Allison Crutchfield – “Special To Me” (Phantom Of The Paradise Cover)

By Tom Breihan / April 23, 2015 - 12:32 pm
Record Store Day may have rejected Faux Real II, a new compilation from Father/Daughter Records, but that doesn't mean you should. The comp features DIY-scene heavy hitters like Chumped, Krill, and LVL UP covering songs that fictional artists sang in movies. Lately, Swearin' frontwoman Allison Crutchfield has been backing up her twin sister Katie i… More »

Sea Lion – “Room”

By Caitlin White / April 23, 2015 - 12:30 pm
Linn Osterberg of Gothenburg, Sweden makes gorgeous, tentative folk music as Sea Lion. "Room" is the first song I've heard from her, and I'm already working backward, eager to hear what else she's been quietly releasing. In fact, last year Osterberg put out two EPs -- Cobra Eyes in June and Big Moon EP (EarlyMore »

Sweet Spirit & Britt Daniel – “Have Mercy” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Patrick Hosken / April 23, 2015 - 12:29 pm
Austin's Sweet Spirit oscillate between garage melodicism and dizzy fury, and people have taken notice -- including Spoon's Britt Daniel. In the past, Daniel has recruited the band to back him at solo gigs, and now, in preparation of some upcoming joint Spoon/Sweet Spirit tour dates, he's joined members Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen o… More »

George FitzGerald – “Call It Love (If You Want To)” (Feat. Lawrence Hart)

By Caitlin White / April 23, 2015 - 10:52 am
British producer George FitzGerald is on the cusp of releasing his debut full-length, Fading Love, and he's shared another track off the LP, "Call It Love." Featuring Lawrence Hart -- who also contributes vocals on "Crystallise" -- the track is a glimmering standoff between what we say and what we mean. Although it's ostensibly about… More »

Ronnie Stone & The Lonely Riders – “<3 Race. Cold Sweat. Nu Dance. Do It.”

By James Rettig / April 23, 2015 - 10:49 am
I saw my first Ronnie Stone show a few weeks ago. That shouldn't come across as some momentous announcement, considering they've only played two or three shows so far, but it felt like a big deal, made all the more special by the group's unwavering commitment to form. The stage was filled with smoke and… More »

Temple – “Like Nothing In This Life” (Stereogum Premiere)

By James Rettig / April 23, 2015 - 10:41 am
The sounds of emo and post-hardcore haven't really changed that much in the last twenty years. That may read like a put-down, but it's not -- it's given a lot of young artists who grew up on this kind of music the chance to dig into the formula and boil it down to its most… More »

Purple – “Never Come Back” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Caitlin White / April 23, 2015 - 10:01 am
Purple is Luis Dourado, a Berlin by way of Portugal songwriter and producer. He released his initial Salvation EP (along with a remixed version) in 2013 and has been an integral part of the electronic gloom collective WEDIDIT (Shlohmo, RL Grime). Today we're announcing that his debut album Silence & Remorse will be out thi… More »

Loop – “Precession” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 23, 2015 - 9:37 am
The English alt-rock band Loop disbanded in 1991, which makes "Precession" the first song they've released in 25 years. Robert Hampson and his then-girlfriend Becky Stewart founded Loop in 1986, and the band underwent numerous lineup changes in their five years of existence after the couple broke up, all the while pulling from darkly experimental… More »

Major Lazer – “Powerful” (Feat. Ellie Goulding & Tarrus Riley)

By Tom Breihan / April 23, 2015 - 8:37 am
Diplo's dancehall production crew Major Lazer have a new album called Peace Is The Mission coming out later in the spring, and they've got a ton of collaborators lined up on it. We've heard "Lean On," with MØ and DJ Snake, and "Night Riders," with 2 Chainz, Pusha T, Travi$ Scott, and Mad Cobra. And… More »

Torres – “Cowboy Guilt”

By Caitlin White / April 22, 2015 - 7:27 pm
Most of the songs on Torres' sophomore album Sprinter are aggressive, confused, and tumultuous. "Strange Hellos" and "Sprinter" boil with barely-masked rage, biting memories and spitting them back in scathing or scornful mouthfuls. "Cowboy Guilt" is a departure from those feelings. It taps into the South's irresistibly strange hospitality and provides a comforting, playful contrast… More »

Tenement – “Dull Joy”

By Tom Breihan / April 22, 2015 - 4:55 pm
The three Wisconsin DIY punks in Tenement have been around for so long that they just reissued a bunch of their older material earlier this year. For the past three years, though, Tenement have been hard at work on putting together a vast double album called Predatory Highlights. The album is finally loaded up and… More »

Blanck Mass – “Detritus”

By Tom Breihan / April 22, 2015 - 12:29 pm
Benjamin John Power, one half of Fuck Buttons, also runs the one-man noise project Blanck Mass, and he's got the new album Dumb Flesh coming out next month. We've already posted a monster of a track called "Dead Format," and now we've got one that makes that one sound like a pleasant Sunday brunch. The… More »

Stream Bent Denim Romances You (Stereogum Premiere)

By Chris DeVille / April 22, 2015 - 12:26 pm
The version of indie-pop Bent Denim presents on Romances You is uniquely modern and entirely their own. It's a drowsy, depressive sort of music, the sound of a technology-addled imagination anxiously drifting through that space between dreams and waking life. Ben Littlejohn and Dennis Sager spell out that sentiment from the start -- "I'm stuck… More »

Stream Jacco Gardner Hypnophobia

By Caitlin White / April 22, 2015 - 11:29 am
It's tempting to categorize Jacco Gardner by the scope of his musical instruments. Hypnophobia features a Wurlitzer electric piano, mellotrons, harpsichords, an obscure, ancient Optigan, an antique Steinway upright -- these are relics of a particular nature, hand-selected and played to achieve a baroque pop period piece. Initial single "Find Yourself," its trippy video, and… More »

Spoon – “Inside Out (Fabrizio Moretti Remix)”

By Chris DeVille / April 22, 2015 - 10:40 am
Spoon are releasing an entire EP of remixes of They Want My Soul highlight "Inside Out" next week. Today they've shared Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti's take, which trades the original track's floaty piano boom-bap for grainy, haunted disco-funk. Other remixers include Operators (featuring Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel's Divine Fits bandmates Dan Boeckner and Sam… More »

Spray Paint – “Day Of The Rope”

By Tom Breihan / April 22, 2015 - 9:11 am
Austin postpunk trio Spray Paint made noise last year with their album Clean Blood, Regular Acid. They're already ready to follow it up with a new album called Punters On A Barge. And rather than cleaning up their frantic, withering sound, they've made things even noisier and messier on their new track "Day Of The… More »

Scallops Hotel – “Lavender Chunk” (Feat. Hemlock Ernst)

By Tom Breihan / April 22, 2015 - 8:55 am
Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring has an intriguing side thing going on. Every once in a while, he'll stop howling beautifully damaged new wave songs, and he'll rap under the name Hemlock Ernst. (We've got some videos of him rapping here.) Herring is a pretty good rapper, a gravelly Buck 65-style backpack-rap hobo, and… More »

Preview Lana Del Rey’s “Life Is Beautiful” From The Age Of Adaline

By James Rettig / April 21, 2015 - 8:08 pm
Lana Del Rey contributed a new song to the soundtrack for the upcoming film The Age OF Adaline. The track is called "Life Is Beautiful," and you can listen to a minute-long preview of it in a new trailer for the movie. It sounds like a moody remnant from her Ultraviolence sessions, and it fit… More »

Lianne La Havas – “Unstoppable”

By Caitlin White / April 21, 2015 - 5:32 pm
Nouveau soul goddess and kick-ass guitarist Lianne La Havas has returned, and her sophomore album Blood is out this summer. Back in 2012 her debut Is Your Love Big Enough? earned a number of awards and drew fans like Stevie Wonder and Prince into her orbit. Perhaps the lead single from her new record "Unstoppable"… More »

My Morning Jacket – “Believe (Nobody Knows)”

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 21, 2015 - 4:36 pm
My Morning Jacket will release their seventh full-length record, The Waterfall, next month, and we've already heard the first single "Big Decisions." Today, the band presented another song from the album on NPR's All Songs Considered. When The Waterfall was announced, Jim James spoke to its content, asserting that recording the album in a house… More »

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