• Sam Smith Whitney Houston How Will I Know

    Watch Sam Smith Delicately Cover Whitney Houston's 'How Will I Know'

    Covering Whitney Houston is a daunting task. Surely this wasn't an afterthought when Sam Smith decided to step up to the mic and take a swing at her 1985 hit "How Will I Know" for SiriusXM. The performance comes on the tail end of a busy week for the young crooner, following a wowing performance on Letterman and a duet with Mary J. Blige at New York City's Apollo Theater. In his rendition of the '80s single — seen above — Smith cuts the tempo in half and strips away all of Houston's hip-shakin' pop orchestration (awesome sax and all). Rather, the In the Lonely Hour man keeps it simple with mellow keys and light guitar, putting his voice on full display for winning results. Typically this is one to sing along to, but for this take we'll just leave the heavy lifting to Smith.

  • Lana Del Rey Blasts Guardian Reporter Response

    Lana Del Rey Wishes She Didn't Tell Reporter She Wishes She Was Dead

    In our review of her new album, Ultraviolence, we said Lana Del Rey had beat the Internet's attempts to rob her of her mystery. Well, now it looks like the web may be back on top. Turns out, LDR's upset over a recent Guardian profile that quoted the "Shades of Blue" singer saying, "I wish I was dead already." The statement picked up a lot attention for the article, making for a tasty bit of pop culture news for the day.As the story goes (the literal story published by The Guardian), interviewer Tim Jonze asked "if she sees death as glamorous." And when she said "yeah," he instictively told her not to say such a thing. Then she responded, "I do! I don't want to have to keep doing this. But I am." Him: "Do what? Make Music?" Her: "Everything. That's just how I feel. If it wasn't that way, then I wouldn't say it.

  • The Shins New Song So Now What Zach Braff Film Wish I Was Here

    Hear the Shins Get Wistful for Zach Braff on 'So Now What'

    Giddiness over the arrival of a new Shins track has been substantial, delivering a hefty dose of publicity for Zach Braff's new film, Wish I Was Here. And while the movie's release is just a month away (out July 18), just as exciting is the soundtrack that'll drop a few days earlier (July 15) with new songs by the Shins, Bon Iver, and Cat Power with Coldplay. And as revealed a couple days ago, that'll be out on wax alongside the Garden State soundtrack.We'd gotten a welcome taste of that new Shins song previously when about a minute's worth appeared in the a trailer for the film, but today, the real deal has been delivered via NPR.

  • Women Pity Sex Tigers Jaw Onstage Kiss Sexual Assault

    Women of Pity Sex and Tigers Jaw Sexually Assaulted Onstage at Same Show

    We've shown some love for Pity Sex and Tigers Jaw in the past, but it's always been with respectful adoration from afar. It's never been like this.Wednesday night at a sold-out show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, an audience member jumped onstage and tried to kiss both Britty Drake of Pity Sex and Brianna Collins of Tigers Jaw during their sets. Aside from being gross, it's sexual assault.

  • Lil Wayne The Carter V Nine Albums Two Years

    Nine Albums in Two Years? Lil Wayne Must Be High (and He Is)

    Could we handle nine Lil Wayne albums in two years? That's what hip-hop's head alien promised in his latest "Weezy Wednesday" video diary. This year, he said, he'll drop his awaited Tha Carter V and then another LP. But in 2015, he plans to release no fewer than seven (!) more full-lengths."I went to work on Tha Carter V and I don't stop working, so it was like either Tha Carter V's gonna be 93 songs or we gonna have to figure this out," he said, smoking a joint on camera. He also named his next long-player on the spot. We'll see if it sticks, though. "I'll probably let y'all name the next album because I really don't have a name for it yet," he said. "I'll probably just name it The Second Album That I Was Talking About."He then decided to change that to The Other Album. "T.O.A.," he said, like he was feeling the sound of it.

  • My Morning Jacket One Big Holiday Mexico $1300 Band of Horses

    My Morning Jacket Bring Back Cancun Concert Series, One Big Holiday

    For the second year in a row, My Morning Jacket are inviting fans to escape the winter freeze and warm up with some folk-fueled rock (etc.) at their very own One Big Holiday event in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The festivities run January 31 through February 4, and tickets only cost — gulp — about $1,300.After this past year's success with guests the Flaming Lips, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mariachi el Bronx, and Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation, the band has scheduled another four-night offering at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Cancun. This time, the Louisville boys are bringing with them Band of Horses, the War on Drugs, Dr. Dog, Dawes, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sylvan Esso, and special guest DJ Biz Markie.MMJ is onboard for three nights' worth of full performances, too, of course. With all that jam time, chances are you'll get some good covers.

  • New Orleans Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Lineup Foo Fighters Outkast Skrillex

    Voodoo 2014: Foo Fighters, Outkast, Skrillex, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Zedd

    Foo Fighters, Outkast, Skrillex, and Arctic Monkeys are some of the big names headlining this year's Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, running October 31 through November 2. The festival now 15 years running — formerly the Voodoo Music Experience — announced its 74-artist lineup today, which also includes Zedd, Pretty Lights, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Slayer, AWOLNATION, Rise Against, Melvins, Bleachers, Big Freedia, Gogol Bordello, Death From Above 1979, Action Bronson, and many, many more. See the full list here or peep the poster below.SPIN was along for Voodoo last year, enjoying sets by Pearl Jam and Steve Gleason, Nine Inch Nails, and The Cure. To see our full coverage, click here.  

  • Average American Listening Habits Four Hours Audio Day

    The Average American Listens to Four Hours of Music Each Day

    Audio consumption is at its all-time easiest. The technological capabilities we carry in our pockets daily are truly awesome and, increasingly, companies are looking to put more content in our eyes and ears as conveniently as possible. We're ready for it too. Apple's purchase of Beats is a $3 billion investment in the public's listening habits, as is Amazon's new streaming service, not to mention Sub Pop and other labels' embrace of the Drip.fm digital subscription service.The evidence is obvious but to move us from the anecdotal to the factual, Edison Research has released a survey to quantify just how much Americans are listening to music. According to their "Share of Ear" study, most U.S. residents listen to roughly four hours and five minutes of audio each day.

  • Ryan Hemsworth Every Square Inch Listen Qrion

    Hear Ryan Hemsworth and Qrion's Dreamy Digital Love Song 'Every Square Inch'

    Ryan Hemsworth's proven his knack for turning something boring into something beautiful. Now the brilliant, odd-ball artist from Halifax, Nova Scotia, has quietly dropped a tender new song called "Every Square Inch" featuring Japanese producer Qrion. Beneath the SoundCloud player: "this song is not about kissing or anything like that." Sure, dude. In truth, the minimal, gravity-defying track would perfectly score a dreamy romance sequence in some wicked RPG. It initially brings to mind Cornelius' "Brazil" remake, though tweaks the formula futher with a Drive-friendly synth sequence, hand-claps, and acoustic guitar that wouldn't be out of place on an early '90s Az Yet LP. Can you ride a chocobo to a drive-in movie? Listen here:

  • Sondre Lerche Bad Law Video Please

    Sondre Lerche Is a Drunken Mess in 'Bad Law' Video

    We've had those nights. The ones with two too many drinks leading to 10 too many dance moves, topped off by tipsy stumbles and a face plant that keeps you down for good while the rest of the party does its best to stay out of your way. Yep, even Sondre Lerche has had those nights.Though typically refined, the Norwegian indie-popper took to recreating one such remorseful soiree in a new music video for "Bad Law," his upcoming album's opener and lead single. Lerche has labeled Please his "divorce record" (an alt-take on the Robin Thicke approach), having written and recorded it after his separation from wife Mona Fastvold (whose film The Sleep Walker he scored last year).

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