Sufjan Stevens – “Carrie & Lowell”

By Tom Breihan / March 17, 2015
Later this month, Sufjan Stevens will release Carrie & Lowell, an album named after his mother and stepfather and inspired, in part, by his mother's death. Musically, the album returns Stevens to the placid, crystalline folk of his Seven Swans days, leaving behind the maximalist pop experiments of his last few years. And eve… More »

Django Django – “Reflections”

By Tom Breihan / March 17, 2015
The synth-addled UK post-punkers Django Django are getting closer to unleashing their sophomore album Born Under Saturn into the world, and we've already heard first single "First Light." And now they've shared another single -- a thumping, house-inflected ritualistic chant called "Reflections." There's barely any guitar on the song; instead, it's driven by a… More »

Belle And Sebastian – “The Party Line (Tomas Barfod Remix)”

By Caitlin White / March 17, 2015
Belle And Sebastian were one of the indie-pop staples that helped define my high school and college years, but I didn't get the chance to see them live until I covered a music festival in Mexico City last fall. Since they had just announced their first new album in nearly half a decade, Belle And… More »

Aquarian Blood – “Savage Mind” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Chris DeVille / March 17, 2015
Aquarian Blood is a duo featuring Ex-Cults' JB Horrell and his wife Laurel Ferdon, formerly of Nots. They play frantic lo-fi punk that pleasantly reminds me of Times New Viking -- though for music this urgently abrasive, pleasant might not be the right word. The band's Record Store Day EP Savage Mind was one… More »

Elvis Perkins – “Mexican Ritual” (Feat. Alec Ounsworth) (Stereogum Premiere)

By Chris DeVille / March 17, 2015
Last year we heard Andrew Bird's cover of the New Pornographers' "The Fake Headlines," part of the Yellow Bird Project's Good People Rock covers comp. Back then we noted that Elvis Perkins and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's Alec Ounsworth covered each other's songs for the album, and one of them is out… More »

Death Grips – “The Powers That B”

By James Rettig / March 17, 2015
Death Grips have shared another new track from the much-anticipated and much-delayed Jenny Death. "The Powers That B" is the title track to the whole double album affair that started with last year's Niggas On The Moon, and is set to be released in full on 3/31. This is the third track we've heard from… More »

New Earl Sweatshirt Album I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside Out Next Week; Hear “Grief” Now

By James Rettig / March 17, 2015
A new Earl Sweatshirt album just popped up on iTunes with a very soon release date of 3/23. It's called I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside, and a new song called "Grief" is available to purchase now. It's the Odd Future member's second studio album after 2013's Doris, and has features from Vince… More »

Ameriie – “Out Loud” (Prod. Rich Harrison)

By Chris DeVille / March 16, 2015
Ten years ago, R&B upstart Amerie (now Ameriie) teamed with "Crazy In Love" producer Rich Harrison on "1 Thing," an absolute sledgehammer of a song that pushed Harrison's deconstructed funk-break onslaught to glorious new heights. Ameriie attempted a comeback last year with "What I Want," a decent but unmemorable single that morphed that… More »

Broken Water – “Wasted”

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 16, 2015
Broken Water's music is nothing if not varied. "Wasted" is the third single that we've heard off of the Olympia-based band's forthcoming experiment, Wrought, which is due out next week, and it manages to both complement and contradict our first introduction to their new work. The song follows the record's opening track "High-Lo," which… More »

Tree Blood – “I Want You To Cry” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 16, 2015
Tree Blood hail from Minneapolis, a city long revered as the humble home of some of the most influential underground music scenes in the U.S. These days, Minneapolis is increasingly affiliated with emergent alternative rap, but there's still a distinct, historically reverent rock movement curated in part by the small but authoritative label Forged Artifacts. More »

Flatbush Zombies – “Redeye To Paris” (Feat. Skepta)

By Tom Breihan / March 16, 2015
Our last Week In Rap column focused on the London grime MC Skepta, who's riding high on a couple of big hits in his homeland and who's been spending time in the studio lately with Kanye West. If and when that Kanye collab arrives, it won't be the first time Skepta has put i… More »

Fort Romeau – “All I Want” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Caitlin White / March 16, 2015
If you're going to listen to Fort Romeau, make sure to turn it way up. London producer Mike Greene is more concerned with the internal than the external, and his songs are accordingly coiled tight, with layers and layers lurking right below the surface. You might miss some of the yearning on "All I Want"… More »

Houndstooth – “Borderlands” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Caitlin White / March 16, 2015
Houndstooth are a four-piece from Portland who occupy the unlikely crossroads of Americana and dream pop. Born out of a couple basement demos between singer/songwriter Katie Bernstein and John Gnorski, these two southern transplants fleshed out the group with drummer/producer Graeme Gibson and Cari Palazzolo on bass. Their initial record Ride Out The Dark came… More »

Death Cab For Cutie – “Little Wanderer”

By James Rettig / March 16, 2015
Death Cab For Cutie has shared "Little Wanderer," the fourth single from their upcoming eighth full-length Kintsugi. Unlike the tracks we've already heard from it -- "Black Sun," "No Room In Frame," and "The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive" -- this one feels a little more muted, falling back on the long-distance imagery… More »

Grimes & Bleachers – “Entropy”

By Tom Breihan / March 15, 2015
Grimes first linked up with Fun. co-leader Jack Antonoff on "Take It Away," a 2014 song from Antonoff's solo side project Bleachers. And now they've teamed up once again, this time for an absolutely dazzling pop song called "Entropy." It's a power-pop tune, more or less, with the same sort of sparkling productio… More »

Kendrick Lamar – “King Kunta”

By Tom Breihan / March 13, 2015
Kendrick Lamar's rabidly anticipated new album To Pimp A Butterfly is finally coming out later this month, and in recent months, we've heard two of its songs, "i" and "The Blacker The Berry." Tonight, a third showed up online. "King Kunta" is a ferocious, racially charged song that references Roots and Michael… More »

Free Cake For Every Creature – “All You Gotta Be When You’re 23″ (Stereogum Premiere)

By James Rettig / March 13, 2015
I'm starting to get a little freaked out about turning 23 in two months. It feels like the first year that I won't have an "anchor" -- this past year has been all about graduating and moving to a new city, and all of the rest of them were tied up in college or high… More »

Death Grips – “On GP”

By Scott Lapatine / March 12, 2015
Yesterday we got word that Death Grips' long-teased Jenny Death, half of the double album The Powers That B, has an official release date of 3/17, and we heard excerpts of all the tracks via a Dutch retailer's pre-order. Now you can hear track 9, "On GP," in its entirety in a video Death… More »

Listen To Dave Longstreth’s New Orchestral Work “Michael Jordan”

By James Rettig / March 12, 2015
Dirty Projectors ringleader Dave Longstreth has been pretty quiet for the past few years -- though he did co-write "FourFiveSeconds," of course -- but he recently composed a piece of classical music for Le Poisson Rogue's Ensemble LPR. His four-movement work, called "Michael Jordan," was written for a double string quartet, and wa… More »

Prince – “WHAT IF”

By James Rettig / March 12, 2015
Earlier tonight, a new Prince song called "WHAT IF" debuted on Louisville, Kentucky radio station WFPK in advance of a two-night sold out run of four shows there this coming weekend. As with most of his newer material, it's a collaboration with his backing band 3RDEYEGIRL and features vocals from drummer Hannah Welton, who… More »

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