Minsk – “When The Walls Fell” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Doug Moore / March 25, 2015
Minsk sound like a band out of time. Which feels a little strange to say/write, because during their original run, Minsk were inescapably of their time. Formed in Illinois at the beginning of the '00s, Minsk played a significant role in the rise -- and eventual saturation -- of "post-metal," the smoky build-and-peak subgenre codified… More »

Ballroom – “Corridor” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 25, 2015
New York garage-rock band Ballroom will release their self-titled debut 12" on the small local label Ever/Never Records, and "Corridor" is its opening track. The song is towering and monstrous, barely three minutes of discordant guitars and a crunchy bass-line. Its lyrics are riddled with machismo declarations and semi-comforting forewarnings, "Don't be afraid to walk… More »

Shadow Age – “Silaluk” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 25, 2015
Shadow Age hail from Virginia, but their breed of hollowed-out post-punk sounds like it could've emerged from the UK around the time Joy Division were on the up-and-up. This isn't a comparison to the Manchester greats, but rather, a compliment to Shadow Age. The bands boast a lot of similar qualities, and Shadow Age will… More »

Young Thug – “Beat It” (Feat. Jacquees) & “Halftime”

By Tom Breihan / March 25, 2015
We don't know if it's an album or a mixtape. And we don't know if it's an homage to Lil Wayne, a work of pure Lil Wayne disrespect, or somehow both. But Young Thug is going ahead with plans to release a new project called Tha Carter 6 before the feuding-with-his-label Wayne gets a… More »

No Joy – “Everything New”

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 25, 2015
Montreal's No Joy will release a third full-length LP titled More Faithful this June. The record follows 2013's breakthrough Wait To Pleasure. No Joy recorded More Faithful alongside Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti member Jorge Elbrecht, splitting their studio time between Brooklyn and a farmhouse in Costa Rica. "Everything New" is the album's trance-inducing first single. More »

Crying – “Patriot”

By James Rettig / March 24, 2015
If you've been keeping up with Crying over the past few months as they worked on new material, you'd know that something different was on the way. With their new one-off "Patriot," they begin the gradual slide away from their signature chiptune indie rock stylings and into '80s rock-inspired bombast. On Twitter, the band More »

Maribou State – “Raincoats”

By Caitlin White / March 24, 2015
The first thing we heard from Maribou State producers Chris Davids and Liam Ivory was "Rituals," a tranquil atmospheric smear of a track spiked with psychedelic guitar, and for "Raincoats" they utilize a similar pastiche of sounds. After the song's initial wiry framework of synths and thick analog fuzz, various vocal samples flicker i… More »

Inheaven – “Regeneration”

By Caitlin White / March 24, 2015
First, that huge heart-stopping drum sequence kicks in. It's half-washed out and quickly joined by the lead singer's snarling, nasal vocals, wondering LCD Soundsystem's eternal question -- "Where are your friends??" To balance all this aggression, airy, barely-there female harmonies worthy of Bilinda Butcher seep in like light through a curtain, only to… More »

Rome Fortune & Tunji Ige – “Spotlite”

By Caitlin White / March 24, 2015
After catching a brief set from Tunji Ige on the last night of SXSW, I'm even more intrigued by the 19-year-old Philadelphia rapper. Last we heard from him, he was trading verses with Wara From The NBHD and GrandeMarshall for "Moving." For today's new song "Spotlite" he's teamed with (yet another) Atlanta breakout… More »

Torres – “Sprinter”

By Caitlin White / March 24, 2015
Mackenzie Scott and I have a lot in common. We both grew up in a would-be pristine Christian framework that turned to poison fruit in our hand, and we both used running to try to momentarily leave the larger, inescapable confines of our world. "Sprinter" is the title track from Torres' forthcoming sophomore record, and… More »

Hudson Mohawke – “Very First Breath” (Feat. Irfane)

By Chris DeVille / March 24, 2015
Last weekend I watched Scottish DJ/producer Hudson Mohawke close out the Fader Fort -- the hottest ticket at SXSW thanks to free drinks and rampant surprise guests in addition to the generally high quality of the lineup -- and he blew me away even though his buddy Kanye West never showed up like the whole… More »

Damaged Bug – “The Mirror”

By Caitlin White / March 24, 2015
John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees has a synthesizer side project called Damaged Bug -- this guy is good at naming bands. (See also: Coachwhips, Pink And Brown, Yikes, Sword And Sandals, the Hospitals, and Dig That Up, It's Alive.) Anyway, Dwyer previously released Hubba Bubba last year under the Damaged Bug name, and he'… More »

Walleater – “Swallow You”

By Caitlin White / March 24, 2015
I grew up in the Northwest, so when I hear '90s alt rock influences like the ones on Walleater's "Swallow You" it always initially reminds me of the way grunge music permeated my formative years. Walleater hail from Leeds, though, and they draw more on Swervedriver's shoegaze than Soundgarden's foreboding, smoothing out the noisy guitar… More »

Brian Wilson – “Sail Away” (Feat. Al Jardine & Blondie Chaplin)

By Tom Breihan / March 24, 2015
Brian Wilson, the erratic genius who made the Beach Boys great, has been working on a new collab-heavy solo album called No Pier Pressure, and we've heard the early single "The Right Time." The new song "Sail Away" reunites Wilson with his former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, recreating some… More »

Q&A: NEEDS On Their Debut Self-Titled LP + “Rescue Don” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 24, 2015
Vancouver is a city that boasts one of the highest costs of living in Canada and has more musicians trying to make things work within its boundaries than there is room for. NEEDS is a five-piece hardcore band facing the seemingly impossible task of carving out their own space within the city's disparate music scene,… More »

Astronauts, etc. – “I Know” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Chris DeVille / March 24, 2015
Anthony Ferraro is a member of Chaz Bundick's Toro Y Moi touring band, but he also fronts his own project called Astronauts, etc. Today the band shares "I Know," the first single from a fresh batch of recordings. Although Ferraro was at one point studying to become a classical musician at UC Berkeley -- a… More »

Memory Tapes – “Fallout” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Caitlin White / March 24, 2015
Dayve Hawk's musical project Memory Tapes falls squarely into the chillwave designation, the cloudy, destroyed pop subgenre that sparked serious contention during its peak. After what he cites as a series of personal and professional collapses, Hawk is finally back to making music and plans to put out a new full-length album later thi… More »

Mas Ysa – “Look Up”

By Chris DeVille / March 23, 2015
Mas Ysa, aka experimental singer-songwriter Thomas Arsenault, is back with a new single called "Look Up," his first new material since last year's Worth EP. "Look Up" is a brisk bit of folk-tinged electro-pop that bristles with energy and activity like a mind on overdrive. The song arrives ahead of a spring US tour with… More »

Geronimo! – “Fires Of Hell”

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 23, 2015
Long live Geronimo! The Chicago-based trio dropped their last-ever single today, the strident "Fires Of Hell," which is the third and final song off their forthcoming EP, Buzz Yr Girlfriend: Vol. 4 - Why Did You Leave Me?. Geronimo! will play a farewell show at Chicago's Beat Kitchen this Saturday, and after that, they're officially… More »

The Darkness – “Open Fire”

By Caitlin White / March 23, 2015
When the Darkness became a thing I was in high school, trying desperately to impress a boy who really (ironically, probably) liked their hit song "I Believe In A Thing Called Love." And while my crush eventually wore off, the over-the-top glam rock feel of that song grew on me until I honestly liked… More »

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