Lydia Ainsworth – “White Shadows” Video

By Caitlin White / April 14, 2015 - 1:00 pm
We dubbed Lydia Ainsworth's spectral Right From Real Album Of The Week back in 2014, and today the Toronto pop experimentalist has released a new video for that project's "White Shadows." The animated clip works in blues and blacks, telling its own narrative alongside Ainsworth's lyrics. It was drawn and directed by Tara Dougans, who… More »

Young Thug Wants To Fight Lil Wayne Over His Mixtape Title

By Tom Breihan / April 14, 2015 - 12:55 pm
This story keeps getting weirder and weirder. Former Birdman protege Lil Wayne is right now embroiled in a bitter dispute with Cash Money Records, and his album Tha Carter V remains stuck on the shelf as a result. Meanwhile, current Birdman protege Young Thug, an artist with a deep and obvious Lil Wayne influence, ha… More »

Psalm Zero – “Real Rain” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

By Wyatt Marshall / April 14, 2015 - 11:26 am
Psalm Zero occupy a weird and exciting place in today's metal landscape. As we mentioned in our writeup of their song "In the Dead," the band is part of the conversation when we talk about metal, but they're somewhere off to the side, lurking in the shadows where industrial noise and other genres mix freely… More »

Watch Chromeo Get Professional Help On Vanessa Bayer’s Sound Advice

By Tom Breihan / April 14, 2015 - 11:00 am
In recent weeks, SNL star Vanessa Bayer has used her terrible-PR-flak video series Sound Advice to do funny bits with people like "Weird Al" Yankovic and Sleater-Kinney. But her new video with Chromeo might be the best of the series. Chromeo offer Bayer so much to work with. In the video, she gets to try… More »

Guitar Hero‘s Back With A Redesigned Controller And The War On Drugs

By James Rettig / April 14, 2015 - 11:00 am
Guitar Hero and the similarly themed Rock Band were once ubiquitous, but both of them seemed to fade away as the casual gaming audience that they attracted moved primarily to mobile devices to get their fix. But both games are coming back this year -- Guitar Hero has just announced Guitar Hero Live, the first… More »

Hear Rihanna Sample Florence + The Machine In Dior’s “A Night” Teaser

By Caitlin White / April 14, 2015 - 10:42 am
The great Rihanna track tease of 2015 is well underway, so here's another offering from the impending R8. The song is called "A Night" and it features an excellent Florence + The Machine song called "Only If For A Night" from 2011's Ceremonials. It appears courtesy of a Dior commercial for the luxury brand's 2015… More »

Desaparecidos – “City On The Hill” Video

By Tom Breihan / April 14, 2015 - 10:28 am
Conor Oberst's reactivated punk band Desaparecidos absolutely destroyed at Coachella the day before yesterday. Today, they're unveiling the video for "City On The Hill," the single from their long-awaited sophomore album Payola. For the video, director Rob Stoucy frantically stitched together a ton of old footage, much of it from news broadcasts and commercials. It'… More »

Brian Wilson – “On The Island” Video (Feat. She & Him)

By James Rettig / April 14, 2015 - 10:00 am
Brian Wilson may have never heard of punk -- though he sure did inspire a lot of them -- but he has heard of She & Him, the duo who served as one of Wilson's many collaborators on his latest solo album, No Pier Pressure. The video shows off Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward i… More »

Watch Ad-Rock’s Great Daily Show Appearance

By Tom Breihan / April 14, 2015 - 9:39 am
Suckas, they be saying they could take out Adam Horovitz! And put him on late-night TV for a couple of weeks running! The former Beastie Boy Ad-Rock is in the new Noah Baumbach movie While We're Young, and that's a great reason to keep him throwing charm all over the place on various different shows. More »

Watch The War On Drugs Shimmer Through Two Songs On Kimmel

By Tom Breihan / April 14, 2015 - 9:12 am
This is the week in between Coachella weekends, which means a whole lot of great bands are spending the week in Southern California and happy to take late-night bookings. The War On Drugs' sleepy, spacey sunset performance was a highlight of Coachella's first day, and they recreated a bit of it last night on JimmyMore »

Watch Sturgill Simpson Bring Out The Big Guns For Conan

By James Rettig / April 14, 2015 - 8:57 am
Sturgill Simpson brought out the big guns for his performance on Conan last night -- in addition to his usual band members, he also added a string section and a keyboardist to the mix, making his second appearance on the late-night show a completely different affair from the first. Simpson is making his stop at… More »

Watch 6 Songs From Luna’s First Concert In 10 Years

By Tom Breihan / April 14, 2015 - 8:44 am
The gauzy New York guitar band Luna never seemed to burst with importance, the way Luna frontman Dean Wareham's previous band Galaxie 500 did. But Luna were just a ridiculously good band in ways that never really demanded attention. If you ever saw them live, you witnessed the way they could just sort of melt… More »

Justin Bieber Reportedly Thrown Out Of Coachella After Scuffle With Security

By James Rettig / April 13, 2015 - 9:27 pm
Justin Bieber spent most of his Coachella flirting with Kendall Jenner, but when he tried to close out his weekend in the desert by going to see Drake like any other normal person would, he hit a little snag. TMZ reports that Coachella security denied Bieber and his team entry into the private artists' area,… More »

Van Hunt – “Old Hat” Video

By Caitlin White / April 13, 2015 - 5:54 pm
"Old hat" is something people say when they're unimpressed. My sister jokingly says it to dub something woefully out of touch or too familiar to matter. In fact, on "Old Hat," Van Hunt carries that timeless air of self-possession that only some old funk and jazz ever really achieves. I doubt Van Hunt cares if… More »

Check Out Stephen Hawking’s Record Store Day Single

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 13, 2015 - 3:01 pm
Record Store Day is coming up this weekend, and if you've been paying attention to what kind of special limited-edition vinyl you can cop, then you know that there will be a lot of amusing inessentials to be found on those shelves. One of those amusing inessentials is a limited-edition 7" featuring Stephen Hawking singing… More »

Pianos Become The Teeth – “895” Video

By Caitlin White / April 13, 2015 - 2:46 pm
Baltimore post-hardcore band Pianos Become Teeth put out their third album Keep You last year, and they've previously announced a Record Store Day 7" that will feature two unreleased tracks from those sessions, "895" and "Dancing." Ahead of that release, the band have premiered the video for "895," which manages to capture the bitter pang… More »

Watch Yet Another Riff Raff Fan Get Thrown Off The Stage

By Caitlin White / April 13, 2015 - 1:08 pm
A few weeks ago a particularly avid Riff Raff fan was so eager to touch the neon icon that he made his way onstage and touched the rapper. This did not end well. Mere seconds after lightly patting Riff Raff's arm, the superfan was squashed by an enormous security guard. Literally, he was tackled. The… More »

Watch Jack White’s Full Coachella Set, Dedicated To The Transgender Community

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 13, 2015 - 12:55 pm
Jack White headlined Saturday night at Coachella, performing songs from across his extensive catalogue as both a solo artist and member of the Raconteurs and the White Stripes. In a tweet last night, Third Man Records announced that his set was dedicated to the transgender community. White ended the 90-minute set with "Seven Nation Army,"… More »

Mikal Cronin – “The Ballad Of El Goodo” (Big Star Cover)

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 13, 2015 - 12:00 pm
For a band that never "made it" in their day, Big Star's risen to a level of inimitable fame thanks to more objectively successful acts toting them as pinnacle influences. Alex Chilton is a name in his own right, but for many, Big Star will forever piggy-back on the shoulders of the greats who champio… More »

Janelle Monáe & Jidenna – “Yoga” Video

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 13, 2015 - 10:05 am
If you've seen Birdman, then the opening shot of Janelle Monáe and Jidenna's new video will look somewhat familiar. Monáe hovers several feet off of the floor, her legs crossed in a full-lotus position. One can only assume that she's achieved spiritual enlightenment seeing as how she's, you know, levitating. "Yoga" is a spluttering dance… More »

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