• Total Control 'Flesh War' Typical System

    Total Control Declare 'Flesh War' on Chilling New Single

    It's hard not to jump to Joy Division comparisons when hearing Total Control's new single "Flesh War." The track, off of their upcoming second album Typical System, has all the moody vocals, driving rhythm, and synth tones that the English legends made their name with. But this Melbourne post-punk outfit splashes a few rays of sunshine into the mix and all of a sudden, it feels like you're (almost) listening to a positive jam. It's not a cry from their fuzzed-out plodder "Sweaty," showing off Total Control's ability to switch styles without losing cohesion along the way. Listen to "Flesh War" below and pick up Typical System on June 24 via Iron Lungd. 

  • Iamsu! 'Show You' 50 Cent & Jay Ant

    Iamsu! Wants to 'Show You' His New Track With 50 Cent and Jay Ant

    Iamsu! is gearing up for the release of his debut album Sincerely Years, and after taking a trip down memory lane on "Yesterday" and uniting with 2 Chainz and Sage the Gemini on "Only That Real," the Bay Area rapper has an all-new song to share. "Show You," which features assists from 50 Cent and Jay Ant, isn't slated for Iamsu!'s upcoming LP, but that doesn't mean it's not worth a listen, or many more. The just-dropped track has a chorus that's easy to remember — "I ain't even gonna stunt, but I can show you how, show you how / If you don't know, then you know now / If you don't know, then you know now" — and a surprisingly effects-laden verse from 50. Enjoy the fun below, and check out SPIN's feature on Iamsu!, Sage the Gemini, and the Bay Area rap scene. Keep an eye out for Sincerely Yours: The 15-track effort is out May 13 via HBK Gang. 

  • The National Matt Berninger Pete Holmes Show

    Watch the National's Matt Berninger Write a 'Get Lucky' Ripoff About Chili Orgies

    On their albums, the National come across as some seriously sad bastards. In concert and in interviews, however, they're actually quite funny and quick-witted. If frontman Matt Berninger didn't convince you of that with his collaboration with the Walkmen's Walter Martin, the lovable "We Like the Zoo," his appearance on TBS' The Pete Holmes Show definitely will. The host brings up the fact that the National have been very successful without having a pop radio hit, so he and Berninger decide they're going to write a song with mass appeal in the vein of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." It starts off normal enough, with lines about having fun in the club with some rum, then takes quite an interesting turn when Holmes suggests they make the song about a three-way.

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    Watch Real Estate Charm 'Letterman' With 'Talking Backwards'

    David Letterman might be headed for retirement, but he's not phoning in his enthusiasm for musical guests. Real Estate dropped by the Late Show on Wednesday night and while the five-piece didn't bring the scene-stealing showmanship of, say, Future Islands, the SPIN profile subjects did appear to impress the late-night host with their brisk rendition of "Talking Backwards," the lead single from their latest album, Atlas. Keyboardist Matt Kallman even wore a Late Show t-shirt for the gig, prompting Letterman to say, "Great shirt. Did you get that from your cousin or something?"Watch the clip above, check out photos from Real Estate's recent performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and watch the video below for a tour of frontman Martin Courtney's Brooklyn apartment.

  • Album covers reverse backwards flickr nirvana nevermind

    Artist Remakes Iconic Album Covers as Seen From the Other Side

    Remember that scene in Ghostbusters 2 when Bill Murray wonders whether or not the Statue of Liberty is naked under her toga? Well, this is the album-cover equivalent of that. As Stereogum reports, a Flickr user named Harvezt must have been thinking in a similar vein when she or he created this gallery of iconic album covers as seen from behind. There's the Nevermind baby up above; another nude backside from the Strokes' Is This It; an imagining of Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" from their fourth LP; a cop directing Abbey Road traffic; the other side of the Beastie Boys' Licensed to Ill airplane; Dr. Dre's Chronic medallion; and Metallica's Master of Puppets graveyard, among others. It's a funny, cleverly executed idea, we must say, though we'd love to see what Harvezt would come up with for London Calling, Sgt.

  • Pitbull Jennifer Lopez World Cup Anthem 'We Are One'

    Get Numb to Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez's World Cup Anthem

    If you're planning to watch the World Cup this summer, or any channels that will likely play commercials for the soccer tournament, get ready to hear the following Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez team-up over and over and over. This year's anthem, "We Are One (Ola Ola)," has all the rah-rah international unity you'd expect for a Cup song, as well as a guest verse by Claudia Leitte, a singer from host country Brazil. The whistle-happy melody and the horn line (which sounds like a Latin ripoff of Macklemore's "Thrift Shop," if we're being honest) also features a lot about waving flags, echoing K'Naan's "Wavin' Flag," which was the 2010 anthem for the South African World Cup. Sigh. Anyway, check it out below and numb yourself to it now.

  • Flaming Lips Kliph Scurlock Drummer gone fired

    Flaming Lips' Beloved Roadie-Turned-Drummer Parts With Band

    Drummer Kliph Scurlock is no longer a member of the Flaming Lips, a rep for the band confirmed to Pitchfork. No other information has been given for his depature, voluntary or otherwise. The 40-year-old started out as a roadie for the Oklahoma psych-rock outfit in 1999, became their touring skinsman in 2002, and was formally recognized as a member when 2009's Embryonic was released.Lips fan hub The Future Heart was the first to pick up on the story, noting Scurlock's absence from the group's performance at New Orleans' Buku festival a few weeks ago. He also didn't appear in the band's April Fools' Day prank videos, or on their Flaming Side of the Moon performance. For now, at least, he's been replaced by Matt Duckworth of Star Death and White Dwarfs, the band fronted by Wayne Coyne's nephew, Dennis. Scurlock has yet to explain what happened.

  • Outside Lands lineup announced tickets Kanye Tom Petty

    Outside Lands 2014 Lineup: Kanye West, Tom Petty, the Killers, Tiêsto

    Outside Lands is returning to San Francisco for its seventh year, and the lineup is both unique and excellent. Kanye West, Tom Petty, and the Killers top the bill, with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tiësto, Arctic Monkeys, Flaming Lips, Death Cab for Cutie, and Disclosure also playing sizable sets.The bill was announced by Huey Lewis in a Funny or Die-produced video in which he plays a few different versions of himself as a local, um, News-caster. The best moment comes when West's participation is announced by an adoptable dog named Bobo. Spoon, former SPIN cover stars Tegan and Sara, fellow SPIN cover stars Haim, Cut Copy, Atmosphere, Chromeo, Jenny Lewis, Run the Jewels, Warpaint, Dum Dum Girls, and many more are also on the bill.The festival takes place August 8 to 10 in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Tickets go on sale on Thursday, April 10 at 10 a.m.

  • Queens of the Stone Age 'Smooth Sailing' Video Josh Homme

    Queens of the Stone Age's 'Smooth Sailing' Video Deals Drugs, Death

    If you happen to run into Josh Homme at Coachella this weekend and he invites you to party, you may want to think twice. Because as Queens of the Stone Age's brand new "Smooth Sailing" video proves, this man's version of a good time can also leave some people dead. We won't spoil all the danger-filled fun for you — there's plenty to go around — but basic gist of the featurette is as follows. Homme plays a businessman who goes out to dinner with some colleagues, then things turn into an epic shitshow of: booze, karaoke, drugs, thievery, bottle-smashing, arcade games, more drugs, ladies, parking-lot golf, hallucinations, and dead bodies. Think of it like a rock'n'roll version of Peter Berg's ultra-twisted Very Bad Things, only the action takes place over a single night and doesn't involve a bachelor party.

  • Sub Pop Loser Scholarship Application

    Apply for Sub Pop's 'Loser Scholarship'

    Since 2007, famed Seattle indie label Sub Pop Records has awarded its so-called Loser Scholarship to lucky, music and arts-loving high school seniors in the area. The 2014 edition features three payouts for $7,000, $5,000, and $3,000, which are available to residents of Washington and Oregon who have already enrolled in college for next year — so, likely not losers, per se, but slackers-who-know-better may stand a chance. To apply, students have to submit an essay of no longer than one page that touches on one or more of the following topics:- What are you doing in the arts/music field in your community?- How and why did you become interested in artistic outlets?- How would this scholarship money help you to progress in your chosen field?- What are your influences and who inspires you?

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