Aye Nako – “Worms”

By James Rettig / July 2, 2015 - 10:54 am

Aye Nako’s songs often sound something like a nightmare, except that nightmare is a reality that people live through every day. Their lyrics confront trauma and try to get a grip around it, no matter how tenuous that hold may be. On “Worms,” the second track we’ve heard from their upcoming EP The Blackest EyeMore »

The Alchemist – “Voodoo” (Feat. Action Bronson)

By Tom Breihan / July 2, 2015 - 10:53 am

Always-busy stoner-rap producer the Alchemist is about to release a new mostly-instrumental album called — swear to God — Retarded Alligator Beats. The album only features one guest, and that guest is Alc’s frequent collaborator Action Bronson. On the single “Voodoo,” Bronson attacks Alc’s tumbling breakbeats and oblique string-stabs, talking about stashing the acid i… More »

Marina & The Diamonds – “Blue (Holychild Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Caitlin White / July 2, 2015 - 10:38 am

Marina & The Diamonds aka Marina Diamandis is one of the UK’s most excellent, reliably off-kilter alt-pop stars. She put out a new album called Froot via Neon Gold this spring and is currently touring internationally in support of it. On the US side of things, brat-pop duo Holychild just released their debut album a… More »

Watch Tove Lo Sing “Talking Body” On Conan

By Tom Breihan / July 2, 2015 - 10:31 am

The Swedish pop singer Tove Lo only released her sharp-as-hell debut album Queen Of The Clouds last year, but she’s already visited Conan twice. The second of those came last night, when she served as musical guest and sang her flirty single “Talking Body.” She’s got a presence that not too many straight-up pop prospect… More »

Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi – “The Sun Today”

By Caitlin White / July 2, 2015 - 10:24 am

Alela Diane is a woman who understands uncertainty. In the past four years, she’s grappled with the kind of devastating, tumultuous circumstances that would bench most people, yet she’s emerged with three albums during these shifts. I first came to her music in 2011 because of my unmitigated obsession with Fleet Foxes in college, whe… More »

Rick Ross Out Of Jail On $2 Million Bond

By Caitlin White / July 2, 2015 - 10:12 am

Rick Ross was arrested last week and charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, and aggravated battery. Ross and his body guard, Nadrian James, reportedly got into a fight and pistol whipped two workers at his Georgia home. Initially, the court denied Ross bail but today TMZ reports that he has paid $2 million at his bond… More »

New Aphex Twin EP Orphaned DJ Selek 2006-08 Out Next Month

By Tom Breihan / July 2, 2015 - 10:11 am

You know Aphex Twin is fully back when he’s bringing the alter-egos out of storage. Richard D. James ended a long silence last year when he released the excellent Syro, the first new Aphex Twin album in over a decade. He followed it up earlier this year with the Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP. More »

The Phoenix Foundation – “Give Up Your Dreams” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Caitlin White / July 2, 2015 - 10:00 am

“How does one transition to a mortal from a God?” wonders Sam Flynn Scott, frontman for The Phoenix Foundation, on their latest track “Give Up Your Dreams.” The Wellington, New Zealand six-piece hit that sweet spot between bubblegum psych-pop, prog-rock, and deeper, existential quandaries like the one quoted above. We premiered their single “Mountain,” along… More »

Stevie Wonder Albums From Worst To Best

Steveland “Stevie Wonder” Morris is an indisputable icon of American music, but in many ways is best understood as a part of a separate tradition — that of the musical prodigy. Like Mozart, Mendelssohn, Earl Scruggs, and Alex Chilton before him, Wonder composed and performed songs as a young child that inextricably transformed the contemporary… More »

Mew Part Ways With Guitarist And Founding Member Bo Madsen

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 2, 2015 - 9:52 am

Mew and guitarist Bo Madsen announced today that they will “part ways for the time being” after 20 years playing together. The Danish band released their latest full-length, +-, this past April, which we named Album Of The Week and later listed as being one of the best albums of the year so far. Madse… More »

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