Preview Eminem’s “Phenomenal” Action Movie Music Video

By James Rettig / June 30, 2015 - 5:33 pm

Eminem’s latest single “Phenomenal” is already part of one movie and got featured in a Beats commercial, and now it’s getting an Apple Music-exclusive music video as well. The just-launched streaming service has already touted that the aging rapper will be their first exclusive Zane Lowe interview, and that interview seems as though it will… More »

Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” Video

By Tom Breihan / June 30, 2015 - 5:27 pm

Kendrick Lamar’s stunning new video for his To Pimp A Butterfly highlight “Alright” has a scene where a little kid throws money out a muscle car window while Kendrick does donuts and more little kids dance on top of a cop car. It has scenes where Kendrick levitates along city streets. It has a scene… More »

First Impressions Of Apple Music

By Marc Hogan / June 30, 2015 - 5:05 pm

Less than 90 minutes after I began downloading Apple’s new mobile-phone operating system, the voice of London grime rapper Skepta was yawping in my headphones: “This ain’t a culture/ It’s my religion.” Those lines could almost describe how, for most of the past decade, many devotees have approached the company that Steve Jobs built; the… More »

Active Child – “1999” Video

By Caitlin White / June 30, 2015 - 3:49 pm

1999” is the impossibly delicate, nostalgic lead single off Active Child’s new album, Mercy. It sets the tone for a shimmering, shy record that’s got one foot in the past and one finger on the pulse of the future. Pat Gross also shared “Mercy” and “Never Far Away” prior to the album’s release earlier thi… More »

Watch Beck & Thurston Moore Perform With Cowboys For Doug Aitken’s Station To Station

By James Rettig / June 30, 2015 - 2:51 pm

Last night, Beck appeared at the Barbican Centre in London as part of Doug Aitken’s Station To Station art project. He was responsible for putting together a performance that The Guardian called “part concert, part theatre,” and brought Thurston Moore, Simon Armitage, Jemima Foxtrot, and Luke Wright up on stage to accompany him. The whole… More »

Watch Rick Astley Cover “Uptown Funk” At London ’80s Festival

By Caitlin White / June 30, 2015 - 1:47 pm

While I am currently listening to the original version of “Uptown Funk” on the newly launched Apple Music, another cover of the ubiquitous Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars track has surfaced. On Saturday, Rick Astley tried his hand at a version of the funky pop song during London’s ’80s-centric festival Let’s Rock London. Of course, the ma… More »

Stream Scott Bartenhagen Black Dane EP

By Caitlin White / June 30, 2015 - 1:46 pm

The first song I heard from Central California songwriter Scott Bartenhagen was “Beacons,” which we premiered a few weeks ago. It’s a peaceful, pastoral track that turns dissonant toward the end in a burst of glowering chords, and the perfect introduction to Bartenhagen’s eclectic folk-jazz style. Today he’s shared the entirety of the Black DaneMore »

Mark Ronson – “I Can’t Lose (Lindstrøm Remix)” (Feat. Keyone Starr)

By Tom Breihan / June 30, 2015 - 1:26 pm

“Uptown Funk!” is great and all, but there’s a lot more than that to Mark Ronson’s laser-focused studio-pop album Uptown Special. One standout is “I Can’t Lose,” an expert piece of roller-rink pop that features the undiscovered R&B singer Keyone Starr. Ronson has now solicited a remix from Hans-Peter Lindstrøm, the Norwegian master of way-out… More »

Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) & Steve Reid – “Strings Of Life” (Derrick May Cover)

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / June 30, 2015 - 1:22 pm

Before the legendary New York jazz drummer Steve Reid passed away in 2010, Kieran Hebden (bka Four Tet) collaborated with him on a variety of projects. They released three albums — Tongues (2007), NYC (2008), and the posthumous Live At The South Bank (2011) — and at one point covered the Detroit-based producer Derrick May’… More »

Big Talk – “What Happened To Delisa?”

By Lisa Brown / June 30, 2015 - 12:58 pm

It’s been four years since Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. debuted his solo project, Big Talk. He’s returning this summer with a new album, Straight In No Kissin’, which is preceded by the poppy single “What Happened To Delisa?” It starts off with a Strokes-like guitar riff and vocals, and soon picks up with a… More »

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