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Charlie Wilson Scoops the Youth-Oriented BET Awards

The highlight of last night's BET Awards was not Kendrick Lamar deservedly winning a whole bunch of awards, or even Erykah Badu assisting an even-better-than-the-album…
Brandon Soderberg / July 1, 2013

Hear Death Cab for Cutie Go Postal (Service) on Synth-y ‘Soul Meets Body’

Judging by the way things went for the Pixies, Ben Gibbard must be this close to the stage of his indie-rock nostalgia cycle where Death Cab for…
Marc Hogan / July 1, 2013

Ciara and Nicki Minaj Taunt Their Exes in Fast-Talking ‘I’m Out’ Video

If neither Ciara nor Nicki Minaj has dumped you recently, count yourself lucky. "I'm Out," from Ciara's July 9 self-titled album, is a call for…
Marc Hogan / July 1, 2013

Azealia Banks Debuts Jittery, Pharrell-Assisted ‘ATM JAM’ at Glastonbury

Pharrell improbably has the top two songs in America right now: "Blurred Lines" and "Get Lucky." Azealia Banks and her team almost certainly don't have…
Jordan Sargent / July 1, 2013

Mumford & Friends: Vampire Weekend ‘Help’ After Rolling Stones’ Glastonbury Success

When you're closing out a massive festival after a set by the Rolling Stones, you need a big, crowd-pleasing gesture.Mumford & Sons, wrapping up Glastonbury…
Marc Hogan / July 1, 2013

Kanye West’s ‘Black Skinhead’ Is Cleaned Up for Radio, Mashed Up for ‘Personal Yeezus’

Kanye West and Depeche Mode have more in common than one might think. The former has of late been toying with the idea that he may…
Chris Martins / July 1, 2013

Watch Foo Fighters Pay Tribute to Queen, the Rolling Stones, and the Knack for All-Covers Gig

Over the last few months, we've seen Dave Grohl share the stage with the Rolling Stones, induct Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame while…
Kyle McGovern / July 1, 2013

Watch Toxic Avenger Start a Supermarket Food Fight in ‘Romance & Cigarettes’ Video

Skateboarding down an escalator is just the beginning for Toxic Avenger's "Romance & Cigarettes" video. "Don't try this at home" hijinks abound in the clip…
Marc Hogan / July 1, 2013

Stream Big Black Cloud’s Fire-Spitting Sophomore Album ‘Black Friday’

Big Black Cloud's festering strain of psych-garage punk regularly inspires comparisons to avant vets Pere Ubu and noise-blues unit Cows. On July 2, the Portland…
Kyle McGovern / July 1, 2013

Stream Snow Ghosts’ Haunting Debut Album ‘A Small Murmuration’

You can take the boy out of Bristol, but you can't take Bristol out of the boy. Ross Tones is based in London these days,…
Philip Sherburne / July 1, 2013

Watch Sic Alps Tell the Story of Prison Queen ‘Carrie Jean’

Sic Alps are hardly your standard San Fran garage-rock gang. Sure, they enjoy the fuzz and the clang like anyone else, but they pull heavily…
Chris Martins / June 28, 2013

Cass McCombs Asks What It’s Like to Crap in the Cosmos on ‘Morning Star’

Mysterious folky Cass McCombs has made a point of maintaining privacy throughout his career, rarely granting interviews and never settling in one city for very…
Chris Martins / June 28, 2013

Joey Bada$$ Menacingly Rides a Bike in ’95 Til Infinity’ Video

On July 1, Joey Bada$$ will release his hotly anticipated Summer Knights mixtape, which so far looks to be a gruff and gritty set of throwback…
Chris Martins / June 28, 2013

Twin Peaks the Band Channel ‘Twin Peaks’ the Show on Drifty Dreamer ‘Irene’

Best New Artists alums Twin Peaks are closing in on the release of Sunken, the Chicago garage-pop outfit's debut LP due July 9 on Autumn Tone. We…
Chris Martins / June 28, 2013

Hear Pillar Point’s Surging Synth-Pop Fantasy ‘Dreamin”

Pillar Point likes to keep things mysterious. Little is known about the Seattle synth-and-song project, but the calming vocals and glistening production put the man…
Chris Martins / June 28, 2013

Janelle Monae Fearlessly Freaks Out on Footloose Clapper ‘Dance Apocalyptic’

Janelle Monáe reminds us once again that "the booty don't lie." On brassy Erykah Badu collaboration "Q.U.E.E.N.," recently remixed by none other than Prince, the genre-mashing…

Hear Sarah Jaffe’s Smoky, Atmospheric Rocker ‘Defense’

Sarah Jaffe's choice of a PJ Harvey cover for her Record Store Day single earlier this year with the Toadies was telling, but her lived-in-bars…
Marc Hogan / June 28, 2013

Seizure Warning: Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Came Back Haunted’ Video Is a Lynchian Nightmare

David Lynch just told SPIN about the cinematic power of "dream logic." The legendary director's new video for Nine Inch Nails' "Came Back Haunted" more…
Marc Hogan / June 28, 2013

Watch the Replacements (Briefly) Rehearse ‘Alex Chilton’ for Reunion Tour

What's that song? Why, it's one of the best songs to turn people on to the Replacements, "Alex Chilton," a punchy, exuberant track from 1987's…
Marc Hogan / June 28, 2013

Is ‘Yeezus’ the Tipping Point for Rap Misogyny?

Kanye West's latest, Yeezus, was supposed to be his statement-making, punk-infused noise-rap record: A rousing, leather jacket-sporting, Saturday Night Live appearance premiered the incendiary "Black Skinhead"
Brandon Soderberg / June 28, 2013
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