Watch Charli XCX Sing The Previously Unreleased “Mow That Lawn” In Finland

By Peter Helman / July 19, 2015 - 1:56 pm

Last year, Charli XCX was working on a raw, aggressive, new wave-y punk album in Sweden. That ended up getting shelved in favor of the candied brat-pop explosion that was Sucker, but during a show at Finland’s Ilosaarirock festival this weekend, Charli played a song from that project, “Mow That Lawn.” It’s unclear if thi… More »

Watch Thom Yorke Sing With Portishead At Latitude Festival

By Peter Helman / July 19, 2015 - 11:38 am

As Nigel Godrich hinted, Thom Yorke made a surprise appearance at the second day of the UK’s Latitude Festival yesterday. Portishead brought the Radiohead frontman out for the encore of their headlining set, and they performed “The Rip” off of Portishead’s 2008 album Third together (which Radiohead have covered before). Watch fan-footage of the surprise… More »

Watch U2 Play “October” For The First Time In 26 Years

By Peter Helman / July 19, 2015 - 10:31 am

As a part of their Innocence + Experience tour, U2 just launched an eight-show run at Madison Square Garden last night. True to the tour’s name, the concert found the band delving into their back catalogue, and they played the tender piano-led title track of their 1981 album October live for the first time i… More »

Watch Wilco Play Star Wars Songs Live For The First Time At Pitchfork Fest

By Peter Helman / July 18, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Wilco just surprise-released their scruffy new album Star Wars on Thursday night, and yesterday, they began their headlining set at Pitchfork Fest by playing through the whole thing. Watch some clips of the band playing the new material live for the first time below. More »

The National Perform With Sufjan Stevens And Justin Vernon, Cover The Grateful Dead At Eaux Claires

By Ryan Leas / July 18, 2015 - 1:09 pm

Yesterday was the first day of the inaugural Eaux Claires festival, a small occasion in rural Wisconsin dreamt up and brought to life by Justin Vernon and the National’s Aaron Dessner. There are a lot of great bands and impressive performances to choose from so far at the festival, but there’s still this sense that… More »

Baio – “Sister Of Pearl” Video

By Peter Helman / July 17, 2015 - 7:46 pm

Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio has been making precise electronic pop under his own name for a few years now, but he’s finally getting around to releasing a debut full-length this fall. We’ve heard two songs from The Names already, the thumping “Brainwash yyrr Face” and the undeniably catchy (and Vampire Weekend-y) “Sister Of Pearl.”… More »

Livestream Pitchfork Music Festival 2015

By James Rettig / July 17, 2015 - 4:30 pm

Pitchfork Music Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary in the website’s hometown of Chicago this year, and they’re livestreaming most of the sets so you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home. There’s some good acts playing: Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, and Chance The Rapper are headlining (though the latter isn’t streaming), and Chvrches,… More »

CeeLo Green’s “Robin Williams” Is Some Craven Shit

By Caitlin White / July 17, 2015 - 3:00 pm

In August of last year CeeLo Green pleaded no contest to a felony charge of furnishing a woman with a controlled substance (MDMA) against her will. She also alleges that he sexually assaulted her, but there wasn’t enough evidence to charge him for that as is often the case. As if that wasn’t enough, he… More »

Watch 3 New Chemical Brothers Short Films For Born In The Echoes Tour

By James Rettig / July 17, 2015 - 1:50 pm

The Chemical Brothers are about to embark on a tour in support of their new album, Born In The Echoes (their first one in five years), and today they’ve shared some of the visuals that will be playing in the background at their shows. The clips were co-directed by Adam Smith, who has been working… More »

Gangrene – “Driving Gloves” (Feat. Action Bronson) Video

By Grace Birnstengel / July 17, 2015 - 12:50 pm

Already this year, the Oh No/Alchemist rap duo Gangrene has pumped out a soundtrack for Grand Theft Auto V called Welcome To Los Santos. As if that wasn’t enough, the two California rapper-producers, who’ve named their collaboration after the decomposition of body tissue, are releasing their third LP, You Disgust Me, this August. (We previously… More »

Vince Staples – “Norf Norf” Video

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 17, 2015 - 12:37 pm

Vince Staples’ debut album, Summertime ’06, is hands-down one of the best of the year, and if you haven’t taken the time to listen to it yet, you should do that right now. Staples raps with the kind of chilly, unfazed passivity of a kid who’s dealt with too much shit to get worked u… More »

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / July 17, 2015 - 11:54 am

If anything big came out on Thursday evening, you’ll note that it’s not on this list. I wrote this yesterday afternoon, as I am now on a plane to Chicago for the Pitchfork Music Festival. If you see me there, say hi; I’ll be the tall guy. Even without any late-breaking additions, this was a… More »

Krill – “Torturer” Video

By James Rettig / July 17, 2015 - 11:21 am

The main character in Krill’s new video for “Torturer” fights against his most base urges, which personify themselves as a figure dressed in a plastic bear mask. He wanders around an stately but empty New England mansion, making the bed and then immediately tearing it apart, and arranging the couch before throwing all the pillow… More »

Carly Rae Jepsen – “Run Away With Me” Video

By Caitlin White / July 17, 2015 - 10:49 am

Sometimes it seems like there’s never been a pop star as hapless as Carly Rae Jepsen. Her music is practically flawless, but aside from that, almost every career-related decision feels like a complete flop or just bad luck. Her new album, E•MO•TION, is already out in Japan and leaked weeks ago, but won’t be out… More »

Ciara – “Dance Like We’re Making Love” Video

By Peter Helman / July 16, 2015 - 10:21 pm

Following her very public and very acrimonious breakup with rapper/ex-fiancé Future, Ciara is fully re-embracing her sex-goddess status. In the new video for Jackie single “Dance Like We’re Making Love,” Ciara does just that, chilling seductively — yes, Ciara can make chilling look seductive — in a pool, dancing around a beautiful mansion with her… More »

Young Ejecta – “Into Your Heart” Video

By Caitlin White / July 16, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Young Ejecta is a Brooklyn electronic duo who had to tack on the age descriptor as an appeasement to one DJ Ejecta. That DJ remains rather unknown, but Joel Ford and Leanne Macomber continue to power forward, churning out chirpy, sad electro-pop that manages to reach magnificent heights even as it delves into alien white… More »

Tamaryn – “Cranekiss” Video

By James Rettig / July 16, 2015 - 3:52 pm

Tamaryn is moving into more weightless territory with her third album, and nowhere is that quality more apparent than on “Cranekiss,” the track that gives the record its name. The video is similarly detached from reality, a moody and trippy vision of Tamaryn’s face as its molded, twisted, and fragmented outwards. The video was created… More »

Watch Father John Misty And 50 Cent On Conan

By James Rettig / July 16, 2015 - 1:27 pm

Father John Misty appeared alongside 50 Cent on last night’s episode of Conan. Well, OK, not exactly alongside, but they did take a pretty sweet meme picture backstage (see above), and both of them were on at separate times doing interesting things. FJM performed the title track from his new album, I Love You, HoneybearMore »

The Week In Pop: Rachel Platten Feels The Power Of The Taylor Swift Bump

By Chris DeVille / July 16, 2015 - 1:10 pm

Last year, when the likes of “Trophies,” “0 To 100,” and “How ‘Bout Now” proved Drake could score a massive radio hit simply by uploading a song to SoundCloud, Gawker’s Jordan Sargent proclaimed him “the Taylor Swift of rap.” Sargent’s thesis was that in an environment where even established stars have trouble getting heavily promoted… More »

Outfit – “Framed” Video

By Caitlin White / July 16, 2015 - 11:43 am

Outfit are a Liverpool five-piece who make sticky-slow deconstructed pop. Their sophomore LP, Slowness, is a phenomenal album, and one that prompted us to name the group a Band To Watch. One of the best things about this band is their knack for getting the uneasy and unsettling parts of life, and distilling those emotio… More »

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