Colleen – “Captain Of None” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Aaron Lindenberg / February 26, 2015
Colleen is the project of French multi-instrumentalist and composer Cécile Schott, whose loop-based atmospherics are too gentle to be computer-generated and too soft and surreal to be of this world. On the title track from her fifth LP Captain of None, Schott sings over a hypnotic rhythm played on viola da gamba, a Renaissance-era relative… More »

Will Butler – “You Must Be Kidding Me”

By Tom Breihan / February 26, 2015
Arcade Fire's Will Butler is spending this week writing one song a day, all of them inspired by articles in the British newspaper The Guardian. He's already tackled the Greek debt crisis on "Clean Monday" and a couple of stories from the former USSR on "Waving Flag." The latest song in the… More »

Fred Thomas – “Cops Don’t Care, Pt. II”

By James Rettig / February 25, 2015
Like "Bad Blood" before it, Saturday Looks Good To Me leader Fred Thomas' latest solo track, "Cops Don't Care Pt. II," is a wordy, weighty reflection. But unlike that track, which is caustic and filled with contempt at a relationship gone sour, this takes a more laid back approach for a significantly heavier topic,… More »

Hear Tobias Jesso Jr. Cover Big Star, Debut “Bad Words” On Zane Lowe’s BBC Show

By Caitlin White / February 25, 2015
Canada's newest heartthrob Tobias Jesso Jr. quickly pricked up ears in the music industry with early mooning ballads like "True Love" and "Hollywood." Since then, he's announced his debut album Goon and spilled some of his incredible backstory to us. It wasn't long until the BBC's Zane Lowe invited the Vancouver musicia… More »

Nick Diamonds – “The Sting”

By James Rettig / February 25, 2015
Nick Thorburn (of Islands, the Unicorns, and Mister Heavenly fame) has announced a new solo album under the name Nick Diamonds. Thorburn's first album under the Diamonds moniker was 2011's I Am An Attic. The followup to that is called City Of Quartz, and he's shared the first single from it, "The Sting." It's a… More »

Simon Joyner – “Nostalgia Blues”

By Chris DeVille / February 25, 2015
Off-kilter Americana legend Simon Joyner perked up my ears with "You Got Under My Skin," an early preview from his upcoming album Grass, Branch & Bone. "Nostalgia Blues," a seven-minute epic from the same record, is just as captivating. Joyner's sorrowful, skeletal folk songcraft reminds me of everyone from Dylan to Reed to Oldham… More »

My Morning Jacket – “Big Decisions”

By Tom Breihan / February 25, 2015
The members of My Morning Jacket have been keeping themselves busy with other projects in the years since their last album, 2011's Circuital. But they're reportedly planning on dropping two new albums in the next two years. A track from one of them made its way online today; it's a big, searching, midtempo jam,… More »

1 Terrifying Mashup Only ’90s Kids Will Understand

By Michael Nelson / February 25, 2015
I've made no secret of my disdain for Limp Bizkit -- I literally just published a Black Market column today in which that disdain was directly addressed -- so it feels like some bizarre atonement (punishment?) to be forced to witness this: a mashup of Limp Bizkit's 1999 song "Break Stuff" with the theme… More »

Tom Demac – “Smoke Stained Ivories”

By Chris DeVille / February 25, 2015
"Smoke Stained Ivories," the title track from techno producer Tom Demac's upcoming EP, matches a brisk, shuffling house rhythm with luminescent synth melodies and pounded piano chords. It's a gorgeous piece of work that reminds me of Laurel Halo in a Disclosure state of mind. Demac shared some background on the track with TheMore »

Turn To Crime – “Prince Of Slackers”

By Tom Breihan / February 25, 2015
Slapdash Detroit postpunkers Turn To Crime, led by former Awesome Color frontman Derek Stanton, released an impressive debut album called Can't Love last year. They've already announced plans to follow that one up with a new LP called Actions, which they recorded in Stanton's Detroit basement studio. The first single has the on-the-nose title… More »

Lindstrøm & Grace Hall – “Home Tonight”

By Tom Breihan / February 25, 2015
The Norwegian space-disco master Lindstrøm has made some beautifully zoned-out instrumental music, but he's often at his best when he's working with a vocalist, pushing his astral Italo thumps toward something resembling pop music. On his new single "Home Tonight," Lindstrøm joins forces with Grace Hall, singer for the L.A. bedroom-R&B duo Skin Town. Together,… More »

Wrong – “Call It”

By Tom Breihan / February 25, 2015
Torche and Nothing are heading out on tour together in the weeks ahead, and if you care anything about heavy guitar music, that is something you should be happy about. And now here's another reason to be happy: The opening act on that tour is a new Miami band called Wrong, who bring a fearsome… More »

The Go! Team – “What D’You Say?”

By James Rettig / February 25, 2015
The Go! Team's latest single "What D'You Say?" opens with a fizzy can of soda opening and being poured into a glass, and I can't think of a better summation of the band's charms than that. The indie-pop group has always had a sweet tooth, and nothing seems to have changed on their upcoming new… More »

Q&A: Ryley Walker Talks Noise Rock & Nail Salons + “Sweet Satisfaction” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Ryan Leas / February 25, 2015
Even though his full-length debut, All Kinds Of You, came out less than a year ago, 25-year-old Ryley Walker is already returning with sophomore release Primrose Green next month. Walker's been getting his fair share of positive attention, often focusing on his guitar playing and the unique and unpredictable forms his vocal melodies and song… More »

Tyondai Braxton – “Scout1″

By James Rettig / February 25, 2015
Former Battles member Tyondai Braxton has announced that he'll put out a new record, HIVE1, later this year. It's his first solo album in six years, and his first since leaving Battles in 2010. The record is made up of eight pieces that were originally composed for a Guggenheim Museum exhibition called HIVE. "Scout1" i… More »

A$AP Ferg – “Swipe Life”

By Tom Breihan / February 25, 2015
A$AP Ferg has the rare gift of being able to make a song about spending too much money and make it sound like an unhinged paranoiac rant. That's the case with "Swipe Life," Ferg's new contribution to DJ SpinKing's The Connect mixtape, which also features people like Jeremih, Fetty Wap, and Ty Dolla $ign. Like… More »

Aero Flynn – “Crisp”

By Caitlin White / February 25, 2015
When Josh Scott makes music as Aero Flynn, he mixes expertly-played folk guitar work with experimental ambient droning and vocal effects, a synthesis that would be overwhelming if he didn't have such a deft touch. Scott is part of the Bon Iver family tree and Justin Vernon helped produce Aero Flynn's self-titled debut album. More »

Warpaint – “No Way Out”

By James Rettig / February 24, 2015
Last year's Warpaint full-length was seriously underrated, and I'm glad the California group doesn't appear to entering another four-year-long drought of new material like they did after 2010's The Fool. The band has just shared "No Way Out," which debuted earlier today on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show, and is apparently "the first i… More »

Will Butler – “Waving Flag”

By Chris DeVille / February 24, 2015
The second of Will Butler's daily songs based on Guardian stories is "Waving Flag." Whereas yesterday's "Clean Monday" was about the Greek debt crisis, this one tackles two events in the former Soviet Union: (1) the repatriation of a former anti-apartheid leader's ashes from Russia to South Africa and (2) UkrainianMore »

TEEN – “Dylan And Chong Playing Basketball”

By Caitlin White / February 24, 2015
We're lucky because today Carpark Records released Brooklyn psychedelic twee quartet TEEN's contribution to the label's limited edition 16th birthday compilation. TEEN's track is called "Dylan And Chong Playing Basketball," which makes sense because the compilation is basketball-themed, but also doesn't make sense because who are Dylan and Chong?? They sound like mortal enemies. More »

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