Elliot Moss – “Best Light”

By Caitlin White / March 26, 2015
My friend's SoundCloud was idly playing in the background a few weeks ago when Elliot Moss' "Slip" came on. She's a former music blogger with impeccable taste, so I always love it when she plays me music, but this was different. The song stood out immediately. Moss' falsetto vocals evoke Justin Vernon with uncanny… More »

Girls Names – “Zero Triptych”

By Collin Robinson / March 26, 2015
Irish post-punk quartet Girls Names have been in "a zone of silence and of pure possibilities for a new beginning" for about a year and half, but it seems they've been anything but idle. After switching from the looser surf vibes of 2011's Dead To Me to the melancholy '80s New Wave of 2013's TheMore »

Pfarmers – “The Ol’ River Gang”

By Collin Robinson / March 26, 2015
Pfarmers are an amalgamation of a few bands and sounds. Danny Seim (Menomena, Lackthereof), Bryan Devendorf (the National), and horn player Dave Nelson (David Byrne & St. Vincent, Sufjan Stevens) convene to conjure a style that is all together distinctive. Along with announcing their new album, Gunnera, due later this spring, the trio shares a… More »

Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money”

By James Rettig / March 26, 2015
Rihanna's followed up "FourFiveSeconds" with the second single from her upcoming eighth studio album. It's called "Bitch Better Have My Money," a reference to the 1991 AMG album (and song) of the same name. On first listen, it sounds like a pretty decent bop from an artist that's brought us 11 #1 hit… More »

Q&A: Royal Thunder’s Mlny Parsonz On The Crushing New Crooked Doors + Hear “One Day” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Joseph Schafer / March 26, 2015
"I will come back here one day, my love," sings Mlny Parsonz, bassist and vocalist of Atlanta's Royal Thunder, on the band's new "One Day." I'm not sure I believe her. This is the kind of ballad that is trying to break your heart -- along with the rest of you -- and Royal Thunder… More »

Captured Tracks Is Releasing An Album From Ben Stiller’s Forgotten ’80s Punk Band

By Tom Breihan / March 26, 2015
When Ben Stiller was a teenager, he played drums in a quirked-out punk band called Capital Punishment. The trio released one album, 1982's Roadkill, a piece of music that freely employs both fake British accents and Captain Beefheart scraggle-growls. The album's songs found their way to YouTube, and last year, word got around that Stiller… More »

Communions – “Out Of My World”

By Tom Breihan / March 26, 2015
Late last year, the young Copenhagen band Communions impressed the hell out of us with their "So Long Sun" b/w "Love Stands Still" 7". Later this year, they'll follow up that single with a new self-titled EP, and they've just shared one of its tracks. "Out Of My World" has some of the… More »

Two Sheds – “Get It Out” (Stereogum Premiere)

By James Rettig / March 26, 2015
The best husband-and-wife combinations have a palpable tension about them, a sense of comfort in letting the worst, most impatient part of themselves come to light through music as a form of catharsis. That's not all Two Sheds have going for them -- backed by a full band, the California-based group has a heft that… More »

Omar Souleyman – “Enssa El Ataab” (Prod. Modeselektor)

By Tom Breihan / March 26, 2015
The Syrian singer and festival staple Omar Souleyman cuts a profoundly cool figure, and his winding, uptempo wedding-party music has captured the imaginations of music heads worldwide. On his last album, 2013's Wenu Wenu, Souleyman worked exclusively with the producer Four Tet. This time around, Souleyman has signed with Monkeytown, the label ru… More »

Gov’t Mule & Toots Hibbert Share A Reggae Radiohead Cover

By Tom Breihan / March 26, 2015
Jam-band Radiohead covers are practically a genre unto themselves, and here's an especially weird one. In 2006, Gov't Mule, the Southern-rock jam band founded by a couple of Allman Brothers sidemen, played an all-reggae show at New York's Beacon Theatre. The reggae legend and Toots & The Maytals frontman Toots Hibbert sat in. The band… More »

Jamie xx – “Loud Places” (Feat. The xx’s Romy Madley Croft) + “Gosh”

By Tom Breihan / March 25, 2015
After cranking out occasional solo tracks for a few years, the xx's production mastermind Jamie xx announced plans to release his first solo album In Colour earlier this week. And today, he's shared the new song "Loud Places," a collaboration with his xx bandmate Romy Madley Croft. You might expect a song that feature… More »

Fred Thomas – “Every Song Sung To A Dog” (Feat. Andrew W.K.)

By Caitlin White / March 25, 2015
Death never gets any fucking easier to deal with. Whether it's a dog or a person, if you love someone then losing them feels inexplicable no matter how old you are or how much preparation you have for the inevitable. Actually, one of the only things that has helped me cope with my own losse… More »

Mavis Staples – “Your Good Fortune”

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 25, 2015
Today the 75-year-old singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples announced that she will release a new EP at the end of April. Future-soul artist Son Little produced Your Good Fortune and wrote two of the four songs, the title track, and "Fight." Staples has covered both Blind Lemon Jefferson's "See That My Grave I… More »

Thin Lips – “Nothing Weird” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 25, 2015
"Nothing Weird" initiates with an anxious torrent of situational descriptions, visible conversational pauses that indicate some kind of internal conflict. Allusions to nail biting, tongue biting, and nervous glances surface before Chrissy Tashjian sings, "You're leaving today/ But I'm staying put/ I'd follow you there/ But I would just shadow you into a rut." Thi… More »

Hollow Sunshine – “Careful Travel” (Stereogum Premiere)

By James Rettig / March 25, 2015
Hollow Sunshine's music occupies some liminal space in between shoegaze and sludgy metal, imbued with all the melodic sensibilities of the former while embracing the slow build-up and attention to detail of the latter. "Careful Travel" -- the second single from their upcoming sophomore LP Bring Gold -- is on the softer side of the… More »

Toro Y Moi – “Run Baby Run”

By Caitlin White / March 25, 2015
Toro Y Moi is probably the most successful artist as far as leaving behind the pigeonhole of chillwave and continuing to make music on his own terms. For his latest album What For? Chaz Bundick has released the power pop anthem "Empty Nesters" and the retro funk jam "Buffalo." His latest, "Run Baby… More »

How To Dress Well – “Pour Cyril” (Live With Orchestra)

By Tom Breihan / March 25, 2015
Last year, around the time he released his beautiful album "What Is This Heart?", How To Dress Well played a record-release show in Berlin with Minna Choi's Magik*Magik orchestra. With them, he recorded a soft, stunning version of the album track "Pour Cyril." When bands record with orchestras, that usually brings out the bombast. More »

Uniform – “Perfect World” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Chris DeVille / March 25, 2015
Uniform is the duo of Brooklyn neighbors Ben Greenberg (The Men, Hubble, Pygmy Shrews) and Michael Berdan (York Factory Complaint, Drunkdriver, Believer/Law). Their US label is Gerard Cosloy's 12XU, so you know their sound has something to do with harsh, aggressive, noisy, punk-oriented skree. Uniform are on the industrial side of that sound, drudging u… More »

Dutch Uncles – “Realm”

By Tom Breihan / March 25, 2015
Manchester art-poppers Dutch Uncles released their O Shudder album last month, and they're about to turn the album track "Epsilon" as their next single. As the B-side, they've attached the non-album song "Realm," a piece of skittering, off-kilter-harmonically rich micro-prog. It's just as tricky and crystalline as anything on the album, and you ca… More »

Cillie Barnes – “Earthquake Season At The Crystal Convention” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Caitlin White / March 25, 2015
"You've got to get through the shadows to appreciate the light," Cillie Barnes wisely opines on the refrain of "Earthquake Season At The Crystal Convention." It's a comforting notion on a song that plays out like a nursery rhyme for adults. Barnes previously debuted "Facework," a brooding, shimmering condemnation of betrayal, and while "Earthquake… More »

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