Vic Mensa – “U Mad” (Feat. Kanye West)

By Chris DeVille / April 10, 2015 - 5:26 pm
Vic Mensa performed "U Mad" with Kanye West in London and previewed the studio version in a DJ set this week. The recording has made its way to Mensa's SoundCloud this afternoon while Mensa was on stage at Coachella, and it appears to be a Mensa song featuring Kanye, not the other way around. Aesthetically… More »

Flying Lotus – “Eyes Above” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

By Chris DeVille / April 10, 2015 - 5:18 pm
When Flying Lotus interviewed Kendrick Lamar on BBC Radio 1 last night, they revealed a new song. It's the third collaboration the two visionaries have shared after last year's FlyLo gem "Never Catch Me" and To Pimp A Butterfly opener "Wesley's Theory." It's called "Eyes Above," and it's as brilliantly jazz-spazzy as you'd expect. Liste… More »

Ryn Weaver – “The Fool”

By Patrick Hosken / April 10, 2015 - 2:25 pm
Ryn Weaver's voice delves into caverns when it needs to, a strength she flexed on "OctaHate" to give real weight to a playful, childlike beat. But what makes "The Fool," the title track from her forthcoming debut album, so strange and wonderful is how Weaver does the opposite. Instead of plunging deeper vocally, a nifty… More »

Mew – “Witness”

By Caitlin White / April 10, 2015 - 1:21 pm
Danish psychedelic band Mew are releasing their first album in six years, +/-, in just a few weeks. We've already heard "Satellites" and "Water Slides" and today they've shared "Witness." Listen below. More »

Blitzen Trapper – “Heart Of Gold” (Neil Young Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

By Patrick Hosken / April 10, 2015 - 12:26 pm
Record Store Day is fast approaching, and to celebrate, alt-country elder statesmen Blitzen Trapper have put together a special release: a note-for-note live cover of Neil Young's legendary 1972 album Harvest. It's called, you guessed it, Live Harvest, and the band recorded it at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland while touring their last record,… More »

POP ETC – “I Won’t Back Down” (Tom Petty Cover)

By Patrick Hosken / April 10, 2015 - 11:24 am
True to their name, POP ETC have never had a problem taking on the most ubiquitous hit songs. In January, they gave us an aching, sparse cover of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game," and before that, the band warped Gin Blossoms' immortal '90s alt-pop gem "Follow You Down" into springy Strokes-esque rock. The trio can stri… More »

Hear Flying Lotus Interview Kendrick Lamar On BBC Radio 1

By James Rettig / April 9, 2015 - 9:31 pm
Flying Lotus has been hosting BBC Radio 1's residency so far this year, and for this month's program he brought on frequent collaborator Kendrick Lamar to talk about his new album, To Pimp A Butterfly. (FlyLo produced "Wesley's Theory" on the album, and Lamar contributed to last year's You're Dead!) You can listen to the… More »

Ballet School – “Justify My Love/Partition” (Madonna x Beyoncé Cover)

By Patrick Hosken / April 9, 2015 - 5:17 pm
Berlin trio (and BTW alums) Ballet School dropped their glittering debut album The Dew Lasts An Hour last September, and now they're venturing to North America for a monthlong tour. In preparation, the band has shared a torrid, sweat-soaked cover that blends two immortal tracks in the pop canon: Madonna's 1990 hit "Justify My Love"… More »

J Fernandez – “Read My Mind”

By Caitlin White / April 9, 2015 - 4:41 pm
J Fernandez is literally a map maker. The Chicago-based bedroom pop experimentalist spends the day immersed in cartography, and carefully lays out gauzy, baroque pop in his free time. Born Justin Fernandez to Filipino immigrants, he's been steadily constructing a sound that falls somewhere between psychedelia and destroyed pop. Building off last year's Memorize NowMore »

Mumford & Sons – “The Wolf”

By Caitlin White / April 9, 2015 - 3:38 pm
Mumford & Sons unveiled "Believe," the lead single from their decidedly not folk new album Wilder Mind a few weeks ago. Most people were glad the band was moving beyond recipe-folk, but we didn't really need another bloated modern-rock Coldplay sound-alike. Their second single, "The Wolf," is even more of a straightforward rock song tha… More »

Tribulation – “The Motherhood Of God”

By Michael Nelson / April 9, 2015 - 1:14 pm
In February's Black Market, I wrote about "In The Dreams Of The Dead," the first single released off The Children Of The Night, the forthcoming third LP from Swedish metal band Tribulation. As I said in my writeup, The Children Of The Night is an early leader for my AOTY pick, and my opinion o… More »

Turn To Crime – “Actions”

By Caitlin White / April 9, 2015 - 11:50 am
The Detroit post-punk outfit Turn To Crime are releasing their second album, Actions, in a few weeks, and today they've debuted the title track. It follows up the slapdash "Prince Of Slackers" and sporadic "Light." Former Awesome Color member Derek Stanton lays a lazy drawl over a taut guitar line and '80s-flecked keyboards. The song'… More »

Silicon – “God Emoji”

By Collin Robinson / April 9, 2015 - 11:45 am
New Zealand's Silicon is the new self-described "pop aspersion" project from multi-instrumentalist Kody Nielson. If the debut single, "God Emoji," is any indication, pop aspersion means super-funky synth grooves layered sweeter than a wedding cake. The lyrics "Don't want to go out on a Saturday night" are repeated throughout the track, but it would be… More »

Carlos Forster – “You’ll Survive” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Peter Helman / April 9, 2015 - 10:49 am
San Francisco-based musician, former For Stars frontman, and frequent M. Ward collaborator Carlos Forster has a day job as a licensed psychotherapist. This makes total sense: "You'll Survive," the new single from his second solo effort Disasters, is all about the unspecified psychological turmoil of an unnamed woman. "Lost in the fires of your mind… More »

Leonard Cohen – “I Can’t Forget”

By Caitlin White / April 9, 2015 - 10:16 am
Leonard Cohen is releasing a live album called Can't Forget: A Souvenir Of The Grand Tour, and it's full of new takes on some of his old, rare classics. "I Can't Forget" comes from his 1988 album I'm Your Man, but today he's released a new live version that will be on Can't Forget. Thi… More »

Malportado Kids – “Bruja Cosmica” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 9, 2015 - 10:09 am
In Spanish, "Malportado" means "poorly behaved." Trouble-maker. Miscreant. Malportado Kids hail from Providence, Rhode Island, and share a scene with fellow bilingual future punx Downtown Boys, who've released two singles off of their forthcoming Full Communism LP, both of which have ended up on our 5 Best Songs list. Downtown Boys' Victoria Ruiz and Joey… More »

Honne – “Didn’t I” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Caitlin White / April 9, 2015 - 10:00 am
Honne are a British duo who knocked me right off my feet last year when they released "Warm On A Cold Night" -- go listen to that right now then come back. OK, so after releasing that track b/w "Baby Please," they put out another two-song EP called All In The Value. Today we're announcing… More »

Harriet – “Irish Margaritas (RAC Mix)”

By Collin Robinson / April 9, 2015 - 9:39 am
Harriet is a four-piece from Los Angeles that combines indie pop tendencies with electronic sweeps and grooves topped off with surprisingly penetrating lyrics. The band dropped their four-track self-titled EP last month as the ink dried on their deal with Harvest Records. Today, the band shares the RAC remix to the EP's lead single, "IrishMore »

Jenny Hval – “Sabbath”

By James Rettig / April 9, 2015 - 9:31 am
Norwegian experimentalist Jenny Hval has spent the past decade mulling over the intricacies of sexuality in her music, exploring the body and our body's relation to itself in stark portraiture. "Sabbath" -- the magnificent second single from her upcoming new album Apocalypse, girl -- is perhaps the most vivid rendering of that yet. Hval's vocal… More »

Tyler, The Creator – “Deathcamp” + “Fucking Young/Perfect”

By Chris DeVille / April 9, 2015 - 12:18 am
Tyler, The Creator used his newly launched Golf Media app to announce a new album, Cherry Bomb, and share two new songs, "Deathcamp" and "Fucking Young/Perfect." Both bear the distinct influence of Tyler's hero-turned-friend Pharrell. The former is fast, wild, aggressive, and extremely N.E.R.D., whereas the latter is smooth, melodic, spindly R&B a la GMore »

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