Watch Open Mike Eagle, Flying Lotus & Thundercat Perform On Why? With Hannibal Buress

By Tom Breihan / July 23, 2015 - 9:25 am

Flying Lotus performed on the second episode of the great comedian Hannibal Buress’ new Comedy Central show Why? With Hannibal Buress, and he recently announced that he’d become the show’s new in-house DJ. I’m pretty sure that makes Buress the first TV host to have a DJ instead of a bandleader since Chris Rock made… More »

Watch Big Brother’s Ridiculous Grunge-Themed Competition

By James Rettig / July 22, 2015 - 5:58 pm

As someone who obsessively (and sorta regretfully) followed Big Brother for about eight years, I can say without hesitation that pretty much all of their competitions are shit. The producers don’t have the tirelessly mapped-out expertise of The Amazing Race or the luxury of exotic locales like Survivor — they’re pretty much limited to a… More »

Watch Ryan Adams Cover Foo Fighters’ “Times Like These”

By Chris DeVille / July 22, 2015 - 1:52 pm

I never thought I’d say this, but I’d be interested in hearing a Ryan Adams album entirely comprising live acoustic Foo Fighters covers. The basis for this assertion is Adams’ rendition of “Times Like These” — a song he’s been covering for years — performed at Sydney Opera House, recorded by YouTube user TheAussiemusicman, and… More »

EZTV – “Dust In The Sky” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

By Chris DeVille / July 22, 2015 - 12:54 pm

There are traces of so many wonderful bands in EZTV’s DNA: Real Estate’s languid bliss-out guitar music, Girls’ back-to-basics pop songcraft, the Nerves’ punchy New Wave, the Byrds’ twangy jangle. All those factors and more are audible in “Dust In The Sky,” one of many highlights on the Brooklyn combo’s debut album Calling Out. Director… More »

Gem Club – “Braids” Video

By Tom Breihan / July 22, 2015 - 12:38 pm

Massachusetts chamber-pop trio Gem Club released their album In Roses a year and a half ago, but they’re just now getting around to dropping a video for their hushed, lovely single “Braid.” The clip, from director Christian Palmer, is a surreal romantic vision that tells the story of a boy with a reptilian monster mask… More »

Pharrell – “Freedom” Video

By James Rettig / July 22, 2015 - 11:59 am

Pharrell’s limp new single “Freedom” began its life as the first ever Apple Music exclusive, and now the pop star has shared a video for the rest of the world to see. It positions Pharrell as the bringer of this freedom, centering him among a slave uprising, a sweatshop, and in a room filled with… More »

Watch A Trailer For Lou Barlow’s New Album Brace The Wave

By Chris DeVille / July 22, 2015 - 11:45 am

Just yesterday we spoke with Lou Barlow about the 20th anniversary of Kids, and today the Sebadoh/Dinosaur Jr./Folk Implosion/etc. member is back with news of his first solo album since 2009’s Goodnight Unknown. It’s called Brace The Wave, and it’s out this September on Joyful Noise. Watch a trailer for the project below, where you’ll… More »

Despot – “House Of Bricks” Video

By Tom Breihan / July 22, 2015 - 11:30 am

The great New York underground rapper Despot has been destroying other people’s songs for years, but he’s barely released anything under his own name. That could change soon, though. Despot’s “House Of Bricks” single is getting some serious notice, and his long-developing album We’re All Excited may actually come out before we’re all dead. Ratatat’… More »

Watch The Weeknd Debut A New Song In London

By Tom Breihan / July 22, 2015 - 11:02 am

The Weeknd is suddenly, against all odds, a titanic pop star, and his album Beauty Behind The Madness is likely going to be a very big deal when it comes out next month. The album has already given us the hits “I Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills.” And Abel Tesfaye recently debuted a… More »

Watch Battles’ Behind-The-Scenes Documentary The Art Of Repetition

By James Rettig / July 22, 2015 - 10:39 am

Battles are putting out their new album, La Di Da Di, in a few months. They haven’t even shared a song yet, but they have just released a 20-minute documentary called The Art Of Repetition that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the process of creating the record. In partnership with Ableton, you can follow the… More »

HeCTA – “The Concept” Video

By Tom Breihan / July 22, 2015 - 10:37 am

Lambchop have been making orchestral, soul-flavored Americana for decades, so it’s a bit of a surprise that three band members, including frontman Kurt Wagner, have now formed a disco-house side project called HeCTA. But it’s happening, and we’ve already posted the shockingly strong first single “Till Someone Gets Hurt.” “The Concept” is another track from… More »

Matthew E. White – “Vision (No Skin Version)” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Caitlin White / July 22, 2015 - 9:59 am

Matthew E. White’s tender, sighing orchestral-soul missive Fresh Blood is one of 2015’s greatest underdogs. The record came out in March with spurts and starts of fanfare, but never really seemed to catch fire like a record of this magnitude deserves. Perhaps the new deluxe version, then, will be what sparks interest in White’s gentle,… More »

Watch Modest Mouse Play “Pups To Dust” On Seth Meyers

By Tom Breihan / July 22, 2015 - 9:43 am

Earlier in 2015, Modest Mouse came back with Strangers To Ourselves, their first new album in quite a few years. They’ve been out on the promo trail lately, and last night, those promotional efforts brought them to Late Night With Seth Meyers. On that show, they played the pleasingly ramshackle album track “Pups To Dust.”… More »

Watch James Corden & Paula Abdul Recreate The “Opposites Attract” Video

By Tom Breihan / July 22, 2015 - 9:25 am

In the grand tradition of Jimmy Fallon and Jack Black remaking Extreme’s “More Than Words” video, James Corden gleefully exhumed another piece of iconic turn-of-the-’90s pop music on his Late Late Show last night. Corden had Paula Abdul as a guest on the show, and Abdul’s 1989 hit “Opposites Attract” was, famously, a horny duet… More »

Watch Carrie Brownstein’s Impressive Recovery From An Onstage Spill At Pitchfork Fest

By Chris DeVille / July 21, 2015 - 10:18 pm

In his recap of Saturday’s action at Pitchfork Music Festival, Tom described a dramatic wipeout and triumphant rebound by Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein:… More »

Compass – “Uy Uy Uy” (Feat. Carlos Ann & Kool A.D.) Video

By Misha Sesar / July 21, 2015 - 6:03 pm

This video is absolutely hilarious: Two old guys dressed to the nines in suits and tails dancing in what looks like a museum of baroque art. The men are probably in their late 70s and are performing as if they were Carlos Ann and Kool A.D. in the company of two young attractive females. The… More »

Prince – “Baltimore” Video

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 21, 2015 - 5:52 pm

Back in May, Prince paid tribute to the city of Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of police. He performed at the Rally 4 Peace concert and debuted “Baltimore” the day before the show. He’s just shared a video for the track, which chronicles peaceful protests and vigils that took place… More »

Future Islands, Lower Dens Members Help Baltimore Middle Schoolers Record Song About Riots

By Tom Breihan / July 21, 2015 - 5:30 pm

Baltimore is as deeply segregated a city as you’d probably expect. But say this for the people in the city’s predominantly white indie rock scene: They actually care about their town. Case in point: After the recent riots, members of Future Islands, Lower Dens, and Celebration helped a group of local middle schoolers record a… More »

Minor League Baseball Team Apologizes For Corey Feldman Concert

By Caitlin White / July 21, 2015 - 4:57 pm

Corey Feldman threw out the opening pitch on Sunday for the State College Spikes, a minor league affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. But that’s not all he did. The former child star, who is probably best-known for his role in the cult classic film The Goonies, also serenaded the crowd. Apparently, Feldman fronts a… More »

Watch Jessica Pratt Perform On A Chicago Morning Show

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 21, 2015 - 4:07 pm

Jessica Pratt released her latest odyssey of a folk record, the follow-up to her self-titled, skeletal debut, this past January. On Your Own Love Again is just as haunting, but Pratt’s rambling lyricism twists itself into memorable melodies throughout; the hooks are subtle, but they’re there. “Back, Baby” is a somber, catchy bit of magic,… More »

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