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Nicki Minaj on ‘American Idol,’ Week Four: The Only Judge That Matters

This week, American Idol came to Hollywood, which means the competition officially begins, which means there's a lot less drama between the judges and hardly any…
Brandon Soderberg / February 8, 2013

Hear Fitz & the Tantrums Swap ’60s Retro for ’80s Retro on ‘Out of My League’

"There's nothing new under the sun," someone once said in a book somewhere, and some bands have taken that to heart. Fitz & the Tantrums,…
Chris Martins / February 8, 2013

Hear Breeders Drummer Jose Medeles’ Propulsive 1939 Ensemble Cut ‘Sabotage’

Jose Medeles played drums on the last few Breeders records, but with the Deal sisters' band reuniting their Last Splash lineup this year, the Portland-based musician…
Marc Hogan / February 8, 2013

Watch Divine Fits Cooly Cover Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Hungry Heart’

It's not enough for Divine Fits to be a supergroup that plays like an actual honest-to-goodness band. Britt Daniel (Spoon), Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome…
Chris Martins / February 8, 2013

Kurt Vile’s ‘Wakin on a Pretty Daze’ Mural Gives New Meaning to ‘Industrial Music’

The cover art for Kurt Vile's next album, as revealed late last year, is a freaking mural right there in his hometown of Philadelphia. Titled Wakin on…
Marc Hogan / February 8, 2013

The Flaming Lips Make Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Their Sun-Bursting Own

The Flaming Lips have been covering "Bohemian Rhapsody" for some time, but now they're returning to the Queen covers game in distinctive Flaming Lips fashion.
Marc Hogan / February 8, 2013

Hear Warm Soda’s Power-Glam Throwdown ‘Waiting for Your Call’

When beloved Bay Area outfit Bare Wires split after a meltdown at last year's SXSW, those familiar with their power-pop workouts were understandably disappointed. But…
David Bevan / February 8, 2013

10 Albums You Can Hear Now: Nick Cave, Pissed Jeans, Kool A.D., Can Offshoot, and More

It's Friday! Close out the work week with these 10 ready-to-stream albums.1) Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Push the Sky Away. "Push The Sky…
Kyle McGovern / February 8, 2013

Watch Mikky Ekko Pine for Lost Love in ‘Pull Me Down’ Video

Nashvillain soulster Mikky Ekko is all about improvement through redundancy. When we first heard the blue-eyed wooze-pop of "Pull Me Down," we dug on the…
Chris Martins / February 7, 2013

Hear James Blake Come on Strong in New ‘Retrograde’ Single

At last, James Blake has revealed the details of his forthcoming sophomore album. Overgrown will be out April 8 on Republic and we can now experience…
Chris Martins / February 7, 2013

Joey Bada$$, Big K.R.I.T., and Smoke DZA Resurrect Boom-Bap With ‘Underground Airplay’

Brooklyn youngster Joey Bada$$ may have one of the most terrible names in rap, and there was that unfortunate bout of beef between him and…
Chris Martins / February 7, 2013

Rap Release of the Week: Kevin Gates’ ‘The Luca Brasi Story’

Kevin Gates has been a rapper to watch for a few years now — last year's Make Em Believe, in particular, stood out for its totally…
Brandon Soderberg / February 7, 2013

Kilo Kish Recruits Earl Sweatshirt for Boho-Psych-Rap Mixtape ‘k+’

Los Angeles' Kilo Kish has been lumped in with confessional cutesy vocalists like Kitty (née Pryde), but her bona fides are stronger and her on-track…
Chris Martins / February 7, 2013

Flatbush Zombies Stay Psyched-Out in ‘MRAZ’ Video

Flatbush Zombies got some attention for doing "Bath Salt" with fellow New York rappers A$AP Mob, but the style of the Brooklyn trio's D.R.U.G.S. mixtape suggests…
Marc Hogan / February 7, 2013

Happy Birthday J Dilla! Love, Karriem Riggins and Yours Truly

Toro Y Moi may be the most inspired J Dilla disciple around, but the fellas at Los Angeles indie rap label Stones Throw — the…
Chris Martins / February 7, 2013

Pavement’s First-Ever Live Show Offers Hope to Rest of Us

The ongoing '90s nostalgia cycle has left Pavement in an awkwardly elevated place. The indie rockers' 2010 reunion tour-slash-victory lap helped transform these erstwhile shrugging underdogs…
Marc Hogan / February 7, 2013

Watch Night Terrors of 1927’s Explosive ‘Dust and Bones’ Video

Blake Sennett hasn't slowed down since Rilo KIley's demise. As that now-defunct Los Angeles indie-rock band preps a rarities album and singer Jenny Lewis finishes…
Marc Hogan / February 7, 2013

Hear Clear Plastic Masks’ Garage-Rock Scorcher ‘So Real’

The thing with clear plastic masks is they don't really "mask" much of anything. Emerging band Clear Plastic Masks must've taken that into account. The…
Marc Hogan / February 7, 2013

Hear Water Liars’ Spare Cowboy Ballad ‘Linens’

The Mississippi boys in Water Liars seem to have a pretty firm grip on a lonesome sort of sadness. New song "Linens" takes its name…
Chris Martins / February 7, 2013

Hear Chvrches’ Electro-Pop Charmer ‘Recover’

Get to know Chvrches, the sonically adorable Scottish trio whose breakout single "The Mother We Share" brings comparisons to M83, the Knife, and the synth-forward…
Nicole Sia / February 6, 2013
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