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SXSW 2018: Illuminati Hotties Are The Best Band That Almost No One Saw

There's a trajectory that a lot of the best bands playing SXSW tend to follow, in that the first year they're here barely anyone sees…
James Rettig | 12:24 pm

SXSW 2018: Behold Superorganism’s Ecstatic Pop Utopia

Superorganism take the stage in a cult-like procession. Most of them are wearing brightly colored rain jackets, hoods up. Their three back-up singers are holding…
James Rettig | March 15, 2018 - 1:36 pm

SXSW 2018: Mal Blum Is Punk’s Greatest Hidden Treasure

Mal Blum has been releasing music for over a decade now, and in that time they've built up a solid fanbase, most recently opening up…
James Rettig | March 14, 2018 - 12:50 pm

Dear Nora – “Sunset On Humanity”

Early last year, Katy Davidson's Dear Nora project experienced something of a resurgence after the reissue of their 2004 album, Mountain Rock. A tour on…
James Rettig | March 13, 2018 - 11:00 am

Jenny Hval’s Debut Novel Paradise Rot Out This Year

Norwegian experimental artist Jenny Hval has released a number of great albums over the years, most recently 2016's Blood Bitch, and earlier this month she…
James Rettig | March 12, 2018 - 3:53 pm

The Damned – “Look Left” & “Devil In Disguise”

Earlier this year, the Damned staged a comeback, announcing their first new album in 10 years, Evil Spirits -- the follow-up to 2008's So, Who's
James Rettig | March 12, 2018 - 12:13 pm

Alice Bag – “Se Cree Joven” Video

Later this month, Alice Bag will release her second solo album, Blueprint. We've heard "Turn It Up" and "77" already, and today the Los Angeles-based…
James Rettig | March 9, 2018 - 5:30 pm

Dirty Projectors Tease New Music With Tour Announcement

Earlier this week, Dave Longstreth announced the first full-fledged Dirty Projectors tour since releasing that self-titled album last year. His touring bandmates will include Nat…
James Rettig | March 9, 2018 - 1:55 pm

Air Waves – “Blue Fire”

Last month, Nicole Schneit announced her newest Air Waves album, Warrior, with the mesmerizing "Morro Bay," and she recently put out its second single, "Blue…
James Rettig | March 9, 2018 - 12:23 pm


Ed Schrader’s Music Beat – “Riddles” Video

Last week, Ed Schrader's Music Beat released their third album, Riddles. It's a big leap for the Baltimore duo, not exclusively because Dan Deacon produced…
James Rettig | March 9, 2018 - 12:04 pm

Watch Kurt Vile Play Carrie Brownstein’s Roadie On Portlandia

Portlandia's final season is currently airing, and Kurt Vile recently appeared during one of the skits, as promised. His cameo was pretty brief: He played…
James Rettig | March 9, 2018 - 11:36 am

Elysia Crampton – “Solilunita”

Elysia Crampton has been releasing a new album per year since 2015, and today the experimental electronic artist has announced her fourth under her own…
James Rettig | March 9, 2018 - 11:10 am

Blithe Field – “RD 1″ & “Love Knot”

When Spencer Radcliffe's not releasing music under his own name -- most recently with last year's Enjoy The Great Outdoors -- he puts out instrumentals…
James Rettig | March 9, 2018 - 10:36 am

Flasher – “Skim Milk” Video

Flasher -- one of our Best New Bands Of 2016 -- are finally getting ready to release their debut album after amassing an EP and…
James Rettig | March 8, 2018 - 10:51 am

The Cranberries Announce Final Album With Dolores O’Riordan And 25th Anniversary Edition Of Debut

The Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan died earlier this year, and today the remaining members of the band have announced that they will complete work on…
James Rettig | March 7, 2018 - 1:41 pm

Comments from James Rettig

i am standing by my initial opinion that it is really great, though charmingly insufferable
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March 9, 2018 on Dirty Projectors Tease New Music With Tour Announcement
This is coming out on my literal birthday :) What a gift.
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March 7, 2018 on Beach House Detail New Album 7, Announce 2018 Tour Dates
Nooo idea... I think maybe it's a play on the first track title? The One True(EP) but your guess is as good as mine.
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February 20, 2018 on Stream Kero Kero Bonito TOTEP EP
Remember When Beach House Were Good? * * not my opinion
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February 16, 2018 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
It's literally a disservice to humanity that they are not on here. Sadly, I am the only one in #beachhousehive on staff. I'm sure I'll be writing something about them soon enough, though ;)
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February 16, 2018 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Yes! I honestly can't believe it hasn't been a single yet.
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February 12, 2018 on Soccer Mommy – “Still Clean”
Sure, I guess. To be honest, I don't really care about either of them at all, but I do get paid to blog so occasionally I must weigh in. All Justin Timberlake music sounds like alien farts.
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February 1, 2018 on Pro-Trump Country Singer Toby Keith Contributed To Justin Timberlake’s Man Of The Woods
I understand where you're coming from, but I don't have a horse in this race. I don't support Justin Timberlake because his music sucks. I don't support Toby Keith because his music sucks, and also because he plays music in front of and implicitly supports a President that would probably rather I and most of my friends were dead in a ditch somewhere. I also don't think it's wrong to point out Timberlake's hypocrisy in this situation, especially when his "Supplies" video was a masturbatory attempt to show how "woke" he is. Both of these people are hella rich and will be fine, I'm a lowly blogger, and the world spins on.
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February 1, 2018 on Pro-Trump Country Singer Toby Keith Contributed To Justin Timberlake’s Man Of The Woods
He's been working with FKA Twigs, so there is hope!
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January 31, 2018 on David Byrne – “This Is That” (Feat. Oneohtrix Point Never)
counterpoint: i find both Troye singles dreadfully boring :/ sorry
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January 19, 2018 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
I've heard the Special Explosion album, yes. I don't really like it. Everyone likes Billy Joel! (JK, I don't care.)
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January 12, 2018 on Watch Billy Joel Cover Foreigner Hits With Lou Gramm And Mick Jones
Thanks, you too RJ (and all of you)!
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December 25, 2017 on Drake – “Pistols”
I really didn't like Ghost Story - felt like it disappeared up its own ass tbh and I really wanted to like it. Song To Song I did not like... did a little review of it here.
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December 20, 2017 on Noteworthy Movie Soundtracks From 2017