50 Cent – “Get Low” (Feat. Jeremih, T.I. & 2 Chainz)

By Tom Breihan / May 20, 2015 - 9:52 am

50 Cent was probably the most popular rapper in the world a decade ago, and his swift and extreme decline from stardom has been one of the strangest things I’ve witnessed in my time as a music critic. On his new single “Get Low,” 50 at least seems to be trying to do something about… More »

A$AP Rocky – “LSD” Video

By James Rettig / May 19, 2015 - 10:30 pm

A$AP Rocky has shared another track from his upcoming sophomore album, At.Long.Last.A$AP. Lil B was the first one to share the song. This is the second track we’ve heard from the record in the past few weeks, following the following the Miguel/Mark Ronson/Rod Stewart team-up “Everyday.” The new track is called “LSD,” and it’s a… More »

Pete Townshend – “Guantanamo”

By James Rettig / May 19, 2015 - 6:31 pm

Pete Townshend turns 70 today — happy birthday, Pete! — and the Who member celebrated by putting out “Guantanamo,” a politically minded track that serves as one of two new songs featured on the upcoming solo best-of compilation, Truancy: The Very Best Of Pete Townshend. “I thought this song might never see the light of… More »

Jackson C. Frank – “China Blue” + “Juliette”

By Caitlin White / May 19, 2015 - 4:24 pm

When most people think of Paul Simon, it’s as a singer-songwriter and not a producer. But it’s thanks to Simon that the world knows about Jackson Carey Frank at all, really. He produced Frank’s sole eponymous album, 1965’s Jackson C. Frank, and helped popularize what might be Frank’s best-known song, “Blues Run The Game,” via… More »

Maribou State – “Wallflower”

By Caitlin White / May 19, 2015 - 4:10 pm

British dance producers Maribou State keep dropping glistening, thoughtful dance tracks, and “Wallflower” is no different. It floats by on pristine, wobbly production, mimicking its wistful namesake. It’s a tough call between my initial favorite, lead single “Rituals” and this one, but the whispered chirps of warped vocal samples and swirling, orchestral climax put thi… More »

Gunplay – “Wuzhanindoe” (Feat. YG)

By Tom Breihan / May 19, 2015 - 3:17 pm

Miami’s Gunplay is arguably the greatest shouter currently working in rap. But for reasons that go way beyond choosing the name “Gunplay,” it never looked like he was going to get much of a shot at a commercial career. So it’s cool to see that Def Jam has at least invested enough in him to… More »

Florence + The Machine – “Delilah”

By Tom Breihan / May 19, 2015 - 3:01 pm

Florence Welch knows what she’s doing. Florence + The Machine’s new album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful is coming in a couple of weeks, and all the songs we’ve heard have been big, wide-open stompers that make the most of Welch’s solar flare of a voice. We’ve heard a bunch of songs already: the… More »

Band To Watch: Adult Mom + “Survival” (Stereogum Premiere)

By James Rettig / May 19, 2015 - 2:18 pm

Steph Knipe has a way of surrounding big revelations with small observations. On Adult Mom’s forthcoming debut album, the most cutting lines are surrounded by fleeting moments: the lingering smell of Old Spice on a jacket, heating up frozen mac-and-cheese, trying not to get lipstick on an apple in a crowded subway. Their lyrics pinch… More »

Jesse Jenkins – “Hotel Rising”

By Caitlin White / May 19, 2015 - 12:58 pm

If you’ve heard the daybreak psychedelia of Pure X’s “Thousand Year Child,” then you know why the Austin psych-pop group have developed something of a cult following. Especially on last year’s Fat Possum debut Angel, they honed bleary psychedelia and country sensibilities to a fine point. Jesse Jenkins plays bass and sometimes sings for Pure… More »

Drinks (Cate Le Bon & White Fence) – “Hermits On Holiday”

By Tom Breihan / May 19, 2015 - 12:23 pm

Drinks is the new duo of Cate Le Bon, the whispery Welsh singer-songwriter, and Tim Presley, the idiosyncratic Bay Area psych rocker who records as White Fence. Together, they’ve put together a debut album called Hermits On Holiday, and its first single and title track is a strange and jittery ditty about loners in strange… More »

Stream Diamond Youth Nothing Matters + “Thought I Had It Right” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

By Caitlin White / May 19, 2015 - 12:07 pm

One iota of distortion into “No Control” is exactly when I became a Diamond Youth fan. Their rippling, bummer euphoria is exactly the kind of breakneck, anthemic guitar music that still appeals to me, and their debut album Nothing Matters comes out today. In anticipation of that, we’re premiering the bloody, black and white video… More »

Veruca Salt – “Laughing In The Sugar Bowl” (Stereogum Premiere) + “The Gospel According To Saint Me”

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / May 19, 2015 - 11:44 am

The original Veruca Salt lineup hasn’t released a full-length together since 1997’s Eight Arms To Hold You, but the band’s sonic legacy echoes and rebounds through the music of their studied fans. Colleen Green, Charly Bliss, and countless other up-and-coming contemporary artists who came of age in Veruca Salt’s shadow share an affinity for their… More »

Briana Marela – “Surrender”

By Tom Breihan / May 19, 2015 - 11:31 am

Briana Marela is a singer-songwriter from Washington who recently joined the roster at Jagjaguwar. She studied music technology and composition before starting her career, and she recorded her forthcoming debut All Around Us in Iceland, with Sigur Rós producer Alex Somers. Sigur Rós collaborators Amiina added strings to the album. “Surrender,” the first single from… More »

Stream Little Wings Explains (Stereogum Premiere)

By Caitlin White / May 19, 2015 - 11:19 am

The quavering amiability of Kyle Field’s backwards, barroom voice lies somewhere beyond its unsteady boundaries. There’s a smirking rebellion to all things Little Wings that’s endlessly appealing, a knowing quality that’s genuinely interested in slippage — the space between language and meaning, signifier and signified. Field glides by on his threadbare falsetto, delivering phrases with… More »

Mates Of State – “Beautiful Kids” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / May 19, 2015 - 11:14 am

The mainstay indie-pop duo Mates Of State are slated to release their first EP since 2011’s Mountaintops next month. The forthcoming EP will be titled You’re Going To Make It, and we’ve already heard its nostalgic first single, “Staring Contest.” Today we’re premiering the second single, “Beautiful Kids.” From what we’ve already heard off of… More »

Nap Eyes – “Dark Creedence” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Chris DeVille / May 19, 2015 - 9:53 am

Nap Eyes hail from Halifax, where they craft unkempt rock songs that are steeped in tradition yet impossible to pin down. Nigel Chapman sings with an observational deadpan that echoes back to the likes of Lou Reed, Jonathan Richman, and David Berman. When he’s not busy working as a biochemist, he gets all wryly poetic… More »

The Phoenix Foundation – “Mountain” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Chris DeVille / May 19, 2015 - 9:08 am

New Zealand experimental pop sextet the Phoenix Foundation will release sixth album Give Up Your Dreams this summer, and today they’ve shared the opening track. The humongous “Mountain” is indicative of a new focus on rhythm that comes along with the addition of drummer Chris O’Connor, with a tumbling percussive onslaught acting as the current… More »

Spoon – “TV Set” (The Cramps Cover)

By Tom Breihan / May 19, 2015 - 12:46 am

The Cramps’ slithering, bloodthirsty, unhinged rockabilly is one of the great secret influences in rock music. Just about any band who knows how to ooze or throb picked up a few tricks from Lux Interior and Poison Ivy. Spoon definitely know how to ooze and throb, and it’s striking to hear just how easily they… More »

Mutual Benefit – “Slow March (Demo)”

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / May 18, 2015 - 5:56 pm

Sometimes, music subscription series are total horseshit — as Michael pointed out in his excellent take-down of TIDAL, and more recently, in his piece about why the VNYL service is such a mess — but sometimes, they’re well worth the money. Case in point: The Keep In Touch 7″ postcard series, which launched this past… More »

Stream Remy Banks higher. + “exhale.” Video

By Caitlin White / May 18, 2015 - 3:28 pm

Remy Banks is dead-set on putting New York back on the map. Along with his roles in the scruffy Queens hip-hop collectives World’s Fair and Children Of The Night, Banks is finally releasing his debut solo project higher. The tape tends toward moodier, introverted beats replete with brass, and Banks channels a golden era New… More »

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