Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah Join NBC’s The Wiz Live!

By James Rettig / 10:42 am

After NBC struck success with 2013’s The Sound Of Music Live! and last year’s Peter Pan Live!, it looks like they’ll be doing a musical every year from now on. Their next adaptation is The Wiz and, as EW reports, they’ve wrangled two big stars to headline: Queen Latifah will play the titular character and… More »

Silicon – “Burning Sugar” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

By Misha Sesar / 10:29 am

Silicon is the self-described “pop-aspersion” project of Hawaiian-New Zealander Kody Nielson, the brother of Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Ruban Nielson. The video for “Burning Sugar” from Silicon’s upcoming Personal Computer caters to the internet’s revitalized idea of retro-futuristic aestheticism. When Nielson sings of sugar burning, we see gold-painted hands holding a spoonful of sugar being burned… More »

Grimes Shares Love Letter To Star Wars

By Caitlin White / 10:25 am

Love magazine enlisted Canadian indie pop star Grimes to write about her adoration of Star Wars for their latest issue. It’s only available in print, but NME has rendered the full text online. In the letter, Grimes talks about how she has loved Star Wars for her entire life, how important and nuanced the robot… More »

Titus Andronicus Cover Classic Rock Hits With Craig Finn And Ted Leo In Brooklyn

By Michael Nelson / 10:22 am

This week brings the release of Titus Andronicus’ outstanding new album, The Most Lamentable Tragedy, and to celebrate, the band did a five-night stand at Brooklyn’s Shea Stadium — a run that ended last night, on frontman Patrick Stickles’ 30th birthday. The outsize ambition of the entire concert run was befitting of the album’s unabashed… More »

The Darkness – “Last Of Our Kind” Video

By James Rettig / 10:20 am

Glam-rock revivalists the Darkness released their fourth album, Last Of Our Kind, a few months back, and now they’ve shared a video for the title track. The band brought a whole cast of characters with them, who dance along and vamp it up against a white backdrop. The only problem I can see is that… More »

Team Spirit – “Takin My Time (Never Enough)” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Misha Sesar / 10:20 am

Ayad Al Adhamy, formerly a synth/sampler/percussion player for Passion Pit, started Black Bell Records in 2010. He returned to his dusty guitar in 2012, and Team Spirit was born. The Brooklyn-based band is a self-proclaimed power-pop group playing with ’80s high energy synths. The catchy “Takin My Time (Never Enough)” is full of intentional distortio… More »

Q&A: Gardens & Villa On Their Black Mirror-Inspired Music For Dogs And Frogtown Warehouse Cult

By Ryan Leas / 10:02 am

Gardens & Villa’s new album, Music For Dogs, rarely sounds like it could’ve been made in California. It’s the kind of album that, though it has its lighter moments, mostly maintains the kind of glassy, claustrophobic atmosphere that evokes imagery of some kind of decrepit, not-too-distant-future cityscape. Turns out, that’s not too far off from… More »

Draper – “On You” (Feat. Alby Hobbs) (Stereogum Premiere)

By Caitlin White / 9:59 am

James Draper is a 23-year-old French-born, British-based producer who has been forging toward the music industry since he was a teenager. Opting for the mononym Draper, he began to seriously pursue music when he was 16 and started entering remix contests through the EDM community Indaba, where he would often win prizes and accolades for… More »

Birthmark – “Find Yourself” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Lisa Brown / 9:56 am

Nate Kinsella made his mark in the Chicago music scene playing with prominent rocker cousins Mike (in American Football) and Tim (in Joan Of Arc and Make Believe). The Kinsella name is a musical mainstay, but Nate’s own influence resonates through his solo project Birthmark. He’s released three albums under the moniker, and a fourth… More »

Foals – “Mountain At My Gates” Video

By James Rettig / 9:52 am

It seems a little counterintuitive to get esteemed music video director Nabil to shoot one entirely on a crappy little GoPro camera, but that’s what the video for Foals’ “Mountain At My Gates” asks of him. Nabil and the band have collaborated before on videos for “Bad Habit” and “Late Night,” so it makes sense… More »

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