David Crosby: Joni Mitchell Had An Aneurysm, Isn’t Speaking Yet

By James Rettig / June 26, 2015 - 3:53 pm

Joni Mitchell was hospitalized in April after being found unconscious in her Los Angeles home, and updates on her condition since then have been varied. First, it was reported that she was in a coma, which her representatives denied vehemently, and then Billboard reported last month that she was still in “very serious condition.” Our… More »

Watch Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath & Megafaun’s Phil Cook Cover Willis Alan Ramsey’s “Northeast Texas Women” In Durham

By Caitlin White / June 26, 2015 - 12:28 pm

Amelia Meath is a powerhouse of a woman. Most recently she’s been lauded as half of the electronic-pop duo Sylvan Esso, but Meath is also one of the founding members of the incredible all-female folk trio Mountain Man. This past Wednesday, 6/24, she joined Phil Cook (Megafaun, DeYarmond Edison, Gayngs, Sharon Van Etten) as a… More »

The 5 Best Videos of the Week

By Tom Breihan / June 26, 2015 - 11:19 am

Same sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states! That’s a much, much bigger deal than anything music is going to give us anytime soon, and it feels weird to be writing about anything else right now. But it’s Friday, and perhaps you’d like to celebrate by watching some really good music videos. There… More »

Watch Morrissey Return To American TV On The Tonight Show

By Tom Breihan / June 26, 2015 - 8:48 am

Morrissey’s last TV appearance was on the Italian show Gazebo last year, and before last night, he hadn’t been on a proper American TV show since he was on Letterman in January 2013. But last night, with a Madison Square Garden performance coming up, he popped up on The Tonight Show, dressing like a disco… More »

Watch Skrillex & Katie Couric Make EDM

By Peter Helman / June 25, 2015 - 9:44 pm

EDM superstar Skrillex has been collaborating with all sorts of people lately: Giorgio Moroder, Diplo, Justin Bieber, Clams Casino, Vic Mensa, and now Katie Couric. The veteran journalist met up with Skrillex at his studio in downtown L.A. for an interview for Yahoo News, and their conversation touched on a range of topics, from hi… More »

Watch Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt Sing New Songs For Lola The Dog

By Peter Helman / June 25, 2015 - 9:11 pm

The Magnetic Fields mastermind and notably witty curmudgeon Stephin Merritt apparently loves Scrabble. This makes total sense. In fact, he loves Scrabble so much that he wrote and published a book of 101 short poems inspired by each of the crucial 101 two-letter words that Scrabble officially recognizes. 101 Two-Letter Words came out last year,… More »

Watch St. Vincent Discuss David Byrne Collab And That Time She Fell Off A Speaker In TimesTalk

By James Rettig / June 25, 2015 - 5:30 pm

Annie Clark sat down for a conversation with The New York Times music critic Jon Pareles at a TimesTalk interview at Toronto’s Luminato Festival. She was in town to support David Byrne’s Contemporary Color project, and she talks about the collaboration and her personal relationship with the project. She also talked more about last year’… More »

TOPS – “Sleeptalker” Video

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / June 25, 2015 - 2:06 pm

It’s been exactly a year since we premiered TOPS’ single “Sleeptalker,” and today the Montreal-based Arbutus Records signees have finally presented us with an accompanying video. TOPS’ 2014 full-length, Picture You, made our list of the 50 Best Albums Of 2014 for its ability to calm your nerves and rearrange a shitty day with it… More »

Raury – “Devil’s Whisper” Video

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / June 25, 2015 - 12:22 pm

Raury’s latest single, “Devil’s Whisper,” unravels in three movements; the first part initiates with the 19-year-old musician singing from the perspective of the devil with the twanging enunciation that gestures back to his Southern origins, while the latter two parts follow Raury’s voice as it returns to its mortal body while the tempo gains momentum. More »

Honne – “Top To Toe” Video

By Caitlin White / June 25, 2015 - 11:13 am

British duo Honne’s plush R&B just keeps getting better. Their Coastal Love EP, which came out in May, is a brief four-song collection of tracks that strike a balance between traditional piano chords, rich harmonies, and electronic textures. We premiered their Darondo cover “Didn’t I” and saw the fantasy-heavy video for the title track. Now… More »

Watch Billie Joe Armstrong & Norah Jones Perform A Surprise Covers Set In NYC

By James Rettig / June 25, 2015 - 10:02 am

In 2013, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones put out a collaborative album called Foreverly, which was inspired by the Everly Brothers’ 1958 record Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. They never toured behind the album, but last night they got together for a surprise concert at the intimate Bowery Electric in Manhattan. More »

Courtney Love Attacked By French Uber Protesters

By Tom Breihan / June 25, 2015 - 9:44 am

Uber has come to Paris, and Parisian cabdrivers are not at all happy about it. As NPR reports, thousands of cabdrivers protested in Paris earlier today. They’re angry that Uber drivers have unfair advantages; they don’t have to buy expensive taxi licenses, and they aren’t subject to the same regulations and inspections. So they did… More »

Watch Major Lazer & MØ Do “Lean On” On Fallon

By Tom Breihan / June 25, 2015 - 9:11 am

I’m going to miss the days when Major Lazer’s live show was just Diplo playing records and Skerrit Bwoy leaping off ladders while daggering. But the current-day three-producer version of Major Lazer has something that other version didn’t have: A geniune bona fide summer jam. “Lean On,” the group’s collaboration with DJ Snake and MØ… More »

Watch Desaparecidos Kick Out “City On The Hill” On Seth Meyers

By Tom Breihan / June 25, 2015 - 8:40 am

Desaparecidos, Conor Oberst’s leftist punk band, just released Payola, their second album overall but their first in 13 years. It absolutely rules. And while it doesn’t seem that weird to see Oberst on late-night TV, it does seem slightly weird to see this version of Oberst, with the tangled hair in his face and the… More »

Watch Kendrick Lamar Join Chance The Rapper At TIP Fest

By Peter Helman / June 24, 2015 - 10:54 pm

Chance The Rapper put on his free Teens In The Park (TIP) Festival for 13-24-year-olds at Chicago’s Northerly Island today. Chance’s buddy Donnie Trumpet was scheduled to headline, but of course Chance also came out to perform some of their collaborative album Surf, one of the best albums of the year. The part that wasMore »

Sean Henry – “The Crow” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

By James Rettig / June 24, 2015 - 2:02 pm

I like when you can hear the seams of how a song came together — the stitches where absent-minded strumming turned into the hypnotic instrumental hook at the center of “The Crow,” or the branches of the instinctual decision tree that led Sean Henry to layer the vocals in a certain way or set the… More »

Watch Alden Penner And Michael Cera Debut Songs From Their Canadians-On-Mars Concept EP In Brooklyn

By Caitlin White / June 24, 2015 - 12:55 pm

During Brooklyn’s Northside Festival earlier this month, founding member of the Unicorns Alden Penner played some of his new material. Penner’s upcoming EP, Canada In Space, is out next week via City Slang; it’s Penner’s second new release of the year following his earlier three-song JUNE 04 EP. We already knew Michael Cera was working… More »

Big Sean – “All Your Fault” (Feat. Kanye West) & “I Know” (Feat. Jhené Aiko) Videos

By Caitlin White / June 24, 2015 - 12:51 pm

Big Sean continues to release videos to accompany tracks off his new album, Dark Sky Paradise. Last week he shared the moving, police-violence commentary “One Man Can Change The World” video. Today’s clips swiftly change gears; “I Know” features Jhene Aiko and Sean costumed to look like they’re senior citizens who quickly escape the confine… More »

Watch A Teaser For Pure Bathing Culture’s New Album Pray For Rain

By James Rettig / June 24, 2015 - 12:43 pm

Pure Bathing Culture was an OG Band To Watch back in 2013, and their debut album landed on our best albums list for that year. The Portland duo have kept busy touring since then, and they’ve just announced that they’re sophomore album will be out in the fall. It’s called Pray For Rain and they’ve… More »

The Amazing – “Safe Island” Video

By Lisa Brown / June 24, 2015 - 11:58 am

Earlier this year we shared the nine-minute cityscape video directed by Shilling & Shilling for the Amazing’s “Picture You,” the title track off the Swedish quintet’s latest album. Today we’re premiering the murky video for the record’s third single, “Safe Island,” which takes place in the small English beachside village of Birchington-On-Sea. The black-and-white video… More »

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