Watch Wilco Cover Pavement In Solid Sound Doc Every Other Summer

By Peter Helman / June 18, 2015 - 8:57 pm

Every Other Summer, a new documentary about Wilco’s three-day Solid Sound Festival at Mass MoCA in North Adams, MA, is now available to rent or buy via Vimeo On Demand. Directed by Christoph Green and Brendan Canty, the film documents the most recent Solid Sound Fest in 2013, and it contains performances by Neko Case,… More »

Watch Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner & Sylvan Esso Cover Crowded House & Gillian Welch Together

By Tom Breihan / June 18, 2015 - 2:34 pm

Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner records synthy, reberby music on her own under the name Flock Of Dimes. And as Flock Of Dimes, she’s lately been on tour with solid-gold dance-poppers Sylvan Esso. Together, Wasner and Sylvan Esso recently took part in the A.V. Club’s A.V. Undercover video series. Wasner did a pretty stunning version of… More »

Jaakko Eino Kalevi – “Double Talk” Video

By Caitlin White / June 18, 2015 - 2:27 pm

Double Talk” was the first single off Jaakko Eino Kalevi’s lush self-titled new album. Today he’s shared a simple, pastel-hued video to accompany it. Between shots of slow-sliding white goo — apparently it’s magma — Kalevi sings with his eyes averted from the camera, like an ex-pat longing for home. The Finnish musician has, i… More »

Ryn Weaver – “Traveling Song” Video

By Caitlin White / June 18, 2015 - 2:10 pm

The beginning of the video for Ryn Weaver’s “Traveling Song” is a clip of her at a live show dedicating the track to her grandpa Max. She says he had a really hard year but made it out to the show that night and she’s so thankful to have him there. While we don’t know… More »

Watch Miguel Cover Slaves’ “Hey” On BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge

By Caitlin White / June 18, 2015 - 10:54 am

Miguel is gearing up for the release of his new album, WILDHEART, from which he’s already debuted a bunch of songs as well as a steamy video for the lead single “Coffee.” Miguel is an R&B singer with an ear for psychedelia and seems just as inclined to freewheeling guitar frenzies as Brown Sugar sensuality,… More »

Watch Rhye Debut New Song “Waste” In Santa Ana

By James Rettig / June 18, 2015 - 10:39 am

It’s been two years since the release of Rhye’s debut album, Woman, an album that only sounds better the further removed it is from the influx of moody R&B that hit around that time, and it looks like the duo of Mike Milosh and Robin Hannibal are working on their follow-up. They kicked off a… More »

Beirut – “No No No” Video

By Caitlin White / June 18, 2015 - 10:08 am

Beirut’s first album in four years, No No No, will be out in September. They shared the title track along with the album details a few weeks ago, and have debuted a video for that song today. Zach Condon’s thoughtful, warm voice is still the driving force on this song, accompanied by brass flourishes and… More »

Watch Radiohead’s Philip Selway Play Two Songs On Kimmel

By Tom Breihan / June 18, 2015 - 10:06 am

Philip Selway will always be best-known as Radiohead’s drummer. But in recent years, he’s also carved out a nice lane for himself by releasing a couple of graceful, reflective solo singer-songwriter albums. The latest of those, Weatherhouse, came out last year. And last night, Selway was on Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform a couple of… More »

James Taylor Celebrates First #1 Album By Sitting On A Seesaw With James Taylor

By Tom Breihan / June 18, 2015 - 9:14 am

James Taylor released his first album 47 years ago. In the years since, he’s racked up a ton of accolades and sold ridiculous numbers of albums. His 1976 Greatest Hits album has sold 12 million copies in the U.S. alone. But that’s finally about to change. As Billboard reports, Taylor’s new album Before This World,… More »

Lil Wayne Promises Free Weezy Album On Independence Day

By Tom Breihan / June 18, 2015 - 8:50 am

Lil Wayne recently fell out with Cash Money Records, his longtime label, and it seems increasingly unlikely that his apparently-finished album Tha Carter V will ever see release. Instead, Wayne has spent the past few months touring clubs and working on a new LP called The Free Weezy Album. Wayne’s whole record-label situation remains unclear,… More »

Strange Names – “I Can’t Control Myself” Video

By Grace Birnstengel / June 17, 2015 - 4:47 pm

New wave trio Strange Names have left their Midwest roots behind for a new home with Frenchkiss Records in Brooklyn. Their debut album Use Your Time Wisely came out last month and is a synth-infused dance party from start to finish. Now Strange Names have released their music video for “I Can’t Control Myself,” yet… More »

Watch Pharrell Play “Freedom” For The First Time, But Not Catch A Cup Of Beer, At PinkPop

By Caitlin White / June 17, 2015 - 4:47 pm

Our omnipresent pop producer overlord Pharrell has debuted a new song, this time at the Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands, as Dutch site 3voor12 points out. The song is called “Freedom” and it comes with a political, motivational preamble from Pharrell. Of course, we first heard “Freedom” in a commercial for Apple Music, but thi… More »

Q&A: Gene Ween On His Billy Joel Tribute Band And Lifelong Love Of The Piano Man

By Scott Lapatine / June 17, 2015 - 2:10 pm

Late last month Billy Joel played New York City’s Madison Square Garden for the 63rd time. Meanwhile, across the river, Aaron Freeman played many of the same tunes to a smaller crowd at Brooklyn’s most upscale bowling alley. It was the Ween co-founder’s fourth time belting out a set of these cover songs — “Pressure,”… More »

Refused – “Dawkins Christ” Video

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / June 17, 2015 - 1:06 pm

The reunited Swedish post-hardcore outfit Refused will release their first album since 1998 at the end of June. We’ve already heard three songs off of Freedom, “Elektra,” “Françafrique,” and “Dawkins Christ,” which now has an accompanying video. The cut-and-paste collection of dark imagery steals from a variety of sources, most notably, a Hieronymus Bosch painting. More »

Briana Marela – “Surrender” Video

By James Rettig / June 17, 2015 - 12:26 pm

Washington singer-songwriter Briana Marela’s new song “Surrender” whispers in loops, her voice a whirlwind of coos and stretched vocalizations. It’s a little bit Grimes a lot Sigur Rós, whose producer Alex Somers also worked with Marela on her upcoming debut, All Around Us. The video for the track is a series of fast visualizations, which… More »

Katie Dey – “unkillable” Video

By James Rettig / June 17, 2015 - 11:44 am

Last week, we were introduced to the weirdly wonderful world of Katie Dey through her debut release, asdfasdf, and now the Melbourne-based songwriter has shared a video for “unkillable,” a squelching cut from the album. Gorgeously illustrated by Toby Garrow, the clip opens on a forest of paper trees as an animated woodsmen lumbers forth… More »

Madonna – “Bitch I’m Madonna” Video (Feat. Kanye West, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Rita Ora)

By Caitlin White / June 17, 2015 - 10:39 am

Madonna’s new album Rebel Heart was something of a mixed bag, but there was one straight-up radio banger: “Bitch I’m Madonna.” This is one of those choruses that you can’t help but repeat back to yourself. The song features Nicki Minaj, so for the video Madonna capitalized on the A-list pop star roster video trend… More »

Alpine – “Damn Baby” Video

By Misha Sesar / June 17, 2015 - 9:56 am

So far we’ve heard two soothing singles off of Aussie indie-pop band Alpine’s upcoming album Yuck. “Damn Baby” goes another route full of upbeat pop sensibilities. It’s a loud and brassy feel-good song. You can see how much fun the band members are having simply being together in director Tim Royall’s minimalist black and white… More »

Johnny Marr – “Candidate” Video

By James Rettig / June 17, 2015 - 9:55 am

Johnny Marr has shared a video for “Candidate,” a track off of Playland, his solo album from last year. The song is being released as a single 7″ later this month. The video is pretty straight-forward, showing the band putting together the track in the studio, along with some shots of Marr looking intensely at… More »

Watch Franz Ferdinand & Sparks Perform 3 Songs At Last Night’s First FFS Show

By James Rettig / June 17, 2015 - 9:34 am

The new Franz Ferdinand/Sparks supergroup FFS played live for the first time last night (outside of an appearance on Jools Holland last month) at the Arts School is Glasgow. They played pretty much all of the tracks off of their self-titled debut, which was released a few weeks back, plus some solo Franz Ferdinand and… More »

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