After yesterday’s embarrassing Mike WiLL Made-It song featuring Future and Wiz Khalifa, the producer is back with a better one: “Syrup In My Soda” has RiFF RAFF and iLoveMakonnen (who he recently collaborated with on another track) doing their thing over a sticky beat that sounds like a pretty great song to put on before going out on a Friday night. RiFF RAFF (performing here under his Jody HighRoller nickname) doesn’t really do anything impressive, but Makonnen gives a great rumbling vocal performance that’s worth checking out. Listen below.
Midwestern rockers Cheap Girls kicked off their tour last night at Greenpoint’s Saint Vitus along with Beach Slang, Signals Midwest, and Lee Corey Oswald. Brooklyn-based Chumped kicked off the night with a short but sweet set that included their recent tracks “Hot 97 Summer Jam” and “Songs About Boats.” Later, Beach Slang played songs from their two EPs from this year to a packed house. Check out Stereogum photographer Erik Erikson’s photos from the show above.
Now that U2 are done foisting Songs Of Innocence onto the world, they’re going the more traditional promotional route: TV performances, music videos, even Walking Dead commercials, and now a radio appearance. They stopped by Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 2 show to do an interview and to play a few songs, including the live debuts of “Cedarwood Road” and “Song For Someone.” You can listen to the whole show here — the interviews and performances are scattered throughout.
Vince Staples released his new EP Hell Can Wait last week, and now he’s shared the video for “Fire,” which sees him rapping the lyrics to the song in a church while at confession and standing in front of some stained glass. It stands in the shadow of an instant-classic church-themed video that was released a few weeks ago, but there’s no way Staples could have forseen that. You can watch below.
Crying’s combination of chiptune craziness and muscular indie rock riffs is like no other. Their debut EP last year was one of my favorites, an absolute joy filled with jams like “Bodega Run” and “Vacation” that bleated as much as they rocked. “Batang Killjoy” is the first track from their upcoming release, Get Olde / Second Wind, which combines their first EP with six new songs. It’s a nice progression from Get Olde and sees them leaning deeper into their punk sensibilities to drive home a killer hook. At times, Elaiza Santos’ weightless vocals can sound like just another one of their Game Boy effects, but she also keeps the whole thing grounded with an indispensable humanity. (If her vocals sound familiar, she sang on LVL UP’s Hoodwink’d earlier this year and has a whole catalog of great solo work under the names Whatever, Dad and 100%. LVL UP’s Nick Corbo is also on drumming duties here.) “Batang Killjoy” is a hell of a lot of fun, alternating between melodic and jarring in all the right places. Listen below.
Tourist seems to be teetering on the edge of a breakthrough a la Disclosure or James Blake, and his music occupies some nebulous territory in between those two realms. (He’s also signed to Disclosure’s Method label, so make of that what you will.) The London electronic musician has just shared his latest track “Wait,” which leans a bit more toward the Blake side of the equation. It’s a moody piece of minimalism that’s built on simple piano notes and sweeping synths that explode in the last minute into a satisfying breakdown. Listen below.
Indie rock veteran Mike Kinsella is releasing an acoustic covers album later this year called Other People’s Songs under his Owen moniker. We’ve already heard his take on the Smoking Popes’ “Under The Blanket,” and now he’s shared his version of Against Me!’s “Borne On The FM Waves Of The Heart,” which Laura Jane Grace wrote with Tegan Quin’s voice in mind after hearing that she wanted to work with the band. It’s a highlight on 2007′s New Wave and Kinsella does it justice, keeping the affecting back-and-forth vocals and taking everything down a notch. It’s really pretty and you can listen below.
The children’s chorus at PS22 in Staten Island has developed a massive following for their covers of songs by indie artists, including St. Vincent and Tame Impala. One of the songs that initially brought attention to the PS22 chorus was their version of Ariel Pink’s “Round And Round.” Now, Pink has shown up to perform a new song with the kids, and to answer some questions. The kids sang Pink’s “Jell-o,” and then they performed “Picture Me Gone” together — the original versions of both songs appear on Pink’s upcoming double album, pom pom. The videos will be up in a few weeks, but according to the press release, kids in the chorus asked him about what inspires his lyrics, why he calls himself Ariel Pink, and “Why does white bread kill you?” (You’ll understand when you listen to the song.) You can see a couple pictures from the performance below, and watch the chorus’ performance of “Round And Round” at Disneyland. As someone who hasn’t been able to stop listening to pom pom for weeks now, I’m really looking forward to watching some kids sing a song as hilariously bizarre as “Jell-o.”