The Amazing Announce U.S. Debut LP ‘Gentle Stream,’ Share Gorgeous Title Track

This fall Swedish roots-rock ramblers the Amazing will release Gentle Stream, a powerful, outrageously melodic set of Laurel Canyon-indebted material that marks the Stockholm sextet's…
David Bevan / July 25, 2012

Hear Danish Punk Band Lower’s Well-Named ‘Walk on Heads’ EP

Iceage's New Brigade dropped last year like a brick through a bank window, and anyone jolted by that Danish band's chaotic art-punk squall now has…
Marc Hogan / July 25, 2012

Watch Bahamas Cover ‘Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out’ While Reading a 15,000-Word Springsteen Profile

We know you've been meaning to get around to reading David Remnick's 15,000-word Bruce Springsteen profile in the New Yorker, which explores the Boss' psychological…
Caryn Ganz / July 25, 2012

The Problem With Hip-Hop in 2012: Not Enough Street Rap!

If you've been reading the latest in the endless cycle of complaints about rap music's pernicious influence — Google's colossal waste of time, "Hip-Hop On…
Brandon Soderberg / July 24, 2012

2 Chainz and Kanye Get Dumb on ‘Birthday Song’

2 Chainz is nowhere near as impressive as Lil Wayne or Gucci Mane were at their ubiquitous heights, but what he shares with those hyper-prolific…
Brandon Soderberg / July 24, 2012

Watch Django Django’s Futuristic ‘Hail Bop’ Video

Django Django's hybrid of '60s psych-pop harmonies, late-'70s post-punk abstraction, and 21st-century state-of-the-art production defies simple categorization. The Scottish group's self-titled debut album came out…
Marc Hogan / July 24, 2012

Four Tet’s Percussive New Chirp-Step Track: ‘Bird Songs’

Four Tet's Kieran Hebden has kept vinyl buyers busy over the past year with a steady stream of releases on his Text Records label. In…
Philip Sherburne / July 24, 2012

Perfume Genius Covers Madonna’s Emotional ‘Oh Father’

By Madonna standards, "Oh Father" was a flop. From 1989's Like a Prayer, it was the Material Girl's first single not to reach the U.S.
Marc Hogan / July 24, 2012

Hear Boy George’s Twangy Take on Lana Del Rey’s ‘Video Games’

Lana Del Rey's original viral video hit, "Video Games," has become what you might call a video game in its own right, spurring countless singers…
Marc Hogan / July 24, 2012

Stream Chippy Nonstop’s Hypnotic ‘MoneyDance101′ EP

Today, Oakland-based MC (and known Kreayshawn associate) Chippy Nonstop will unleash her appropriately titled MoneyDance101 EP, a set of Bay Area bangers that expands on…
Luke McCormick / July 24, 2012

Listen to Height With Friends’ Rousing ‘Hard Work’

For nearly a decade, Baltimore's Dan Keech, who writes and performs as Height, has been crafting rock-informed, left-field rap records amid the frenzy of that…
David Bevan / July 24, 2012

Hear Ben Gibbard’s Playful Ode to Ex-Mariner Ichiro Suzuki

Where have you gone, Joe Dimaggio? Piazza, New York catcher, are you straight or are you gay? Go, go, go, go, Ichiro! OK, so as…
Marc Hogan / July 24, 2012

New Baroness and Torche Videos Battle for Your Attention

The two leading lights of the New Metal Poptimism class of 2012 are simultaneously embracing the most pop move of all — making rock videos!
Christopher R. Weingarten / July 24, 2012

The Top 5 Things Wrong With Kreayshawn’s ‘Go Hard (La.La.La)’

Kreayshawn's major-label debut, Something About Kreay, lands on August 14, or more than a year after the Oakland rapper's syrupy, ridiculously catchy "Gucci Gucci" became…
Marc Hogan / July 24, 2012

Hear Weekend’s Nightmarish Remix of Cold Showers’ ‘So I Can Grow’

San Franciscan shoegaze revisionists Weekend recently took on the curious task of remixing "So I Can Grow," the A-Side of post-Mika Miko gloom troopers Cold…
David Bevan / July 24, 2012

Stream Young Guv + The Scuzz’s Gleaming ‘A Love Too Strong’ EP

Young Governor is the solo moniker of ultra-prolific Fucked Up guitarist Ben Cook and A Love Too Strong is the title of his forthcoming 12"
David Bevan / July 24, 2012

Hear the Carly Rae Jepsen and Rihanna Mashup That Works

Mashup artists often try to highlight just how derivative pop music can be (ahem), but sometimes, the songs they create can give stars a nudge…
Devon Maloney / July 24, 2012

Hear Kanye West and 2 Chainz’s Ode to Bday Booty Calls, ‘Birthday Song’

Back in April, rising Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz told MTV that his upcoming LP debut, Based on a T.R.U. Story, would be filled with "concepts,…
Chris Martins / July 23, 2012

Hear Earl Sweatshirt Rap on Flying Lotus’ ‘Between Friends’

Brainy Los Angeles beatsmith Flying Lotus has had a thorny relationship with rap, sparring last year with Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music via Twitter over the…
Chris Martins / July 23, 2012

Hear Dirty Projectors’ Dyspeptic Tour-Only Single ‘Buckle Up’

It's our understanding that during Dirty Projectors frontman Dave Longstreth's time writing and recording in a remote upstate New York cabin, he penned somewhere in…
David Bevan / July 23, 2012
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