Sports – “The Washing Machine”

By James Rettig / July 28, 2015 - 12:13 pm

Lead Sports vocalist Carmen Perry has a conversational style of singing that lends itself well to the kind of extended metaphor present on “The Washing Machine,” the closing track from the Ohio band’s upcoming sophomore album, All Of Something. Ostensibly, it’s about doing laundry, but it wastes no time unfolding into something more. “You’ve bee… More »

Watch Ashley Monroe Play A Rousing “Winning Streak” On Fallon

By Tom Breihan / July 28, 2015 - 12:05 pm

Tom Cruise’s terrifying lip-syncing episode wasn’t the only notable music moment on last night’s Tonight Show. The night’s musical guest was Ashley Monroe, the sharp ’70s-style country singer who just released the very good album The Blade. On the show, she rocked some very impressive fake eyelashes and cranked through a full-sprint version of her… More »

MUNA – “Promise”

By Caitlin White / July 28, 2015 - 11:50 am

MUNA is a dark pop girl band from LA who have no qualms about being stubborn as hell. Lead vocalist Katie Gavin splits the difference between Katy Perry and Caroline Polachek, which yes, is just about the biggest compliment I am capable of giving. On “Promise,” her voice hits that warble-chirp that makes Polachek so… More »

Download Twin Shadow’s Demos Mixtape Night Rally

By James Rettig / July 28, 2015 - 11:19 am

After being trapped in label hell for over a year, George Lewis Jr. made the move from 4AD to Warner Bros and released the third Twin Shadow album, Eclipse, which ended up being something of a letdown. (Outside of “To The Top,” of course, which is an instant-classic.) But that extra time in limbo meant… More »

Album Of The Week: Migos Yung Rich Nation

By Tom Breihan / July 28, 2015 - 11:12 am

Before we get started, and before you ask: Titus Andronicus’ The Most Lamentable Tragedy is a great album, one you should hear. But I already wrote about it, so I’m not going to write about it again in this space.

The entire idea of the rap album is in a weird state of… More »

Azealia Banks Beefs With Australia

By Caitlin White / July 28, 2015 - 11:12 am

Azealia Banks is well-known for her tendency to speak her mind on Twitter, and she’s done so again regarding her recent performances in Australia. She performed at the Splendour in the Grass festival this weekend along with a few other shows. But after a radio announcer poked fun at her for a short set, Bank… More »

Art Contest – “Wall Ball” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Grace Birnstengel / July 28, 2015 - 10:59 am

“Wall Ball,” the new single from South Carolina’s Art Contest, is grounded on a complex, rhythmic, energetic guitar riff played at high speed. The song will appear on Two Songs, Art Contest’s follow-up to their debut album Math Major. Vocalist Coleman Monroe sings as fast as humanly possible throughout the first half of the “Wall… More »

BEAK> – “The Broken Window” Video

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 28, 2015 - 10:57 am

Geoff Barrow’s improvisational Krautrock trio BEAK> released the follow-up to 2012’s >>, a split EP with their alter-ego band KAEB, today. We’ve already seen eerie videos for two of the songs, “There’s No One” and “The Meader,” and now the band’s released a new one for “The Broken Window.” Directed by Tia Salisbury, this video… More »

Mas Ysa – “Margarita” Video

By James Rettig / July 28, 2015 - 10:29 am

Mas Ysa has shared a video for “Margarita,” a track off his new record and Album Of The Week honoree Seraph. It was filmed on location in scenic Hawaii, and director Kris Moyes takes advantage of the surroundings with some breathtaking wide shots of the landscape. The beauty is undercut by the macabre, however, a… More »

Kanye West Could’ve Narrated Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment’s Surf

By Tom Breihan / July 28, 2015 - 10:27 am

Given who Chance The Rapper is — a relentlessly creative and morally driven young rapper from Chicago’s South Side — it’s not exactly a surprise that he idolizes Kanye West. In a new interview with The Guardian, Chance says that he one wanted “Kanye to be my dad” and that “The kid in me wanted… More »

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