new-music

Hear Pony Time’s Buddy Holly-Informed Noise-Popper ‘Because I Care’

"Girl, I just like you," Luke Beetham declares through distortion, cheekily channeling Buddy Holly, between Kinks-krunching verses on "Because I Care." Seattle native Beetham, on…
Marc Hogan / January 23, 2013

Hear Vampire Weekend’s Divinely Sprawling ‘Arms’

Vampire Weekend will release their third album, so far given the likely temporary moniker LP3, on May 7 via XL Recordings. The long-awaited long-player is, of…
Chris Martins / January 23, 2013

Hear Cocktails’ Sun-Baked Slop-Pop Cut ‘No Blondes (In California)’

Cocktails, a self-described "slop-pop" foursome from San Francisco, blend sun-baked fuzz with Pacific Coast Highway-ready melodies, stirred in turn by frontman Patrick Clos' Elvis Costello-like…
Kyle McGovern / January 23, 2013

Coachella Keeps Up Suspense With Inscrutable Video Teaser

Last year, Coachella announced its lineup on January 9. You don't need to keep a tidy calendar to have some inkling it's already a little…
Marc Hogan / January 23, 2013

10 Albums You Can Hear Now: Ra Ra Riot, Tomahawk, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and More

Another week means another batch of ready-to-stream records. Plug in your headphones and tune out with these 10.1) Tomahawk, Oddfellows. "Oddfellowsis full of dusty Morricone…
Kyle McGovern / January 23, 2013

Prince Finally Drops His Power-Pop ‘Screwdriver’

Last week, Prince hinted at a new single called "Screwdriver," and today it finally arrived in full as a half lyric/half performance video on Prince's…
Daniel Kreps / January 23, 2013

Preview Boddika and Joy Orbison’s Teasing Techno Epic ‘&Fate’

Boddika and Joy Orbison spent 2012 turning out some of U.K. club music's most sought-after tracks on the vinyl-only SunkLo label; now they've got a…
Philip Sherburne / January 22, 2013

Hear Iggy Pop’s Dirty Sea Chantey ‘Asshole Rules the Navy’

On one end of the "Pirates" spectrum, you have Rick Ross, and on the complete other end, you have the oddball sea chantey "Asshole Rules…
Daniel Kreps / January 22, 2013

Watch Widowspeak Relive Psychedelic ’60s In ‘Locusts’ Video

Psych-folk act Widowspeak's new LP Almanac is out today on Captured Tracks, and to commemorate the event, the band released a new video for the…
Daniel Kreps / January 22, 2013

Milk Music Stay ‘Wild’ on First Track From Fat Possum Debut

"I've Got a Wild Feeling" sums up Milk Music's neatly disheveled update of classic punk influences as much as any phrase. The Olympia, Washington, distortion-pedal…
Marc Hogan / January 22, 2013

Listen to Lightouts’ Brooklyn-Bred Jangle-Pop Fuzz-Burner ‘Not Today’

Gowanus, Brooklyn "fuzz rockers" Lightouts have returned with their umpteenth self-released single "Not Today," the cheery opener to their upcoming album Want (due March 5).
Christopher R. Weingarten / January 22, 2013

Hear Kate Boy’s Radical, Rejuvenating ‘Northern Lights’ Taken by Trees Remix

"Everything we touch turns to gold," Kate Akhurst sings on Kate Boy's breakout song, "Northern Lights." For a few years in the late 2000s, that was…
Marc Hogan / January 22, 2013

See Baroness’ John Baizley Alive and Well Onstage for the First Time Since Bus Crash

It wasn't the triumphant return of Baroness we've all been waiting for, but it'll more than do: This past weekend at Philadelphia's Decibel 100 fest,…
Daniel Kreps / January 22, 2013

Hear They Might Be Giants’ Shifty ‘Lost My Mind’

Tireless art-poppers They Might be Giants have stuck around as long as SPIN has — we said they were "so far off the beaten path…
Christopher R. Weingarten / January 22, 2013

Hear R.E.M.’s Shinier, Happier ‘Losing My Religion’ Converted to a Major Key

Before video-sharing services like YouTube became popular, a film editing trade group held a contest. Competitors had to pick an old movie and cut a…
Marc Hogan / January 22, 2013

Stream Lost Animal’s Full, Pop Macabre ‘Ex Tropical’

When Jarrod Quarrell was 16, he found himself trading blows with a skinhead outside of a bar in his native Australia. The damage done to…
David Bevan / January 22, 2013

Watch Jennifer Hudson, fun., Alicia Keys Serenade Barack and Michelle at the Inaugural Ball

Beyoncé stunned the nation yesterday (January 21) with her towering rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" for President Barack Obama's second inauguration ceremony, but Bey's old White…
Kyle McGovern / January 22, 2013

Rick Ross’ ‘Pirates’ Video: Bricks, Boats, and Booty

Maybach Music Group's music video budget must rival most Hollywood studios at this point. In MMG ringleader Rick Ross's latest short film — this time…
Daniel Kreps / January 22, 2013

Stream Tomahawk’s Stripped-Down LP ‘Oddfellows,’ Read Our Q&A With All Four Odd Fellows

Alt-metal super-duper-group Tomahawk have reformed for their first heatstroke hallucination in six years, the rocking, rollicking desert tantrum Oddfellows. Back from almost a decade without…
Christopher R. Weingarten / January 22, 2013

Hear Mount Moriah’s Luminous Southern-Rock Shuffler ‘Bright Light’

Though it's been relatively unnoticed amid the flood of micro-genres washing over Tumblr dashboards these past few years, there has been a resurgence of strong,…
Marc Hogan / January 22, 2013
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