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Alex Newell’s Pop Career Is Just Beginning on Euphoric Lead Single, ‘This Ain’t Over’

The phenomenal Alex Newell might be best known for his turn on Glee, but the the 23-year-old vocal powerhouse blasted into the music world in earnest with two draw-dropping…
James Grebey / January 14, 2016

These Dancers Get Down in Walter Martin’s ‘Down By the Singing Sea’ Video

After recording a children's album two years ago, the Walkmen's Walter Martin continues to cover new territory with his forthcoming LP Arts & Leisure, coming January 29…
Megan Bradley / January 14, 2016

FEELS Revel in Escapism on Hazy ‘Close My Eyes’

The invincibility of youth — or at least the illusion of it — is the premium gasoline that fuels rock 'n roll. Los Angeles' garage-greased foursome…
Harley Brown / January 14, 2016

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Sling Sun-Streaked Guitar Pop on ‘Wither With You’

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are a wordy bunch of Melbourne, Australian beachmongers. First, there's the name: Four words resonant with an oddly pleasing cadence (but if…
Harley Brown / January 14, 2016

Tricky’s Skilled Mechanics Cast a Cold Eye on ‘Boy’

Believe it or not, Tricky's never been much of a minimalist. Yes, his soundscapes are hushed and rife with negative space, but boy are they…
Dan Weiss / January 13, 2016

Elderbrook Gets Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’ Out of His Head by Covering It

Quite a few reluctant Justin Bieber fans have been taken with the ruin-climber's latest, partially Skrillex-helmed album Purpose, including downtempo U.K. singer/producer Elderbrook. "I've caught myself singing…
Harley Brown / January 13, 2016

Jennifer O’Connor Faces Her Own Demons on ‘Start Right Here’

Jennifer O'Connor speaks for everyone when she sings, "Your greatest fear / Your biggest doubt / Will try to break you down." We've all faced…
Rachel Brodsky / January 13, 2016

Murals Return In Perfect Form on Psych-Tinged ‘Watching In The Dark’

Louisville, Kentucky-based Murals are a long arc. Composed of founding members Evan Blum, Rob Monsoma, and Jacob Weaver, the psych-pop trio have been writing, recording…
Jeffrey Silverstein / January 12, 2016

Watch Damien Jurado Get Swindled in ‘Exit 353′ Video

Damien Jurado's forthcoming Visions of Us on the Land, set to be released March 18, 2016, will be the final installment in the singer's Maraqopa album trilogy.
Megan Bradley / January 12, 2016

Enter the Void With Oranssi Pazuzu’s “Hypnotisoitu Viharukous”

This February, Finnish cosmic thrashers Oranssi Pazuzu will release one of the most exciting, least predictable metal albums in recent memory with their gorgeously expansive…
Andrew Unterberger / January 11, 2016

Half Japanese Reinvigorate Their Past on Spindly ‘We Cannot Miss’

After waiting 13 years to release a studio album, art-punk pioneers Half Japanese are back to their prolific habits of several decades ago, starting with 2014's angular Overjoyed and continuing last year with…
Harley Brown / January 11, 2016

Seven Sisters of Sleep Put Both Feet in the ‘Gutter’ in New Song

On February 5, the brutal metal quintet Seven Sisters of Sleep will release Ezekiel's Hags, the band's third LP, and their first since signing to…
Andrew Unterberger / January 7, 2016

Penguin Prison Bumps Up The Knocks’ ‘I Wish (My Taylor Swift)’ in Slick Remix

While everyone was making a big fuss out of Ryan Adams's 1989 cover album last year, New York City production duo The Knocks cooked up a smoothly…
James Grebey / January 7, 2016

Michael Nau Climbs Mountains With Breathtakingly Quiet Acoustics on ‘While You Stand’

Appalachian singer-songwriter Michael Nau didn't intend to make an album by himself. Recorded piecemeal on various back porches and down back roads in Burlington, Vermont,…
Harley Brown / January 6, 2016

The Teen Age Get Stuck in Emotional Quicksand on ‘Backwards’

"I don't want to live without you," the Teen Age admit in their new single, a surfy doo-wop cut produced by Jason Finkel (Hundred Waters, Hiatus…
Rachel Brodsky / January 6, 2016

RJD2 Further Clarifies the Lucid Ambience of Tycho’s ‘Apogee’

Tycho's last exercise in flexible ambient electronica, 2014's Awake, has kept him going in the year following with a steady stream of remixes from the…
Harley Brown / January 5, 2016

Alabama Shakes Take Things Slow on ‘Austin City Limits’ with ‘This Feeling’

This Saturday the Shakes will play the late night live show Austin City Limits alongside Vintage Trouble.
Max Cea / December 30, 2015

Salva Slams Down on His Remix of Martin Solveig’s ‘Intoxicated’

Martin Solveig's indelible "Intoxicated" — one of SPIN's 40 Best Dance Songs of 2015 So Far from earlier this year — has gotten the remix…
Harley Brown / December 23, 2015

Q&A: RAC on His Brand-New Song, ‘Magic Hour,’ and First Grammy Nomination

RAC, also known as newly Grammy-nominated producer André Allen Anjos, is finishing up a big year. After releasing his debut original…
James Grebey / December 23, 2015

Cellars Revives the Best Of the ’80s with Luminous ‘Nighttime Girl’

Since 2013, Los Angeles singer-songwriter Alle Norton has been making candy-colored pop as Cellars in the iridescent vein of Madonna and Neon Indian. Her re-imagination of the…
Meilyn Huq / December 22, 2015
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