakably new. There’s satisfying friction in hearing such a gentle,… More »

Download Kevin Gates Murder For Hire Mixtape

By Tom Breihan / May 27, 2015 - 9:53 am

Last week, the Louisiana rap monster Kevin Gates threw a hellacious new track called “Khaza” out into the world. As it turns out, that new song is one of seven on a new EP-length Gates mixtape called Murder For Hire. The tape follows up last year’s great Luca Brasi 2 tape, and it has Gate… More »

The Weeknd – “The Hills” Video

By James Rettig / May 27, 2015 - 9:32 am

A bunch of new Weeknd tracks leaked yesterday that pointed towards a bigger, glossier sound for Abel Tesfaye, with songs produced by Max Martin and a decidedly Michael Jackson-inspired bend. “The Hills” — a song that he debuted at Coachella in April — is not from those sessions, and instead falls right in line with… More »

Mr Twin Sister – “The Erotic Book”

By Tom Breihan / May 27, 2015 - 8:58 am

Last year, Long Island dream-poppers Twin Sister changed their name to Mr Twin Sister and released a layered, omnivorous, and generally pretty great self-titled album. The group has a run of tour dates coming up in the midwest and on the east coast, and by way of announcing them, they’ve also shared a new track… More »

Download Condo Fucks’ (AKA Yo La Tengo’s) Covers Set For Cake Shop’s 10th Anniversary

By Tom Breihan / May 26, 2015 - 3:17 pm

Back in 2009, Yo La Tengo released Fuckbook, an album of scrappy, noisy lo-fi punk under their alter-ego Condo Fucks. And every once in a while, YLT will dust off that Condo Fucks name to play a set of covers. This past Friday, they played the Cake Shop, the tiny Lower East Side venue that… More »

Disclosure – “Holding On” (Feat. Gregory Porter)

By Chris DeVille / May 26, 2015 - 2:42 pm

Bang That,” released on the first day of this month, was the first proper new Disclosure song in two years. But it wasn’t the first official single from the follow-up to 2013’s smash debut album Settle. That’d be “Holding On,” the Gregory Porter collab that just debuted on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show. O… More »

Stream Jamie xx In Colour

By Chris DeVille / May 26, 2015 - 2:17 pm

We’ve been telling you for a while that Jamie xx’s understated rave-pop opus In Colour is one of the best albums of the year; now you can hear it for yourself. After sharing the immensely promising advance singles “Gosh,” “Loud Places,” and “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times),” the xx’s sonic mastermind is streaming… More »

Oberhofer – “Memory Remains” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Chris DeVille / May 26, 2015 - 1:15 pm

Brad Oberhofer recorded 106 demos and traveled to the four corners of the continental United States in pursuit of Chronovision, the sophomore LP he’ll release this summer on Glassnote. Oberhofer’s stops along the way ranged from NYC’s famed Electric Lady Studios to what remains of LA’s storied Sound City, from tracking in a humble Tacoma… More »

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