Ava Luna – “Coat Of Shellac”

By Tom Breihan / March 2, 2015
Skittery Brooklyn art-poppers Ava Luna released Electric Balloon their last album, just a year ago, and they've already announced plans for the follow-up LP Infinite House. The band recorded the album in Mississippi and in the Brooklyn DIY venue Silent Barn, and they got Dave Fridmann to mix it. We've posted first single "Billz,"… More »

Westkust – “Swirl” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 2, 2015
In early February, we named Makthaverskan's single "Witness" one of the 5 Best Songs of the week, and commented on the Swedish band's ability to craft a kind of effortlessly epic sound that towers over you, refusing to be ignored. Makthaverskan's overpowering gloom is the kind of sound that you have to resig… More »

The Holydrug Couple – “Dreamy” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Patrick Hosken / March 2, 2015
In 2013, Chilean psych-rockers the Holydrug Couple put out the swirling, spaced-out LP Noctuary on Sacred Bones. Gabriela once wrote that Sacred Bones artists sound like they're always "hanging out together in some dark cave," and she's right. But if the Holydrug Couple are huddled in that deep cavern, they're the… More »

Courtney Barnett – “Depreston”

By Tom Breihan / March 2, 2015
Courtney Barnett has a new album coming out soon, and that is a reason to be excited that you are a living human being with functional ears. Barnett's already earned herself an Album Of The Week thanks to 2013's great The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas, but her forthcoming Sometimes I SitMore »

MG (Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore) – “Europa Hymn”

By Tom Breihan / March 2, 2015
Martin Gore has been the second banana in Depeche Mode since pretty much the moment the group began, though he's also sung lead on some of their best songs, like "Somebody" and "Home." Next month, he'll release a solo instrumental album that he recorded under the name MG. Gore recorded the album in his home… More »

Lobby – “In These Times” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Peter Helman / March 2, 2015
Lobby are a brand new five-piece from Toronto with only one single to their name. Until now, that is! Produced by Leon Taheny (who's worked with Owen Pallett and Austra, among others), "In These Times" is a smooth, polished bit of dreamy sophisti-pop -- the kind of song one might encounter playing in the… More »

Deerhoof – “What Have You Done For Me Lately” (Janet Jackson Cover)

By Chris DeVille / March 2, 2015
Deerhoof's La Isla Bonita was largely inspired by Janet Jackson and Madonna, so much so that single "Paradise Girls" evolved from a demo of the band covering Jackson's "What Have You Done For Me Lately." Today the noise-pop veterans have shared that demo to help connect the dots between their inspiration and… More »

Panda Bear – “Boys Latin (Andy Stott Remix)”

By James Rettig / March 2, 2015
Andy Stott has graced Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper highlight "Boys Latin" with his experimental touch. And it may as well be "Boys Latin" in name only, because the remix sounds pretty much nothing like the original. Gone is the wavy, seasick to-and-fro beat, replaced here with a squelching and mechanical churn. The only… More »

George Maple – “Where You End And I Begin” (Feat. Grande Marshall)

By Chris DeVille / March 2, 2015
Let's clear up any confusion up front: (1) George Maple is a woman -- an Australian singer/songwriter/producer who specializes in woozy, futuristic R&B -- not a dude, and (2) "Where You End And I Begin" is her sleek new original single, not a Radiohead cover. A bouncy synth bassline provides the foundation for Maple'… More »

M83 & HAIM – “Holes In The Sky”

By Tom Breihan / March 2, 2015
The soundtrack album for last year's young-adult sci-fi epic Insurgent featured some striking pairings, like Kendrick Lamar with Tame Impala, or A$AP Rocky with Gesaffelstein. Insurgent, the next movie in the Divergent saga, seems like it'll continue that trend. The first single from the Insurgent soundtrack is "Holes In The Sky," which pair… More »

Yelle – “Moteur Action (SOPHIE & A. G. Cook Remix)”

By James Rettig / March 2, 2015
Yelle never hit it as big as it seemed like they might at the tail-end of the aughts, but they've done alright for themselves. The French pop group put out their third album Complètement Fou last fall, which was popular enough in their home country. One of the tracks on that record is "Moteur Action,"… More »

Carly Rae Jepsen – “I Really Like You”

By Tom Breihan / March 2, 2015
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" was one of the defining jams of summer 2012, but it was the sort of song that screamed "one-hit wonder" from the rooftops. Well, that's not going to be the case. Today, Jepsen comes back with a new single called "I Really Like You," and it is absolute top-shelf… More »

Major Lazer & DJ Snake – “Lean On” (Feat. MØ)

By James Rettig / March 2, 2015
Major Lazer are back with "Lean On," the production team's first new track of the year and what's supposed to serve as the start for an onslaught of projects in 2015. Featuring vocals from pop up-and-comer MØ -- whose No Mythologies To Follow was severely underrated last year -- the track minimizes Major Lazer's stereotypical… More »

Faith No More – “Superhero”

By James Rettig / March 1, 2015
Faith No More have shared the second single from Sol Invictus, their first album in 18 years. They've been slowly building up to their new record, and this is the first new track we've heard from them since their Record Store Day single "Motherfucker." "'Superhero' was one of those where it was definitely a… More »

The Mountain Goats – “Heel Turn 2″

By James Rettig / March 1, 2015
Earlier today, the Mountain Goats premiered a new track on popular spooky podcast Welcome To Night Vale. The song's called "Heel Turn 2," and comes from John Darnielle's upcoming wrestling-inspired album, Beat The Champ. The 6-minute track serves as the quasi-centerpiece to the new record, and features a characteristically melancholy chorus in the form of… More »

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 »

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