Towkio – “Reflection” (Prod. Kaytranada)

By Caitlin White / April 24, 2015 - 12:24 pm
I was gaga for Towkio's gooey, ebullient "Heaven Only Knows." We even chose it as one of the best songs that week, and given Chance's assertion that .Wav Theory was one of the year's best releases, anticipation began to build. "Reflection" is a total 180 from Towkio's jazz-addled joy. It's a warbly, EDM downer about… More »

Heather Woods Broderick – “A Call For Distance”

By Caitlin White / April 24, 2015 - 12:16 pm
Yes, Heather Woods Broderick is Peter Broderick's sister. And yes, she works closely with Sharon Van Etten, and has been a part of Horse Feathers, Efterklang, and plenty of other collaborations. This summer, however, belongs solely to Heather. She's releasing her first solo album, Glider, through Western Vinyl, and "A Call For Distance" is the… More »

The Grateful Dead Reportedly Planning To Tour With John Mayer After Farewell Shows

By Chris DeVille / April 24, 2015 - 11:55 am
When the Grateful Dead's surviving members announced a trio of farewell shows in Chicago over July 4 weekend, the process was so fraught with complications -- scalpers buying up tickets and hawking them for insane prices, camping permits denied -- that they added some extra gigs in California the weekend before. That seemed like a… More »

Lindstrøm & Grace Hall – “Home Tonight” Video

By Tom Breihan / April 24, 2015 - 11:38 am
Space-disco wizard Hans-Peter Lindstrøm is getting ready to release Runddans, his unlikely collaborative album with Todd Rundgren and Serena-Maneesh's Emil Nikolaisen, but that's not all he's got going on. He just linked up with Skin Town singer Grace Hall for the excellently graceful dance single "Home Tonight." And now we get a "Home Tonight" video… More »

Remembering Bernard Stollman: 10 Essential ESP-Disk Albums

By Phil Freeman / April 24, 2015 - 11:13 am
Bernard Stollman died this week at 85. Unknown to most but a legend to many, he was one of the most important non-musicians in the history of the 1960s jazz avant-garde. Stollman, a lawyer, founded the ESP-Disk label in 1964, initially so he could release Ni Kantu En Esperanto, an album of songs and poetry… More »

Mini Dresses – “Are You Real” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Chris DeVille / April 24, 2015 - 11:13 am
Like so many great bands, Mini Dresses started out as a home recording project. Since then, singer/bassist Lira Mondal and guitarist Caufield Schnug have made an Austin-to-Boston move, acquired a Tascam 488 home recording console, and teamed up with drummer Luke Brandfon. "Are You Real," from the band's upcoming cassette EP FOUR, exudes a groovy… More »

Sia – “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Bleachers Remix)”

By Tom Breihan / April 24, 2015 - 11:01 am
Sia Furler and Jack Antonoff are two music-business insiders now finding ways to weird up the mainstream on their own. Furler wrote hits for people like Rihanna before finding her own transgressive performance-art style of pop stardom. Antonoff, meanwhile, is a member of Fun. and a Taylor Swift collaborator, and he records excellently playful and… More »

Dan Auerbach Announces New Band The Arcs, Boxing-Inspired 7″

By Caitlin White / April 24, 2015 - 10:49 am
Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys is embarking on another solo project, but this time he's not recording under his own name. Auerbach's new band is called the Arcs and will release their first single, "Stay In My Corner" b/w "Tomato Can," on Saturday, 5/2 in honor of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight… More »

King Cyst – “Chinese Wind”

By Caitlin White / April 24, 2015 - 10:31 am
Remember in Anchorman when Will Ferrell starts talking about playing the "yazz flute"? Your reaction to that scene will probably determine how you'll feel about King Cyst. The Brooklyn group started out as a mostly instrumental Doors tribute band, and their first album was called Real Pussy, so none of their sardonic posturing on "Chinese… More »

Stream Sheer Mag II EP

By Tom Breihan / April 24, 2015 - 10:27 am
The Philadelphia band Sheer Mag walk an interesting line. They play bluesy, choogling, Camaro-revving classic rock -- straight-up Dazed & Confused-soundtrack cruise music. But they're a DIY punk band, so they play it scrappily and noisily, with the lowest fidelity you can imagine. That's a tough combination to pull off, but Sheer Mag do it,… More »

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