Micachu & The Shapes – “Sad”

By Tom Breihan / July 23, 2015 - 8:59 am

After Mica Levi put together the creepy and compelling score for Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin last year, she’s back with her energetic avant-pop group Michachu & The Shapes and getting ready to release the new album Good Sad Happy Bad. We’ve posted first single “Oh Baby,” and now Levi and co. have shared album… More »

Janet Jackson – “No Sleeep (Remix Feat. J. Cole)”

By Tom Breihan / July 23, 2015 - 8:39 am

Last month, Janet Jackson came back with “No Sleeep,” her first new single in seven years. It’s a sexy, pillowy, low-impact lope with production from her longtime collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and it’s tough to imagine a better reintroduction for Ms. Jackson. Yesterday, news circulated that J. Cole would jump on a remix… More »

Chelsea Wolfe – “Grey Days”

By James Rettig / July 22, 2015 - 10:49 pm

We’ve heard three tracks — “Iron Moon,” “Carrion Flowers,” and “After The Fall” — from Chelsea Wolfe’s new album, Abyss, so far, but “Grey Days” may be the most icily gorgeous yet. It begins with a staticky howl that turns into pained breathing that gives way to heavy drums and grandiose strings. “Poison inside hel… More »

Mark Lanegan & Beth Orton – “Your Kisses Burn” (Marc Almond & Nico Cover)

By Peter Helman / July 22, 2015 - 6:22 pm

UK label Heavenly Recordings is turning 25 this year, and they’re releasing a few special singles to celebrate. They got relatively recent signee Mark Lanegan and early star Beth Orton to record a cover of “Your Kisses Burn,” the 1988 duet between Soft Cell’s Marc Almond and Nico, which ended up being Nico’s final recording… More »

Gun Outfit – “Gotta Wanna”

By James Rettig / July 22, 2015 - 5:27 pm

Gun Outfit’s fourth album, Dream All Over, was preceded by the duo’s move to Los Angeles from the Olympia punk scene that bred them, and their music followed suit. Already the softest band on the hardcore bill, “Gotta Wanna” hews their rough edges down even further, making for some sufficiently pleasant and occasionally transcendent dust-rock. More »

Elohim – “Xanax”

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 22, 2015 - 4:35 pm

The LA-based electro-pop artist Elohim just dropped a new song to accompany “She Talks Too Much,” the massive track we heard back in May that served as our introduction to the singer. “Xanax” is much more hushed, a delicately plodding series of contemplations that mirror some of the effects of its name. If “She Talk… More »

Steep Leans – “Nightmare City” & “Navigator In The Night”

By Lisa Brown / July 22, 2015 - 3:43 pm

Steep Leans is the Boston-based project of Gray Somers and the latest signee to Wavves’ label Ghost Ramp. After forming the band in 2012, Somers performed a string of live shows over the years with additional band members until going into the quiet shadows for a year-long recording process. They’re returning to the spotlight thi… More »

Hear Foals Debut “A Knife In The Ocean” On BBC Radio 1

By Grace Birnstengel / July 22, 2015 - 2:35 pm

Last night Foals debuted “A Knife In The Ocean,” a song off their upcoming release What Went Down, on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show to a lucky crowd of 30. The band released the title track on the same show about a month ago and since have shared “Mountain At My Gates,” both with… More »

Young Egypt – “Can’t Believe” (Feat. Migos)

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 22, 2015 - 2:10 pm

The Orlando-by-way-of-North Carolina rapper Young Egypt has been working alongside stars of Southern rap for quite some time now. He’s credited alongside Lil’ Wayne, Gucci Mane, French Montana, and Waka Flocka Flame, and now he boasts “Can’t Believe,” a debut solo single featuring Migos. Young Egypt told Complex about the inspiration that wrought the song:… More »

Vic Mensa – “Codeine Crazy (Icarus Story)” (Future Cover)

By Tom Breihan / July 22, 2015 - 1:47 pm

As Rap-Up points out, the young Chicago rapper Vic Mensa debuted his own version of Future’s “Codeine Crazy,” a track from last year’s Monster mixtape, at this past weekend’s Pitchfork Music Festival. I didn’t see him do it, since he was on at the same time as Sleater-Kinney, but the studio version of his track… More »

Blitzen Trapper – “Lonesome Angel”

By James Rettig / July 22, 2015 - 1:26 pm

Reliable Portland alt-country rockers Blitzen Trapper have released an album every year-and-a-half or so like clockwork and, just on time, they’ve announced that their next record, called All Across This Land, will be out in October. In an interview from a few months ago, frontman Eric Earley said that the new one would be “a… More »

Night Beds – “Corner”

By Caitlin White / July 22, 2015 - 1:17 pm

Night Beds is the country-dream-pop project of Winston Yellen, a man who seems bent on becoming the perfect, airy mixture of Fleet Foxes and Beach House. He’s got all the earnest yearning of Robin Pecknold’s helium-folk tenor, and for his latest album Ivywild he’s mixing that with late night psych-dreaminess. “Corner” is the latest single,… More »

Ms. John Soda – “Hero Whales”

By Caitlin White / July 22, 2015 - 12:58 pm

Ms. John Soda is German two-piece of Stephanie Böhm and Micha Acher (of the Notwist), and they’re back after an eight-year hiatus. Titled Loom, this will be the third album for the twee-pop duo following 2006’s Notes And The Like and 2002’s No P. or D.. The lead single is called “Hero Whale,” and I’m… More »

Hear “Lila,” A Song From Sigur Rós’ Circus-Themed Circe Project

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 22, 2015 - 12:50 pm

The non-Jónsi members of Sigur Rós have been composing a soundtrack for the upcoming BBC documentary, The Show Of Shows. The documentary compiles 100 years of archival footage of circuses, carnivals, and vaudeville acts, and so the soundtrack, which was recorded in Sigur Rós’ Reykjavík studio, is an attempt to mirror the sounds of those… More »

Mild High Club – “Undeniable” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Misha Sesar / July 22, 2015 - 12:10 pm

If you haven’t heard the name Alexander Brettin aka Mild High Club before, you’ll be hearing it a lot soon. He’s toured with Wire, Mac DeMarco, Mikal Cronin, and Ariel Pink. The shaggy-haired Los Angeles transplant’s debut album, Timeline, will be released through a new offshoot of Stones Throw Records, Circle Star Records. While making… More »

Stream Antarctigo Vespucci Leavin’ La Vida Loca

By Caitlin White / July 22, 2015 - 12:01 pm

Antarctigo Vespucci have the hardest name to spell and the best album title. Their first full-length is called Leavin’ La Vida Loca and I want to applaud them for that pun right off the bat, before even getting into how good the record sounds. Chris Farren (Fake Problems) and Jeff Rosenstock (formerly of Bomb The… More »

Fuzz – “Pollinate” & “Rat Race”

By Tom Breihan / July 22, 2015 - 11:47 am

Ty Segall is an indie-level rock star in his own right, but he isn’t above playing a supporting role. On the side, Segall plays drums in the hard-riffing stoner-rock power trio Fuzz, who released a truly kickass self-titled debut in 2013. Segall is now back behind the kit on the band’s forthcoming second album, naturally… More »

Deradoorian – “The Eye”

By James Rettig / July 22, 2015 - 10:17 am

There’s a driving urgency to “The Eye,” something that wasn’t really present on “A Beautiful Woman,” the first single we heard from Angel Deradoorian’s upcoming debut full-length, The Expanding Flower Planet. Whereas the lead single was comfortable in resting into the lilting choruses that she’s so good at constructing, “The Eye” pushes into them with… More »

Pure Bathing Culture – “Pray For Rain”

By Chris DeVille / July 22, 2015 - 10:04 am

Portland BTW alumni Pure Bathing Culture will return this fall with Pray For Rain, the follow-up to 2013 debut Moon Tides. The new album is preceded today by its title track, which adds new oomph to the duo’s crystalline transcendental yacht-pop. It’s still recognizable as the band behind “Pendulum,” but there’s a brisk uptempo drum… More »

Matthew E. White – “Vision (No Skin Version)” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Caitlin White / July 22, 2015 - 9:59 am

Matthew E. White’s tender, sighing orchestral-soul missive Fresh Blood is one of 2015’s greatest underdogs. The record came out in March with spurts and starts of fanfare, but never really seemed to catch fire like a record of this magnitude deserves. Perhaps the new deluxe version, then, will be what sparks interest in White’s gentle,… More »

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