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As A Producer, Ric Ocasek Was Often Just What Bands Needed

Twenty-five years ago, a not-insignificant segment of music fans learned about the greatness of the Cars via Weezer's self-titled debut, widely known as "The Blue
Annie Zaleski | September 16, 2019 - 3:55 pm

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Ric Ocasek Was One Of Pop’s Great Mad Scientists

Dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit JERNK. Dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit JERNK. That's how the Cars introduced themselves on their very first single, the immortal 1978 banger "Just What I Needed." That song,…
Tom Breihan | September 16, 2019 - 3:03 pm

Caroline Polachek – “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings”

Caroline Polachek, who formerly headed up the perennially underrated indie-leaning pop group Chairlift, will soon release Pang, her first album under her own name. Her…
Chris DeVille | September 16, 2019 - 2:24 pm

Tyler, The Creator – “A Boy Is A Gun” Video

Tyler, The Creator's excellent Igor has thus far only yielded one of Tyler's trademark music videos, for lead single "Earfquake." Today that numbers doubles with…
Chris DeVille | September 16, 2019 - 1:54 pm

Kenny G Confirms Kanye West Collab

On Valentine's Day of this year, Kanye West gifted Kim Kardashian with a private concert by none other than Kenny G. The famed smooth jazz…
Chris DeVille | September 16, 2019 - 11:28 am

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band’s “A Fifth Of Beethoven”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958,
Tom Breihan | September 16, 2019 - 10:19 am

Princess Nokia – “Sugar Honey Iced Tea (S.H.I.T.)” Video

The last time we heard from tough-as-hell New York rapper and heroic subway-train soup-thrower Princess Nokia, she was vulnerably channeling '00s emo on her 2018…
Tom Breihan | September 16, 2019 - 9:58 am

Supreme Announces The Velvet Underground Collection

Streetwear, at least as we currently understand it, did not exist in the late '60s, when the Velvet Underground were figuring out how the next…
Tom Breihan | September 16, 2019 - 9:32 am

Watch Anderson .Paak Turn Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” Into A Mellow Soul-Jazz Odyssey

One of the reasons Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road," the out-of-nowhere bedroom-pop smash that dominated the charts for the entire summer, was so magical…
Tom Breihan | September 16, 2019 - 9:07 am

The Cars’ Ric Ocasek Dead At 75

Ric Ocasek, the lead singer and founder of the legendary new wave band the Cars, died today at the age of 75. According to NBC
Julia Gray | September 15, 2019 - 8:33 pm

Springsteen On Broadway Wins Outstanding Directing Creative Emmy, Narrowly Misses EGOT

Bruce Springsteen's Broadway run-turned-Netflix special won a top prize at the 2019 Creative Emmy Awards, but the Boss lost out on securing his EGOT status…
Hilary Hughes / Billboard | September 15, 2019 - 6:37 pm

Watch Neil Young Perform “New Mama” For First Time In 42 Years

Yesterday, Neil Young headlined the Harvest Moon: A Gathering charity concert in Lake Hughes, California, alongside Norah Jones and Father John Misty. The show benefitted…
Julia Gray | September 15, 2019 - 2:11 pm

Mary Lattimore – “Quintana”

Back in March, Mary Lattimore released her collaborative LP with Mac McCaughan, New Rain Duets. She put out Hundreds Of Days last year, and today,…
Julia Gray | September 15, 2019 - 1:27 pm

Watch Stephen Malkmus Play 2 Silver Jews Songs In Glasglow

David Berman, who founded the legendary indie band Silver Jews and relaunched his career this year with a new project called Purple Mountains, died by
Chris DeVille | September 14, 2019 - 9:38 pm

Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

This week we heard an epic new Angel song and a lame new Angels song, plus Charli delivered bops for her Angels. Have a good…
Scott Lapatine | September 13, 2019 - 6:28 pm

Wiz Khalifa Cast As Death In Apple’s Emily Dickinson Series Starring Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld featuring Wiz Khalifa is a believable formula for a middling-to-decent pop single. It is a very surprising formula for a prestige TV show.
Chris DeVille | September 13, 2019 - 5:02 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Every week the Stereogum staff chooses the five best new songs of the week (the eligibility period begins and ends Thursdays right before midnight). This
Stereogum | September 13, 2019 - 3:38 pm

Joanna Newsom Cancels All Los Angeles Shows

Joanna Newsom's The String/Keys Incident tour took New York City and Philadelphia by storm over the last week, and there's still a couple more dates…
James Rettig | September 13, 2019 - 1:39 pm

Open Mike Eagle – “The Edge Of New Clothes”

The Needle Drop has announced a new compilation album curated by Anthony Fantano. The LP will feature Mark Kozelek, Xiu Xiu, Haru Nemuri, Oxbow, and…
Peter Helman | September 13, 2019 - 1:33 pm

Wow This Is Terrible

James Rettig | September 13, 2019 - 12:35 pm

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At 16 Hours, Ken Burns’ Country Music Ain’t Nearly Long Enough

There's a moment three episodes into Ken Burns' new eight-episode/16-hour binge-doc Country Music when I had to hit pause. Ernest Tubb, an up-and-coming country crooner…
Stephen Deusner | September 13, 2019 - 12:30 pm

that dog. Share “Old LP,” Mini-Documentary Featuring Maya Rudolph

Next month, that dog. are releasing their first new album in 22 years, Old LP. The great Los Angeles alt-rock band have shared one song…
James Rettig | September 13, 2019 - 11:57 am

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958,
Tom Breihan | September 13, 2019 - 11:46 am

The Anniversary

The Contino Sessions Turns 20

"Seeing light out of darkness...if you can see, like, beauty in a dark situation it's kind of...it's what tickles your boat really, isn't it?"
Ian King | September 13, 2019 - 11:41 am

Holy Fuck – “Luxe” (Feat. Alexis Taylor)

It's been a bit since we've heard from Toronto noise-makers Holy Fuck. Their last full-length album was 2016's Congrats and they followed that up with…
James Rettig | September 13, 2019 - 11:35 am

Watch Megan Thee Stallion Play The Tonight Show With DaBaby & Ty Dolla $ign

Houston rap newcomer Megan Thee Stallion is a total star; that much has been obvious since she showed up on the national radar months ago.
Tom Breihan | September 13, 2019 - 11:27 am

Watch Green Day Play Their New Song “Father Of All…” On Kimmel

This week, Green Day shared a new single and announced that they're heading out on a joint "HELLA MEGA TOUR" with Weezer and Fall Out…
Peter Helman | September 13, 2019 - 11:08 am

Cate Le Bon – “Company In My Back” (Wilco Cover)

Wilco is getting a covers album treatment ahead of the Chicago band's new album, Ode To Joy, which comes out in a few weeks. Wilco
James Rettig | September 13, 2019 - 11:01 am

The Anniversary

Man On The Moon Turns 10

Last month, Travis Scott released Look Mom I Can Fly, a documentary centered around his blockbuster 2018 album Astroworld. The film spends a good deal…
Patrick Lyons | September 13, 2019 - 10:44 am

Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra – “Let’s Face The Music And Dance” (Feat. Sharon Van Etten)

When he's not busy being an intensely charismatic actor, Jeff Goldblum also dabbles in music. He has a project with the jazz band the Mildred…
James Rettig | September 13, 2019 - 10:43 am
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