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Straight To Video

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Our resident music video expert Tom Breihan is away on vacation so you've got me, Ryan, filling in for him this time around. Don't worry,…
Ryan Leas | July 26, 2019 - 4:02 pm

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Robyn And Charli XCX Closed Pitchfork 2019 With A Night Of Left-Of-Center Pop

Over the course of its three days, Pitchfork Music Festival 2019 had a good amount of variety. Though fans of heavier music or more experimental…
Ryan Leas | July 22, 2019 - 11:44 am

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Black Midi Rearranged Matter At Their Pitchfork Music Festival Aftershow

In the short amount of time Black Midi have been a band, they have stirred up a frenzy of hype in their native UK primarily…
Ryan Leas | July 21, 2019 - 2:46 pm

Strand Of Oaks Shares Alternate Version Of “Moon Landing” On 50th Anniversary Of Apollo 11

Back in March, Tim Showalter released his sixth album as Strand Of Oaks, Eraserland. Recorded with the assistance of his friends in My Morning Jacket,…
Ryan Leas | July 20, 2019 - 1:52 pm

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Low Became One With The Heat At Pitchfork Festival 2019

"You should be ashamed of yourselves that you're not watching Mavis Staples right now." Before Low had played a single note on the first night…
Ryan Leas | July 20, 2019 - 1:45 pm

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With The Cure, Smashing Pumpkins, and Vampire Weekend, NOS Alive 2019 Went All-In On Big Headliners

Each July, the festival NOS Alive takes over a stretch of land just off the water in Lisbon. If your Instagram feed is anything like…
Ryan Leas | July 14, 2019 - 2:37 pm

Interview

Grant Hutchison On The Frightened Rabbit Tribute Compilation Tiny Changes

In April of last year, Frightened Rabbit's landmark, breakthrough sophomore album The Midnight Organ Fight turned 10. It was cause for celebration: This was the…
Ryan Leas | July 9, 2019 - 10:31 am

Fans Discover 40-Year-Old U2 Bootleg, Oldest Known Recording Of The Band

Back in August of 1979, U2 were still pretty far away from the superstars they eventually became. They were just another punk band playing gigs…
Ryan Leas | July 2, 2019 - 4:39 pm

We've Got A File On You

We’ve Got A File On You: Perry Farrell

We’ve Got A File On You is a new reboot of an old-school Stereogum franchise. Once called Annotated Media Guide, these are interviews in which
Ryan Leas | July 2, 2019 - 2:31 pm

We've Got A File On You

We’ve Got A File On You: Britt Daniel

We’ve Got A File On You is a new reboot of an old-school Stereogum franchise. Once called Annotated Media Guide, these are interviews in which
Ryan Leas | June 25, 2019 - 1:13 pm

The Anniversary

Californication Turns 20

In case you missed it, the Red Hot Chili Peppers love California. It is, in fact, so hard-wired into their identity that, if you were…
Ryan Leas | June 7, 2019 - 9:15 am

Berlin’s Synästhesie Festival Announces Initial 2019 Lineup

Over the past couple years, there's been a small but impeccably-curated festival bubbling up in Berlin called Synästhesie. The origins of the event center on…
Ryan Leas | June 4, 2019 - 10:55 am

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Were Gov Ball 2019’s Standout Rock Act

If you take a look at the lineup poster for Governors Ball 2019, you'll notice there aren't a lot of big rock names in the…
Ryan Leas | June 1, 2019 - 11:28 am

Bruce Springsteen – “Tucson Train” Video

About a month ago, Bruce Springsteen announced his first full-fledged album in seven years. (It's been five if you count 2014's High Hopes.) Either way,…
Ryan Leas | May 30, 2019 - 8:08 am

Le Guess Who? 2019 Announces Initial Lineup

Each year, the Utrecht-based festival Le Guess Who? offers one of the most eclectic, adventurous lineups out there. In any given iteration of the fest,…
Ryan Leas | May 22, 2019 - 9:39 am

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