Rihanna – “Towards The Sun”

By James Rettig / February 24, 2015
Rihanna just premiered a new track with BBC Radio 1. "Towards The Sun" is the lead single from the soundtrack for the new Dreamworks animated movie, Home, which Rihanna stars in and apparently produced an entire concept album for. It's very much a movie soundtrack song, with a huge chorus that's dripping with positivity… More »

Built To Spill – “Living Zoo”

By Michael Nelson / February 24, 2015
Built To Spill haven't released an album since 2009's There Is No Enemy: a great record, IMO, one of my favorites of that year. They didn't go on hiatus or anything after that, but they did lose a few members -- drummer Scott Plouf and bassist Brett Nelson -- and replaced them with Steve Gere… More »

Mac McCaughan – “Lost Again” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Tom Breihan / February 24, 2015
Mac McCaughan has been making heartfelt and catchy-as-hell music -- both with his long-running band Superchunk and his more-or-less-solo side project Portastatic -- for decades. But he's waited until now to release an album under his own name. This spring, McCaughan will release his official solo debut Non-Believers, an album that dwells on teenage… More »

Hear New Rustie Music In His “Mini-Mix 2015″

By Tom Breihan / February 24, 2015
Last year, the Glasgow dance-music maximalist Rustie released his sophomore album Green Language, which featured the awesomely lung-burning Danny Brown collab "Attak." But among Rustie fans, the man's DJ mixes are often just as highly regarded as his proper releases, and he just dropped another one on us. Rustie posted his new "Mini-Mix 2015"… More »

Pale Honey – “Youth” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Caitlin White / February 24, 2015
When I heard "Youth" by the Gothenburg duo Pale Honey, I knew I had found the antidote to all the inescapable, icy Swedish synth-pop. I've got plenty of love for the likes of Tove Lo, but there's something about girls doing full-on rock 'n' roll right now that's way more appealing than electro-pop. Composed solely… More »

Matt And Kim – “Hoodie On”

By James Rettig / February 24, 2015
With a decade-long career and four albums under their belt, Matt And Kim have got their schtick down pat. "Hoodie On" is the third song they've shared from their forthcoming album, New Glow, and it features an undeniably catchy, slick beat paired with some inane lyrics. This time around, "Lookin' like a king with a… More »

Hear Pharrell & Scott Weiland’s Previously Unreleased “Happy”

By James Rettig / February 23, 2015
Before the mega-hit "Happy" or the 2008 N.E.R.D. track of the same name, Pharrell Williams worked on a third track called "Happy," this one with former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland. It was recorded in 2006 for Weiland's sophomore solo album, but it was shelved after Williams claimed the track for himself. More »

Clare Maguire – “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” (Goffin/King Cover)

By Caitlin White / February 23, 2015
Clare Maguire began working with Burberry a while back for their wonderful acoustic series, and this year they've asked her to perform live at several of their runway shows. Recently, she performed one of my old favorites "Whenever You Want It," and her latest contribution is a cover of Gerry Goffin and… More »

All We Are – “Keep Me Alive (CFCF Remix)”

By Tom Breihan / February 23, 2015
On their new self-titled debut, the Liverpool-based band All We Are have put together a slick, falsetto-happy take on classic soul and disco. And on his remix of their single "Keep Me Alive," the Montreal producer CFCF has streamlined their soul even further, marrying their floating melodies to his own impressionistic globs of… More »

Will Butler – “Clean Monday”

By Chris DeVille / February 23, 2015
Every day this week Will Butler is writing and recording a song based on a story from British newspaper The Guardian. The first of those songs is "Clean Monday," a song about the Greek debt crisis that sounds a lot more like Arcade Fire than either of the songs Butler has shared… More »

Download PeeWee Longway The Blue M&M Vol. 2 (King Size)

By Tom Breihan / February 23, 2015
One of last year's best under-the-radar rap mixtapes was The Blue M&M, the solo effort from the diminutive helium-voiced Atlanta underground fixture PeeWee Longway. Longway is best-known as an occasional Young Thug sidekick, but he's got a flashy, ridiculous charm all his own, and he can rap like a motherfucker. So it's a great… More »

Sam Cohen – “Pretty Lights”

By Aaron Lindenberg / February 23, 2015
The Yellowbirds are officially no longer, but you can rest assured that Sam Cohen will continue pumping out supremely beautiful psychedelic folk-rock just the same. Not too long ago he buttered us up with "Kepler 62" from his upcoming solo album, Cool It. Now he's launched the spacecraft on "Pretty Lights," a sprawling… More »

Raekwon – “Wall To Wall” (Feat. French Montana & Busta Rhymes)

By Tom Breihan / February 23, 2015
The eternally tough and hardnosed Wu-Tang rapper Raekwon has been working on his album Fly International Luxurious Art for what feels like forever, and he recently announced that it'll finally come out this spring. "Wall To Wall," the album's first proper single, has more energy and swagger to it than most of what Rae's Wu-Tang… More »

T.I. & Young Thug – “Off-Set”

By Tom Breihan / February 23, 2015
T.I. and Young Thug seem like they should have nothing in common between their shared hometown of Atlanta and the whole they're-both-rappers thing. But they've got a rare on-record chemistry. Last year, they got together to make "About The Money," one of the year's best rap-radio hits, and a few assorted random tracks like… More »

Leon Bridges – “Lisa Sawyer”

By Caitlin White / February 23, 2015
Taking on the dreamy, compelling sound of the lost soul decades is a damn high bar to set for yourself. Soul revivalists usually don't get very far in my book, because what's the point of competing with the likes of Sam Cooke and Otis Redding? Listening to Leon Bridges made me do a 180 o… More »

Sacral Rage – “En Cima Del Mal” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Aaron Lariviere / February 23, 2015
Heavy metal is many things to many people. Adolescent power fantasies, calculated noise, fetishized religious subversion, a cry for social justice ... you name it. For me it's an unattainable ideal, and one I chase endlessly: it's the hunt for the Riff Absolute. More »

Inventions – “Peregrine (The Field Remix)”

By Tom Breihan / February 23, 2015
Inventions are the duo of Matthew T. Cooper, who makes glassy organic ambient music as Eluvium, and Mark T. Smith, who makes triumphant instrumental post-rock with Explosions In The Sky. Together, they make slow, patient, thrumming pieces of beauty like "Peregrine," a single from their forthcoming album Maze Of Woods. The Field, the Swedish… More »

Felicita – “Tails”

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 23, 2015
PC Music is hands-down one of the most intriguing labels of the decade so far, in part because the UK collective has honed an aesthetic that sounds so mechanistic that it's difficult to envision flesh-and-bone people creating these sounds. Last week the label announced that its artists will present their first ever live show… More »

Tinashe – “All Hands On Deck (Remix)” (Feat. Iggy Azalea)

By Aaron Lindenberg / February 23, 2015
Tinashe has been pretty ubiquitous lately following the release of her critically acclaimed debut album, Aquarius. Her brand has caught on quickly - a cross between cool-as-ice early 2000s R&B and the moody, minimal trap vibes that are dominating pop radio. So it was only a matter of time before twitter-happy Iggy Azalea… More »

Alex G – “Change”

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 23, 2015
Long before Orchid Tapes released his fifth full-length, DSU, and the world subsequently fell to his feet, Alex G was a quiet underground hero with a steadfast band of followers. A lot changed in 2014. The Philly-based songwriter, who used to put out his music via Bandcamp for a select community of listeners, is currently… More »

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